Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Episode 135: The Loudest Episode

Hey, everyone! We've got a great episode for you this week- because we're joined by a great friend of ours, Jason Enright! We've mentioned him on the show more times than we can count- whether it's talking about his character who broke your weapon with his skin, the Eberron campaign he ran, or the time he spent like ten minutes needlessly describing a rope on the end of a stick- and we're so happy to have him with us today! We'll be covering two important topics- making encounters memorable, and splitting the party- all along with a healthy dose of reminiscing. We had a blast recording this episode, and I hope you have a blast listening to it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Jeff G! Congratulations, Jeff! 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 LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy D&D Character Lab, and 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!

Now, let's split up and catch back up next time... just be sure not to get killed!

Episode 134: Splitting the Party

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What are some things you think makes an encounter really memorable and special?

2. When is it appropriate to split the party? And how do you like to handle that as a DM? How do you handle players who are resistant to it from a meta standpoint?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Mr. T

Keystone Cops

The Wet Bandits

The Black Egg

The World Serpent Inn

Rovagug

Curse of the Crimson Throne

Doom

Fairlane Mall

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Episode 134: Chock Full of Plot Hooks

Hello, everyone! We've got a fun episode for you this week, that deviates a bit from our normal format. We're bringing to you a whole big bag of plot hooks, each revolving around a spell, a monster, or a magic item from 5e Dungeons & Dragons. It was a ton of fun getting these together, and who knows- we might do more episodes like this in the future if we get questions that allow for it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Dan W! Congratulations, Dan! 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 LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, when we'll have a very special guest!

Episode 134: Spells, Monsters, and Magic Items

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What are some good monsters that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

2. What are some good magic items that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

3. What are some good spells that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Nerds Without Pants

The Witcher

Nimblewright

The Thing

World of Warcraft: Classic

The Bus Ticket

Hearty Dice Friends

Pac-Man

Fallout 3

Portal 2

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Episode 133: The Best of Three

Hello, listeners! Join us this week for a great episode- we discuss the three core books of D&D (the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, and the Monster Manual) and which one(s) we think to be the most interesting! There's bound to be some of you out there that feel differently than us, so we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on our Discord!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Darth Will! Congratulations, Darth! 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 LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy D&D Character Lab, and 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 week, with another great episode!

Episode 133: Each Book Has Its Purpose

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Of the three core D&D books (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual) which do you find the most interesting, and why?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Nerds Without Pants is a podcast I guest-hosted on! The episode won't be out until the day after this blog post gets published, but I'm going to be on episode 159. I'll probably post on social media when it launches.

Shazam!

Ghost Rider

Dreadsteed of Xoroth

Pinterest

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Episode 132- What's in the box?!

Hey there, everyone! This week we turn the spotlight on ourselves and do a bit of introspection- Jeff and I talk about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses (mostly weaknesses) at tabletop gaming, as well as what we would do if we made ourselves as D&D characters. Hopefully our listeners will be able to get something out of this episode, but in any case, we enjoyed making it!

As has been for a few of the weeks now, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. (But we did get a few entrants after we recorded this episode, though!) So if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and 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, when we turn the spotlight on YOU!

Episode 132: My Strengths and Weaknesses

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What is your greatest strength and weakness as a player? What about your greatest strength and weakness as a DM?

2. If you were to make yourself as a D&D character, what race/class/etc. would you be?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

My grandpa's old steamer trunk (which I did get open- you'll have to wait to find out what was inside though!)

