Luke Soren Nielsen

Multimedia Composer

Alaska / Boston / California

Familiar Feud Part 1 - (Familiars of Terra) - Critical Hits 59

Introducing the noble Seekers of Terra - Calliope, Matt & Ruka and their magical animal familiars Mallow the pink fairy armadillo, Benjamon the flying purple triceratops, and Eva-lynn the two-headed green giraffe! Join them in their quest to protect Terra, discover the dirt on their rivals, and begin to uncover a spanning conspiracy behind some music enhancing drugs.

Familiars of Terra by Angry Hamster Publishing
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Rollerball Bowls Over Walls Part 2 - (Shadowrun) - Critical Hits 57

Our shadowrunning group in Neo Vegas is trying to track down the shadowy CIPHER figure who stole Guffy’s life savings and is somehow mixed up in the current corporate drama with AI (future Apple Inc. that does exactly what you expect). Buckle up for brute force hacking, some bad decisions, and an all-out gunfight with a group of Sasquatches on motorcycles!

Shadowrun by Catalyst Game Labs
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Casino Royale Pain in the Butt Part 1 - (Shadowrun) - Critical Hits 56

Zach Havok, Rollerball, Guffy, and Switchback are sometimes known as the Neon Hookers, a shadowrunning group trying to take down the corporations of Neo Vegas in the midst of a citywide lockdown. AI (future Apple Inc. that does exactly what you expect) has recently succeeded Neo Vegas from the Pueblo Corporate Council. Tensions are rising, their comrade has been kidnapped, and someone just lost an expensive briefcase...

Shadowrun by Catalyst Game Labs
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Episode 5: Warp and Weft - (Mythos) - Critical Hits 55

This month we are play-testing Thom's Mythos setting for Blades in the Dark. Join the gang as we play a group from a secret government agency that tracks down reality-breaking myths to protect the public.

We finally find out who wears those ominous Hawaiian shirts and unravel a secret so big it could destroy the fabric of reality itself. Stick around for a discussion of the playtest after vignettes of what our characters do after the big conclusion! 

Mythos by Thom
Blades in the Dark by John Harper and Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Episode 4: The Season, The Stitch, and the Unknown - (Mythos) - Critical Hits 54

This month we are play-testing Thom's Mythos setting for Blades in the Dark. Join the gang as we play a group from a secret government agency that tracks down reality-breaking myths to protect the public.

The team ends up swept away to the hall of the Gods of Manhattan where the weave is quickly unraveled around them by the international cleanup crew known as UTHER. Things get wiggly when the team refuses to be arrested.

Mythos by Thom
Blades in the Dark by John Harper and Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Episode 3: Turn and Burn - (Mythos) - Critical Hits 53

This month we are play-testing Thom's Mythos setting for Blades in the Dark. Join the gang as we play a group from a secret government agency that tracks down reality-breaking myths to protect the public.

Sent by a dragon to put out a wildfire in Oregon with a team of werewolf firefighters, the team discovers that the fire’s magical origins are connected to none other than that dastardly group: Apollo’s Rangers. What are they up to this time??

Mythos by Thom
Blades in the Dark by John Harper and Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Episode 2: Changing Colors - (Mythos) - Critical Hits 52

This month we are play-testing Thom's Mythos setting for Blades in the Dark. Join the gang as we play a group from a secret government agency that tracks down reality-breaking myths to protect the public.

The SYSy-FS team follows a lead to a warehouse Autumn had rented, only to find a group of Myth-bending foes who ambush us on our own ambush! Meet the team that is calling themselves the "Seattle Avengers" and Ms. Constantina Smolder, a dragon who certainly knows more than we think she thinks she knows.

Mythos by Thom
Blades in the Dark by John Harper and Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Episode 1: Check-in at the 4 Seasons - (Mythos) - Critical Hits 51

This month we are play-testing Thom's Mythos setting for Blades in the Dark. Join the gang as we play a group from a secret government agency that tracks down reality-breaking myths to protect the public.


We begin at a stake-out of a Starbux in the nice part of Seattle where we are meeting a pair of gals who are concerned about their missing friend. The seasons themselves may begin to unravel if we can't find a way to bring these friends back together.


Mythos by Thom
Blades in the Dark by John Harper and Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Lorestravaganza Part 4 - (Uncharted Worlds) - Critical Hits 50

This month we embark on a lore-building adventure as each of the Critical Hits family takes turns running a one-shot game in the world we are building together over the ages of this place. Rachel finishes lore month by viewing our lore filled planet through alien eyes.

