Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Episode 86 is Mandatory!

Welcome back, listeners! This week we dig deep into some 5th Edition D&D rules for this episode's discussion. We talk about the repercussions of ignoring some of the rules for spellcasting (specifically, costly material components and the Concentration mechanic), and also we talk about the optional Sanity and Honor ability scores presented in the Dungeon Master's Guide. We've got some strong opinions on these topics, so come along for the riveting discussion!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Terje! Congratulations, Terje! Check your spam folder, and let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a couple days. And be sure to let Benoit over at Goblin Stone know what you think, so they can keep on making great products!

And if anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're still very low on potential winners, so anyone who enters has a very high chance of winning!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

By my honor, I'll see you next week!

Episode 86: Optional Components

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How much would it upset the game if I let casters ignore costly material components?

2. How overpowered would it be to give players a magic item that allows more than one Concentration spell at a time?

3. What do you think of the optional Sanity and Honor ability scores in the Dungeon Master's Guide?

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Noteworthy Links:

Twitch.tv/GenericGamer- The Twitch channel of our good friend and streaming partner, Peter!


Space Cash, a fictional currency from an episode of South Park

Zee Bashew, a Youtube channel Jeff mentioned

Bloodborne

The Mountain Witch, my brother's samurai RPG with trust mechanics

Vidjagame Apocalypse, a podcast I've been listening to for some time

The Champion- a class Jeff mentioned from the Giant In the Playground website

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Episode 85- Who Brought the Map?

Hello, everyone! This week, we cover a topic I've been excited to get to- exploration. Specifically, how to run a campaign based entirely around it. We talk about broad strokes, small details, advice, ideas, involving the players, what to do and what not to do, how to keep it from going stale- all sorts of things involving this huge, world-spanning topic. We had a lot of fun talking about it, so hopefully you all have a lot of fun listening to it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is David P! Congratulations, Dave! Check your spam folder, and let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a couple days. And be sure to let Benoit over at Goblin Stone know what you think!

And if anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

Have a great week, and don't get lost!

Episode 85: Preliminary Exploration

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are some tips on running a campaign based entirely around exploration?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, and Dodge

Dragonball Z Androids movie mentioned in the episode (also: Goku punched in the balls by Team Four Star)

Dark Capricorn Rising, a new rock group formed by our good friend and patron, Justin Williams

Lost

The Tomb of Annihilation

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, an open-world action RPG

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, another open-world action RPG

Zee Bashew, a Youtube channel Jeff mentioned

Dawn of Worlds, a world-building game we talked about

House of Leaves- more like House of Suck, amirite guiz lolol

World's Largest Dungeon

Star Trek: Voyager

The Adventure Zone

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Episode 84: To Mend and Defend

Welcome back, listeners!

Don't worry- we're not talking about Grappling this week. Or next week. Or any week ever again. Ever. Instead, we're here to talk about tattoos, ghosts that follow your character around, involving your players, and more- and we have a very special guest with us today: Jessica, one of the hosts of Incoming Game: A ReBoot ReWatch! It's a podcast dedicated to the 90s computer-generated TV show, ReBoot! It's a great show (and a great podcast) so you should check it out!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Rene R! Congratulations, Rene! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a day or two. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

I hope you all enjoy this week's episode, and remember to stay frosty!

Episode 84: You Want This, I Want That

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Question answered this episode:

1. What was your best result from a Natural 20?

2. How can I balance a game session when half of my players want to smash and kill things and the other half want to explore and roleplay?

3. What are your biggest "Dos" and "Don'ts" for a new DM?

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Noteworthy Links:

ReBoot, the first fully computer-generated television show

Veggietales, another fully computer-generated show (though this one never had a television release)

Kat Von D

A Guide to Magical Tattoos

One of my wife's hideous tattoos

Tamagotchis

Furbies

Angus McDonald, Boy Detective

A great scene from Firefly

Dael Kingsmill, the Youtube channel Jeff was talking about for creating and building immersive cities in your game (MERPS)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Episode 83 - The One (and only one) About Grappling

Alright, everyone- I've been dreading this episode for a long time. We got this discussion topic a little while back, and now that we've covered it, I can confidently say we will never be revisiting it again in the foreseeable future. In case you hadn't guessed, this episode is about one of the most obtuse and overly-complicated mechanics to ever hit D&D: Grappling. (We had planned on covering several rules-heavy topics this episode, but... well, grappling kind of stole the show and refused to give it back unless we could succeed on multiple grapple checks... oh man, I'm having flashbacks...)

One thing I want to make sure everyone knows about- on September 3rd (Labor Day) we're going to be doing an arcade game livestream as part of our patreon goals! (But don't worry, it'll be open to everyone, not just patrons.) The stream will be from 6-9pm EST, and we should be hosting it on Youtube on Jeff's FriendQuest channel. So come along and watch us play some classic arcade games, and if you have any games you want us to play, send Jeff an email at TheFriendQuest@gmail.com!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Colin W! Congratulations, Colin! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a day or two. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

Thanks for listening, and from now on, take your grapple-related questions elsewhere!

