Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Episode 77: This Episode is Bananas

Welcome back, listeners! We've got a fun episode for you this week, and we cover realism in roleplaying games, starting levels for D&D, and how to make your players want to explore their own property investments. We also get a bunch of goofs about bananas and monkeys and all that, so there's something in this episode for everyone!

I want to briefly mention the project I've been working on- the Arcade Memories Podcast. I've gotten the first episode finished, and it's currently awaiting review on iTunes. But in the meantime, you can listen to it at https://soundcloud.com/arcadememories/episode-01!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Jake M! Congratulations, Jake! Be sure to check your spam folder, and if you haven't gotten an e-mail soon then contact me. And let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all it takes!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

See you all next week, with a very special guest!

Episode 77: Investing in Real Estate

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Questions answered this episode:

1. Is realism more important than fun?

2. What is your ideal starting level for a campaign?

3. How to make a player's property investments interesting?

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Noteworthy Links:

A Case of the Mondays

Chult, a jungle in the southern reaches of the Forgotten Realms

Indiana Jones

Midas Hand death from Tomb Raider

Q*Bert, the lovable ape from the arcade that collected bananas

Treasure of the Broken Hoard, a collection of five one-hour mini-adventures I've been running

Minecraft

A locked door in Fallout 3

All your need to know about Kobayashi

Tree Fiddy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Episode 76: Title Needed

Hello, listeners! We're back this week with another episode. This time, we talk about a topic that might be a little bit controversial- specifically, whether Jeff and Gabe (mainly Gabe) likes listening to D&D stories, and what makes a D&D story good or worth telling. We also cover a couple other topics, including physical props at the table, opening locked doors, and sneaky ways to hear secret conversations. So come along and join the discussion!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Scott! Congratulations, Scott! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy within a day or so (and be sure to check your spam folder!). And be sure to visit Goblin Stone's website and give them your feedback!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's it!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

Have a great week!

Episode 76: Wanna Hear a Story?

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Questions answered this episode:

1. Am I the only one who hates hearing people's D&D stories?

2. What are your favorite physical props you've used?

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Noteworthy Links:

Scoville Scale, a scientific scale measuring the "heat" of spicy foods

An adorable video on Youtube that I found while googling "Bacon"

Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2 on DM's Guild

Stranger Things

Claws of Madness, a 5e adventure from Loresmyth

Old Man Yells at Cloud

Challenge of Champions, a series of puzzle-based adventures in Dungeon Magazine

Newsies

Seven of Nine, a character from Star Trek Voyager

Planescape: Torment, an old PC game featuring a Rogue Modron as a playable party member (and voiced by Dan Castellanetta)

Dig Dug, an old Arcade game where you killed enemies by inflating and exploding them

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Episode 75, with Jeff and Gabe and Dan and Garin

Welcome back, everyone! We've got a great episode in store for you today. We're joined by two amazing podcasters- Dan and Garin from the D&D Character Lab podcast! Every week they produce an incredibly fun show where they make characters and pit them against each other- we've talked about them more times than I can count but if you haven't given them a listen yet, you should!

This week we talk about remembering character names (or not being able to remember them), playing the same character or character type multiple times, and monster races. We also get some fun out of character voices, and figuring out what CR a Couatl is. (Spoiler: It's 4.) So come along for the ride!

Yet again, we have a new patron! Thank you so much, Doug W! You're so awesome and we appreciate your patronage more than we can say. If anyone else out there would like to join the ever-growing family and get cool bonus content too, so head over to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and think about contributing!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is peacejoypancakes! Congratulations, PJP! Let me know if you haven't gotten your copy within a day or so (and be sure to check your spam folder!). And of course, let Goblin Stone know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's it!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

Have a great Independence Day! "Welcome to erf!"

Episode 75: Our Good Friends

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How do you remember everyone's character names?

2. Do you have a character or character type that you play in every campaign?

3. Do you feel that beast races are appropriate for a party? Orcs, Hobgoblins, Kobolds, Bugbears, and Yaun-Ti are all good, but what about a doppelganger, or a frost giant, a centaur, or maybe even a displacer beast? How far can one go if they want to play a monstrous race?

