Tuesday, November 24, 2020

It's My Birthday Week!

 Hey everyone! We're taking the week off from our normal episodes today, but here's a fun Patreon episode from last year, where I run Jeff through a couple old-school text adventures in quasi-RPG form. Enjoy!


Bonus Episode 8: Action Castle Adventures


If you'd like to try out Parsely Games on your own, you can find them on Memento-mori.com!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Episode 195: Late, But Not Forgotten

Welcome back everyone! This week we're talking about some alignment-based character ideas, what constitutes a "full" campaign, and we reminisce about some of our favorite gaming stores that have unfortunately been lost to time!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Matthew V! Congratulations, Matthew V! 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 week, listeners!

Episode 195: Dead, But Not Forgotten

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Let's say you have to make a character for a good party, a neutral party, and an evil party. What are your go-to characters for each?

2. Do you feel that a "full campaign" has to take you to the upper levels?

3. Do you remember any gaming stores that closed down over the years, that you really miss?

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Noteworthy Links:


Order of the Stick, a long-running webcomic based around D&D

Red Hand of Doom, a late 3.5-era D&D module

Spawn, a comic book series from Todd McFarlane

Pinball Pete's, an arcade in a college town near us

Shadow Over Mystara, one of the two Capcom Dungeons & Dragons arcade games

D&D: Warriors of the Eternal Sun, a D&D game for the Sega Genesis

The Styes, an old module from Dungeon Magazine (that link is of an Actual Play of that very adventure!) that has apparently a continued legacy in the form of the Ghosts of Saltmarsh book

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Episode 194: It's Your Fault

Hello everyone! Today we have another fun episode- we talk about magical healing, making your players feel guilty, killing off an old character, and much, much more. Enjoy, and share your thoughts down below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is The DM's Council! Congratulations, Council! 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, and I hope you don't regret it!

Episode 194: Invoking Consequences

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. If you heal a wound with magic, does it leave a scar?

2. Is it right to guilt your players for their choices?

3. A player wants to scrap their current character and play a new one. Do you kill them off? If so, how do you go about it? If not, how do you reconcile this in the story?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dane Cook, a stand-up comedian popular in the 2000s

Portal 2, a co-operative puzzle game

Spec Ops: The Line

The Thing, a horror movie from 1982

Foundry, a virtual tabletop

Would You Like To Develop an App?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Episode 193 - November Is Here

Welcome back, everyone! Halloween has come and gone and now we're getting close to the end of the year. This week we're discussing the right amount of preparation for brand-new players, as well as some ideas for how to handle an obstacle that could be easily overcome by low-level magic like Comprehend Languages.

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Shawn M! Congratulations, Shawn! 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!

Now, we need to go get next week's episode ready, so see you then!

Episode 193: Divination and Preparation

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. When teaching D&D to someone with no gaming experience whatsoever, should one prepare sample characters beforehand?

2. Should spells like Comprehend Languages and Identify always work, even when dealing with ancient or alien languages and magic?

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Noteworthy Links:

Darmok

Encounter This

Nystul's Magic Aura

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

Elves Cause Cancer

Farscape swears

Battlestar Galactica Frak

Firefly language

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Episode 192: HALLOWEEN 2020

It's that time of year again: Halloween! We've got a great horror-themed episode for you this week- we talk about horror subgenres, and the considerations of running a horror game with a player that doesn't like horror. (I also brought in a magic item from a popular horror series I've been watching lately!) So put on your costumes and light up a jack-o-lantern, and scare the ghosts away with this week's episode!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Travis B! Congratulations, Travis! 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!

Also, today we announce our fourth and final winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is Jason P! Congratulations, Jason!  As with our other giveaways, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

And that marks the end of this giveaway, so a huge thank-you to Seawood Scribe for this great opportunity. And for everyone who didn't win- you can always go purchase this great supplement on DM's Guild!

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!

....Wait, did you hear that noise?

Episode 192: Identifying Horror

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What are the different genres of horror and how do I incorporate them into your games?

2. Not all players like horror. Is it possible to run (or play in) a horror game while still catering to a dislike for horror?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Episode 191: The Politically Character Episode

Hey everyone! This week we dip our toes into a controversial topic- we discuss the changes that Wizards of the Coast has announced for races, stat adjustments, and alignment. Some would consider this a political issue, some wouldn't, but we're giving our viewpoints on how it affects the game as players and DMs.

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Michael R! Congratulations, Michael! 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!

Also, today we announce our third winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is... also Michael R! Congratulations, Michael! (What are the odds of that?) As with our other giveaways, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

If you want to win a copy of this spooky supplement, time is running short! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

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!

Now go out and make some characters!

Episode 191: PC PCs

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What should I do if I don't like the changes WotC is making to races and alignment?

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Noteworthy Links:

Halloween series

Hellraiser series

Death Note, a Japanese series following a cat-and-mouse game involving a magical notebook

The Machine, a device from The Princess Bride

The Boys, an Amazon Prime series based on a graphic novel about a world where superheroes are privatized and aren't held accountable for their actions

Harvest Moon

Dr. Girlfriend from Venture Bros

Cats

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Episode 190: World of Dawns

Welcome back, and I hope your month has been spooOOooOOky! This week we're talking about a world creation game called Dawn of Worlds- we played it recently (and had a BLAST) and we're discussing how to turn the world we created into a campaign setting for an upcoming campaign!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Karl L! Congratulations, Karl! 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!

Also, today we announce our second winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is Doug A! Congratulations, Doug! As with our other giveaways, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

If you want to win a copy of this spooky supplement, time is running short! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

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!

The dawn is rising on a new world, so get out there and enjoy it!

Episode 190: Abiogenesis

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever played a world building game such as Dawn of Worlds or Microscope and used the result for DnD (or other ttrpgs) afterwards? If yes: how did it go? If no: would you consider doing so for a future campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:




Miro.com, a virtual whiteboard we used for Dawn of Worlds

Nords, a race of humans from the Elder Scrolls series



Wonderdraft, a map creation software Jeff has been using

Kung Fu Hustle, a Wuxia-style action/comedy film from Stephen Chow


Extra-Life, a gaming-based charity event coming up