DM Advice Episodes

Anything which will help DMs in the macro and micro of managing games. Including organising your notes, the minutia of balancing encounters on the fly, and managing problematic players.
DM Advice Player Advice Season 4

New

May 13, 2022

Welcome back! Season 4 opens with a self-indulgent, naval gazing look at the new player experience through the eyes of one my players: Matt Street. Matt joined my homebrew campaign in session 0 way back at the beginning of 2…

DM Advice World Building Season 3

Community

April 8, 2022

This episode features Hope of the eponymous HopeForTTRPGs who shares with me how to build and maintain an active and safe community. She goes through some personal pitfalls and anecdotes of that growth, and the unique challe…

Guest: Hope4TTRPGS
DM Advice Player Advice Season 3

Dynamics

April 1, 2022

Once again I'm joined by Ian a.k.a TheFoolishSwarmi , this time to talk about the different kind of dynamics in D&D. Most of the episode is focused on the discussion of how D&D is inherently a human experience, and how reali…

DM Advice Player Advice World Building Season 3

Assemble

March 25, 2022

This episode stars Michael Kesavan, a.k.a. Dead Aussie Gamer, to talk about assembling the best game. Turns out, diversity and versatility are key, both in-universe and out of game. The types of players you have, and the cha…

DM Advice Player Advice Season 3

Continuity

March 18, 2022

This episode I host Jarrod Jahoda and Matt Morris of Mid-Level Adventurers to talk all about maintaining continuity in your TTRPGs. We share many tips DMs can use to maintain internal consistency within their campaigns, as t…

DM Advice World Building Season 3

Storytelling

March 11, 2022

Minor Spider-Man: No Way Home spoilers in this episode! I'm joined by Sam Bradley from Starter Set Studios to talk all how to tell, or be told, a good story. We dissect a couple of common storytelling tools such as 'show, do…

Guest: Sam Bradley
DM Advice Season 3

Consequences

March 4, 2022

This episode I'm joined by Rev from The CritShow , the Powered by the Apocalypse podcast, to talk about the consequences of our actions. We agree that any consequence, positive or negative, must fit the the scale and scope o…

Guest: Rev
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Motion

Feb. 18, 2022

This full house episode I'm joined by the cast of The Fourth Leg podcast: Joe, Hunter, & Kelci. And we talk all about motion, momentum, and movement in your TTRPGs. One way you can keep the game moving as both a GM and playe…

DM Advice World Building Season 3

Hooks

Jan. 21, 2022

This episode I'm joined by Mike from Games Played Badly , to chat about story hooks in your TTRPGs! Ultimately, hooks are the main way to keep players engaged, with the GM acting as a kind of circus master; organised chaos. …

Guest: Mike
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Horror

Jan. 14, 2022

This episode I'm joined by the GM of the Negative Modifier podcast, Charley, to discuss horror in our TTRGPs. Horror is variable and subjective, and so has unique challenges when attempting to introduce it into your setting.…

Guest: Charley
DM Advice Season 3

Items

Jan. 7, 2022

This episode features David Weinberger from the Shonen Flop podcast to talk all about introducing magical items into your Dungeons & Dragons campaign. It becomes apparent quickly that David and I run very different games whe…

DM Advice Meta Season 3

Education

Dec. 24, 2021

For this episode I'm joined by Sam Cheung, known online as the Educational DM , who takes us through his years of experience in the educational and pastoral applications of Dungeons & Dragons. We discuss the various ways pla…

Guest: Sam Cheung
DM Advice World Building

Mashups

Dec. 17, 2021

For this mixed up episode I'm joined by Jeff Greiner, the DM of potentially the longest running actual play podcast, The Tome Show . Jeff & I talk about mashups not only within our favourite TTRPG, but within the hobby at la…

Guest: Jeff Greiner
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Adaptation

Dec. 10, 2021

I am once again joined by Manny a.k.a. Growed Up Geek to talk about adaptation. One great way to kill two birds with one stone is by integrating player character backstories into published adventure modules; not only do you …

DM Advice Rules

Death

Nov. 26, 2021

This episode features the "Bard Killer" Seven from the 7th Roll podcast, and we talk all about the concept of death in our Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. We coin the phrase "murderhobo DM"; a DM who is more than comfortable w…

Guest: Seven