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Noteworthy Links:

I Like Turtles

The DanDWiki episode of D&D Character Lab

Mustard Plug and Skanking in one Youtube video

Couatl

Shield of Heroic Memories (which we apparently covered on episode 25 but I completely forgot)

Auron, a character from Final Fantasy X

A Wikidot site that I made to catalogue NPCs

Steam Summer Sale

Savage Species

Monstrous Races for 5th Edition from Tyler Kamstra

Ted, a 2012 movie starring Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Your Character Doesn't Know Which Episode This Is

Usually when recording one of these, we'll have a list of questions we plan to get to, and we'll have an idea of which questions are going to generate a lot of discussion and which ones will be pretty quick. While recording this episode, however, the first question (of several) kind of got away from us and before we knew it, we'd gone way over our usual episode length! So expect a long episode this time, with a lot of pontificating from yours truly.

Also, this week we continue our Social Media Discussion Question segment- except while editing I realized I goofed big time. We've already recorded next week's episode (with some special guests you won't want to miss!) and somehow through that whole process I didn't realize that I posted the wrong question on social media this week! This week's question (according to the podcast) was about Interactive Fiction, yet the question I actually posted was about Character Voices (as you'll hear us talk about next week). It's not the end of the world, but it was still a pretty big goof on my part. So, sorry about that. I'll have to figure out how to keep myself on track in the future.

We have a new Patron this week! Welcome to the fold, Noah Wizard! (We also have another new patron, but he joined after this episode was recorded so expect a shout-out next time around.) Our Patreon is getting bigger and better every week, so head over to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and think about joining yourself!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Peter H! Congratulations, Peter! Contact me if you haven't gotten your adventure within the next couple days. And be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. It's that easy!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

See you all next week!

Episode 74: No Metagaming Allowed

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How can I encourage new players to avoid metagaming?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Cantrip on Soundcloud


Barbershop Quartet

Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine

Psychic Paper from Doctor Who

Clark Kent's Glasses

Brian Griffin Barbershop Quartet impression from Family Guy

What Level Was Gandalf?

Inigo Montoya (spoilers for The Princess Bride)

That episode of Community where they play D&D

Interactive Fiction

Get Lamp, a doctumentary about Interactive Fiction and its history

Prodigy, one of the earlier forms of the Internet as we know it

Parsely Games, a series of interactive fiction-esque roleplaying games

Episode 73: The Third Time We've Used the Word "Keeping" in an Episode Title

(This is embarassing. I've gotten so good about writing these out ahead of time so they don't go out several days late like they used to, but now that I have them done early I forget to actually publish the episode when the day comes. So... sorry, everyone.)

Hello there!

This episode we take a little bit of a closer look at a couple topics we covered last week, but with a different focus. It wasn't intentional that we did it in this way, but we had a couple questions that sort of overlapped and I thought we could get some good discussion out of focusing on them a bit closer. So in this one, we talk about music and sound effects in your game, how to teach someone to roll their dice better, and encouraging players to vary up their descriptions- plus some talk about RPG genres and doors that open up to pocket dimensions. All in all, I think this is a fun one you won't want to miss!

This episode, we want to thank two more patrons- Avenshil and Joseph! Thank you both so, so much! You not only are helping us make the show great, but you've helped us to hit our latest goal- which means that within the next couple months, I'll be streaming some games from my awesome home arcade cabinet! Stay tuned for more details.

And if anyone else would like to become a patron, go to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and see if any of the our rewards catch your eye. We're making the show awesomer and awesomer by the week, and you can help out by going there and getting yourself some cool bonus content!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Caleb C! Congratulations, Caleb! Contact me if you haven't gotten your adventure within the next couple days. And be sure to leave Goblin Stone a review!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's it! That's all it takes!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

Have a great one!

Episode 73: Keeping Up with the Game

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What's your opinion of using music and/or soundboards during a game? Have you ever done so or experienced it during a session?

2. How can I convince people to roll their dice faster?

3. As a player or as a DM, how to encourage a player to be more creative in their descriptions?

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Noteworthy Links:

Charms Blow Pops

The Mountain Witch on Kickstarter (It's only got 15 more days!)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Portable Holes

Robin Hood Men in Tights Bridge Scene

Dark Souls 2 Orma and Reeve Greatshields

The Lost Room, a Sci-Fi Channel miniseries that you should watch RIGHT NOW

A Soft Murmur, the amazing ambient sound generator I mentioned last week

AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, a Nickelodeon cartoon from the 90s

Spooky Ghost Decoration

My Fair Lady (Not the production I was in, just a High School version I found on Youtube)

Motor City Casino

Correlya, a fantasy RPG created by a friend of mine a while back

Yes, And...

