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The spirit of Old Time Radio lives again with On the Air, the storytelling RPG that faithfully emulates the action, excitement and mystery found in the radio programs of the 1930s and '40s. Construct a series, create a sponsor, whip up characters and you're ready to play. Once the series is created, very little prep time is required to play the game, thanks to the narrative structure of the Intention System.

Get ready to engage in an all-new way of narrating your character's actions... and don't forget to promote your sponsor's products to earn the potent Sponsorship Token! Each episode is allowed only a certain number of die rolls in order to depict the tight time restraints of those old programs, so you'd better make every action count!

On the Air is best enjoyed by one Director and between one and three players. You'll need d4s, d6s and d8s.


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Jens H January 15, 2019 4:14 pm UTC
The game seems good, I can't wait to play it, but the image used for the cover is a bit stretched and as a result, a bit grainy. You might want to get a higher quality image for the next version, or a drawning of some kind. I suggest a radio, where the shadow from it is profiles of adventurers of various genres around a old-timey microphone. Inspiration:
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Noah P November 22, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Haven't tried this system yet but am looking to play. Which is better, this or Stories from the Grave? I'm an avid horror comic collector, but had also devoured many many hours of OTR (mostly the horror shows). So, I guess me question is, can you do horror/mystery easily with this game or is it best to just go with Stories from the Grave?
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James B April 28, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Purchased this today and its going on the table tomorrow - I've had Tales From the Grave for a while now, and the excellent Intentions system has influenced my own home-cooking.

OTR interest in blooming among my friends - contemporary audio drama is similar but divergent and pulling in interest as well. Any time I put one of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre plays on at parties I get interest. OTR makes for a lovely intersection between the non-verbal production elements on film and the limitless budget and imaginative power of language employed in prose.
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Cynthia M May 01, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
I'm glad you like the Intention System and I would love to hear how your game went.

Your take on the attraction of OTR (and audio drama in general) mirrors my own.

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Jean M April 04, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Spectrum please check your email account -- it's over quota and email is bouncing!
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Cynthia M April 06, 2018 6:25 am UTC
This is Cynthia. That account has been doing that even though it's not actually ocer quote. Please send email to
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David J March 31, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
You're....I mean....I just got punked for April Fool's Day, didn't I?
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Jonathan S April 01, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Ah, come on man. :) Whether they meant it as a joke or not, It's still highly original and shines a light on one of the cooler points in western storytelling. The radio shows of the 30s and 40s are some of the most entertaining, unique and creatively produced entertainment out there! There's a reason that they've transferred so well to the internet, beyond their relative cost, in fact I've seen a few RPGs here that are official tie in material to some successful modern day radio shows.

I...uh, like radio shows... heh... and will be buying this and any full core's they release. :)

Proper communication isn't the easiest thing for me, any offense is unintentional.
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Jean M April 01, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Oh, it's very real. I just bought it. Still just starting to read through it, but so far it looks very, very good. (the only problem being how do I find another few old time radio geeks around here to play with?)

It's absolutely not a joke; it's a well-designed game. I'm pretty sure the release date is just coincidence. If you like OTR, you'll want this.
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Chet C April 01, 2018 4:01 am UTC
Play a few episodes of the Lone Ranger (Brace Beemer episodes), Suspense, or George & Gracie - The field is ripe and ready to harvest. You'll get a few gamers.

Or move to Rosenberg, TX.

My regret is that my buddy Jim Harmon didn't live to see this.
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David J April 01, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
I sit corrected. I did enjoy The Big Crime, so perhaps this would blow wind up my skirt, too.
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Y.Y. Y April 01, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
I bought the book without hesitation because I have faith in Cynthia.
Cynthia has captured all the genres so well that her books are always treasures to me (even if you don’t play the system).

Barak’s intention system is fast pace. My players complains about the combats slow the narration down, and this system is the best solution in market imo.
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