Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Episode 145: The Episode All About Giving Cool Stuff To Your Players

Welcome back everyone! We've got a really fun episode for you this week- we talk about rolling for loot vs. hand-picking loot (and the time and place for either one), as well as giving a player a personal demiplane without ruining the game. There's some great stuff to be found in this one, so hopefully you all have a great time listening to it!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Potato Plunderer! Congratulations, Potato! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

Join us next week, and stay warm!

Episode 145: Keeping Things Personal

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. When should a DM give randomized loot over loot tailored to the party?

2. How would you deal with a character goal of having a personal demi plane?

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Noteworthy Links:

Disney Plus, a new streaming service from Disney

Cowabunga!

Malboros & Bad Breath

Audrey II, the kaiju plant monster from Little Shop of Horrors

Fantasy Costco, a magic item vendor in The Adventure Zone: Balance

Baldur's Gate

Neverwinter Nights

Endless Ocean, a game for the Wii where you explore an underwater landscape and pet fish

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Moya, a living spaceship on the TV show Farscape

Neth, the Plane that Lives

Clark Kent, Kingdom Come

Dragon's Milk Reserve

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Episode 144, with a great big hug!

Hello again, everyone! We've got a special episode for you today- we're joined by Damian and Caitlin, two of the hosts of Adventures in Erylia! We're so glad to have them with us today, and we talk about an appropriate topic- gaming with your significant other! We've all heard horror stories about how it's been done wrong, so this week we talk about how to do it right!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Max R! Congratulations, Max! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

Catch you next time, as always!

Episode 144: In A Relationship

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What's some advice you can give for when your significant other is part of your gaming group?

2. How do you define a campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:

Extra Life, a charity that Friendquest and Adventures in Erylia streamed games for this past month

DDOS, a type of computer "attack" that was used during the charity event

Pummel Party

Depth

Prop Hunt

Kirkhammer, a sword-and-hammer weapon in Bloodborne

State of Decay 2

D&D One Word at a Time, a new podcast from the guy(s) that brought you D&D Character Lab!

Halloweentown

Ten Candles RPG

Studio 76 Weekend at Strahd's

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Welcome back for episode 143!

Does your group have a shortage of Dungeon Masters? Have you maybe been thinking of taking up the mantle, but are unsure of whether it's right for you? Then listen to this week's episode! We give some tips on taking the plunge into becoming a DM, so that you can have the best experience possible. Because the world always needs more DMs, and the newest one might be YOU!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Steve J! Congratulations, Steve! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

See you next week, when we're joined by two very special guests!

Episode 143: Learning to Be a Dungeon Master

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. I'm interested in becoming a DM. Any tips?

2. Do you fudge dice as a DM?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mushrooms from Super Mario Bros.

Critical Role

Avengers Endgame

Russ Gibb, our high school video teacher

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Happy Halloween from Inter-Party Conflict! Here's episode 142.

Happy Halloween, everyone! It's the beginning of my favorite part of the year, and we're here with a great episode to commemorate it. This week we talk all about creating horror movie icons in D&D- your Jasons Voorhees, your Freddies Krueger, your Creepy Ghost Girls from the Ring, all kinds of stuff. Come along for the ride, but don't get too scared!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Stacey! Congratulations, Stacey! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

Catch us next time, if the ghoulies and ghosties don't get you first!

Episode 142: Reimagining Horror

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you recreate some of the great horror icons in D&D?

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Noteworthy Links:

Gourmet Food Channel that Jeff mentioned

Three Hole Punch Jim

How To Eat Raw Meat

I Attack the Darkness

Spelljammer

Time Enough At Last

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Horror Icons mentioned (warning: Some may be NSFW due to violence and language):

Jason Voorhees

Freddy Krueger

The Thing

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

Winifred Sanderson

Michael Myers

Sam

Chucky

Samara/Sadako

Troll 2

David Pumpkins

Monday, October 28, 2019

Episode 141 is one more than Episode 140, but not quite Episode 142

(For some reason I keep having issues with my Blogspot posts not actually publishing. Sorry about the delay.)

Hello, everyone! We've got another great episode for you this week- we talk about giving players options for customization, in the form of creating new spells (without breaking the game) and giving them cool magic items a bit earlier than you might expect. We have a third silent host with us this week (wave to the audience, Steve) and this episode was fun to make!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Andrew H! Congratulations, Andrew! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

See you next week, for my favorite episode of the year!

Episode 141: Extra Power

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How do I create spells that don’t overshadow the ones that exist?

2. What should you do when a player asks for an item that is way beyond their level?

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Noteworthy Links:

Ichi miniature, courtesy of Jeff's printer

Everything is On a Cobb

Slay the Spire, a roguelike deck-building video game

The Lake House

The Clockworks, a machine that turns objects into other objects that we covered on the Dragon's Hoard a while back

Master of the Unseen Hand

A Guide to Legendaries in World of Warcraft

Dagorhir

Wargar

Mind the Big Rocks

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Episode 140: It's Getting Pretty Spooky in Here

Hello once again, podcast friends! This week we discuss removing racial ability score bonuses from D&D, and letting players choose them based on other criteria instead. We also discuss a really fun magic item, a rules dispute I had online, and much, much more!

