The Unmarked - Chapter 18

Welcome to The Unmarked, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Rob Daviau as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich, Cory Banks and Julian Murdoch into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. The end.

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Great series all!

Bad GM, letting the players slide when they all skipped answering the first part of your last TWO part question.

This episode gave me chills too many times to count. Bravo, everyone. I'd say I can't wait to see what you cook up next, but I'm actually glad for a bit of time to let this one sink in a bit.

Such a great job from start to finish. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thoroughly enjoyed the series. Got some work folks to listen as well.

Woah. Great end to a great series! Good work all - thank you for recording and sharing this with us!

I don't get to play RPGs very often, but I think listening to this is going to help me RP/improv a little bit better when I do. I loved the collaborative storytelling and the tarot card system.

Thanks everyone!

Toddland wrote:

Thoroughly enjoyed the series. Got some work folks to listen as well.

Spreading the word is the best thanks

This was amazing, stem to stern. Thank you all very much for putting the time into creating it! Eagerly looking forward to the next one!

Really enjoyed this, start to finish. Well done!

This series has become my go-to podcast for my 45 mile motorcycle ride to and from work and I have looked forward to each episode with the giddy joy and anticipation of a 5-year old on Christmas. Throughout your narrative, I have found myself participating and trying to "share" my own insights and/or "drive" the circus in the direction I thought they should take.

Since finding this gem, I have tried a few other audio/video collaborative story telling offerings and the only one that has come close to bringing a similar level of enjoyment has been HarmonQuest. Most of the others seem to focus on dice-based gaming rules, and with the exception of HarmonQuest, the rolling of the dice, adding modifiers, etc., always breaks my immersion in the story itself. The Unmarked, on the other hand, was ingenious in it's use of tarot cards as the "skill check" for any given scenario. Instead of breaking my immersion, this method actually enhanced it, and I often found myself laughing, groaning, crying right along with the cast as a particular card draw weaved its' way perfectly into the narrative. All I can say is THANK YOU, JOB WELL DONE, and I look forward to the next in the series.

I've never been much of a table-top roleplayer, but I've always enjoyed creative writing and story telling. If you guys decide you need an extra or a guest star, I'd be excited for the opportunity to join along.

Keep doing what you do.

Regards,

Drew (Vypre)

It really did turn out Stephen King AF! I have enjoyed this so much, thank you all for sharing this and for being such awesome storytellers. Great not-so-happy endings all around.

I really enjoyed this series and looked forward to every episode. It really set a standard for what a story telling RPG should be and how it let the players decide the story, Rob did a great job. After liking this one so much I have listened to other RPG podcasts and I always do a little inward wince when the GM lets dice control decisions too much or tells the players what they are doing instead of letting them decide and let the story flow.

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The end was so sad though! All of the heroes basically ended up broken people, discovering their powers essentially ruined all of their lives. It was so bittersweet because they saved the town but had to give themselves up to do it. Really hit that melancholy feeling that the series had throughout.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and admit that I could not figure out the implications of Karla's flash forward. How did people interpret Regina's epilogue?

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She died and her personality is still inside Killer. I think it was left up to the listener to imagine how that works, like do they take turns controlling things? Or can she just think but not really act? Or is she the primary personality with the dog stuck back in a mental corner?

LeapingGnome wrote:
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She died and her personality is still inside Killer. I think it was left up to the listener to imagine how that works, like do they take turns controlling things? Or can she just think but not really act? Or is she the primary personality with the dog stuck back in a mental corner?

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But didn't I hear Karla say that there are two people inside Killer, and "neither of them is Regina?" I originally thought that meant that Regina had displaced another dog's mind, which ended up inside Killer. On further reflection, it could just mean that Regina's 'self' had degenerated to the point where she was no longer Regina, but rather someone else entirely.

Right, degeneration is how I took it.

Just got the chance to finish the last two episodes during the driving we did for the holidays. Throughout the year we had made it a family affair, listening to an episode or two whenever we took longer car rides. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to whatever adventure 2017 holds!

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Red Ravens! Caw! Caw!

The Unmarked was pretty riveting. I downloaded it once it was completed, but didn't listen to is right away. Once I started, it was all I listened to while working from beginning to the end. Someone should seriously sit down and write a book or a screenplay that follows the events of this role-play series. (Not because of the actual "actor" that "played" him, but because of the description, I could picture Chet being played by John Goodman, in a live action movie of this.)

Man, this seemed like so much fun for the participants also. I can't wait until the next one.

This honestly never seemed like something I would get into and it took one false start and also pushing through the first episode before I felt like it might even be worth listening to. Now I'm at the start of episode 7 and ready for each new episode, but attempting to limit myself to no more than 1 a day.

I finished this recently and enjoyed the ride all the way. I enjoyed the melancholy, struggles and bits of humor all the way through. I thought the flash forward was a nice way to wrap things up without bogging down in detail. After each episode, I always spent a bit of time imagining how I would have responded to some of the challenges differently and wondering how that would have changed the story. It never felt like the story was on rails, so that was definitely part of the fun for me.

Thanks!