May 7, 2021

Disaster


This episode I am joined by Heath, a.k.a Dag of Dahgda's Cauldron, and we discuss the surprisingly vast topic of "Disaster". With we start with how, much like conflict, it's an essential part of any adventure whether it's small-scale or apocalyptic. We they go on to compare the merits of setting a campaign either before, or after, a disaster, and how that flavours and shapes the experience. Of course, not all disastrous events happen in-universe, many take the form of social and interpersonal issues at the table. Dag and I discuss a couple of these including the D&D rite of passage of hearing "sorry, I can't make it" five minutes before the session! Finally, the finish the episode by chatting about ways to manage and reframe disaster, real or misconceived, including the dreaded TPK!

  • 01:39 - The scale of "personal" disaster as a necessity of adventure
  • 13:16 - Pre- or post-apocalypse
  • 20:44 - Avoiding disaster at the table
  • 28:08 - Off the rails, on to opportunity!
  • 34:40 - Contingency management
  • 43:14 - Dealing with "The Biggest Disaster" - The aftermath of a TPK
  • 57:04 - The micro impact of macro disaster

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Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod