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The Ina the Innocent children’s program was a long running virtual reality show popular with young people about 200 years after the founding of Innocence, Inc. and the dreaming. The show was dreamt up by Innocence’s billionaire founder and aging elf, Richard Mark Toren-by Rain-and-Salt Innocent. The idea was to make Innocent’s dreaming not only popular with adults and teens, but to ensure true loyalty to the company through a series of fun sounding jingles and patriotic storylines.

The protagonist was Richard Innocent’s daughter, Ina Innocent, who resented being a part of what she called “puerile propaganda”—that the show was a “useless waste of time.” After Richard’s death, and Ina’s takeover of the company, the show was only shown during 3am timeslots. Nevertheless, it remains popular with people who dislike Innocent’s politics, and has been used as a way to mock her and the company during protests. Despite being a children’s show, Ina the Innocent is an important cultural artjfact that persists through this day.

— Lawrence Mainnaim, Junior Media Studies Paper

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You go into “Ina the Innocent” as propaganda, but don’t explore the implications of it being propaganda. What does it say about our culture that something so visibly facile and politically motivated was shown to our children for years with abandon? What does it mean that the program candidly discussed a hierarchy of sentient beings? And how is it that we as a culture have come to accept that we are mired in lies and stories designed to hold us in place? If Ina the Innocent was the beginning of propaganda—did it really end? Or did it just get more insidious?

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In this episode, Zybil (Ronnie) and Hum4n (Ellie) play edutainment games for children, Earl (Drew) promotes good communication, and Adie (Avery) does some accidental remodeling.

 

Dicey Situations (diceysitchcast.com and @diceysitchcast) is an actual play rpg podcast starring Jess (@jesspretend), Drew, Ellie (@theundeadlemon), Avery (@crapiocaa) and Ronnie (@ronithebear). Cover art by Ronnie, music by Jess.

 

What is The Dreaming?

The Dreaming is the name of the cybernet, formally owned by Innocence, Incorporated (One of our greatest friends and sponsors, and one of our greatest clients!). The Center of the Dreaming is the Crying Child, the massive web of information that all of the Dreaming passes through. It’s one of the most complex hypercomputers ever devised, and we all access it every day!

If you die in the Dreaming, do you die in real life?

Don’t be silly! Why would a technomagical utopia on this scale have any need to have such a system in place? If you die in the Dreaming, you wake up. There are plenty of Firewalls in place to ensure that the Dreaming is perfectly safe.

(CW for people with audio sensitivity or misophonia – there is a very sonically unpleasant theme song at the end of this episode!)

In this episode, Earl (Drew) has tech issues, Hum4n (Ellie) makes a new friend, Adie (Avery) misunderstands how customer service works, and Zybil (Ronnie) gets a nice scone.

 

Dicey Situations (diceysitchcast.com and @diceysitchcast) is an actual play rpg podcast starring Jess (@jesspretend), Drew, Ellie (@theundeadlemon), Avery (@crapiocaa) and Ronnie (@ronithebear). Cover art by Ronnie, music by Jess.

Hello, and welcome to Venus, Inc, a family-begun company that specializes in Dreaming Insurance and Investigations. As one of our investigators, you could be from any number of interesting and exciting backgrounds, including humans! Elves! Sentient Brain Dogs! Robots (robots must maintain a 3 on the Aisimov rating and be able to pass at least two Turing tests and 1 (one) empathy test.) Venus, inc, breaks out from its competitors, because all of our adjusters and investigators come from different backgrounds, all of which can easily be applied to Dreaming Insurance.

In this episode, Earl (Drew) is too old for this shit, Hum4n (Ellie) has some fashion issues, Adie (Avery) skirts HR disaster, and Zybil (Ronnie) is so, so late. Also there’s a murder mystery.

 

Dicey Situations (diceysitchcast.com and @diceysitchcast) is an actual play rpg podcast starring Jess (@jesspretend), Drew, Ellie (@theundeadlemon), Avery (@crapiocaa) and Ronnie (@ronithebear). Cover art by Ronnie, music by Jess.

