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December 2020 Audio Drama, Fiction and RPG Podcast Debut Releases

Every month, there are a large number of new audio drama and fiction podcasts released. These monthly lists collate everything I can find that has released an Ep1 in its RSS feed (or youtube page, depending) for the relevant month. Feel free to shout in the comments if you've got more information or corrections and I'll update with anything I'm missing.

And tell me which ones I should be listening to. What have you enjoyed this month?

(This post has been simplified, due to page load time. There's also a page with all the first episodes embedded in it, but beware, it might take ages to load.)

Want to submit your podcast to one of these release lists? Use the dedicated contact page.

12/1: Christmas Steve
(Dramatised - Romance)
When young doctor, Izzy Casey, returns home to snowy Wisconsin for the Holidays, she falls head over heels for a hunky local shopkeeper. In the tone of Hallmark Christmas movies, this limited series scripted podcast is a stocking stuffed to the brim with romance, comedy, and embarrassing family members. It's comfort food for your ears this Holiday season.
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12/1: Crimes Against Christmas
(Fiction - Comedy)
A comedy thriller loosely inspired by Agatha Christie's Then There Were None, art investigator Peter Artridge heads to a remote island where a group of strangers have gathered for a festive celebration on the case of the Fabergé Bauble. Things take a sinister turn when the guests begin to be bumped off in mysteriously Christmassy ways. Based on our own hit stage play, this comedy audio drama is being released a chapter a day from the first of December as an audio advent calendar.
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12/1: Home of the Braves
(Dramatised - Comedy)
A comedy about a desperate family who catches a break when a TV producer offers to put them on her reality show.
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12/1: I/O
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
I/O is an original narrative podcast from Phantom Customer Media. In a near future San Francisco, the haves and have-nots struggle for control of an experimental device called Archive—an ingenious tool that can "record” matter, like a reel of tape, then rewind it to make what is old and dying like new again. When inventor Adnan Lem struggles to deliver what his unique technology promises, a visitor from his past (and his future) starts him on a new path forward.
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12/1: Santa's Cat
(Fiction - Children)
The magical tale of the cat who saved Christmas. Brought to you by Littlewoods Ireland, Santa’s Cat was created to ease concerns that children might have in the run up to the festive season due to the global pandemic. It tells the story of Santa’s cat, his dearest fluffy friend. This year, she has helped him prepare for one of his trickiest Christmases ever. And even when he has a last-minute wobble on Christmas Eve, she is there to remind him that everything is going to be okay. Although Christmas will be a bit different this year, it will still be magical and special.
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12/1: The Santa Chords Present: Ex-mas Stockings
(Dramatised - Musical)
A four part musical podcast mini-series from one of Australia’s premier Novelty Christmas Bands, ‘Ex-mas Stockings’ is the story of two bandmates as they navigate loyalty, love and lust over the Christmas Season. Episodes arriving Tuesdays from December 1st - each one featuring an original song by The Santa Chords! This is one holiday special you won’t want to miss!
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12/2: The Cellar Letters
(Dramatised - Horror)
Hey guys! Lost my job during the pandemic so decided to move cross country. So bored that I figured I'd document the move. Hope it's not too boring.
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12/2: U.C.S. (United Caucasian States)
(Dramatised - Thriller)
An audio drama about the worst being true. One group favored over all others. By law. Couldn't happen? Already did. Could it happen again?. . . Are you sure? . . . Starring Jim Brannigan, Danai Kadzere, Richard S. Rose. Written and directed by Richard S. Rose.
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12/3: $2 Creature Feature
(RPG - Fantasy)
$2 Creature Feature is an actual-play Monster of the Week podcast with Queue Times, bringing you the eerie adventures of the performers and employees of Severus Svarti’s Traveling Fun Fair. Together this found family tackles threats both supernatural and mundane as they find their place in the world and fight the monsters.
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12/3: A Game Called Quest
(RPG - Fantasy)
A Game Called Quest is an actual play/audio drama podcast of the tabletop RPG Quest. In our story, four unsuspecting nerds wind up magically sucked into their fantasy game and body swapped with their characters. This podcast features LGBTQ+ and POC cast of players and characters, has a female game master, and features a game (Quest) that is specifically designed to be inclusive.
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12/3: Assassin.ly
(Dramatised - Comedy)
Assassin.ly follows an assassination startup in a New York where murder is now legal—so long as you fill out the right paperwork. Join Mallory, the CEO of Assassin.ly, and Ben, the guy who is letting her stay in his mom's basement, as they navigate and narrate this brave new world to their shareholders. Listen as they launch their business, hire the only two assassin applicants left in the city, participate in the Murder Games, and try their best to turn bureaucracy into profit. Assassin.ly ** is a comedy and should not be taken as business advice or even bad business advice.
