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Welcome to Astronomica, a Stars Without Number actual play podcast. Join Star Master Stan and regular players Colin, Cullen, Geoff, and Kristen as they crew the definitely-not-piloted-by-a-rogue-AI ship The Admiral Grace. From encounters with magnificent space whales to battling intergalactic corporate scumbags, there is nothing this crew can't make way more complicated than it needs to be. Tag along every Wednesday and listen in as we learn that the true friends were the ones you decompressed and maybe accidentally spaced along the way.

Welcome to Astronomica, a Stars Without Number actual play podcast. Join Star Master Stan and regular players Colin, Cullen, Geoff, and Kristen as they crew the definitely-not-piloted-by-a-rogue-AI ship The Admiral Grace. From encounters with magnificent space whales to battling intergalactic corporate scumbags, there is nothing this crew can't make way more complicated than it needs to be. Tag along every Wednesday and listen in as we learn that the true friends were the ones you decompressed and maybe accidentally spaced along the way.

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United States

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Welcome to Astronomica, a Stars Without Number actual play podcast. Join Star Master Stan and regular players Colin, Cullen, Geoff, and Kristen as they crew the definitely-not-piloted-by-a-rogue-AI ship The Admiral Grace. From encounters with magnificent space whales to battling intergalactic corporate scumbags, there is nothing this crew can't make way more complicated than it needs to be. Tag along every Wednesday and listen in as we learn that the true friends were the ones you decompressed and maybe accidentally spaced along the way.

Language:

English

Contact:

3175230014


Episodes

Ep 36: Let's F**K this Chicken

6/23/2021
With the team as prepped as they're ever going to be, the crew of the Admiral Grace charges headlong into danger with only the barest haze of a solid drunk between them and the knowledge of certain death. It's time to suit up and, in the words of a beautiful and sacred ancient Aegean proverb, f**k this chicken! (Yeah, we have questions, too) If you enjoy the show, please follow us on your favorite platform for new episodes every Wednesday. We also love seeing your 5 star reviews over on...

Duration:01:16:57

Ep 35: A Fistful of Hand Grenades

6/16/2021
It looks like the crew is ready to ignore all logic and self preservation as they plan their attack on the ominously intelligent pre-tech Dove of Peace. Hilde's clone sib reluctantly agrees to help with the preparations and the team works to duct tape a few special munitions together in the hopes that at least one of them might survive. Sure, Stardaddy warned us this was a great idea (DMs, amiright?) but we remain resolute in trying to achieve the ever illusive total party kill. Who are we...

Duration:01:18:10

Ep 34: A Nun, an Android, and a Mackie Walk Into a Bar

6/9/2021
It's a long one, y'all, and we're not just talking about Anton's...stories about Aegea (what did you think we meant?). This week the extremely refined crew of the Admiral Grace sits down to dinner with a whole monastery's worth of nuns. Mackie chats a bit with Dr. Theophania about the Dove of Peace while Hilde engages in theological discourse with Mother Marwazi herself. Later Anton and Hopper enjoy the after dinner entertainment while Mackie and Hilde introduce the good doctor to Terry Fizz...

Duration:01:40:31

Ep 33: Get We to a Nunnery

6/2/2021
With their slight detour of hunting down and murdering GhostDotGov well and truly behind them, the crew finally makes their way to offload the artifact that brought them all together in the first place. Let it never be said that the Admiral Grace Limited Liability Corporation doesn't deliver...eventually! While Mackie gears up to wing man for Hilde with the Reliquary Institute's representative, Humberto Hollis, Anton demonstrates that he is still very much like this and gets his wink on with...

Duration:01:18:18

Ep 32: Every Day We're Hustlin'

5/26/2021
With vengeance served, the crew of the Admiral Grace realizes they're sitting on a ton of sweet loot. Mackie preps a special project while Anton gently loads up his brand new fighter and Hopper has serious questions about whether it's time to be a real boy. Meanwhile, Hilde and Grace attempt some very uncomfortable girl talk. The description is short but the shenanigans are plentiful so give us a listen and brighten your day by at least 27.23 percent! (Percentage not guaranteed, day...

