Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Episode 98: Roll to Persuade

Hey everyone! The end of the year is creeping up on us, and with it, comes the looming spectre of episode 100! We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do for that. But as we mention in this week's episode, we have plans for a bonus episode to go out between episodes 99 and 100, which is going to be our usual Q&A format, but not about tabletop games. So if you have any questions you want us to discuss, about any topic (including, but not limited to, the making of the podcast, our personal lives, astrophysics, etc.) then send those to us ASAP!

This week, we talk about the common practice of giving characters benefits (or drawbacks) to Charisma-based skills based on the player's own Charisma, and whether this is fair (as well as whether it should apply to other abilities as well- Dexterity or Strength, for example!). We also talk about running a game for children, or for people who otherwise have trouble paying attention; but neither Jeff nor I have children, so take it with a grain of salt I guess.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Quinn B! Congratulations, Quinn! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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!

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!

Keep an eye out, everyone!

Episode 98: Enthusiastic Players Wanted

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Question answered this episode:

1. Do you think people overly penalize (or reward) players for using Charisma-based skills?

2. Have you ever played in or ran a game for young children (i.e., 3-8 years old)? What tips can you give for running such a game?

3. Have any of you ran a game for a group of people with difficulty really paying attention?

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Noteworthy Links:

Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume I

The Cantrip Podcast where they talked about kids at the gaming table

Samwise Gamgee vs. Shelob from Return of the King

Pocky, a Japanese candy

Flynn Lives by Daft Punk, from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Episode 97: I See What You Did There

Hello there in the Webiverse! We're back this week with another episode, and one that I have quite a lot to say about. (I wouldn't say it's one of my "Patented Gabe Rants", but it's pretty darn close.) We talk about a mechanic from 5th Edition D&D that you may be using wrong: Passive Perception. So strap on your Nightvision Goggles and come along for this week's episode!

If you missed it, be sure to go back and check out our FriendQuest Arcade Stream! It was a ton of fun and we hope to do another one in the future.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Happy Gilmore! Congratulations, Happy! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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!

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!

Keep an eye out, everyone!

Episode 97: Very Perceptive

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are your thoughts on Passive checks in 5e (like Passive Perception)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Ninja Baseball BatMan

The Perfect Cast

The Matrix

Happy Gilmore

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Episode 96: Crafting Systems in D&D, ft. SteveJo

Hello there! We've got a fun episode for you- though I put a disclaimer at the beginning because it's a bit different than we usually do. Our good friend Steve was here in the studio with us, since he had quite a bit of experience with part of the topic we were going to be covering- and so while we were recording he had some fun comments to interject, even though he was off-mic. (In retrospect, we should have hooked up a third mic, but hey, you live and you learn.) Some of his additions ended up really good and helpful, so instead of editing around him I decided to just clean up his audio the best I could and include it all. So the end product is a very long episode with lots of reminiscing about great times past, and lots of crunch about D&D!

Also- we guest-hosted on an episode of The Cantrip the other day! It was a ton of fun and we think you should go listen to it right now!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Tim K! Congratulations, Tim! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

Have a great week, everyone!

Episode 96: Overly Crafty

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Noteworthy Links:

In Bird Culture

Legos 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Episode 95: I, Powergamer

Hey there listeners! This week we have another great episode for you. We get some riveting discussion out of the question of how to deal when playing in a group with powergaming players (and why that shouldn't necessarily be a problem), as well as talk about whether or not you should involve friendly NPCs in battle. (I'm surprised we didn't dip into discussing DMPCs, but hey, maybe next time.)

At the time that this post comes out, there's just a couple more days until our arcade stream! It's going to be on friday, November 23rd at 7pm EST, and you can join the stream by going to our Friend Quest Twitch Channel. It's going to be a ton of fun, so we hope to see you all there!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Dustin S! Congratulations, Dustin! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

Have a happy turkey day!

