Player Advice Episodes

Tips for enabling collaborative play and ensuring you extract the maximum enjoyment from every session, while helping other players to achieve the same.
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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
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Humour

Oct. 1, 2021

This episode I'm joined by table top game creator and narrative designer Geoffrey Golden to dissect humour, which we all know is everyone's favourite thing to do! I start by absolutely butchering Kevin MacLeod's surname and …

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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…

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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
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Romance

July 9, 2021

CW: Discussion around sexuality and relationships. References to sex. This weeks guest is Declan, the "forever DM" of the Romancing the Dungeon podcast where the characters are all searching for that special someone! We disc…

Guest: Declan Doody
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Friction

June 18, 2021

This episode was recorded 8th April 2021 and includes lots of swearing, puns, and memes . You have been warned! For this extended episode I gathered the cast of Cosmopunk, the actual-play homebrew Starfinder podcast, to disc…

Guest: Cosmopunk
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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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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…

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Acting

March 5, 2021

For this special [natural] twentieth episode, it's my pleasure to welcome Ben, Darrel, Vicky, Grace, and David from No Small Rolls ( @nosmallrolls ), the amazing actual-play podcast where there are no small rolls ! It's a la…

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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
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Time

Jan. 1, 2021

Back on home turf with Tim Hill who plays Ulrik in our actual-play podcast Dungeons, Dice, and Dudes . In this episode we discuss not only the mechanical impact of time in-universe on topics such as split parties, but also a…

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Emotion

Dec. 11, 2020

Another international episode! I found my "Dungeon Master Friend" in Manny, a.k.a Growed Up Geek , who's enthusiasm is infectious. We cover the gamut from DM loneliness and anxiety, all the way up to eliciting those emotiona…

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Happiness

Nov. 27, 2020

This time I'm joined by Simon Eustace , and this episode is chock full of life lessons; you're going to come out the other side a better human being. Simon brings his four years of experience of playing unique D&D characters…

Guest: Simon Eustace
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Experience

Nov. 6, 2020

In this first of a two-parter, Ian Langton and I discuss how the "experience" of Dungeons & Dragons has shifted, not only since earlier editions, but also as the players mature. Ways to get "good" experience, and how differi…

Guest: Ian Langton
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Ability

Oct. 30, 2020

Jack Wain and I discuss what "ability" means within the 5e context. We take a look at what makes an effective player and how those skills are transferable to being a successful DM. We discuss ability skills and how some, suc…

Guest: Jack Wain