Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Episode 110 - Wanna Play?

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another standard episode of the show. I hope you liked last week's episode- I put a lot of work into it and am very happy with the end result. This week, though, we've got a good one for you- we talk about a few topics, all along a similar theme: We talk about players working against the party, we talk about magical compulsions that take control of your character, we talk about not wanting to play out of fear that your character might die; and lots more, all with the underlying theme of "Just Play Along!" I think we get down to some really good stuff in this episode and I would love to hear your thoughts!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Ciaran! Congratulations, Ciaran! 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 and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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 week!

Episode 110: Play Along!

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Question answered this episode:

1. How would you go about putting a mole into the party?

2. A spell or effect makes your PC act a certain way. You don't like this so you don't play it. Are you a bad roleplayer or is fun the most important rule?

3. Am I a bad player if I don't want my character to die permanently?

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Noteworthy Links:

Indiana Jones

Shazam

The Champion, a class created by Rich Burlew

Tomb of Horrors

The Simpsons

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bonus Episode 6 - Short Story Time!

Hello, everyone!

This episode is a very special one, and I've been working on it for a while. Due to some issues scheduling and letting real life butt its ugly head into the podcast, our recording schedule has been out of whack for the last few weeks; in order to get us back on track, we've got a non-standard episode for you this week! Very much like our Ballad of Garg and Moonslicer episode way back when, this episode consists of a reading of a short fantasy story- this time, one written by me! This story, The Dinner Date, follows the tales Georg and Kathalin, a loyal monk and a brave paladin as they save the world from evil- looked back upon with the reflection that only time can bring. I wrote this story a few months ago (and it's one of the many stories available to our patrons) and had a great time bringing it to all of you!

As this is a non-standard episode, we don't have a drawing this week, but I do still want to remind you all to check out Goblin Stone and the rest 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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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!

So thank you all for bearing with us, and join us next week for another bog-standard episode!

Bonus Episode 6: The Dinner Date

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Sound Effects used in this episode (all from Freesound.org):

Scary Ambient Music (Creepy Chambers) by The Bose Deity

horse hooves on stone.wav by playaudio1

Sad Song Loop by DigiZoo

Old Music Box by keina_espineira

Explosion by Iwiploppenisse

angry mob loop.aiff by benjaminharveydesign

Fanfare 3.wav by primordiality

Galloping Horse.wav by prosounder

Moving a boulder.wav by BW_Clowes

Fire-breathing dragon.flac by CGEffex

Dragon Roar by qubodup

Brutal Kung Fu Punches.aif by Project_Trident

Let's Go to Zanzibar by lena_orsa

Arrow_woosh__twang_01.wav by strangely_gnarled

sad song.mp3 by cheesepuff.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Episode 109: The Nerdiest Episode

Welcome back, everyone! We've got a fun episode for you this week- Jeff and I discuss a few topics related to fandom and nerdiness: We talk about how to explain D&D to a person who has never played D&D, how we would go about turning an existing IP into a roleplaying campaign, and ultimately, we get down to the bottom of the age-old question: Which is nerdier- LARPing or D&D?

(Also, it occurred to me while editing that we didn't take a moment to explain what LARPing is. Hopefully it's explained well enough through the context of our discussion, but for anyone here who doesn't know, LARP stands for Live Action Role Play, and it's a type of roleplaying game where you are physically acting out what your character is doing, usually out in a public place. Maybe with foam swords and/or pellets that represent spells that you throw at people.)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Kelly L! Congratulations, Kelly! 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! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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 ya next week, NERDS!

Episode 109: You Just Like It

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you explain your passion for D&D to the people who you are closest to, who just don’t get it? My family just cannot wrap their heads around why I spend so much time engaged with imaginary characters and places.

2. Have you ever considered a fanfic D&D game (set in an existing universe like the Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones)? Would you use D&D or would you rather use a system specific to that world?

3. Which is nerdier, LARPing or D&D? Why?

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Noteworthy Links:

Parsely Games

Dark Souls Friendquest with our good friend, Steve!

King's Quest

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Challenge of Champions, a series of adventure modules in Dungeon Magazine that focused on riddles and puzzle solving rather than combat

Pokemon Let's Go Team Rocket outfit

Game of Thrones

Lord of the Rings

Tearable RPG

The Simpsons

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 RPG

The Film Reroll

GURPS

Game of Thrones Risk

Dagorhir, a fantasy foam swordfighting game

Arcade Memories Podcast episode 3

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Episode 108: It's Back

Hello, everyone! This week, we cover a couple similar topics, talking about villains that fit better in movies and video games than they do in RPGs. We talk about self-defeating villains (villains whose diabolical plan or their hubris will ultimately lead to their own demise), as well as supernaturally recurring villains (like an unkillable juggernaut or a lich that keeps coming back after death), with a focus on whether these sorts of stories work in a game where the players have agency. So come along for the discussion!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Lisa G! Congratulations, Lisa! 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! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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 week. Don't go blowing yourself up!

