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Lloyd Ritchey
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Support page for ExplorersUnlimited.com, SavageRifts.com, ShadowsUnlimited.com, and the Radio Free Merctown podcast. If you're a gamer & fan of Palladium Books, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, or love collaborative storytelling, come hang out with us!
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Lloyd Ritchey
I've been very fortunate to be able to collaboratively create podcasts for our community's little niche of the internet, but I'll not rest on my laurels. I constantly seek out ways to grow the podcast within the community, and expand the reach of the podcast to other gaming communities. Before the podcast, I had already done this with the website itself for over a decade. This thing we build together, our conversation and family within the larger gaming culture, is my passion. Ultimately, everything I do, all the support I receive, somehow finds its way back into feeding this passion, growing this community, and making everything we do better.

I started by creating a PBP site for Palladium Books' games (Explorers Unlimited), and some years ago added a PBP site for Pinnacle Entertainment Group's games (Savage Rifts), and recently started a PBP site for the Shadowrun franchise (Shadows Unlimited). I'm looking forward to adding value through this podcast to these communities, and supporting those communities in any way I can.

Game on!

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People are rarely so mercenary IRL as to ask "what's in it for me?" But it's a perfectly reasonable question to ask what the benefits are for being a supporter. I also LOATHE those pages which cloak the commercial nature of the arrangement with platitudes & sophistries.

There are three things I think you'll find value in pledging your support for:
  1. You'll enjoy the long-term investment into the maintenance and improvement of the community websites
  2. You'll enjoy the player privileges of being a supporter on the community websites
  3. Priority access to our Roll20 games & custom characters

The first two things require no further explanation, but what are these player privileges?
  1. Patron Items: gear your characters can select from which are uniquely available to supporters
  2. Milestone Rewards: these are benefits available to all patrons once a milestone (goal) is reached.
  3. Access to our Discord Server(s)
  4. Recognition of your support via special ranks on the sites
  5. Other benefits unique to each site

All supporter benefits are detailed in this forum post.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me in whatever way is best for you:
  • Augur#7429 on Discord
  • lloyd.ritchey at gmail for e-mail

And finally, thank you for your support! Not only does your support help the community, and maintain the websites, but it also helps to keep a roof over the head of my family, and for that I'm ever grateful and thankful.
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Radio Free Merctown #69: The Nice Episode

Run-time: 54 minutes
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Ellie (Aka Maeve)
Topics:
  • Plug & Overview of EUCON
  • 70-Supporter Milestone achievement
  • Discussion Topic: What the Community needs!
  • Discussion Topic: Interludes/downtime on Roll20 & in Play By Post
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70-supporter Milestone unlocked!
REWARD: I'll open up an additional Roll20 campaign slot.

THANK YOU!

Ryan Lee
Alexander Peyton
Jim Mohan
Winter Hamilton
Todd Venters
S. Pornbida
Steve Marko
James Gagnon
Tony F.
Leonard
Lux Baghdach
Kyle A. Lee
John King
Sara McLauchlan
Peter Wiebens
Shawn Allen
Paul Shao
Andrew Van
ÈRIC BARNING
Ellie Loos
Alan Gunhouse
Chris Milan
Preston Winters
Dillon Shrader
B. Whiting
Derrick Smith
L Whiting
Jon Spitzer
Boyce Towell
Alex Rush-Woods
Eric Allen
Justin Bow
John Matheis
Stephen Stormwell
Brian Joyce
James Marlow
Tiree
Thomas Scott
David Charlton
Michael Husband
Nathaniel Phillips
Matthew G Olfson
Kalib Butler
Daniel Frederick
Matt
Alyssin Williams
Jacob Engstrom
Laura Sombs
RC Brooks
Jeff Rahn
Justin Lyon
Andy F.
Timothy Brownrigg
Scott Witte
Kaumudi P.
John Stevens
James Bridges
Mike Morrison
Jason Bahr
Jesse
Bryan B.
Charlotte Finn
Perrin M.
Soren S. (Freemage)
Andrew H.
Dale Hanson
Izzy Towell
Noah
Lee Napier
Machiavelli Portafino
Glenthegod
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Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka Augur)
  • Casca (Aka Sir Cristian)
  • Ellie (Aka Maeve)
Topics:
  • Types of RPG players
Show Notes:
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Radio Free Merctown #67: An Overview of the CommunityRun-time: 20 minutesHost: Lloyd (aka: Augur)...

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Updated Supporter Roster
65 total Supporters!
  • 39 Diamond tier
  • 2 Ruby Tier
  • 3 Gold Tier
  • 6 Silver Tier
  • 15 Bronze Tier

70-supporter Milestone!
REWARD: I'll open up an additional Roll20 campaign slot.
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I've removed the podcast from behind the paywall. All the other benefits supporters/subscribers receive remain unchanged, though I'm considering adding something to replace this formerly exclusive content. Everyone will have access to every episode published. In addition, I've updated our YouTube channel to be current with the last episode recorded. To make finding what you want easier, I set up a bunch of playlists:
  • Group Spotlights
  • Rifts Lore
  • Savage Rifts
  • Short Stories
  • Live Plays
  • Interviews
  • Podcast (every episode)
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Online convention in November!


EUCON is an opportunity for RPG enthusiasts to come together, celebrate their favorite hobby, and have fun together for a few days online. This convention has been created by our online community to benefit not only folks in our community, but any RPG enthusiast who wants to take part.

Registration is now live...and FREE! In addition to registering in order to play/participate, you can also request to be a GM if you want to hold a scheduled event. The sooner folks register en masse, the easier it will be to create, plan, and schedule events.



