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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Episode 114 - In the Thick of It

[Dang it, I did it again! This is the last time, I promise.]

Hello again, everyone! This week's episode is all about combat in game; specifically, combat etiquette and what should or shouldn't be allowed in the middle of battle while sitting at the gaming table. We definitely had a lot to say about this, so hopefully you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Lord Grape Juice! Congratulations, Lord Grape Juice! 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!

Now drop and give me fifty!

Episode 114: In the Middle of Combat

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you feel about 'table talk' during combat?

2. How do I get a player to vary up their tactics in combat?

3. Do you think you should be able to Ready actions outside of combat?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mammalian Skeleton - Before recording Jeff mentioned something about how drawings of fantasy creatures often include nonsensical features only found in humans (since they don't exist and we're usually basing them off ourselves), and the example he gave to me was a specific bone that only exists in the arms of mammals (despite that bone often being visible in drawings of non-mammalian fantasy creatures, like Lizardfolk). I made a brief reference to this in the episode. I don't know what bone he was referring to, but I've provided a link to a page all about the mammalian skeleton, so maybe you can find it for yourself?

OJ, Purple Stuff

Harry Potter (Warning: NSFW Language)

Challenge of Champions

Tetris Effect

Sonic & Knuckles

Quintessential Ranger by Mongoose

Beyond Monks: The Art of the Fight

Monstrous Races by Tyler Kamstra

Monday, April 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Billy B! Congratulations, Billy! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning very soon!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

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

Episode 113: Total Burnouts

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you handle burn out?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Fus Ro Dah

Bishop

Stark Wolves of Winterfell

No One Can Know About This

Centralia, PEnnsylvania

Tetra from Wind Waker

Petra

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

20 Year Old Movie podcast

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Episode 112, the best episode of the year!

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Chris Y! Congratulations, Chris! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning very soon!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you all next week, and don't be an APRIL FOOL!

Episode 112: The Rogues' Gallery

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Question answered this episode:

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

2. When do you introduce dragons?

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

4. When is it okay to split the party?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Could you enjoy a game with no conflict?

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

12. How to role play a female character?

13. How can I make travel more interesting?

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

Ill Mitch, a Russian rapper

Scooby Doo

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

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

Spice Girls

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

BTS, a Korean Pop group

Did You Just Call Me A Liar?

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

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Books Lisa Used for Reference:

Wizardry, a collection of modern fantasy tales

The Secret History of Giantsby Professor Ari Berk

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D'Amato

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Episode 111: Zero Hour

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

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is David J! Congratulations, David! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning very soon!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you all next week, for another very special episode!

Episode 111: Unplanned Generation

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

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

List of all official 5e adventure books

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

The Anointed One, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Kingdom Hearts is awful

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

Inanimate Carbon Rod

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Episode 110 - Wanna Play?

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Ciaran! Congratulations, Ciaran! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! As always, we need more entries for this drawing, so you have very good chances of winning very soon!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See you next week!

Episode 110: Play Along!

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

Indiana Jones

Shazam

The Champion, a class created by Rich Burlew

Tomb of Horrors

The Simpsons

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bonus Episode 6 - Short Story Time!

Hello, everyone!

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

As this is a non-standard episode, we don't have a drawing this week, but I do still want to remind you all to check out Goblin Stone and the rest of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

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

Bonus Episode 6: The Dinner Date

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

Scary Ambient Music (Creepy Chambers) by The Bose Deity

horse hooves on stone.wav by playaudio1

Sad Song Loop by DigiZoo

Old Music Box by keina_espineira

Explosion by Iwiploppenisse

angry mob loop.aiff by benjaminharveydesign

Fanfare 3.wav by primordiality

Galloping Horse.wav by prosounder

Moving a boulder.wav by BW_Clowes

Fire-breathing dragon.flac by CGEffex

Dragon Roar by qubodup

Brutal Kung Fu Punches.aif by Project_Trident

Let's Go to Zanzibar by lena_orsa

Arrow_woosh__twang_01.wav by strangely_gnarled

sad song.mp3 by cheesepuff.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Episode 109: The Nerdiest Episode

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

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Kelly L! Congratulations, Kelly! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

See ya next week, NERDS!

Episode 109: You Just Like It

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

Parsely Games

Dark Souls Friendquest with our good friend, Steve!

King's Quest

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

Pokemon Let's Go Team Rocket outfit

Game of Thrones

Lord of the Rings

Tearable RPG

The Simpsons

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 RPG

The Film Reroll

GURPS

Game of Thrones Risk

Dagorhir, a fantasy foam swordfighting game

Arcade Memories Podcast episode 3

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Episode 108: It's Back

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Lisa G! Congratulations, Lisa! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

We'll see you next week. Don't go blowing yourself up!