Episode 95: Let's Work Together

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Questions answered this episode:

1. As a fellow player, how should I deal with other powergamers?

2. When do you involve NPCs in combat?

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Noteworthy Links:

Generic Gamer, our good friend Peter who helped us stream last time





Nimblewright, a construct from the 3e Monster Manual 2 (though I've heard rumor it's also in the 5e Dragon Heist book)


Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, a 3e adventure module and sequel to the classic AD&D Temple of Elemental Evil


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Episode 94: The Reckoning

Hello, everyone! We've got another great episode for you this week. We talk about some encounters that almost killed the whole party (as well as parties that almost killed the whole encounter), we talk about archers and what makes the best archer, and we also talk quite a bit about poison and blood (and maybe poisoned blood). Also, this might be the first episode where Jeff kills me during the recording- but I could be wrong on that.

(Note: While editing this episode it occurred to me that while we spent some time talking about poison and poisonous creatures- I'm well aware that a few times I mistakenly said poisonous when I meant venomous. Sorry to all the pedants out there!)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Joseph G! Congratulations, Joe! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

Have a healthy week!

Episode 94: Deadly Encounter Range

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What was the worst instance of you creating an encounter that you thought would be fairly doable, but completely annihilated the party?

2. In your opinion, what 5e class makes the best archer?

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Noteworthy Links:

Friendquest on Twitch

Mario Party

Dank Memes

Kobold Fight Club

Uraeus, the CR 2 monster from the Tome of Beasts that wiped out the party

Legolas, the elven archer from Lord of the Rings

5e Quick Reference, an incredibly useful quick reference page for 5th Edition actions and statuses

Mimic Dice Bag

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Episode 93: An Episode For DMs, But Not Only DMs

Hello, everyone! We're back once more with another great episode for you all. In this one, we talk about a couple topics that are slightly more relevant to DMs than to players (though not exclusively so)- I recount some moments that made me really proud to be a DM, and we also discuss some ideas for involving your players into the creation of a campaign in ways you might not have expected. There's some fun stuff in here no matter what role you play in a gaming group, so come along and give us a listen!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Aaron R! Congratulations, Aaron! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

I hope you all have a great one!

Episode 93: I, Dungeon Master

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What have your players done that made you proud to GM?

2. How much say should my players have over the campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:

God of War

Gangnam Style

The Film Reroll (Their Friday the 13th Part IV episode)

Devil May Cry

Freddy Krueger

Erfworld

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Episode 92: The Scariest Episode All Year

Hello, everyone! Happy Halloween!

We've got a super-fun episode for you this week. Although not as tightly themed as last year's Halloween episode, this one covers several spooOOooOOky topics, like scariest monsters, setting the mood for a horror game, and more. Also, if you stick around until the end of the episode, you'll get a little treat (that we mentioned earlier on)! This is my favorite time of year and I'm glad we could bring this episode to you all.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Preston R! Congratulations, Preston! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're STILL running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

Have a great week, and say hello to that shadowy individual looking over your shoulder!

Episode 92: Your Worst Nightmares

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Questions answered this episode:

1. If you wanted to run a horror-themed module for a young audience, what steps would you take and/or things you would change to make it age-appropriate?

2. What's the scariest dnd monster?

3. What's the best Halloween monster?

4. What's the most scariest setting?

5. Can you have an actual scary table top role playing game?

6. How do you set the tone for a Halloween-themed session? What sort of props, lighting, and other sensory effects might you use? How all-out would you be willing to go?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sailor Moon

Loch Ness Monster

Poisoned Halloween Candy? False, according to Snopes.com

Toast of London, a British sit-com

Bojack Horseman

Dead Alewives sketch- an age-old D&D audio clip that people have referenced for years

Spawn of Kyuss, a creepy monster featured in the Age of Worms adventure path (ding)

I Want To Scream, a short scary story I mentioned on the show

Ravenloft

Bloodborne

Dark Souls intro video

Talkboy, a trick audio recorder toy from the 90s

Shrieks & Creeks, the spooky board game Jeff mentioned

Tearable RPG

Gohan vs. Cell battle from Dragonball Z

Weapons of Legacy, a 3.5 D&D book for advancing magic weapons

Symbol of Avarice, a hilarious helmet in Dark Souls

The Konami Code

Goosebumps: Let's Get Invisible

Hastur

Friday, October 26, 2018

Episode 91: Did You Roll High Enough?

Hello, everyone! This week we've got a great episode- we only cover one main question, but we get a lot of side discussion going on as well. So come along and hear us talk about what to do when a player fails a roll, and the benefits and drawbacks of making a failure obvious versus giving false information.

