Episode 14: Unwanted Advice 3

We’re starting a side-project, “Now This is Podcasting!” to complain about Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi powers (this is totally not a joke).   Rob and Matt review the recent RPG kickstarter news (4:40).  Big daddy Matt Colville’s new book “Strongholds and Followers” has more than 1 million dollars pledged.  Check it out!  There are only 5 days left!  Then, we make ourselves sad by remembering the “epic bacon fail” of Pathfinder’s sad, sad MMO kickstarter.   Matt and Rob have a quick chat about “Into the Wild,” the new Unearthed Arcana from WotC. (15:00)

On to the main event: Unwanted Advice!  We save your game from yourself in D&D's only podcast advice column. 

  • “I’ve got dyscalculia (difficulty doing arithmetic) is it reasonable to ask for an accommodation at the table?” (21:25)

  • “I suspect my Dungeon Master of cheating.  Can I ask my DM to make all their rolls in the open?” (25:30)

  • “I love running in-person games, but I hate running online.  How can I make running online less exhausting and more fun?” (40:20)

  • And finally, our first “wanted” question from David!  “I played a lot of D&D back in the late 80s. I'm getting back into D&D to teach my nephews, who are 6 and 8.  Any tips on helping kids to learn and grow (as gamers and as people) via D&D?” (49:20)

Episode 10: Unwanted Advice II

There are new sub-classes out for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons from the fine folks of Wizards of the Coast.  Matt and Rob review the [00:59] Brute Fighter (good...maybe, too good), the [06:25] Inventor Wizard (will some invent some better abilities?), and the [10:18] Shroomancer (a.k.a. the Circle of Spores Druid).  Then, it’s on to the most popular radio program in D&D history: Unwanted Advice!  We answer the questions that you didn’t ask to save your damn game from itself.  

[11:00] How do I get my players to role-play?  Why don’t they like anything but combat?

[20:25] My players befriended the wrong NPC!  I don’t know how to run their new hireling wizard! Help!

[25:55] Quote: “Is it good idea to let player be medusa???”

[29:05] How do I scam my party with cursed magic items?

[33:10] My players can’t play!  How do I help my players learn the rules?

Episode 7: Unwanted Advice I

You’ve got D&D problems?  We’ve got D&D answers.  Dungeon Masters Rob and Matt are here to answer common tabletop questions and solve those sticky RPG situations that you have gotten yourself into.


(2:00) Problem Player in Poughkeepsie asks, “How do you deal with players who wander off on their own?  How do you recover when you make a rules mistake?”

(9:44) Forever DM asks, “I’m always the DM.  Is it okay for me to insert a Dungeon Master run Player Character (DMPC) into my party?”

(16:07) Weakling Woes asks, “Can a player keep trying a failed Strength roll until she succeeds?”  Oh boy, we get real deep on this one.  

(26:08) Gauntlet Guy or Gal asks, “How do I hook my players into my first story?”  
After some confusion about the multiple meanings of the world “gauntlet,” we say, “Por que no los dos?!”