Monday, April 15, 2019

Episode 113, But That's Just Like, Your Opinion Man

(Whoops, looks like I forgot to publish this post last week. Sorry about that.)

Hey there, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week. We start this episode off with some behind-the-scenes talk- I've been overworking myself and so I'm going to try and restructure how we do things here. Most of it won't affect you, the listener, but at the very least it's likely that our Actual Play podcast's release is going to be postponed, for at least the next few months. Once I have some time to get things back in order and catch my breath, we'll try to see where we stand and go from there!

As for the episode at hand, though, we discuss one main topic that shares a lot of DNA with the aforementioned difficulties- burn-out. How do you handle it, how do you see it coming, and what do you do when you know it's there? We talk all about that this episode, along with a healthy dose of goofs. So come along for the ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Billy B! Congratulations, Billy! 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!

Catch you next time. Don't work too hard!

Episode 113: Total Burnouts

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you handle burn out?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Fus Ro Dah

Bishop

Stark Wolves of Winterfell

No One Can Know About This

Centralia, PEnnsylvania

Tetra from Wind Waker

Petra

Mairghread Scott, an amazing writer that Jeff and I went to high school with

20 Year Old Movie podcast

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Episode 112, the best episode of the year!

Welcome to our podcast, everyone! This week we have a perfectly normal episode with the same hosts as always. The usual hosts talk about a wide variety of topics like having pets in your party, when to split up, dragons, wizards, giants, and much, much more! Also, be sure to pay close attention- you just might hear a couple unexpected guests that were listening in on the recording!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Chris Y! Congratulations, Chris! 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 all next week, and don't be an APRIL FOOL!

Episode 112: The Rogues' Gallery

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Question answered this episode:

1. In your opinion, what is the GM's job and why?

2. When do you introduce dragons?

3. What do you think of parties having pets/companions?

4. When is it okay to split the party?

5. In 5e, can a paladin using an attack with divine smite that brings a creature's hit points to zero declare it as non-lethal?

6. Why do you think so many gaming groups have issues with showing up on time?

7. How should I go about ending a long campaign?

8. How do you feel about the "nerdy" stereotype that D&D brings with it?

9. I have a player who is incredibly busy all the time. Is it wrong to just play without him?

10. Could you enjoy a game with no conflict?

11. How do I know if my D&D group is worth sticking with?

12. How to role play a female character?

13. How can I make travel more interesting?

14. What do you guys think of taking a historical place and time and making it an RPG setting? How would you do it? What place and time would you use?

15. Am I the only one who hates hearing people's D&D stories?

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Noteworthy Links:

Ill Mitch, a Russian rapper

Scooby Doo

Camp Slaughter (Also known as Camp Daze), the movie Lisa mentioned for some reason where the characters split up and one of them survives

Toast Simulator, a Googly Play app that Lisa has gotten lots of playtime out of (Also, I think Skylar thought she was referring to I Am Bread)

Spice Girls

Beavis and Butthead, a cartoon from the 90s by Mike Judge

BTS, a Korean Pop group

Did You Just Call Me A Liar?

Centralia, a ghost town in Pennsylvania that has had an active mine fire burning under it for decades

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Books Lisa Used for Reference:

Wizardry, a collection of modern fantasy tales

The Secret History of Giantsby Professor Ari Berk

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D'Amato

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Episode 111: Zero Hour

Welcome back, everyone! This week we're talking about a few related topics: Creating your own vampaign vs. running an official pre-written one, rolling for treasure vs. picking it out by hand, and starting a campaign at level.... Zero?!

If you have any thoughts on any of those topics, be sure to let us know in the comments!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is David J! 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 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 all next week, for another very special episode!

Episode 111: Unplanned Generation

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Question answered this episode:

1. My current campaign is wrapping up soon and I’m trying to decide whether I want to use a homebrew adventure path or an official WotC campaign. What are the pros and cons of each?

2. Do you prefer rolling loot on the random loot tables or planning out in advance what loot the players will find?

3. How would you go about playing at level 0?

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Noteworthy Links:

Heroforge, a website where you can design your own tabletop miniatures

List of all official 5e adventure books

Dungeon Magazine issue 125, featuring The Faces Of Evil, the Age of Worms adventure mentioned in this episode

The Anointed One, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Kingdom Hearts is awful

Kung-Fu Hustle, a Wuxia-style kung fu movie

Inanimate Carbon Rod

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