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Taking Initiative

A podcast on The Spark Network, sporting some good ol' D&D fun. Featuring silly accents, shenanigans, and tomfoolery, with the occasional uh-oh moments. Twitter: @TI_pod Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast Website: https://www.thespark.network/ Tumblr: http://takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com/
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Sep 18, 2017

Now that one problem is taken care of, it's off to Vallaki! I certainly hope nothing gets in their way...who am I kidding? This is Barovia!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you! Also, we now have a Patreon. Hop on over and see if you'd like to support the show. You can get your name on our website, access to bonus episodes, and our main episodes early!

Find us over at the Podcasts of Annihilation on the WotC Dungeon Delve RSS feed today and stay around there all week to hear the other awesome podcasts involved in the event!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network/takinginitiativepodcast
Twitter: @TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

The "Barovian Rhapsody" logo was created by Kati Kawaguchi (@_KidKati) from the "Nerds on a Roll" podcast.

Music credits for this episode:
-Neil Martin (@BardicMartin) for the "Barovian Rhapsody Theme Song"
-"Despair and Triumph," "Fantastic Dim Bar," "Ghost Processional," "Oppressive Gloom," "Blue Feather," "Long Note Four," "Lightless Dawn"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

SFX used in this episode are from freesound.org.

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Sep 12, 2017

A quick announcement for our new Patreon and the upcoming Podcasts of Annihilation event with Wizards of the Coast.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TakingInitiative
Podcasts of Annihilation: http://dnd.wizards.com/poa

Both songs are from Neil Martin @bardicmartin

Sep 4, 2017

There was a vampire fiiiight!  Ferguson done did it now.  Doru is in the new guy's sights and the party needs to make a decision: trust the newcomer, or fight for the Father's son?

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you!

Find us during the Podcasts of Annihilation on the WotC Dungeon Delve RSS feed on Sept 18, 2017.

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network/takinginitiativepodcast
Twitter: @TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

The "Barovian Rhapsody" logo was created by Kati Kawaguchi (@_KidKati) from the "Nerds on a Roll" podcast.

Music credits for this episode:
-Neil Martin (@BardicMartin) for the "Barovian Rhapsody Theme Song"
-"Dangerous," "Inner Sanctum," "Darkling," "Frozen Star"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Aug 21, 2017

Ven finds that some group chats are in order, Kent continues to be a creep, Callista remembers some things, and Abraham...well, Abraham is having a rough time.  Wait, who is THIS?

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you!

Find us during the Podcasts of Annihilation on the WotC Dungeon Delve RSS feed on Sept 18, 2017.

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network/takinginitiativepodcast
Twitter: @TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

The "Barovian Rhapsody" logo was created by Kati Kawaguchi (@_KidKati) from the "Nerds on a Roll" podcast.

Music credits for this episode:
-Neil Martin (@BardicMartin) for the "Barovian Rhapsody Theme Song"
-"Despair and Triumph," "Long Note Two," "One of Them," "Prelude and Action"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Aug 7, 2017

Churros, anyone? No? Ok, I'll just have them later. Welcome back to Episode 13, where everything is stress free and everyone is a-ok. Our party ventures forth back to the village of Barovia, ready to discuss their next task with Ismark.

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network/takinginitiativepodcast
Twitter: @TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

The "Barovian Rhapsody" logo was created by Kati Kawaguchi (@_KidKati) from the "Nerds on a Roll" podcast.

Music credits for this episode:
-Neil Martin (@BardicMartin) for the "Barovian Rhapsody Theme Song"
-"Anguish," "Vanishing," "Casa Bossa Nova," "Past the Edge"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Jul 24, 2017

Well, last episode was a whole lot of info and RP, eh? The party is all set with some sort of plan, but first thing's first: let's get back to the village of Barovia and help Ismark out. The trek shouldn't be all too difficult...right?

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network/takinginitiativepodcast
Twitter: @TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

The "Barovian Rhapsody" logo was created by Kati Kawaguchi (@_KidKati) from the "Nerds on a Roll" podcast.

Music credits for this episode:
-Neil Martin (@BardicMartin) for the "Barovian Rhapsody Theme Song" and some additional music
-"Aftermath", "Drums of the Deep", "Duet Musette", "Past the Edge", "Time Passes", "Tranquility Base", "Very Low Note," "Devastation and Revenge"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Jul 10, 2017

Hungry children? Barovian accents? People with hoarse voices? Yep, this place has some character. But the question is: who is this Madam Eva? Will she be of help? Or is she just another of Strahd's (Josh's? Who can even tell anymore) evil plans?

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media. It's only a cantrip. We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network. You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:
"Aftermath", "Drums of the Deep", "Duet Musette", "Past the Edge", "Time Passes", "Tranquility Base", "Very Low Note," "Devastation and Revenge"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC). We do not own the rules or module. We just enjoy playing!

Jun 26, 2017

 

Our party finally left the Death House, but at a major cost.  How will they handle their recent misfortune?  Where will they go?  And...wait, who is that guy?

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:
"Classic Horror 3," "Lightless Dawn," "Awkward Meeting"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset and the "Curse of Strahd" module refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WotC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Jun 12, 2017

And so we come to the finale of the "House of Spoops" arc.  What awaits them at the end?  Will they live?  Will they die?  Will they become best buds with the monster in the basement, maybe play a bit of poker and share some wine? Oh, maybe the monster isn't anything at all.  Maybe the kids are straight up liars!  ::shrugs::  I guess we will have to see.

