As It Seems: A Chill Semester

Session 1 (EOR/CT!): Prologue
A Brief Prelude, Ten Years in the Past...

December 21st, 2003. Four tenants of the Hill Manor Apartments sit around a fold-out card table in the 7th floor recreation room. All were slightly late, as construction continues on the main elevators. Janice, the ringleader of this card game (and gracious host), has just stepped out to bring in refreshments.

Esoteric Order of Roleplayers Cast:

Jen: Rachel O’Hara
Desiree: Nishan “Nicky Sims” Sadoyan
David L.: Thomas Booth
Jade: Michael Nero

A recording of this session can be found here.

Crit This! Cast:

Susan: Rachel O’Hara
Chuck: Thomas Booth
Courtney: Nishan “Nicky Sims” Sadoyan
Russell: Michael Nero

A recording of this session can be found here.

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Session 2 (CT!): A Cold Day in School
Club Recruitment and Ghost Hunting.

September 9, 2013. After CharGen, students of California State University San Kaissa converge for their second week of classes. It’s Club Week, leading up to a memorable Friday the 13th and a campus tradition, the Dorm Parade (which all the players decide to avoid).

Instead, everyone goes ghost hunting! Who can guess how well it’s going to turn out for these meddlesome kids intent on having an unorthodox college experience.

Player Cast:

Susan: Claudia Evelyn Bird
Jade: Feather Briggs
Chuck: Jimmy Edwards
Courtney: Morgan Christas
Russell: Zeke Reefs
Jonathan: Samuel Merf

A recording of the session can be found here.

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Session 2 (EOR): Summer of Screams
A Missing Family and a Burned Manor...

September 9, 2013. After CharGen, staff members of the San Kaissa Oracle disembark from the Recharte ferry, intent on rekindling interest in the Adrian Scoresby murder trial. With a little bit of elbow grease and some absolutely fantastic scriptwriting, they pull some Grade-A material before everything goes sideways.

Player Cast:

David L.: Barbara Oldroyd
Desiree: Basil Carruthers
Jade: Ritch Picley
Jen: Alicia Yee
Renae: Kate McFadden

A recording of this session can be found here.

(Dave-you got Renae and I mixed up. I’ve fixed it. -JP)

(Thanks Jen! -DS)

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Session 3 (CT!): The Day of the Fire
A New Challenger Enters the Ring

September 13th, 2013. We are introduced to a new character, and finish up the nightly events of frigid Friday the 13th, and the players find a way to make all their characters’ paths cross.

And then there’s a fire.

Player Cast:

Susan: Claudia Evelyn Bird
Jade: Feather Briggs
Chuck: Jimmy Edwards
Courtney: Morgan Christas
Russell: Zeke Reefs
Jonathan: Samuel Merf
Robert: Jonathan Parker

A recording of the session can be found here.

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Session 3 (EOR): Moyduh, Moyduh, Moyduh.
Another One Bites the Dust...This Is Getting Ridiculous

September 11th, 2013. Characters discover the supposed-murderer, Melvin Leclaire, covered in blood by the ruins of the Rufino Manor. They spend the next few hours tampering with evidence and making life-long enemies with a hard-nosed island police deputy by the name of Cletus Osterberger, recently a detective in Gotham, IL.

All their theories will come into question when another murder occurs, but what is the connection?

Player Cast:

David L.: Barbara Oldroyd
Desiree: Basil Carruthers
Jade: Ritch Picley
Jen: Alicia Yee
Renae: Kate McFadden
Brendan: S. “Scruffy” Scruffman.

A recording of this session can be found here.

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Session 4 (EOR): Never Safe Again...
The End of a Nightmare.

September 12, 2013. Violence escalates in the sleepy university city of San Kaissa. Assaults, attempted murders, and attempted suicides are reported by concerned neighbors, and a panic ensues when the cause is revealed to be a new strain of virulent tetanus called CPT.

Citizen turns on citizen as no one is sure who is safe.

And the intrepid reporters of the San Kaissa Oracle are there, reporting on local goings-on.

Player Cast:

David L.: Barbara Oldroyd
Desiree: Basil Carruthers
Jade: Ritch Picley
Jen: Alicia Yee
Renae: Kate McFadden

A recording of this session can be found here.

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Season 2, Session 1: A Chill Semester (EoRP)
Back to School.