Neverwinter Nights helmets

Beyond Monks: The Art of the Fight, a 3.5 supplement that contained a class we mentioned in the episode (the monk whose skin breaks weapons)

Curse of the Azure Bonds, an old D&D computer game I used to play

Link's Awakening, a Zelda game that I played as a kid and has recently gotten a Switch remake

The Matrix

The McElroy Brothers' podcasting panel- a MUST WATCH for anyone interested in starting a podcast

The Scene from Return of the Jedi where Mark Hammill was just staring off-screen while filming

Mystery Men

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 131 - The One Where We Talk About Pieces of Cod

Hey everyone! We have another great episode for you this week- we talk about making information gathering into something interesting, introducing new characters into an existing party, and killing off a PC in the service of the story. (Also, the Dragon's Hoard item this week is a magic codpiece. No I'm not happy about it, but, hey, I got it out of the way, right?)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Edward T! Congratulations, Edward! 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 LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, and be sure to think with your head and not your armor!

Episode 131: New In, Old Out

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. How do I make gathering information fun? I don’t want it to be a repetitive string of npcs that they have to persuade (or threaten). What else can PCs use to obtain information?

2. What should you do when a PC retires mid-campaign? How best to incorporate a new character into an existing party plot-wise?

3. Is it ok to kill a PC for the story? For example one player stays behind to ensure safety for the rest of the party.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

The Arcade in Brighton, MI

Atari's Star Wars arcade cabinet

King Henry VIII

Challenge Accepted by Crit Academy

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way

Magic 8 Ball

Final Fantasy V

Gandalf fighting the Balrog

Burn Notice, a TV show I've been watching

Nowhere Man, a TV show I've been a fan of since I was a kid (and am ostensibly creating a podcast about with my friend Steve; stay tuned I guess)

Overwatch

Spindown dice, a type of dice with numbers listed sequentially for use as a life counter in certain games

Friday, August 9, 2019

Episode 130: The unlucky multiple of 10

Hello, everyone! This week we dive right into the real meat of this game we call RPGs- we answer the question you've all been wondering for your whole lives: "What happens if I eat this thing?" Specifically, demon hearts. Less-specifically, other hearts too. We also have some fun talking about letting animals wear armor, plus some stuff about gaming stores and eyepatches.

We also have two Patreon-related announcements! First, we have a new patron! Welcome to the fold, Jason P! Our other announcement is less exciting: As of this month (August 2019) I won't be writing any more monthly fantasy fiction. (Maybe I will again in the future, but not for the foreseeable future.) It's become quite difficult for me over the last year and a half so to spare my sanity I'm setting it aside and working on coming out with different Patreon rewards instead. Hopefully that doesn't make anyone want to remove their pledges, but if so, we fully understand.

Back to more fun stuff...

As the last few weeks, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. (We may have one next week; we'll see.) But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, but be sure to bring the antacids!

Episode 130: Eat Your Heart Out

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. A player character in my campaign just consumed a demon's heart. What do you think should happen to the character?

2. Can/Should wild shape forms be allowed to wear armor?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

The Film Reroll (specifically, their Aladdin game)

The Claw from Liar Liar

Blinded guy from 300

Naaru, a race of beings in World of Warcraft that harnessed the power of holy light and had it stolen by the Blood Elves

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (which I erroneously called Friday the 13th: Part IX, which it was not called due to a rights dispute over the name Friday the 13th)

Freaky Friday, a remake of the classic bodyswap movie

Bastion of Broken Souls, a high-level official WotC D&D 3e adventure where a dragon had a demon for a heart

Wrath of Ashardalon

Tuvix, the titular character from the corresponding episode of Star Trek: Voyager where two characters were accidentally combined into one, resulting in a new character with his own agency and sense of self

Sir Bearington, an old greentext story about a player who played a bear PC

His Dark Materials, the book/movie/HBO TV series by Philip Pullman, which includes the books The Golden Compass/The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Dragon Dice, a fantasy-themed collectible dice game that I am a huge fan of

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Episode 129: Celebrating a full calendar's worth of questions!

Hello, everyone! we're back this week with another great episode. We talk about ideal session length (and how you should take breaks during them), as well as how to allow using abilities in ways they weren't intended to be used. The latter topic is actually one that I admittedly often try to shut down rather than entertain- but with the options we came up with today I think I'm going to try and change my tack when it comes up. Because who ever liked a DM who just said "no" all the time?