Cabin in the Woods

The Adventure Zone: Amnesty

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Episode 72- Dice, Dice, and More Dice (and Some Other Stuff Too)

Hey, everyone! We're back with another episode. This time, we talk about how to help someone overcome their fear of DMing, whether or not to use a computer while you play, and then a whole bunch of mini-questions about dice and dice practices. It's a lot of fun, so I hope you all enjoy it!

This episode also introduces a new (mini) segment- our Social Media Question section. Every week (since we started the podcast) I've been posting a discussion question on social media (Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter) for our listeners. At the suggestion of Damian from Adventures in Erylia, I've decided to incorporate these into our show! It seems a little clunky at the moment because of our recording schedule (we record about a week in advance, so the questions get posted several days after we record but a couple days before the episode airs...) but hopefully it'll work out. We'll be giving our own answers to these questions, as well as reading some listener answers as well! So if you reply to us on social media, we're likely to read your replies on-air!

We're also doing great on our Patreon (more on that next episode) thanks to all of you out there! If you'd like to become a patron, go to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and see if any of the our rewards catch your eye. You'll be helping the show and getting cool stuff in return!

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Kaden G! Congratulations, Kaden! If you haven't received an e-mail within the next 24 hours then contact me and we'll get you sorted out. And be sure to visit Goblin Stone and let them know what you think!

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. That's all you have to do!

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 and D&D Character Lab!

See you next time!

Episode 72: In the DM's Seat

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Questions answered this episode:

1. How do you help someone gather the courage to DM if they are intimidated by the time and effort?

2. How much do you involve your computer as a DM or even a player?

3. Dice!...  How many do you have?  Can you have too many?  Are you "Dice Superstitious?"  For example... Do you let other players roll yours?  Have you played with know anyone who won't. Have you ever "retired" a die for a session because it kept rolling bad, or roll your dice in a "lucky" die tray or tower only? And finally, do you ever roll, or let your players roll,  the to hit die and damage die at the same time?

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Noteworthy Links:



Mystique, a shapechanging character from the X-Men series

Sylar, the main antagonist from the TV show Heroes

D&D Wiki, a source for suspect homebrew content


A Soft Murmur, an amazing ambient sound generator

The Dice I Won from Adventures in Erylia's drawing



Three-Dragon Ante, a physical card game created to be played along with D&D

G.U.R.P.S. the Generic Universal Roleplaying Game

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Episode 71, and Mountain Witch Kickstarter!

Hello, everyone! We have an exciting week for you. In this episode, we talk about taking campaign notes and turning them into stories (a topic I have a lot of experience with), we discuss our favorite historical settings for tabletop games, and we talk about one of the best D&D monsters: Mindflayers. We have a lot of fun talking about it, so hopefully you have a lot of fun listening!

Another thing I want to mention- today marks the first day of the kickstarter for my brother's indie RPG, the Mountain Witch 2nd Edition! It's already blown way past its goal (and had within a couple hours!) but if you want to get in on the ground floor and help support an awesome product and an awesome creator, then head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out!


Speaking of supporting creators, consider becoming a patron and head over to Patreon.com/InterPartyConflict and see if any of the our rewards catch your eye! You'll be helping the show and getting cool stuff in return.

This week's Chapel on the Cliffs drawing winner is Daniel M! Congratulations, Daniel! Be sure to let Goblin Stone know what you think about it- and if you haven't received an e-mail within the next 24 hours then contact me and we'll get you sorted out.

If anyone else would like to enter the drawing, just e-mail us at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line! It's never been easier!

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

Have a wonderful week!

Episode 71: When and Where

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What sort of campaign notes do you usually keep while playing? And how can you turn those notes into a story (as you said you've done in the past)?

2. What do you guys think of taking a historical place and time and making it an RPG setting? How would you do it? What place and time would you use?

3. Let's talk about mindflayers.

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Noteworthy Links:

Lemonade Stand, a Flash game


Jell-O vs. Jelly


I Am Groot


Kizarvidexus


Red Hand of Doom, a 3.5 Adventure Module


Adventures in Erylia, an Actual Play podcast we are friends with


Critical Role, an Actual Play podcast we are not friends with


The Adventure Zone, an Actual Play podcast I would love to be friends with


Game of Thrones and War of the Roses


Oriental Adventures, a D&D supplement for playing a game in feudal Japan


Rokugan/Legend of the Five Rings


Bloodborne, a game from From Software set in a pseudo-Victorian England


Dragonlance


Bojack Horseman 


Savage Species, a 3.5 D&D book for playing monster characters


Sylar, the main antagonist from the TV show Heroes


do you even lift


Illithids in Final Fantasy


Illithids in Demon's Souls