Also! Friendquest is going to be participating in the Extra-Life 2018 Charity Stream on November 3rd! Keep an eye on our social media for more details.

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Marco M! Congratulations, Marco! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! We're running dangerously low on applicants, so if you enter there's a very, very high chance that you'll win 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!

Thanks for listening, and see you next week!

Episode 91: Everyone Can Tell

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Question answered this episode:

1. How obvious should it be when a player fails a roll?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mario Party

Detroit-style Pizza (though according to Wikipedia, putting the sauce on top isn't mandatory)

We Were Here, a cooperative puzzle game Jeff mentioned

Lucky & Wild, a game I played at the arcade in Smyrna, Tennessee

Red Dead Redemption 2

Hellkite Drake, a dragon enemy in Dark Souls

The Arkenpliers, a powerful artifact in the Erfworld webcomic

Eric and the Dread Gazebo, an age-old D&D tale

300, a film by Zack Snyder

The Nemesis System from Shadow of Mordor

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Episode 90- only ten away from 100!

Hello, loyal listeners! This week, we're back in the studio with some fun topics: Passing notes at the gaming table, making encounters more diverse than simply "kill the bad guy", and the nitty-gritty of how Unarmored Defense works in D&D. Come along for the ride, and let us know how you dealt with some of these issues in your own game!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Adam G! Congratulations, Adam! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! There's a new winner every week, and that winner could (and probably will) be YOU!

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!

Have a great week, everyone!

Episode 90: High Notes

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What's your opinion on passing notes during the game? (Also, what was the best note you passed?)

2. Can you suggest any ways other than defeating all the enemies to make combat encounters more diverse? Rescuing a hostage, escaping a trap, keeping a rope bridge intact, stuff like that. What were some of your favorite encounters where the goal was not just total destruction?

3. Do you think that someone with Unarmored Defense (such as a Monk or Barbarian) should retain that AC bonus even when unable to defend themselves, such as when they are grappled or knocked prone?

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Noteworthy Links:

Parsely Games, a series of text-adventures-turned-tabletop-games

Hawkeye vs. Loki

Final Fantasy Tactics, a tactical RPG made by Squaresoft

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a game in the Zelda series

Dragonball Z

Green Lantern

Steve Fox, a character from Tekken with mysterious scars all over his arm

Monday, October 15, 2018

Episode 89: The Episode That Launched While Gabe Was On Vacation

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in this blog post- I was actually out of town all week on vacation, and just didn't have time at a computer to get all of this together. (The episode still launched on schedule- maybe a few hours early, actually- but this blog post got delayed.) But we've got a great episode for you- we cover a big topic: the trope of blind characters. Whether you should allow them, how they should be done, and so on. We also talk a bit about other types of handicaps for player characters as well. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed my vacation!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Peter F! Congratulations, Peter! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! There's a new winner every week, and that winner could (and probably will) be YOU!

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!

Thank you all, and it's great to be back!

Episode 89: Three Blind Mice

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1. What are your thoughts on playing a blind character?

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Noteworthy Links:

David Pumpkins

The Halloween Tree, an amazing Halloween movie

1-2 Switch

Star Trek Replicators

The Bread from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman

Blind Fight Scene from Rogue One

Sacred Vows from the Book of Exalted Deeds

The Adventure Zone: Amnesty

Daredevil

Pirates of the Caribbean- one shot

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Episode 88: Discuss It While I Go get A Snack

Hello, everyone! Welcome back for another fun episode of Inter-Party Conflict. On this episode, we talk about a few things that may have come up in your games before- planning battles without the DM knowing, that time the DM rolled some dice to determine what an NPC was going to do, and that time everyone died but you and now what? Well, we have some good times talking about these topics (and more) on this episode, and I hope you enjoy them too!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Tim D! Congratulations, Tim! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

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! There's a new winner every week, and that winner could (and probably will) be YOU! Yes, YOU!

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!

Have a great week!

Episode 88: Unexpected Outcomes

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1. As a DM, have you ever walked away from the table as the party makes an attack plan?

