Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Episode 203: The One After Episode 202

Hey everyone! This week we're talking about multiclassing- specifically, the stat requirements for multiclassing in 5th Edition D&D- and we also spend a little bit of time brainstorming how to motivate players who aren't necessarily interested in loot or traditional treasure. We're always open to more ideas, so share yours below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Jeff R! Congratulations, Jeff! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch you next week, with our first guests in over a year!

Episode 203: Multiclassing & Motivation

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you feel about mechanical requirements for multiclassing?

2. How do you motivate players who have no interest in loot, money or "simple" magic items that just give them bonuses (like a +1 sword, etc)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Fresh Guacamole, an animation by PES

Majora's Mask

Super Mario 64

Labo VR

Breath of the Wild

Phasmaphobia

Tabletop Simulator 

Lord of the Rings dice tray- HOLY CRAP I am in the wrong business- that link is selling those things for $25, when I know from experience that they only cost like $2-3 to make. Maybe I should open up an Etsy shop...

Myron, a greek sculptor

Hades

The Black Egg

300, a film by Zack Snyder

World's Largest Dungeon

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Episode 202: Sleepy Edition

Hey listeners! This week we've got another fun episode for you: We talk about some unspoken rules of tabletop gaming etiquette, we talk about our motivations when creating characters, and we respond to some great suggestions for how we can improve our podcast this year. Thanks to everyone who's taken the time to reply to our social media questions, and keep up the great work!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Colin W! Congratulations, Colin! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next week, but no peeking!

Episode 202: Naughty or Nice

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Is it cheating to look at another player's character sheet?

2. How often do you make a character just for roleplaying, versus just for mechanics?

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Noteworthy Links:


Valve Index, the VR setup I have

Stormwind, the human capital city in World of Warcraft

Complex, a multiplayer stage in Goldeneye 007

Oculus Quest, the VR setup Jeff has


At the Gaming Table, our Actual Play experiment we recorded in 2019



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Episode 201: Fifth Year Begins

Hello everyone, and welcome to our newest year! This week we're back to our usual shenanigans (though we had a lot of fun with the Listener Submissions episode- don't be surprised if we do that again sometime) and we've hit the ground running. We're discussing our hopes for D&D releases in 2021, as well as some tips for using consumables in encounters (even if those were meant as treasure). We have a lot of fun in this episode, so hopefully you agree!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Ravel G! Congratulations, Ravel! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch you next time, unless I accidentally drink next week's episode!

Episode 201: Inheriting the Future

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What would you like to see for official d&d content for 2021?

2. Oftentimes in modules, baddies will be described as having useful consumables as treasure items. As a DM, is it good, bad, or acceptable to use these consumables and not leave them as loot for the PCs?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Film Reroll, a great podcast whose main host guested on our podcast a while ago!

The McElroy brothers, a family of podcast hosts I would love to have on as guests sometime

Duckfeed.tv, a network of podcasts I've been listening to for years (and some of their hosts we've had on in the past)

Mythic Odysseys of Theros, a 5th Edition D&D supplement from Wizards of the Coast

Hades, an amazing Roguelite that came out in 2020

Planescape, a great campaign setting from the earlier days of D&D


Hero Forge, a great website for designing and purchasing custom miniatures and character tokens

Heromachine, an older online tool for designing character portraits


Discworld, a novel series by Terry Pratchett



Nameless Bard, a character I mistakenly recalled as Immortal Bard

C. S. Lewis, a fantasy writer known for the Chronicles of Narnia

Hamilton, a documentary about the founding father of the same name


The Black Egg, a particularly deadly adventure module from Dungeon Magazine 106

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Bonus Episode 9: Oops All Listeners!

Hello everyone! We're rounding out the very end of our year with a special bonus episode chock full of content submitted by some of our listeners! So come along this week to listen to a collection of themed magic items, some DMing tips, character and campaign backstories, and some plans for the future!

Also, for anyone who wished to see the entire write-up on the Fancy Pants Items: Here you go!

Thanks for listening, and see you next week for the start of the new year!

Bonus Episode 9: Listener Submissions

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Sandstorm, a song by Darude




Tuesday, December 29, 2020

EPISODE TWO HUNDRED

TWO HUNDRED EPISODES! That's way too many episodes. But here we are, and we wouldn't have made it this far without all of you listeners out there. So along with this episode comes a big THANK YOU to everyone who's kept up with us for the last four years. You're all awesome!

As we've done the last couple years, this episode is a big grab-bag of questions we've been hanging onto for a while without great answers for them. But don't worry, we'll get some fun discussion out of them nonetheless.

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Fingers Fate! Congratulations, Fingers Fate! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Thanks for listening to another year of podcasts, and here's to another year!

Episode 200: Another Year Down

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Are the games you’re good at running different from what you enjoy or the games you assumed you would be good at running?

2. What is your favorite board game?

3. What historical figure would (in your opinion) be a great Dungeon Master?

4. Is there any secret formula to getting accepted into a game on roll20 or finding a good online group?

5. What were times in your campaigns that you were able to make and/or experience a good balance of light-hearted fun and serious tension? 

6. What are some alternatives for when the host of your game cancels but the players and DM still want to play?

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Noteworthy Links:

The People's Trivia Company, a thrice-weekly online trivia game that you should go check out!












Mouse Guard, a comic series that was later adapted into a tabletop RPG

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Episode 199: The Houserules Have Become The Game

Hello everyone! We're back again with another fun episode- continuing our trend of covering one meaty question instead of several smaller ones (which isn't a permanent change, don't worry) this week we're discussing homebrew rules- at what point does it stop being D&D? Follow us along this winding path to eventually answering the question as we discuss the issues we have with trying to change the game through homebrew rules.

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Sean C! Congratulations, Sean! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch you next time, on our TWO HUNDREDTH episode!

Episode 199: Games Have Limits

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Where do you draw the line on homebrew rules? For example, I played in a group where modifiers didn't exist. How much can you change the rules of D&D before it's not D&D anymore?

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Noteworthy Links:





Monster of the Week, the RPG used for The Adventure Zone: Amnesty (which is itself a hack of Powered By The Apocalypse)


I totally found the website for the House-Rules-Heavy campaign I was in! (And if you scroll down about halfway on that link you can find the post made when I had to leave the group.)


Dungeon Coach's Spell Tome-Brew, the supplement Crit Academy covered detailing improved Cantrips

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Episode 198: Vidya Games

Hey listeners! Do you play video games? If so, what are your favorite items and weapons to find in your favorite games? This week we discuss some of ours, and how we would adapt them into a usable format for D&D. We're always open to suggestions, so be sure to let us know some of your thoughts in the comments below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Alistar the Minotaur! Congratulations, Alistar! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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 Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time- or next level...?

Episode 198: Arsenal of Games

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What are some items from video games you'd like to see in D&D, and what changes would you need to implement to make them work?

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Noteworthy Links:

Remembrall, an item from the Harry Potter universe

The Matrix

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

Master Sword

Leviathan Axe

Poké Balls

Materia

Mega Buster

Balder's Gate 3

Chaos Emeralds

Rod of Seven Parts

Portal Gun

Gravity Gun

Greasemonkey's Handbook (featured on an episode of Crit Academy)

Tetris

Calculator, an advanced job class from Final Fantasy Tactics

d3s are stupid