Ep 71: The Art of War and Role-Playing Games

Dungeon Masters Matt and Rob discuss how to use war in your adventures. Rob rants about the importance of a Cure Dysentery spell. Plus, the answers to some of your letters!

 

Recommendations:

The Pursuit of Power, William H. McNeill

Forever War, Joe Haldeman

The Forever War, Dexter Filkins 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Donovan - The War Drags On

Complicated - Avril Lavigne

Ep 70: DM Tips 203

DM Rob gives some Dungeon Mastering tips as he reflects on the end of his three-year-long Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Take what Rob has learned and apply it to your game! And as the poet said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Planning throughout the campaign [05:00]

Building party cohesion [13:00]

Dealing with indecision [18:00]

Matt's 3 Tiers of Intra-Party Talk [22:15]

Teaching new players and helping them grow [36:40] 

Concluding a campaign [41:15]

Adding an epilogue [50:00]

 

Link:

The Advanced Artificer on the DMsGuild 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Semisonic - Closing Time

Ep 69: Worldbuilding Plot Hooks

Nice! Are elves tall? The definition of "Matt's Law of Forgotten RP Servers." Do you allow or encourage romantic and sexy situations in your game? 

Your DMs of None discuss building plot hooks big and small into your campaign settings. 

 

Links:

The X-Card by John Stavropoulos

The Advanced Artificer on the DMs Guild 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Silver - Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang

Ep 68: The DMs Guild Grind with Alex Clippinger

Special guest Dungeon Master Alex Clippinger is here with wise words and sage advice for all aspiring DMs.

Ever thought about publishing that adventure, monster, or magic item on the Dungeon Masters Guild? This is the episode for you! 

Check out Alex's cool RPG stuff over at the DMsGuild!

And follow Alex on Twitter!

Music:

Roll the Dice - Pac Div

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Grinding All My Life - Nipsey Hussle 

BONUS: We Made a Thing

DMs Rob and Matt have completed their first (self-) published Dungeons and Dragons book: The Advanced Artificer. Your DMs of None discuss the process of designing and publishing the thing for the Dungeon Masters Guild in the hopes that our conversation will inspire you to publish that thing you've always been meaning to finish. 

Meanwhile, why don't you buy our book? It is only two bucks, has a story by Rob, and even has a cute magical robot dog! Leave us a review, comment, and some stars too! Here's the link:

The Advanced Artificer on the Dungeon Masters Guild

 

Music:
Pac Div - Roll the Dice
Visigoth - Dungeon Master 

Episode 66: Earthsea is the G.O.A.T.

Howdy y'all, it's the Kickstarter roundup! Yeehaw! Then, your DMs of None talk about the D&D "canon" and whether it has any value. What should be in the new canon and what are the books that have influenced your Dungeon Mastering? What is in your Appendix N? Let us know!

 

Kickstarter Roundup: 

Critical Role: The Animated Series

Lasers and Liches: Tales of the Retroverse

Comrades RPG

Arcana of the Ancients

Rosenstrasse

Seas of Vodari

Welcome to Tikor: The Swordsfall RPG Setting

Witch+Craft: A 5e Supplemental

The Great American Novel: A Roleplaying Game

The Veil Inheritance

Humblewood

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Ice Cube - The Predator 

Episode 65: Medieval Times w/ Special Guest Paul Sturtevant

DMs Matt and Rob are joined by the Smithsonian Institute's Paul Sturtevant. Not only is Paul the founder and editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist, but he has a new book, The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism, that listeners of this show will really love. 

We talk about castles in DC, what the public knows about medieval history, and how to deal with race in role-playing games. Paul tells us about the roots of Dungeons and Dragons races in 19th-century scientific racism, the camp of knightly tournaments, the weird aesthetics of Warhammer Fantasy, and why your shouldn't treat the Middle Ages (and your worlds in quasi-medieval settings) as the "trash pit of history." 

Links:

The Public Medievalist Magazine 

Paul's new book: The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest - 4th Chamber

Episode 64: Artificer? I hardly know 'er!

DMs Matt and Rob review the new version of the Artificer. An effusion of infusions for everyone, huzzah! Happy Artificer Day to one and all. 

But first, the Lasers & Liches kickstarter is back! Be sure to check it out and have a listen to our full review back in Episode 23

 

Listener questions:

David asks, "Can I improvise my way through world-building?"

Ryan asks, "How should I prepare for a kickstarter?" 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Sir Mix-A-Lot - Iron Man 

If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary

Episode 63: Homebrewing Classes

The DMs of None chat about home-brewing classes in sub-classes in 5e DnD. We take a look at some of our favorite homebrew and third-party classes and speculate about what to create on the show in the future!

 

Classes and sub-classes reviewed:

The Blood Hunter by Matt Mercer

The Scholar by Charrmeleon

The Pugilist by Benjamin Huffman

Broath of the Brotherhood by Ryan Bennett 

Oath of the Common Man by the_singular_anyone

Tome of the Pact by Alex Clippinger

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Jean-Joseph Mouret - First Suite in D

Seu Jorge - Space Oddity by David Bowie 

Episode 62: Dungeons Deep and Caverns Bold!

Let's talk about and create dungeons! Matt and Rob discuss the essentials of dungeon building: story, theme, ecology, and variation. Your DMs then build a one-page dungeon "live!" 

No abusers in our RPG community. 


Links: 

Rough draft of the one-page dungeon

Final draft of the one-page dungeon

Link to Dyson Logos' table of random dungeon entrances  

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Merle Travis - Dark as a Dungeon

Pete Seeger - Which Side are You On?

Episode 61: Worldbuilding 203 - Factions and Politics

DMs Matt and Rob talk about how to design factions, powers, and political groups that will hook your players. Let's build some better worlds!

Letters:

"What are some strategies to employ between encounters?"

"How do I create emotional and cinematic moments for my players?"

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

The Unicorns - I Was Born (A Unicorn)

Ghost Mice - Critical Hit, recorded by DMofNone listener "Cinderblock" Sally

Episode 60: DM Tips 202

DM tips! Learn how to start games good! Practice shutting the hell up! And more! Plus, DMs Matt and Rob answer your letters and get some deserved criticism and critiques! 

Tips: playing on the cheap...setting the tone...seeing, hearing,  smelling for your players' characters...using your posture...preparing social situations...listening to your players...how to make mistakes... 

Letters: steampunk and hopepunk responses and critiques! What's the best way to build dungeons? How do I get started reading fantasy to help me DM? Should I twist the plot? 

 

Recommendations:

Elizabeth Bear

The Magic Goes Away

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Tommy James & The Shondells - I'm Alive 

Loretta Lynn & Jack White - Portland, Oregon 

The Staves - Tired As Fuck 

Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest 

Episode 56: Dice Farce

Happy New Year! After alienating every listener from the UK, your DMs of None answer some unwanted advice and then use real historical artifacts to build new magic (and mundane!) items for your campaigns. 

Image Gallery

Historical Magic Items 2: The Dragon's Maw, the Cyrosiphon, and the Mirror of the Exalted Ancestor 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign - Shell Shock 

Nicki Manaj and Eminem - Roman's Revenge