Also, since it's October, I'm watching a horror movie every day and writing an in-depth review about it. You can read my reviews on our Inter-Party Discord (in the Media Recommendations tab), and check the pinned messages for the month's schedule if you want to watch along!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Skipmonkey! Congratulations, Mr. Monkey! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

See you next week, with another great episode!

Episode 140: Various Methods

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Question answered this episode:

1. How would you feel about eliminating racial ability score bonuses and instead letting players have increased stats based on other criteria?

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Noteworthy Links:

My October 2019 Movie Viewing List

The Dark Tapes, a terrible example of a found-footage movie

Cloverfield, a slightly better example of a found-footage movie

Blair Witch Project, the one that popularized the medium

Paranormal Activity, another wildly popular found-footage movie

Nightlight, another example of a bad found-footage movie that didn't need to be found-footage

I've Got Two Guns, one for each of ya

DnD Character Lab: Halloween with Inter-Party Conflict!

Reimagining Racial Ability Scores

Hearty Dice Friends

Rakshasa vs. Silence

Community D&D Episode

Murder She Wrote VR

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Episode 139 is here!

Hey everyone! We've got another great episode for you this week- we talk about prophecy, visions, and divination, and we have an extended Dragon's Hoard discussion about a magic item with some serious implications. So come along for the ride!

Also, since it's October, I'm watching a horror movie every day and writing an in-depth review about it. You can read my reviews on our Inter-Party Discord (in the Media Recommendations tab), and check the pinned messages for the month's schedule if you want to watch along!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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 everyone!

Episode 139: Open to Interpretation

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you go about making one or more players a "chosen one" in your story without making the other players feel less important?

2. I was wondering if you had any experience with visions, divination etc. Either as DM or player. What makes them fun or interesting instead of the DM giving too much or too little info away?

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Noteworthy Links:

Pushing Daisies

Warehouse 13

Han Solo

Archdragon Peak, a secret area in Dark Souls 3

Stranger Things

Freaks & Geeks

Community

Monday, October 7, 2019

Episode 138: I'm Not On A Boat

(I scheduled this post to go out last week but for some reason it didn't, and I never realized. My bad!)

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and no longer on a boat. I had a great time but I'm happy to be back home! This week Jeff and I talk all about Opportunity Attacks- one of those too-complicated-for-its-own-good mechanics that has gotten better over the years but still needs to be put out to pasture in one form or another. Also, we've got a question from Steve about makeshift gear (and we draw a difference between makeshift & improvised) so come along for that too!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Christian M! Congratulations, Christian! 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 AcademyBrute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) 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!

So see you next week, and Happy October!

Episode 138: Equipped for the Opportunity

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Question answered this episode:

1. Opportunity attacks. What effect do you think they have on combat in D&D, and would you consider removing them?

2. How do you feel about makeshift equipment?

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Noteworthy Links:

Juneau, Alaska

Glacier Calving

Mystra

Lamp's Light Sanitarium

Acadecon

Curse of the Azure Bonds

Mutants & Masterminds

Arms & Equipment Guide

Jackie Chan Ladder Fight

Avengers Endgame

Savage Tide

Firefly

Indiana Jones Red Dot

Claws of Madness

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Episode 137: I'M ON A BOAT

Hey, everyone! I'm on a cruise at the time this episode goes out, so nyah nyah! We're still committed to getting out episodes out on time, though, so here's your regularly-scheduled podcast, on time as usual.

This week we have another impassioned discussion about alignment (particularly, butting heads between two characters of opposed alignments), as well as making magic items that grow along with the players. I think we come up with some pretty good insights in this episode, so I hope everyone else is able to listen and come up with their own conclusions. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is Scott T! Congratulations, Scott! 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 I'm back on dry land with all of you normies!

Episode 137: Growth & Understanding

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Question answered this episode:

1. How I am supposed to play a lawful good character in a party full of characters with either nefarious intentions or a lack of conviction?

2. How do you feel about magic items that grow as the players do, and how would you implement such a mechanic?

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Noteworthy Links:

Crypt of the Necrodancer, a roguelike rhythm dungeon crawler where you navigate a dungeon and fight monsters in beat to music

Tomb Raider

Borderlands 3

Weapons of Legacy, a 3.5e D&D book about weapons that grow with the players

Path of the Brawler, a Barbarian archetype by Crit Academy

Rocky

Episode 136: They Were Children All Along

Hello everyone! We're back this week with another great episode for you. We discuss playing children in an RPG like D&D- the sort of changes that need to be made, the expectations you should have, and how to make the game feel just as exciting and magical. Let us know your thoughts as well!

And this week 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 week, when we're all just a little bit older!

Episode 136: Age Does Matter

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do you think a typical fantasy RPG campaign would go if the PCs' ages were capped at 12 years old (or the non-human equivalent)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Gauntlet of Challenge from the King's Quest series (and the inspiration for this week's Dragon's Hoard item)

Sonic Screwdriver, an all-purpose device from Doctor Who

Charizard

Mouseguard, a tabletop RPG set in a world of rodents

Redwall, a series of books by Brian Jacques featuring a world of rodents

Secret of NIMH, a movie directed by Don Bluth about a world of rodents (but wholly separate from the last two universes)

Juggalos & Faygo

War of the Roses

Dark Souls

Palais Jacques Coeur de Bourges, a french palace that I based a D&D adventure map around

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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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