Category Archive: Down with D&D

Shawn and Chris getting Down with D&D. Segments range from What's New in D&D to breaking down campaign books chapter by chapter to give you a guide to help run those campaigns.

Oct 18 2016

DwD&D#69 – What’s New, UA Encounter Building, and Personal Tips Grab Bag

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLet’s get down with what the WotC folks think is the new way to make situations to mess up your players and get down with some monsters and foes. We also hit up a little of what’s new and then get into our personal Grab Bag tips for things we do in games.

Links

Unearthed Arcana: Encounter Building

Oct 11 2016

DwD&D#68 – D&D. Tool Kit or Specific Fantasy Game?

DownwithD&DOMG. We gots a PK this week to talk D&D with us and chat about the age old question concerning D&D and how people use it and view it. Tool kit or specific game as it relates to fantasy. Get down with us to get some knowledge dropped on you.

Download the Audio File: D&D Toolkit or Specific Game

Couple Gnome Stew Articles

An Outsiders Look at What D&D is Doing as a Brand

Troy’s Crock pot Tinkering with the Ranger

 

Oct 04 2016

Advantage to Insight and Down with D&D Presents: Dark Sun Trivia feat. Teos Abadia and Robert Adducci

ati-logoIt is the 25th anniversary of Dark Sun! To celebrate, we pitted gladiators Teos Abadia and Robert Adducci to a head-to-head arena match to the death! No? Okay, the lawyers say that we are not covered for that–instead, we will have them battle in a trivia contest! The winner receives bragging rights over the loser’s still-breathing Twitter account! All this on a special joint episode of Advantage to Insight and Down with D&D! Happy anniversary Dark Sun!

Links

Teos Abadia

Robert Adducci

 

Oct 03 2016

DwD&D – Dragon + and A Great Upheaval

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteGet Down, or maybe it’s get up. Anyway things are looking up for the giants as we raise the rocks on a Great Upheaval and see what’s inside chapter one of Storm Kings Thunder. We also look at what was lurking inside the most recent issue of Dragon +. Hope you enjoy and keep on getting down with D&D.

Links

A Great Upheaval

The Character Cache

Oct 03 2016

The Lounge – Have Spellbook Will Travel

hswt-imageHey Folks. Today I have Rudy Basso and James Intercaso to chat about the best damn radio play drama comedy I did an interview on for this particular episode, Have Spellbook, Will Travel. Tune into to hear about this D&D inspired and exceptionally well produced audio drama comedy.

LINKS

Have Spellbook Will Travel website

HSWT email – havespellbookwilltravel@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Oct 02 2016

PSA – ITunes modifications

MM Mini LogoWe have two ITunes feeds for the Misdirected Mark Productions Mega Feed. We’re shutting the one down which has more reviews. If you get the show via ITunes, or your podcatcher is referring from ITunes, just go pick up the other feed. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Chris Sniezak

Sep 26 2016

DwD&D#66 – What’s New in D&D & The Ranger

DownwithD&DGet Down. It’s new stuff this week with Sage Advice and a few other tid bits and then we dive into the Revised Ranger from Unearthed Arcana and see what this remix is all about. So lets check the animal companion before we wreck the animal companion.

Links

Extra Life Extras

Sage Advice

Melvaunt Core Trilogy

The Revised Ranger

 

Sep 19 2016

DwD&D#65 – Hacking & Running Curse of Strahd

DownwithD&DLet’s get down in Barovia. It’s all Ravenloft today as we talk about running and then hacking the Curse of Strahd. So lets get down with the hammers and stakes.

Sep 12 2016

DwD&D#64 – What’s New & Cloud Giant’s Bargain

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteHey folks. It’s time to get down with Acquisitions Incorporated and the GIANTS in the sky…or at least on the clouds. We also touch on what’s new in D&D. Get down and feel the bass, or is that the approaching of giants?

Links

DDAL 5-1 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

Sep 05 2016

DwD&D#63 – What’s New and Inspiration

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteCan you feel the rumble of the giants as they stumble and the little folk they fumble as their world starts to crumble.

The Giants come.

Will you get down and disappear beneath their thunder or rise to the occasion and gain and give the inspiration to fight them?

It’s Down with D&D.

Topic 1 – What’s New?

Topic 2 – D&D’s Inspiration Rule

 

 

Aug 29 2016

DwD&D#62 – Greg Marks on Organized Play and thee Adventures League

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteToday we feature the Skerrit himself on playing with the group, how it works, and how to keep it organized. It’s Greg Marks getting down with D&D this time around and we’re gonna take a run at the most recent remix on the League of Adventurers as it pertains to D&D. Get Down.