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Radio Free Merctown #66: Online Convention Discussion
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Josh (Zarathon from GaryCon)
  • Topics:
  • Introductions
  • Open discussion regarding online conventions & the upcoming community con in November
RFM #66.mp3
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Radio Free Merctown #65: Crossover Special with the Coalition Deadboys Podcast
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Nathan (Aka Zenvis)
  • Guest: Matt (Aka xeroTorex)
Topics:
  • Introductions
  • What, if any, impact did COVID have on your role-playing experiences?
  • What is your perspective on the relationship between game mechanics and the story?
  • Can a campaign be too long? If so, how?
  • The canonical Rifts meta-narrative: how do you interact with it?
RFM #65.mp3
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If you're interested in getting into a Roll20 campaign, please check out this discussion (Discord link), read the context, and if you're interested, vote for the settings you'd like to see, and comment about what you'd like to see most/least/etc.

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2nd Roll20 Campaign Begins!

Last night saw a surprise turn of events during the Roll20 campaign Decisionathon! Beyond the Supernatural & two different iterations of Heroes Unlimited made a strong showing among the great number of options available to everyone, but in the final decision Heroes Unlimited Galactic: Resurrection won the polling for our 2nd campaign slot.

When? 3rd Saturday of each month @ 7pm CST
Link to Updated Schedule
Game Invite Link {supporters only!)  Discord Link
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Radio Free Merctown #64: Wacky Rules Stuff
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Justin (Aka: GM Muppet Man on SU)
Topics:
  • Palladium rules arcana; superseded rules, & rules controversies from the past
RFM #64.mp3
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Robotech: Ghost Ship

Part 1: Friday, May 14th, 7:00PM CDT
Part 2: Friday, May 21st, 7:00PM CDT
Where: Roll20 & Discord (for voice chat)
Roll20: https://app.roll20.net/join/9452705/r7aAhg
Discord: https://discord.gg/fUErJX6BJt
This is a PUBLIC game, so you don't have to be a supporter to join in the fun.
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Image got you interested? Here's the schedule!
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May 2021 Saturday the 22nd
Roll20 Campaign Session Zero

What's the game? What's the campaign?
I don't know! We'll figure it out together like at a tabletop.
Show up! We'll figure out which game y'all most want me to run & we'll get started!
Come holler at us on Discord!
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Radio Free Merctown #63: Beyond The Supernatural (BTS)
Crew:
Topics:
RFM #63.mp3
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Roll20 games in April 2021
Set-up period: 7-8pm CST
Game time: 8pm-12am (at the latest, we often end at 11pm)

Friday the 9th: Public One-Shot: Rifts: Locus
Saturday the 10th: Rifts: Humble Origins campaign (supporters only)
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Radio Free Merctown #62: Roll20 Newbies Feedback & Q&A
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Skipp (Aka: Rourke)
  • Guest: Kaumz (Aka: Kaumz)
  • Guest: Andy (Aka: Andriod)
Topics:
  • Folks new to the community describe their experiences and impressions of EU and the Roll20 games they've participated in so far
  • Augur fields newbie questions big and small.
  • Open forum for whatever new folks want to talk about/ask in regards to the community, Roll20, gaming in general, etc.
RFM #62.mp3
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We've reached enough supporters to open up a new dimension/setting for play on EU. Please log into Discord and cast your vote for the dimension you most want to see opened up!
VOTE HERE
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I'm on Discord tonight to discuss the Rifts: Humble Origins Roll20 campaign.
This is a supporter-exclusive campaign.
DIscord Invite: https://discord.gg/nkTMCA6
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Radio Free Merctown #61: Chris Fox Interview
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Chris Fox
RFM #61.mp3
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Radio Free Merctown #60: Witch Hunt, part 2

This is an audio recording of the SavageRifts.com event at Hollerween, Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s (PEG) free Online Convention running from October 29 to November 1st.

Zoinks!
Monsters have plagued the town of Bidville, Arkansas over the last few days. These attacks and sightings have started to increase as the fall equinox approaches. The townsfolk suspect an old witch who lives in the nearby bayous—but could something even more sinister be afoot? Unable to afford mercenaries to protect themselves the town has turned to the Tomorrow Legion for help. The Legion has sent their best anti-supernatural team, the 13th Arcane Anomaly Team, to investigate.

Take the role of Fred the Juicer, Daphne the Commando, Velma the Techno-Wizard, Shaggy the Nega-psychic, and Scooby the Dog Boy as you investigate a dangerous monster attack in post-apocalyptic Arkansas.

RFM #60.mp3
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Radio Free Merctown #59: Witch Hunt, part 1

This is an audio recording of the SavageRifts.com event at Hollerween, Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s (PEG) free Online Convention running from October 29 to November 1st.

Zoinks!
Monsters have plagued the town of Bidville, Arkansas over the last few days. These attacks and sightings have started to increase as the fall equinox approaches. The townsfolk suspect an old witch who lives in the nearby bayous—but could something even more sinister be afoot? Unable to afford mercenaries to protect themselves the town has turned to the Tomorrow Legion for help. The Legion has sent their best anti-supernatural team, the 13th Arcane Anomaly Team, to investigate.

Take the role of Fred the Juicer, Daphne the Commando, Velma the Techno-Wizard, Shaggy the Nega-psychic, and Scooby the Dog Boy as you investigate a dangerous monster attack in post-apocalyptic Arkansas.

RFM #59.mp3
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Radio Free Merctown #58: Interview with Steven Dawes
Run Time: appx 46 minutes
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Steven Dawes
Topics:
RFM#58.mp3
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Radio Free Merctown #57: Nightbane & Dead Reign
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur on Explorers Unlimited)
  • Guest: Todd (Aka: Dodsrike, etc.)
  • Guest: James (Aka: Analoy, etc.)
Topics:
  • An introduction and overview of Nightbane
  • An introduction and overview of Dead Reign
RFM #57.mp3
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