World Building Episodes

Specifically for creating an engaging and interesting TTRPG world, often including inspiration for pantheons, geography, and spinning epic campaign arcs.
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. …

Guests: Mike , mik
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
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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…

DM Advice World Building

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…

Meta World Building

Family

May 28, 2021

For this whirlwind tour I'm joined by Colin Anderson, a.k.a. Family Fantasy RPG , and we take you through what it means to find a family through TTPRGs. Colin has a wealth of experience in the family-friendly homebrew and TT…

DM Advice Meta World Building

Environment

May 21, 2021

I am joined once more by Karim, a.k.a. FeverDreamStudios , and we talk about the environments we create, play in, and maintain. Again, a surprisingly broad topic with varied interpretations and connotations. We begin with th…

DM Advice Homebrewing World Building

Lore

April 30, 2021

Welcome to the season 2 opener! We are flying out of the gate with a super interesting discussion all about lore with Steven from The Travel Log . This episode will be useful for both DMs and players looking to flesh out the…

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…

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…