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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Question(s) answered this episode:

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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Question(s) answered this episode:

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

l337 5p34k, 4 c00l l4n6u463 fr0m 7h3 905 f0r ub3r-h4xx0r5 7h47 4r3 k3wl3r 7h4n u

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

Episode 168: What a Big Episode You Have

This episode is all about big things: Big monsters, big sessions, big groups. How do you manage all those big things? I don't know, but hopefully we can help you do it this time around!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is David C! 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 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!

Catch next week's episode, where things will (probably) be on a bit smaller of a scale!

Episode 168: Now That's a Big One

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you handle fights against colossal creatures? Sure every adventurer dreams of slaying a dragon, but is hacking at the ankles really the best way to kill Smaug and his ilk? What would you offer a party fighting a truly larger-than-life foe?

2. What are your thoughts on a single DnD session having two people DM at the same time, especially if one is new?

3. What are some tips to managing large DnD groups? Keeping everyone involved, making their story important etc.

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Noteworthy Links:

Shadow of the Colossus

God of War

World of Warcraft

Inuyasha Wind Scar

The Film Reroll

Corner Gas

Philip J Fry

Can't Eat Your Pudding

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Episode 167: The One Where We Figure Out The Hardest Question Of All

Hello everyone! We're back this week with another fun episode; this time around we talk about the ultimate roll of the dice: trying to find a group of players that will last for a whole campaign instead of quitting five or six sessions in. What's the formula? Is there any special trick? Would you say it's harder to find a reliable gaming group than it is to find a soulmate? Maybe! We also talk about making a Final Fantasy Summoner in D&D but that's harder to fit into a catchy paragraph.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Collins B! Congratulations, Collins! 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!

Catch us next week, unless everyone flakes out (again)!

Episode 167: Always Summoning Help

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Keeping a full campaign going is hard. What's the best way to find 5 or 6 people who are going to show up consistently for that many sessions? Does it depend on the quality of the game or is it entirely based on the people?

2. Is there a D&D equivalent of a Summoner from the Final Fantasy games?

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Noteworthy Links:

Harry Potter: Priori Incantatum

The Adventure Zone

Final Fantasy Summoners

Pathfinder Summoner class

Blue Mage class

Final Fantasy Tactics

Heroes

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Episode 166: Let's Do the Time Warp Again

Welcome back, everyone! We've got a fun episode for you today- we discuss time travel, and whether it works in a tabletop RPG or not. (Spoilers, it doesn't. Except... maybe it does?) We came up with some really good stuff in this episode, so I definitely think you should listen to it!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks 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 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, if you don't get caught in a time warp!

Episode 166: Messing with Time

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever used time travel in a game? If so, how, and if not, how would you go about it?

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Noteworthy Links:

Heroforge, a website that lets you design and print your own miniatures

Betrayal at House on the Hill and its terrible minis

Grendel

The Legacy of Heorot

Liquid Pain, a magical commodity in the Book of Vile Darkness

Warheads candy

Avengers Endgame

Back to the Future

Terminator

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Film Reroll Bill & Ted

Farore's Wind

Bender's Big Score

Assassin's Creed

Tomb of Horrors and its green demon face

Trap in the 5e DMG

Yaah! Magazine, a board/roleplaying game publication that I contributed some articles to way back when

Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick & Morty

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Episode 165: We're Back, Baby

We're back from our week off, with another great episode for you! (I say it was a "week off", but you, the listener, got tons of content last week, which I hope you liked!) This week we talk about big monster fall down go boom, we talk about swing swang big sharp sword, and we talk about thwip miss ouch friend. Why am I typing like a baby? Goo goo ga ga, I have no clue!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Thomas D! Congratulations, Thomas! 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, if it isn't too REAL for you!

Episode 165: When Realism Falls Down

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Realistically, would a 30' tall giant who fell on his butt obliterate his tailbone?

2. Is it possible (or should it be possible) to fight with a greatsword in each hand?

3. Should a missed attack ever hit a party member?

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Noteworthy Links:

Wonderwall

Phantasmal Killer

Tenacious D

Go for the Eyes! by Alex Clippinger

World of Warcraft

Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail

Tiger King, a documentary on Netflix about the twisted lives of the big cat owner community of the southern United States

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Actual Play Podcast Special

Hello, everyone!

