Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Episode 228: Let's Do A Head Count

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Have you ever gotten to the gaming table to play, but something was... missing? Maybe you only had three players, instead of four or five? Or you were lacking a healing? Or you start playing, and nobody is taking the lead and the group is just spinning their wheels? This week we're going over all of these scenarios and more, so come along and let us know what you think!

And another quick reminder to you all- be sure to check out Crit Academy's new Kickstarter for their 5e-based Superhero RPG, Capes & Crooks! It only has a few more days to go, so let's reach that goal!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is James M! Congratulations, James! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next week- assuming everyone shows up!

Episode 228: It's Missing Something


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What changes would you make to best adapt a prewritten adventure for a party of three PCs?

2. What are some creative ways you have dealt with missing roles in a party?

3. What do you do when your character isn't built to be a leader but nobody else at the table takes the initiative?

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Noteworthy Links:

Lord of the Rings

Final Fantasy

Sidekick Rules from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

Wildermyth

Valkyria Chronicles

Aliens

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Episode 227: How Do You Spell "Useless"?

Hello everyone! This week we're talking about spells- specifically, the spells that we think never get used! What are some spells you've never used? Never seen used? Conversely, what spells are good to give to NPCs to use instead? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so share them in the comments below!

And another quick reminder to you all- be sure to check out Crit Academy's new Kickstarter for their 5e-based Superhero RPG, Capes & Crooks!  They really need your support to meet their goal, so check them out!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Michael T! Congratulations, Mike! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you next time, unless you get Wished out of existence!

Episode 227: Spells Nobody Uses

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What are the spells that never really get used either by players or DMs? Why is that, and have you ever found new uses for them?

2. What are great spells for NPCs to have?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Rise of Skywalker

Dark Souls

Dwarven Defender

Itchy & Scratchy

Futurama

T-1000

Encounter This

Uncharted

Curse of the Azure Bonds

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Episode 226: Disobedient Player Edition

Welcome back! This week we're talking about what a DM should do when players are uncooperative- for better and for worse. What should you do when the players ignore your plot hooks? What should you do if they don't bother to learn the rules? We've got some great advice on both sides, so be sure to follow along with us!

And a quick reminder to you all- be sure to check out Crit Academy's new Kickstarter for their 5e-based Superhero RPG, Capes & Crooks! It looks amazing, and I hope you think so too!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Scott T! Congratulations, Scott! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

You better come back next week, and you better read the rules this time!

Episode 226: Aaaaand It's Gone

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What do you think about players sidelining the story entirely and going off on something completely unrelated? As a DM, should I try to engage them in the story still? Should I create a new story? Or should I just let them do their thing?

2. Am I a jerk for canceling a session since players didn't read the rules?

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Noteworthy Links:

Capes & Crooks

The Lost Room

This Is Spinal Tap

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Episode 225: Slingin' Spells & Slingin' Spells

Hello everyone! This week we've got no guests- just us two plain ol' normal hosts of yours- but we've still got a lot of fun to have on this episode. We're talking about a couple specific rules-based questions, revolving around the permanence and tangibility of a few particular spells in 5th Edition D&D- so come along with us, and let us know in the comments below whether you agree with our takes, or not!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is BlackMagus2651! Congratulations, BlkMagus2651! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch you next time, if you're not trapped in the nether dimension with the Wallgiver!

Episode 225: Spells Set in Stone

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. The firebolt spell says it can target creatures and objects.  Do you let your players use other spells that don't specifically target objects to target them or no? I can understand a vicious mockery not breaking down a door but maybe an acid splash could.

2. If you cast "Wall of Stone" is the wall made of stone or magic?

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Noteworthy Links:

/r/Outside, a subreddit where people treat the real world as if it were an MMORPG

The Hunger Games

Goatball, a fictional sport played by Goliaths requiring unique mechanics for tossing objects to one another

Super Mario World Credits Warp Glitch - I think Jeff was referencing this particular glitch, whereupon players are able to "beat" the game by manipulating the game's data mid-level in order to warp to the very end

Bag of Puppies + Great Cleave - a bit of theorycrafting from 3rd Edition D&D that would theoretically grant you a bunch of bonus attacks by killing a large number of weak creatures using Great Cleave

Shawshank Redemption

The Truman Show

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Episode 224: Inter-Party Conflict Needs More Gay

Welcome back! We're joined by yet another guest this week, but this time it's not just any guest- it's our old friend and internet personality, Jamie (aka Rantasmo of the Youtube channel Needs More Gay)! I don't know how we went this long without having him on the show, but he's here, and this week we're talking about the identity of the characters we play and how much they mirror ourselves. There's a lot of insights to be had, so come along with us, and maybe do a bit of introspection along the way!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Nathan H! Congratulations, Nathan! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

See you all next week, and be true to yourselves!