In the not-so-distant future a crew of salvagers from all over the galaxy is hit by a meteor while surveying a planet that seems to have unusually high signs of elemental activity. This meteor may sound familiar to to us, but it is strange and new to our crew. Fan favorite, Shannon, joins us as the grizzled and chiseled Caprizza Zelcar, Captainof the Stella!

Uncharted Worlds by Sean Gomes
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Lorestravaganza Part 3 - (Feng Shui) - Critical Hits 49

This month we embark on a lore-building adventure as each of the Critical Hits family takes turns running a one-shot game in the world we are building together over the ages of this place.

Amelia picks up the story 250 years later. Under the control of the dragon, the dwarves thrust up their obsidian spires from underground all the islands at once and enforced fascist rule. Our heroes have to work with the rebellion and stop a dark ritual that could release the dragon into the world again!

Feng Shui by Atlas Games
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Lorestravaganza Part 2 - (AD&D 2nd Ed) - Critical Hits 48

This month we embark on a lore-building adventure as each of the Critical Hits family takes turns running a one-shot game in the world we are building together over the ages of this place.

Josh picks up the story 17 years in the future after a long war broke out over the elemental pillars. The goblins ended up with two and are offering one as the Olympic torch and prize to the winning nation. Our heroes find themselves at the games: a Goblin tech-wizard, a Dwarven druid, and a Lizard competing in the triathlon. Follow along to discover what the secret cult is doing as things get FIREY!

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons by TSR
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Lorestravaganza Part 1 - (Dungeon World) - Critical Hits 47

This month we embark on a lore-building adventure as each of the Critical Hits family takes turns running a one-shot game in a world we are building together over the ages.

This week Soren kicks it off in the tropical island chain of Elzamar where mysterious pillar-shaped artifacts have crashed into the earth as meteors and both lizardfolk and goblins alike think they know what to do with them. Featuring Micheal as The Boulder, a reknown halfling barbarian!

Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

~*~So RaNdOm XD~*~ - (Ultimate Toolbox) - Critical Hits 46

We used the AEG Ultimate Toolbox to randomly roll everything about this adventure. Characters, setting, background, and answers to the very questions that plague our universe will be rolled on one of the many tables in this book. As you can imagine, this fantasy adventure gets a bit crazy. Eric was very kind to bless us with his benevolent presence for this episode!

Ultimate Toolbox by Alderac Entertainment Group
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Feed Me, Demon Lord! - (Grimworld) - Critical Hits 45

In this grim-dark fantasy world demon lords rule fiefdoms and war at the borders with peasant proxy wars. Guest star Richard joins the crew as a murder-wise centaur, Raddigan Bloodhoof, with Amelia as a frosty frog-person, Josh as a spirit-talking shaman, and Rachel as a dwarven necromancer. Follow the team on their quest to try to bring some life to this forsaken land.

Grimworld by Boldly Games
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

The Shell - (Rainbow World/Fate) - Critical Hits 44

We came up with our own setting for this week's episode using skittles as prompts in a mini game where we built a hollow planet populated by moth-people in the exterior jungle and lizard-people inside the crust. Then we made characters and played out a story in our world. Join us for political intrigue and rebel plans as the Princess of the Cerulean Kingdom tries to take over from her father, the God Emperor of lizards!

Rainbow World by Matt Bohnhoff
Fate Accelerated Edition by Evil Hat Productions
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen
Download a copy of our setting The Shell to use in your own game!

Crash Donovan Lost In Space! - (Adventures on Dungeon Planet) - Critical Hits 43

This intergalactic broadcast of Adventures on Dungeon Planet is being broadcast through the far reaches of space to your home radio! Listen as Captain Crash Donovan and his crew of aliens and robots are mixed up in some dastardly deals and end up in a high security prison planet!

Featuring awesome guest Dawson as Captain Crash Donovan!

Adventures on Dungeon Planet is a Dungeon World Supplement by Red Box Vancouver
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen

Beaver? I Hardly Know Her! - (Noble Wild) - Critical Hits 42

Ethan joins the crew to play the D&D 3.5 supplement: Noble Wild, which makes animal species into playable characters. Featuring Josh as a psychic dolphin, Amelia as Steve J. Beaver, Rachel as an 18ft reticulated python with an orc companion, and Ethan as an incredibly powerful chimpanzee under the ridiculous 3.5 system rules!

This is the last episode of animal month and the first episode of July's theme where we highlight supplements of larger games.

Noble Wild by Skirmisher Publishing
Music by Luke Soren Nielsen