2. What are you thoughts/methods for determining NPC reactions and decisions?

3. What would you do in a TPK-Minus-One situation (where all but one party member dies, and for whatever reason they cannot resurrect the rest of the party)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Tank Man Begins - A short parody film made for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards

Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp, the RPG based on the cult movie and Netflix series

Mighty Max- a 90s cartoon about a kid with a magic hat going on adventures

The TIE Fighter That Saved the Day, a Cracked.com article about the Star Wars scene mentioned in the episode

Claws of Madness

Gabe's Homebrew Pantheon

Adventures in Erylia, a friend podcast of ours

Funny Translator, a translation app that translates a message through numerous languages in a row to create a humorous result

Asari from Mass Effect

Bumblebee from Transformers

The Master from Fallout

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Episode 87- Inter-Party Conflict: The Movie

Welcome, welcome, welcome! I'm super excited to bring this week's episode to you all. This week, we have a super-special guest- Paulo Quiros, creator and Game Master of The Film Reroll! Paulo was generous enough to lend his time to our show to tell us all about how he turns various movies- from new to old, horror to comedy, and more- into the wonderful roleplaying scenarios that you can experience with every episode of his podcast. (If it wasn't already obvious, I'm a huge fan of Paulo and The Film Reroll and I think every one of you should go and check them out right now!) So give this episode a listen, and maybe you can learn something along the way!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Steve A! Congratulations, Steve! You should get your copy within the next 48 hours. And be sure to let Benoit over at Goblin Stone know what you think, so they can keep on making great 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! There's a new winner every week, and that winner could be YOU!

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!

That's a wrap!

Episode 87: Better Gaming Through Movies

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Noteworthy Links:

Most of the links for this episode are simply references to the various movies covered on The Film Reroll, so you should definitely go there and listen to any episodes that interest you (and then you'll want to listen to the rest)!

And if you'd like to learn more about Paulo, here are some links related to him and his current projects:

Paulo Quiros on Twitter

PauloQuiros.com

Slights, a short film by Tony Koros

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio, featuring a stage show called Enemies of the People: Poetry & Music Under Stalinist Regime

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Episode 86 is Mandatory!

Welcome back, listeners! This week we dig deep into some 5th Edition D&D rules for this episode's discussion. We talk about the repercussions of ignoring some of the rules for spellcasting (specifically, costly material components and the Concentration mechanic), and also we talk about the optional Sanity and Honor ability scores presented in the Dungeon Master's Guide. We've got some strong opinions on these topics, so come along for the riveting discussion!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Terje! Congratulations, Terje! Check your spam folder, and let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a couple days. And be sure to let Benoit over at Goblin Stone know what you think, so they can keep on making great products!

And if anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! We're still very low on potential winners, so anyone who enters has a very high chance of winning!

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!

By my honor, I'll see you next week!

Episode 86: Optional Components

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1. How much would it upset the game if I let casters ignore costly material components?

2. How overpowered would it be to give players a magic item that allows more than one Concentration spell at a time?

3. What do you think of the optional Sanity and Honor ability scores in the Dungeon Master's Guide?

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Noteworthy Links:

Twitch.tv/GenericGamer- The Twitch channel of our good friend and streaming partner, Peter!


Space Cash, a fictional currency from an episode of South Park

Zee Bashew, a Youtube channel Jeff mentioned

Bloodborne

The Mountain Witch, my brother's samurai RPG with trust mechanics

Vidjagame Apocalypse, a podcast I've been listening to for some time

The Champion- a class Jeff mentioned from the Giant In the Playground website

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Episode 85- Who Brought the Map?

Hello, everyone! This week, we cover a topic I've been excited to get to- exploration. Specifically, how to run a campaign based entirely around it. We talk about broad strokes, small details, advice, ideas, involving the players, what to do and what not to do, how to keep it from going stale- all sorts of things involving this huge, world-spanning topic. We had a lot of fun talking about it, so hopefully you all have a lot of fun listening to it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is David P! Congratulations, Dave! Check your spam folder, and let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a couple days. And be sure to let Benoit over at Goblin Stone know what you think!

And if anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

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!

Have a great week, and don't get lost!