Duration:01:15:54

Ep 31: 20 Questions and a Funeral

5/19/2021
This week the crew gets down to business interrogating Data Geist (aka GhostDotGov) on his involvement with the increasingly ominous Jeff Cho. Anton and Mackie ask some insightful questions while Hilde's excitement over her first conversation with a non-terran sentient quickly fades. Later, the crew gathers to mourn their first true casualty with an impromptu funeral for everyone's favorite butt of the joke, the late Mr. Ren. It's a heavy episode but have no fear! The Astronomica crew takes...

Duration:01:04:36

Ep 30: Close Encounters of the Kafka Kind

5/12/2021
With our battle concluded, Team Meatbag regroups to deal with their primary objective: the likely location of the wily GhostDotGov aka DataGeist. But before they meet the mysterious potential mafioso, they've got to tend to Hopper and sort out at least some of this sweet loot just laying around. The newly liberated Squirtle Bells joins the team officially - well, is used as a meat shield in case DataGeist has any dangerous tricks still in the offing which is basically the same thing, right?...

Duration:01:07:17

Ep 29: Hippie Kayak, Monster Trucker!

5/5/2021
If you thought part two of our epic train combat was intense, just wait till you click play on the final installment! This week ups the action with more explosions, more giant mooks cut down before their time, and more reasons NOT to blow up those enticing "fuel" tankers. Anton continues to live his best combat life while Hilde shows those ones and zeros who's boss. Meanwhile, Mackie discovers some brand new friends and tips Team Meatbag's moral compass back to the green. It looks like our...

Duration:01:23:27

Ep 28: Chugga Chugga Mothafugga

4/28/2021
Combat mode engaged! As Anton makes his presence known on board the speeding train, the rest of the crew finally gets down to business. We've got dueling hackers, desperate sprints to hop on a moving train, and lots and lots of looking up the rules to make sure we're doing this thing right. Oh, and the ever present threat of the Dove of Peace ready to turn everything to goo just as soon as it figures out what's going on. If you thought the crew of the Admiral Grace was incompetent last time,...

Duration:01:16:36

Ep 27: 3:10 to Yo Mama

4/21/2021
Good thing we put an asterisk on that "most competent crew in the multiverse" claim. With Operation: Barn Owl completely screwed, the crew of the Admiral Grace flounders around trying to remember what Anton taught them about combat situations. Meanwhile, Anton himself gets his action hero on and kicks off some serious shenanigans down in the crater. Will we see our very first character death or will the crew get their shit together in time to deal some decent damage? Only listening will give...

Duration:01:20:52

Ep 26: Climbing the Damn Walls

4/14/2021
Leaving the cavern and vowing to eschew any further distractions, Team Meatbag continues further down the tunnels towards the last known coordinates of Ghost dot gov. After handily dispatching a suspicious looking tripwire, the team discovers a secret exit leading to the planet's surface. Meanwhile, Gracie's communications with the Dove of Peace are returned by a strange entity identified only as "Terry". You won't want to miss this next installment of the adventures of the most competent*...

Duration:01:14:20

Ep 25: The Only Boys at Cat Girl High School

4/7/2021
Oh boy did Team Meatbag find a treat this week! After following the siren call of the mysterious recording, the crew finds themselves in a giant cavern full of pre-tech vehicles ripe for salvage. Well...ripe for being turned into general scrap anyways as it quickly becomes clear that they aren't the first scavengers through these parts. As Mackie, Anton, Hopper, and the minions stock up on junk, Hilde is drawn to the hologram of a strange young girl wearing cat ears and an ancient Terran...

Duration:01:16:38

Ep 24: Appropriate Workplace Discourse and Other Combat Protocols

3/31/2021
It's time for a good old fashioned dungeon crawl, y'all! This week the crew of the Admiral Grace sets forth in earnest on their quest to bring justice to Ghost.gov. After a quick trip on one of Glasir's swankiest virtual experience train cars, the group gets oriented and starts down some old mining shafts. Anton double checks to make sure everyone is in optimal combat position before stumbling on a mysterious glowing side tunnel. Will the crew stay on task or will this literal shiny...