Episode 108: Ritual Defeat

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

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

Heroforge.com- A website for designing your own miniatures

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal Dice Tower

The Office

Elf on the Shelf

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 RPG

Aladdin defeats Jafar

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

Final Fantasy X

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

Resident Evil 2

Sheriff of Rottingham

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Episode 107! It's here!

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

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Nathan J! Congratulations, Nathan! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

We'll see you next week- what do you plan on doing until then?

Episode 107: Taking Some Time Off

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Question answered this episode:

1. What should player characters do with free time?

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

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Noteworthy Links:

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

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge

The Sims

Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer

Phone a Friend

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Episode No One Can Know About

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Yas Queen! Congratulations, Yas Queen! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

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

Episode 106: Unlocking Your Own Magical Experience

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

No One Can Know About This

Call of Cthulhu

Surge, the Fully Loaded Citrus Soda With Carbos

Harmontown

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Episode 105: Because Everyone Wants A World Of Their Own

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

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Connor S! Congratulations, Connor! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good! Like, VERY good! Seriously!

And remember, Goblin Stone is just one of the great content creators in the Critnation Fellowship! For more books and adventures, check out LoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens- and for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- as well as the new Actual Play podcast on the Critnation Fellowship, Brute Force and Ignorance!

One last thing- be sure to get yourself a copy of Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks book! It's a great product, and I helped write it!

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

Episode 105: Our Story, Not My Story

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Question answered this episode:

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

2. How many NPCs is too many?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mountain Witch Kickstarter

Plants vs. Weeds

Noah Wizard on Fiverr

Nilbog is Goblin Spelled Backwards

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

John Wick on the Film Reroll

Suikoden

Quidditch World Cup

Kongu Straggler's Last Stand

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Episode 104: Because 1 + 0 + 4 = 5

Welcome, welcome, welcome! We've got a great episode for you this week. We delve into one of my favorite tricks for running an interesting tabletop game- the Five-Room Dungeon! We discuss what it is, how to use it, and much, much more. I have a lot to say about this topic, so I'll leave the rest for the actual episode!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is TB! Congratulations, TB! You should get your copy within the next few days. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for quite some time, so your chances of winning are very good!

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 watch out for that red herring!

Episode 104: Your Own Five-Room Dungeon

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Question answered this episode:

1. What is the "five room dungeon" and how do you use it?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Five-Room Dungeon

Pokemon Red & Blue in Gold & Silver

Shoulda Made That Left Turnat Albuquerque

D20 Waffle Maker

Plumbob

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Episode 103- the 3D Episode

Hello, Inter-Party Conflicters! (Is that a thing yet? I can't remember how many times I've used it.) We've got another opinion-packed episode for you this week- we talk about whether or not you should leave feedback when quitting a gaming group (inspired by an argument I got into on Facebook- those always end so well), as well as some tips on how a DM can make the players feel overwhelmed by a large number of foes without just, you know, overwhelming them with a large number of foes!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is MC! Congratulations, MC! You should get your copy within the next few days. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for some time, so your chances are very good!

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 look out- the orcs are about to break down the door!

Episode 103: Enemies on Every Side

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Question answered this episode:

1. Should you leave feedback when leaving a gaming group?

2. How can I make my PCs feel the danger of being overwhelmed by an onslaught of foes without feeling like an accountant for managing so many enemies at the same time?

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Noteworthy Links:

Nowhere Man, a 90s thriller/suspense TV show starring Bruce Greenwood

Mighty Max, a children's cartoon based on the similarly-named toy line

LASIK, a surgical procedure where a person's corneas are reshaped with lasers

Brute Force and Ignorance, a new addition to the Critnation Fellowship



Songs mentioned in our Social Media Discussion Question:

Shards of Eberron, a CD soundtrack that came with the Sharn: City of Towers sourcebook

Dawn of Victory by Rhapsody

Hell March from the video game Red Alert

Dominion Port from the Celestial Aeon Project

The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack

Captain Jack Sparrow ft. Michael Bolton

Generation I Pokemon Soundtrack

The Shire Theme for ten hours

The Green Dragon Inn song from Lord of the Rings (Jeff mentioned this in a bit that got cut out of the episode)

Falconer

Gloryhammer

Elven King

Powerwolf

Legends Never Die ft. Against the Current

Two Steps From Hell by To Glory

For Blood, For Glory, For Honor by Jeremy Soule

Schandmaul

In Extremo

Faun

How Friends Roll, a D&D podcast

Master and Commander Soundtrack

The D&D Beyond Theme Song

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Episode Won-Oh-Too

Hello out there, internet!

We've got another fun episode for you this week. We start off with some card tricks, then we talk about introducing superheroes to a fantasy setting (with a couple different approaches on that one), we give tips on finding a new gaming group in a new area, and then we close it on out by talking about beholders and music. What's not to love?

