Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Episode 176: Across the Multiverse

We've all heard of the Forgotten Realms and Eberron and maybe Ravenloft or Greyhawk, but have you ever heard of Sigil, the City of Doors? This week we're talking all about the Planescape campaign setting, and how much we'd love for a 5th Edition treatment! I'm a huge fan of Planescape (as will be evident from listening to this episode) and I'm glad we finally got a chance to talk about it- we could have covered it weeks ago but I wanted to make sure we did it justice, and now that it's done I'd say that we did!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is The DM's Council! Congratulations, DM's Council! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next week, if we can get out of this giant donut!

Episode 176: Escaping the Planes

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What's Planescape all about? Has anyone converted Planescape to 5e?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dragon's Lair, a laserdisc-based arcade game featuring full-motion animation by Don Bluth

My Arcade Stream

Mighty Max, a cartoon about a portal-hopping 90s kid

Lich Queen's Beloved, a high-level adventure from Dungeon Magazine featuring encounters on the corpse of a dead god on the Astral plane

Planescape

Spelljammer

Sigil

Good Omens

A Playlist of Planescape videos

Portal 2's ending (warning, ENDING SPOILERS, but seriously play this game because it is amazing)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Episode 175: Do You Even Podcast, Bro?

This week, we've got another assortment of various topics for you- we discuss the etiquette of rolling dice in a timely manner, we talk about the likelihood of railroading (and its increase as the amount of work increases), as well as the origin of some of the negative stereotypes that plague the D&D community. I think there's a lot of fun to be had in this episode, so come join us, won't you?

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Goldpanda! Congratulations, Goldpanda! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Catch us next time, when we take you to a whole new world!

Episode 175: Kicking a Bad Habit

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you like to roll Advantage or Disadvantage?

2. Do you think virtual tabletops like Roll20 encourage railroading?

3. I just played my first D&D game and everyone in the group was smelly, slovenly, rude, and overweight. Is this common or did I just have a rough first time?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sea of Thieves

Warframe

Do You Even Lift

Dexter's Laboratory

Tailspire

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Episode 174: HOMEOWNER EDITION

Hello, everyone! I'm sitting on top of the world today, celebrating the fact that I've finished paying off my house. To go along with that, we have a fun episode for you today- we are discussing ability scores vs. ability bonuses, rare and monstrous player races and their impact on the roleplaying aspect of the game, as well as the logistics of carrying around particularly large and cumbersome weapons and gear. I think we get to some fun places in this episode, so come along and celebrate with us!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Tori R! Congratulations, Tori! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

We'll see you next week, with another great episode!

Episode 174: And That's Normal

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Why do we still have both ability scores AND bonuses?

2. Do you think that having too many rare player races makes everyone's race more bland?

3. How do you rationalize PCs carrying around weapons that would be way too big and cumbersome?

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Noteworthy Links:

Orc and Pie, the world's shortest (yet fully complete) D&D adventure

Bag of Beans, a bonkers magic item we covered a long time ago

Peep Show, a British sitcom from which we have named three of our pets

Cat Stephens, a singer-songwriter whose name is "Cat" so he was an easy reference when I needed a quick name for a Tabaxi character

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Buster Sword, the iconic weapon wielded by the main character of Final Fantasy VII

Banjo the Clown, a fictional deity created in the Order of the Stick webcomic

Underworld, a 2003 action film that spawned several sequels

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Episode 173: Dueling Archetype Edition

Hello all! This week we talking about multiclassing in D&D 5th Edition- specifically, multiclass into... the same class!??!1? We discuss whether it's possible, whether it should be possible, and more. Let us know what you think in the comments! We're always happy to hear other people's points of view.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Michael T! Congratulations, Michael! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, if my oath allows it!

Episode 173: Sources of Power

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. In 5th Edition D&D, is it possible to multiclass into the same class, but different archetype? If not, should it be possible?

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Noteworthy Links:

Rona Bands, the mask strap holders I've been selling at my workplace. Here is a picture demonstrating how they are worn, and if you want to print your own, you can find the files Here!

Hell, Michigan, a town near where I live that we talked about in a segment that ended up getting cut from the episode

Ghost Cruise Setup, a free segment of the Tearable RPG bonus episode we did in October

Treehouse of Horror

Bill Nye's AMA on Reddit

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Episode 172: A God, an Oath, and a Patron Walk Into a Bar

This week we talk about the three classes in D&D that answer to a higher power: Clerics, Paladins, and Warlocks. We discuss the similarities, the differences, the roleplay potential, and more- be sure to leave your comments below and give us some of your ideas!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Shawn M! Congratulations, Shawn! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, if my oath allows it!

Episode 172: Sources of Power

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What is the difference between a Cleric, a Paladin, and a Warlock?

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Noteworthy Links:

Weapons of Legacy

Narsil, a sword from the Lord of the Rings series

Ring of the Grammarian, a magic item that lets you change one letter of a spell being cast

Raven, a character from Teen Titans

Captain Jack Sparrow

Adelai Niska, a character from Firefly

Bob Ross - Beat the Devil Out

Ratatouille

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Episode 171: Something Gabe Rant This Way Comes

Hey, everyone! You may be thinking to yourself, "We haven't had a good, solid Gabe Rant in a while." If so, this episode has got you covered! I complain about people's attitudes regarding relative age among players in D&D, and I got pretty heated about it. (Also, it was very warm in this room.) I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to share below (and don't let me scare you off if you feel differently than me)!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Hal A! Congratulations, Hal! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, when we're all a week older!

Episode 171: Is It Weird?

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Is it weird for a much older person to play D&D with a group of much younger players (or vice versa)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Betrayal at House on the Hill

The Oddysey

Lembas Bread

Monster Hunter

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Episode 170: Bigfoot Edition

Have you ever made a character that didn't quite fit the mold- that combined contradictory traits, and/or used sub-optimal mechanics but made for a fun gaming experience? That's what we're talking about today- as well as our thoughts on the current state of ranged combat in D&D! So come along for the ride, and be sure to tell us what you think!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Joe S! Congratulations, Joe! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

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!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, when it ISN'T Jeff's birthday!

Episode 170: Mixing Ideas

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Can contradictory characters (that go against established norms for race/class/personality combinations) be fun?

2. What are your thoughts on how ranged combat works in D&D and other fantasy games? For example, bows always use Dexterity and melee weapons are usually Strength. Could the system be more realistic without making it less fun?

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Noteworthy Links:

My Bigfoot, in front of my house and painted a flat black (which makes it look very much like a photoshop for some reason)

The Clapper, a product from the 90s that has been parodied many times over the years

The Deathly Hallows, a set of three powerful artifacts from the Harry Potter universe

The Adventure Zone

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Who the F is My DnD Character, a character-generating website