• Quest Friends!

Ep. 20: Questionable Measures, Part 2

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

No gods or kings. Only Swag.

Listen as our heroes:

CONSIDER a disgraced captain!

POCKET mountains of silverware!

HAGGLE with a frogtaur!

Content Warning: References to animal cruelty

TRANSCRIPT (Downloadable Version)

Previously, on Quest Friends…


[Opening theme, “Friends” by Miracle of Sound, begins.]


Kyle (as Haymish)

Hi! Welcome to Penny in Pocket, the best Cyphers and Numenera for the very best of adventurers. My name’s Haymish, how can I help you today?


Ari

So since I bought this castor clay thing, so I want just to have like a really big hat with like a feather coming out. I rolled an 11.


Kyle

That’s a good fucking hat.


Tom

Xoc would like to use farstep to just teleport up to the top of the tent and grab onto the float-stone.


Kyle

Again, that’s about six feet in the air, so I’m going to need some speed/defense to make sure you land on your feet.


Tom

Weee! [Dice rolling]. Mmm, with a five?


Kyle

Mmm.


Ari

Oh, no! Can we catch you?


Kyle

Yeah, Misha, try to catch him.


Ari

Um, I rolled a one.


Tom

Ooh! Oh...


Kyle

Oh, ohhh. Misha, you smash your head against the counter.


Ari

That’s perfect.


Kyle

A jar of something, we don’t know what, falls on your head, and you hear Haymish go:


Kyle (as Haymish)

Oh no! Jerald!


[Laughter]


Kyle (as Haymish)

If you want to build anything, you can talk to Ignatius. He’s down the stairs over there.


Emily (as Elee)

Do you have nails? If you have nails, can you make them come out of my fists?


Kyle (as Ignatius)

Like your physical fist, ma’am?


Emily (as Elee)

Yeah, like my fist.


Kyle (as Ignatius)

Well, um, yes, I suppose I can do that.


Emily (as Elee)

Am I Wolverine now?


[Theme intensifies.]


Kyle

So after a few hours of driving through relatively plain countryside, you see in front of you a wide, shallow hill, with tall, curling, greenish-blue trees. The hill is slowly moving horizontally across your vision, kind of like the moon at night. And the ground beneath you gently crests in a wave-like rhythm. As your vehicle gets closer to the hill, you realize, however, that these giant trees are instead sturdy vines, dozens of feet thick and tall. They look kind of like what would happen if you took someone’s hair and just magnified it. These vines tingle and curl over each other in a horrible mess that makes driving a little bit more of a hassle for Mauve. But the cluster as a whole seems to weakly point towards the sun in the sky. It takes some time, but your vehicle eventually finds its way into a small clearing, and Mauve slows it to a stop before getting out of the vehicle. At the other edge of the clearing is a shimmery, thin cylinder, about three feet in height. And she turns over to Everett and she says:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, I’m going to go press that. Everyone else, stay in the vehicle.


Kyle

Do you listen to her?


Emily

Yeah.


Hallie

Yeah, sure.


Emily

I was going to go touch it, but I guess if she’s going to I’ll let her.


Kyle

She’s going to turn back to Elee and say:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, you can go.


Emily (as Elee)

Yessss.


Emily

I want to go and hit it.


Kyle

Alright, so you walk up to this thin cylinder, and it just has a button on top, and you slam on down it?


Emily

Yeah.


Kyle

Alright. As soon as it’s pressed, Mauve yells:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, get back!


Kyle

As the cylinder slides into the ground, and like a Whack-a-Mole, another pops up behind you. Then one on the left side of the clearing. Then the right side. This continues about a dozen or more times until eventually all the cylinders pop up at once and rotate around the exterior of the clearing, whirring with increased velocity and shredding off some of the vines unfortunate enough to have crept into the clearing. Then, with a jolt, the entire clearing starts to grind downwards like a freight elevator. The cylinders have since slowed, and as you move down deeper they follow you into the grass, then into the dirt, and finally, into Roulettia.


[Upbeat music begins.]