Please keep in mind, this is not the end of "Taking Initiative!"  The next episode concerning the Curse of Strahd module will release as usual in two weeks, aka June 26th, under the title "Barovian Rhapsody."  But what does this mean for the party?  Stop asking for spoilers, just listen to the damn episode already!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:
"Classic Horror 3," "Lightless Dawn," "Dark Walk," "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

May 29, 2017

Kent found his dream girl, though his dream girl doesn't give any shits and isn't afraid to talk to her ferret about it.  Also, guys, stop touching chests in a spooky house.  Just stop.  Bad things happen! This is "Curse of Strahd," not "Kleptotown!"  Though, that being said, that sounds like a fun mod.  You could get points for the amount of stuff you swipe.  It's essentially the video game "Thief," but the tabletop RPG!  Hm, I'll be back, I need to go relay this idea to Bucky.  Oh, and before I forget, the "House of Spoops" finale, episode 09, airs on June 12th!  You really won't want to miss it.  Hey!  Bucky!  I gots an idea! 

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:
"Interloper," "Marty Gots a Plan," "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

May 15, 2017

Ahhhhhh, after a nice long rest, the party is back on their feet and ready for action.  Oh, what's this?  It seems Kent is resuming consciousness.  For the first time, the four party members are truly together using the power of Internet.  Will they conquer their sass and be the team they need to be?  Meh, probably not, but let's see!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Deadly Roulette," "Night Break," "Night of Chaos," "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

May 1, 2017

Aw, dem kids are cute.  Dead, but cute.  Our group of goofs take the kids on a field trip and traverse into the depths of the Death House, discovering that the basement has a similar feel to the top floors of the house: it hurts.  Can our heroes (?) make it out alive?  Or is this the unwarranted dark D&D sequel to the movie "Monster House?"  Remember that movie?  That was a thing.  Also, I don't even think that comparison makes sense.  Meh.  Remember to tune back in on May 15th for episode 07.  Enjoy!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"One of Them," "Oppressive Gloom," "Ossuary 6 - Air," Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Apr 17, 2017

Alright, where were we?  Creepy house. Kent went through some hard times.  He's sleepy sleepy.  Punched the new party member...right.  Laying some dead kids to rest.  This environment is euphoric, isn't it?  Kind, gentle, comfy, cozy.  Ahhhh.  Vacation spot 5/5, would rent again.  Hehe, Rent...you'll see.  Remember to tune back in on May 1st for episode 06.  Enjoy!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Blue Sizzle," "Come Play with Me," "Decay," "Deep Noise," "Gagool," Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Apr 3, 2017

Kent's not feeling too hot.  After going through that ordeal, who can blame him?  Nonetheless, our heroes...are they heroes?  They haven't really done much heroism yet...Arcene and her group of people carry on through the house, where they cross paths with a newcomer.  How am I DMing this group of misfits?  Now I know how Adam Notmylastname feels.  Remember to tune back in on April 17th for episode 05.  Enjoy!

Feel free to drop us a review on iTunes and cast Message to us over social media.  It's only a cantrip.  We'd love to hear from you!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Come Play with Me," "Dark Walk," "One-eyed Maestro," "Unseen Horrors," "Kick Shock," Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Mar 20, 2017

Kent finally got his wish.  Ok, maybe not his wish, but his anticipation and anxiety led him to the third floor, where the party immediately found themselves in the worst possible situation: surrounded by dust!  Oh, and there is something trying to kill them.  That, too.  Episode 04 will be out on April 3rd.  Enjoy!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Ghostpocalypse - 1 Departure," "Long Note Two," Measured Paces," and "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Mar 13, 2017

Here's a quick episode as a thank you to our early listeners.  We will be having a giveaway for a licensed D&D 5e book of your choice.  This ranges from the PHB, MM, and DMG, as well as modules like "Curse of Strahd" and "Hoard of the Dragon Queen."  This way, you don't have to worry about already having the book.  Unless...you have them all.  Good job, hypothetical person!

Make sure to tweet out using the hashtag #TILaunchParty to be entered into the giveaway!  This closes EOD April 13, 2017.  If you have any questions, reach out to us on social media.

Oh, and if you're enjoying the show, make sure to let us know!  iTunes reviews are HUGE helps, but even a stop by on Twitter to go "hey, loved that sh*t.  Kent for life!" would be a day brightener for all of us.

Thanks again, see you on March 20th for the third episode of "House of Spoops."

 

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this giveaway episode:

"Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

 

Mar 6, 2017

We rejoin the party as they explore the interior of the Death House.  One thing is for certain: the players are getting restless.  Things are tense: Nick is flipping out, Bucky and Drew are touching literally everything, and Josh is enjoying putting everyone through the anxiety ringer.  Episode 03 will be out on March 20th.  Enjoy!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Darkest Child," "Gathering Darkness," "Infados," "March of the Mind," "Supernatural," and "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Feb 1, 2017

Due to the extremely positive feedback we received over at "The Once and Future Nerd," we decided to release our first episode early on our own channel!  March 6th, our original release date, will now be the release of our second episode.  If you are new to the podcast: welcome!  If you are coming from "TOAFN," this may sound a bit familiar, but you'll now get new content two weeks earlier than intended.  Enjoy!

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast
Tumblr: takinginitiativepodcast.tumblr.com

Music credits for this episode:

"Come Play with Me", "Spacial Winds", "Unnatural Situation," and "Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), including the 5e ruleset, "Curse of Strahd," and its encompassed adventure "Death House," refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

Jan 29, 2017

A short introduction to describe the purpose of the podcast.  You can find our first episode over at "The Once and Future Nerd" as a bonus content, exclusive first look!  Our actual release date will be March 6, 2017.

"Taking Initiative" is a podcast on The Spark Network.  You can find us at:

Website: thespark.network
Twitter: TI_Pod
Facebook: Taking Initiative Podcast

Music credits for this episode:

"Vanishing"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

All mentions to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) refer to the property owned by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC).  We do not own the rules or module.  We just enjoy playing!

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