Episode 85: Preliminary Exploration

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Noteworthy Links:

Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, and Dodge

Dragonball Z Androids movie mentioned in the episode (also: Goku punched in the balls by Team Four Star)

Dark Capricorn Rising, a new rock group formed by our good friend and patron, Justin Williams

Lost

The Tomb of Annihilation

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, an open-world action RPG

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, another open-world action RPG

Zee Bashew, a Youtube channel Jeff mentioned

Dawn of Worlds, a world-building game we talked about

House of Leaves- more like House of Suck, amirite guiz lolol

World's Largest Dungeon

Star Trek: Voyager

The Adventure Zone

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Episode 84: To Mend and Defend

Welcome back, listeners!

Don't worry- we're not talking about Grappling this week. Or next week. Or any week ever again. Ever. Instead, we're here to talk about tattoos, ghosts that follow your character around, involving your players, and more- and we have a very special guest with us today: Jessica, one of the hosts of Incoming Game: A ReBoot ReWatch! It's a podcast dedicated to the 90s computer-generated TV show, ReBoot! It's a great show (and a great podcast) so you should check it out!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Rene R! Congratulations, Rene! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a day or two. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

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!

I hope you all enjoy this week's episode, and remember to stay frosty!

Episode 84: You Want This, I Want That

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Question answered this episode:

1. What was your best result from a Natural 20?

2. How can I balance a game session when half of my players want to smash and kill things and the other half want to explore and roleplay?

3. What are your biggest "Dos" and "Don'ts" for a new DM?

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Noteworthy Links:

ReBoot, the first fully computer-generated television show

Veggietales, another fully computer-generated show (though this one never had a television release)

Kat Von D

A Guide to Magical Tattoos

One of my wife's hideous tattoos

Tamagotchis

Furbies

Angus McDonald, Boy Detective

A great scene from Firefly

Dael Kingsmill, the Youtube channel Jeff was talking about for creating and building immersive cities in your game (MERPS)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Episode 83 - The One (and only one) About Grappling

Alright, everyone- I've been dreading this episode for a long time. We got this discussion topic a little while back, and now that we've covered it, I can confidently say we will never be revisiting it again in the foreseeable future. In case you hadn't guessed, this episode is about one of the most obtuse and overly-complicated mechanics to ever hit D&D: Grappling. (We had planned on covering several rules-heavy topics this episode, but... well, grappling kind of stole the show and refused to give it back unless we could succeed on multiple grapple checks... oh man, I'm having flashbacks...)

One thing I want to make sure everyone knows about- on September 3rd (Labor Day) we're going to be doing an arcade game livestream as part of our patreon goals! (But don't worry, it'll be open to everyone, not just patrons.) The stream will be from 6-9pm EST, and we should be hosting it on Youtube on Jeff's FriendQuest channel. So come along and watch us play some classic arcade games, and if you have any games you want us to play, send Jeff an email at TheFriendQuest@gmail.com!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Colin W! Congratulations, Colin! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy after a day or two. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line!

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!

Thanks for listening, and from now on, take your grapple-related questions elsewhere!

Episode 83: The Grappling Episode

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Question answered this episode:

1. How does grappling work? How did it work in other editions?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Office

Kuribo's Shoe

Tanooki Suit

Jackie Chan's Ladder Fight scene (though, to be fair, I think I confused this with something else because he doesn't quite do what I was referencing in the episode)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Episode 82 - WAKE UP

Hello there, listeners! We've got an interesting episode for you this week. We talk all about something that we recently said makes for terrible stories: Dreams! This episode is all about using dreams in your campaign, in the various forms that might take. I think we get some great discussion out of it, though, and hopefully we give you all some ideas for how to spice up your own game (and keep them from getting stale or predictable)!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Christopher H! Congratulations, Christopher! Give it a day or two, and then let me know if you haven't gotten your copy. And once you get it, be sure to tell Goblin Stone what you think so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We've only got a few candidates on the list right now, so it's a prime time to enter!

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!

Thanks, and be sure not to sleep on the job!

Episode 82: And It Was All a Dream

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1. What are your thoughts on dreams in D&D?