Kyle

It’s like looking into space, if the emptiness were somehow able to blind you. All around you are lights, lights, lights! Some built into this artificial domed horizon that covers the entire city, some coming from glimmering, wet clumps of fungi that crawl alongside the walls. Below you is a giant circle that shines up into the fake sky above. It’s segmented into four parts of alternating colors, a lot like a roulette wheel. Each segment, which bears its own unconventional architecture, bustles with endlessly roaming feet of thousands of humans and visitants. And while your eyes are immediately overstimulated by all these lights vying for your attention, your vision is still drawn to the largest, the fanciest, the most glamorous thing of all: a colossal platinum queen’s chestpiece, which stands unapologetically at the center of the whole city. But after a few moments, this glamorous sight gives way, as your platform sinks into a much smaller space adjacent to the city proper.


[4:55]


This one looks more like an old-fashioned wooden train station. Behind you, drab doors lead to drably described rooms: Navigation, Sanitation, HR, that kind of stuff. In front of you, half a dozen lines of folks are queued up in line to enter the city, each in front of a small arch. It’s the kind you’d see before entering most theme parks, and as the elevator comes to a stop, an automated voice chimes in:


Kyle (as Announcer)

[Bell rings for attention.] Welcome to the Spout. Please get out of your vehicle.


Kyle

And Mauve turns around to everyone and says:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, y’all, time to get out.


Kyle

And she pushes you all out of the car and says:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, I’ve got to take this vehicle and put it in parking, so just, you all stay here and I’ll be back in a couple of seconds.


Kyle

And she and Everett kind of bustle off. No, she bustles off with the car and Everett just kind of stands awkwardly to the side of the platform with you.


Tom

Xoc is just taking in the splendor of the lights:


Tom (as Xoc)

Wow, I never saw anything like this in the Beyond.


Kyle

And it’s kind of funny because at this point you’re in that drab room, so you can only see the lights from through these archways. So it’s like, what Xoc is inspired by is one tenth of what you would see when in Roulettia proper.


Tom

Xoc is also pretty inspired by this drab room.


Tom (as Xoc)

Have you seen the craftsmanship in this woodworking? It’s very bad!


All

[Laughter]


Kyle

Alright, as you look around, you can see that Everett, he has his face in this brochure, it’s just buried inside of it. And as you turn over you can actually see that there are a whole bunch of brochures kind of on the wall. A lot of assassin services, and they’re like, competing with each other like, you know, get one for 50 shins. And then next to it the one like has crossed it out and said no, 30, 20, 10, exposure!


Hallie

[Laughing] Exposure!


Kyle

So you see all those, but then on top of it all you see, the top row all has a bunch of brochures for Roulettia. Do any of you take that?


Hallie

I take one.


Emily

Can I grab one of the assassin brochures?


Kyle

Yes, you do. The assassin is, um, the assassin is--what is the assassin’s name that you pick up?


Emily

Steve Rogers.


Kyle

What? Steve Rogers?


Hallie

[Indignantly] What?


Kyle

You find—


Tom

It’s too late, it’s canon.


Hallie

Nooo.


Kyle

You find an advertisement for Stephen Rogers, murder victims who don’t bounce back. So you pick up that one. He beats people to death with a shield, which is very impractical, and you very much appreciate it. He’s--he’s one of the worst. Like he’s the only one you’ve heard by name, and it’s usually because he’s getting shit-talked.


Ari

So it isn’t Captain Rogers?


Hallie

No.


Kyle

He had a cap’nship. His cap’nship was taken away from him very quickly.


Emily

Perfect.


Kyle

Alright, you take up the brochure proper, Hop.


Hallie

Pr-hopper!


Kyle

I hate you. It did say, on this brochure, there’s a whole lot of advertisements, and in the center you see this big, colorful, really kind of hard-to-read map. But there is text that you can read, and this is what you’re able to make out:


[Whimsical music begins.]


