Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Episode 239 - Seriously, Don't Try It

How much money have YOU spent on miniatures and battlefield decor? (Hopefully not as much as us!) Also, what are some rules exploits you've seen used in a game? We discuss these topics and more on this week's episode, and we'd love to hear your thoughts below!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is T.B.! Congratulations, T.B.! You should be getting that in your e-mail soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place next Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute 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!

We'll be taking next week off, so expect a non-standard episode in its place. Enjoy, and have a great week!

Episode 239: Don't Even Try It

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. How much do you think you've spent on minis and battlemat decor?

2. What is the best/worst exploit you've seen used/attempted in a game?

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Noteworthy Links:

Frostop Root Beer, a delicious brand of root beer I have been looking for for years

Knockturn Alley, the shady and dangerous back alleys of the Wizarding World

Hand of Glory, the pickled hand of a hanged man that is believed to have supernatural abilities

Arms & Equipment Guide, a 3e D&D book with loads of magical and non-magical gear

Lord of the Print, a 3D model designer I back on Patreon

Warhammer 40k, as popular tabletop war game

War Troll, a troll variant that is not weak to fire

The Peasant Railgun, a thought experiment that exploits D&D rules to break physics

The Room of Spirit and Time, a location in the Dragonball series that lets a person extend time to train their abilities

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Episode 238: Only A Little Bad News This Time

We're back with another great episode! This week we're talking about what you can and can't remove from D&D before it stops being D&D- and why we think someone would still want to play such a game. There's a lot to say on these topics, so be sure to follow along, and share your thoughts and comments below!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is Elliot M! Congratulations, Elliot! You should be getting that in your e-mail soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute 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 we find a more fitting ruleset!

Episode 238: Oh Dungeons, Oh Dragons

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Do you think it would be possible to run a D&D campaign with no or very little combat? How would you do this?

2. Why do you think people choose to play D&D, rather than a different game with a more (or less) restrictive ruleset?

3. Are "dungeons" obsolete or no longer used in your game sessions? Why or why not?

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Noteworthy Links:

Diving Bell, an old method of underwater exploration and research

Rime of the Frostmaiden

Nathan Heard's products on DMs Guild

8 Non-Combat Roleplaying Games

GURPS, a universal roleplaying system from Steve Jackson Games

The Film Reroll, a podcast that plays through movies using GURPS

Tearable RPG, a very rules-lite RPG

Willow, a fantasy film from Lucasfilms

Dungeon!, a fantasy board game from TSR

Dragon Dice, a collectible dice game originally from TSR

Baba Yaga, a terrifying character from folklore

Mesoamerican Pyramids

Dead by Daylight, an asymmetrical horror game

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Episode 237: More Bad News Edition

Welcome back! This week we've got another set of fun topics- what to do if you end up with too many players, what book is best to have on a desert island, and why we think players make new characters instead of reviving dead ones- even if it starts off with another bummer announcement! (You'd think the bummers would stop eventually, right? Right?) We won't let it keep us down, so come along for another fun ride!

This week's winner of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement is DarbonneLJ! Congratulations! You should be getting that in your email soon. Be sure to leave Seawood Scribe a review, so he can continue making great products in the future!

Want to enter to win a copy of this great supplement? It's easy- just send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line. It's that simple!

And if you're more interested in something tangible, you're in luck! We still have two more fantastic drawings for fantastic leather goods from MaumeeRiverLeather.com, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Don't miss out!

And remember, for more podcasts, visit our friends at Crit AcademyBrute 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, where we might accidentally end up with nine guests! (Not really, but what if?)

Episode 237: Out of Options

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. I sent out too many invitations and now I have nine players. Any tips?

2. Desert Island question: You can take one DnD book. Which do you take?

3. Why do people usually roll new characters when they die (instead of trying to revive the old one)?

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Noteworthy Links:

Space Flea from Nowhere (obligatory TVTropes warning)

Sin, the primary antagonistic force in Final Fantasy X

Episode 216: Gabe's Treatise on Trolls

Binging with Babish, a fantastic Youtube channel where the creator makes foods from various TV shows

Beat Saber, a VR rhythm game

You Dropped A Bomb On Me

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Episode 236: FIGHT!!!

Hot off the heels of our downer announcement last week, we've come back swinging (and kicking, and Hadoken-ing?) into another great episode. This week we talk about a theoretical D&D fighting game, using the Wish spell to rewrite your character's existence, traps that explode from caltrops, and more. Oh! And in case you thought we forgot, we didn't! We've also got the first winner of our three leather product drawings, so strap in!

The winner of the beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com, is....

....The Beverage Tea!

Congratulations to Mr. Beverage, but to everyone else, don't worry! We still have two more fantastic drawings, and the next one- for the amazing carved leather false book- is going to be taking place on Tuesday, October 12th. To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Again, there's only ONE WEEK LEFT to get this journal, but plenty of time to enter the other two drawings!

And another reminder- next week we're starting our giveaway for Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement! To enter the drawing, send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line!

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!