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Noteworthy Links:

Max Headroom Broadcast Interruption

Peasant Quest, a King's Quest parody

Muppet Babies

Mystery Men

Heroes of Olympus, the sequel series to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series

Manual of the Planes

Anthology of Interest, an episode of Futurama that you should watch right now

Perchance to Dream: an amazing episode of the Batman Animated Series where Bruce Wayne is trapped in a dream

Inception

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Interceptor, the dog from Final Fantasy VI

Mythical Pet Shop, an adorable set of fantasy pets from /u/SapphireShaddix

Garyl the Binicorn, a recurring NPC from The Adventure Zone

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Episode 81 Will Rid the World of All Evil... And That Means You!

Hello, everyone! We've got a great episode for you this week. We're joined by two guests- Angela and Jon, the hosts of The Cantrip! We have a lot of fun talking about campaigns with multiple DMs, using character voices, anime, and more. So give this episode a listen, and while you're at it, go over and check out Jon and Ang's podcast too!

I should also mention- Jeff has started releasing more Friendquest episodes! He and his friend Griff have started playing Hollow Knight and Little Nightmares- both great games. So check those out too!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Layth T! Congratulations, Layth! If you haven't gotten your reward in a day or two, let me know. And once you get it, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can keep making great products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We're still running low on candidates, so you have great chances!

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!

Thanks everyone, and see you next time!

Episode 81: Everyone's a Character

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of co-DMing a campaign?

2. How can I get better at creating and using character voices?

3. Do you think the market still has room and desire for Anime genre emulation or inspiration (see the 90s' Anime game boom) or have we moved past that?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dungeons & Dragons: The Cartoon

Pleasantville

The Binding of Isaac, a roguelike twin-stick shooter game for all current platforms

By Mennen

Mentos: The Freshmaker

Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Gameplay and Story Segregation (Warning: TV Tropes, only click if you have a healthy amount of time to waste)

I Know That Voice- a documentary about voice acting

Rush Hour

OpenRPG, a virtual tabletop that came long before Roll20

Big Eyes, Small Mouth, an Anime-themed RPG

Shut Up and Take My Money

Terminator Faces

The Adorable Gravorg from the 3rd edition Monster Manual 2

Betrayal Garden

Guinea Pig Armor

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Episode 80- A World of Possibilities

Hello, everyone out there in podcast land! We've got a great episode for you this week. We cover a few great topics- killing PCs, inter-dimensional travel, armor made from trees, and a healthy dose of tangents here and there. Come give us a listen, and be sure to let us know what you think!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Payton K! Congratulations, Payton! If you have any issues contact me. And be sure to let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, it's super easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We're running low on candidates, so you have a big chance of winning!

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!

Thanks everyone, and have a great week!

Episode 80: Different Worlds, Different Stakes

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How lethal do you like combat?

2. I want to run a campaign where the players are all from different worlds/settings. What is the best plot device for bringing them together?

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Noteworthy Links:

Path of Exile

Crawl

Bloodborne Card Game

Hollow Knight on Friend Quest

Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2 on DM's Guild

Dragon Dice: Treefolk

Troll 2

Shield Doors in Dark Souls 2

Synthicide RPG

Time Lords

Tomb of Horrors

The World Serpent Inn, a transitive plane from 3e D&D

Sigil, the City of Doors, a hub location in the Planescape setting

Parallels, a movie about a dimension-travelling family

Sliders, a TV show from the 90s about dimensional travel

Erfworld, a webcomic written by Rob Balder

Secret of Evermore, an SNES action RPG by Squaresoft

Earthbolt, a Wu Jen spell from Complete Arcane

300: PG Version

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Episode 79 will live on FOREVER!

Hello, everyone! This week we cover a topic that was brought up recently on our subreddit: Immortality. Not just immortality- specifically, immortality as a character goal in a tabletop game and whether it's good or bad for the game. We also talk about swords that can trap your soul, erasing classes, creating classes, all sorts of stuff. I think we got some really good discussion in this one, so come along and see what you think!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Nathan H! Congratulations, Nathan! Be sure to check your spam folder, and if you haven't gotten an e-mail soon then contact me. And be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review so they can continue to make awesome products!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. Easy peasy!

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!

Thanks for listening, and come back next week for more!