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Mathew W! Congratulations, Mathew! You should get your copy within the next few days. If you like it (or if you don't) be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love your feedback.

Would you like to enter the drawing? It's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's that easy! We've been running low on applicants for some time, so your chances are very good!

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!

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 we'll see you next time!

Episode 102: Existing Heroes In New Lands

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Question answered this episode:

1. How would you deal with superheroes in a fantasy setting?

2. What is the easiest way to reach out in a big city to find a group for a new campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:

Willow, a great movie made by George Lucas when he wasn't able to secure the rights to Lord of the Rings

52 Pickup, a super-fun card game to play with your friends and family

Is Superman Weak to Magic?

The Wizard of Oz as portrayed by the Film Reroll crew

Sliders, a TV show from the mid-90s about a science student who eats small burgers travels through parallel universes

Spider-Man (2002)

Thanos vs. Darkseid

The Quick and the Fed and Wizards, Warriors, and a Word From Our Sponsor - Two episodes of the 90s CGI cartoon Reboot

Roll20, an online platform for playing tabletop games

Pen & Paper Games, a website that I've used in the past to locate gamers in my area

Beerholder, the beer-drinking Beholder

Shards of Eberron, a CD soundtrack that came with the Sharn: City of Towers sourcebook

Dawn of Victory by Rhapsody

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Inter-Party Conflict 101 (the episode, not the class)

Hello, everyone! We're starting off our third year of podcasting with an episode centered around new beginnings (or something). We talk about getting ready for a session, how to stop endless deliberating by jump-starting the action, and how to introduce players to a new game world. It's a fun episode with some great insights and great goofs, so come along for ride!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Brandon B! Congratulations, Brandon! 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, so they can continue to make 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! 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!

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 day, everyone!

Episode 101: Stop Worrying and Just Do It

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you mentally prep for an upcoming session?

2. The other party members are arguing over whether to open a door. The DM looks ready to kill someone if they don't just make a decision and do it. I could just go ahead and open it myself, but if I do, I'll probably get attacked by whatever's on the other side. What should I do?

3. How do you introduce information about a fresh world to PCs or even players for the first time?

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Noteworthy Links:

Legendary, the Marvel deck-building card game

Mutants & Masterminds

Tales from the Static, a podcast about the (fictional?) horror anthology show from the 80s, "Static Screams"

Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a horror anthology children's show that originally aired on Nickelodeon

You're My Boy, Blue

The online name generator I used

Genre Savviness (obligatory TVTropes warning)

Magnus Rushes In

Gabe and Jeff fight a Beholder on Friend Quest

Thursday, January 3, 2019

EPISODE ONE HUNDRED

Happy New Year, listeners! And- possibly more importantly- WE GOT TO A HUNDRED EPISODES! This has been an amazing ride so far, and we never would have made it without you, the listener. So if you're here reading this, THANK YOU!

And because we know how much you love when we deep dive into cerebral, thought-provoking questions about the nature of tabletop gaming and its history and future, this week we're bringing you a special treat- a bunch of questions we've gone (in some cases) two years without having a good answer for! Yes, in a way, we're treating this episode like a garbage can proving ground for some bad answers experimental discussion that we wouldn't have covered on any other episode. But don't worry, this episode was a blast to record and there's definitely a ton of fun to be had!

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

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!

Happy New Year! Here's to a hundred more episodes!

Episode 100: One Hundred

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Question answered this episode:

1. Have you tried D&D style emulation with different systems? (ie. Dungeon World, GURPS Dungeon Fantasy.)

2. If you were looking to emulate a darker low fantasy game what system would you use?

3. Have you ever experimented with genre mashups? Supers/Fantasy, SciFi/Teen Drama, etc?

4. One of my players is a 5e Swashbuckler, and I want to let her dual-wield guns so I'm considering fudging the rules a bit- but I'm afraid it might be too powerful and overshadow the rest of her abilities. What should I do?

5. How can you improve your GM skills to the point where you can change even simple, cliched concepts into engaging plot hooks?

6. Can a way of the four elements monk stun and or knock prone a construct or an elemental (specifically a lightning based elemental)?

7. What RPG would you use for a game based on Halo?

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Noteworthy Links:

Alton Brown

The World's End

Dolomar's Force Wave

I've Got Two Guns

Halo

Smash Brothers

Strike Team Alpha - I think this is the game Jeff mentioned in the episode, but I'm not sure

Cauldron, the city where the Shackled City Adventure Path begins

Faxanadu, an NES side-scrolling Action-RPG

Elan Sleazebaggano, an idiotically-named character from Star Wars

We Hate Movies, the podcast that was criticizing the name of the killer in Friday the 13th Part V