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.

August 20, 2021

Failure

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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July 16, 2021

Voices

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 o...

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July 09, 2021

Romance

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 discu...

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June 18, 2021

Friction

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 discu...

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May 14, 2021

Tactics

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 ...

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March 26, 2021

Agency

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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March 05, 2021

Acting

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 lau...

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February 26, 2021

Improvisation

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 imp...

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January 01, 2021

Time

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 al...

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December 11, 2020

Emotion

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 emotional...

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November 27, 2020

Happiness

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,...

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November 06, 2020

Experience

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 differin...

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October 30, 2020

Ability

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, such...

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