May 11, 2022

Let's Build A Character: Bob Belcher

[#54] Jim and Greg are off this week, so Josey and Jason take the opportunity to stat up their favorite burger-flipping patriarch. Jason was inspired by the fact that there's a Bob's Burger movie out soon. Once you know where...

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May 6, 2022

RPG Horror Story: Hazing The New Guy

[#53] Jim brings us a tale of outrageous hazing that ultimately backfires. Jason mentioned places to put bad dice . While this did not technically fall afoul of any current hazing laws , it should have. For more stories of …

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May 4, 2022

Backstories: From Concept to Character

[#52] In this discussion episode, we talk tips and tricks for biulding compelling PC backgrounds, as a player and DM. Jason is a fan of The Ultimate RPG Backstory Guide . Jim is partial to Backstory Cards . Jim talked …

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April 27, 2022

r/DMAcademy Advice III: Petty Rich Guys, *OUR* Backstory, and a sad s…

[#50] In our Golden Anniversary Episode, we out n our Sage hats to offer advice to aspiring DMs, including what to do about vindictive oligarchs , how much backstory is the right amount , and how to go on when …

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April 24, 2022

RPG Horror Story: The Worst History Check in History

[#49] In this horror story, Jim brings us a tale of a DM who isn't clear on how the History skill actually works. This story comes to us via Redditor u/Kursed_Valeth . CBR has good tips for interesting ways you …

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April 20, 2022

50 Tips for Dungeon Masters [Part 2: 11-20]

[#48] In an extension of our regular DM Advice episodes, we conitnue our look at a list of 50 DM tips and discuss which oesn make our personal cut, how we'd revise them, and why Jason still hates shopping. Our …

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April 15, 2022

RPG Horror Story: DM Doesn't Give Wizard New Spells

[#47] In this horror story, Jason shares an infuriating tale of a wizard-hating DM. If you want your own custom spell book , etsy has options. That's not how Contingency works. Even if it was, Disintegrate is a 6th level …

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April 13, 2022

RPG Wholesome Stories IV: Home Base, Drinking For Fun, and Why Childr…

[#46] In these wholesome stories of RPGs done right, Greg tells us about a place where evryone knows your PC's name, Jason tell us about tying one on in the best way, and Josey and Jim both marvel at the …

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April 12, 2022

Just Played: El Paso

[#45] Jim just played El Paso ! El Paso is a WIP hack of The Between RPG. It's a 'Weird Western' focusing on ghosts, liminal spaces, and the costs and impacts of violence. The Between by Jason Cordova is available …

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April 8, 2022

RPG Horror Story: The Well-Earned Slap

[#44] In this horror story, Josey relates a sordid tale of a frat bully at the table. TW: Sexual harassment in and out of character, physical violence at the table. They were playing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist , an official WotC...

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April 6, 2022

50 Tips for Dungeon Masters (Part 1: 1-10)

[#43] In an extension of our regular DM Advice episodes, we take a look at a list of 50 DM tips and discuss which ones make our personal cut, how we'd revise them, and why Jason hates shopping. Our list …

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April 4, 2022

Just Played: Under Hollow Hills

[#42] Jim just played Under Hollow Hills ! Under Hollow Hills is a pbta game where you portray performers in a traveling circus made of fae and mortal beings. It’s by Vincent and Meguay Baker, the designers of the pbta …

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April 1, 2022

RPG Horror Story: DM Doesn't Grant Player IRL Disability In-game

[#41] In this horror story, Greg tell us how a real-world disability collides with the clumsily ablist way many RPGs handle character creation multiplied by some deeply insensitive GMing. The Dark Eye is a fantasy heartbreake...

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March 30, 2022

Quizzes Redux Part 1 - Which D&D 5e Race Are You?

[#40] We get together to take a Buzzfeed-style D&D race quiz and see what happens. Essentialism aside, it's a fun exercise in exploring the assumptions the game makes about its core cultures, and we learned a little more abou...

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March 28, 2022

Just Played: Odyssey Aquatica

[#39] Jim just played Odyssey Aquatica ! It's a playest for the Paragon system by John Harper. In this session, we mee the explorers, build our boat, and descend into the darkest depths of the Pacific to resuce the crew …

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March 25, 2022

RPG Horror Story: Quasimodo Is OP

[#38] In Greg's personal horror story, a Pathfinder ( shudder ) campaign goes off the rails thanks to, among other things, a militant pacifist, a BBEG with plot immmunity, and a bell that can't be unrung. The hunchback has a …

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March 23, 2022

DM Advice II: Means Girls vs The Mad Decapitators

[#37] It's our first DM Advice episode with the new crew! We try not to lose our heads as we talk about players made paranoid by the Feign Death spell, dumb magic items, excessive sassiness and tippling at the table. …

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March 21, 2022

Just Played: Old School Essentials A1-4

[#36] Jim just played Old School Essentials ! We're using this popular D&D retro-clone as the backbone for our run through the classic AD&D A1-4 Slave Lord series of modules. Old School Essentials is in print and available fr...

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March 18, 2022

RPG Horror Story: Flapjack Is Dead

[#35] You'd think Planescape is a setting so cool you couldn't screw it up, but in this RPG Horror story from GenCon 1998, Jim (via his friend The Ferrett) impales that expectation on a wall full of razorvine. Jason, Josey, …

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March 16, 2022

Alternate Stat Generation Methods

[#34] Hello, adventurers! This week Jason, Josey, Jim, and Greg dive down the rabbit hole of generating player character ability scores in D&D 5e. For some reason, some folks get pretty salty about the Standard Array There ar...

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March 14, 2022

Just Played: Night Witches

[#33] Jim just played Night Witches ! It's a pbta game by Fiasco designer Jason Morningtsar, and tells the story of Soviet airwomen in World War 2 who flew WWI-era byplanes in night-time bombing missions against the Nazis. Ni...

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March 11, 2022

RPG Horror Story: My DM Killed Me Off Screen!

[#32] Jason tells the story about a group who killed a player off screen just because he got a girlfriend. Jason pines for high school, Josey and Greg agree, and Jim tries to remember high school. Read the story here …

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March 9, 2022

Let's Build A Character: Batman

Hello, adventurers! This week Jason, Josey, Jim and Greg settle into the Character Creation Corner to build The Darknight Detective in D&D 5e. That's this guy , in case you were unfamiliar. This is the Revised Ranger Jim was ...

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