Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to episode 54!

Hey, everyone!

This week marks the first week of our Chapel on the Cliffs giveaway, courtesy of Goblin Stone! Our lucky winner is Jason S, who should be receiving an e-mail from Benoit over at Goblin Stone very soon. Congratulations to Jason! And if any of you wish to join the giveaway, it's super easy- all you have to do is send an email to InterPartyConflict@gmail.com with "Chapel on the Cliffs" in the subject line. We might draw your name next week!

This episode deals with two topics: Players setting up ambushes, and adding a new player late in a campaign. Both can be tricky and both require some work from the players and the DM. We also talk about dead bugs and guts, but hey, they can't all be sunshine and rainbows, right? If you like hearing us talk and want to help us talk more, then consider checking out our Patreon! We've got some fun rewards up there (and Jeff and I just recorded our first Patron-only bonus episode- so that should be going up soon for our Green Tier patrons). If anything looks good to you, then anything you can spare will help us make the show better. And even if you can't spare anything, then just tell a friend! We love to get new listeners.

And remember- check out the other members of the Critnation Fellowship! Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab are making great podcasts, and Goblin StoneLoresmyth, and Aurican's Lair for making great adventures. So check them all out!

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next week!

Episode 54: On the Lookout

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Questions answered this episode:

1. Do you have advice on how players can set up ambushes?

2. Do you ever find it hard to catch a player up that joins late into a campaign? Also any suggestions on merging the new character into the party?


Noteworthy Links:

Hansel and Gretel, a fairy tale about a gingerbread house-dwelling witch

Wrecked (2010), a movie with Adrian Brody that Gabe was thinking of while introducing the Dragon's Hoard

Follow Your Nose!

Food Mirage

Thor Cockhammer, Druid Extraordinaire

Red Hand of Doom

Lord of the Iron Fortress

Sleepy Gary

The Frellcast, a Farscape podcast that Gabe just guest-hosted on

Nickelodeon Guts

Nickelodeon's Double Dare- the show Gabe meant when he referenced Guts

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge

Donkey Kong

Check out episode 53!

Hey, listeners!

This week we've got some fun stuff for you. We've started something very exciting that I'm happy to announce- every week from here on out, we're giving a random listener a free copy of Goblin Stone's adventure, The Chapel on the Cliffs! To be entered into the drawing, all you have to do is send us an email- at InterPartyConflict@gmail.com- and put "Chapel on the Cliffs" into the subject line. That's it! We'll be picking one person at random every episode. It's that easy!

This week, our episode is about adding new books to a campaign, and the risks and rewards that come with. If you're lucky, you might even get a small rant from Gabe too (which people seem to like for some reason). If you like our show and you want more content from us, head over to Patreon.com/interpartyconflict and see if any of the rewards appeal to you! Even a dollar a month gets you a bit of extra content, so check it out!

As always, check out the other podcasts on the Critnation Fellowship- Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab- and Goblin StoneLoresmyth, and Aurican's Lair for great adventures.

Have a great week!

Episode 53: Splatbooks & Power Creep

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Question answered this episode:

1. Non-core books. Which ones do you use? Which do you hate? How much does it change the game as more books keep coming out?


Noteworthy Links:

D&D Shadow over Mystara

The Carnival Games video Gabe mentioned

Cheers, a 1980's American Sitcom that took place in a bar

A Complete List of 3rd Edition D&D Sourcebooks

Origin of the word "Splatbook"

Osteomancer and Cerebrex, two Prestige Classes Jeff mentioned

A Practical Guide to Dragons, a great book from WotC that has all of the lore and artwork of D&D dragons but none of the mechanics


4th Edition D&D Essentials

Healing Spirit

Illegal Danish: Super Snacks - A video Jeff mentioned in a bit that got cut from the episode

Burnt Offerings, the adventure that (I think) featured the fight with goblins in a glassworks

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Episode 52 is here!

Hello, everyone!