We decided to take the week off from recording, but instead I have a special surprise for you all: Instead of a normal episode, I've finally finished editing At the Gaming Table, the Actual Play podcast that we recorded last year, and all six episodes are available for you to listen to! We've made a lot of references to it, but now it's finally out. So thank you all for listening, and we'll see you next week when we're back to our usual shenanigans!

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Inter-Party Conflict sidebar: At the Gaming Table

Episode 1: Winter's Rest

Episode 2: Hunting a Legend

Episode 3: Big ol' Teeth

Episode 4: Deals with the Devil

Episode 5: Into the Mines

Episode 6: To Be Seen

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And, for links to the players:

Justin (Jormun Gundar)

Brigid (Wardin Lunatis)

Me & Jeff  (DM and Pip)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Episode 164: Back In Order

So, we had some mixed feelings about our last episode. (I liked it; everyone else didn't.) But too bad.

Anyway, this time around we've got another episode (that ISN'T backwards, believe it or not) and we're talking about levelling up- how to do it, what it means, whether it should exist in-universe or not- as well as answering a question from an old friend about designing puzzles! So come along for the ride!

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 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!

Catch us next time, now that we've got time moving forwards!

Episode 164: On the Level

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Can anybody explain levelling up to me?

2. What are some tips you have for designing puzzles?

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Noteworthy Links:

Metroid

The Adventure Zone: Graduation

Venture Brothers

Erfworld- Now, this sent me down a rabbit hole. This is a webcomic I used to read all the time and I loved it; but a few years ago I got too busy and lost my place and stopped reading for a while (but some day hoped to start over from the beginning and get caught up). Apparently, last year, the creator suffered some sort of family-related disaster (the exact details of which are not available to the public, which is understandable) and as such he stopped making new comics and (apparently tried to scrub the entire thing from the internet? Or something? I'll have to do some research and get back in the future.

Ocarina of Time

Tomb of Horrors

Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil- It turns out the reference I made in this episode wasn't quite correct, but the actual dungeon feature is equally bonkers.

Watermelons Take Fall Damage

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Episode 163: Wait, What?

Hello, everyone! This is week three of hoping you all out there are staying safe and healthy. We're going to keep on making episodes, because it's the only thing we know that might help! This week we talk about a few different topics that share some basic issues: jealousy over an NPC, inappropriate behavior at a public venue, and a difference of expectation between you and the DM. This episodes goes in some bizarre directions, but hopefully you can make sense of it all!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Danny C! Congratulations, Danny! 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 week! (Or was it last week?)

Episode 163: How Does That Make You Feel?

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Am I the jerk for being upset my boyfriend flirted with an NPC?

2. A game run by a new DM at my local game store quickly became inappropriate for young audiences. What is the best way to address this without alienating good people?

3. Our DM never kills his players, even in situations where they rightfully should have died. Our party is at a point in the campaign where we feel there will be no consequences for our actions. Is there a good way to address this issue?

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Noteworthy Links:

Episode 84: You Want This, I Want That- the episode where we discuss magical tattoos (along with Jessica from Incoming Game!)

Pandemonium Games & Hobbies, our local gaming store

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Episode 162: Quarantine Edition

Hello, everyone! Once again we hope that you're staying safe out there. In service of Social Distancing, Jeff and I recorded remotely this week, so if something sounds just a bit different this time around, that's probably it! But don't worry- we still have a fun episode for you. In this episode we talk about Saving Throws in D&D- how they work as well as how to interpret them- and we discuss roleplaying as one of our favorite races, the Kenku! We also give general tips for playing any kind of nonverbal character as well.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Bill G! Congratulations, Bill! 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!

Keep your distance for now, and we'll get through this pandemic in the end!

Episode 162: Easy & Safe

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you interpret the various saving throws in D&D? Physical ones are easy to understand, but how do you describe a mental saving throw like Intelligence or Charisma?

2. Any advice on how to best Roleplay a Kenku?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Tick

Saving Throws numbers by Ability Score

No Ticket, a scene from the movie Dogma

Batteries Not Included

Zee Bashew: The Cold Road

Bang-Ended Scoot, a magical creature from the Harry Potter series

Spawn of Kyuss

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Episode 161: The Meatballcast

Welcome back, everyone! Hopefully you're all staying safe out there, and hopefully this week's podcast will provide some much-needed entertainment during this unprecedented event we're all going through.