Aug 22 2016

DwD&D#61 – The Faithful & Actual Plays Influence on Game Design

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteAre you ready to get down. It’s Chris and Shawn talking about the Unearthed Arcana on the Faithful and then delving into an article posted on ENWorld on Mike Mearls talking about actual plays influence on game design and then giving a few opinions of our own. Break it down for D&D.

Topic 1 – Unearthed Arcana: The Faithful

http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/faithful

Topic 2 – MIKE MEARLS ON THE ROLE OF ACTUAL PLAY ON GAME DESIGN

WotC’s Mike Mearls on the History/Future of RPG Discusion & Design

We don’t learn sports by reading the rules

The Future of D&D, or How the Internet Changed a Game

Aug 13 2016

DwD&D#60 – Gen Con 2016 & What’s New

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLet’s get down. Shawn and I recap a little from Gen Con 2016 but then we get into all the theater that surrounds D&D plus the new things that are on the horizon. So get let us get down.

 

Jul 29 2016

DwD&D#59 – What Does D&D Mean to You

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLets get down with some more sentiment. It’s what does D&D mean to you this time as we go to the community with Randy Farmer among others, and outside of it to some others who work on and around D&D. We have audio from James Intercaso, Phil Vecchione, and Greg Marks. We have words from Mike Mearls and Chris Sims, and we hear Shawn Merwin’s thoughts on D&D and what it means to him. Get Down.

Links

Randy Farmer link

The World Builder Blog

The Round Table

 

Jul 23 2016

DwD&D#58 – What D&D Means to Me

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLet’s get down and we’re doing it without the Mad Wizard Merwin. That’s right. I went to my very deep bench to grab some friends to talk about what D&D means to them. I have Mark, Tom, and Brett to help me out, get down, and spin some wonderful tales about family and gaming. So get in and get down and lets go kill some monsters.

Links

The Queen City Conquest

Evercon

Gamehole Con

Knights of the Night

Erin Flanagan’s Patreon

Jul 08 2016

DwD&D#57 – Teos Part 2

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLets get down. It’s part two with Teos Abadia and we continue the conversation.

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
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Jul 01 2016

DwD&D#56 – Teos “Alphastream” Abadia

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteGetting down with the Alpha himself about the D&D open, Origins, and What products should cost in the first episode with Teos. Get Down.

 

Jun 24 2016

DwD&D#55 – Origins 2016

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLets get down in Columbus, Ohio for Origins 2016 with the Mad Wizard, Rob Schwalb, the Baldman Dave Christ, and Sean Molley. That’s what’s on the playlist for this interview heavy episode from the D&D room at Origins.

Links

Baldman Games

Shadow of the Demon Lord

Forge in Magic from Paradim concepts

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

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Jun 17 2016

DwD&D#54 – Session 0

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteAre you ready to get Down. I know I am, and so is Keith Byers, the studious Sage, who’s droppin some knowledge from his Scrolls on session zero. So lets see how it plays.

What is a “Session 0?”, Part 1

 

Jun 11 2016

DwD&D#53 – What’s new in D&D Giants

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLet’s get down. Ok. We’re small but there be giants and when they get down everything shakes. It’s all about the groove this week as things have melted down and there are even some new feats.

 

Jun 03 2016

DwD&D#52 – The Grid and Theater of the Mind

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteIt’s time to get down with some D&D. Let’s get moving and rocking and rolling with the tactical and the narrative. It’s the Grid and the Theater of the Mind in this installment of getting down with D&D.

 

May 27 2016

DwD&D#51 – What’s New and Curse of Strahd 2: Barovia

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteAre you ready to get down. Lets do this thing with Curses of Strahd and Merric Blackman and the News and all the good stuff you love to get down with. Alright, you’ve been primed. Now dance and dice on.

Links

LiveStream from Meltdown Comics

Could Season 5 be Giant Themed?

AL Writing Switches to Royalty Only

May Sage Advice

New Version of the System Reference Document Released

Third Party Spotlight: Death in the Cornfields by Merric Blackman

May 20 2016

DwD&D#50 – Community Topics

DownwithD&Dnew_whiteLets Get Down for the 50th time. To celebrate or mail it in we take the community topics we’ve been collecting and go through each of them. So this time it’s all about getting down with the community. Go D&D.

 

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