Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Episode 98: Roll to Persuade

Hey everyone! The end of the year is creeping up on us, and with it, comes the looming spectre of episode 100! We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do for that. But as we mention in this week's episode, we have plans for a bonus episode to go out between episodes 99 and 100, which is going to be our usual Q&A format, but not about tabletop games. So if you have any questions you want us to discuss, about any topic (including, but not limited to, the making of the podcast, our personal lives, astrophysics, etc.) then send those to us ASAP!

This week, we talk about the common practice of giving characters benefits (or drawbacks) to Charisma-based skills based on the player's own Charisma, and whether this is fair (as well as whether it should apply to other abilities as well- Dexterity or Strength, for example!). We also talk about running a game for children, or for people who otherwise have trouble paying attention; but neither Jeff nor I have children, so take it with a grain of salt I guess.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Quinn B! Congratulations, Quinn! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy!

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!

Keep an eye out, everyone!

Episode 98: Enthusiastic Players Wanted

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Question answered this episode:

1. Do you think people overly penalize (or reward) players for using Charisma-based skills?

2. Have you ever played in or ran a game for young children (i.e., 3-8 years old)? What tips can you give for running such a game?

3. Have any of you ran a game for a group of people with difficulty really paying attention?

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Noteworthy Links:

Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume I

The Cantrip Podcast where they talked about kids at the gaming table

Samwise Gamgee vs. Shelob from Return of the King

Pocky, a Japanese candy

Flynn Lives by Daft Punk, from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Episode 97: I See What You Did There

Hello there in the Webiverse! We're back this week with another episode, and one that I have quite a lot to say about. (I wouldn't say it's one of my "Patented Gabe Rants", but it's pretty darn close.) We talk about a mechanic from 5th Edition D&D that you may be using wrong: Passive Perception. So strap on your Nightvision Goggles and come along for this week's episode!

If you missed it, be sure to go back and check out our FriendQuest Arcade Stream! It was a ton of fun and we hope to do another one in the future.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Happy Gilmore! Congratulations, Happy! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy!

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!

Keep an eye out, everyone!

Episode 97: Very Perceptive

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are your thoughts on Passive checks in 5e (like Passive Perception)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Ninja Baseball BatMan

The Perfect Cast

The Matrix

Happy Gilmore

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Episode 96: Crafting Systems in D&D, ft. SteveJo

Hello there! We've got a fun episode for you- though I put a disclaimer at the beginning because it's a bit different than we usually do. Our good friend Steve was here in the studio with us, since he had quite a bit of experience with part of the topic we were going to be covering- and so while we were recording he had some fun comments to interject, even though he was off-mic. (In retrospect, we should have hooked up a third mic, but hey, you live and you learn.) Some of his additions ended up really good and helpful, so instead of editing around him I decided to just clean up his audio the best I could and include it all. So the end product is a very long episode with lots of reminiscing about great times past, and lots of crunch about D&D!

Also- we guest-hosted on an episode of The Cantrip the other day! It was a ton of fun and we think you should go listen to it right now!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Tim K! Congratulations, Tim! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win very soon!

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, everyone!

Episode 96: Overly Crafty

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Question answered this episode:

1. The current system in D&D 5e for crafting is absurd. What does a DM do to make crafting a much more viable option?

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Noteworthy Links:

In Bird Culture

Legos 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Episode 95: I, Powergamer

Hey there listeners! This week we have another great episode for you. We get some riveting discussion out of the question of how to deal when playing in a group with powergaming players (and why that shouldn't necessarily be a problem), as well as talk about whether or not you should involve friendly NPCs in battle. (I'm surprised we didn't dip into discussing DMPCs, but hey, maybe next time.)

At the time that this post comes out, there's just a couple more days until our arcade stream! It's going to be on friday, November 23rd at 7pm EST, and you can join the stream by going to our Friend Quest Twitch Channel. It's going to be a ton of fun, so we hope to see you all there!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Dustin S! Congratulations, Dustin! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win very soon!

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 happy turkey day!

