Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Episode 180: Turn Right Back Around

Welcome back, everyone! This week we celebrate (?) our 180th episode by talking about ye olde 5-foot step, maintaining momentum in a long-running game, and reworking your expectations. We're also continuing out giveaway for the Deck of Many Things and Deck of Illusions, so leave us a review on the podcatcher of your choice, and send us a photo to be entered! The winner will be chosen on August 25th, so get in your review by then!

Good luck!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Elliot M! Congratulations, Elliot! 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!

See you next time, unless there's a big gap between episodes!

Episode 180: U-Turn

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. If you could bring back the 5 ft Step, would you?

2. How do you rebuild momentum and excitement in your game when there's a big gap between sessions?

3. Have you ever called a Session Zero after starting a campaign to reassess and realign the group’s style of play or expectations?

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Noteworthy Links:

Everfull Purse, an artifact from the Epic Level Handbook

The Room of Spirit and Time from Dragonball Z (aka the Hyperbolic Time Chamber)


Kitchen Nightmares, a reality show where Gordon Ramsey tries to help failing restaurants



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Episode 179: Podcast In Disguise

Hey everyone! We're back with another rant-filled (sort of) episode this week, all for you! We cover fitting a character into a world when they don't really match the tone of the campaign, and also whether or not it's possible to play D&D "wrong". (Those may or may not be related.)

Plus, we're starting an exciting giveaway today! (This is in addition to our usual giveaway- but for an update on that, check with us in a few weeks!) We're giving away a physical copy of the Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions, donated by a wonderful fan who chose to remain anonymous. We'll be drawing a winner on August 25th, so wouldn't you like to know how to enter? It's easy!

LEAVE US A REVIEW!

That's it. Leave us a review on the Podcatcher of your choice- Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, whatever. If it lets you leave a review for podcasts, leave one there, and send us a photo of your review. (If you've already left us a review, then you're halfway done! Just send us a photo and you'll be entered.) If you can't figure out how to leave us a review, let me know and I'll help you figure it out!

Good luck!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Andy K! Congratulations, Andy! 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, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Have a great week!

Episode 179: Out of Place

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you deal with a player who's character is completely out of tone/theme of the campaign/world and insists that you add bits of their story to the world?

2. Is there a "wrong" way to play D&D?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Neuralyzer, a technological device the Men in Black use to erase people's immediate memory

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a movie by Michel Gondry about memory and relationships

Doctor Whom

Deck of Many ThingsDeck of Illusions, two magical items from D&D

Transformers

Kanye the Giant, a Key & Peele sketch Jeff and I discussed in a bit that ultimatrely got cut from the episode

Ninja- a streamer apparently

The Film Reroll, an Actual Play podcast where they turn movies into roleplaying games

The Adventure Zone

Willow, a fantasy movie by George Lucas starring Warwick Davis

The Princess Bride

3D Printed Stein for a normal-sized can

Age of Worms mug I painted, minus the handle and plus a stuffed mouse and Captain America watching for good measure

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Episode 178: Eating Tomatoes Edition

Welcome back, everyone! This week we have another grab bag of sorts, topic-wise- we talk about playing D&D without a GM, we try to justify some moral grey areas, and I give my take on the difference between two ability scores. If you feel differently, leave your thoughts below!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is David E! Congratulations, David! 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, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Have a great week, and go enjoy a steak (or don't)!

Episode 178: You Can Figure It Out

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you have any experience converting D&D to be a GM-less game?

2. In a world where magic exists that lets you Speak with Animals, is eating animals or using them for labor morally justifiable?

3. How do you explain the difference between Intelligence and Wisdom?

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Noteworthy Links:

Single-serving lemonade

Anti-helium, a common name for Sulfur Hexafluoride

Dark Souls board game

List of GM-less RPGs

Knights of Pen and Paper

Do They Eat Pokemon?

Bojack Horseman, a Netflix-produced animated show where all animals are anthropomorphized humanoids

Iron Chef, a cooking game show from the 90s

D&D Stats Explained Using a Tomato

Time Turner

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Episode 177: Death and Taxes

This week we talk about another variety of topics, ranging from taxes, to vampires, to party roles, and more. Have you ever tried to play as a vampire in D&D? Has your DM ever charged your characters tax on purchased goods? What's the deal with tanks and such? Come on along to hear our thoughts on these topics!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Joseph G! Congratulations, Joseph! 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, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Catch you next time, and remember- don't ask to play a vampire!

Episode 177: Some Consideration

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do merchants in your game charge the PCs tax?

2. Can you play as a vampire in D&D?

3. Roles within a party. What are your thoughts? Should ever party have a dedicated tank and healer?

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Noteworthy Links:

My 5th of July Arcade Stream

Tapper, an arcade game where you serve beer (or root beer) to customers

Monstrous Races, a DMs Guild supplement featuring stats for monsters as playable races (and here is the episode of Crit Academy featuring it)

The Monster Mash

Quina Quen, a bizarre playable character from Final Fantasy IX

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