Sunday, January 9, 2022

After the Podcast is the After-Party Conflict

Five years. 

Five years! That's a long time! 

Five years ago we had a silly idea: to make a podcast where we turned tabletop RPG questions into advice, mainly as a platform for us to reminisce and rant about our past experiences. Never would I have believed we would be doing it this long, but here we are. As we close this chapter of our lives (though leaving the book open for more in the future) come join us as we look back at the five years, 250 episodes, and countless questions and items and guests and listeners and everything that made this silly little show what it was. 

Thank you to Jeffrey DaRos, thank you to everyone who supported us, and thank you to everyone for listening and putting up with my nonsense. It's definitely very sad to be ending this, but it's even more awesome to have started it in the first place.

After-Party Conflict

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The wonderful guests we've met along the way:

Justin, Ian, and Brandon from Crit Academy

Amabel Holland of Hollandspiele

Grant and Chris, the Hearty Dice Friends

Damian the DM and Caitlin from Adventures in Erylia

Gary Butterfield and Will Hughes of the network

Garin and Dan from DnD Character Lab

Luke Hart of the DM Lair

Jon and Angela from The Cantrip

Jessica of Incoming Game: A ReBoot ReWatch podcast

Paulo Quiros, host of The Film Reroll

Our good friend Noah Wizard (whom you can also hear on Nowhere Men: The Nowhere Man Project)

Jeff Eckman and Ryan Kasmiski from No One Can Know About This

Dan West and Jake Harmon of Brute Force & Ignorance

Adal Rifai from Hello from the Magic Tavern and Hey Riddle Riddle

Jessy and Sean of DMs of Vancouver

Fionn Miller on Youtube (coming soon!)

Nathan/Seawood Scribe, creator on DMs Guild

And many, many others.

Thank you everyone, and have a great day!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Episode 250: Bittersweet

Well, it's here: episode 250, the end of five years of tabletop gaming advice. We're celebrating this occasion with our good friend and fellow podcast, Justin from Crit Academy! With his help, we're knocking out all the rest of our unused discussion questions in a grab bag of gaming advice and memories. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to join us next week as we wind down and send off Inter-Party Conflict!

Let me just extend yet another huge thank-you to all of the wonderful people who made this show what it is! It's been a wild ride and it'll be sad once it's all over.

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!

So be sure to join us next week for our After Party episode, and as I always say, hang ten!

Episode 250: Exit, Stage Left

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Question(s) answered this episode:

1. What is a good way to bring up the subject if you think the DM is kneecapping certain skills, such as by setting DCs too high?

2. I'm making music playlists for my DnD game. What playlist themes (combat music, tavern music, etc.) would I need to cover all of the various states of play?

3. Have you ever played/encountered someone else playing an alternate character in a campaign? Did it enhance the gameplay in expected/unexpected ways, or hurt the gameplay in expected/unexpected ways? Or both?

4. What are your top tips for a new DM?

5. What is the most fun way a PC has died in a game you have been in?

6. What are your opinions on Gith?

7. What do you do when one player seems to be directly antagonizing another player in-game?

8. How can I play a narrow-minded, self-centered character in a party without ruining everyone else's experience?

9. What is the best way to learn how to optimize a character in D&D?

10. What minor rule in your games do you keep forgetting? 

11. If you could make a useless cantrip, what would it do?


Noteworthy Links:

Crit Academy Manscaped ad (from a section cut out of the episode, WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK)

Nintendo Switch

Prep or Die, an adventure-building podcast that Crit Academy guested on

Initiative and Intrigue

Tanis Kero, an NPC I created for Crit Academy's Memorable Monsters book!

Arcade Memories Podcast

Nowhere Men: The Nowhere Man Project

At the Gaming Table

100 Ways to Excuse Character Absence

10 Mistakes You're Making as a Dungeon Master Right Now

Chain Chomp

Sharn, City of Towers

The Black Egg, a notorious D&D module from Dungeon Magazine

Gith, a race from D&D

Giff, another race from D&D

Geth, a race from Mass Effect

Baldur's Gate

Planeshifters, an Actual Play session Crit Academy did that featured planehopping

Planescape: Torment, a computer game set in the city of Sigil, a website that lets you simulate combats in D&D


Big Ol' Teeth, Episode 3 of At the Gaming Table where Justin made me hate grappling

Dawn of Worlds, a worldbuilding game