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12/3: Tampon Rock
(Dramatised - Musical)
Tampon Rock follows the dating foibles of the two lead lesbian characters – Deja and Chloe – as they luckily and unluckily navigate the Oakland love and music scene. Tampon Rock is as queer as its makers. Not in sexual orientation, but in its refusal to be contained by genre boundaries. It’s music centered but it’s not a musical. It’s a comedy, but it is also serious. It’s Black, It’s queer and it’s created by womxn but it's rated E for everyone. (just kidding it gets a little sexy - don't let your child listen to this).
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12/3: Wausau Community Theatre Podcast
(Dramatised - Adaptation)
Let Wausau Community Theatre take you back to a time when families would gather around the radio to hear nightly tales. With the Covid-19 pandemic cancelling live performances, Wausau Community Theatre has created an audio drama recording of the Bram Stoker classic, DRACULA for your listening pleasure. Enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, in the car, or while you're out and about.
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12/4: The Arc of Joan
(Dramatised - Comedy)
A small town Pastor with Televangelist dreams.
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12/4: The Inn at the Edge of Greenwood
(RPG - Fantasy)
In the north of the kingdom of Alçon there is an inn that sits at the edge of the elven forest of Greenwood. Many mysterious travels come through this inn, and share their stories with the innkeeper. These are their tales. The Inn at the Edge of Greenwood is an actual play podcast with a focus on intimate character interactions and role play over dice or mechanics.
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12/5: Anthology
(Dramatised - Anthology)
A tale of high adventure and low comedy! From the fog-shrouded streets of London, to the vast plains of Antarctica, Philip Peregrine and Professor George Edward Challenger are on a quest to save the world from the Children of Eternity!
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12/5: Aqua Net & Funyuns
(Dramatised - Musical)
Aqua Net & Funyuns is a podcast of five different operas connected by dozens of hidden Easter Eggs. Each episode highlights the cliff-hanger nature of serial narratives by alternating between all five operas in “round-robin” style. The serial episodes tell compelling stories with vocals, instruments and immersive sound design.
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12/6: Fear of a Blak Planet
(Dramatised - Comedy)
The Warriors of New Dreaming are a paramilitary Aboriginal group who are planning to decolonise Australia in the very near future, using force if necessary. Famous podcaster and successful Aboriginal, Travis De Vries has recently visited their compound and is interviewing members of the group as they move closer to their goals. Fear of a Blak Planet follows the rise of The Warriors of New Dreaming through a series of interviews.
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12/7: After the End
(Dramatised - Post-apocalypse)
After The End is a post-apocalyptic, audio drama set in the near future. The world ends when missiles fall and a plague sweeps the world. Julia and her little brother Matthew were at home with their father James when it happened. They immediately went to their bunker for safety. Shortly after getting there, James left to find their mother Mary who had been at work. Two and a half years have gone by and no one has returned. That is, until two scavengers, John and Sam, show up with something that belonged to Mary.
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12/7: Blight Christmas: A Horror Holiday Together
(Dramatised - Horror)
Just because we’re all apart this holiday, that doesn’t mean we can’t get scared together. Welcome to Blight Christmas: A Horror Holiday Together… a spooky yet festive variety show for your ears, featuring drama, prose, verse, and song from some of the finest creators in the Twin Cities horror theater community and beyond.
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12/7: Magic Locker
(Fiction - Urban fantasy)
Based on the hit Hooked story read by millions around the world, Magic Locker follows outcast teen Raina Sen as she tries to get revenge on the popular girls and rewrite her high school destiny.
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12/7: Staggars & Jags
(Dramatised - Comedy)
It’s the Golden Age of Piracy, but when the scourge of prohibition comes to town, two jovial bartenders must sing their hearts out to save their bacon.
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12/7: Young Santa Claus and the Winter Solstice
(Dramatised - Children)
A 4-part audio play fantasy adventure for families about the the adventures of young Kris Kringle, who would grow up to be the beloved symbol of Christmas . . . Santa Claus.
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12/8: Grey Matters Podcast
(Fiction - Anthology)
Stories that explore the essence of what shapes us.
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12/8: Low Armor Cast
(RPG - Fantasy)
The Low Armor Cast (thelowac) is an actual play Dungeons and Dragons campaign cast from Dying of Exposure. In their adventures in The Fold, this diminutive group of protagonists must fill the role of their champion in armor battles for sport, fame, and fiscal freedom. But all is not simple in the fantasy world of organized sport, especially when your liege champion is gone. Will they claim victory in the arena? Will they put up with adventurers mucking up the mix? Can they keep this a secret while they figure out what happened to their gladiator? Come and fine out!
