Tag Archive: D&D

Feb 04 2016

DwD&D#35 – Community Topics & OotA 8: Audience in Gauntlgrym

itunesDownwithDDAre you ready to get down with D&D. I know I am as is the mad wizard. It’s community topics this week as we touch on the Polymorph spell as a starting point and then move over to if you should let new players bend or break the rules because they’re trying to be awesome or keeping them reigned in. After that we go back to the Underdark to chat with Breunor Battlehammer and wrangle another two dozen plus NPCs. I’m totally feeling it as we get down.

Links

The Down with D&D G+ Community

Out of the Abyss

Feb 01 2016

MMP#192 – Encoded at Running GAGG

ItunesMMpodcastHey Folks. We were at Running GAGG and thought we’d record some stuff a our panel of play better games damn it so we did with Shawn Merwin from Down with D&D and John Arcadian, Webmaster to the stars. Both are members of the Encoded Designs consortium and we talk about Encoded a bit before taking questions from the audience. This is sort of a bonus episode but since in numerical order the Star Wars special threw things off I decided to number it so we can have Episode 200 fall on March 22nd.

Time Stamps

1:40 – What’s Going On

8:10 – The Lab & Questions from the audience

Jan 28 2016

DwD&D#34 – Ravenloft and Other New Things

itunesDownwithDDAre you ready to get down with some D&D? I know I am and it’s all fangs and brooding and other new things in D&D this week as we cover as many new and interesting things as we can so strap in, throw on some shades, get your SPF one thousand, and lets get down.

Links

Ravenloft D&D announcement

Curse of Strahd Preorder on Amazon

I Strahd

Knight of the Black Rose

D&D Podcast with Hickman & Perkins

Six Ravenloft adventures for AL

Merric Blackman Five Temples Review

Merric Blackman Adventurer League Post

Baphomet Article

Rules Answers for January 2016

Jan 21 2016

DwD&D#33 – OotA Chapter 7 and Kits of Old

itunesDownwithDDGetting down means getting out this time as the PCs need to escape from the Underdark in chapter 7 of Out of the Abyss. Segment two has us looking at Kits of Old and how the most recent Unearthed Arcana article is updating a few of them. Remember, you gotta get down to get up. Peace.

Links

Out of the Abyss

Unearthed Arcana: Kits of Old

The Five Temples of the Earth Mother Part I

Jan 20 2016

MMP#190 – Grappling with Grappling

ItunesMMpodcastWrestling, grabbing, pinning, and other grapples are on the mat in this episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast. We break down the mechanic in a variety of games and then talk about its relevance and hack-ability in games.

Time Stamps

1:06 – What’s Going On

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

10:05 – The Garage: Grappling

Pathfinder Flow Charts

5e En World Grappling article

1:01:12 – The EDSMD

Sidney Roundwoods Blog

1:21:58 – Podcast Round Up

Adamantine Heart

Jan 18 2016

DwDnD#32a – Cindy Moore on the Adventurer’s League

itunesDownwithDDAre you ready to get down with a special not in continuity episode of Down with D&D. We’re throwing back to the OG with Cindy Moore in the house to talk how the DMs Guild and OGL are messing or not messing with the Adventurer’s League and everything going on there. We also hear about what Cindy is working on and has worked on in the past. Check it out.

The Occupation of Szith Morcane

Jan 14 2016

DwD&D#32 – DMs Guild & What’s New in D&D

itunesDownwithDDBreak it down. Mark Knapik from OBS (Drive Thru & DMs Guild) joins us to talk about the DMs Guild and gives us a little behind the scene look at its creation. We also hit up what’s new in D&D.

Time Stamps

0:46 – What’s New in D&D

4:51 – What is the DMs Guild?

The Five Temples of the Earthmother Part I: Life & Moon

 

Jan 13 2016

MMP#189 – Intraparty Conflict

ItunesMMpodcastHey Folks. Are you ready to rumble as we dive into the deep end of the ring and see what kinds of stories conflict among the party can bring out. Then this is the right episode for you. We also get into the social media depository, talk about some announcements from Encoded Designs, round up some podcasts, and update the weight loss challenge. Enjoy and we’ll talk to you next week about Grappling. We did Encumbrance and made it interesting, we can do Grappling.