Episode 95: Let's Work Together

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Questions answered this episode:

1. As a fellow player, how should I deal with other powergamers?

2. When do you involve NPCs in combat?

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Noteworthy Links:

Generic Gamer, our good friend Peter who helped us stream last time





Nimblewright, a construct from the 3e Monster Manual 2 (though I've heard rumor it's also in the 5e Dragon Heist book)


Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, a 3e adventure module and sequel to the classic AD&D Temple of Elemental Evil


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Episode 94: The Reckoning

Hello, everyone! We've got another great episode for you this week. We talk about some encounters that almost killed the whole party (as well as parties that almost killed the whole encounter), we talk about archers and what makes the best archer, and we also talk quite a bit about poison and blood (and maybe poisoned blood). Also, this might be the first episode where Jeff kills me during the recording- but I could be wrong on that.

(Note: While editing this episode it occurred to me that while we spent some time talking about poison and poisonous creatures- I'm well aware that a few times I mistakenly said poisonous when I meant venomous. Sorry to all the pedants out there!)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Joseph G! Congratulations, Joe! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win very soon!

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 healthy week!

Episode 94: Deadly Encounter Range

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What was the worst instance of you creating an encounter that you thought would be fairly doable, but completely annihilated the party?

2. In your opinion, what 5e class makes the best archer?

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Noteworthy Links:

Friendquest on Twitch

Mario Party

Dank Memes

Kobold Fight Club

Uraeus, the CR 2 monster from the Tome of Beasts that wiped out the party

Legolas, the elven archer from Lord of the Rings

5e Quick Reference, an incredibly useful quick reference page for 5th Edition actions and statuses

Mimic Dice Bag

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Episode 93: An Episode For DMs, But Not Only DMs

Hello, everyone! We're back once more with another great episode for you all. In this one, we talk about a couple topics that are slightly more relevant to DMs than to players (though not exclusively so)- I recount some moments that made me really proud to be a DM, and we also discuss some ideas for involving your players into the creation of a campaign in ways you might not have expected. There's some fun stuff in here no matter what role you play in a gaming group, so come along and give us a listen!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Aaron R! Congratulations, Aaron! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win very soon!

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 have a great one!

Episode 93: I, Dungeon Master

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What have your players done that made you proud to GM?

2. How much say should my players have over the campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:

God of War

Gangnam Style

The Film Reroll (Their Friday the 13th Part IV episode)

Devil May Cry

Freddy Krueger

Erfworld

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Episode 92: The Scariest Episode All Year

Hello, everyone! Happy Halloween!

We've got a super-fun episode for you this week. Although not as tightly themed as last year's Halloween episode, this one covers several spooOOooOOky topics, like scariest monsters, setting the mood for a horror game, and more. Also, if you stick around until the end of the episode, you'll get a little treat (that we mentioned earlier on)! This is my favorite time of year and I'm glad we could bring this episode to you all.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Preston R! Congratulations, Preston! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win very soon!

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 say hello to that shadowy individual looking over your shoulder!

Episode 92: Your Worst Nightmares

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Questions answered this episode:

1. If you wanted to run a horror-themed module for a young audience, what steps would you take and/or things you would change to make it age-appropriate?

2. What's the scariest dnd monster?

3. What's the best Halloween monster?

4. What's the most scariest setting?

5. Can you have an actual scary table top role playing game?

6. How do you set the tone for a Halloween-themed session? What sort of props, lighting, and other sensory effects might you use? How all-out would you be willing to go?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sailor Moon

Loch Ness Monster

Poisoned Halloween Candy? False, according to Snopes.com

Toast of London, a British sit-com

Bojack Horseman

Dead Alewives sketch- an age-old D&D audio clip that people have referenced for years

Spawn of Kyuss, a creepy monster featured in the Age of Worms adventure path (ding)

I Want To Scream, a short scary story I mentioned on the show

Ravenloft

Bloodborne

Dark Souls intro video

Talkboy, a trick audio recorder toy from the 90s

Shrieks & Creeks, the spooky board game Jeff mentioned

Tearable RPG

Gohan vs. Cell battle from Dragonball Z

Weapons of Legacy, a 3.5 D&D book for advancing magic weapons

Symbol of Avarice, a hilarious helmet in Dark Souls

The Konami Code

Goosebumps: Let's Get Invisible

Hastur