Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Episode 239 - Seriously, Don't Try It

How much money have YOU spent on miniatures and battlefield decor? (Hopefully not as much as us!) Also, what are some rules exploits you've seen used in a game? We discuss these topics and more on this week's episode, and we'd love to hear your thoughts below!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is T.B.! Congratulations, T.B.! You should be getting that in your e-mail soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place next Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

We'll be taking next week off, so expect a non-standard episode in its place. Enjoy, and have a great week!

Episode 239: Don't Even Try It

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How much do you think you've spent on minis and battlemat decor?

2. What is the best/worst exploit you've seen used/attempted in a game?

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Noteworthy Links:

Frostop Root Beer, a delicious brand of root beer I have been looking for for years

Knockturn Alley, the shady and dangerous back alleys of the Wizarding World

Hand of Glory, the pickled hand of a hanged man that is believed to have supernatural abilities

Arms & Equipment Guide, a 3e D&D book with loads of magical and non-magical gear

Lord of the Print, a 3D model designer I back on Patreon

Warhammer 40k, as popular tabletop war game

War Troll, a troll variant that is not weak to fire

The Peasant Railgun, a thought experiment that exploits D&D rules to break physics

The Room of Spirit and Time, a location in the Dragonball series that lets a person extend time to train their abilities

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Episode 238: Only A Little Bad News This Time

We're back with another great episode! This week we're talking about what you can and can't remove from D&D before it stops being D&D- and why we think someone would still want to play such a game. There's a lot to say on these topics, so be sure to follow along, and share your thoughts and comments below!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is Elliot M! Congratulations, Elliot! You should be getting that in your e-mail soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next time, unless we find a more fitting ruleset!

Episode 238: Oh Dungeons, Oh Dragons

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you think it would be possible to run a D&D campaign with no or very little combat? How would you do this?

2. Why do you think people choose to play D&D, rather than a different game with a more (or less) restrictive ruleset?

3. Are "dungeons" obsolete or no longer used in your game sessions? Why or why not?

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Noteworthy Links:

Diving Bell, an old method of underwater exploration and research

Rime of the Frostmaiden

Nathan Heard's products on DMs Guild

8 Non-Combat Roleplaying Games

GURPS, a universal roleplaying system from Steve Jackson Games

The Film Reroll, a podcast that plays through movies using GURPS

Tearable RPG, a very rules-lite RPG

Willow, a fantasy film from Lucasfilms

Dungeon!, a fantasy board game from TSR

Dragon Dice, a collectible dice game originally from TSR

Baba Yaga, a terrifying character from folklore

Mesoamerican Pyramids

Dead by Daylight, an asymmetrical horror game

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Episode 237: More Bad News Edition

Welcome back! This week we've got another set of fun topics- what to do if you end up with too many players, what book is best to have on a desert island, and why we think players make new characters instead of reviving dead ones- even if it starts off with another bummer announcement! (You'd think the bummers would stop eventually, right? Right?) We won't let it keep us down, so come along for another fun ride!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is DarbonneLJ! Congratulations! You should be getting that in your email soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next time, where we might accidentally end up with nine guests! (Not really, but what if?)

Episode 237: Out of Options

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. I sent out too many invitations and now I have nine players. Any tips?

2. Desert Island question: You can take one DnD book. Which do you take?

3. Why do people usually roll new characters when they die (instead of trying to revive the old one)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Space Flea from Nowhere (obligatory TVTropes warning)

Sin, the primary antagonistic force in Final Fantasy X

Episode 216: Gabe's Treatise on Trolls

Binging with Babish, a fantastic Youtube channel where the creator makes foods from various TV shows

Beat Saber, a VR rhythm game

You Dropped A Bomb On Me

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Episode 236: FIGHT!!!

Hot off the heels of our downer announcement last week, we've come back swinging (and kicking, and Hadoken-ing?) into another great episode. This week we talk about a theoretical D&D fighting game, using the Wish spell to rewrite your character's existence, traps that explode from caltrops, and more. Oh! And in case you thought we forgot, we didn't! We've also got the first winner of our three leather product drawings, so strap in!

The winner of the beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com, is....

....The Beverage Tea!

Congratulations to Mr. Beverage, but to everyone else, don't worry! We still have two more fantastic drawings, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Again, there's only ONE WEEK LEFT to get this journal, but plenty of time to enter the other two drawings!

And another reminder- next week we're starting our giveaway for Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement! To enter the drawing, send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line!

And if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Join us next week, when surely no more bad news will befall the podcast!

Episode 236: Gaming Wishes


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Imagine a D&D fighting game. What sort of characters should be on the roster?