Kyle (as Brochure)

Welcome, crooks and criminals! The Ninth World may have rejected you for your different ideas, your inability to conform, and your tendency to murder hapless bystanders, but in Roulettia, no dream is too small, no hunger too insatiable, and, most importantly, no pockets too deep! Our humble city is housed in the excavated chest of a baby mantle. This lucky lad landed far, far from home, burying himself barely beneath the earth’s crust and swimming all around the Steadfast. Now our baby buddy is home to brightly glimmering bioluminescent fungi that eat at his insides, as well as many of the Ninth World’s most wanted. It may seem harsh, but life’s a gamble, kid, and in Roulettia this is no less true than anywhere else. Visit one of our five prime locations:

A short walk from the Spout, you can find Gamblestrip Navarene, a cozy recreation of the best the Ninth World has to offer. Try some Rhubarbian hot hounds, or step back to Charmonde with the line that leads absolutely nowhere!

Strapped for scratch? Make your future fold at the Land of Tomorrow, where pop-up fortune tellers and gambling games will tell you your fate, and then let you defy it.

Of note are the hourly aneen races. Bet on your favorite wailing mess and watch it stumble your way to glory! Note: A shimmering barrier has been recently installed around the track to prevent disgruntled customers from shooting any of the aneens during the race.

But why let the aneens have all the fun? Drop on over to Piper’s Pit, a primitive settlement stolen from its time by our baby mantle’s hungry stomach. In the center, you can compete in gory fights to the death, and kids get their first battle absolutely free!

But not all gambling is financial. If you’re feeling dangerous, why not take a walk down to Manny’s Prosthetic Intestine? A labyrinth of steel and guts that’s been praised as the deadliest rollercoaster in the Ninth World. You’ve gambled with your scratch, you’ve gambled with your pride, now gamble with your life!

And of course, at the center of it all is Funbuck’s Funhouse & Hotel. Come on in for the most professionally rigged games and deathly deep sleep you’ll ever enjoy. And don’t forget to browse the newly open Fancy Tom’s Fancy Hats and JET.CO Combination Store!


[10:10]


Roulettia: Memories that will last a lifetime, lifetimes that will last an hour.


Tom (as Xoc)

This sounds like a terrible place!


All

[Laughter].


Tom

Xoc also says that in character.


Kyle

Yeah, and you would know Xoc that a mantle--mantles are these creatures from the Void, far, far beyond. They basically are—they’re giant, planet-sized manta rays that have little whale like spouts that expel excess kind of like gasses which are actually good gasses for humans. Kind of like how plants breathe out carbon--how plants breathe out oxygen. That’s kind of what comes out of their spouts.


Tom

Oh noo.


Hallie

When he’s done, Hopper goes:


Hallie (as Hopper)

I agree, this sounds like the worst place I have ever been.


Emily (as Elee)

This sounds like the best place I’ve ever been!


Hallie

He’s going to eye Elee’s assassination brochure.


Emily (as Elee)

This guy beat people to death with a shield. Did you see this?


Hallie

[Laughter].


Kyle

Everett is going to lean over:


Kyle (as Everett)

[Scoffs] beating people to death with their own shield? That’s so blunt and classless.


Kyle

And he points to this thing and is like:


Kyle (as Everett)

This guy goes back in time and kills you before you were born.


Hallie

[Laughter].


Kyle (as Everett)

Now that is a class-act.


Hallie

Hopper has kind of taken the brochure at the mention of shield from Elee and is looking at it like:


Hallie (as Hopper)

How does he do that? What? I don’t think that would work.


Kyle

So you read it, and then Mauve comes back and she has this little like coupon or key you know that you take when you put something in storage. And she says:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Alright, let’s all get in line, get into the city. Remember, don’t take anything they offer you.


Kyle

And so she goes forward in line and she and Everett are in front of you, so they take their place and go through those, you know those little, like, spinning bar thingies that they have?


Hallie

Turnstiles!


Kyle

Yeah, they go through the turnstiles. Then you come up and you see this very brightly faced man, whose face is just, it’s just split in half and opened, and there’s nothing in between it. So it’s like, half a face, a gap, and then half a face. And he just says:


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

Well hello! Welcome to Roulettia. Can you check in your weapons, please?


Hallie

Uhh.


Ari

Not again! [Laughter].


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

I’m just kidding with you guys! You guys are good sports! Keep all your shit, we don’t care! Murder is the second highest paying occupation here.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Okay.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

So yeah, just come on in. Have you guys been to Roulettia before?


Hallie (as Hopper)

No.