And as last week, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, podcast fans!

Episode 129: Death by Exhaustion

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What is the perfect DnD session length? When taking breaks during a session, how long/frequent should they be?

2. A player wants to use an ability in a way that it clearly was not intended (or possibly directly contrary to the rules). Aside from simply saying, "No," what is the best way to handle this?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

How To Start A Fire With A Bow

Fate Accelerated Edition, a pay-what-you-want RPG we recently played for our Roll20 game

Crit Academy's products that you should totally buy! (As of right now, they're all on sale!)

Freaking DBZ

Go for the Eyes, a great DM's Guild supplement all about Called Shots in D&D 5e

Pandemonium Games & Hobbies, a gaming store in our area

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Episode 128: Riddies and Puzzies All the Way Down (Except Without Any Actual Riddles Or Puzzles)

Welcome back, listeners! We've got a treat for you this week- we're joined by the wonderful improv comedian and podcast host, Adal Rifai! You may know him from such podcasts as Hello from the Magic Tavern, or Hey Riddle Riddle- we had a blast recording with him and hopefully you'll have a blast listening! We cover topics such as the value of improvisation in tabletop gaming, unwritten customs in a gaming group, what love is, dice towers, stealing memories- the list goes on. Come along and give us a listen!

And as last week, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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 D&D Character Lab, and 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, podcast fans!

Episode 128: Down by the Magic Tavern

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Do you know anyone who has taken improv classes to improve their DMing? If so, was it worth it?

2. What are some unwritten customs that you have had in your gaming groups?

3. What is your favorite race to play as (from any D&D/Pathfinder edition) and why?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Hello from the Magic Tavern

Hey Riddle Riddle

Catan

United States of Tara

iZombie

A scene from the Princess Bride I referenced

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stewart Turton

Groundhog's Day

Poirot, a murder-mystery book and TV series by Agatha Christie

Discworld, a fantasy book series by Terry Pratchett

The Stormlight Archive, a fantasy book series by Brandon Sanderson

What Is Love?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Episode 127 - Next Up, Politics!

hey there, everyone! We've got an exciting episode for you this week- if you like Gabe's Patented Rants(TM), that is! Instead of a listener-submitted question we cover a topic that's been kicking around in my head for a while- whether or not it's possible to play an atheist in a world like the Forgotten Realms, where Clerics exist and gods walk the literal earth. I've got some strong feelings about this (obviously), but if you have feelings of your own, we'd love to hear them!

As seems to be the trend nowadays, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure.

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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, with a very special guest!

Episode 127: Ideals & Religions

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Could someone play an atheist character in a D&D setting like the Forgotten Realms?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Black Mirror

I'm Mary Poppins, Y'all!

Genji, a character from the Heian-era Japanese novel The Tale of Genji

Genji, a playable character in the team-based first-person shooter Overwatch

Genji Gloves, a recurring item in the Final Fantasy series

Aribeth de Tylmarande, a character in Neverwinter Nights (potential spoilers for that game)

Flood Festival - Shackled City

Dane Cook

Water Comedian Guy

Goblin King

Grunt

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Episode 126: Around the World

Hey everyone! This week we're joined by two very special guests: Jake Harmon and Dan West of Brute Force & Ignorance, the Actual Play podcast and fellow member of the Critnation Fellowship! We had a great time talking with them and goofing off about all sorts of topics, including playing over the internet, moving on when a player goes on a long-term absence, and getting quiet players to roleplay more. So listen to this episode, and then go and listen to Brute Force & Ignorance once you're done!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Samuel O! Congratulations, Samuel! 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 D&D Character Lab, and (including our guests this week) 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 time, with another great episode!