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12/8: This Is Where We Go
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
This series is inspired by the OCTAVIA BUTLER quote from PARABLE OF THE SOWER: “All that you touch/You Change. All that you Change/Changes you. The only lasting truth/Is Change./God is Change.”A future built on commodity and access is altered forever with the disappearance of it’s main life force. With the fate of the universe rocked by change, four strangers find the answer to survival in each other. Four strangers, four paths, one destination.
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12/9: Closing the Book: A Timefold Story
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
In Delta-05 the government uses society's fear of the mysterious 'Timefolds', and the artificial intelligence system 'Book' to control the population. Unlike the rest of Delta-05, Mia Johnson has never followed her Plans, something which Book warns could have grave consequences. Closing the Book is a full-cast dystopian/science-fiction series created and produced by students of Falmouth University.
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12/9: Echoed Locations
(Fiction - Science fiction)
Echoed Locations is a Traveler’s Guide to a Solarpunk World! In this Audio Fiction Travel Show, follow Chori’s adventures to record the unique cultures and locations previously explored by their deceased mentor Raymond. From riverboat speakeasy collectives to worker-dog islands, the world has a lot to offer if you know where to look.
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12/10: GREENFIELD - A Kids Story Podcast
(Fiction - Children)
GREENFIELD : A Kids Story Podcast is a scripted kids show about a group of unextraordinary kids growing up in the Midwest in a small town called Greenfield. These stories will consist of fun adventures, life lessons, and original music to help push the storytelling narrative; great stories can come from small places.
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12/10: Life On Pause
(Dramatised - Anthology)
Life On Pause: A Quarantine Anthology is an audio drama set in a world that has been forced into lockdown due to a global pandemic. Each story follows a different version of the new normal, three years after humanity has been forced inside. Seven different households search for love, connection, and humanity in their new normal.
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12/10: Purgatory the Drama Podcast
(Dramatised - Slice of life)
Purgatory is a weekly fiction drama podcast. The story starts with two estranged friends who try rebuild their damaged friendship by writing about troubled school days.
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12/10: The Hand of Brass
(Fiction - Fantasy)
Duncan has become bored in his time as a ceremonial duelist for hire. When a charming sorceress employs him for his renown swordsmanship he quickly finds he may have forgotten more of his knightly training than he'd realized. He will aim to redeem himself and rediscover the skill that once earned his great reputation - If his luck lasts that long. It may already be too late as he has become bound to a mysterious relic that may seal his fate forever, The Hand of Brass.
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12/10: The Stove Network
(Dramatised - Comedy)
The Stove Network is an arts and community organisation based in the heart of Dumfries High Street. Barnside is sinking and its residents are ready to revolt. As the storm gathers and darkens, the local council have a plan to share. Only, not everything is as it seems and sooner or later, something’s going to give…
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12/11: Bayshar Blues
(Dramatised - Comedy)
An ambiguously ethnic twenty-something yuppie tries to navigate the surreal minefield of a city that's both woke and devoid of all body hair.
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12/12: Hell Gate City Companion
(Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
Hell Gate City Companion is a podcast offered in the style of a community radio show for the fictional town of Neo Amsterdam, updating listeners on its normal and paranormal events of late.
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12/13: TIGHTS
(Dramatised - Superhero)
Geoff wants to be a superhero. But he's not very super.
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12/14: City of Rancho Naranja
(Dramatised - Comedy)
Welcome to the City of Rancho Naranja! Located in the suburbs of Southern California, people sure are living here. Join the "elected" Mayor and take a look inside the lives of the city's aimless citizens.
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12/14: In Strange Woods
(Dramatised - Musical)
After a tragedy in the Whitetail National Forest, 18-year-old Peregrine Wells seeks out survivalist skills from an enigmatic old recluse. In this fictional documentary musical with an original folk-pop score, listeners will follow producer Brett Ryback as he explores themes of grief, adolescence, and our precarious relationship to the wilderness - all set against a sleepy northern Minnesota town reeling from a loss of innocence it will never get back.
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12/14: Negative Modifier
(RPG - Horror)
Negative Modifier is the best real play podcast you're not listening to yet. We play a variety of games, often leaning more towards the slightly more adult end of the spectrum.
