Tag Archive: Alex

Mar 01 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 24: Unearthed Classes feat. Alex D’Amico

If you make lemonade from lemons, what do you make when Unearthed Arcana gives you class options…? Thankfully, Alex D’Amico is able to make better sense of the recent Unearthed Arcana articles than we are at making jokes–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

Notes

Thanks

  • Alex D’Amico

Contact

Credits

Feb 22 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 23: Dark Sun Campaigns feat. Robert Adducci

It has finally come to this… the final episode of our Dark Sun series! Once again Robert Adducci steps out of Ral’s burning gaze and joins us on the mics to talk about bringing a Dark Sun campaign to a gaming table near you! This week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • What makes up a Dark Sun campaign?

Notes

Contact

Credits

Feb 09 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 22: Other Stuff feat. Chris Sniezak

It is time for some shameless self-promotion from Chris Sniezak as we talk about what friends of the Misdirected Mark Productions are up to! Can we avoid the tarrasque’s gullet? This week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • What are friends of MM Productions up to in the realm of Dungeons & Dragons?

Notes

Contact

References

Jan 25 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 21: Sharn In-Depth feat. Kristian Serrano

You cannot stop Kristian Serrano from talking about Sharn if you tried! In this second part of our Sharn series, we focus on the major players in the city as well as other communities and cultural elements that makes the City of Towers so compelling! This week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Immerse the player into the fiction of Sharn, allies and adversaries

Notes

Contact

References

Jan 11 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 20: Dark Sun In-Depth feat. Robert Adducci

Welcome back to part 2 of our series about Dark Sun! Robert Adducci joins us again on the mics as we delve deeper into the organizations, villains, secrets, and mysteries of Athas. What are the most game-able elements of Dark Sun? This week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • What are the most important elements to interact with in Dark Sun?

Notes

Contact

References

Jan 04 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 19: Looking Forward

Is it 2017 already?!? People are looking forward to this year and every new and wonderful thing it brings–and we are no different! Listen as Wayne and Alex go through their list of games they are eagerly anticipating–this week on Advantage to Insight!

(Due to a recording error, Episode 18: Year in Review was lost. We endeavor to re-record and release the episode–which included heartfelt messages and lessons from 2016.)

Topic

  • What are we looking forward to in 2017?

Notes

Contact

References

Dec 21 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 17: Dark Sun 101 feat. Robert Adducci

He told us he could talk about Dark Sun for hours–so we put him to the test! Robert Adducci is back on the mics talking about his favorite campaign setting and giving our listeners info they need to know to get started! This week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Dark Sun 101: What makes Dark Sun a great setting?

Notes

Contact

References

Dec 14 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 16: D&D Adventurers League

D&D Adventurers League is played at conventions, gaming stores, online, and right at home all over the world… but what does it mean to us? Take a look at organized play through our eyes–this week on Advantage to Insight!

(Wayne apologizes for the excessive illness-base sniffling this episode.)

Topic

  • Why play D&D Adventurers League?
  • How did we get started in D&D organized play?

Links

Contact

References

Dec 07 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 15: Planescape Trivia feat. Darcy Ross and Space Rhino

“Philosophers with clubs” are more interesting when they are in combat! So we brought two Planescape officiandos to battle it out head-to-head with their minds–winner takes all the MODRONS! This week on Advantage to Insight!

(Hang out after the podcast for special behind the scenes audio!)

Topic

  • Darcy Ross vs. Space Rhino

Links

Contact

Thank You

  • Chris for editing the show for us this week! Thank you!

References

Nov 23 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 14: Sharn 101 feat. Kristian Serrano

Legend has it if you say “Sharn” three times quickly, Kristian Serrano appears on the mics to talk about Eberron with you! Lucky for us, we only needed to say it once! Listen as we dive into the first of three episodes about running a campaign in Sharn–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Find out about Sharn: City of Towers
  • The goal of this episode is to have the listener to immediately search out more information and play

Notes

  • What makes Sharn a great campaign setting?
  • What tropes and elements? Tone?
  • History of Sharn
  • Appendix N and references

Links

Contact

References

Nov 16 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 13: Solo Update

It is solo host on the podcast this week as Wayne abuses the power of the mics and talks about a random splattering of topics–some of them even D&D related! It is the recap and update show–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • Flying solo this week, time for an update of random D&D and gaming

Notes

References

Nov 02 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 12: Children

Did you play Dungeons & Dragons when you were a child? Did you teach D&D to your children? There are so many questions when it comes to playing D&D with children, where to start? Join us as we barely scratch the surface… all this and more–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • Differences between running D&D for children and adults?

Notes

  • What age is a good start?
  • Reasoning and bargaining
  • General gaming introduction
  • Imagination, math, learning
  • Simplifying the rules, modifications
  • Buy-in and stakes, session length vs. attention span
  • Content, violence, context

Links

References

Oct 18 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 11: Ravenloft feat. Alan Patrick

We continue our podcast series on campaign settings by diving deeper into Ravenloft with super fan Alan Patrick–this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • More campaign settings!

Links

Alan Patrick

References

Contact

 

Oct 11 2016

Advantage to Insight – Episode 10: Props

Miniatures and maps? Tiles and terrain? Music? Physical certificates and tokens? There are so many props that can be brought to the table, but how do they interact and when is it too much? All this and more… this week on Advantage to Insight!

Why This Topic

  • New miniatures available for Storm King’s Thunder
  • Tactile elements in games

Links

References

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
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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
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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
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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?

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)

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