Episode 79: Achieving Immortality

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Noteworthy Links:

D&D meets Magic: The Gathering

Tyler Kamstra's Monstrous Races guide

Arcade Memories Podcast

Treasure of the Broken Hoard, a five-part adventure I've been running

G Gundam Toonami Intro

Spirit Sword on Yu Yu Hakusho

Fullmetal Alchemist

Romance on The Office

Death Becomes Her - A movie from the early 90s about the dangers of immortality

Epic Destinies from 4th Edition

American Horror Story: Hotel

Kender are terrible

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Episode 78: Featuring the DM Liar! (That's what he said, right?)

Hello everyone out there in Podcastland! This week we've got a great episode for you- and a wonderful special guest, Luke Hart from the DM Lair Youtube Channel! I met Luke through Reddit and I love his channel. So go check it out right now!

Luke is joining us to discuss leaving a gaming group, jealousy between players, and making your climactic encounters even more climactic. (I sometimes plan for episodes to follow a certain theme, but in this episode they fit together nicely all on their own.) And we had a great time making this episode, so I hope you love it!

Oh, also- I've been talking about it for weeks, but the first episode of the Arcade Memories Podcast is finally up! Go check it out, and tell your friends about it! I won't be releasing episodes very often- maybe every two months or so- but I'll keep making more as long as I keep getting submissions, so send me your stories at ArcadeMemoriesPodcast@gmail.com!

We have a new patron this week! We already said it on the podcast, but let us give a big thank-you to Nathan H! You're great and you help make the show awesome.

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Jeff R! Congratulations, Jeff! Be sure to check your spam folder, and if you haven't gotten an e-mail soon then contact me. And let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. It's that easy!

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!

Thanks for joining us, and we'll see you again next week with another great episode!

Episode 78: Multiple Conflicts

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What makes you want to leave a gaming group?

2. How can I deal with jealousy between players?

3. How do you make the perfect boss fight?

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Noteworthy Links:

Octopath Traveler

The tram from Ironforge to Stormwind

Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2 on DM's Guild

Luke Hart's adventure modules

Noah Wizard's Fiverr page

Treasure of the Broken Hoard, a collection of five one-hour adventures on DM's Guild

The Head of Vecna

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Episode 77: This Episode is Bananas

Welcome back, listeners! We've got a fun episode for you this week, and we cover realism in roleplaying games, starting levels for D&D, and how to make your players want to explore their own property investments. We also get a bunch of goofs about bananas and monkeys and all that, so there's something in this episode for everyone!

I want to briefly mention the project I've been working on- the Arcade Memories Podcast. I've gotten the first episode finished, and it's currently awaiting review on iTunes. But in the meantime, you can listen to it at https://soundcloud.com/arcadememories/episode-01!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Jake M! Congratulations, Jake! Be sure to check your spam folder, and if you haven't gotten an e-mail soon then contact me. And let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, 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 Academy and D&D Character Lab!

See you all next week, with a very special guest!

Episode 77: Investing in Real Estate

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1. Is realism more important than fun?

2. What is your ideal starting level for a campaign?

3. How to make a player's property investments interesting?

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Noteworthy Links:

A Case of the Mondays

Chult, a jungle in the southern reaches of the Forgotten Realms

Indiana Jones

Midas Hand death from Tomb Raider

Q*Bert, the lovable ape from the arcade that collected bananas

Treasure of the Broken Hoard, a collection of five one-hour mini-adventures I've been running

Minecraft

A locked door in Fallout 3

All your need to know about Kobayashi

Tree Fiddy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Episode 76: Title Needed

Hello, listeners! We're back this week with another episode. This time, we talk about a topic that might be a little bit controversial- specifically, whether Jeff and Gabe (mainly Gabe) likes listening to D&D stories, and what makes a D&D story good or worth telling. We also cover a couple other topics, including physical props at the table, opening locked doors, and sneaky ways to hear secret conversations. So come along and join the discussion!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Scott! Congratulations, Scott! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy within a day or so (and be sure to check your spam folder!). And be sure to visit Goblin Stone's website and give them your feedback!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's it!

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!

Have a great week!

Episode 76: Wanna Hear a Story?

