Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Episode 191: The Politically Character Episode

Hey everyone! This week we dip our toes into a controversial topic- we discuss the changes that Wizards of the Coast has announced for races, stat adjustments, and alignment. Some would consider this a political issue, some wouldn't, but we're giving our viewpoints on how it affects the game as players and DMs.

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Michael R! Congratulations, Michael! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

Also, today we announce our third winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is... also Michael R! Congratulations, Michael! (What are the odds of that?) As with our other giveaways, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

If you want to win a copy of this spooky supplement, time is running short! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Now go out and make some characters!

Episode 191: PC PCs

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What should I do if I don't like the changes WotC is making to races and alignment?

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Noteworthy Links:

Halloween series

Hellraiser series

Death Note, a Japanese series following a cat-and-mouse game involving a magical notebook

The Machine, a device from The Princess Bride

The Boys, an Amazon Prime series based on a graphic novel about a world where superheroes are privatized and aren't held accountable for their actions

Harvest Moon

Dr. Girlfriend from Venture Bros

Cats

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Episode 190: World of Dawns

Welcome back, and I hope your month has been spooOOooOOky! This week we're talking about a world creation game called Dawn of Worlds- we played it recently (and had a BLAST) and we're discussing how to turn the world we created into a campaign setting for an upcoming campaign!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Karl L! Congratulations, Karl! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

Also, today we announce our second winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is Doug A! Congratulations, Doug! As with our other giveaways, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

If you want to win a copy of this spooky supplement, time is running short! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

The dawn is rising on a new world, so get out there and enjoy it!

Episode 190: Abiogenesis

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever played a world building game such as Dawn of Worlds or Microscope and used the result for DnD (or other ttrpgs) afterwards? If yes: how did it go? If no: would you consider doing so for a future campaign?

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Noteworthy Links:




Miro.com, a virtual whiteboard we used for Dawn of Worlds

Nords, a race of humans from the Elder Scrolls series



Wonderdraft, a map creation software Jeff has been using

Kung Fu Hustle, a Wuxia-style action/comedy film from Stephen Chow


Extra-Life, a gaming-based charity event coming up

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Episode 189: Ursine Edition

Hello everyone! This week we talk about how to know when to give out magic items, how to integrate player backstories into a pre-written adventure, and some bear-related shenanigans too!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is David J! Congratulations, David! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

Also, today marks the first winner of our October-only giveaway of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, courtesy of listener Seawood Scribe- and that winner is Jeff R! Congratulations, Jeff! As with our other giveaway, please be sure to leave a review for this product on DM's Guild. More reviews means more attention and better quality products!

If you want to win a copy of this spooky supplement, time is running short! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Be safe- it's getting pretty hairy out there!

Episode 189: Ready or Not

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you know what level is appropriate for certain magic items?

2. How do you integrate player backstories into a preplanned plot like a module? Is it necessary to do so?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Episode 188: Job Advice

Let's be honest: Haven't we all daydreamed about adding our tabletop RPG skills to a resume or CV? I know I have. But what would you actually write? And do you think it would work? We discuss that (and more) on this week's episode, so come along to a listen!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is H Tank! Congratulations, H Tank! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

Also- we have another, October-only giveaway to announce as well! If you'd like to win a copy of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, listener Seawood Scribe's horror-themed supplement, now's your time to do so! Send us an e-mail with "Strahd's Manual of Shadow" (or something close to it) and we'll give out one free copy each week in October!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time, during the spooOOookiest month of the year!

Episode 188: Closing the Deal

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. If you were to incorporate your skills as a DM/GM or cooperative style player on your resume/CV, how would you do it?

2. How does the Periapt of Wound Closure work with environmental conditions such as drowning, dehydration or starvation?

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Noteworthy Links:

No One Can Know About This, a Final Fantasy Let's Play podcast


Strahd's Manual of Shadow, a new supplement from Seawood Scribe that we're giving away for FREE!

Munchkin, a fantasy-themed card game

The Red Box, one of the first D&D rulebooks


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Episode 187: Magic School 101

Have you ever wanted to run a tabletop game set in a magic school, like Hogwarts? So have we! (Hasn't everyone?) This week we go in-depth talking about how to do that, what things to avoid, and how to make it fun. We throw out a lot of ideas in this episode, so you're sure to find something you like!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Doug A! Congratulations, Doug! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch you in class next week!

