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!
Player Advice Rules Role Playing Season 1

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…

DM Advice Homebrewing Rules Season 1

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…

DM Advice Homebrewing Meta World Building Season 1

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…

DM Advice Player Advice Role Playing Season 1

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…

DM Advice Season 1

Mistakes

Dec. 4, 2020

"A crazy babble of death and anteaters." My good friend of 20 years, Jamie Mitchell, joins me to talk about all the mistakes we've made on our parallel journey to DM-hood. How these mistakes have shaped us and the mitigation…

Guest: Jamie Mitchel
Player Advice Role Playing Season 1

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
DM Advice Role Playing Season 1

Roles

Nov. 20, 2020

The second international episode! I'm joined by Howie, a.k.a the Blue Collar DM , and hooo boy do we hit some big topics. Everything from representing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to how to role play earnestly, and stay…

Homebrewing Season 1

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…

Player Advice Role Playing Season 1

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
Player Advice Rules Role Playing Season 1

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
DM Advice Role Playing Season 1

Conflict

Oct. 24, 2020

Rob McPerhson and I discuss how "conflict" is an intrinsic part of the D&D experience; constructive and destructive conflict between PCs, but also how every PC requires an internalised conflict pushing them to adventure. We …

Guest: Rob McPherson