Episode 126: Hello From the Other Side

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Questions answered this episode:

1. What would you say are the pros and cons of playing over the internet?

2. How should you handle it when a key player is going to be absent for an extended length of time?

3. How would you as an experinced DM/Player help new players, who by nature are really quiet, to roleplay more? I know that they want to, they are just very quiet.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

C2E2, a Chicago-based Comic Book Expo

Roll20, a virtual tabletop people use to play RPGs online

Invisible Ink

Five Is Right Out

This Used to Be A Dollar

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

A map of a spooky haunted mansion that Jake mentioned in the episode

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Episode 125: Jeff Edited This One (And It Sounds Great)

Hello, everyone out there in Podcastland! We're back with another great episode for you. This week we pull some hot takes out of our pockets and comment on something that people have already been up and down the block on back when it was new: D&D Beyond. (Also other online gaming tools, but mainly D&D Beyond.) We may not be saying anything that hasn't been said, but it hasn't been said by us! So come along for the discussion.

And unfortunately, we don't have any winners this week for our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing! It's a shame, but hey, there's nothing stopping you from entering! It's easy- 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 AcademyD&D Character Lab, and 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 time, with some very special guests!

Episode 125: All the Books, Online

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Hey Gabe and Jeff. What you think about digital tools like D&D Beyond or Hero Lab?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Bruce Lee blowing out candles with his punches (The video isn't Bruce Lee, and I'm coming to learn that this ability might likely have been an urban legend, but hey, I first saw it in this video game clip here so I know I didn't make it up)

Air cannons

Savage Species, a 3e book about playing monster characters (And in the episode what I was trying to reference was called Blood Wind, not Savage Wind, and it was a spell, not a feat)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

D&D Beyond

Fifth Edition Character Sheet app

Steam, the biggest online gaming platform

Maddox's video about criticisms of the Epic Store

Herolab, an online tabletop resource

Heromachine, an online tool for creating pictures of your characters (though it's grown by leaps and bounds since the last time I used it)

Final Fantasy XV, a game with dumb names

Wrong Rests, a DMs Guild product with ideas for resting encounters

Faygo, a local soda pop brand from Michigan

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Episode 124: Better Than Before

We're back, everyone! This week we talk about the flipside of "it's what my character would do", as well as magic items from the DMG we never bothered to read, a bee familiar saving somebody's life, and fantasy-themed riddles. Come along for our signature goofs and some fun discussion!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Edward T! Congratulations, Edward! 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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 week, as long as your character would want to be there too!

Episode 124: Roleplaying Priorities

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What do you think about a character offering out of character opinions about what the party should do, when that opinion is contrary to what their character would want to do?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Megazord

Alien

Aliens

Alien 3

Predator

Predator 2

This Guy Loves Trains

The Greatest Generation

Hodor

Kill Two Dwarves

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Episode 123: Easy as ABC

Hello, all! We're back with another great episode for you this week. We talk about telling stories, camping, making a whole party of bards, boots that turn you to stone, Dr. Gregory House, all sorts of fun stuff. So come along for the ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Matthew N! Congratulations, Matthew! 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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 time, and don't go telling tales out of school!

Episode 123: Everyone Should Tell Stories

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. How do you make camp interesting?

2. How do I create stories of fiction (like myths and legends) within a game?

3. What would a D&D party made up entirely of bards be like?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Baldur's Gate 3

Divinity Original Sin 2

Neverwinter Nights

Prusa i3 Mk3s, the new 3D printer I just bought (and spent all day building)

Elden Ring

Kuribo's Shoe

Tanooki Suit

Mario RPG statue minigame

Zee Bashew

Shrek

Friday, June 14, 2019

Episode 122, Dooby Dooby Doo

It's that time again! We're back with another great episode for you this week. We cover some metagame- or rules-based questions this week, about character creation, rolling for stats, DM screens, and more. As usual it was a lot of fun to record, so hopefully it's a lot of fun to listen to!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Chris B! 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 D&D Character Lab, and 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 time! Until then, I'll start rolling for stats and see if I get an 18 by next week.