Episode 187: Educationmancy

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What are some tips for running a game where the PCs are students in a magic school?

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Noteworthy Links:

If Shoe Fits, Wear It- I said this expression in the episode, intentionally leaving out the article "the" (If THE shoe fits, wear it"). This wasn't a mistake, I was making an incredibly obscure reference to a quote from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Tom Riddle's Diary, a magical artifact from the Harry Potter series that absorbs ink and knowledge


Percy Jackson, a young adult novel series about greek demigods in modern times





Larry Elmore (and others)

Lego castle from Discord

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Episode 186: The Gabe-Jeff Effect

Hello everyone! We're here with another great episode- and this time, we're talking about the Matt Mercer Effect- that is, when new players get into D&D after listening or watching a popular program such as Critical Role, and then get disappointed when the game fails to live up to their expectations. Is it a problem? Is there a way to fix it? We try and tackle this topic (and more) on this week's episode, so give us a listen!

And the inaugural winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

Would YOU like a chance to win a copy of Unearthed Tips & Tricks Volume II? It's a great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time, at high noon (or close to it)!

Episode 186: Keeping the Right Expectations

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1. What are your thoughts on the "Matt Mercer effect"? Is it real? If so, is it a problem?

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Noteworthy Links:

Monkey Island

Bar Stool, a magic item I made a while back

Episode 151: Everyone Should Start Here, an episode that we always direct new listeners to

Critical Role, a popular D&D-based webseries/podcast hosted by Matt Mercer

Nerf Herder, a rock band that (in Jeff's opinion) is not deserving of their name

It's High Noon

Harmon Quest, a live D&D show created by Dan Harmon

Multiple Man, a Marvel superhero that makes duplicates of himself

The Symbiote, a character guide from Crit Academy

Extra Life, a video game-focused charity stream that Jeff will be participating in this year

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Episode 185: The Rorschach Test of Podcasts

Welcome back! This week, we spend half an hour reminiscing about some of our formative memories from playing D&D, as we dabble in a bit of word association. Come along with us, for a trip down memory lane!

And the final winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume I is Alistar the Minotaur! Congratulations, Alistar! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

But now that we're done giving away Volume I, it's your chance to win a copy of Volume II! It's another great book (that I helped write!) and all you have to do to win is enter our drawing by sending us an e-mail with "Unearthed Tips & Tricks 2" in the subject line. (Gotta have that 2 in there though!) It's that easy!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch us next time, when we'll make new memories (and you will too)!

Episode 185: A Word Association

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1. When you think of D&D, what exactly do you think of? A specific edition? Pre-written adventures? TSR? WotC? All of the above? Or something else?

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Curse of the Azure Bonds, a computer game that I played in my formative D&D years

Official Class-Specific 3e Character Sheets (I didn't want to link to each and every one, but if you scroll down they're in the 3e section)

The Red Dragon from TSR (Note: That image is one of many that you can find on this page here, and all of them give me a hit of nostalgia)

Mazes & Monsters, a over-dramatized film meant to illustrate the dangers of D&D (that link is for the full movie on Youtube; watch it if you must)

D&D Miniatures, a separate game made by WotC specifically for their line of pre-painted miniatures

The Ballad of Garg and Moonslicer, our dramatic reading of the popular fan story

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Episode 184: Turn, Turn, Turn

 This week, we talk about transitions- transitioning between quarantine and the real world, from one campaign (and group) to another, and from one season to another. We're also announcing a new weekly giveaway, so be sure to listen!

And we're starting to wrap up our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks, but this week's winner 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 Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy, but time is running out! Listen to this episode for instructions on how to enter our next drawing as well!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch us next time, if we haven't kicked that episode out!

Episode 184: The Times, They Are a-Changin'

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How has Covid-19 affected your gaming habits, and when things are back to "normal", what will your future gaming be like?

2. I am finishing one campaign and starting another. Several players have come to me and requested that I not invite back one player in particular. What should I do?

3. How do you recommend making seasons and weather more important in a game, beyond just difficult terrain and disadvantage on checks?

