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

Emotions

Nov. 12, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Mike "The Birdman" Dodd from This Week in Geek to discuss all about how TTRPGs make us feel . Part of the Game Master's job is to elicit emotions from their players, so we discuss a few ways this c…

DM Advice Meta

Monster

Nov. 5, 2021

This week I am joined by Lucas Zellers, host of the 'Making a Monster' podcast to talk, unsurprisingly, about monsters! This episode is broadly split into two halves, the first focusing on mechanical minutia of running stat …

Guest: Lucas Zellers
DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Story

Oct. 29, 2021

Jon from the 'Tale of the Manticore' ( @ManticoreTale ) actual-play podcast joins me to talk about creating stories in Dungeons and Dragons. We open by tackling the academic: the seven story archetypes and how to crack the "…

DM Advice Player Advice Role Playing

Growth

Oct. 8, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Aaron Preuss ( @Primus_Casts ) to discuss growth within Dungeons & Dragons, and there's a lot to unpack here. Most people find their own character designs evolve and mature over time, and Aaron tak…

Guest: Aaron Preuss
DM Advice Role Playing Meta

Narrative

Sept. 24, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Adam from Snyder's Return to debate the pros and cons of narrative focused TTRPG systems. Such an interesting topic overflowing with meaning, subjectivity, and design intent; this episode covers it…

DM Advice Meta

Streaming

Sept. 10, 2021

CW: A fictional anecdote containing references to NPC children dying and descriptions of gore & bodily harm to children, all within a Dungeons & Dragons context. This episode Robert Hartley , the DM for Viva La Dirt League ,…

DM Advice Player Advice

Failure

Aug. 20, 2021

I'm joined by one of the hosts of the Double DM podcast , Emil Auerbach, to talk all about failure: how it comes about, how to mitigate it, and most importantly, how to learn from it. Failure is an intrinsic part of Dungeons…

DM Advice Homebrewing

Puzzles

Aug. 13, 2021

Puzzles, the marmite of Dungeons & Dragons! I'm joined by Michael Wu, a.k.a. DM Micycle , to discuss the nuances of designing puzzles for TTRPGs. Certain considerations have to made during the design process, as puzzles are …

DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Magic

Aug. 6, 2021

" Perpetuating the success of fireball. " Cat McDonald of Peach Garden Games brings her perspective of being an indie TTRPG designer and knowledge of the occult to this talk about magic in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. She…

DM Advice World Building

Pressure

July 30, 2021

For this discussion I'm joined by Matt Perkins, DM/podcaster/YouTuber extraordinaire, to talk all about pressure in your TTRPGs! We split the term down the middle by differentiating narrative (in-game) from "meta" (OoG) pres…

DM Advice Player Advice

Voices

July 16, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Pete, a.k.a. @BadDMPete , to discuss all about voices! If I can start off by apologising for the embarrassing mistake of confusing the Akira Kurosawa epic Seven Samurai with the Tom Cruise bombast …

Guest: Peter
DM Advice Role Playing Meta

Random

July 2, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Nikki from Beholder to No One , the award winning TTRPG podcast featuring discussions and one-shots. Broadly this episode can be summed up as "how random elements affect gameplay", however as we qu…

DM Advice Meta

Style

June 25, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Joe Dunn ( @jcd0818 ) to talk about a very stylish topic. Joe has 17 years TTRPG experience across multiple systems including D&D, Pathfinder, and Powered by the Apocalypse, so is exceptionally qua…

Guest: Joe Dunn
DM Advice

Planning

June 4, 2021

This episode is all about "Planning" campaigns, chapters, sessions, calendars, and characters. I'm joined by Jeff Nabors, the DM for the Reroll Expectations actual-play podcast and media director for Chasing XP . We discuss …

Guest: Jeff Nabors
DM Advice Meta World Building

Environment

May 21, 2021

I am joined once more by Karim, a.k.a. FeverDreamStudios , and we talk about the environments we create, play in, and maintain. Again, a surprisingly broad topic with varied interpretations and connotations. We begin with th…