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Red Markets 10K Lakes Season One

10K Lakes is a multi-podcast campaign run in 2018 through the present by Technical Difficulties, the Roleplaying Exchange, and The Drunk and Ugly, featuring their cast members, members of Insert Quest Here, and other friends.

A disparate group of Takers form the Freelance crew, finding work and trying to make it out of the Loss. Little do they know of the affects of their actions as they make their stamp in the 10K Lakes region of Minnesota...

Season One

Episode 00 - Enclave Generation (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 01 - Krautchopper (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 02 - A Walk in the Woods (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 03 - PooPower (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 04 - In the Arms of an Angel (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 05 - Master of the Skies, Master of the Globe (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 06 - For Sore Eyes (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 07 - Spoil the Whole Bunch (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 08 - Their Billion Hands (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 09 - Badger's Boys (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 10 - Great American Dog Race (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 11 - Smurfing (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 12 - OJBR (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 13 - You Wouldn't Download a Car (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 14 - Coyotes (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 15 - Bike to Heaven (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 16 - Crowdsurf Off a Cliff (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 17 - Moving Day (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 18 - Bright Point (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 19 - Save the Music (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 20 - Grapes of Roth (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 21 - In Like a Lion (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 22 - Blessed Beer Part 1 (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 23 - Family Recipe Part 1 (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 24 - Blessed Beer Part 2 (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 25 - Family Recipe Part 2 (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 26 - Blood Money (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 27 - 0perator Chases Mr. JOLS (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 28 - Boat Party (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 29 - Suuuuper Lad (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 30 - WEED4CATS (Season Finale) (Technical Difficulties)
Bonus - GenCon Panel: How to Run a Successful Living Campaign: Red Markets 10K Lakes (The Roleplaying Exchange)

Season Two

Episode 31 - Leaving the Nest (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 32 - Cure for Money (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 33 - Inherit (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 34 - Pleasure Cruise (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 35 - The Sinclair Institute (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 36 - “Technical” Difficulties (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 37 - Paper Jam (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 38 - Lumber Liquidators (The Drunk and Ugly)
Episode 39 - Big Bad Wolves (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 40 - An Ironclad Contract (The Drunk and Ugly)
Episode 41 - The Frogger (The Drunk and Ugly)
Episode 42 - Head Hunter (Technical Difficulties)
Episode 43 - Trouble Trackers Part 1 (The Roleplaying Exchange)
Episode 44 - Trouble Trackers Part 2 (The Roleplaying Exchange)

Freelance Is:

Aaron M. (Character 1)– Low End – The bass playing Taker.

Aaron M. (Character 2)– Munchkin – [Child soldier archetype. Don’t get too attached.] Child soldier archetype. Yeah, we're surprised she's lasted this long too.

Adam L. (Character 1) – Misty – A dangerously detached debutant wielding a spear (that’s only a spear). (She/Her)

Adam L. (Character 2) - Errol - An actor between gigs joining up with Freelance to give aid to his girlfriend, his ex, and his son. (He/Him)

Adam T. – Shears – Latent beautician tired of your mansplaining. (She/Her)

Chris (Character 1)– Iditarod – A dog trainer burned by the last movie they worked on and trying to buy their way back into the industry.

Chris (Character 2)– 0perator –  She's totally not a Steward, guys… OK, fine. She’s totally a Steward.

David – Longshot – A dispossessed Canadian that hasn’t let the apocalypse ruin his good nature…even if he has to kill you. (He/Him)

Ethan C. – Taxey – A street tough hustler/rapper with a new baby and a new purpose. (He/Him)

Ethan F. – Hard Luck – A gambler who never knew when to hold or fold ’em scrapping by in the Loss.

Greg – NRG – A hustling mechanic with a husband, an adopted son, a cute dog, and crippling debt. (He/Him)

Ian (Character 1)– Vapor – No sacrifice is too great for this taker to achieve their goals – but they don’t want to lose their soul. (He/Him)

Ian (Character 2)– Tora – A samurai wannabe who may be more than she appears. (She/Her)

Ian (Character 3) - Poet - Firefighter, Physicist, Poet. Now if only he could be a good parent. (He/Him)

Jared – Factotum – An overprotective dad with issues.

Laura – Woodsman – A former high school science teacher, wandering the Loss with a bow and dog. (They/Them)

Lonnie – Martin Luther – A Latent cultist with a big dream and a very small axe.

Matt - Angus - The Scottish woodsman just trying to make his way through the Loss.

Nathan – Nerf – Shooty shooty, gun gun.

Nick – Toss-Up – Canadian demolitions expert caught on the wrong side of the fence but the right side of the nukes. (He/Him)

Patrick – Catfish – A misguided youth that found himself lured to and abandoned in the Lost.

Ray – Colt – Combat medic who can gun two ways. (They/Them)

Sean B. – Gurney – East Coast EMT caught on the wrong side of the Recession.

Sean F. (Character 1)– Priceline – A taker always ready to make a quick bounty.  The Loss’ version of a used car salesman.

Sean F. (Character 2) – Stitches – A Black Math paramedic.

Sid – Prof. Bjorn – Visiting academic going on a hunting trip with his son when the crash hit.

Vince – Bonez – Actual Doctor. Wannabe Cowboy. Full-time Taker.


Valentino - A former boys academy that has been turned into a Black Math cult compound. They raise up students to fight the Casualty hordes and honor their K/D. All the adults are gay  men who have taken up the name ‘Roger’. Many Freelance members stay here at one time or another, as the ‘soldiers’ render Valentino relatively safe, even though they are eager to proselytize...

Kennel - A former dog kennel for a husky breeder. They train up dogs to serve as protection and transportation, and use runts as bait. Led by a breeder named Westminster.

Split Rock - Led by the Captain, this enclave is a group of house boats and structures built in and around the cliffside of the Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior.

Mayo - The former Mayo Clinic, the facility has been seized by pharma reps and is now a randian compound. The doctors have been enslaved as indenture servants. They offer homeopathy for those that can’t afford and medical services to those that do, but their maniacal capitalism knows no bounds. Led by Rearden.

New Hamar - An all Somalian enclave near Grand Rapids. Led by Hamid Nur, they provide mechanics and engineering.

Iron Mountain - A former iron mine that was turned into document storage before the Crash, it has been taken up by Archivists as their place to keep info.

Covenant - A doomsday prepper cult. They are all Latents, and they work towards killing Casualties and making more Latents.

Castle Danger - A lumber camp that has been taken over by the DHQS. It is now a settlement that ships lumber back into the recession.

Hope - A farm led by Abby, this enclave is a massive food source for the region.

Zephyr’s Bounty - A wind farm, this enclave, led by an engineer named Ang, generates most of the region’s power.

Short Fiction

Some of the players have written short fiction about their PCs, concerning events before and during the campaign. Read these to gain a greater insight into the protagonists of 10K Lakes.

NRG - Ordinary World
Taxey - Everyday Hustlin’
Martin Luther - Martin Luther
0perator - 0peration
Woodsman - Woodsman in Valentino
Vapor - Vapor’s Nightmares