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Episode 494: Sidekicks to the Bear

April 29th, 2022 | Robin

In an episode dedicated to recreating for posterity the good half of an old installment that has since gone missing, the Gaming Hut looks at campaigns where most of the PCs are sidekicks to a superior hero.

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7 Responses to “Episode 494: Sidekicks to the Bear”

  1. wmarshal says:

    I have a copy of episode 154 on my phone, but I have no way to export it as a file. If somebody knows a way for me to give this episode back to Ken and Robin let me know.

  2. Michael Cule says:

    I’m surprised that Ken didn’t bring up the story of Lyonnesse which is Ys (and its Welsh siblings) writ large: a whole kingdom lost to the sea. It has the story of the last man to flee riding his horse just ahead of the wave: supposedly the basis of the coats of arms of the Trevelyan and Vyvyan families.

  3. Fred Kiesche says:

    I’m pretty sure I have 154 downloaded on my PC. As a Beloved Patreon Backer, I would make it my duty to pass a copy back.

  4. Phil Masters says:

    I frequently keep downloaded copies of the podcast, because 1 Tb disc why not, and I do have 154; if it’d help, I can pass a copy back to our esteemed hosts.

  5. Vulpine says:

    What I get for not listening yesterday, I could have been first Gene Hackman 😉

  6. Chris Nolen says:

    I also have #154 downloaded and would gladly send it your way.

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