Time Stamps

1:20 – What’s Going On

The Five Temples of the Earthmother Part I: Life and Moon

Character Cache

11:50 – The Workshop: Intraparty Conflict

52:24 – The EDSMD

Mechawest Kickstarter

Accursed: World of Morden Kickstarter

1:09:28 – Podcast Round Up

Gaming & BS

She’s a Super Geek

Talking Tabletop

Jan 06 2016

MMP#188 – Narrative Positioning

MM Mini LogoHey Folks. We’re talking about the narrative and how it is, surround, and binds mechanics together today. We also hit the EDMS depository, and talk podcasts as we always do. There’s also the 2016 weight loss challenge. Take a listen to see what it’s all about.

Time Stamps

1:35 – What’s Going On

13:16 – The Study: Narrative Positioning

  • Definition – How what the players have their characters do in the play affects the mechanics of the game.
      • Play – The game as it’s occurring
      • Mechanics – dice rolls, modifiers, etc
  • What does this do in a game?
    • It makes what the players describe important.
    • It allows players who are creative in their descriptions to engage the mechanics of the game.
    • It reinforces more colorful descriptions of actions.
  • Challenges of Narrative Positioning
    • Takes some players a bit of getting use to.
    • Not everyone enjoys that level of narrative in their game.
  • Games That Do This
    • 5e D&D
    • Dungeon World
    • Fate Accelerated
  • Key Points / Summary
  • Hacking This Into Another Game
    • Easy, just make sure there needs to be a narrative component in order to engage any mechanic.

56:01 – The EDSM Depository

Companions: The Doctor Who AW Hack

Little Black Book 2 Bundle of Holding

Dungeon World +2 Bundle of Holding

 

1:03:45 – Podcast Chat

Shrieker Podcast

Dec 31 2015

DwD&D 31 – Dragon+, Heroes of Midgard, & OotA: Blingdenstone

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D!?! Lets get to! Digital ezine goodness plus moar races and backgrounds, and finishing it up with a massive battle with the pudding king. It’s all inside this episode. WOOHOO!!! Also happy new year.

Links

Out of the Abyss (D&D Accessory)

Heroes of Midgard

Dec 21 2015

DwD&D#30 – Neverlight Groove

DownwithD&DOh boy, oh boy, oh boy. It is time to get down. It was a tough week of illness and other things but I’m finally through it and ready to bring you this hot new edition of Down with D&D. Shawn and myself, this is Chris by the way, are gonna dish on Neverlight Grove and the Zuggtmoy that Cthulhu’d up and went crazy. We also talk about that old black magic which is the topic of the most recent Unearthed Arcana and cover the new stuff in D&D.

In other news we have a G+ community just for Down with D&D these days and you can get there and join up by clicking on this link.

Down with D&D G+ Community

If we get to a 100 members by January 1st Shawn and I will give away a free adventure to every member of the community. Cool huh. As of this writing we’re already at 79 people so come on and join up because everyone loves free stuff.

 
OotA bumper music by: Lino Rise
Title: Jingle Avalon
Source: www.free-intro-music.com

Nov 03 2015

DwD&D#27 – OOtA Ch3: The Darklake

DownwithD&DAre. You. Readdyyyyyyy to get Down. We are we’re getting a little bit wet in the Darklake as we explore chapter three of Out of the Abyss. We’re also going over what’s new in D&D and the most recent Dragon+. Hope you enjoy and feel free to send us some feedback.

Links

The Character Cache Patreon

The Tome of Beasts Kickstarter

Oct 12 2015

DwD&D#25 – Out of the Abyss

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D. I hope you are because we’re talking a bit about prestige classes and the Tome of Beasts Kickstarter and then we’re gonna delve into chapter one of Out of the Abyss. Kick the beat MC Mad Wizard, or at least the kobold.

Links

Nov 03 2014

DwD&D#8 – The Barbarian & Monster Manual Overview

 

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DownwithD&DDwD&D 08 – The Barbarian & Monster Manual Overview

Hey everybody. Chris here from the DwD&D crew. Sorry we’re a bit late on this one but we’re here and we hope you enjoy this Monster Manual overview and our look at the Barbarian.

Aug 27 2014

DwD&D #4 – GenCon, Factions, and Magical Classes

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GenCon, Factions, and Magical Classes
What is up. We’re back at the game table for another round of Down with D&D. This time we talk about D&D at GenCon, the factions that are used in Adventure’s League play, and the Wizard, Sorcerer, and Warlock. We’re sans the Unstoppable Force, Alex Swingle, due to the internet, pesky tubes and clouds but that’s ok because our very own Regional Admin for the Adventurers League, Cindy Moore, helps me in filling the hole as best as we can. Hope you enjoy.

