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.
Player Advice World Building Season 4

Motivation

May 27, 2022

Once again I am joined by long time friends of the show and the inimitable hosts of Tabletop Journeys : Josh, Lewanika, and Glen. Their enthusiasm for TTRPGs is infectious and it's such a delight to provide a platform for th…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Player Advice World Building Season 3

Relationships

Jan. 28, 2022

This episode I'm joined by Hunter Royall from the " A Sundered World " podcast to talk about all the different relationship vectors in TTRPGs. The first being that between player and character, and how it's not always affect…

Guest: Hunter Royall
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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…

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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…