October 23, 2017. The intrepid staff of the San Kaissa Oracle have been brought on as guest lecturers at California State University San Kaissa for the Fall 2017 semester, but things have changed since alumni Barbara Oldroyd and Dr. Ginger O’Flannery attended.

The only thing to discover is how much.

Player Cast:

David L. – Barb Oldroyd
Desiree - Basil Carruthers
Sage - Ginger O’Flannery

A recording of this session can be found here.

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Season 2, Session 2: Cold Case (EoRP)
We Got the Band Back Together

October 24, 2017. We finally see the completed staff at the table as the clues continue to pile up. Old faces and old flames emerge; will these notables help or hinder the new investigation? Four days until the Homecoming game, and the Oracle staff is digging deeper and deeper into the mire of CSUSK’s past.

Player Cast:

David L. – Barb Oldroyd
Desiree – Basil Carruthers
Sage – Ginger O’Flannery
Renae – Kate McFadden
Jade – Ritch Picley

A recording of the session can be found here.

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Mid-Week Taster: Kate's "Cheets"

Maybe it already exists, but I came up with a “Chitter” logo that I’d like to share, as well as a few of @Kate_Cant_Wait ’s “cheets” (“tweets”), sent during the time period of our last game:
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@fooz_bro Dude, RU avoiding me?
@mike_stanson_PhD-Candidate omg when RU going to change your handle. Such a turnoff #lame
@barb-Droid I wuz gonna ask, is that your real name?

What is up with the freak snow? Anybody? #sankaissasnow #sankaissa2015 #sankaissa2014

@fooz_bro Hang my bra on the knob again #killafool

Can’t even believe these children graduate high school. #studentscantwrite #wtf #retakehighschool
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^Kate on the first day.

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Mid-Week Taster: "Going Full Barnacle"

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Barb stood at the bar, nursing her cocktail. Thomas had just gone off to check on how much longer the wait would be. He hadn’t thought to make reservations, even though sifud. was the hottest night spot in San Kaissa at the moment.

“What am I even doing here?” she wondered.


“Hi! Who had the Yia Yia Mahi?”

Thomas gave a discreet signal.

“That makes you the Brie & Berry Salad,” said the server, laying a rather outsized dish in front of Barb.

“That looks good,” Thomas said, somewhat lamely. Barb mustered a half-smile. She’d inadvertently filled up on oyster crackers at the bar.


“No, no, I’ve got this!” Thomas insisted, handing the bill to the waiter. Barb put her purse back on the adjoining seat.

Their plates cleared, small talk long since dispensed with, a silence settled over the table.

“Thomas…?”

“Yeah, Barbie?”

“Never mind.”

Barb stared out over the waters, looking at the lights on the docked boats.


A soft rain pattered on the roof of Thomas’s car. The sifud. parking lot was mostly empty now. Not that he or Barb could see that, thanks to the fogged-up windows.

Barb sat back, brushing a bit of hair off her sweaty forehead. Tom still knew his way around the back seat of a car. He was good enough that Barb was able to overlook the garlic breath for the most part. Why did he have to order that fish plate? Barb was surprised to realize she was a little disappointed to realize things weren’t going to go past simply making out tonight.

She gathered up her purse, preparing to head back to her car on the other side of the parking lot. It was quiet and dark outside. She realized her heart was beating with fear as much as passion.

“Tom?”

“Yeah, Barbie?”

“You think you could introduce me to the guy who runs your kung fu dojo?”

Thomas smiled, that trademark roguish grin that still made Barb melt. “It’s called a ‘kwoon’—dojo is a Japanese word. And yeah, I’d be happy to introduce you to my sifu. You interested in learning kung fu?”

Barb opened the door, ushering in a chill breeze. She returned Tom’s grin with one of her own. “Yeah, maybe.”

Thomas’s farewell words—“Call me?”—were muffled by the shutting of the door. Barb’s heels clacked on the slick asphalt as she pulled her knit cardigan tighter around her shoulders. The shadows seemed to pursue her all the way to her Acura.

Looking back, Barb noted that Thomas had been good enough to wait until she got in her car before starting up his own and driving off. Barb started her car, put it in gear, but then paused. She stared out the windshield across the darkened parking lot, now illuminated by her headlights. Was that a snowflake she just saw drifting through the lights of her high beams?

She shook her head and drove off.

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