Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 131 - The One Where We Talk About Pieces of Cod

Hey everyone! We have another great episode for you this week- we talk about making information gathering into something interesting, introducing new characters into an existing party, and killing off a PC in the service of the story. (Also, the Dragon's Hoard item this week is a magic codpiece. No I'm not happy about it, but, hey, I got it out of the way, right?)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Edward T! Congratulations, Edward! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company 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 "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning 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 LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy D&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you next time, and be sure to think with your head and not your armor!

Episode 131: New In, Old Out

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do I make gathering information fun? I don’t want it to be a repetitive string of npcs that they have to persuade (or threaten). What else can PCs use to obtain information?

2. What should you do when a PC retires mid-campaign? How best to incorporate a new character into an existing party plot-wise?

3. Is it ok to kill a PC for the story? For example one player stays behind to ensure safety for the rest of the party.

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Noteworthy Links:

The Arcade in Brighton, MI

Atari's Star Wars arcade cabinet

King Henry VIII

Challenge Accepted by Crit Academy

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way

Magic 8 Ball

Final Fantasy V

Gandalf fighting the Balrog

Burn Notice, a TV show I've been watching

Nowhere Man, a TV show I've been a fan of since I was a kid (and am ostensibly creating a podcast about with my friend Steve; stay tuned I guess)

Overwatch

Spindown dice, a type of dice with numbers listed sequentially for use as a life counter in certain games

Friday, August 9, 2019

Episode 130: The unlucky multiple of 10

Hello, everyone! This week we dive right into the real meat of this game we call RPGs- we answer the question you've all been wondering for your whole lives: "What happens if I eat this thing?" Specifically, demon hearts. Less-specifically, other hearts too. We also have some fun talking about letting animals wear armor, plus some stuff about gaming stores and eyepatches.

We also have two Patreon-related announcements! First, we have a new patron! Welcome to the fold, Jason P! Our other announcement is less exciting: As of this month (August 2019) I won't be writing any more monthly fantasy fiction. (Maybe I will again in the future, but not for the foreseeable future.) It's become quite difficult for me over the last year and a half so to spare my sanity I'm setting it aside and working on coming out with different Patreon rewards instead. Hopefully that doesn't make anyone want to remove their pledges, but if so, we fully understand.

Back to more fun stuff...

As the last few weeks, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. (We may have one next week; we'll see.) But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you next time, but be sure to bring the antacids!

Episode 130: Eat Your Heart Out

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Question answered this episode:

1. A player character in my campaign just consumed a demon's heart. What do you think should happen to the character?

2. Can/Should wild shape forms be allowed to wear armor?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Film Reroll (specifically, their Aladdin game)

The Claw from Liar Liar

Blinded guy from 300

Naaru, a race of beings in World of Warcraft that harnessed the power of holy light and had it stolen by the Blood Elves

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (which I erroneously called Friday the 13th: Part IX, which it was not called due to a rights dispute over the name Friday the 13th)

Freaky Friday, a remake of the classic bodyswap movie

Bastion of Broken Souls, a high-level official WotC D&D 3e adventure where a dragon had a demon for a heart

Wrath of Ashardalon

Tuvix, the titular character from the corresponding episode of Star Trek: Voyager where two characters were accidentally combined into one, resulting in a new character with his own agency and sense of self

Sir Bearington, an old greentext story about a player who played a bear PC

His Dark Materials, the book/movie/HBO TV series by Philip Pullman, which includes the books The Golden Compass/The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Dragon Dice, a fantasy-themed collectible dice game that I am a huge fan of

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Episode 129: Celebrating a full calendar's worth of questions!

Hello, everyone! we're back this week with another great episode. We talk about ideal session length (and how you should take breaks during them), as well as how to allow using abilities in ways they weren't intended to be used. The latter topic is actually one that I admittedly often try to shut down rather than entertain- but with the options we came up with today I think I'm going to try and change my tack when it comes up. Because who ever liked a DM who just said "no" all the time?

And as last week, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

We'll see you next time, podcast fans!

Episode 129: Death by Exhaustion

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Question answered this episode:

1. What is the perfect DnD session length? When taking breaks during a session, how long/frequent should they be?

2. A player wants to use an ability in a way that it clearly was not intended (or possibly directly contrary to the rules). Aside from simply saying, "No," what is the best way to handle this?

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Noteworthy Links:

How To Start A Fire With A Bow

Fate Accelerated Edition, a pay-what-you-want RPG we recently played for our Roll20 game

Crit Academy's products that you should totally buy! (As of right now, they're all on sale!)

Freaking DBZ

Go for the Eyes, a great DM's Guild supplement all about Called Shots in D&D 5e

Pandemonium Games & Hobbies, a gaming store in our area

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Episode 128: Riddies and Puzzies All the Way Down (Except Without Any Actual Riddles Or Puzzles)

Welcome back, listeners! We've got a treat for you this week- we're joined by the wonderful improv comedian and podcast host, Adal Rifai! You may know him from such podcasts as Hello from the Magic Tavern, or Hey Riddle Riddle- we had a blast recording with him and hopefully you'll have a blast listening! We cover topics such as the value of improvisation in tabletop gaming, unwritten customs in a gaming group, what love is, dice towers, stealing memories- the list goes on. Come along and give us a listen!