In this world building/character creation/game building episode, Jess takes us to the city of Pinnacle, a techno-magical dystopia mirrored by the VR world of The Dreaming. She also introduces us to a hybrid home-brew game with elements of of DnD 2.5 and 5e, Normality, and various other systems. There is no actual play in this episode, but we hope you’ll enjoy hearing us talk organize a game and create characters!

Drew exercises his right to bear arms, Ellie achieves robotic sapience, Avery decides to become an intolerant tank, and Ronnie invents a new pronoun.

[NOTE: It’s our goal for Dicey Sitch to be as accessible as possible, which is why we want to provide transcripts for every episode we release. We are disappointed to say that transcripts will likely update at a slower pace than audio episodes, which is our own fault. However, we’re still dedicated to make sure that transcriptions are released as close to audio episodes as possible. For now, please enjoy Episode 1 of Dicey Situations!]

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In this worldbuilding/character creation/game building episode, Jess takes us to the city of Pinnacle, a techno-magical dystopia mirrored by the VR world of The Dreaming. She also introduces us to a hybrid home-brew game with elements of of DnD 2.5 and 5e, Normality, and various other systems. There is no actual play in this episode, but we hope you’ll enjoy hearing us talk organize a game and create characters!

Drew exercises his right to bear arms, Ellie achieves robotic sapience, Avery decides to become an intolerant tank, and Ronnie invents a new pronoun.

Welcome to Dicey Situations, an actual play RPG podcast where 5 friends take turns running roleplaying games. The first campaign, Pinnacle, is hosted by Jess, and played by Ronnie, Drew, Ellie, and Avery, in a home-brew campaign developed by Jess.

After the end of the world, surrounded by fields of poison poppies, lies the green glass city of Pinnacle, a techno-magical dystopia filled with sapient robots, rat-folk, and immortal elves. The city is vast and limiting, controlled and powered by corporations and factions housed in glittering spires that tower over crumbling slums. There is an escape – The Dreaming, a city-wide virtual reality network in which you can be anything you want to be.  Of course, there are always accidents, infringements, insurance claims. But no wrongful death claims – when you die in the Dreaming, you wake up in real life.

Until now.

First off, shout out to our hosts at SiteGround and WordPress for making this enterprise even imaginable.

Like an ever encroaching beast, Dicey Situations is coming! Yet another actual play podcast based around many different systems and play styles.

The deal is; we’re all friends, and we take turns running a campaign. Each campaign is in a different or similar system depending on the season runner.

Season 1 is hosted by Jess, who is running a modded-to-hell AD&D 2 campaign with elements of Normality, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, and a bunch of other picked and chosen game builders. It’s set in Pinnacle, a cyberpunk magitech dystopian future, and the players are cyberpunk magitech dystopian insurance agents. Think Paprika meets Brazil.

The Players and their Characters (Season 1)

Jess is the game runner. She’s found on twitter @jesspretend and has a comic found here.

Drew plays Earl, a bitter old BDSM wizard with bear arms. Drew is found on the internet somewhere. Drew and Earl both use he/him pronouns.

Ellie plays Hum4n, a robot druid who grows moss and small birds. Ellie runs a bad life advice blog, Bad Life Advice. Ellie and Hum4n both use she/her pronouns.

Avery plays Adie, a religious zealot who thinks robots are tools and nothing more, and is basically that coworker who’s mostly ok but sometimes things get uncomfortable. Avery is found @crapiocaa on twitter and PugTeeth is their website. Avery and Adie both use they/them pronouns.

Ronnie plays Zybil, a ratfolk hacker folk who is interning at the insurance agency as a way to pay off some youthful vandalism. Ronnie is @ronithebear on twitter and has a comic called GQutie found here. They also draw comics for EverydayFeminism here. Ronnie uses they/them pronouns, Zybil uses zey/zem pronouns.

Episodes and artwork coming soon! We hope you drop by!