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.
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Tactics

May 14, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Kyle, a.k.a. @Kibidiko , and we talk all things tactical. Broadly, the episode is split down between tactics for PCs and NPCs. To start, we talk about how PCs can work together, and by using little…

Guest: Kibidiko
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Disaster

May 7, 2021

This episode I am joined by Heath, a.k.a Dag of Dahgda's Cauldron , and we discuss the surprisingly vast topic of "Disaster". With we start with how, much like conflict , it's an essential part of any adventure whether it's …

DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Lore

April 30, 2021

Welcome to the season 2 opener! We are flying out of the gate with a super interesting discussion all about lore with Steven from The Travel Log . This episode will be useful for both DMs and players looking to flesh out the…

DM Advice Rules Season 1

Health

April 9, 2021

CW: In-game, player-character death, injury, harm, sexual identity, allusions to suicide and euthanasia. Player mental health & disorders and physical exhaustion. For this season finale, I'm joined by Cal a.k.a The Baron to …

DM Advice Season 1

Fudging

April 2, 2021

This episode is (unfortunately?) not about the delicious sugary treat, but instead the DM tool of "fudging dice"; changing the outcome of a roll behind the screen. For this discussion, I'm joined by Bart Wynants, a.k.a @crit…

DM Advice Player Advice Season 1

Agency

March 26, 2021

For this insightful episode I am joined by Scott, a.k.a @optionalrule , and we talk about the incredibly important topic of agency. It's a term that gets bandied around a lot, carrying with it an awful lot of weight. In this…

DM Advice Rules Season 1

Encounters

March 12, 2021

This meaty episode is all about encounters within your TTRPG game. I'm joined by @XhangoGames and somehow we manage to squeeze an awful lot into a little over an hour! We sandwich mechanical examples for spicing up encounter…

Guest: XhangoGames
DM Advice Player Advice Role Playing Season 1

Improvisation

Feb. 26, 2021

This episode I'm joined by Daniel, a.k.a @eos_rakonto , and we talk about the fine art of improvisation. Starting with the frankly embarrassing realisation on my part that almost everything that happens in a given game is im…

Guest: Eos Rakonto
DM Advice Rules Season 1

Space

Feb. 19, 2021

A bumper landmark episode, as for the first time I'm joined by two guests! Two-thirds of Tabletop Journeys , Josh and Lewanika, join me to talk all about space within D&D 5e. They share their extensive experience of role pla…

DM Advice Role Playing Season 1

Archetypes

Feb. 12, 2021

For this archetypical chat, I'm joined by Adam Gumbert, a.k.a AdamGumby , where we go through a bunch of different stereotypes and styles of play. Even though some archetypes have negative connotations, when managed and view…

DM Advice Homebrewing Meta Season 1

Utilities

Feb. 5, 2021

In this useful episode I'm joined by Phill, a.k.a Blue Munchkinite , to discuss all the different utilities DMs and players use to help them play and generally increase the quality of their experience. Everything from maps, …

DM Advice Meta Season 1

Enhancements

Jan. 29, 2021

This episode I am joined by the creator of the My Sound Delve mobile app, Christian Borchert, and we talk about all the tricks, tools, and talents used to enhance your gameplay experience. Although we have different approach…

DM Advice Rules Season 1

Progression

Jan. 22, 2021

I'm joined once again by my DM confidant and close friend of 20 years, Jamie Mitchell, where we talk all about "Progression". We spend a lot of time talking about the age-old discussion of milestone versus XP. Despite the pr…

Guest: Jamie Mitchel
DM Advice Homebrewing Rules Season 1

Structure

Dec. 25, 2020

The first European episode! Despite the relatively benign sounding topic of "Structure", Ian ( @thefoolishswamidm ) and I discuss many thoughtful and deep topics, such as empathy, care, and responsibility. In this episode yo…

DM Advice Homebrewing Meta World Building Season 1

Macro

Dec. 18, 2020

This episode I talk about all the big things with Nathan Briggs, my DM from our Dungeons, Dice, and Dudes actual-play podcast. We discuss how Dungeons & Dragons has changed over the years, from "nerds in the basement" to pri…