Duration:01:10:04

Ep 23: Charge Up Your Torch and Pitchfork

3/24/2021
With Hopper's body - and the remains of the AI core - now safely aboard the Admiral Grace, the crew preps for their very first mission of vengeance. Hilde and Grace get to work finding out as much as they possibly can about Ghost.gov and their potential whereabouts while Mackie diligently pieces Hopper back together. Anton bonds with Chili Cheese and takes his new AITF credentials for a walk out on the town to snag some free weapons' carry permits at the local Guns and Stuff. They all end up...

Duration:01:09:22

Ep 22: One More Paradox for the Road

3/17/2021
We join the crew of the Admiral Grace mid-conflict with three AITF (Artificial Intelligence, Tobacco, and Firearms) bots on the ground and the ominous sound of the Dove of Peace drilling into the ice above. While Mackie and Anton try desperately to pull Hopper away from his efforts to destroy the AI core, Hilde swoops in to check the wreckage for salvageable material. It's only a matter of moments before the scene changes yet again and the crew is faced with a terrible choice: try to...

Duration:01:12:19

Ep 21: Drones and Droids and Bots, Oh My!

3/10/2021
The crew prepares to meet their mysterious contact for a completely above board and not at all shady hand off of the smuggled AI core. Hilde finally digs into her new drone and discovers it is even cooler than she thought it would be. Before long, DefConDoc shows up and turns out to be a punk kid with a wicked fashion sense. Unfortunately there is no time to get to know this dapper fellow as a bevy of mall cop robots start pouring out of the walls and blasting away at DefConDoc and his...

Duration:00:58:20

Ep 20: Bada Bing Bada Bang Bidding War

3/3/2021
After several weeks (okay, a few days) of playing host to the Apogee Station refugees, the crew of the Admiral Grace is more than ready for a little R &R. Anton and Hopper head to the nearest tattoo shop for an update to the ol' chassis while Hilde and Mackie look for a quiet tea room. Before long, Mackie is hosting a bidding war for the AI core smuggled more or less safely in the Grace's secret hold. It looks like the crew can expect a hefty pay day just as soon as Hilde and Mackie collect...

Duration:01:05:54

Ep 19: When Corporate Hellscapes Freeze Over

2/24/2021
While Anton takes one last shot at obtaining a fancy new fighter ship, Mackie gives his favorite kid a tour of the Admiral Grace. Turns out our Mr. Mackie has a Tragic Backstory (tm) after all and at least some of that surprise brain surgery from Hopper might actually be a good thing. Anton rejoins the crew just in time to get the galley fires under control and the team finally heads to Glasir IV. This new corporate hellscape looks to be a whole lot sturdier than the last, which is good...

Duration:01:14:41

Ep 18: Home is Where the Humiliation Is

2/17/2021
While Anton practices a bit of full contact diplomacy, Hilde presents Mackie with an intimidating possibility: his old home the Empress Helene is nearby and looks to be the most promising option for the majority of the Apogee Station refugees. Unfortunately this means an extremely uncomfortable conversation with his least intimidating progeny. With this new plan more or less set, Anton tries to figure out why the Admiral Grace is diverting course without him. He's not that worried though as...

Duration:01:29:22

Ep 17: Anton Gets His Groove Back

2/10/2021
It turns out that guy trying to board the ship is actually pretty chill. After a bit of haggling with this Loc Xi De representative, the crew agrees to send Anton over to the Albatross in the hopes of securing passage for the remaining refugees. Hilde and Mackie work on finding a landing site on Glazier IV, not an easy task with competing corporate ships breathing down their necks. Meanwhile, Anton employs his legendary charm with the captain of the Albatross. Fingers crossed this goes a bit...

Duration:01:10:56