The World of AIQ
April 14, 2019 | by Shianne
If you've been listening to the show, you may be wondering where, exactly, our action takes place. Well, wonder no more! Here are maps of the locations visited in the show so far. First is the map of Vail, which is the whole world of our campaign. The second map is of the Vast, which is the specific region we're in right now. We started in Landlock and traveled to Threshold (both can be found on the eastern side of the Vast map).
Adventures in Questing: A History
March 23, 2019 | by Shianne
This is the brief tale of how we came to be…
It started in the fall of 2016, when our DM Max, living the post-college life, had the brilliant idea to run a game of Dungeons and Dragons for his friends. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and he called up Tristan, our friend Dannielle, and me. We gathered around the fireplace at my house and started a game in the classic style: with all of us meeting in a tavern. None of us really knew what we were doing, but we knew we were having an incredibly fun time.
Our group soon grew in size. We started playing regularly, and although we’ve gotten busy at various times over the last three years and had to slow down our game, we’ve never stopped playing. Our group has changed a bit over the years, with some of our dear friends heading off to grad school or grown-up jobs, and new friends joining the party.
We’ve played through four campaigns so far. Our first campaign included Tristan, Katelyn, and me, and it was a wild one, involving our characters traveling through time and space to underwater worlds, fantastic cities, and even...Miami. In our next campaign, Jaiden joined the team. We played as a group of siblings reclaiming their ancestral homeland in Hell or Highwater, a fast-paced and highly dramatic tale reminiscent of Game of Thrones meets Chronicles of Narnia. Suni joined the team for our next game, Tooth & Claw, a high-level tale of ultimate heroics as our characters saved the world from the return of the evil dragon goddess Tiamat. Most recently, we finished the campaign we ended up calling The Valar, an epic tale of rebellion and betrayal, and added Michelle and Ali to the group along the way.
Last summer, I posted a clip of our game on Reddit that went unexpectedly viral, with lots of people commenting that they’d like to see more from our game. That planted the idea of eventually starting a podcast. It seemed like a natural fit, since we’re a bunch of theatre people with skills in acting, playwriting, sound design, music composition, arts administration, and marketing. And we’re all pretty funny, if we do say so ourselves.
We decided that we’d try this podcast thing with our next campaign, and after wrapping up The Valar on January 6, 2019, the wheels were set in motion to record, edit and release our next game. Now, several long months later, it’s finally happening! We’re so excited to share our latest story with the world. We hope our passion for this game is apparent, and that you’ll join us on what is sure to be an incredible journey!