BONUS: Actual Prep 2 - Finishing Touches

It's part two of DM Matt's Actual Prep series. You can listen to part one, in which Matt designs an adventure "live," here.

DM Matt reflects on how to use your few moments before a game session to prep, what to adjust on the fly, and how to reflect on your adventures critically. 

Also, the adventure that Matt and Rob wrote based on these episodes is available for purchase on the DMsGuild! 

Links:

Rumblings on the DMsGuild

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Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Reba McEntire - Why Not Tonight 

The J. Geils Band - Freeze-Frame 

Bobby Bare - Dropkick Me, Jesus 

Episode 87: Class Analysis

Matt and Rob talk about how to fit a proper class analysis into your worldbuilding, though this time it's mostly about designing character classes for your RPG and not a materialist interpretation of fantasy worlds, we managed to hold off on the dialectics this time around.

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Freedom Call - Warriors

Aladdin - A Whole New World

Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater

Sabaton - Winged Hussars

Episode 86: Dungeon Master of One

Your favorite DMs discuss a topic they are ABSOLUTELY qualified to give advice on: running "solo" or "duet" campaigns. Listen for some useful tips on how to make a campaign for one person and to listen to Matt mispronounce "smorgasboard" and "gestalt".

Letters at the end!

Links:

Actual Prep Episode

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Celine Dion - All By Myself

The Turtles - So Happy Together

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. - You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)

One Direction - You & I

Ep 85: DM Tips from Dungeon World

As part of our quest to steal advice from every RPG ever published, DMs Rob and Matt discuss Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel. Dungeon World has a great description of how RPGs work and some excellent tips you can use in games run in any system.

Stay tuned for the mailbag and the return of "Real or Woe!"  

 

Letters:

Jason asks: "Can I get a preview copy of the Actual Prep adventure?"

Nick asks: "How can I role-play a Kenku without being annoying?"

Vic asks: "Here are some logical rules for different spell-casting stats for the various Warlock patrons. Also, should I remove the ability score requirements for multi-classing?" 

Douglas asks: "What advice do you have for running a one-on-one play?" 

 

Links:

Dungeon World

The Dungeon World SRD

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

New Order - Blue Monday

Lowland Hum - In the Garage

Grover Washington Jr. - Just the Two of Us

Motörhead - The Game 

Ep 83: Worldbuilding - Technology

Technology. What is it? Dungeon Masters Rob and Matt discuss how to think about and deploy technology in your own campaign worlds. Then, it's the firearms debate to end all firearms debates. 

 

Letters:

Gerard writes - "Are the DMoNs fans of Baldur's Gate?"

John writes - "Here's a great way to present the confusing one-spell-a-round rule to new players!"  

Don't forget to call in to the DUNGEON MASTER HOTLINE: (774) 203-4629!

 

Music: 

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Marilyn Manson - Killing Strangers 

Ep 82: Anyone Can DM

DMs Matt and Rob discuss the basics of what a Dungeon Master is and what a Dungeon Master does. Today, we review the DM advice presented in the 5e D&D Essentials Kit. But first, a game of "Weal or Woe," in which, Rob has to guess whether the RPG product is real or fake! 

Matt and Rob discuss the roles presented in the Essentials Kit: referee, storyteller, and role-player. They break down the core mechanics and goals of any Dungeon Master.
Conclusion: Anyone can DM!

 

Letters:

Dalton asks: "Do I need a wizard in my party?"

Adam writes: "Aren't there times when it is good to hide your DM dice rolls?" 

Alexander writes: "Where are my half-feats?"

 

Links:

Matt's Homebrew Half-Feat Rules

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

BTS (featuring Hasley) - Boy with Luv

Weezer - In the Garage 

 

Ep 81: Dungeon Master Book Club - Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Welcome to our first Dungeon Master Book Club! DMs Matt and Rob discuss Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Listen in for some great inspirational storytelling and ideas for monsters, NPCs, and fantastical magic!

 

Links:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

 

Letters:

Dan writes: You forgot about Earthsea's sexual peaches!

Michael writes: I love the Genesys system. Do you have tips for running with only two players?

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock 

Ep 80: Greyhawk!

Special guest Andy is back to talk about the first Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting: Greyhawk!

We delve into the history of Greyhawk's design, discuss what makes Oerth unique, and share our favorite things for you to pilfer from Flanaess for your own campaign worlds. 

 

Links:

Anna B. Meyer's Greyhawk Cartography

Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil by Monte Cook 

David Howery's adventures in Dungeon Magazine #15, #22, #30, and #32

DA Series of Adventures

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Drake - Started from the Bottom

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance

Duran Duran - The Wild Boys

Episode 74: Monster Mash 2

DMs Matt and Rob whip up some new monsters for you to steal for your campaign. 

  • The Rokrubai, fey with a detachable heads

  • Arcanomorphs, an Aliens inspired soul-stealing aberration

  • The Fisherman's Whale, a big friendly magical Cetacean 

Monster Homebrew Link

 

Links:

The Celestial Job 

The Advanced Artificer

The Hangover by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni

Matt's Psimple Psionics

 

Letters:

Michael has put together a less problematic character creation schema: Ancestry, Upbringing, Background. We love it!

Dalton asks about simplifying Psionics and the Mystic. Matt offers his own homebrew. 

 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

Sam & Dave - Soul Man

The Decemberists - The Mariner's Revenge Song

Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade 

Ep: 73: Game Master of Thrones

DMs Matt and Rob discuss the ending of Game of Thrones and what to steal (and what not to steal) for your RPG inspiration file. The maesters did King's Landing 9/11.

Whew, glad that's done. How about a nice game of cyvasse?

SPOILER WARNING for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire start at 06:00. 

Music: 

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Velvet Underground - Oh! Sweet Nuthin' 

The Hold Steady - The Bear and the Maiden Fair 

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