Category Archive: Advantage to Insight

Sep 27 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 9: Eberron feat. Kristian Serrano

Advantage to InsightThanks to the great listener feedback on the Campaign Settings episode, we continue our series and dive deeper into Eberron with special guest Kristian Serrano–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • More campaign settings!

Links

Contact Kristian

References

Sep 20 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 8: Novels

Advantage to InsightAs long as their are roleplaying games, there will always be reading! But before interactive media and videos, there were multiple novels a year–sometimes per month–that would have a Dungeons & Dragons associated label. Drizzt, Elminister, Raistlin, Rikus–all heroes from paperback and imagination. Where are those novels now? How well do they stack up to the entertainment today? All this and more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • Novels were an integral part of our D&D gaming, starting from Dragonlance

Links

Addendum

References

Sep 06 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 7: Dark Sun feat. Robert Adducci

d20Thanks to the great listener feedback on the Campaign Settings episode, we continue our series and dive deeper into Dark Sun with special guest Robert Adducci… this week on Advantage to Insight!

General notes:

Full show notes here

Contact Robert Adducci:

– Twitter @Raddu76
– Web Athas.org

References:

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Aug 30 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 6: Planescape feat. Space Rhino

d20Thanks to the great listener feedback on the Campaign Settings episode, we decided to dive deeper into Planescape with special guest Space Rhino… this week on Advantage to Insight!

General notes:

Full show notes here

Space Rhino can be reached at:

– Twitter @1morespacerhino
– Web 1morespacerhino.github.io

References:

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Aug 16 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 5: Video Games

d20The Dungeon & Dragons video games of yesteryear are great! But these days, why is no one making D&D video games anymore? Dark Sun: Shattered Lands, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Planescape Torment, how do they stack up and compare to Sword Coast Legends and this new fandangled technology? All this and much more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why this topic:

Why are the D&D video games of the past so much more prolific and are they better than modern D&D video games?

General notes:

List of all videos games of Dungeons & Dragons
– What are the latest video game offerings? Sword Coast Legends and Neverwinter MMO?
– Nostalgia and rose-colored glasses a factor?
– What was your first game? Favorite game?

References:

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Aug 02 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 4: Actual Play

d20What do you do when there are not enough players for Dungeons & Dragons night? Watch someone else play, of course! Critical Role, Acquisition Incorporated, all the D&D spectator sports you can handle! All this and much more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why this topic:

How have the new actual play podcasts and vidcasts affected D&D? How is the D&D community reacting to the new spectator sport?

General notes:

– What makes these actual play different or successful?
– How has it affected D&D?
– Spectator sports comparisons
– Why are so many people doing actual play?

References:

Critical Role
Acquisitions Incorporated The Series
– Force Grey: Giant Hunters on Nerdist

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jul 19 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 3: Campaign Settings

d20 How many Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings can you name from memory? We discuss our favorite ones, get nostalgic about the “good ol’ days”, and debate the merits of a good campaign setting! All this and much more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why this topic:
Which campaign setting should we play next?

General notes:
– Dragonlance, Dark Sun, Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, Planescape, Greyhawk, Spelljammer, etc.
– Why use a published/established setting?
– What makes a setting unique, but still fantasy?

Alex’s notes:

Wayne’s notes:
– Wizards of the Coast’s Fantasy Setting Search (2002)
– Existing setting vs. home brew, plethora of info vs. no info?

Announcements:
– Vote for Misdirected Mark for Best Podcast, 2016 ENnie Award!
– There are 24 officially recognized D&D campaign settings, not including sub-settings. Can you name them without searching Google?
– Congratulations Jen and Chris on your wedding!

References:

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jul 05 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 2: House Rules

d20 Dungeons & Dragons history is full of modifications, hacks, and house rules. We dig into the rules we use in our games and see what other games have rules we can comment on! All this and much more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why this topic:

Do house rules help your game or do they turn into another game entirely?

General notes:

– How many hacks and house rules until it is no longer D&D?
– Is your game recognizable as D&D? Will an outsider be able to play?
– Are these house rules required or is it just easier?
– Rules inform play, experience
– 2+ years, 200,000+ people playtest

Alex’s notes:

– why do them? More fun, more easy, or more lazy?
– ignore rules?
– milestone: theory v practice
– little “allowances” (potion as bonus action in a tight spot, spell being used a bit outside the rules due to creativity, Bard bongo drumming away rats)
– bard or cleric effects (if the DM calls the roll too quickly)
– Critical Role houserules
– Spell components/food/water

Wayne’s notes:

– investigations, skill proficiency = automatic clue
– fail forward (with consequences)
– Inspiration (advantage vs. re-roll)
– level by XP vs. milestone
– Help action

Announcements:

– Now part of the Misdirected Mark network
Logo Design Contest on now until July 31, 2016
– Congratulations Misdirected Mark on the ENnie nomination for Best Podcast

References:

GUMSHOE by Pelgrane Press

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jun 21 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 1: Prep

eyeHey Folks. This is the first episode of Advantage to Insight, a D&D podcast by @Visionary. You can find more of their content by following this web link. Feel free to let us know what you think of the show.

Pre-Production Notes

“This is Advantage to Insight! Where we roll two d20s and…”

“…we immediately forget our Wisdom modifier!

“Welcome to the show where we talk about Dungeons & Dragons until we get completely off topic!”

“My name’s Wayne.”

“And I’m Alex.”

Why?: hard to find the right balance of prep and unused prep

Alex’s notes:

DM prep

  • module or open world?
  • if module, repercussion ready for straying too far.
  • Some NPCs sketched out
  • Where are they likely to go
  • Ideas for maps, but we both tend to map as we go
  • will they ever go back?

Wayne’s notes:

What are you preparing?

Prep which layer of game

  • Setting (home brew or established)
  • Campaign (module or no)
  • Story Arc (chapter)
  • Session
  • How comfortable are you with prep

Prep vs improv

Thank you Chris of Misdirected Mark
Hall of the Mountain King Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

» Newer posts