Episode 108: Ritual Defeat

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Question answered this episode:

1. Can an RPG pull off a self-defeating villain (i.e., Jafar from Aladdin or Belloq from Indiana Jones), without being too disappointing for the players?

2. How do you pull off a supernaturally-recurring villain, where the players can't kill the villain until they complete a series of tasks? Can you set up the villain's defeat as a satisfying mystery or would it just boil down to a bunch of skill checks?

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Noteworthy Links:

Powerspec Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus, the 3D Printer I bought

Heroforge.com- A website for designing your own miniatures

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal Dice Tower

The Office

Elf on the Shelf

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 RPG

Aladdin defeats Jafar

Belloq defeats.... himself? in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Final Fantasy X

Garlic Jr, a character from Dragon Ball Z who wished for immortality

Resident Evil 2

Sheriff of Rottingham

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Episode 107! It's here!

Welcome back, everyone! We've got another fun episode for you this week- we discuss what to do during downtime in-fiction (such as the period between adventures), as well as how to get your players to come up with business for their characters during downtime; and we also talk about how to make a tabletop game enjoyable for people who want to join purely as spectators or watchers. (Have you ever played in a game with spectators? Despite how common Actual Play podcasts are, to me that sounds like it would be unbearably dull, but hey, it happens.)

Oh, and hey- Click this link to join our Discord! All are welcome, and we're building a fun and friendly community!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Nathan J! Congratulations, Nathan! 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! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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 week- what do you plan on doing until then?

Episode 107: Taking Some Time Off

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Question answered this episode:

1. What should player characters do with free time?

2. I have some friends that are interested in sitting in on a gaming session as watchers. What are some things I can do to make their experience as enjoyable as possible?

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Noteworthy Links:

Suncoast, a chain of video retail stores that had a reputation (among our friend group) for having extremely intrusive employees

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge

The Sims

Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer

Phone a Friend

Crossfire, a 90s board (?) game with an extremely catchy theme song

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Episode No One Can Know About

Welcome back, everyone! We're join for a wonderful episode this week by two very special guests- Jeff and Ryan from the No One Can Know About This podcast! Their show is a great one you should definitely check out. Together, we discuss several great topics (and have a bunch of goofs along the way): Keeping magic feeling magical, roleplaying vs. rollplaying, and what to do with a player fixates on something unimportant. So come along for the ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Yas Queen! Congratulations, Yas Queen! 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! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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!

Thanks for listening, and go have yourself a fantasy of your own!

Episode 106: Unlocking Your Own Magical Experience

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Question answered this episode:

1. What is a way players can have magic and still feel that it is mysterious and dangerous to use?

2. Where do you stand on "role" playing vs "roll playing", and what is the balance you think is best?

3. What do you do when the party latches onto a small, unimportant detail and spends the rest of the session assuming it was meant to be important?

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Noteworthy Links:

No One Can Know About This

Call of Cthulhu

Surge, the Fully Loaded Citrus Soda With Carbos

Harmontown

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Episode 105: Because Everyone Wants A World Of Their Own

Hello, everyone! Welcome to this week's Inter-Party Conflict. We get some good discussion covering two main topics in this episode: Steering your players into playing specific types of characters (while still hoping that they'll feel free to play what they want), as well as how to know (and what to do) when you have too many NPCs in your game. As always, we'd love your input and your feedback, so if any of you have your own thoughts to share, please do!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Connor S! Congratulations, Connor! 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! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

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- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, 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!

Have a great week, and may Thor's mighty hammer pass over you!

Episode 105: Our Story, Not My Story

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Question answered this episode:

1. How can I steer my PCs into making characters based on historical or mythological characters while still giving them free will to make the character they want?

2. How many NPCs is too many?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mountain Witch Kickstarter

Plants vs. Weeds

Noah Wizard on Fiverr

Nilbog is Goblin Spelled Backwards

Inter-Party Conflict episode 87, the episode with Paulo Quiros as guest

John Wick on the Film Reroll

Suikoden

Quidditch World Cup

Kongu Straggler's Last Stand