Emily (as Elee)

No.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

Well in that case you’re going to want one of our EZ-Life brands. It’s pretty simple—


Kyle

And he picks up this like, you know those stamps that you put on the back of your hand, like to come back in? He picks up a stamp, but instead of like, the--where the stamps should be, there are a dozen brightly glowing yellow lines that kind of look like a brand that would just sear you. And he says:


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

So EZ-Life is something that our mayor, good ol’ Tommy Funbuck, put in systems because well, we were just killing each other too often. It’s part of the EZ-Life model program: When you die, it will take all your body parts, suck them inside of these little lines, which will map themselves to your body, and then they’ll go inside one of our pods and just make you a brand new one! It doesn’t cheat death. You know, if you die by old age, you can’t come back, and if you use it too many times you’re just going to be too tired out to keep using it. But even though it doesn’t prevent death eternally, it does make living … just a little bit easier. It’s absolutely free. Do any of you want one?


Ari

I want Misha to scan this person to see if this person is a robot or a human, because all of this is really sketch.


Kyle

Okay. Yeah, give me a roll for that scan. I haven’t decided—I want to figure out.


[Dice rolling.]


Ari

I rolled a one.


Hallie

[Laughter].


Tom

Oh no.


Kyle

You know exactly what he is—


[Dark, ominous music begins.]


—and it is so terrifying, so horrifying, that you want to scream and get everyone out of the city.


Ari

Oh boy.


Kyle

And yet your mouth is forced silent.


[Music suddenly ends.]


Ari

Oh, no.


Hallie

Alright.


Kyle

So yeah, that’s the answer to is he human or is he—


Ari

Misha is going to look pretty panicked and try to gesture to people, but not being able to move.


Tom

Xoc will notice that and like, put sort of a protective arm out in front of Misha and say:


Tom (as Xoc)

You touch us, you lose an arm.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

Hey! I’m just offering. It’s just my job. I’m just trying to make things easier for you.


Kyle

And as he says that, you hear a scream, you hear: [Pained screaming.]

And right in front of you, you see a guy splat onto the earth. And you see a dozen pairs of green lines on the back of his hand blip up, and you basically see all of his body get absorbed into these lines, which then transfer over to what looks like a giant Tupperware container, but on its side. And the lines spread out among the Tupperware container, and all the flesh that had been sucked in just kind of squirts itself back out into a new body, and he’s like:


Kyle (as fallen guy)

Oh!


[14:55]


Kyle

And he brushes himself off and keeps walking.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

See? I’m just trying to do that for you, making things a little bit easier.


Hallie (as Hopper)

So that happens often enough that you had to create a resurrection machine?


Kyle

Hey! It’s not a resurrection machine, alright? You cannot sue if it does not bring you back to life.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Yeah, ‘cause you’d be dead!


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

Yeah, exactly! But it just takes your flesh and it reorganizes it in a less permanently scarred fashion. But as I said, the machine isn’t perfect!


Kyle

He’s going to say:


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

The machine isn’t perfect—actually, no, don’t tell my bosses I said that. The machine is perfect, but if you use it too much, you, uh, probably won’t come back. And it doesn’t fix old age, so it does not, [louder] it does not


Kyle

And he turns around to everybody:


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

It does not cure death. But if you do get killed, it will bring you back to life.


Ari

Misha is just lightly shaking at all of this.


Hallie

I’m going to take my chances and not do the weird thing.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

You sir? You ma’am?


Kyle

He points to Xoc and Elee.


Tom

Xoc will charge up his laser hand.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

Hey! I’m just—I am doing—I-I appreciate the spirit, but I am doing my job here, offering. You just have to say no.


Emily (as Elee)

No. I’m, to be honest, I’m probably going to die of old age before anyone manages to kill me.


Kyle

Okay. You said no. That’s all you had to do. Now I just have to ask you 10 more times, and you have to say no 10 more times, as per company policy.


Hallie

Can we just start walking past him?


Kyle

Uh yeah, you can just walk through—


Hallie

I’m just going to walk past him.


Kyle (as Split-Faced Man)

That was always an option!


Emily

I want to whisper to Xoc:


Emily (as Elee)

You can still shoot him from here.