Jul 16 2014

DwD&D #1 – Dragons, Tiers, and Diversity

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Dragons, Tiers, and Diversity

Hey folks. Chris here with the newest show on Misdirected Mark Productions “Down with D&D” and no, we’re not down on D&D but down with it. My Co-host Cindy Moore is the newest addition to the Misdirected Mark family and together we talk about The Tyranny of Dragons, Tier’s of Play, and the Diversity section of the basic rules. Let us know what you think and we’ll talk to you in two weeks.

Show Notes

Tiamat Tuesdays Building Adventures : Mike Mearls Legends and Lore ArticleThe Basic Rules are only version 0.1
DnDadventurersleague.org
Breaking D&D is Bad on Critical hits.

Jul 10 2014

MMP #120 – The Improv Tool Kit and Creative Constraint

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The Improv Toolkit

Hey Folks. This week Chris and Phil chat about The Improv Tool Kit and Creative Constraint while things are heating up with the yearly story as the villain makes their first appearance on the mics. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave feedback. We always want to get better.

Bar

News

  1. L.U.G. Con (Let Us Game: All day and all night Convention!)
  2. Mechanical Bard: Ninth World Tales
  3. Evil Hat is looking for Playtesters for War of the Ashes
  4. D&D Basic Rules
  5. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals (D&D Boxed Game)
  6. Blood Bowl coming soon on iOS and Android

Crowdfunding

  1. Zombiecide Season 3 
  2. Stray’s – Kid friendly Fate Accelerated
  3. Short Order Heroes – Locations:
  4. Ross & Sean’s Big Denver Adventure happening this week.

Local

  1. Pro Level Gaming’s D&D Starter Launch Party
  2. Collectors Inn

Sunday July 13th – UFS demo’s at 2pm.

Saturday July 19th – Golem Arcana Demo’s at 3pm.

Rapid Fires

Gameroom

Phil

  1. The Hood – slow start, but solid session, tensions building
  2. Airy Peaks – good god what a great session
  3. Shadowrun Returns – loving it, but had to rewind
  4. Minecraft – Diamonds Steve’s best friend.

Chris

  1. Airy Peaks,
  2. The Hood
  3. Shadowrun Returns
  4. Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons Board Game

Workshop – Improv Tools and Constrained Creativity

Recent Gnome Stew article: http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/improv-toolkit/

Geekery

Phil

    1. Drone films Fireworks

  1. Blame Sage event  (why others should do the same)
  2. Dice Shaming Lighting Hand dice shame

Chris

  1. Monster Hunter Nemesis (Monster Hunters International Book 5)

Jun 18 2014

MMP 117 – The Railroad with Garrett and Drew

 

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The Railroad

Hey Folks. This week I hang out with Garrett Crowe from Threat Detected and the MMPs secret weapon Drew Smith. We get into the idea of what the railroad means to us and some ways to avoid and deal with it along with many of the regular segments and a visit from Friend Computer.

Sponsors for the Show: Level 99 Games

3:49 – Intro

9:28 – Bar

News

Chris

Garrett

Crowdfunding

Chris

Drew

Local

Drew

Rapid Fires

30:01 – Gameroom

Garrett

1) D&D Encounters

2) Deadlands Noir

3) Cthulhu Wars

Chris

1) Minion Games – The Manhattan Project

2) The Hood

3) Race to Adventure Board Game

4) Marvel Puzzle Quest

5) Bastion

6) Artemis

Drew

1) Eldritch Horror

2) Android Netrunner: The Card Game

3) Star Wars Edge of The Empire Campaign

4) Storium

46:47 – Workshop – The Railroad and what does it really mean?

1:12:12 – Geekery

Garrett

1) Timey Wimey Puppet Show, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1

Chris

1) The Apocalypse Codex (A Laundry Files Novel)

Drew

1) Apocalypse Codex

        – GOD GAME BLACK – Laundry Files RPG source book from Cube 7

2) Game of Thrones

Jun 12 2014

MMP #116 – D&D Cometh

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D&D Cometh

Hey Folks. This week the Mad Wizard Merwin is back into the house and bringing some of his magical mayhem to talk about the newest version of Dungeons and Dragons. There also might be a troll sighting. Enjoy and feel free to leave feedback here and let us know how we’re doing.