Not a whole lot to report this week- we've got a fun episode that I hope you all like. We did start our Patreon last week, and it's going very well, but this episode was recorded riiiight before it went live so there isn't much in the episode about it. (Next week's episode will have us thanking all of our current patrons on-air, so if you're a patron then check that out next Tuesday.) If you'd like to check out our Patreon, head over to Patreon.com/interpartyconflict and see if the rewards appeal to you!

In this episode we talk about the origins of D&D, why it's so popular, and the stereotypes that come with it. Jeff and I also spend a little bit of time on the topic of drugs- mainly coming up with goofy slogans encouraging you to stay away from them- and while editing I realized that it may have been in poor taste. So if anyone takes offense to us goofing about such a serious topic, I do apologize. We take the safety of our listeners very seriously, and so if you or anyone you know may be struggling with drug abuse, and you're in the United States, then let me urge you to PLEASE call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Everyone goes through struggles in their lives but there's always people can help if yours get to be too hard for you to handle on your own.

Now, on a less somber note, be sure to check out the other members of the Critnation Fellowship- Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab for great podcasts, and LoresmythGoblin Stone, and Aurican's Lair for great gaming products.

Thanks, and stay safe, everyone!

Episode 52: Introducing D&D

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Questions answered this episode:

1. With the huge amount of systems, settings, and styles of Tabletop RPGs out there right now, why is D&D still the most known, go-to system? Does it come down to marketing dollars? Or is D&D just THAT good?

2. How do you feel about the "nerdy" stereotype that D&D brings with it?


Noteworthy Links:

UmActually.com is a real site for a podcast or something

The d100 I got for Christmas

Peewee Herman does a drug PSA

Seagulls! (Stop it now) - a video that Jeff and I joked about in a sequence that got cut from the episode

Chainmail, the game that eventually became D&D

An old episode of 60 Minutes about the "evils of D&D"

James Dallas Egbert III

Chick Tracts

Mazes & Monsters, a movie loosely based on James Dallas Egbert's story

Dexter's Laboratory- D & DD - The episode of Dexter's Lab that inspired many kids to play D&D

Stranger Things

Fantasy Football

Dark Souls: The Board Game


HarmonQuest, a live actual-play show made by Dan Harmon and starring comedians and celebrities

Roller Derby

Magic the Gathering


TED Talks

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Along with our birthday, comes a big announcement!

So, Twitter just informed me that today is our birthday. (I set the Twitter account's birthday as the day we recorded our first episode, so here we are.) So to celebrate this joyous occasion, we have a very important announcement!

Today is the day that we launched our Patreon campaign. What is a Patreon, you ask? It's a service where you can pledge to donate a small amount of money per month, and in return we can give you rewards for it. It's not mandatory, you won't receive any less content if you don't donate, but you will receive extra content if you do. If you want more information, or to find out what sort of rewards we're offering, then check our campaign out at Http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict. And whether you're able to donate or not, we want to thank you all for following us this long, and here's to another year! *clink*

This week's episode is all about running a high magic campaign vs. a low magic campaign. There's also some fun bits in there about regicide and the fall of the French army, but hey, let's keep it to the good times, eh?

And as usual, be sure to visit the other members of the Critnation Fellowship- Crit Academy and D&D Character Lab for great podcasts, and LoresmythGoblin Stone, and Aurican's Lair for new gaming products.

Thanks, everyone!

Episode 51: Some Kind of Magical

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Questions answered this episode:

1. When creating a high-magic campaign setting, how do I make the player characters feel more "magical" without unbalancing the game?

2. Do you think 5E lends itself to a no (or very low) magic campaign? And if so, how would you do it? Would you just flavor the magic as something else? Or would you just keep the magic out of it?