Episode 224: It's My Life

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What types of characters do you tend to play, and to what extent do you tend to play an idealized version of yourself?

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Noteworthy Links:

Needs More Gay, Jamie's Youtube channel exploring LGBT+ culture in media

Dominic Noble, a media analysis Youtube channel that Jamie is friends with

Order of the Stick, a D&D-based webcomic

Supernatural

Sliders

Mitchell & Webb, a British comedy duo

Hedonism Bot

Pathfinder 2nd Edition

Carol Channing

Monster Hunter

Grand Theft Auto

Westworld

The Purge, a series of movies about a future where a yearly holiday of hedonism and murder has supposedly eliminated crime

Critter Compendium on DMsGuild.com

Mage: The Ascension

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Episode 223: Boffer Edition!

Hey everyone! This week we've got an episode that's not strictly tabletop-gaming based, but absolutely tabletop-adjacent: We're joined by two of my personal friends, Alan and Delilah, to talk about foam swordfighting and LARPing. Even if you've never done it, you should still listen- you'll definitely learn some things, and who knows, you might even want to try it out when we're done!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is NJC! Congratulations, NJC! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Come join us next week, unless you take an arrow to the knee!

Episode 223: Hitting People with Foam

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How did you get into tabletop gaming?

2. What are your thoughts on foam swordfighting?

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Noteworthy Links:

Maumee River Leather, the online store where you can buy handcrafted leather goods made by our guests!

Thor: The Dark World

Rifts, a tabletop RPG from Palladium Books

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, another tabletop RPG from Palladium Books

D&D episode of Dexter's Lab

Mazes & Monsters, a terrible movie about the "dangers" of roleplaying games

Brienne of Tarth, a character from Game of Thrones

Tomb of Annihilation, an official D&D 5e module

Nyan Cat

X-Men: Apocalypse

Gaylord Opryland, a massive hotel and convention center near where we used to live

Role Models

Ragnarok, one of the larger national events in the foam swordfighting community


If you're interested in checking out the various forms of foam swordfighting, here are some handy links:

Darkon

Nero LARP

A Page Specific to the Midwest area (specific to Michigan and surrounding areas) 

Shifted Lands (also specific to Michigan and surrounding areas)

Hearthlight

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)- not foam, but widely accessible

And a Wiki page for groups!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Episode 222: Blog Posts Lost No More, ft. PotatoPlunderer

Welcome back! This week we're joined by a special guest- listener and contributor, Fionn! (Also known as PotatoPlunderer.) We're talking all about homebrew- tips on balancing it, where to begin when homebrewing a campaign, and so on. Come along for the ride, and be sure to share your thoughts and feedback below!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is David J! Congratulations, David! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 if you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 D&D Character Lab! And for books, adventures, and videos, check out Goblin StoneLoresmythAurican's Lair, and Jeff Stevens!

Catch us next time, when we'll have some more special guests on the way!

Episode 222: Total Homebrew

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. You're creating a homebrew campaign. Where do you start the process and what follows after?

2. How do you best balance homebrew mechanics? For that matter, what are your opinions on homebrew in general?

3. How do you determine CRs for homebrewed monsters?

4. What are your tips on creating homebrew classes/races/backgrounds/etc.?

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Noteworthy Links:

Mom's Spaghetti

Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion film from 2016

Chrono Trigger

Rise of the Runelords

Matt Colville - Your First Town

Matt Colville - Monkeying with Monsters

Matt Colville - Action-Oriented Monsters

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

Bob the World Builder

Dael Kingsmill: Monarchs Factory

Fantasynamegenerators.com

The NPC Generator I Unearthed via the Wayback Machine

Dawn of Worlds

Not Another D&D Podcast, another D&D podcast

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

The Ancient Magus Bride, the anime (I think) Jeff and Fionn were talking about

Kratos, protagonist of the God of War series

Episode 221: The Lost Blog Posts part 8, ft. Crossovers

Have you ever played (or wanted to play) the same character in two or more separate campaigns? Also, how would you feel if a Dungeon Master deliberately misled you when starting a campaign, in favor of setting up a twist later on? We tackle both of these topics (and more) on this week's episode, and it's a fun one!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is T.B.! Congratulations, TB! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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... unless we lied about the release schedule!