Tom (as Xoc)

I probably won’t, though.


Emily (as Elee)

But you could.


Tom (as Xoc)

He might not deserve it. He didn’t try to touch any of us.


Ari

Misha is just going to mentally say to Xoc:


Ari (as Misha)

I don’t like this place, let’s all be careful.


Ari

But just to Xoc. They don’t want to--that thing to hear them.


Tom

Xoc will nod and mentally respond, like:


Tom (as Xoc)

Yeah, we’ll watch each other’s backs. We’ll stick together.


[Upbeat music begins.]


Kyle

Alright, so you walk past him and you enter into Gamblestrip Navarene. And it is weird. You see a whole assortment of just weird-ass stuff. The whole thing is like a fake recreation of a Ninth World town, but it’s filled with humans you’ve never seen before and at least a thousand visitants every second.

To your right, you see what looks like a large, green Sour Patch Kid eating a bag of smaller versions of themselves. So basically a visitant who looks like Sour Patch Kids eating a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Robot signposts with maps and other information bob back and forth on their poles as if dancing to some invisible song. And every other alleyway seems to have a deal that’s gone bad down it. And these bad deals are especially prevalent right next to the EZ-Life pods.

In fact, you see one woman who is sitting in like a typical chair next to an EZ-Life pod, and every time her rival comes out, she just shoots him with a revolver, in which point he gets revived again, and they just keep on repeating this every 15 seconds.


Emily

Oh no.


Kyle

But Mauve keeps pushing you forward to that giant, platinum queen chest piece you saw earlier, which you would recognize as Funbuck’s Funhouse & Hotel. And as you walk inside this giant tower, you’re struck with this gaudy, bright red carpeting with platinum banisters and handrails. Essentially take any place in the hotel where gold or literally anything else than the red shag carpeting would be, and it’s platinum. It is solid, 100% absolutely (maybe) real platinum.

The air is running with the sounds of slot machines and grumbling patrons. It has some machines that we would expect. It has slots, and there’s like a crane game that’s full of cyphers and artifacts, but then there are some that are more weird, like there’s one machine that just has two hands, one picking up someone by the scruff of their collar, and then the other punching them in the stomach, as just bills of money come spewing out of their mouth.

But up some steps, you find a circular space with balconies that stretch many, many floors above you. And in the center stands a giant fountain, with the water shooting up to make the moving shape of a giant man in a top hat as tall as his torso. And he’s just pointing around saying:


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck)

Hey, it’s me, Tommy Funbuck! Hope you have fun in my casino! Check out the hotel and win some cash, cash, cash! Spend it on my Fancy Tom’s Fancy Hats store, and you can also get some JET.CO swag there as well, although it’s not as good as my swag, of course! Just swag on your swag over there and get some new swag!


Emily (as Elee)

I’ve changed my mind, this place is the worst.


Hallie

[Laughter].


Kyle

In addition to the statue, there are like, normal, human-sized versions of him, kind of like a dozen of them around the fountain, which also is very wet around it. And as Mauve walks up to the fountain, one of these smaller Tommy Funbucks appears and is like:


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Hey! I’m the Tommy Funbuck IT system. How can I help you spend all your scratch today?


[19:55]


Kyle

And she just turns around and she’s like:


Kyle (as Mauve)

I cannot deal with this shit today. Can one of you—just ask him—can one of you just ask him where the store is?


Emily (as Elee)

No.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Where is the store?


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Well I’m glad you asked, Mr. Hopper Scotch. Roulettia has over 100 versatile stores. So what store are you looking for?


Hallie (as Hopper)

Why do you know my name?


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Hey, hey, hey! Everybody knows the devilish Hopper Scotch here!


Hallie (as Hopper)

No, that was weird. I didn’t like that.


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Well of course, you know why! [long, awkward pause] …swag!


Hallie (as Hopper)

Where’s the store?


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

What store, Hopper Scotch?


Hallie (as Hopper)

Uh, what store are we looking for?


Kyle

Mauve is just going to say:


Kyle (as Mauve)

Just the biggest--the biggest store.


Hallie (as Hopper)

The biggest store!