Episode 83: The Grappling Episode

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Question answered this episode:

1. How does grappling work? How did it work in other editions?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Office

Kuribo's Shoe

Tanooki Suit

Jackie Chan's Ladder Fight scene (though, to be fair, I think I confused this with something else because he doesn't quite do what I was referencing in the episode)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Episode 82 - WAKE UP

Hello there, listeners! We've got an interesting episode for you this week. We talk all about something that we recently said makes for terrible stories: Dreams! This episode is all about using dreams in your campaign, in the various forms that might take. I think we get some great discussion out of it, though, and hopefully we give you all some ideas for how to spice up your own game (and keep them from getting stale or predictable)!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Christopher H! Congratulations, Christopher! Give it a day or two, and then let me know if you haven't gotten your copy. And once you get it, be sure to tell Goblin Stone what you think so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We've only got a few candidates on the list right now, so it's a prime time to enter!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

Thanks, and be sure not to sleep on the job!

Episode 82: And It Was All a Dream

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are your thoughts on dreams in D&D?

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Noteworthy Links:

Max Headroom Broadcast Interruption

Peasant Quest, a King's Quest parody

Muppet Babies

Mystery Men

Heroes of Olympus, the sequel series to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series

Manual of the Planes

Anthology of Interest, an episode of Futurama that you should watch right now

Perchance to Dream: an amazing episode of the Batman Animated Series where Bruce Wayne is trapped in a dream

Inception

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Interceptor, the dog from Final Fantasy VI

Mythical Pet Shop, an adorable set of fantasy pets from /u/SapphireShaddix

Garyl the Binicorn, a recurring NPC from The Adventure Zone

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Episode 81 Will Rid the World of All Evil... And That Means You!

Hello, everyone! We've got a great episode for you this week. We're joined by two guests- Angela and Jon, the hosts of The Cantrip! We have a lot of fun talking about campaigns with multiple DMs, using character voices, anime, and more. So give this episode a listen, and while you're at it, go over and check out Jon and Ang's podcast too!

I should also mention- Jeff has started releasing more Friendquest episodes! He and his friend Griff have started playing Hollow Knight and Little Nightmares- both great games. So check those out too!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Layth T! Congratulations, Layth! If you haven't gotten your reward in a day or two, let me know. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We're still running low on candidates, so you have great chances!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

Thanks everyone, and see you next time!

Episode 81: Everyone's a Character

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of co-DMing a campaign?

2. How can I get better at creating and using character voices?

3. Do you think the market still has room and desire for Anime genre emulation or inspiration (see the 90s' Anime game boom) or have we moved past that?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dungeons & Dragons: The Cartoon

Pleasantville

The Binding of Isaac, a roguelike twin-stick shooter game for all current platforms

By Mennen

Mentos: The Freshmaker

Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Gameplay and Story Segregation (Warning: TV Tropes, only click if you have a healthy amount of time to waste)

I Know That Voice- a documentary about voice acting

Rush Hour

OpenRPG, a virtual tabletop that came long before Roll20

Big Eyes, Small Mouth, an Anime-themed RPG

Shut Up and Take My Money

Terminator Faces

The Adorable Gravorg from the 3rd edition Monster Manual 2

Betrayal Garden

Guinea Pig Armor

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Episode 80- A World of Possibilities

Hello, everyone out there in podcast land! We've got a great episode for you this week. We cover a few great topics- killing PCs, inter-dimensional travel, armor made from trees, and a healthy dose of tangents here and there. Come give us a listen, and be sure to let us know what you think!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Payton K! Congratulations, Payton! If you have any issues contact me. And be sure to let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We're running low on candidates, so you have a big chance of winning!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab!

Thanks everyone, and have a great week!

Episode 80: Different Worlds, Different Stakes

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How lethal do you like combat?

2. I want to run a campaign where the players are all from different worlds/settings. What is the best plot device for bringing them together?

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Noteworthy Links:

Path of Exile

Crawl

Bloodborne Card Game

Hollow Knight on Friend Quest

Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2 on DM's Guild

Dragon Dice: Treefolk

Troll 2

Shield Doors in Dark Souls 2

Synthicide RPG

Time Lords

Tomb of Horrors

The World Serpent Inn, a transitive plane from 3e D&D

Sigil, the City of Doors, a hub location in the Planescape setting

Parallels, a movie about a dimension-travelling family

Sliders, a TV show from the 90s about dimensional travel

Erfworld, a webcomic written by Rob Balder

Secret of Evermore, an SNES action RPG by Squaresoft

Earthbolt, a Wu Jen spell from Complete Arcane

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