2:29 – Intro

3:40 – Bar

News

Shawn

Heat kickstarter by Dave Chalker – It’s over but you might be able to get a copy if you contact Asmadi Games

Chris

Evil Hat Project Status

Phil
Ryan macklin’s Fateful Concepts
Rob D blogging about Dungeon World

Crowdfunding

Chris

Elven Papercraft Tower & Wall Set
Eloy Lasanta’s new Game Infestation

Phil

Urban Shadows
Primetime Adventures

Local

Gameday at Dark Forest on Saturday

Rapid Fires

Unframed Pre-orders still open
Recorded Lounge interview with Martin Ralya

25:16 – Gameroom

Phil
1) Manhattan Project
2) Airy Peaks
3) Minecraft

Chris
1) Manhattan Project
2) Airy Peaks
3) Marvel Puzzle Quest

Shawn
1) Love Letter
2) Lords of Waterdeep/Ascension for iOS
3) D&D 5e Playtests

40:49 – Workshop – D&D Cometh

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/tabletop/11554-Inside-the-Launch-of-the-New-Dungeons-Dragons-With-Designer-Mike-Mearls

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/news/advleaguewelcome#93073

1:35:13 – Geekery

Phil
1) Finished Unframed

Phil & Chris
1) Xmen days of futures past

Shawn
1) Maleficent

 

Jun 04 2014

MMP 115 – Powered by the Apocalypse

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115 – Powered by the Apocalypse

141x141MMlogoHey folks, this week we get down and dirty in the workshop first talking about a little about designing games with professor McGowan and then Phil and I go inside the apocalypse engine and how it is an awesome game for getting you to be an excellent GM faster. Hope you enjoy.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games

0:53 – Intro

1:55 – Bar

Chris

 

Phil

Crowdfunding

Chris

Phil

  • A!C Fate Keepers Guide has released to backers.  This completes the Fate Set making A!C able to be run in three systems.

Local

Chris

  • Dark Forest Games is having a board game day on Saturday, June 14th this month.
  • RonCon is the 19th at 168 Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. $5 donation for the space

Phil

  • QCC Planning meeting this past Sunday

 22:39 – Gameroom

Phil

1) Savage Elhal – more swing ness at the table

2) The Hood – setup of the game

3) Minecraft – more exploration

Chris

1) The Hood

2) Disaster at Descent

3) Marvel Dice Masters

36:13 – Workshop one

Conversing about designing games with Professor McGowan

1:00:59 – Workshop two

Apocalypse World as a way to better GMing

Reference

1:48:24 – Geekery

Phil

1) Epic Rap Battle of History Season 3

Superman vs. Goku

Stephen King vs. Poe

2) A metal tribute of video games

3)  Another trip to Madness Games

Chris

1) Skin Game

May 29 2014

Episode #114 – War Room 101

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War Room 101

141x141MMlogoHey Folks. This week we have Ron and Dan in the brand new War Room where we get to know them and talk about miniatures 101. Also Phil is sick with atomic poisoning and I’m looking around for my friend professor McGowan who’s supposed to fix the portal.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games

0:48 – Intro

1:22 – Bar

News

Crowdfunding

  • 3EG announces Infestation: a Game of Bugs and Heroes. Infestation is the third game to use the company’s Pip System, previously used for Mermaid Adventures and Camp Myth: The RPG.

Local

  • Dark Forest Games is having a Game Day on the second Saturday of the Month which is June 14th. It starts at noon. Mark is usually there all day playing board games.
  • Saturday May 31st is also a Warmachine/Hordes Tournament at Dark Forest Games.
  • QCC update: Mark and I are plugging away moving data from the Kickstarter to the QCC site getting everything updated and ready.

Rapid Fires

10:15 – Gameroom

Chris
1) Krossmaster Arena
2) Bang the Dice Game
3) Dungeon World
4) Fate of Elhal
5) Marvel Puzzle Quest
6) Johann Sebastian Joust

19:52 – The War Room – Introductions

1:01:31 – Geekery

  • Godzilla and $5 movies at Regal.

Mar 27 2014

Episode #106 – Multidimensional Dice and Making Story Happen on the Grid

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Multidimentional Dice and Making Story Happen on the Grid

Hey Folks. This week I learn we have a garage and it needs an access card or a portal gun. In there we pull apart Multidimensional Dice as a mechanic and then we chat about Making Story Happen on the Grid and ways you can keep the narrative strong when the mini’s and the maps come out.