Episode 122: Heroic Range

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What is your favorite range of levels to play? What is your favorite range of levels to dm?

2. What do you think is the best way to roll for stats? (If you had to roll)

3. Do you like to use a DM screen? What sort of information do you add to it to keep readily available?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Mortal Bade, a special weapon/attack from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Warning: Spoilers in that video!)

Infestation, a Cantrip Jeff mentioned in this episode

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

Clip-On Dice Tower (If anyone can find the .stl file for this, I would be super grateful!)

Blender, a 3D Modeling program

Ring of Fire

Magic Sword, an arcade game I enjoyed in my youth

Mairghread Scott, a TV and comics writer that will be writing the Magic: The Gathering Netflix show

Up A Level, courtesy of Order of the Stick

Adcventures in Babysitting, a typical 80s movie

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Episode 121: The Episode With The Most Fanfics And The Most Cats

Hello, everyone! Welcome back. We've got a great episode for you this week- because we're joined by a very special guest, Will Hughes! Will is a writer for the AV Club, but also a host of one of my current favorite podcasts, Everything to Guppy. He was an absolute delight to have on the show, and the three of us get up to some classic goofs as we discuss a variety of topics, all of which are designed to please. So come along for the ride!

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

Have a great week, and go read some Frasier Fanfiction in the meantime!

Episode 121: Turning A New Page

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Have you, or any players you’ve had, made choices that led to their background feature becoming nullified? (Such as a folk hero being shunned by their village, a criminal turning their back on the thieves' guild, etc.)

2. What are your thoughts on RPG gamebooks as literature? Have you ever read an adventure module or supplement book with no intention of playing it?

3. Do your characters have cameos in subsequent games?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

The Binding of Isaac

Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies (Warning: TVTropes)

Dread, a horror-themed RPG where success or failure is determined by a Jenga tower

Ciri, a character from the Witcher series

Pandora's Box

Jamie Kennedy

Ashton Kutcher

Death Note, a Japanese Manga/Anime that recently had an American adaptation that I don't recommend

The One Ring

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter

Frasier Fanfiction by William Hughes

The Adventure Zone

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Tearable RPG

The Part in Infinity War Where Thor Arrives (Warning: The sidebar links are likely to have Endgame spoilers, so beware if you haven't seen it.)

Unknown Armies

Planescape, a campaign setting from early editions of D&D

World's Largest Dungeon

The Tomb of Horrors

Don't Rest Your Head, a creepy RPG from Evil Hat Productions

Neverwhere, a TV Miniseries-turned-novel by Neil Gaiman, about a man who gets caught up in a secret world beneath London

Baby Shark (Warning: Baby Shark)

Zee Bashew

The Lost Room, a Sci-Fi Channel miniseries that YOU SHOULD GO WATCH BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING

Gabe Plays The Binding of Isaac on Friendquest

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Episode 120: Time To Go Find Yoshi On The Roof

Hello y'all! We have a big episode for you this week: We talk about how to recover from a bad story. What causes a bad story? What can you do to fix it? Should you even fix it? How can you prevent it from happening in the first place? And what are some examples of times when our stories went bad? We cover all of these and more!

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

Enjoy the show, and see you all next time!

Episode 120: Exit Strategy

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. How do you recover from a bad story?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

My 3D Printer, a Wanhao Powerspec Duplicated i3 Plus

Humble Bundle, an online store that offers new bundles of software every few days

Neverwinter Nights 2

Inception

Matt Berry, a british actor/singer/songwriter that may or may not have won Chapel on the Cliffs this week

The IT Crowd, a TV show Matt Berry had a recurring role on

Toast of London, a british sitcom about a frustrated actor played by Matt Berry

Sword of Kas

The Champion's Belt, an adventure module from the Age of Worms adventure path

Star Trek (2009), the film by J.J. Abrams

3rd Rock From the Sun, an American sitcom starring World of Warcraft afficianado John Lithgow

