Jul 21 2016

MMP#217 – Cultures

MM Mini LogoWhat is going on? Chris isn’t here. Bob’s down for the count. What’s Phil to do? Call in PK Sullivan of course since he also just got back from being on vacation in a foreign country so he and Phil can talk about Culture’s in RPGs. Strap in and thanks PK for filling in. Also. Three Rocketters. BINGO!!!

Time Stamps

3:32 – Meeting PK

17:49 – The Workshop – Culture’s in RPGs

1:19:46 – The Social Media Depository

1:34:15 – Podcast Round Up

Jul 21 2016

Threats From Gallifrey Hobbit Hunger Games

Writer James Brown uses the Hunger Games as an example of how to adapt material for the One Ring. Garrett gushes over GenCon, almost done prepping for the Manos The Hands of Fate Dungeons and Dragons 5e game. Also be sure to purchase our theme song by Marc Gunn,” Doctor of Gallifrey.”

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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?

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– 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!


Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jul 18 2016

Talking Games Twenty: Broken Characters

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me how you deal with broken characters at your table! Phil and Senda talk through different ways to avoid and resolve broken characters at your game table in this week’s episode of Talking Games AKA Panda. Don’t forget to send us your #tableselfies and any topics you’d like to hear us talk about for our list!

And friends — if anyone can find a link to the song Phil is talking about hit us up and we’ll add it to the show notes here!


Jul 14 2016

Threats From Gallifrey The Dragon Strikes Back

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On this episode of Misdirected Mark Podcast, Garrett adapts Manos the Hands of Fate to Call of Cthulhu. Rob and Tony create a D&D game inspired by Empire Strikes Back. The theme “Doctor of Gallifrey”  is by Marc Gunn.

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Jul 12 2016

MMP#216 – Damage

ItunesMMpodcast_WhiteHey Folks. This week we take some hits and let the pain settle into our bones. That’s right, we’re talking about damage. We also get into the Ennies and the Diana Jones Awards in the social media depository. Hope you enjoy and thanks for helping us become a 2016 Ennie nominee for Best Podcast.

Time Stamps

1:34 – What’s Going On

8:52 – The Garage: Damage

1:16:24 – The Extra Dimensional Social Media Depository

The Diana Jones Awards

1:40:34 – Podcast Round Up

Adamantine Heart



Jul 11 2016

Talking Games Nineteen: Inspiration

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me watcha use for gaming inspiration! On today’s episode Senda and Phil are talking about what inspires their one shots and campaigns. And there is a new waveform song!  Don’t forget to tag your #tableselfies, and reach out to us @dnaphil and @idellamithlynnd to drop us a topic you’d like us to discuss.


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 07 2016

Threats From Gallifrey The Doctor and Shrinkage

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Time Lord Tayna discusses using fantasy settings in her Doctor Who games, plus she teaches her group the value of running from the scary aliens in the Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space RPG. The theme song “Doctor of Gallifrey” is by Marc Gunn;


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Jul 06 2016

MMP#215 – Monsters and Adversaries

MM Mini LogoHey Folks. We’re talking about monsters this week. Where they fit in RPGs, how they’re perceived and used, why they’re monsters in the first place, and what a monster even is. So strap in and lets get to it.

Time Stamps

1:07 – What’s Going On

8:18 – The Workshop: Monsters and Adversaries

1:04:26 – The Social Media Depository

1:43:29 – Podcast Round Up

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


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GUMSHOE by Pelgrane Press

Hall of the Mountain King
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jul 04 2016

Talking Games Eighteen: Recruit

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me watcha got when it comes to getting players to fill out your games. That’s what Senda and Phil are chatting about on this installment of TG AKA Panda. So strap in and enjoy and feel free to send us your #tableselfies and topics you’d like to hear talked about on one shots and campaigns.

Odyssey: The Complete Gamemaster’s guide to Campaign Management 

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 30 2016

Threats From Gallifrey Moving On Savagely

Savage Tim celebrates the arrival of his Rippers books and talks conversions.
“Doctor of Gallifrey” is by Marc Gunn the Celtfather and is available here.


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Jun 29 2016

MMP#214 – Tech for Gateway RPGs

MM Mini LogoHey folks. This week we’re talking about tech you might want to look for in games that are good on ramps for people to get them into RPGs. Enjoy and let us know what games you think are good as gateway games for RPGs and why?

Time Stamps

0:39 – What’s Going On

7:56 – The Workshop: Tech for Gateway RPGs

1:04:05 – The Social Media Depository

1:24:12 – Podcast Round Up

Jun 27 2016

Talking Games Seventeen: Short Form Games

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me whatcha got when it comes to playing games in brief. Senda and Phil have the answers on this weeks Talking Games. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. Listen to the show and you’ll get the joke.


It’s Not My Fault

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.


Baldman Games

Shadow of the Demon Lord

Forge in Magic from Paradim concepts

Jun 22 2016

MMP#213 – Heists

MM Mini LogoHey Folks. This week we steal a podcast. We’re talking about heists in the workshop as Phil is back for the fun, frivolity, and thievery of the Misdirected Mark Podcast.

Time Stamps

0:52 – What’s Going On

9:07 – The Workshop: Heists

1:08:10- The Extradimentional Social Media Depository

1:44:22 – The Podcast Round Up

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)

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Jun 20 2016

Talking Games Sixteen – Locations

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me where you got because it’s about the place this week on Talking Games starring Senda & Phil as they get into locations and their importance to the game. If you’d like to help out you can back us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/mmp


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 15 2016

Misdirected Mark Podcast Bears

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Jun 15 2016

MMP#212 – Player vs GM Perceptions

MM Mini LogoHey Folks. It’s time to talk about how a consummate player, Bob – AKA Old Man Logan, and a consummate GM, Chris, views a number of gaming topics. So strap in for something a little new from the Misdirected Mark Podcast and let us know if you like it so we can do it again in the future.

Time Stamps

0:57 – What’s Going On

4:17 – The Workshop: Player vs GM Perceptions

1:03:36 – The EDSMD

1:16:54 – Podcast Round Up

Jun 13 2016

Talking Games Fifteen: In Media Res

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me whatcha got when you start in the middle of the action. It’s all about In Media Res on this installment of Talking Games starring Senda and Phil.

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.


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