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Noteworthy Links:

Made a Wrong Turn at Albuquerque (Obligatory TVTropes Warning)

Mirror of Erised, a magical artifact from the Harry Potter series



Foundry, a virtual tabletop program

Zoom, a popular video conferencing app


The Batman trailer

Friday, August 28, 2020

Episode 183: A Dustun-Heavy Episode

 Welcome back everyone! This week our topics include advantage & proficiency (two basic mechanics in 5th Edition D&D that make your rolls more accurate), as well as the scroll mishap table in the DMG. I think we come to some pretty fun discussion in this one, but some of you are probably even more excited to hear the winner of our Deck of Many Things/Deck of Illusions drawing! Well, the winner is...

(drumroll please)

...Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! 

This drawing was a lot of fun and had a great response, so I think we'll do more of these in the future. (If you already left us a review you don't need to leave another one, but I will most likely require you to write in again just to re-enter the next drawing. I'll hammer out the details later.) Thanks to everyone who left us a review!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is OhGodItsMason! Congratulations, Mason! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next week, and stay safe out there!

Episode 183: Scrolling and Rolling

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Which is more powerful, having proficiency in something or having advantage on a skill/save?

2. Have any of you used the DMG’s Scroll Mishap table or anything similar?

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Noteworthy Links:

Pasties, a local food from Michigan

Gyroscope thing from Contact

SCP Wiki

Pathfinder 2e

Crit Academy episode we guested on

City of the Spider Queen

Meepo

Lost Mines of Phandelver

Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Episode 182: One More Week For The Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! This week, we talk about when a player comes up with a powerful combo that wrecks shop- and whether you should allow it, ban it, or beat them down with immunities.

Also, there's only one more week until we draw the winner for Cultzilla's Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions! All you have to do to enter is 1. Leave us a review on the podcasting platform of your choice, and 2. Send us a photo of the review. It's that easy! So go do it, right now! Your time is almost up!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Philip D! Congratulations, Philip! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time, when we announce the name of one lucky winner!

Episode 182: Innovation and Punishment

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1. Let's say a player builds a very effective character that is designed around spamming one ability or spell. What should the DM do? Allow it? Counter it? Or outright ban it?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Episode 181: We Turned Around, Now What?

Hey everyone! This week we're talking about a couple things I've dealt with in the past- deciding whether to reveal plot threads from a prematurely-ended campaign, and what materials to allow in an impromptu D&D game. This episodes a bit of a shorter one, but hopefully you won't hold that against us!

We also wanted to direct all of you to Crit Academy's Kickstarter campaign for their new book, Memorable Monsters! The campaign has been doing great in its first week and I have nothing but faith in them that they'll produce a great product everyone can be proud of. So go check it out!

Also, there's two more weeks until we draw the winner for Cultzilla's Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions! All you have to do to enter is 1. Leave us a review on the podcasting platform of your choice, and 2. Send us a photo of the review. It's that easy! So go do it, right now!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is H Tank! Congratulations, H Tank! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Catch us next time when we've got more great goofs & gaffs!

Episode 181: Making the Right Decision

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1. Say you've got a grand campaign story with twists and turns involving a particular player character. Now, imagine that player leaves the game or the group disbands. Do you tell them what you had planned?

2. Let's say somebody calls you up and asks you to DM a game for them. With no additional information about the group, what sources do you allow?

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Noteworthy Links:

Pathfinder 2e

The Pick of Destiny

Sting, a weapon from Lord of the Rings that glows in the presence of orcs

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

d20 Mug

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Episode 180: Turn Right Back Around

Welcome back, everyone! This week we celebrate (?) our 180th episode by talking about ye olde 5-foot step, maintaining momentum in a long-running game, and reworking your expectations. We're also continuing out giveaway for the Deck of Many Things and Deck of Illusions, so leave us a review on the podcatcher of your choice, and send us a photo to be entered! The winner will be chosen on August 25th, so get in your review by then!

Good luck!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Elliot M! Congratulations, Elliot! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time, unless there's a big gap between episodes!

Episode 180: U-Turn

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1. If you could bring back the 5 ft Step, would you?

