Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Episode 186: The Gabe-Jeff Effect

Hello everyone! We're here with another great episode- and this time, we're talking about the Matt Mercer Effect- that is, when new players get into D&D after listening or watching a popular program such as Critical Role, and then get disappointed when the game fails to live up to their expectations. Is it a problem? Is there a way to fix it? We try and tackle this topic (and more) on this week's episode, so give us a listen!

And the inaugural winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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, at high noon (or close to it)!

Episode 186: Keeping the Right Expectations

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What are your thoughts on the "Matt Mercer effect"? Is it real? If so, is it a problem?

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Noteworthy Links:

Monkey Island

Bar Stool, a magic item I made a while back

Episode 151: Everyone Should Start Here, an episode that we always direct new listeners to

Critical Role, a popular D&D-based webseries/podcast hosted by Matt Mercer

Nerf Herder, a rock band that (in Jeff's opinion) is not deserving of their name

It's High Noon

Harmon Quest, a live D&D show created by Dan Harmon

Multiple Man, a Marvel superhero that makes duplicates of himself

The Symbiote, a character guide from Crit Academy

Extra Life, a video game-focused charity stream that Jeff will be participating in this year

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Episode 185: The Rorschach Test of Podcasts

Welcome back! This week, we spend half an hour reminiscing about some of our formative memories from playing D&D, as we dabble in a bit of word association. Come along with us, for a trip down memory lane!

And the final winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume I is Alistar the Minotaur! Congratulations, Alistar! 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.

But now that we're done giving away Volume I, it's your chance to win a copy of Volume II! It's another great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

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!

Catch us next time, when we'll make new memories (and you will too)!

Episode 185: A Word Association

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. When you think of D&D, what exactly do you think of? A specific edition? Pre-written adventures? TSR? WotC? All of the above? Or something else?

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Noteworthy Links:



Curse of the Azure Bonds, a computer game that I played in my formative D&D years

Official Class-Specific 3e Character Sheets (I didn't want to link to each and every one, but if you scroll down they're in the 3e section)

The Red Dragon from TSR (Note: That image is one of many that you can find on this page here, and all of them give me a hit of nostalgia)

Mazes & Monsters, a over-dramatized film meant to illustrate the dangers of D&D (that link is for the full movie on Youtube; watch it if you must)

D&D Miniatures, a separate game made by WotC specifically for their line of pre-painted miniatures

The Ballad of Garg and Moonslicer, our dramatic reading of the popular fan story

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Episode 184: Turn, Turn, Turn

 This week, we talk about transitions- transitioning between quarantine and the real world, from one campaign (and group) to another, and from one season to another. We're also announcing a new weekly giveaway, so be sure to listen!

And we're starting to wrap up our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks, but this week's winner is Andrew H! Congratulations, Andrew! 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, but time is running out! Listen to this episode for instructions on how to enter our next drawing as well!

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!

Catch us next time, if we haven't kicked that episode out!

Episode 184: The Times, They Are a-Changin'

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How has Covid-19 affected your gaming habits, and when things are back to "normal", what will your future gaming be like?

2. I am finishing one campaign and starting another. Several players have come to me and requested that I not invite back one player in particular. What should I do?

3. How do you recommend making seasons and weather more important in a game, beyond just difficult terrain and disadvantage on checks?

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Noteworthy Links:

Made a Wrong Turn at Albuquerque (Obligatory TVTropes Warning)

Mirror of Erised, a magical artifact from the Harry Potter series



Foundry, a virtual tabletop program

Zoom, a popular video conferencing app


The Batman trailer

Friday, August 28, 2020

Episode 183: A Dustun-Heavy Episode

 Welcome back everyone! This week our topics include advantage & proficiency (two basic mechanics in 5th Edition D&D that make your rolls more accurate), as well as the scroll mishap table in the DMG. I think we come to some pretty fun discussion in this one, but some of you are probably even more excited to hear the winner of our Deck of Many Things/Deck of Illusions drawing! Well, the winner is...

(drumroll please)

...Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! 

This drawing was a lot of fun and had a great response, so I think we'll do more of these in the future. (If you already left us a review you don't need to leave another one, but I will most likely require you to write in again just to re-enter the next drawing. I'll hammer out the details later.) Thanks to everyone who left us a review!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is OhGodItsMason! Congratulations, Mason! 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 week, and stay safe out there!

Episode 183: Scrolling and Rolling

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Which is more powerful, having proficiency in something or having advantage on a skill/save?

2. Have any of you used the DMG’s Scroll Mishap table or anything similar?

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Noteworthy Links:

Pasties, a local food from Michigan

Gyroscope thing from Contact

SCP Wiki

Pathfinder 2e

Crit Academy episode we guested on

City of the Spider Queen

Meepo

Lost Mines of Phandelver

Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Episode 182: One More Week For The Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! This week, we talk about when a player comes up with a powerful combo that wrecks shop- and whether you should allow it, ban it, or beat them down with immunities.

Also, there's only one more week until we draw the winner for Cultzilla's Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions! All you have to do to enter is 1. Leave us a review on the podcasting platform of your choice, and 2. Send us a photo of the review. It's that easy! So go do it, right now! Your time is almost up!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Philip D! Congratulations, Philip! 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, when we announce the name of one lucky winner!

Episode 182: Innovation and Punishment

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Let's say a player builds a very effective character that is designed around spamming one ability or spell. What should the DM do? Allow it? Counter it? Or outright ban it?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Episode 181: We Turned Around, Now What?

Hey everyone! This week we're talking about a couple things I've dealt with in the past- deciding whether to reveal plot threads from a prematurely-ended campaign, and what materials to allow in an impromptu D&D game. This episodes a bit of a shorter one, but hopefully you won't hold that against us!

We also wanted to direct all of you to Crit Academy's Kickstarter campaign for their new book, Memorable Monsters! The campaign has been doing great in its first week and I have nothing but faith in them that they'll produce a great product everyone can be proud of. So go check it out!

Also, there's two more weeks until we draw the winner for Cultzilla's Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions! All you have to do to enter is 1. Leave us a review on the podcasting platform of your choice, and 2. Send us a photo of the review. It's that easy! So go do it, right now!

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

Catch us next time when we've got more great goofs & gaffs!

Episode 181: Making the Right Decision

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Say you've got a grand campaign story with twists and turns involving a particular player character. Now, imagine that player leaves the game or the group disbands. Do you tell them what you had planned?

2. Let's say somebody calls you up and asks you to DM a game for them. With no additional information about the group, what sources do you allow?

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Noteworthy Links:

Pathfinder 2e

The Pick of Destiny

Sting, a weapon from Lord of the Rings that glows in the presence of orcs

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

d20 Mug

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