As one might expect from the show title, Acquisitions Incorporated, The “C” Team (or AIC), is a spinoff of the very popular Acquisitions Incorporated game that Chris Perkins DMs at live PAX conventions with Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz, and other special guest stars. This game features Jerry Holkins as DM, and the players are other employees and friends of Penny Arcade, including a game designer from Wizards of the Coast. Most of the other shows I have reviewed, except for the main AI game, all feature at least some players who connect remotely via Skype or Discord or other technology. AIC is streamed live and recorded in the Penny Arcade studios with all the players in a single room, so there is a live “around the table” vibe and interaction that sometimes gets missed in some of the other games because the players are not all in the same space together.
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AIC streamed its first episode in early 2017. The premise of the show is that Omen Dran, the CEO of Acquisitions Incorporated is selling official franchise licenses (in one-quarter shares) in towns and villages across The Sword Coast. Omen’s mother runs a tavern in the town of Red Larch (which is prominent as a starting point and waystop in the Princes of the Apocalypse published campaign). The four PCs are thus co-licensees of the Red Larch franchise and are sent on missions by Omen (who is played in the main AI game by DM Jerry Holkins). By the mere premise, this game has crossover implications with the main AI game, and the game also has some very real crossover with players from the DCA game that I previously reviewed in this series. While this game features weekly episodes, there have been several public games played at PAX conventions, just as is the case with both the main AI game and the DCA game.
This game takes place in the same instance of The Forgotten Realms as the DCA game and the main AI game. At least one player from DCA has appeared in episodes of AIC, and the characters of AIC and the main AI game are referenced in the DCA show.
This game is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acquisitions Incorporated. Documancer certified, Jim Darkmagic arcane locked. And Omen Dran will sue your ass if you ever forget to mention AI holds all rights across all space-time continuums and multiverses. Forever and ever. Amen.
AIC is a very enjoyable show. The cast are all comfortable on camera and on mic, and the role-playing is really very good. Jerry Holkins has a style as a DM that is extremely creative, and he weaves stories for his players that both funny and punctuated with moments of genuine drama for the characters.
This is the first show I’ve given a PC-MA rating to, and that has everything to do with the blatant and inescapable sexual situations and perverted innuendo that all of the cast (DM and players alike) bring to the game. This would definitely be a show that could cause young children to ask some questions that parents may or may not want to discuss (depending on the kids ages) so if you think that might apply in your household you might want to screen the show before your kids watch or listen to it.
This show is streamed live on Twitch and archived on both the Penny Arcade Twitch and YouTube channels. This show has a large and active chat community that DM Jerry Holkins refers to as the Shadow Council, and there’s an interactive element in that donations in the form of bits (a currency on Twitch) power up the special abilities of each of the PCs. The interaction also goes the other way such that every time a player or the DM rolls a natural 20 on an ability check or combat roll, a prize is given to a randomly-selected member of the live chat audience.