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Oh, that would be Fancy Tom’s Fancy Hats and JET.CO combination Store. You just want to swag your way over to that corner—


Kyle

And you can see, there’s a couple of doors: One is leading to a hotel, and then there’s a giant door that’s just adorned with the words “Fancy Tom’s Fancy Hats.” And then in like font, 20 times smaller, “plus JET.CO.” He’s like:


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

Just swag on your way over there and you’ll have it.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Okay. Thank you.


Kyle (as Tommy Funbuck IT System)

In fact, Mr. Hopper, let me show you the way!


Kyle

And the fountain steps out, but as soon as it steps out of the fountain space where it’s like shooting up the water, it has nothing to maintain its composure. So it just splashes onto the ground and joins the giant puddle that’s around this fountain. You think that’s probably a programming error that happens a lot.


Hallie

Okay. So can we just leave it there?


Kyle

Uh, I mean you can’t pick it up because it’s gone.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Okay, we’ll go to the store I guess.


Tom

Xoc will just pick up the hem of his robes so it doesn’t get caught in the puddle as he steps through it.


Emily

Elee had her fist up to like, punch it, and looks a little disappointed that it’s now just a puddle.


Kyle

Alright. So you all walk through these giant doors—


[Cheery music begins.]


—and you’re in basically a giant department store. It looks almost identical to Walmart, including that ceiling that just doesn’t bother to hide any of the internal wires or ventilation systems, and a droning, simplistic 10-second melody just plays on repeat over and over and over again. And as you walk in, a salesperson with a technicolor newsboy cap and a vest approaches you. He looks a lot like a large bullfrog with colorful gills that fan out the side of his head. He hops forward on two sets of sturdy, strong legs and waves with an extra pair of supplementary arms much higher than his torso. And he says:


Kyle (as bullfrog salesman)

You have now entered Fancy Tom’s Fancy Hats. You’re welcome!


Hallie (as Hopper)

Hi, uhh—


Kyle (as bullfrog salesman)

Hi! Feel free to spend all of your scratch on any of our wonderful services.


Hallie

Okay.


Emily (as Elee)

I have a hat, thanks.


Hallie

Oh, can I look at Everett and be like:


Hallie (as Hopper)

I promised you a hat awhile back.


Kyle (as Everett)

[Scoffs] I don’t even want one anymore!


Hallie (as Hopper)

Okay!


Kyle

And as he says that, he sidles closer to you:


Kyle (as Everett)

Let’s get going.


Hallie (as Hopper)

Uh, where are your hats,


Hallie

I’ll ask the thing that greeted us.


Kyle (as bullfrog salesman)

Why hats, they’re everywhere! But mostly they’re under that giant hat over there!


Kyle

And you can just see a giant hat in the center of the store that’s kind of overhanging everything else. This is labeled “All Hats Are Here.”


Hallie (as Hopper)

Ah, alright.


Kyle

And then he’s going to turn over to Elee and be like:


Kyle (as bullfrog salesman)

You certainly have a hat, ma’am. We have a very equitable hat return program. If you want to take part of it, we even take disgusting old broken hats!


Tom

Xoc is going to immediately walk by with Misha like:


Tom (as Xoc)

[Uncertainly] Oh, we should all go look for something else now, shouldn’t we? M-Mauve, where would we find the granulated azure?


Kyle (as Mauve)

I’ll take care of that, honey. You guys just--just have a good time and we’ll meet back when we’re done.


Emily

I want to crack my knuckles and stare at the frog guy.


Kyle

Okay. So you’re all free to go shopping now. It’s a lot like a grocery store, so instead of Penny in Pocket where you know you would buy something and immediately get it, in this case you’re going to put it inside your cart, which you’ll then hold on to and then you’ll purchase at the very end of the day. Does that make sense?


Hallie

Yeah.


Kyle

And then the only other thing to mention is that Roulettia’s currency--I’m actually going to do this as an advertiser.


[Bell chimes.]


Kyle (as advertiser)

Hi! This is the Roulettia Information System, just here to let you know about our currency, scratch. Scratch is a kind of paper currency that will get you a lot farther than those simplistic shins. You get a lot more bang for your buck, as every shin is worth 63 scratch! What a bargain!