The Stockades, a low-level Instance Dungeon from vanilla WoW

The Deadmines

Magical Girl Transformations in FFXIV

Misfire Beast, an enemy in Enter the Gungeon based on D&D's Displacer Beast

From On High by Epic Score

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Episode 119 - Something or Other

Hello, listeners! We've got another great episode for you this week. We talk about comedy bits, unlocking doors, that time you didn't notice there was a dragon in the room, why Jeff is a filthy heathen that should go start his own podcast if he thinks he's so smart, and much, much more. And we have a great time doing it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Trent C! Congratulations, Trent! 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 time, and watch out for those four orcs I forgot to mention!

Episode 119: Great Expectations

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. How do you make a mystery or surprise that can't just be overcome by a single spell?

2. Do you like the box text in adventures?

3. Which style of d4 is better, number on the base or number on the top?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Avengers: Endgame (No spoilers, that's just the trailer)

The Dice Cup Thing I 3D Printed

Jurassic Park Reference

Tomb of Horrors, a classic D&D module notorious for being deadly (and, in Gabe's opinion, stupid and un-fun)

Diablo

Neverwinter Nights

House MD, a medical drama TV show where the easy solution always had some sort of roadblock

Icosahedra, an item we covered on the Dragon's Hoard a while back and referenced in this episode

Triel Eldurast, an NPC from the Shackled City adventure path where her stat block has her listed as wearing Half-Plate (which is one step below Full Plate) but her portrait has... well, you can see it for yourself

How Dragon Dice handles d4s

"Crystal" or "Barrel" dice, another way of making dice that allows for more uniform distribution

Far Traveler, a character background from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide

Everquest, a very early MMORPG (Bonus: Here's a song from Richie Truxillo, a guy who made a whole bunch of Everquest-themed songs back in the early 2000s)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Episode 118: Gap in the Map

Hello, everyone! We've got another fun episode this week, talking all about terrain, maps, and so on. We talk about crafting terrain (3D printing FTW), making the world feel alive and full of adventure, and I'll also be directing everyone to an amazing novelty Twitter account that you should all follow (more on that later).

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

Have a great week, and don't get lost in the Forest of Crimson Ogres!

Episode 118: Over the River and Through the Woods

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Have you ever crafted your own terrain for battles and did you find the players appreciated it?

2. How do you describe an environment in a way that makes the players feel like there's adventure in every direction?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

The Thing I 3D Printed

Covetous Demon grab attack

Like-Like, a monster from Zelda

Heroforge, a great site for designing custom miniatures

Ichi (bwongggg)

3D-Printed Portal Terrain (It's not the one that I was talking about in the episode, but I couldn't find the one I was talking about; so this one will fulfill the same purpose.)

Tabletop Simulator

Gap in the Map, a novelty Twitter account full of plot hooks and interesting map locations

Tomb of Annihilation

Dungeons & Dragons: The Cartoon

Dexter's Laboratory: D&DD, the episode that jump-started many a child's interest in roleplaying games (split over four parts)

Ready Player One

Damodar, the right-hand-man of the villain in the D&D movie

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Episode 117: Gotta Catch 'Em All

Welcome back, everyone! This week we talk about favorite monster types, creating monsters, balancing small races, and more. Come on along for the ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Doug A! Congratulations, Doug! 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 time!

Episode 117: Tiny Monsters

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. Favorite monster type (like aberration or undead or monstrous humanoids) other than Dragons as a player? As a DM?

2. Small races, like Gnomes, are unable to use longbows and heavy crossbows. This is a distinct disadvantage. Do their racial features balance out this disadvantage? Would it unbalance the game to allow them to use those weapons?

