Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Episode 135: The Loudest Episode

Hey, everyone! We've got a great episode for you this week- because we're joined by a great friend of ours, Jason Enright! We've mentioned him on the show more times than we can count- whether it's talking about his character who broke your weapon with his skin, the Eberron campaign he ran, or the time he spent like ten minutes needlessly describing a rope on the end of a stick- and we're so happy to have him with us today! We'll be covering two important topics- making encounters memorable, and splitting the party- all along with a healthy dose of reminiscing. We had a blast recording this episode, and I hope you have a blast listening to it!

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

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

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

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

Now, let's split up and catch back up next time... just be sure not to get killed!

Episode 134: Splitting the Party

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are some things you think makes an encounter really memorable and special?

2. When is it appropriate to split the party? And how do you like to handle that as a DM? How do you handle players who are resistant to it from a meta standpoint?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mr. T

Keystone Cops

The Wet Bandits

The Black Egg

The World Serpent Inn

Rovagug

Curse of the Crimson Throne

Doom

Fairlane Mall

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Episode 134: Chock Full of Plot Hooks

Hello, everyone! We've got a fun episode for you this week, that deviates a bit from our normal format. We're bringing to you a whole big bag of plot hooks, each revolving around a spell, a monster, or a magic item from 5e Dungeons & Dragons. It was a ton of fun getting these together, and who knows- we might do more episodes like this in the future if we get questions that allow for it!

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

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

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

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

See you next time, when we'll have a very special guest!

Episode 134: Spells, Monsters, and Magic Items

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Question answered this episode:

1. What are some good monsters that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

2. What are some good magic items that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

3. What are some good spells that make interesting plot hooks around which an entire one-shot or side quest can revolve?

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Noteworthy Links:

Nerds Without Pants

The Witcher

Nimblewright

The Thing

World of Warcraft: Classic

The Bus Ticket

Hearty Dice Friends

Pac-Man

Fallout 3

Portal 2

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Episode 133: The Best of Three

Hello, listeners! Join us this week for a great episode- we discuss the three core books of D&D (the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, and the Monster Manual) and which one(s) we think to be the most interesting! There's bound to be some of you out there that feel differently than us, so we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on our Discord!

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

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

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

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

Catch you next week, with another great episode!

Episode 133: Each Book Has Its Purpose

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Question answered this episode:

1. Of the three core D&D books (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual) which do you find the most interesting, and why?

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Noteworthy Links:

Nerds Without Pants is a podcast I guest-hosted on! The episode won't be out until the day after this blog post gets published, but I'm going to be on episode 159. I'll probably post on social media when it launches.

Shazam!

Ghost Rider

Dreadsteed of Xoroth

Pinterest

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Episode 132- What's in the box?!

Hey there, everyone! This week we turn the spotlight on ourselves and do a bit of introspection- Jeff and I talk about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses (mostly weaknesses) at tabletop gaming, as well as what we would do if we made ourselves as D&D characters. Hopefully our listeners will be able to get something out of this episode, but in any case, we enjoyed making it!

As has been for a few of the weeks now, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. (But we did get a few entrants after we recorded this episode, though!) So if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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

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

Catch you next time, when we turn the spotlight on YOU!

Episode 132: My Strengths and Weaknesses

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Question answered this episode:

1. What is your greatest strength and weakness as a player? What about your greatest strength and weakness as a DM?

2. If you were to make yourself as a D&D character, what race/class/etc. would you be?

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Noteworthy Links:

My grandpa's old steamer trunk (which I did get open- you'll have to wait to find out what was inside though!)

Neverwinter Nights helmets

Beyond Monks: The Art of the Fight, a 3.5 supplement that contained a class we mentioned in the episode (the monk whose skin breaks weapons)

Curse of the Azure Bonds, an old D&D computer game I used to play

Link's Awakening, a Zelda game that I played as a kid and has recently gotten a Switch remake

The Matrix

The McElroy Brothers' podcasting panel- a MUST WATCH for anyone interested in starting a podcast

The Scene from Return of the Jedi where Mark Hammill was just staring off-screen while filming

Mystery Men

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Episode 131 - The One Where We Talk About Pieces of Cod

Hey everyone! We have another great episode for you this week- we talk about making information gathering into something interesting, introducing new characters into an existing party, and killing off a PC in the service of the story. (Also, the Dragon's Hoard item this week is a magic codpiece. No I'm not happy about it, but, hey, I got it out of the way, right?)

This week's winner of our Chapel on the Cliffs drawing is our new patron, Edward T! Congratulations, Edward! You should get your copy within the next few days. Whenever you have a chance to read it over, be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review! They're a great company and would love to use your feedback to improve their products.

