World Building Episodes

Specifically for creating an engaging and interesting TTRPG world, often including inspiration for pantheons, geography, and spinning epic campaign arcs.
Meta World Building Season 3

Mythology

April 15, 2022

For the season final I'm joined by Ramji, DM of The 4th Culture , an Asia-based TTRPG show which focuses on global voices and set in an Asian-influence homebrew world. We discuss global mythology and it's impact on TTRPGs, s…

DM Advice World Building Season 3

Community

April 8, 2022

This episode features Hope of the eponymous HopeForTTRPGs who shares with me how to build and maintain an active and safe community. She goes through some personal pitfalls and anecdotes of that growth, and the unique challe…

Guest: Hope4TTRPGS
DM Advice Player Advice World Building Season 3

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…

DM Advice World Building Season 3

Storytelling

March 11, 2022

Minor Spider-Man: No Way Home spoilers in this episode! I'm joined by Sam Bradley from Starter Set Studios to talk all how to tell, or be told, a good story. We dissect a couple of common storytelling tools such as 'show, do…

Guest: Sam Bradley
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Motion

Feb. 18, 2022

This full house episode I'm joined by the cast of The Fourth Leg podcast: Joe, Hunter, & Kelci. And we talk all about motion, momentum, and movement in your TTRPGs. One way you can keep the game moving as both a GM and playe…

Meta World Building Season 3

Alignment

Feb. 11, 2022

Once more I'm joined by Scott, a.k.a. Optional Rule! This time we discuss the hot topic of alignment in Dungeons & Dragons. Scott takes us through the history of alignment, and how it impacted and shaped the earliest edition…

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
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Hooks

Jan. 21, 2022

This episode I'm joined by Mike from Games Played Badly , to chat about story hooks in your TTRPGs! Ultimately, hooks are the main way to keep players engaged, with the GM acting as a kind of circus master; organised chaos. …

Guest: Mike
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Horror

Jan. 14, 2022

This episode I'm joined by the GM of the Negative Modifier podcast, Charley, to discuss horror in our TTRGPs. Horror is variable and subjective, and so has unique challenges when attempting to introduce it into your setting.…

Guest: Charley
DM Advice World Building

Mashups

Dec. 17, 2021

For this mixed up episode I'm joined by Jeff Greiner, the DM of potentially the longest running actual play podcast, The Tome Show . Jeff & I talk about mashups not only within our favourite TTRPG, but within the hobby at la…

Guest: Jeff Greiner
DM Advice World Building Season 3

Adaptation

Dec. 10, 2021

I am once again joined by Manny a.k.a. Growed Up Geek to talk about adaptation. One great way to kill two birds with one stone is by integrating player character backstories into published adventure modules; not only do you …

DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Story

Oct. 29, 2021

Jon from the 'Tale of the Manticore' ( @ManticoreTale ) actual-play podcast joins me to talk about creating stories in Dungeons and Dragons. We open by tackling the academic: the seven story archetypes and how to crack the "…

Homebrewing World Building

Aesthetic

Sept. 17, 2021

CW: 36:40-37:10 Single reference to rape and sexual coercion in the context of the Vampire trope. Philippa Mort joins me to talk about the varied and wonderful topic of aesthetic. The discussion starts around the different a…

Guest: Philippa Mort
DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Magic

Aug. 6, 2021

" Perpetuating the success of fireball. " Cat McDonald of Peach Garden Games brings her perspective of being an indie TTRPG designer and knowledge of the occult to this talk about magic in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. She…

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Pressure

July 30, 2021

For this discussion I'm joined by Matt Perkins, DM/podcaster/YouTuber extraordinaire, to talk all about pressure in your TTRPGs! We split the term down the middle by differentiating narrative (in-game) from "meta" (OoG) pres…