3. How do you create your own monsters, while keeping them balanced and fun?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Avengers: Endgame (I was going to link to the trailer on Youtube, but then I realized that the entire sidebar of suggested videos would likely be filled with spoiler-ridden titles; I don't want to spoil anything for the movie so here's a picture of the poster instead.)

Jurassic Park

Rings That Cover Your Whole Hand

Brie Larson Premier Gown

Encyclopaedia Arcane: Crossbreeding - The book Jeff mentioned

Nimblewright, a construct from older editions that could blend in easily

Lords of Madness

Dire Troll - A troll from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes that grows extra body parts through its regeneration

Big Bat Symbol in Dark Knight Rises

Monstrous Races by Tyler Kamstra

Curse of the Azure Bonds, an old D&D computer game

Slimer

Force Awakens

Stranger Things

Pixels

The Film Reroll

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Episode 116: Five At Large

Wait a minute, what's that I hear? Three voices? Why, it's the hosts of Crit Academy, of course! Justin, Ian and Brandon join us this week for a great episode. We cover several topics, including battle royale sessions, keeping track of campaign notes, and growing old in the RPG age- plus we just have a good time hanging out with our good friends! Come along for the ride, and when you're done, go check out their show at CritAcademy.com!

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

Thanks for coming, and we'll see you next time!

Episode 116: Growing Old As Gamers

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. How would you prepare for a battle royale session (between players)? What classes do you think would be most viable for one and why, and what have been your experiences, if any, with battle royale game sessions? Were they positive? Why or why not?

2. What are some apps or resources you can recommend to keep track of campaign notes?

3. What are some things that have changed about your DM or play style as you got older?

4. In your opinion, what is the role of the Bard?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

Let The Bodies Hit The Floor

Game of Thrones

Avengers: Endgame (Don't worry, it's just the trailer; no spoilers here)

Captain Marvel

Crit Academy's GUN Mage

Battle Royale Genre

Color Note, the app Ian recommended for keeping notes

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

My Wikidot site that I kept for our Keepers of the List campaign

Obsidian Portal

Roll20.net

Gambit

Rocket League

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Episode 115: The Most Divisive Episode Ever (Or Not)

Hello everyone! Welcome back. This week, we cover two topics that seem different but both cut fairly close to the same core: First, we discuss some ideas on how to reconcile a player multiclassing two vastly different classes (or whether to reconcile it at all), and follow that up with what to do when a character death hits one player harder than another. I feel like we got to some really insightful and really interest discussion in this episode, so I sincerely hope everyone out there is along for the ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Jonathan S! Congratulations, Jonathan! 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 all next time, with a few very special guests!

Episode 115: Nobody Needs To Agree

RSS Feed Link

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question answered this episode:

1. What should I do if a player wants to multiclass Paladin and Warlock? Would their god be okay with the character having a patron, and vice-versa?

2. We recently had a character death in our campaign. Although that player has made a new character, another player is upset by the death and is now insisting that the party should go on a quest to resurrect the fallen PC, even if it derails the campaign. What should I do?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noteworthy Links:

The Gazebo that has blown over twice

Titanic

Avatar

Blended, a movie that was explicitly an excuse for Adam Sandler to take all of his friends on an exotic vacation

Maybe She's Born With It; Maybe It's Cthulhu: An episode of The Cantrip that Jeff and I guested on to talk about Warlocks

Venom Symbiote

The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings, an episode of Futurama where Fry has his hands replaced with those of the Robot Devil

Harry Potter

Quintessential Ranger by Mongoose

Beyond Monks: The Art of the Fight

Creature Codex by Kobold Press

Tome of Beasts

Critter Compendium

Tal'Dorei campaign guide

Arms & Equipment Guide

Grimtooth's Traps

Midgard Heroes Handbook

Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume I

DM Options: Monster Talents

Lingering Injuries By Damage Type

Microbes of Malice

Baldur's Gate

Curse of the Azure Bonds, an old computer game that was my first introduction to D&D