Episode 221: The Hits Keep On Comin'

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you feel if someone played the same character in multiple campaigns?

2. Would it be a bad idea to lie to my players about the type of campaign I plan on running, in favor of a big twist?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Lich Queen's Beloved, an epic-level adventure we played a long time ago

Escape from the Carnival of Horrors, a Goosebumps Choose-your-own-adventure book

Dawn of Worlds, a worldbuilding RPG

Tommy Westphall Universe

Detective Munch, a character appearing in numerous TV show continuities

St. Elsewhere final scene

Family Matters

Mr. Ed... was a ZEBRA?

Farscape

Episode 220: The Lost Blog Posts part 6, ft. Charles Manson Quotes

Hello everyone! This week we talk about creating witches in D&D, we talk about using magic to bypass deafness, and lots more- so come along for the ride!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Dustun F! Congratulations, Dustun! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 you get the message!

Episode 220: And Leave Something Witchy

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What class/subclass is best for making a classic witch?

2. Can the Message Cantrip communicate with a deaf person?

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Noteworthy Links:

Rise of the Runelords

Sandman - Ramadan

Hocus Pocus

DnD Character Lab: Halloween with Inter-Party Conflict!

Stevie Wonder... iS nOt bLinD!?!!1?

The World's End

The Adventure Zone

Kondar, a magic sword from Baldur's Gate that is deadly to shapeshifters

Curse of the Azure Bonds

Acme Portable Hole from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Episode 219: The Lost Blog Posts part 5, ft. Dustun

Welcome back! This week we're joined by a very special guest- our good friend (and frequent contributer to the show) Dustun! Dustun joins us as we discuss how to incorporate PCs with disabilities (mental and physical) into our games, and how to do so respectfully. So come along for the ride with us, and share your experiences below!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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!

Have a great week!

Episode 219: Dungeons & Disabilities

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you integrate a PC with a disability into your game without just eliminating that disability? (And not just blindness, but missing limbs, using a wheelchair, etc.)

2. Have you ever roleplayed a mentally challenged person? Should that even be attempted? If so, what are your tips and suggestions for doing so respectfully?

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Noteworthy Links:

A Bug's Life






Sterling Archer, the main character of the FX animated show




Episode 218: The Lost Blog Posts part 4, ft. Dopplegangers

Hello again, listeners! This week we discuss change: First off, we address the Changeling race, and whether they're too powerful or not (spoilers, we don't think so), and then we talk about changing the weapon stats in the book. There's a lot of fun to be had in this episode, so come along for the ride!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Mathew W! Congratulations, Mathew! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 you are who you say you are!

Episode 218: Open to Change

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. One of my players wants to play a changeling. They seem way too powerful! Am I missing something?

2. How do you feel about changing weapon stats and mechanics from the ones in the book?

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Noteworthy Links:


Dungeon Full Dive, an amazing virtual tabletop I've backed on Kickstarter

Golden Gun, a weapon from various James Bond movies and video games



Episode 217: The Lost Blog Posts part 3, ft. Sidekicks

Have you read the Sidekick rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything? I hadn't, until recently- and they're kind of amazing! The examples in the book are only the tip of the iceberg, so come along with us this week as we dive in and come up with some of my favorite campaign concepts I've had in years!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Staci! Congratulations, Staci! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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, same Gabe time, same Jeff channel!

Episode 217: On the Sidelines

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What do you think of the new Sidekick rules in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything?

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Noteworthy Links:


The Mark of Cain, a magical brand from the TV show Supernatural that causes its bearer to be unkillable but have an unstoppable thirst for combat

The Witch Is Dead, a one-page RPG by Grant Howitt 

Sir Bearington, a popular D&D Greentext

Episode 216: The Lost Blog Posts part 2, ft. Trolls

Hello again everyone! No guests this week, instead we're treating you to another Gabe Rant(TM)- sort of. This one is a bit more structured than usual. And the topic: Trolls! Specifically, are trolls magical creatures? Why or why not? Prepare to learn more than you ever expected to learn about trolls, magical creatures, and magical trolls.