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

2. What are your favorite physical props you've used?

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Noteworthy Links:

Scoville Scale, a scientific scale measuring the "heat" of spicy foods

An adorable video on Youtube that I found while googling "Bacon"

Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2 on DM's Guild

Stranger Things

Claws of Madness, a 5e adventure from Loresmyth

Old Man Yells at Cloud

Challenge of Champions, a series of puzzle-based adventures in Dungeon Magazine

Newsies

Seven of Nine, a character from Star Trek Voyager

Planescape: Torment, an old PC game featuring a Rogue Modron as a playable party member (and voiced by Dan Castellanetta)

Dig Dug, an old Arcade game where you killed enemies by inflating and exploding them

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Episode 75, with Jeff and Gabe and Dan and Garin

Welcome back, everyone! We've got a great episode in store for you today. We're joined by two amazing podcasters- Dan and Garin from the D&D Character Lab podcast! Every week they produce an incredibly fun show where they make characters and pit them against each other- we've talked about them more times than I can count but if you haven't given them a listen yet, you should!

This week we talk about remembering character names (or not being able to remember them), playing the same character or character type multiple times, and monster races. We also get some fun out of character voices, and figuring out what CR a Couatl is. (Spoiler: It's 4.) So come along for the ride!

Yet again, we have a new patron! Thank you so much, Doug W! You're so awesome and we appreciate your patronage more than we can say. If anyone else out there would like to join the ever-growing family and get cool bonus content too, so head over to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and think about contributing!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is peacejoypancakes! Congratulations, PJP! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy within a day or so (and be sure to check your spam folder!). And of course, let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's it!

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!

Have a great Independence Day! "Welcome to erf!"

Episode 75: Our Good Friends

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How do you remember everyone's character names?

2. Do you have a character or character type that you play in every campaign?

3. Do you feel that beast races are appropriate for a party? Orcs, Hobgoblins, Kobolds, Bugbears, and Yaun-Ti are all good, but what about a doppelganger, or a frost giant, a centaur, or maybe even a displacer beast? How far can one go if they want to play a monstrous race?

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Noteworthy Links:

I Like Turtles

The DanDWiki episode of D&D Character Lab

Mustard Plug and Skanking in one Youtube video

Couatl

Shield of Heroic Memories (which we apparently covered on episode 25 but I completely forgot)

Auron, a character from Final Fantasy X

A Wikidot site that I made to catalogue NPCs

Steam Summer Sale

Savage Species

Monstrous Races for 5th Edition from Tyler Kamstra

Ted, a 2012 movie starring Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Your Character Doesn't Know Which Episode This Is

Usually when recording one of these, we'll have a list of questions we plan to get to, and we'll have an idea of which questions are going to generate a lot of discussion and which ones will be pretty quick. While recording this episode, however, the first question (of several) kind of got away from us and before we knew it, we'd gone way over our usual episode length! So expect a long episode this time, with a lot of pontificating from yours truly.

Also, this week we continue our Social Media Discussion Question segment- except while editing I realized I goofed big time. We've already recorded next week's episode (with some special guests you won't want to miss!) and somehow through that whole process I didn't realize that I posted the wrong question on social media this week! This week's question (according to the podcast) was about Interactive Fiction, yet the question I actually posted was about Character Voices (as you'll hear us talk about next week). It's not the end of the world, but it was still a pretty big goof on my part. So, sorry about that. I'll have to figure out how to keep myself on track in the future.

We have a new Patron this week! Welcome to the fold, Noah Wizard! (We also have another new patron, but he joined after this episode was recorded so expect a shout-out next time around.) Our Patreon is getting bigger and better every week, so head over to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and think about joining yourself!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Peter H! Congratulations, Peter! Contact me if you haven't gotten your adventure within the next couple days. And be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. It's that easy!

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!

See you all next week!

Episode 74: No Metagaming Allowed

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Noteworthy Links:

The Cantrip on Soundcloud


Barbershop Quartet

Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine

Psychic Paper from Doctor Who

Clark Kent's Glasses

Brian Griffin Barbershop Quartet impression from Family Guy

What Level Was Gandalf?

Inigo Montoya (spoilers for The Princess Bride)

That episode of Community where they play D&D

Interactive Fiction

Get Lamp, a doctumentary about Interactive Fiction and its history

Prodigy, one of the earlier forms of the Internet as we know it

Parsely Games, a series of interactive fiction-esque roleplaying games