World Building Episodes

Specifically for creating an engaging and interesting TTRPG world, often including inspiration for pantheons, geography, and spinning epic campaign arcs.
Role Playing World Building Season 4

History

July 8, 2022

This episode I'm joined by Andrew & Vesna Gronosky from Shewstone Publishing, who leverage their extensive knowledge to discuss the implications of having a "history" in your TTRPG setting. The different lifespans of races c…

DM Advice World Building Season 4

Canon

June 24, 2022

This episode features Eli Royall from the We Play RPGs podcast family! We discuss how to establish canon in your setting, and the implications of having a standardised fiction. The second problem is how to communicate this t…

Guest: Eli Royall
Role Playing World Building Season 4

Flavour

June 10, 2022

This spicy episode I'm joined by Fruits from The Homebakery to talk all about flavouring our D&D campaigns. A large portion of the show is spent discussing the different classes and their subclass options, and how their bagg…

Player Advice World Building Season 4

Motivation

May 27, 2022

Once again I am joined by long time friends of the show and the inimitable hosts of Tabletop Journeys : Josh, Lewanika, and Glen. Their enthusiasm for TTRPGs is infectious and it's such a delight to provide a platform for th…

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 …