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Matt V! Congratulations, Matt! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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 the trolls don't get ya!

Episode 216: Gabe's Treatise on Trolls

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1. Are trolls "magical creatures"? Why or why not?

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Noteworthy Links:

The Circle, a Netflix reality show that debuted last year

Willy's Wonderland, a horror movie starring Nicolas Cage most certainly based on Five Nights at Freddy's


SrGrafo, a comic that spawned various memes


Curse of the Azure Bonds, the computer game that got me into D&D

Episode 215: The Lost Blog Posts part 1, ft. Nathan H

We're back again with another guest- this week, it's Nathan Heard, AKA Seawood Scribe (the creator of Strahd's Manual of Shadow, that we gave away last year)! We had a great time talking with him about low-magic campaigns, grounded PCs, and mobile combats (and much more)! So come along with us for another great episode, and while you're at it, go check out Nathan's website and see what he's up to!

And the winner of this week's Crit 3 drawing is Karl L! Congratulations, Karl! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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!

You all have a great week, you hear?

Episode 215: Staying Grounded

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Why do you think so many people play campaigns where magic is illegal or in some way limited?

2. How would you make a game of D&D more gritty and realistic while still having fun, and make it seem like the players are more like real-world heroes and less like demigods?

3. Do you have any tips on making a more mobile combat?

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Noteworthy Links:


Imaginext toys - I don't remember why this was referenced but here's the link



Sanford and Son, an old TV show about a crotchety old man and his son working in a junkyard

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Welp, there it is

OH GEEZ, I FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE FORMATTING

I feel so dumb. There was basically just like a little option I click at the top of each post. That's it.

So, expect a bunch of posts in the near future.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Technical Difficulties

Hello everyone! For the last week or so, Blogger seems to have changed the formatting for their interface and now everything is much, much harder to use. (I used to be able to just copy and paste something from a Google Doc or an email and it would have the same formatting in here, but now the interface is full of HTML code or something. I'm not even positive if this message is going to look right.) As such, I don't think I'm going to be updating this website until that gets fixed. But don't worry, all of the information on here is available other places- on our Facebook page, on our Subreddit, and so on. Apologies for the inconvenience, and I seriously hope they sort this out ASAP!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Episode 214: Subclassy

Welcome back, listeners! We've got a real treat for you this week- we're joined by two of the hosts of the fantastic D&D podcast, Crit Academy! Justin and Ian are with us to discuss building subclasses in D&D 5th Edition- and to illustrate the process, all four of us have brought in a subclass that we've designed, and we're sharing them all with you! It's a ton of fun and you should definitely come along for the ride.

I alaso want to direct you to Crit Academy's new upcoming product, Capes & Crooks! It's coming soon to Kickstarter, but if you follow their blog and podcast you just might be able to catch some of the playtest!

And this week's winner of the brand-new Crit 3 drawing is The DM's Council! Congratulations, DM's Council! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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 If you'd like to help support the show and get some great additional content for it, head over to http://www.patreon.com/interpartyconflict and become a patron! Even a dollar a month gets you some bonus content, and there's lots of cool stuff there for anyone willing to help make the show better.

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!

Stay classy, listeners!

Episode 214: A Class Act

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How would you go about creating a subclass?

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Noteworthy Links:

Death Note, an anime/manga about a man who finds a killer note book

Azure Bonds

Brandon Sanderson, author of various fantasy book series, including the Stormlight Archive

Bloodrager, a Barbarian/Sorcerer hybrid class from Pathfinder

World of Warcraft

Warshaper, a Druid Prestige Class from 3.5 D&D

Gun Mage, a Sorcerer subclass made by Crit Academy

Monster Hunter Gun Lance

All Might, a character from My Hero Academia

Tulok the Barbarian, a Youtube channel where they make popular characters in D&D (and they guested on Crit Academy a few months ago!)

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Episode 213: Eww, No

Hello everyone! After last week's episode, we've made an executive decision: No more ads! (Even though some of them were really good.) Instead, this week's episode is all about some of the unfortunate implications of casting magic spells- we're talking about rolling dice, and how polymorph functions. Warning: This one gets a little gross.