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12/16: A City Sidewalk Christmas
(Dramatised - Slice of life)
A friend discovers his high school buddy homeless and on the streets of snowy Salt Lake City. A news reporter is there to capture their reunion and cover the story. The world responds with support and donations, but the homeless friend is ashamed and not willing to accept the help. A City Sidewalk Christmas is the story of how a friend's unrelenting love eventually conquers stigma and addiction. This original Christmas tale is is a nod to old-time radio that will bring hope and lift holiday spirits with its inspiring story and beautiful music.
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12/16: Short Plays for Short Journeys
(Dramatised - Anthology)
Welcome to Short Plays for Short Journeys, the podcast that brings you new plays by exciting authors, to listen to while you’re on the move. Rich stories are all around us and we’ve carefully selected some of the most original pieces which reflect today’s dynamic new authors. Performed by a diverse range of voices and viewpoints, immerse yourself as we tackle the modern world, one play at a time.
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12/17: Holy Sh!t
(Dramatised - Comedy)
Holy Sh!t is a thrilling new comedy drama, told entirely through Whatsapp voice messages, about female friendship, sex, betrayal...and Jesus. Meg and Lydia have been best friends forever. Lydia is living in halls in York and looking for a sign that she’s on the right path. Meg is struggling to fit in at music college and missing her ex-boyfriend. Lydia believes in God and hard work. Meg believes in shots and sexual freedom. When Lydia meets Sam – a righteous choral singer in the room next door to hers – she’s convinced he’s the Second Coming. Meg worries Lydia’s going mad – then she visits her and drunkenly sleeps with Jesus-Sam. And things get really weird.
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12/17: Nicked
(Dramatised - Children)
Since childhood, Nicoletta Nowell and Sarah Locke were inseparable. But the start of eighth grade marked Nicoletta’s sudden transformation from best friend to relentless bully with seemingly no cause. Come December, Sarah is resigned to the new state of affairs until she is swept up in a plot to straighten her bully out by Colzsákos—a Christmas faerie of the Holly Court, specializing in reforming naughty children. It seems like a dream come true, but is Col as ‘good’ as he seems, and can his reformation methods be trusted? A little Mean Girls, a little A Christmas Carol, and a little Labyrinth, Nicked is a holiday faerie tale about good kids, bad kids, and best friendship gone cold.
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12/18: Shakin' up Shakespeare!
(Dramatised - Adaptation)
Nereids Theatre Company is proud to present episode one in our Shakin' up Shakespeare series. SYCORAX combines Macbeth and The Tempest, to tell the tale of one witch's journey to protect her children. We are an all female ensemble creating audio plays which reshape the hidden stories of women in history. What will you discover?
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12/19: Almost Home
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
In Banner Media's debut audio production, we follow Rover-a solitary space explorer-as she records her findings and musings in a series of personal audio logs. As Rover and her AI companion wander from planet to planet, marvelous discoveries lead to new revelations about the past generations, as well as the future of her personal mission.
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12/19: Fate and Fauxtune
(RPG - Fantasy)
Welcome to our playthrough of Wyrd Games' story-driven Role-Playing Game: Through the Breach. Set in the early 1900s, 3 fugitives plan to escape the iron grasp of the Guild - leaving the comforts of Earth in favour of another world. Join us for comfort, discomfort, and everything in between as we walk the lines of comedy and dark drama.
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12/19: Nunwood Tales
(Dramatised - Fantasy)
Cut off from his platoon, a soldier takes shelter with a local woman. But, not everything is as it seems.
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12/19: Pipe Dream Theatre
(Dramatised - Anthology)
Unique musicals and plays delivered directly to you in a one of a kind audio experience.
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12/20: Bawdcast
(Dramatised - Erotica)
Years ago, thirty-something latte-slinger and struggling artist Evie Dresden gave over to her most secret, submissive desires – with catastrophic results. Since then, she has denied her sexual impulses, unable to trust again. Instead, she contents herself with a simple existence: days at the coffee house, evenings volunteering with Theatre Nova, and bedtime all alone. Enter Kaleb Finn, expert Dominant: stern, firm, and trustworthy. Kaleb is captivated by Evie from the first. He cherishes her submission, makes her body sing with unspeakable pleasure, and drives away the miserable memories – but with prior trauma of his own, he resists the urge to offer his whole heart. Until someone threatens Evie’s safety. With danger lurking in the shadows, they must face the demons of their past for any hope of a future. Adapted from Threshold, the breakout novel by author Harper Mitchell, season one of Bawdcast is twenty episodes full to bursting with thrills, chills, and spills – not to mention a metric ton of safe D/s practices and dick jokes.
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12/20: Island Demeter
(RPG - Anthology)
Island Demeter is an Actual Play podcast where a rotating cast of players explore systems to engage in critical play and queer bonhomie.
