Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Four's a crowd, am I right?

For all of your waiting with bated breath, here's episode four! The phantom sound issues I had last time are still present, but editing this episode has made me realize that they may be entirely in my head. So disregard any and all warnings about room noise or clicking in the background. Also, there's totally not a ghost haunting this track. Totally. Anyone who tells you otherwise is in league with the ghost. Except there is no ghost. Anyway, what were we talking about again?

Episode four continues our Dragon's Hoard segment, and this time it's another entry from an official source. I have a couple user-submitted homebrew items that we'll probably cover next time- in the meantime, feel free to submit your own! Any item that you think could have some fun or interesting uses, go ahead and send them to InterPartyConflict@gmail.com.

So thank you all for listening, and be sure to tell your friends, as well as rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes!


Questions answered this episode: 

1. In the 5E era do you find alignments a hold over that should be eventually moved past?

2. All about backstories: Realistic backstory given starting level, flaws, quirks, connections to other people/places, story hooks, etc.?

3. Should I try to solve the Martial vs. Magic balance problem with house rules, or try to integrate every character with different tasks so they don't feel useless?

4. What are the pros and cons to homebrew campaigns, classes, races, backgrounds, etc.?

5. What is your preferred Supers system?


Noteworthy links:

The Film Reroll, a podcast where they play through famous movies as RPGs

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Episode 3? More like Episode... Three!

Another week, another episode! I feel like the quality of the content of this episode is better than the last two- though the sound quality has me scratching my head. We recorded in a different spot than episode 2 and I think there might have been more room noise (as well as an annoying cracking noise in the background periodically, which I did my best to remove whenever possible) so I'll be experimenting before we record next.

This episode marks the beginning of our new segment: The Dragon's Hoard! Every episode we'll begin by delving into one interesting magic item- either an official one from various editions of the game, or a homebrew item that we like- and talking about ways it could be used. For now we'll be picking some of our favorites that we come across on our own, but if you want to submit any (homebrew or pre-written) then please send them to InterPartyConflict@gmail.com!

I also had to upgrade my Soundcloud account to host this episode. I was going to do it anyway, but now I have to. Did you know Soundcloud lets you see not only what countries/states/websites people are listening to your track from, but it also tells you how many times a given person has listened to it? It's funny.

So, check it out. Multiple times if need be. I'll know, but that's okay. I won't tell.

Episode 3: On Shopkeepers


Questions answered this episode: 

1. What's your opinion on marketplaces within a session? For me they seem to drag on for a bit and my players don't seem to be too excited for them. I try to spice things up with very highenergy shop keeps and sellers, but ultimately, my players just wait for their turns to buy then leave. Do you have any suggestions for purchasing using gold or just making the process less painful?

2. What are your qualifications for a usable adventure module?

3. When do you introduce dragons?


Noteworthy links:

The D&D module with the Calzone Golem (One note about this: It used to be free on the WotC website, but all links to it bring up a 404 message. This link has it available for purchase for $0.99, though- if you want a Calzone Golem that badly. Think of it this way- when was the last time you bought a real Calzone for that cheap, let alone a reusable fantasy one?)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Here comes episode 2!

So, a few things I learned this past week:

1. I don't know how to use Twitter.

2. Jeff's audio setup is way better than my own.

3. I absolutely love our intro/outro music.

The second episode is up, and although it's a bit shorter (53 minutes vs. 70) this one is a bit closer to what I wanted originally. (I had only planned for each episode to be around 45-50 minutes, but the first kind of got away from me.) I need to come up with a better way to wrap up the questions (we didn't have any goofy/short questions like the favorite food one from the first episode) but I think the overall sound quality of this one is way better than the last.

Anyway, give it a listen!


Questions answered this episode:

1. Is it okay to create new abilities/features for monsters that players cannot counter?

2. How to deal with Rules Lawyers?

3. Modules or not? Advantages of running a pre-written story vs making your own?

4. At what point do house rules become excessive?

5. How to get new players to RP more?

6. Should the GM keep a tight rein on the setting, or should the GM allow the players some room to add details?

7. Should a GM alter the setting heavily to make it more palatable to players who have issues with some, or even many, elements?

8. Should a GM enforce racism against drow in-setting if a player is honestly wanting to play a heroic drow?

9. How old do you have to be to role play in table top? Explain.


Noteworthy links:
For anyone curious, the intro/outro music is "Inspiration" by Boxcat Games, from Nameless the Hackers RPG. Check them out!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The podcast has begun!

Welcome, all! My name is Gabe, one of the hosts of Inter-Party Conflict, an advice podcast for the tabletop gamer. It's our mission to answer your questions to help you have the best gaming experience possible!

Here's how it works: You send your gaming questions to my co-host Jeff and me, and we answer them on the air. Want some tips on making a character backstory? Want to know how to deal with a problem player? Or maybe you just want to hear about the worst DM we've ever had? Any question you have is fair game. So come on and listen to Inter-Party Conflict!

Click the link below to listen:

Episode 1: Introductions


Questions answered in this episode:

1. What was your first tabletop gaming experience?/How did you first get into Dungeons & Dragons?

2. What is the ideal number of players in a group?

3. How to manage combat efficiently and successfully?

4. Miniatures, yay or nay?/Miniature hacks - how to make/use cost effective miniatures if you don't feel like dishing out $$$ on plastic figurines?

5. Table rules. Which ones are common, and how to encourage them?

6. How best to tweak a monster stat block to represent more of a challenge without compromising the original flavor of the monster?

7. How do you say no to players? Whether it's with character concepts, homebrewing, or anything else

8. What is your favorite gaming snack?


Noteworthy links:

The miniature creation website mentioned in the episode is, as we said, Hero Forge. Check them out!