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

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

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

See you next time, and be sure to think with your head and not your armor!

Episode 131: New In, Old Out

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Question answered this episode:

1. How do I make gathering information fun? I don’t want it to be a repetitive string of npcs that they have to persuade (or threaten). What else can PCs use to obtain information?

2. What should you do when a PC retires mid-campaign? How best to incorporate a new character into an existing party plot-wise?

3. Is it ok to kill a PC for the story? For example one player stays behind to ensure safety for the rest of the party.

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Noteworthy Links:

The Arcade in Brighton, MI

Atari's Star Wars arcade cabinet

King Henry VIII

Challenge Accepted by Crit Academy

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way

Magic 8 Ball

Final Fantasy V

Gandalf fighting the Balrog

Burn Notice, a TV show I've been watching

Nowhere Man, a TV show I've been a fan of since I was a kid (and am ostensibly creating a podcast about with my friend Steve; stay tuned I guess)

Overwatch

Spindown dice, a type of dice with numbers listed sequentially for use as a life counter in certain games

Friday, August 9, 2019

Episode 130: The unlucky multiple of 10

Hello, everyone! This week we dive right into the real meat of this game we call RPGs- we answer the question you've all been wondering for your whole lives: "What happens if I eat this thing?" Specifically, demon hearts. Less-specifically, other hearts too. We also have some fun talking about letting animals wear armor, plus some stuff about gaming stores and eyepatches.

We also have two Patreon-related announcements! First, we have a new patron! Welcome to the fold, Jason P! Our other announcement is less exciting: As of this month (August 2019) I won't be writing any more monthly fantasy fiction. (Maybe I will again in the future, but not for the foreseeable future.) It's become quite difficult for me over the last year and a half so to spare my sanity I'm setting it aside and working on coming out with different Patreon rewards instead. Hopefully that doesn't make anyone want to remove their pledges, but if so, we fully understand.

Back to more fun stuff...

As the last few weeks, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. (We may have one next week; we'll see.) But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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

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

See you next time, but be sure to bring the antacids!

Episode 130: Eat Your Heart Out

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Question answered this episode:

1. A player character in my campaign just consumed a demon's heart. What do you think should happen to the character?

2. Can/Should wild shape forms be allowed to wear armor?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Film Reroll (specifically, their Aladdin game)

The Claw from Liar Liar

Blinded guy from 300

Naaru, a race of beings in World of Warcraft that harnessed the power of holy light and had it stolen by the Blood Elves

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (which I erroneously called Friday the 13th: Part IX, which it was not called due to a rights dispute over the name Friday the 13th)

Freaky Friday, a remake of the classic bodyswap movie

Bastion of Broken Souls, a high-level official WotC D&D 3e adventure where a dragon had a demon for a heart

Wrath of Ashardalon

Tuvix, the titular character from the corresponding episode of Star Trek: Voyager where two characters were accidentally combined into one, resulting in a new character with his own agency and sense of self

Sir Bearington, an old greentext story about a player who played a bear PC

His Dark Materials, the book/movie/HBO TV series by Philip Pullman, which includes the books The Golden Compass/The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Dragon Dice, a fantasy-themed collectible dice game that I am a huge fan of

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Episode 129: Celebrating a full calendar's worth of questions!

Hello, everyone! we're back this week with another great episode. We talk about ideal session length (and how you should take breaks during them), as well as how to allow using abilities in ways they weren't intended to be used. The latter topic is actually one that I admittedly often try to shut down rather than entertain- but with the options we came up with today I think I'm going to try and change my tack when it comes up. Because who ever liked a DM who just said "no" all the time?

And as last week, we don't have any winners for the Chapel on the Cliffs drawing. But if you'd like to enter for a future episode, it's easy- just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes, and you'll get yourself a cool, clean copy of Goblin Stone's great spooky adventure, 100% free!

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

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

We'll see you next time, podcast fans!

Episode 129: Death by Exhaustion

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Question answered this episode:

1. What is the perfect DnD session length? When taking breaks during a session, how long/frequent should they be?

2. A player wants to use an ability in a way that it clearly was not intended (or possibly directly contrary to the rules). Aside from simply saying, "No," what is the best way to handle this?

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Noteworthy Links:

How To Start A Fire With A Bow

Fate Accelerated Edition, a pay-what-you-want RPG we recently played for our Roll20 game

Crit Academy's products that you should totally buy! (As of right now, they're all on sale!)

Freaking DBZ

Go for the Eyes, a great DM's Guild supplement all about Called Shots in D&D 5e

Pandemonium Games & Hobbies, a gaming store in our area