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12/21: From Now
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
A famed lost spaceship, the USS HOPE, returns to Earth after vanishing thirty-five years prior. The lone survivor disembarks mysteriously​ looking the exact same age as when he left​. Following the ensuing media chaos, he finally reunites with his formerly identical twin brother (now an old man) for a one-on-one meeting. But what starts as a joyful reconciliation soon leads to dark revelations that threaten their relationship -- and the future of humanity.
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12/22: Claus: The Series
(Dramatised - Fantasy)
The Story of Three Generations in the Santa Claus Family! Audio Series!!!
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12/23: Curse of Civilization
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
Curse of Civilization is a time-travel adventure audio drama that harkens back to the golden age of serialized radio plays with a modern approach to sound design and storytelling. The series immerses the listener into an exciting, rich world full of comedy, suspense and action. Over six episodes, our heroes explore strange lands and face ancient evil to solve the mystery of the Lost Civilization of Zapotilia.
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12/23: Daisy Unchained
(Dramatised - Urban fantasy)
A whimsical glance into a podcaster’s adventure in the Adirondacks! Join Daisy as she discovers that there is more to the alpine wilderness of upstate New York than most people think. With the help of her quirky new friends, she embarks on a journey of discovery. Daisy Unchained is a charming, whimsical adventure full of friendship and natural wonder set in the world of The Cryptonaturalist by Jarod K. Anderson.

12/23: The Dead Letter Office of Somewhere, Ohio
(Dramatised - Horror)
A horror-comedy fiction podcast set within one of the three remaining Dead Letter Offices in the country. Join receiving clerk Conway as he archives the strange, spooky, surreal pieces of lost mail that come through the office.
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12/23: The REDACTED Reports
(RPG - Horror)
You have discovered The Redacted Reports: an actual-play podcast of the Delta Green roleplaying game.
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12/25: Hold for Sound
(Dramatised - Anthology)
Welcome to The Podcast Players' weekly podcast, Hold for Sound! Each week we go behind the scenes on our most recent production, interview entertainment industry pros, and talk about navigating the ever-changing landscape of our industry. This is also where you'll find all of our audio productions, including the premiere of our radio play, A Mysterious Affair at Soldier Island!
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12/25: The Ulysses Chronicle
(Fiction - Science fiction)
An alternate future Rome fought an invasion of parallel universes and a cosmic cataclysm. Ulysses Adelbrecht remains the lone survivor at the end of this war. He recounts his life fighting these forces, his friends and fellow soldiers, and the events that led to their destruction.
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12/26: Folklore
(Dramatised - Horror)
When Tamsin Wheatley receives a series of mysterious cassette tapes from her late University Professor, she finds herself drawn into a world of ghosts, demons, standing stones, and terrifying black dogs. Join her as she explores Wiltshire’s rich, mysterious, and sometimes even frightening history, where every village, town, dark copse, and country road has a story to tell.
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12/26: The Cipher
(Dramatised - Thriller)
When 16-year-old Sabrina cracks the cryptic Parallax, she's recruited to track down a serial killer... who might not be from this world.
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12/28: Khôra Podcast
(Dramatised - Fantasy)
The women from the tale of Jason and the golden fleece face space monsters, reality TV stars, and the sometimes benevolent, mostly dangerous Olympus Corp as they take on the quest to return the Fleece to Colchis. It’s got pirates, it’s got sentient spaceships, and it’s All About The Ladies! It’s also very queer.
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12/28: Letters to Georgia
(Fiction - Urban fantasy)
Letters to Georgia are the audio-journal recordings of daily life in a small cottage with a mysterious second mailbox and obnoxious houseguests by freelance writer Rachel Bardin. Follow along as she tries to get her life in order again after moving to a bizarre rural area that's a little too keen on keeping her.
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12/28: Voices from the Umbra
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
Based on the incredible work of Grandfather Spaulding, Voices From The Umbra is a podcast dedicated to preserving the voices and knowledge of four humans in the twilight of humanity on the Other Earth.
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12/29: Thrilling Stories
(Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
A serial drama podcast featuring a thrilling tale each season. Season one: Identity Theft is a film noir mystery detective series with an all-star cast. Featuring the best supsense, who-done-its and great drama stories from Los Angeles.
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12/31: Solarpunk
(Dramatised - Science fiction)
Solarpunk is a fictional podcast from the year 2047. It is the future history of my children. In America, in Europe and on Mars. Think of Solarpunk as kind of an Immigrant Tale: It's about the joy of starting fresh. It’s the story of how we heal the world. Make it a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race.
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