Join us next week, when surely no more bad news will befall the podcast!

Episode 236: Gaming Wishes


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Imagine a D&D fighting game. What sort of characters should be on the roster?

2. Can you use Wish to respec your character (such as changing your class or race)?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Glitterbomb

Dolomar's Force Wave, a 3rd Edition spell that we've referenced on the show many times

The Ghost, a new (and FREE!) class from Seawood Scribe

Street Fighter, a popular series of fighting games

Super Smash Bros., a fighting series based on Nintendo franchises

Marvel vs. Capcom, a fighting mashup of two popular rosters of characters

Mortal Kombat, a fighting series known for its gore and violence 

Darkstalkers, a fighting series based on classic horror monsters

C-c-c-combo Breaker

Friendquest: Tower of Doom

MUGEN, a freeware 2D fighting game with user-created content

SaltyBet, a website where you watch and bet on AI-controlled Mugen fights

Death Note, an anime about a teenager with a magical book that kills people

Arm Joe, the anime-styled fighting game based on Les Miserables

Horcruxes

Star Trek Voyager

Curse of Strahd

The Styes, an adventure and setting from Dungeon Magazine that has been reborn in Ghosts of Saltmarsh

Brooklyn 99

Memorable Monsters, a fantastic product from Crit Academy (that I wrote an entry for!)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Episode 235 - The Episode that was Coming Eventually

We're back! This week we're starting off with a very important announcement; you'll want to make sure you listen to the first few minutes if nothing else. Once that's over, though, we're talking about two things that obviously should never be in D&D: guns in a fantasy setting, and tolerance for rules lawyers! So come along and follow with us.

And a final reminder- only ONE WEEK LEFT until Tuesday, September 14th, the first drawing for our three leather giveaways! Next week we're going to be doing the drawing for the beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. Again, there's only ONE WEEK LEFT to get this journal, but plenty of time to enter the other two drawings!

And another cool announcement- we're starting another supplement giveaway too! If you want to win a free copy of Seawood Scribe's Witch class supplement just in time for the spookiest part of the year, send us an e-mail with "Hocus Pocus" in the subject line!

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!

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but be sure to join us next week when we have another great episode!

Episode 235: The Beginning of the End


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Guns in fantasy. Yay or nay?

2. Why should a DM bother to entertain a rules lawyer?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Seinfeld Bottle Return

Roll for Combat, a network of Pathfinder podcasts

Strahd's Manual of Shadow, a fantastic supplement from Seawood Scribe that we gave away last October

Guns Pre-Date Plate Armor

GUN Mage, a Sorcerer Origin from Crit Academy

Hexagons are the Bestagons

Ball of Arms Man

Murder Mondays, a true crime Youtube channel where the host puts on makeup while talking about true crime stories

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Episode 234: Official Module Edition

Hello again, everyone! This week we have another great episode for you- we're joined by Collins Blakely, host of Where Streams Come True, to talk about official D&D modules, chaotic players, Charisma checks, and more. So come along and give us a listen, and when you're done, go check out Collins' podcast too! I'm sure you'll find something you like.

And another reminder- in just two weeks on Tuesday, September 14th, we're going to be doing the drawing for a beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. It's coming up soon, so be sure to get that to us ASAP!

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!

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

Episode 234: How Appropriate


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Of all of the official 5e modules, which stick out to you as best for adventurers of each level bracket (1-5, 6-11, 12+)?

2. When is it OK to wrangle in new players who enjoy playing but are very chaotic in their play-style (wanting to fight every peasant who looks at them wrong, or has very little forethought/compassion for others outside of the party)?

3. Charisma: Should the player's words matter or should you treat the stat like all the others?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Where Streams Come True, Collins' podcast where they randomly watch and review Disney+ properties

Studio 76

Rescuers Down Under

Yogsquest

Capri Sun commercials

List of Official D&D Modules

Orrery of the Wanderer

Meseeks Box, an artifact that summons a being to complete tasks for you

Lost Laboratory of Kwalish

Powered by the Apocalypse, a narrative-focused tabletop RPG

The Film Reroll

Saw, a series of horror films famous for its diabolical traps

Zelda Water Temple

10 Ways To Make Traps More Fun In Dungeons and Dragons from Crit Academy

Grimtooth's Traps

Tomb of Horrors

Dragonbait, a saurial paladin from the Azure Bonds novel

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Episode 233: A Deity Did It

It's that time again! This week, we're talking about messing with the timeline, meeting gods face-to-face, giving players plot armor, and much, much more! Come along for the ride and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

And another reminder- on Tuesday, September 14th, we're going to be doing the drawing for a beautiful black-and-red leatherbound journal, handcrafted by the great people over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter the drawing, all you need to do is leave us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. And next month, we'll be doing another drawing, and the month after that! So hurry up and enter!

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, and good luck with the drawing!

Episode 233: Gods in the Machine


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever encountered a deity in a game? As a presumably mortal GM, how do you go about depicting divine wisdom?