And there are machines all over where you essentially can trade out your shins for scratch. A hyper-inflated currency, because everyone keeps on printing more of it. So you have the shins that you have now. If you have any experience, you can spend one experience for five shins, if you want to do any conversion there. I’m going to trust you to keep track of what you spend and how much shins you have. That make sense?


Emily

Mm-hmm.


Hallie

Yeah!


Kyle

Alright, let’s go shopping.


[Upbeat music begins.]


[25:00]


Kyle

Hello, and welcome to the announcement break for episode 20 of Quest Friends! I am Kyle, your GM, and very tired moving boy. I was moving this past weekend, which is why this episode is a couple of days late. But it’s here now. And the intro and outro music it uses is “Friends” and “Hitoshio,” both by Miracle of Sound. Even better, the song that played when the party first went into Roulettia, called “Messing with the Best,” is also by Miracle of Sound.

We’ve got a pretty big announcement and call to action this week. Because as of this past weekend, Quest Friends has officially passed 10,000 downloads. It’s past quiet hour so I can’t be, like, super loud, but [whispering] yeaaaaaaaaah! That’s me screaming, like doing like a crowd. Like [imitates crowd noise]. Okay, that just sounds like I’m a hisser, whatever. Anyway, we’ve had 10,000 downloads, which is a super big deal and super exciting, and we’re super thrilled. We’re over the moon, this is very strange to us. And to celebrate, we are giving away one set of Monte Cook Games dice.

So they have three sets. They have a set of Numenera Dice, a set of The Strange Dice, and a set of Cypher System Dice. And since we couldn’t decide which one was our favorite, we figured we’d just let the winner choose which one of those three dice sets they’d like. The link to this contest can be found below. It’s one of those really simple Gleam ones where it encourages you to visit our website, visit our twitter, our YouTube, our other social media accounts, because we have a lot of them now.

So all you’ve got to do is register by noon central on Sunday, August 5. That’s the day before next episode. And then on next episode, during this announcement break, I will announce the winner. And then I’ll e-mail that person later that night so they know they got it. So really encourage you to check that out. Not only do you get cool dice to thank you for being so supportive of us, but you also get a link to all of our cool social media accounts, including, and I want to put a spotlight on this, our Tumblr, which now has an open ask section. So encourage you to check out that Tumblr, check out that giveaway by Sunday, August 5. And again, the link will be in the description below. So that’s a pretty big announcement, and that’s all I’ve got for you today. So thanks so much for listening to Episode 20, and I will see you again on Monday, August 6. See you then.


[Upbeat music begins again.]


Tom (as Xoc)

Misha Jarvis, the way I see it, we have two significant problems ahead of us. First, I don’t think we understand how economics work. I want to learn more about this inflation and why all of these currencies that people just make more of lose value. Second, we need to learn about the human art of haggling, and how we can do this better.


Ari (as Misha)

I also am severely inexperienced with financial exchange. So I would like to also learn about this art to be able to get the most out of this strange place.


Tom (as Xoc)

I believe that if we divide and conquer with our Datasphere searches, we can find all of the answers to the questions we have.


Ari (as Misha)

I will approve of this. Let us try and find what this all means.


Tom

Alright, which of us wants to look up how to haggle?


Ari

Um, can I use my new skill to get skilled at haggling?


Kyle

Yes. So you can get trained in haggling for the remainder of the scene, which will be while you’re shopping.


Ari

Okay. I, as an out of character person, do not know how to do this, so this will be very interesting.


Kyle

As you reach the Datasphere—


[Static, chaotic noise emerges in the background.]


—just a rush of images, even more overwhelming than Roulettia itself, rush into your brain: Images, pictures, sounds of people haggling. And above it all you just keep on seeing this [high, gravelly voice] hunched over woman with--with a greying face.


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Ari

Oh no.


Kyle

And like literally, her face is growing more grey and pale. And you get all this information and you think, you’re a little bit better at haggling.


Ari

Okay.


Tom

While Misha is doing that, can Xoc contact the Nano Spirits then?


Kyle

Actually, I’m going to give you another GM intrusion.


Tom

Oh dear.


Kyle

Who do you give the other point to?