2. Can you use Wish to respec your character (such as changing your class or race)?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Glitterbomb

Dolomar's Force Wave, a 3rd Edition spell that we've referenced on the show many times

The Ghost, a new (and FREE!) class from Seawood Scribe

Street Fighter, a popular series of fighting games

Super Smash Bros., a fighting series based on Nintendo franchises

Marvel vs. Capcom, a fighting mashup of two popular rosters of characters

Mortal Kombat, a fighting series known for its gore and violence 

Darkstalkers, a fighting series based on classic horror monsters

C-c-c-combo Breaker

Friendquest: Tower of Doom

MUGEN, a freeware 2D fighting game with user-created content

SaltyBet, a website where you watch and bet on AI-controlled Mugen fights

Death Note, an anime about a teenager with a magical book that kills people

Arm Joe, the anime-styled fighting game based on Les Miserables

Horcruxes

Star Trek Voyager

Curse of Strahd

The Styes, an adventure and setting from Dungeon Magazine that has been reborn in Ghosts of Saltmarsh

Brooklyn 99

Memorable Monsters, a fantastic product from Crit Academy (that I wrote an entry for!)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Episode 235 - The Episode that was Coming Eventually

We're back! This week we're starting off with a very important announcement; you'll want to make sure you listen to the first few minutes if nothing else. Once that's over, though, we're talking about two things that obviously should never be in D&D: guns in a fantasy setting, and tolerance for rules lawyers! So come along and follow with us.

And a final reminder- only ONE WEEK LEFT until Tuesday, September 14th, the first drawing for our three leather giveaways! Next week we're going to be doing the drawing for the beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Again, there's only ONE WEEK LEFT to get this journal, but plenty of time to enter the other two drawings!

And another cool announcement- we're starting another supplement giveaway too! If you want to win a free copy of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement just in time for the spookiest part of the year, send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line!

And if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but be sure to join us next week when we have another great episode!

Episode 235: The Beginning of the End


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Guns in fantasy. Yay or nay?

2. Why should a DM bother to entertain a rules lawyer?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Seinfeld Bottle Return

Roll for Combat, a network of Pathfinder podcasts

Strahd's Manual of Shadow, a fantastic supplement from Seawood Scribe that we gave away last October

Guns Pre-Date Plate Armor

GUN Mage, a Sorcerer Origin from Crit Academy

Hexagons are the Bestagons

Ball of Arms Man

Murder Mondays, a true crime Youtube channel where the host puts on makeup while talking about true crime stories

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Episode 234: Official Module Edition

Hello again, everyone! This week we have another great episode for you- we're joined by Collins Blakely, host of Where Streams Come True, to talk about official D&D modules, chaotic players, Charisma checks, and more. So come along and give us a listen, and when you're done, go check out Collins' podcast too! I'm sure you'll find something you like.

And another reminder- in just two weeks on Tuesday, September 14th, we're going to be doing the drawing for a beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. It's coming up soon, so be sure to get that to us ASAP!

And if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you again next week!

Episode 234: How Appropriate


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Of all of the official 5e modules, which stick out to you as best for adventurers of each level bracket (1-5, 6-11, 12+)?

2. When is it OK to wrangle in new players who enjoy playing but are very chaotic in their play-style (wanting to fight every peasant who looks at them wrong, or has very little forethought/compassion for others outside of the party)?

3. Charisma: Should the player's words matter or should you treat the stat like all the others?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Where Streams Come True, Collins' podcast where they randomly watch and review Disney+ properties

Studio 76

Rescuers Down Under

Yogsquest

Capri Sun commercials

List of Official D&D Modules

Orrery of the Wanderer

Meseeks Box, an artifact that summons a being to complete tasks for you

Lost Laboratory of Kwalish

Powered by the Apocalypse, a narrative-focused tabletop RPG

The Film Reroll

Saw, a series of horror films famous for its diabolical traps

Zelda Water Temple

10 Ways To Make Traps More Fun In Dungeons and Dragons from Crit Academy

Grimtooth's Traps

Tomb of Horrors

Dragonbait, a saurial paladin from the Azure Bonds novel

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Episode 233: A Deity Did It

It's that time again! This week, we're talking about messing with the timeline, meeting gods face-to-face, giving players plot armor, and much, much more! Come along for the ride and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

And another reminder- on Tuesday, September 14th, we're going to be doing the drawing for a beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. And next month, we'll be doing another drawing, and the month after that! So hurry up and enter!

And if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next time, and good luck with the drawing!

Episode 233: Gods in the Machine


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever encountered a deity in a game? As a presumably mortal GM, how do you go about depicting divine wisdom?

2. Plot armor for your players. Yay or nay?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Nowhere Men

Heroforge, a great website for designing and purchasing miniatures

Back to the Future 

Avengers Endgame

Dogma, a film by Kevin Smith

Dawn of Worlds

Watch Out For Fireballs!, one of many podcasts on the Duckfeed.tv network

Resident Evil 3

The DM Lair

Roguelikes