Noteworthy Links:

Dragon's Lair, a laserdisc-based arcade game from the 80's (and the game I was picturing during the Dragon's Hoard intro)

The Church of the Silver Flame, one of the leading religions in Eberron

The Weasley House from the second Harry Potter movie, a great example of normal people in a high-magic world

Elminster of Shadowdale, a high-level NPC in Faerun

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Llamas with Hats, a funny video referenced in a bit I cut from this episode

The One Ring, the magical MacGuffin in the Lord of the Rings series

Fallout, a post-apocalyptic RPG series



Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the first of the Dragonlance novels

Marvel's Thor

Only War, the RPG from which this episode's Funeral Pyre story came

Friday the 13th: the Game

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

It's happened, everyone! We've been making this podcast for a year. A whole year! (Give or take a few days, yadda yadda.) It's crazy. Looking back at older episodes, I remember discussions we had where I honestly felt like we had a pretty good handle on podcasting and where the show was going and so on, but then I look back and that was like episode eight or something. It's crazy how far we've come!

This episode brings back an old friend- Justin from Crit Academy! He was kind enough to help us ring in the new year as we go through a handful of my own discussion questions I posted to Facebook and Twitter and Reddit in 2017. We get into some fun discussion about characters, games, gods, monsters, wishes, dead celebrities, the whole gamut. So come along for the ride!

I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners over the past year, and more importantly, all of the contributors who have sent in questions, items, and stories for us to discuss. We wouldn't have a podcast without all of you, so thank you so much! You all are so great and we here at the podcast appreciate each and every one of you.

So have a great year. :-)

Episode 50: New Year's Podcast

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Questions answered this episode:

1. What's your favorite magic item?

2. What is your favorite class to play, and why?

3. Aside from D&D, what tabletop roleplaying games have you played?

4. What gaming podcasts, if any, do you listen to?

5. What do you consider the best alignment, and why?

6. Does your group keep track of things like food/water, carrying capacity, and cost of living? How do you feel about it?

7. Have you (or has your DM) ever twisted a Wish spell against the player? What was the Wish, and how did you twist it? Also, why did you twist it?

8. What mythological creature would you like to see in a tabletop game?

9. PCs meeting/fighting gods. Yea or nay?

10. What is your LEAST favorite magic item?

11. What movie would you like to see made into an RPG? Conversely, what RPG would you like to see made into a movie?

12. What is your ideal group size?

13. What is your favorite D&D-themed video game, and why?

14. If you could play the tabletop game of your choice with anyone, living or dead, what would you play and who would you play with?

15. How long are your play sessions? Is that ideal, or would you rather they be longer or shorter?

16. Seating and snacks. What makes for a good, comfortable gaming environment?

17. What is a character class or archetype that you never play? And why do you never play it?


Roleplaying Games mentioned in this episode:

Mutants & Masterminds

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness

The Mountain Witch

Dogs in the Vineyard




Gamma World


13th Age

Fate Accelerated Edition

Podcasts mentioned in this episode:

Crit Academy

D&D Character Lab

Adventures in Erylia

Hearty Dice Friends

The Film Reroll

The Adventure Zone


The Short Game

Anything from the Duckfeed.tv network (Watch Out For Fireballs!Abject SufferingCheck It Out, ComradeBonfireside ChatDays of Future Cast, and Monster in My Podcast in particular)


Other noteworthy links:

Jzadirune, an abandoned gnomish city from the Shackled City adventure path

Scylla and Charybdis, an encounter from The Odyssey by Homer

Shadow of the Colossus, an open-world game where you fight exclusively gigantic boss enemies

Discworld (and the World Turtle) by Terry Pratchett

Groundhog Day, an amazing movie starring Bill Murray

Arrowhead of Total Destruction (a schematic for a weapon involving an arrow, a bag of holding, and a portable hole)

Eragon, a book series by Christopher Paolini

Monkey Island, a game series where swordfighting involves learning insults and comebacks

Neverwinter Nights, a computer game using the D&D ruleset by Bioware

Jim Varney, actor who played the unforgettable TV & movie character Ernest

Garry Kasparov, world chess champion

The Death Knight's Squire, a solo D&D adventure from Dungeon Masters Guild

Now & Later candies, my go-to candy when I was in high school

A photo of the actual fridge in my basement

Dragonball Z