This week, we talk about skills- do you feel some of them don't get enough use? What are some ways to use the lesser-used skills in your game? We've got some ideas for you, so that's what we're talking about on this episode!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Jeff R! Congratulations, Jeff! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave 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 week, and remember to stay clean!

Episode 161: Each Skill Has Its Purpose

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. As a DM, can you give some suggestions on how to create scenarios that use those underused skill checks? I'm looking at you Acrobatics, Animal Handling, Performance and Religion.

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Noteworthy Links:

You've Been Meatballed

Storm King's Thunder

Enigma of Amigara Fault, a bizarre and terrifying short story from Junji Ito

Horizon Zero Dawn

Azure Bonds, an old-school D&D novel that I highly recommend

Celestial Armor

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Episode 160: We Got This One Right (I Hope)

Have you ever had a situation where the players misunderstood a detail of a puzzle or plot twist, and you aren't sure whether to correct them or let them keep working in the wrong direction? (Is there even a right answer?) That's our topic this week, and it's a tough one!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Terje M! Congratulations, Terje! 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 week!

Episode 160: Stop and Clarify

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you handle it when players get details wrong?

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Noteworthy Links:

Go For the Eyes! by Alex Clippinger

Cherry Bomb by the Runaways

Awesome Mix from Guardians of the Galaxy

Age of Worms

Blink Dog

Otyugh

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Episode 159: Ten-Page Edition

Welcome back once again, listeners! A couple weeks ago we had to change up our recording schedule a bit due to some scheduling conflicts but as of this week's recording we should be back on track. (I feel like I can always recognize a difference in our episodes when we have to record two episodes in one day; I wonder if any of our listeners do. Probably not.) This week we're talking about character backstories- how much is too much? Is there a such thing as too little? (I actually don't recall if we covered that. I'm going to answer... yes?) We also talk about some other stuff but you'll hear it in the episode.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Bill G! Congratulations, Bill! 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 week!

Episode 159: Don't Overdo It

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How much backstory would you say is too much?

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Noteworthy Links:

Wendy's, an American fast food chain that sells square burgers for some reason

Dallas (Warning: NSFW)

World of Warcraft Engineering

Cheers

The World's End

At World's End

This Is the End

The Adventure Zone

Typhon's Treasure, a sidequest in Fallout 2 that rewards you with Bottlecaps, which are no longer usable as currency

John Wick, a great action movie starring Keanu Reeves

Ankheg Armor, Jeff's favorite armor from the Baldur's Gate series

Demon Stone, a D&D-themed video game for the PS2 and Xbox

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Episode 158: Sorry For Our Voices

Hey, all! We're both a bit under the weather this week (Jeff moreso than me) so I'm apologizing now if our voices sound a little rough or if our energy is low. Because we have a fun episode for you (even if our voices don't think so)! We talk about giving monsters class levels (whether you should or shouldn't), as well as how to engage someone in your group that might have different skills or interests than the rest of the party. We came up with some fun stuff in here, so come on down and give it a listen!

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks 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 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!

Until next time, hopefully we're feeling better!

Episode 158: NPC Advancement

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you think DM's should be allowed to assign class levels to existing monster stat blocks?

2. How do I engage a player in my campaign who is interested in crafting potions and poisons?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Creature Conservancy, a petting-zoo-like attraction near us in Michigan

Mind Blast

Savage Species, a 3e book about giving class levels to monsters

Catch Me if you Can, a movie based on a true story about con artist Frank Abagnale

White Collar, a TV show about a con artist I think

Sliders 

Version History of D&D

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Episode 157 - There Is A Such Thing As A Free Podcast

Hello and welcome back, everyone! Today we have a big topic to discuss- economics in a fantasy world. Can it work? Should it work? How much should you worry about it? We go pretty in-depth into it on this episode, and we share a lot of our thoughts, but as always, we'd love to hear from you! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks 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 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, when we discuss math and chemistry!

Episode 157: A Worthwhile Investment

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you go about trying to make a believable economy in a fantasy game world?

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Noteworthy Links:

Anycubic Photon, the Resin Printer I just bought

The Lightsaber I 3D Printed (and the files can be found here on Thingiverse)

The Mithril Standard - Economy in the Time of Wizards

Back to the Future 3

Deals with the Devil

d20 Modern

Jumbonium, an element in Futurama

The Great Modron March

Calimari Flan, a currency in the Star Wars universe