Friends at the Table

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Name: Friends at the Table
Abbreviation(s): FatT
Creator: Austin Walker, Ali Acampora, Art Martinez-Tebbel, Jack de Quidt, Keith J. Carberry, Nick Scratch, Andrew Lee Swan, Andi Clare, Janine Hawkins
Date(s): September 12, 2014 to Present
Medium: podcast
Country of Origin:
External Links: website, Twitter, Patreon
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Friends at the Table is a weekly tabletop RPG podcast made by members of RunButton.net and StreamFriends.tv.[1]

Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast focused on critical worldbuilding, smart characterization and fun interaction between good friends.[2]

The Friends[3]

  • Austin Walker (GM)
  • Ali Acampora
  • Andrew Lee Swan
  • Art Martinez-Tebbel
  • Jack de Quidt
  • Janine Hawkins
  • Keith Carberry
  • Nick Scratch (Retired as of March 24, 2017)

Seasons

The podcast is currently in its Fifth season. The first, third, and fifth seasons (as well as a mini-season, 2.5) are set in the fantasy world of Hieron, while the second and fourth seasons are set in an as of yet unnamed Sci-Fi setting.

Season 1: Autumn in Hieron

A post-fantasy story using the RPGs Dungeon World.

Season 2: COUNTER/Weight

A cyber-noir mecha-centric story using the RPGs Technoir and The Sprawl.

Season 2.5: Marielda

A prequel to Season 1 using the RPG Blades in the Dark

Season 3: Winter in Hieron

The sequel to Season 1, continuing using the RPG Dungeon World.

Season 4: Twilight Mirage

A spiritual sequel to Season 2 using the RPGs The Veil and Scum and Villainy

Sailing peacefully through the false nebula of the Twilight Mirage, The Divine Fleet has found shelter from a hostile galaxy. As their utopian government struggles to hold itself together as Divine after Divine falls victim to foul play, heroic sacrifice, or tragic accident, Empyrean, the last Divine, has sent a expeditionary crew to the plant Quire to perform reconnaissance and to reconnect with former colonists from the Fleet in hopes of establishing a permanent planetside haven for its people. Meanwhile, The Beloved Dust, a group of investigators, operatives, and specialists with Divine jurisdiction work to prevent utter collapse at the hands of the Fleets old enemy: The New Earth Hegemony, who even now moves to halt the Fleet's endless flight forever. In the past peace followed after every crisis, but this time with the Fleet only a shadow of its former self, there might not be an "after" when the dust finally settles.[4]

Season 5: Spring in Hieron

The sequel to Season 2, continuing using the RPG Dungeon World.

Fandom

The Friends at the Table fandom is active on Twitter and has an active Discord server. The Friends at the Table Patreon had over 2,200 supporters pledging almost $16,000 per month as of April 10, 2018.[5]

Fan Reviews and Responses

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1.) I love the balance FatT strikes between seriousness and humor. They are very storytelling-oriented, and never let humor detract from the story they are telling. However, they are friends and they act like it, joking around with each other fairly frequently, and they are genuinely funny in their own right. Worldbuilding is one of their 3 main focuses and they do a great job of it. Their other two focuses are "smart characterization and fun interaction between good friends", so they place high priority on both roleplay and banter 2.) I would say that the quality of episodes increases throughout the beginning of Counter/Weight, and then stays pretty consistent up through the present. 3.) My background: I'm in love with The Adventure Zone, and tried up to the start of the second "book" of Glass Cannon, but found it less funny and more straight gameplay-oriented than I had hoped.

Friends at the Table is much more story focused than Glass Cannon was, and about as story oriented as The Adventure Zone during 11th Hour. FatT doesn't have me laughing as much as TAZ usually does, but FatT does have me as enraptured by its story as TAZ did during these last few episodes. A good comparison to draw between the two is that while the McElroys are primarily concerned with doing the funniest thing, the Friends are primarily concerned with doing the most interesting thing. That isn't to say that TAZ isn't interesting, or that FatT isn't funny, though.

I very much love Friends at the Table. I've tried a smattering of different RPG podcasts, and FatT and TAZ are my top two favorites.

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There is a good mix of serious and funny, not so much of either one though to make the tone shifts completely unexpected.

I would say that overall FatT gets better with age. I've been listening since early in Counter/Weight (and did go back to listen to season 1 when I got caught up with C/W, it's good if you can get past the audio issues) and I feel that the quality of the RP as well as the GMing get better as the series continues. The music is consistently incredible as well.

I have only listened to tAZ of the four pods you referenced here. Breaking it down I would say tAZ is funnier on a minute to minute basis, while FatT is more of a balance between serious and funny. TAZ is far more loose with the rules. Also FatT does not play D&D, they have played several games in the PbtA family of systems, so if you're looking for more D&D this may not be the right pod for you.

With all that said, I absolutely love both podcasts, they are my two favorites to listen to, both have pulled me into their characters/worlds extremely effectively and I would recommend them to anyone who has an interest in Actual Play podcasts.

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Fanworks

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As of April 10, 2018, there were almost 500 fanworks in the Friends at the Table (Podcast) tag on Archive of Our Own, where the most popular pairings are Samot/Samothes (with 59 tagged works), Cassander Timaeus Berenice/Mako Trig (with 39 tagged works), and Alyosha/Arrell (with 34 tagged works). Slash is the most commonly tagged category of fic on AO3 (with 225 tagged works), followed by gen (with 119 tagged works) and femslash (with 73 tagged works). Samot is the most commonly tagged character, and PWP is the most common additional tag.

#15DaysofFatT

Calendar for the 2018 fanworks challenge #15DaysofFatT.

In 2017 and 2018, Twitter user katiediek organized #15DaysofFatT, a fanworks challenge held over the last fifteen days of February, with daily prompts for the Friends at the Table fandom.[6]

In 2017, a different character was the focus of each day of the challenge; in 2018, there was a different thematic topic for each day.[7] Fanworks were shared on Twitter using the hashtag,[8] and also on AO3.[9]

Links

References

  1. TV Tropes: Friends at the Table Accessed on April 8, 2018.
  2. Friends at the Table website Accessed on April 8, 2018.
  3. Friends at the Table subreddit Accessed on April 8, 2018.
  4. Friends at the Table subreddit Accessed on April 8, 2018.
  5. Friends at the Table Patreon Accessed on April 10, 2018.
  6. "15 Days of FatT," Katie Diekhaus. Posted on February 14, 2018. Accessed on April 12, 2018.
  7. "15 Days of FatT," Katie Diekhaus. Posted on February 14, 2018. Accessed on April 12, 2018.
  8. #15DaysofFatT on Twitter Accessed on April 12, 2018.
  9. 15 Days of FatT tag Accessed on April 12, 2018.