“I’ll admit, I only started this podcast when I was caught up on the Magnus Archives and wanted more from Rusty Quill, but this has become my all-time favorite podcast.
At first I was a bit concerned as I am only familiar with DnD 5e and thought that the Pathfinder mechanics would be too confusing and ruin the immersion, but they do an excellent job of explaining both at the beginning and as new concepts are introduced. The balance of “this is an actual play podcast and we want to make sure our listeners are informed” and “we’re not going to let game mechanics get in the way of the story we’re telling” is done in a way where neither half ever feels as if it’s imposing, which has been my experience with all other actual play podcasts I’ve tried before.
The characters (PCs and NPCs) feel alive and stay interesting throughout the campaign, while the players/GM are intelligent and engaging without distracting from the roleplay. And the roleplay is the best I’ve ever seen (heard). With other AP podcasts, the drama comes from scripted or obviously planned encounters and during character monologues where one person is controlling the story/emotion. In RQG , I have feelings about these fictional characters during causal, natural interactions. This is what I mean when I say that these characters and this world feel alive; it’s like I could walk away from the content and they’re still going about their days.
It may be a bit of a side note, but the combat encounters in this are also really easy to follow. I can’t pinpoint what it is about this podcast that makes this so, but I’ve never had an issue with figuring out what’s happening, unlike other podcasts where I feel as if I can just skip the combat and have the same idea of what’s going on.
Another point where RQG has amazing balance is with comedy and drama. Though jokes about the constant suffering of the PCs are abound, it never gets overwhelming. If anything, this campaign has the normal amount of trauma for the genre, the players just treat it more realistically than others. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely sad bits, but the humor is never completely abandoned. Nor is it out of place. This is just a long-winded way of saying the “fluff and angst” tag on AO3 applies perfectly to this podcast.
The representation (a non-binary player character??? what??? I can actually see myself in fiction for once?????) is excellent without being preachy or opportunistic. While I can’t responsibly speak on the merit of ALL sorts of representation present in RQG, I can say that the care and tone surrounding pronouns specifically is heart warming and inclusive in a way I haven’t encountered in media before.
I am in love with the world Alex and the others have built, and every new episode of RQG feels like coming home. Thank you to them for all of their effort, and I’d like them to know that the connection they obviously have with their story has reeled me in as well. To anyone considering whether or not to give this podcast a listen, I would suggest that you do, with every fiber of my being.
To Rusty Quill I’d like to say that despite the fact that you’ve made me cry more times than I can count, I do, genuinely, respect your craft.”
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