2. Plot armor for your players. Yay or nay?

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Noteworthy Links: 

Nowhere Men

Heroforge, a great website for designing and purchasing miniatures

Back to the Future 

Avengers Endgame

Dogma, a film by Kevin Smith

Dawn of Worlds

Watch Out For Fireballs!, one of many podcasts on the Duckfeed.tv network

Resident Evil 3

The DM Lair

Roguelikes

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Episode 232: Leatherbound Edition

Hello everyone! This week we're talking about giving players more attunement slots, how to adjudicate agency-removal effects like domination, and memorable traps. It's a fun episode, and that's not all! This week we're also detailing our newest giveaway!

Over the next three months we're going to be giving away three handcrafted leather products from our good friends over at MaumeeRiverLeather.com! To enter, all you need to do is to write us a review on the platform of your choice, and send us a photo. The first drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 14th, so get in your entries soon! We will be giving away the following products, in order:

1. A beautiful leather journal

2. A box disguised as a journal

3. A leather book cover sized to fit any D&D book (No picture just yet, sorry!)

So send us your reviews, and be sure to tell us which of the three items you want to enter for! We're super excited to be able to give out these awesome products.

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, and good luck with the drawing!

Episode 232: Under Control


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Would allowing more magic item attunements be broken?

2. When a spell or effect compels a player to do something, should the DM tell them what they do (separate from the player's agency) or should they be free to interpret it as their character?

3. What makes a good trap to you? What's the best trap you've sprung on your players/had sprung on you?

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Noteworthy Links:

Maumee River Leather, the Indiana-based leather company responsible for setting up our awesome giveaway

Supernatural

Ocean's Twelve Thieves Cant scene

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Episode 231: The Son of Episode 230

Welcome back! What do you do when none of the players are making a decision about where to go? This week we discuss that, and other option-based dilemmas, so come along and join us on the ride!

And as of this week, we've run out of entrants for our Crit 3 drawing. But don't worry- that means we can move on to another giveaway, which we'll be detailing next episode! So don't miss it!

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 week, and don't make me kick in the door!

Episode 231: Optional Paralysis


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever bought or considered buying a "special edition" of any source book, or do you feel that they generally aren't worth the additional cost?

2. Choice Paralysis. How do you get a set of players stuck on sorting out what to do to actually move some part of the ideas forward to actually play the game?

3. Do you prefer Active or Passive defense in combat?

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Noteworthy Links:

Magic the Gathering: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Gen Con

Olidammara's Dice

Key & Peele Skype Lag

Episode 230: Por que no los tres?

Hey everyone! This week we're back with another great episode, and this time, we've got a very special guest, our good friend Dave! He's with us to talk about a project he's working on- a tabletop RPG campaign that utilizes real-world languages to communicate. I think it's a fantastic idea, so come along with us to hear all about it- and share your thoughts below!

And this week's winner of our Crit 3 drawing is Patrick N! Congratulations, Patrick! 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!

A la semaine prochaine, si vous me comprenez!

Episode 230: Hello, Bonjour, Hola


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Have you ever taken part in a game where real-world foreign languages were a part of the setting?

2. Should sign language be usable for verbal components when casting spells?

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Noteworthy Links:

WWE Legends Royal Rumble, the wrestling-based card game Dave and I played

World Wide Wrestling, a wrestling-based tabletop RPG

Star Trek Generations

Raising Gamers Facebook Group

Quina Quen, an enigmatic character from Final Fantasy IX

Dr. House

I don't remember what this was in response to but here's a short comic about Mr. Rogers meeting Thor

Red Green

Pirates of the Caribbean

Episode 229: Reality Takes a Holiday

Hello listeners! We're back, with another great episode this week. We're talking about breaking the fourth wall in a tabletop RPG (what it means, what it might look like in a game, etc.) and also we entertain the idea of paying to have a "professional gamer" at your table. This is a fun one you won't want to miss!

And a last-minute reminder: please be sure to check out Crit Academy's new Kickstarter for their 5e-based Superhero RPG, Capes & Crooks! It's getting down to the wire and they still haven't met their goal, so please check it out here! It only has a few more days to go, so let's reach that goal!

And this week's winner of our Crit 3 drawing is Zachary P! Congratulations, Zachary! Be sure to leave Crit Academy a review, so they can keep on making great products! They're a great group and would love to use your feedback to improve their products in the future.

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!

See you next time, if the script says so!

Episode 229: Tear Down That Wall


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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. Breaking the fourth wall in an RPG. Whaaat? Is it possible? Would it work? How would you do it????

2. How much would you pay to have a Professional Gamer at your table?

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Noteworthy Links:

Monster in My Pocket

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Reality Takes a Holiday, the final episode of the TV show Eerie, Indiana, that revolves around a 4th-wall break

The French Mistake, an episode from the sixth season of Supernatural, that also revolves around a 4th-wall break

The Hunger Games

Moriarty, a character from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Metal Gear Solid

Doki Doki Literature Club, a psychological horror visual novel with a climax that revolves largely around 4th-wall breaks

Deadpool

Tay Zonday on Cameo

Al's Diner

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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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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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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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