2. How do you rebuild momentum and excitement in your game when there's a big gap between sessions?

3. Have you ever called a Session Zero after starting a campaign to reassess and realign the group’s style of play or expectations?

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Noteworthy Links:

Everfull Purse, an artifact from the Epic Level Handbook

The Room of Spirit and Time from Dragonball Z (aka the Hyperbolic Time Chamber)


Kitchen Nightmares, a reality show where Gordon Ramsey tries to help failing restaurants



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Episode 179: Podcast In Disguise

Hey everyone! We're back with another rant-filled (sort of) episode this week, all for you! We cover fitting a character into a world when they don't really match the tone of the campaign, and also whether or not it's possible to play D&D "wrong". (Those may or may not be related.)

Plus, we're starting an exciting giveaway today! (This is in addition to our usual giveaway- but for an update on that, check with us in a few weeks!) We're giving away a physical copy of the Deck of Many Things & Deck of Illusions, donated by a wonderful fan who chose to remain anonymous. We'll be drawing a winner on August 25th, so wouldn't you like to know how to enter? It's easy!

LEAVE US A REVIEW!

That's it. Leave us a review on the Podcatcher of your choice- Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, whatever. If it lets you leave a review for podcasts, leave one there, and send us a photo of your review. (If you've already left us a review, then you're halfway done! Just send us a photo and you'll be entered.) If you can't figure out how to leave us a review, let me know and I'll help you figure it out!

Good luck!

Now, back to our usual drawing- this week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Andy K! Congratulations, Andy! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Have a great week!

Episode 179: Out of Place

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1. How would you deal with a player who's character is completely out of tone/theme of the campaign/world and insists that you add bits of their story to the world?

2. Is there a "wrong" way to play D&D?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Neuralyzer, a technological device the Men in Black use to erase people's immediate memory

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a movie by Michel Gondry about memory and relationships

Doctor Whom

Deck of Many ThingsDeck of Illusions, two magical items from D&D

Transformers

Kanye the Giant, a Key & Peele sketch Jeff and I discussed in a bit that ultimatrely got cut from the episode

Ninja- a streamer apparently

The Film Reroll, an Actual Play podcast where they turn movies into roleplaying games

The Adventure Zone

Willow, a fantasy movie by George Lucas starring Warwick Davis

The Princess Bride

3D Printed Stein for a normal-sized can

Age of Worms mug I painted, minus the handle and plus a stuffed mouse and Captain America watching for good measure

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Episode 178: Eating Tomatoes Edition

Welcome back, everyone! This week we have another grab bag of sorts, topic-wise- we talk about playing D&D without a GM, we try to justify some moral grey areas, and I give my take on the difference between two ability scores. If you feel differently, leave your thoughts below!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is David E! 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 Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Have a great week, and go enjoy a steak (or don't)!

Episode 178: You Can Figure It Out

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you have any experience converting D&D to be a GM-less game?

2. In a world where magic exists that lets you Speak with Animals, is eating animals or using them for labor morally justifiable?

3. How do you explain the difference between Intelligence and Wisdom?

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Noteworthy Links:

Single-serving lemonade

Anti-helium, a common name for Sulfur Hexafluoride

Dark Souls board game

List of GM-less RPGs

Knights of Pen and Paper

Do They Eat Pokemon?

Bojack Horseman, a Netflix-produced animated show where all animals are anthropomorphized humanoids

Iron Chef, a cooking game show from the 90s

D&D Stats Explained Using a Tomato

Time Turner

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Episode 177: Death and Taxes

This week we talk about another variety of topics, ranging from taxes, to vampires, to party roles, and more. Have you ever tried to play as a vampire in D&D? Has your DM ever charged your characters tax on purchased goods? What's the deal with tanks and such? Come on along to hear our thoughts on these topics!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Joseph G! Congratulations, Joseph! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, is available for purchase! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Catch you next time, and remember- don't ask to play a vampire!

Episode 177: Some Consideration

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do merchants in your game charge the PCs tax?