And as last week, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

Catch you next time, podcast fans!

Episode 128: Down by the Magic Tavern

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Question answered this episode:

1. Do you know anyone who has taken improv classes to improve their DMing? If so, was it worth it?

2. What are some unwritten customs that you have had in your gaming groups?

3. What is your favorite race to play as (from any D&D/Pathfinder edition) and why?

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Noteworthy Links:

Hello from the Magic Tavern

Hey Riddle Riddle

Catan

United States of Tara

iZombie

A scene from the Princess Bride I referenced

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stewart Turton

Groundhog's Day

Poirot, a murder-mystery book and TV series by Agatha Christie

Discworld, a fantasy book series by Terry Pratchett

The Stormlight Archive, a fantasy book series by Brandon Sanderson

What Is Love?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Episode 127 - Next Up, Politics!

hey there, everyone! We've got an exciting episode for you this week- if you like Gabe's Patented Rants(TM), that is! Instead of a listener-submitted question we cover a topic that's been kicking around in my head for a while- whether or not it's possible to play an atheist in a world like the Forgotten Realms, where Clerics exist and gods walk the literal earth. I've got some strong feelings about this (obviously), but if you have feelings of your own, we'd love to hear them!

As seems to be the trend nowadays, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure.

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 D&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you next time, with a very special guest!

Episode 127: Ideals & Religions

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Question answered this episode:

1. Could someone play an atheist character in a D&D setting like the Forgotten Realms?

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Noteworthy Links:

Black Mirror

I'm Mary Poppins, Y'all!

Genji, a character from the Heian-era Japanese novel The Tale of Genji

Genji, a playable character in the team-based first-person shooter Overwatch

Genji Gloves, a recurring item in the Final Fantasy series

Aribeth de Tylmarande, a character in Neverwinter Nights (potential spoilers for that game)

Flood Festival - Shackled City

Dane Cook

Water Comedian Guy

Goblin King

Grunt

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Episode 126: Around the World

Hey everyone! This week we're joined by two very special guests: Jake Harmon and Dan West of Brute Force & Ignorance, the Actual Play podcast and fellow member of the Critnation Fellowship! We had a great time talking with them and goofing off about all sorts of topics, including playing over the internet, moving on when a player goes on a long-term absence, and getting quiet players to roleplay more. So listen to this episode, and then go and listen to Brute Force & Ignorance once you're done!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Samuel O! Congratulations, Samuel! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company 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 "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning 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 D&D Character Lab, and (including our guests this week) Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you next time, with another great episode!

Episode 126: Hello From the Other Side

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What would you say are the pros and cons of playing over the internet?

2. How should you handle it when a key player is going to be absent for an extended length of time?

3. How would you as an experinced DM/Player help new players, who by nature are really quiet, to roleplay more? I know that they want to, they are just very quiet.

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Noteworthy Links:

C2E2, a Chicago-based Comic Book Expo

Roll20, a virtual tabletop people use to play RPGs online

Invisible Ink

Five Is Right Out

This Used to Be A Dollar

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

A map of a spooky haunted mansion that Jake mentioned in the episode

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Episode 125: Jeff Edited This One (And It Sounds Great)

Hello, everyone out there in Podcastland! We're back with another great episode for you. This week we pull some hot takes out of our pockets and comment on something that people have already been up and down the block on back when it was new: D&D Beyond. (Also other online gaming tools, but mainly D&D Beyond.) We may not be saying anything that hasn't been said, but it hasn't been said by us! So come along for the discussion.

And unfortunately, we don't have any winners this week for our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing! It's a shame, but hey, there's nothing stopping you from entering! It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! That's all it takes.

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 AcademyD&D Character Lab, and Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you all next time, with some very special guests!

Episode 125: All the Books, Online

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Question answered this episode:

1. Hey Gabe and Jeff. What you think about digital tools like D&D Beyond or Hero Lab?

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Noteworthy Links:

Bruce Lee blowing out candles with his punches (The video isn't Bruce Lee, and I'm coming to learn that this ability might likely have been an urban legend, but hey, I first saw it in this video game clip here so I know I didn't make it up)

Air cannons

Savage Species, a 3e book about playing monster characters (And in the episode what I was trying to reference was called Blood Wind, not Savage Wind, and it was a spell, not a feat)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

D&D Beyond

Fifth Edition Character Sheet app

Steam, the biggest online gaming platform

Maddox's video about criticisms of the Epic Store

Herolab, an online tabletop resource

Heromachine, an online tool for creating pictures of your characters (though it's grown by leaps and bounds since the last time I used it)

Final Fantasy XV, a game with dumb names

Wrong Rests, a DMs Guild product with ideas for resting encounters

Faygo, a local soda pop brand from Michigan