How The Quest Was Won is an actual play tabletop role-playing game podcast. It features a group of friends playing different RPG's. The current campaign is using the Dungeons & Dragons 5e rules.
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D&D 5e Character and World Building - How the Quest Begun
The players make their characters for our D&D 5e campaign. A princess steals a sword. A fairy gets exiled from her home. A blind wizard tries to figure out how to read a spellbook. A halfling learns to rollerskate.
The Heart of the Forest, Part 1 - The Unkindness of Ravens
The party enters Harwood Forest to investigate a mystery. Nyx learns about her fairy blade. Angelica brings a change of clothes. Hugo kills some mules. Bob knocks Hugo unconscious.
The Heart of the Forest, Part 2 - Better Safe Than Stupid
The party makes some friends and discovers a secret of the forest. Angelica is accommodated. Hugo ties up a druid. Nyx unties the druid. Bob knock Hugo unconscious, again.
The Heart of the Forest, Part 3 - Remember, This is a World of Magic
The party solves some puzzles. Bob feels some runes. Nyx murders some goblins. Hugo pulls on a rope. Angelica goes on a rant about dragonchess.
The Heart of the Forest, Part 4 - Trials of Beast and Branch
The party struggles. Hugo tries to cheer people up. Angelica remembers something. Bob plays with fire. Nyx fights a goldfish.
The First Annual Holiday Special
The party celebrates the Winter Solstice! Hugo explores the docks. Angelica learns the value of money. Bob electrocutes some ale. Nyx sings some carols.
The Heart of the Forest, Part 5 - The Fang of Iron
The party reaches the heart of the Maze! Hugo remembers the name of a duck. Nyx actually uses a cantrip. Bob puts Nyx inside his backpack. Angel discovers that she has an attack bonus.
Death and Taxes, Part 1 - The Fey New Year
The party tries their hands at tax evasion. Bob shows off his dance moves. Angel attempts to bribe a guard. Nyx flies outside. Hugo orders a drink at the bar.
Death and Taxes, Part 2 - If Only We Had A Royal Name We Could Use
The party decides on a plan of action. Angel makes a deal and then immediately goes back on it. Bob looks up useful spells. Nyx sneaks into the keep. Hugo offers some fashion advice.
Death and Taxes, Part 3 - A Thousand Paper Cuts
The party burns down a barn and confronts the Steward. Angelica does a deep voice. Hugo steals a horse. Bob buys a round for some helpful guards. Nyx disguises herself as a different pixie.
Death and Taxes, Part 4 - Two Eyes For Nothing
The party tries to get answers from the Steward. Bob practices some medicine. Angelica glares at everyone. Hugo mounts a pretend horse. Nyx straight up blinds a guy.
Of Moons and Magic, Part 1 - Arrival At Ivortor
The party arrives at the Ivory Tower to investigate the mystery of the red moons. Nyx flies up to a balcony. Hugo gets a second fake name. Angel interrogates a grieving father. Bob pours one out for Bramblebeard.
Of Moons and Magic, Part 2 - Scary Mike Wazowski
The party explores the ruins of the First Tower. Hugo opens a chest. Angelica reads an old note. Bob smells something. Nyx suddenly cares about a person's rights.
Of Moons and Magic, Part 3 - Trouble With A Capital T, Which Rhymes With B, Which Stands For Blood
The party heads to the Marshdocks to search for a brown slaad. Bob asks Nyx an offensive question. Hugo knows a lot about pirates. Nyx cuts Angelica’s hand. Angelica only does a deep voice when saying the name “Malak the Defiant.”
Of Moons and Magic, Part 4 - Angelica Has Zero Chill
The party completes their quest for the wizards of the Ivory Tower. Nyx sings her name to everyone. Hugo wins a game. Angelica shouts and makes sword noises. Bob joins an angry mob.
Of Moons and Magic, Part 5 - A Farewell To Farms
The party stops to investigate a ruined farmstead on their journey towards the home of the Mountain Elves. Bob grunts and gestures. Nyx learns how to persuade Angelica. Angelica ties a pretty good knot. Hugo talks to a goat.
Brendan Hainline is a graduate student. He has been playing Dungeons & Dragons for more than half of his life, starting with 3rd Edition in middle school. When not working on his dissertation or running D&D games, he enjoys (co-)writing webcomics. He also produces content for 5e Dungeons & Dragons on the DMs Guild.
- Twitter: @brendanhainline
- Webcomics: General Hardcastle's Cooking Corner (hiatus), Dot Comic (finished), Fraternity of Evil (finished)
- DMs Guild content
In the D&D 5e campaign, Brendan is the Dungeon Master. He creates the world (with help from the players). He also tries to do different accents for each NPC, with limited success.
Fei Cai is an Ob/Gyn. She has been playing Dungeons & Dragons for approximately 8 years, and she has also DM'ed in the past. She enjoys running, knitting, talking about birth control, and delivering babies.
- Twitter: @captainfakeeye
Karis Jones is officially an educational researcher and doctoral student. Unofficially, Karis is an enthusiast of cats, children's cartoons, webcomics and tacos raining from the sky. She has participated in many D&D games, though this is her first time on a D&D podcast.
- Twitter: @Karis_M_Jones
- Tumblr: goodinthisworldworthfightingfor
- Webcomics: Story of Saliria (finished)
Eshan Mitra works as a scientist at a secret government facility in the mountains. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and reading webcomics, and playing games.
In the D&D 5e campaign, Eshan plays as Hugo Cloverleaf, a halfling who hails from a quaint little halfling town at the base of an almost extinct volcano. Hugo is extremely optimistic about adventure and life in general, and is unable to sense dangerous situations.
Ben Young is bad at meeting deadlines.
Ben plays Bob in the D&D 5e campaign. ...
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