Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Episode 208: Late Night Edition

Welcome to another week of Inter-Party Conflict! This time around we talk about succubi, books, legends, nature, the TV show Supernatural, and much, much more. Come along with us, and as always, be sure to share your thoughts below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Edward T! Congratulations, Edward! 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.

Speaking of giveaways, however- we're starting a new one! We're going to be giving away a free bundle of three new character option supplements from Crit Academy- the Warmind, the Skybreaker, and the Werecat- and all you have to do to enter is send us an e-mail with "Crit 3" in the subject line. 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next week, when we're not quite as sleepy!

Episode 208: In Between the Pages

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Would an asexual character be affected by a succubus?

2. When reading a module for the first time, do you read all the way through or skip around?

3. How do you drop hints as to the lore/plot of a campaign in the form of long-established myths and legends in the world without making it immediately obvious that those legends are true, and without overworking yourself to make tons of legends, some of which are true and some of which are not?

4. What are some ideas for how to portray nature as "evil", or at least as an antagonistic force, without it being corrupted?

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Noteworthy Links:

Chapel on the Cliffs, an adventure module created by Goblin Stone









Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Episode 207: The Art of Mending

Hello everyone! We're back with another fun episode- this time we talk about some extemporaneous uses of the Mending cantrip, as well as what to do when you buy a module and everyone dies right from jump. (Seriously though, what DO you do?) So come along with us, and as always, feel free to share your thoughts below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Matthew N! Congratulations, Matthew! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next time, if the podcast isn't broken!

Episode 207: Easily Broken, Easily Mended

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you think you can make a castle using the Mending spell to put the bricks of stone together instead of mortar?

2. Total Party Kills. What do you do when one occurs during an adventure module? Do you re-start the module as is, do you re-skin it as something else, or do you just call it a loss?

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Noteworthy Links:

Valheim, a game Jeff has been streaming lately

Asteroids Deluxe, an arcade game I particularly like






Galaxy Quest, a fantastic Star Trek movie (that isn't actually a Star Trek movie)


Steve Pierce Art, the creator of Jeff's amazing portrait


Sketchgoblin, the artist that created the Adventures in Erylia artwork

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Episode 206: Trademark Pending

Hey everyone, welcome back! Real talk for a moment- this episode has a really long Gabe Rant in it (about why 1st-level characters should be able to have epic backstories). A lot of our listeners seem to like Gabe Rants, and if you're one of them, here you go! Enjoy! If you're not, then I apologize. I got kind of carried away with this one. (Would you believe it was way longer pre-edit? I did us all a favor and trimmed the fat quite a bit.)

Whatever your preferences, I think there's a lot of good stuff in this episode and I hope you all enjoy it. If not, there's always next week!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Timothy K! Congratulations, Timothy! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next week, if I stop talking long enough!

Episode 206: Backstory Rant Incoming

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What do you do when a player writes an epic backstory for a 1st-level character?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Episode 205: Games and Guests Galore!

Hello everyone out there in podcastland! We're back with another great episode, and this time we're joined by another special guest- our friend Taylor (aka Alistar the Minotaur)! He's joining us this week to talk about the wide range of RPGs he's played, and we spend a good amount of time sharing our thoughts on different aspects of metagaming as well. So come along with us!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Zachary P! Congratulations, Zachary! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next time- but don't read ahead!

Episode 205: You're Playing Games

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Apart from D&D, what other games/genres/systems do you guys have experience with?

2. Is asking another party member's hit points meta gaming?

3. Should a DM ever punish players for meta gaming, or is it their job to punish players at all?

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Noteworthy Links:


Kingmaker, a game based on a Pathfinder adventure path

Monster of the Week, a roleplaying game based on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Supernatural, a 15-season horror/action TV show I am currently watching


S.C.R.E.A.M. the Horror, a rules-lite RPG made by Ursidice


The Tearable RPG, a rules-lite RPG I have run several times













Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Episode 204: Guestravaganza

Welcome back everyone! This week we've got a great episode- after a long hiatus of not having any guests on the podcast, we're joined by Jac and Austin from the People's Trivia Company, a fantastic bar-style trivia group on Youtube! You should definitely check them out as they do three games a week and it's a ton of fun!

But on this episode, the four of us are discussing some of our favorite (and least favorite) story moments in D&D, and much, much more! So come along and give us a listen!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Taylor H! Congratulations, Taylor! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next time, with more great guest-filled content!

Episode 204: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What is your favorite story moment from D&D as a DM and as a player?

2. What is your worst story moment from D&D as a DM and as a player?  

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Check out our guests:

People's Trivia Company, their great trivia game that takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night

Fancy Hobo Improv, Jac's improv troupe

Net Positive Academics, a Youtube channel of math videos


Noteworthy Links:

Uncommon Dragon Hoards from a bit that got cut out of the finished episode

Westworld

Die Hard

Sir Bearington, an old greentext about a disguised bear

Sliders, a network TV show about parallel universes

The Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim

Vegan Chocolate Cake by HowToBasic 

New Coke 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Episode 203: The One After Episode 202

Hey everyone! This week we're talking about multiclassing- specifically, the stat requirements for multiclassing in 5th Edition D&D- and we also spend a little bit of time brainstorming how to motivate players who aren't necessarily interested in loot or traditional treasure. We're always open to more ideas, so share yours below!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Jeff R! Congratulations, Jeff! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch you next week, with our first guests in over a year!

Episode 203: Multiclassing & Motivation

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How do you feel about mechanical requirements for multiclassing?

2. How do you motivate players who have no interest in loot, money or "simple" magic items that just give them bonuses (like a +1 sword, etc)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Fresh Guacamole, an animation by PES

Majora's Mask

Super Mario 64

Labo VR

Breath of the Wild

Phasmaphobia

Tabletop Simulator 

Lord of the Rings dice tray- HOLY CRAP I am in the wrong business- that link is selling those things for $25, when I know from experience that they only cost like $2-3 to make. Maybe I should open up an Etsy shop...

Myron, a greek sculptor

Hades

The Black Egg

300, a film by Zack Snyder

World's Largest Dungeon

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Episode 202: Sleepy Edition

Hey listeners! This week we've got another fun episode for you: We talk about some unspoken rules of tabletop gaming etiquette, we talk about our motivations when creating characters, and we respond to some great suggestions for how we can improve our podcast this year. Thanks to everyone who's taken the time to reply to our social media questions, and keep up the great work!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Colin W! Congratulations, Colin! 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 IgnoranceThe Kind GM, and the (unfortunately ended) D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next week, but no peeking!

Episode 202: Naughty or Nice

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Is it cheating to look at another player's character sheet?

2. How often do you make a character just for roleplaying, versus just for mechanics?

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Noteworthy Links:


Valve Index, the VR setup I have

Stormwind, the human capital city in World of Warcraft

Complex, a multiplayer stage in Goldeneye 007

Oculus Quest, the VR setup Jeff has


At the Gaming Table, our Actual Play experiment we recorded in 2019