2. Can you play as a vampire in D&D?

3. Roles within a party. What are your thoughts? Should ever party have a dedicated tank and healer?

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Noteworthy Links:

My 5th of July Arcade Stream

Tapper, an arcade game where you serve beer (or root beer) to customers

Monstrous Races, a DMs Guild supplement featuring stats for monsters as playable races (and here is the episode of Crit Academy featuring it)

The Monster Mash

Quina Quen, a bizarre playable character from Final Fantasy IX

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Episode 176: Across the Multiverse

We've all heard of the Forgotten Realms and Eberron and maybe Ravenloft or Greyhawk, but have you ever heard of Sigil, the City of Doors? This week we're talking all about the Planescape campaign setting, and how much we'd love for a 5th Edition treatment! I'm a huge fan of Planescape (as will be evident from listening to this episode) and I'm glad we finally got a chance to talk about it- we could have covered it weeks ago but I wanted to make sure we did it justice, and now that it's done I'd say that we did!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is The DM's Council! Congratulations, DM's Council! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next week, if we can get out of this giant donut!

Episode 176: Escaping the Planes

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What's Planescape all about? Has anyone converted Planescape to 5e?

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Noteworthy Links:

Dragon's Lair, a laserdisc-based arcade game featuring full-motion animation by Don Bluth

My Arcade Stream

Mighty Max, a cartoon about a portal-hopping 90s kid

Lich Queen's Beloved, a high-level adventure from Dungeon Magazine featuring encounters on the corpse of a dead god on the Astral plane

Planescape

Spelljammer

Sigil

Good Omens

A Playlist of Planescape videos

Portal 2's ending (warning, ENDING SPOILERS, but seriously play this game because it is amazing)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Episode 175: Do You Even Podcast, Bro?

This week, we've got another assortment of various topics for you- we discuss the etiquette of rolling dice in a timely manner, we talk about the likelihood of railroading (and its increase as the amount of work increases), as well as the origin of some of the negative stereotypes that plague the D&D community. I think there's a lot of fun to be had in this episode, so come join us, won't you?

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Goldpanda! Congratulations, Goldpanda! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

Catch us next time, when we take you to a whole new world!

Episode 175: Kicking a Bad Habit

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you like to roll Advantage or Disadvantage?

2. Do you think virtual tabletops like Roll20 encourage railroading?

3. I just played my first D&D game and everyone in the group was smelly, slovenly, rude, and overweight. Is this common or did I just have a rough first time?

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Noteworthy Links:

Sea of Thieves

Warframe

Do You Even Lift

Dexter's Laboratory

Tailspire

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Episode 174: HOMEOWNER EDITION

Hello, everyone! I'm sitting on top of the world today, celebrating the fact that I've finished paying off my house. To go along with that, we have a fun episode for you today- we are discussing ability scores vs. ability bonuses, rare and monstrous player races and their impact on the roleplaying aspect of the game, as well as the logistics of carrying around particularly large and cumbersome weapons and gear. I think we get to some fun places in this episode, so come along and celebrate with us!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Tori R! Congratulations, Tori! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

We'll see you next week, with another great episode!

Episode 174: And That's Normal

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Why do we still have both ability scores AND bonuses?

2. Do you think that having too many rare player races makes everyone's race more bland?

3. How do you rationalize PCs carrying around weapons that would be way too big and cumbersome?

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Noteworthy Links:

Orc and Pie, the world's shortest (yet fully complete) D&D adventure

Bag of Beans, a bonkers magic item we covered a long time ago

Peep Show, a British sitcom from which we have named three of our pets

Cat Stephens, a singer-songwriter whose name is "Cat" so he was an easy reference when I needed a quick name for a Tabaxi character

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Buster Sword, the iconic weapon wielded by the main character of Final Fantasy VII

Banjo the Clown, a fictional deity created in the Order of the Stick webcomic

Underworld, a 2003 action film that spawned several sequels

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Episode 173: Dueling Archetype Edition

Hello all! This week we talking about multiclassing in D&D 5th Edition- specifically, multiclass into... the same class!??!1? We discuss whether it's possible, whether it should be possible, and more. Let us know what you think in the comments! We're always happy to hear other people's points of view.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Michael T! Congratulations, Michael! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, if my oath allows it!

Episode 173: Sources of Power

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. In 5th Edition D&D, is it possible to multiclass into the same class, but different archetype? If not, should it be possible?

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Noteworthy Links:

Rona Bands, the mask strap holders I've been selling at my workplace. Here is a picture demonstrating how they are worn, and if you want to print your own, you can find the files Here!

