Homebrewing Episodes

Advice, tips, and useful links for homebrewing custom content for D&D and other TTRPGs. Episodes with this tag will often feature published content creators sharing their experiences about what it takes to make balanced, engaging, and fun homebrew content.
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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 "…

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Aesthetic

Sept. 17, 2021

CW: 36:40-37:10 Single reference to rape and sexual coercion in the context of the Vampire trope. Philippa Mort joins me to talk about the varied and wonderful topic of aesthetic. The discussion starts around the different a…

Guest: Philippa Mort
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Content

Sept. 3, 2021

This week I'm joined by Quinn the GM to talk about content creation! Quinn is a serial producer, having released 15 products on Dungeon Masters Guild and showing no signs of slowing down, and he takes us through a BTS of his…

Guest: Quinn The GM
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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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, …

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Homebrew

Jan. 8, 2021

This episode is all about homebrew, and once again we manage to squeeze a surprising amount into a single hour. I'm joined by Kyle Wagner-Totty ( @MrBakudan ), a DMs Guild author with seven published products! If you've ever…

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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…

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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…

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Design

Nov. 13, 2020

A landmark episode! I'm joined by Karim, a.k.a FeverDreamStudios , and we get real deep into the design of D&D. How it's designed, how to design for it, and ways that PCs and DMs can design around and with each other. Too ma…