Season 1 Episodes

The first season of Thinking Critically: A D&D Discussion. 25 episodes of 100%, bona fide, primo Dungeons & Dragons content, featuring an incredible cast!
Meta Special Season 1

Season 1 Wrap Up

April 16, 2021

Well, here we are, 25 episodes later and a whole lot wiser! This is the wrap up and retrospective for season 1 and boy, what a journey it has been. This episode doesn't feature a guest, but instead you can humour me for an h…

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…

Rules Season 1

Rules

March 19, 2021

Oh dear, hopefully we don't make any enemies with this episode all about the rules! Andrew Block and I discuss a range of topics interspersed with luke-warm takes and personal opinions. If that doesn't sell it, I don't know …

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
Player Advice Role Playing Meta Season 1

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…

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
Meta Season 1

Podcasts

Jan. 15, 2021

In this meta-episode we find ourselves discussing "Podcasts". I'm joined by Mike Hibbert ( @MikeHDnD ), who has been in the TTRPG and board game space for 40 years, and had 1000 listeners on his first podcast 15 years ago. W…

Homebrewing World Building Season 1

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…