And this week's winner of our brand-new Crit 3 drawing is Doug A! Congratulations, Doug! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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!

Catch us next time, when we've got some very special guests lined up!

Episode 213: The Implications of Magic

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. When you roll damage for a spell, do you roll multiple dice or do you roll one and multiply it?

2. If I polymorph someone into a cow, milk the cow, then they turn back to normal... what happens to the milk?

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Episode 212: Ad Space Available

Welcome back! This week we're got a great episode for you- we discuss services like Roll20, D&D Beyond, games like Magic the Gathering, our favorite companies like From Software and TV shows like Fullmetal Alchemist, and more. Be sure to like, share, and subscribe to all of the podcasts on the Critnation Fellowship!

And this week's winner of our brand-new Crit 3 drawing is Vampdemigod! Congratulations, Vampdemigod! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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, after a word from our sponsor!

Episode 212: Open Market

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What tips/tricks/suggestions y'all have for making the most out of Roll20 (or other online platforms) for your players?

2. DnD Beyond- is it worth it?

3. Any tips on adapting a setting or world such as one from Magic: The Gathering to D&D? How do you make sure you fully flesh out the world in both mechanics and lore for D&D while making sure you stay true to the original iteration? 

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Noteworthy Links:

People's Trivia Company - I've linked directly to my spot on their anniversary episode!



Dawn of Worlds, a worldbuilding game


Ravnica, the D&D campaign setting based on Magic the Gathering

Dragon Dice, a collectible dice game made by TSR






Kai, Last of the Brunnen G, an undead assassin from the sci-fi TV show Lexx

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Episode 211: Psychic Battles Are The Bomb

Hi listeners! Do you like psionics? Do you even know what "psionics" means? Well, today we're going to talk all about what psionics is, what psionics isn't, and how it compares and contrasts to magic. The answer may surprise you- unless you're psychic, that is!

And the first winner of our brand-new Crit 3 drawing is Michael R! Congratulations, Michael! 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.

Every week we're going to be giving away this new 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!

Catch us next time, if the price is right!

Episode 211: Now That's Psionics

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What is the difference between magic and psionics?

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Noteworthy Links:

Bonnaroo, an annual music festival in Tennessee

Cows Have Best Friends

Savage Species, a 3.5 book about making monstrous PCs

Kalashtar, a psionic race in Eberron

Psiforged, a psionic option for Warforged characters

Chapel on the Cliffs, an adventure module we used to give away

Magic of Incarnum, another 3.5 supplement for yet another magic variant

Shadow of the Colossus, a video game that revolutionized open-world games and boss battles

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Episode 210: I Think That Potion Was Spoiled

Welcome back, listeners! We have another great episode for you- this week, we talk about the shelf life of potions (and what happens when they "go bad"), as well as what spell we would choose to be if we had to be a spell. There's a lot of fun goofs in this one, so come along for the ride!

And the final winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Aaron R! Congratulations, Aaron! 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.

Starting next week, we're going to be giving away a new 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, with a new giveaway and some mind-powered discussion!

Episode 210: Making Magic

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do potions have a "shelf life"? If a potion has "gone off" after hundreds of years, what are some changes that might occur and how would the Identify spell react?

2. If you could live the rest of your days as a living spell (like exists in Eberron) what spell would you choose to be?

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Noteworthy Links:

Indiana Jones

DnD Character Lab

Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, a 4e module with rules for ruined potions

Living Spells

Gray Goo Scenario

Biblical Angels

Claws of Madness

Feast of Legends, an RPG created by Wendy's restaurant

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Episode 209: Get All Your Friends Together! (Remotely I guess?)

Hello, everyone! We're back again with another great episode, this one focused on getting the most out of your adventure modules: What to do when players miss content, or when you have less than the expected amount of players. We get to some good discussion in this one, so you don't want to miss it!

And this week's winner of our giveaway for Crit Academy's Unearthed Tips & Tricks: Volume II is Adam G! Congratulations, Adam! 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.

As we said last week, we're changing up our giveaways! Start in two weeks we're going to be giving away a new 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!

Thanks for listening, and catch you next time!

Episode 209: All the Adventure

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. As a DM, are you disappointed if the players don’t attempt or complete the side quests or find all the treasure possible?

2. What changes would you make to best adapt a prewritten adventure for a party of three PCs?

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

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