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 (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 a very special guest!

Episode 127: Ideals & Religions

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Question answered this episode:

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Episode 122, Dooby Dooby Doo

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

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

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

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

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

See you next time! Until then, I'll start rolling for stats and see if I get an 18 by next week.

Episode 122: Heroic Range

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

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

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

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Noteworthy Links:

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

Infestation, a Cantrip Jeff mentioned in this episode

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

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

Blender, a 3D Modeling program

Ring of Fire

Magic Sword, an arcade game I enjoyed in my youth

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

Up A Level, courtesy of Order of the Stick

Adcventures in Babysitting, a typical 80s movie

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 121: Turning A New Page

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Question answered this episode:

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

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

3. Do your characters have cameos in subsequent games?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Binding of Isaac

Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies (Warning: TVTropes)

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

Ciri, a character from the Witcher series

Pandora's Box

Jamie Kennedy

Ashton Kutcher

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

The One Ring

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter

Frasier Fanfiction by William Hughes

The Adventure Zone

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Tearable RPG

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

Unknown Armies

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

World's Largest Dungeon

The Tomb of Horrors

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

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

Baby Shark (Warning: Baby Shark)

Zee Bashew

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

Gabe Plays The Binding of Isaac on Friendquest

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Episode 120: Time To Go Find Yoshi On The Roof

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the show, and see you all next time!

Episode 120: Exit Strategy

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Noteworthy Links:

My 3D Printer, a Wanhao Powerspec Duplicated i3 Plus

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

Neverwinter Nights 2

Inception

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

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

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

Sword of Kas

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

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

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

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

The Deadmines

Magical Girl Transformations in FFXIV

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

From On High by Epic Score

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Episode 119 - Something or Other

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

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

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

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

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

See you all next time, and watch out for those four orcs I forgot to mention!

Episode 119: Great Expectations

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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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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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Bonus Episode 6a: The Dinner Date (Story Only)

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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