While the first episode of Storytelling Breakdown debuted in September of 2020, the podcast’s origins go back to late winter of 2019. Ben and Caleb sat at the dining room table in Ben’s old apartment and as the first conversations about starting a podcast were happening, Ben and Caleb were playing Smash Up, the shuffle building game of total awesomeness!
RPG Decades is a miniseries under the Storytelling Breakdown banner. Each season will consist of ten episodes centered around the same game and story. In the future, this could mean Dungeons & Dragons, Fate Core, Mutants & Masterminds or Monster of the Week. This debut season is all about Smash Up. Each player chooses two factions, such as Dinosaurs, Pirates, Robots, Super Spies, or Zombies, and shuffles the two faction decks together to create their team. From there, whoever can earn 15 victory points first wins the game, unless there’s some Madness involved. Ben and Caleb will explain the rules in more detail.
Ben and Caleb have also welcomed three of their friends to join them for a round robin tournament. Each competitor will face each other once as Ben, Caleb, Jacob Ganser, Lucas Gerke, and Nicole Rudolph attempt to earn the most wins overall. Our battle for this episode starts with the two Storytelling Breakdown hosts. Caleb’s factions come from Europe, as he’ll lean on the tenacity of the Musketeers and rain fire from Olympus thanks to the Mythic Greeks. Ben will turn to horror as he unleashes a pack of Werewolves. The pack has allied itself with arcane spell casters, Wizards whose magic could turn the tide.
Musketeers & Mythic Greeks vs. Werewolves & Wizards. Caleb vs. Ben. Let’s find out who wins.
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Storytelling Breakdown’s RPG Decades is hosted by Caleb Meyer and produced by Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is by Kurt Roembke. The theme music for RPG Decades season one is The Great Wave by Our Name Is Taken. The Storytelling Breakdown logo is by Daniel Church. The logo for RPG Decades season one is by Michael Ganser. Our podcast is hosted by John Dawkins and Wayneshout Productions.
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What is Storytelling Breakdown?
Storytelling Breakdown is a podcast deep dive into the way our favorite films, shows, books, games, and more reach us in all sorts of ways. Hosts Ben Clemmer and Caleb Meyer bring you a pop culture audio adventure recorded in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From the terrifying resonance of an eighty year old clown to the entire life of Caesar, from the cutting edge animation of an entire Spider-Verse to a card game from the late nineties that’s so Star Wars it hurts, and from the indelible mark of one of comics’ most creative writers to a museum dedicated to superheroes of all ages, Storytelling Breakdown is place where we can explore everything we love about the stories that make us who we are.
Storytelling Breakdown is recorded in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in association with Wayneshout Productions, LLC. Original music by Kurt Roembke. Artwork by Daniel Church.