Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Episode 156: Walking a Fine Line

Hello and welcome back, everyone! We've got a great episode this week- Jeff and I talk about the hidden tale of destiny woven into a popular catchy song, we discuss running encounters with lots of NPCs (and whether you should even be doing that in the first place), and we also spend some time talking about play a character that is differently-gendered than yourself. Of course this episode should be taken with a grain of salt (coming from two cisgendered heterosexual white males) but we're trying to approach it with the perspective of people who have been making D&D characters for a long time; we won't necessarily be challenging anyone's viewpoint, but giving what we believe to be the best starting point for making a fully-fleshed-out character, regardless of gender.

This week's winner of our Unearthed Tips & Tricks drawing is Jason E! Congratulations, Jason! 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 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 you next time, same time, same channel!

Episode 156: Stay True to Yourself

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How often do you play a character that is a different gender than your own? When you do, what are some hurdles you face when getting into character?

2. How do you run a combat with lots of NPCs involved?


Noteworthy Links:

Cotton Eye Joe

Marauder's Map

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Tom Riddle's Diary

T. R. Handley, Robot Monk sent to us by Jason E

Red Hand of Doom, a 3.5e D&D adventure that we played through many years ago

The Adventure Zone, an Actual Play podcast made by the McElroy family

Bridging the Gap, a podcast from our friend Brigid Pierce exploring the transgender experience, sexual abuse, life, love, memes, and D&D

Divine Beasts

Albuquerque by Weird Al

Kevin Bacon playing chicken

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