Hell, Michigan, a town near where I live that we talked about in a segment that ended up getting cut from the episode

Ghost Cruise Setup, a free segment of the Tearable RPG bonus episode we did in October

Treehouse of Horror

Bill Nye's AMA on Reddit

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Episode 172: A God, an Oath, and a Patron Walk Into a Bar

This week we talk about the three classes in D&D that answer to a higher power: Clerics, Paladins, and Warlocks. We discuss the similarities, the differences, the roleplay potential, and more- be sure to leave your comments below and give us some of your ideas!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Shawn M! Congratulations, Shawn! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, if my oath allows it!

Episode 172: Sources of Power

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What is the difference between a Cleric, a Paladin, and a Warlock?

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Noteworthy Links:

Weapons of Legacy

Narsil, a sword from the Lord of the Rings series

Ring of the Grammarian, a magic item that lets you change one letter of a spell being cast

Raven, a character from Teen Titans

Captain Jack Sparrow

Adelai Niska, a character from Firefly

Bob Ross - Beat the Devil Out

Ratatouille

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Episode 171: Something Gabe Rant This Way Comes

Hey, everyone! You may be thinking to yourself, "We haven't had a good, solid Gabe Rant in a while." If so, this episode has got you covered! I complain about people's attitudes regarding relative age among players in D&D, and I got pretty heated about it. (Also, it was very warm in this room.) I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to share below (and don't let me scare you off if you feel differently than me)!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Hal A! Congratulations, Hal! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, when we're all a week older!

Episode 171: Is It Weird?

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Is it weird for a much older person to play D&D with a group of much younger players (or vice versa)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Betrayal at House on the Hill

The Oddysey

Lembas Bread

Monster Hunter

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Episode 170: Bigfoot Edition

Have you ever made a character that didn't quite fit the mold- that combined contradictory traits, and/or used sub-optimal mechanics but made for a fun gaming experience? That's what we're talking about today- as well as our thoughts on the current state of ranged combat in D&D! So come along for the ride, and be sure to tell us what you think!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Joe S! Congratulations, Joe! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is our second giveaway, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

Also- Crit Academy's new product, Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II, just came out! It's a great product and you should go check it out right now!!!

See you next time, when it ISN'T Jeff's birthday!

Episode 170: Mixing Ideas

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Can contradictory characters (that go against established norms for race/class/personality combinations) be fun?

2. What are your thoughts on how ranged combat works in D&D and other fantasy games? For example, bows always use Dexterity and melee weapons are usually Strength. Could the system be more realistic without making it less fun?

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Noteworthy Links:

My Bigfoot, in front of my house and painted a flat black (which makes it look very much like a photoshop for some reason)

The Clapper, a product from the 90s that has been parodied many times over the years

The Deathly Hallows, a set of three powerful artifacts from the Harry Potter universe

The Adventure Zone

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Who the F is My DnD Character, a character-generating website

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Episode 169: The Magical Hour

Do you ever use the Detect Magic spell in D&D? It's a popular one. But what if... no, that's crazy. Nevermind...

...No, it couldn't be. Could it...?

...Alright, here it is: What if the Detect Magic spell was... better? (Better, how? I don't know! You tell me!)

That's what we're talking about this week! We're discussing ways to make the Detect Magic spell more interesting, more powerful, more... different? So come along and hear our thoughts, and share yours below!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks 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 Crit Academy a review! They're a great group 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 "Unearthed Tips & Tricks" in the subject line! It's that easy! And remember- this is a new product, so if you won one of our earlier drawings, you can enter again!

And remember, Crit Academy is just one of the great podcasts in the Critnation Fellowship! For more podcasts, visit our friends at Brute Force and Ignorance, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's LairJeff Stevens, and The Kind GM!

See you next time, through half a foot of stone!

Episode 169: You Cast Detect Magic

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. If you could make Detect Magic better, how would you change it?

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Noteworthy Links:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Purge

Wrath of the Lich King, an expansion for the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft

Let's Do the Time Warp Again

Order of the Stick

Ninja Turtle

Chipotle

Binging with Babish, a Youtube channel where the host focuses on making real-world recipes from TV and film