1:06 – Intro

2:23 – Watercooler

The One Page Dungeon Contest
All Rolled Up is turning 1 year old. – Phil’s Gnome Stew article on All Rolled Up
Dungeon Elementary
Icons Assembled Edition
Shop Till You Drop by Mike Merals
Night Witches

Coming to DnDClassics this week:
Eberron Campaign Setting (3E Eberron)
Mind Lords of the Last Sea (2E Dark Sun)
Circle of Darkness (2E Ravenloft)
FRA3 Blood Charge (2E Forgotten Realms)
SJA1 Wildspace (2E Spelljammer)

and looking ahead to next week:
Thri-Kreen of Athas (2E Dark Sun)
RM1 Roots of Evil (2E Ravenloft)
The Gothic Earth Gazetteer (2E Ravenloft)
WGR5 Iuz the Evil (2E Greyhawk)
SJQ1 Heart of the Enemy (2E Spelljammer)

Crowdfunding
Combat description cards from Conflict Roleplaying
Sean Patrick Fannon’s GoFundMe

Local News
The Buffalo GenCon Party Bus Mark@misdirectedmark.com
Painted Ogre Games is Looking for Minion’s 
UBCon
The Queen City Conquest Kickstarter
Around the Table – Remind about this new segment

22:34 – The Garage — Multidimensional Dice

39:58 – Gameroom

Chris
Marvel Puzzle Quest
League of Legends
D&D Encounters

Phil
More Minecraft! On the iPad a well as PC
Scattagories (parents house)
Ticket to Ride (parents house)
Gloom

52:03 – Workshop – Making story happen on the battle map.

1:09:26 – Geekery

Chris
Letters of Note: Make Your Soul Grow

Phil
Star Wars Ep 7 30 years after Jedi
X-Men Days of Future Past Second Trailer:
Gauntlet Trailer
Breach & Clear coming to Steam 
Incredibles 2 is a go.

Mar 13 2014

Episode #104 – The Two Year Extravaganza Audio Drama Show

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The Two Year Exstravaganza

Hey Folks. Chris here and I’d just like to say thanks to everyone for listening these past two years. Going forward there will be some changes but this last year and the story we’ve been telling with all the gaming, game mastering, and entertaining we’ve been doing has been great, and fear not, there will be an episode 105 and a year 3. So I hope you enjoy and feel free to let us know what you thought of this episode.

Show Notes

Batman Arkahm Knight
State of the Hat
Katana’s and Trench coats
Mutant Chronicles
Bruce Cordell on Ordering Art
Wield Kickstarter
Everyone is John
D&D Classics
Nathan Poletta’s Wrestling Game
International Boardgame Day
The Queen City Conquest Kicksarter

Dec 01 2013

Patreon #5 – Organized Play Round Table

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Organized Play Round Table

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Hey Folks. For this special Patreon episode I’ve managed to coerce Teos Abadia and The Mad Wizard Merwin to join myself and the informant Rob Dorgan to lay the skinny on Organized Play on you. The conversation was quite good…hey, what the heck. I didn’t authorize thi… Pay no head to those words. They’re just a little interference in the signal. Anyways, enjoy the show.

Show Notes

Vault of the Dracolich

Shadowrun missions

Tales of the age 13th age

Ashes of Athas

D&D Encounters

 

Nov 20 2013

Episode #89 – The Long Game with Garrett Crowe

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The Long Game with Garrett Crowe

Threat detected

Hey Folks. This week we have Garrett Crowe on to talk about Threat Detected and his campaign he finally finished, after three years. All that’s left is to roll out the rest of the audio. So we’re gonna talk about really long games. Garrett is also here to hone Marks skill with the force so Mark can finally catch that Evil Hat.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games, Seeley and Kane’s Comics, Evil Beagle Games

0:41 – Intro
Jedi Master Garrett Crowe from Threat Detected

2:11 – Watercooler
Evil Beagle games Typhoon Relief Charity Bundle
Joan “The Game” Nobile is our New AOA&E (Audio Operations Advisors & Engineer.
Cthulhu Britanica kickstarter
Omega Zone
Amanda Valentines Daughter writes about gender discrimination.
Evil Hat Street Team Bump
The Corporia Kickstarter
Breaking down the Fate Core kickstarter financially
Eathbound Time Lords
Level 99’s newest game. Argent the Consortium

16:33 – Gameroom

Chris
Zombicide
Resistance
Smash up
Blood Bowl

Mark
Tomb of Horrors

Garrett
Doctor Who
Indiana Jones
Star Wars
Toon

25:56 – Workshop The Long Game – Chatting about long campaigns.

1:04:30 – Geekery

Chris – Constantine and the Flash coming on WB. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and the Defenders coming on Netflix.

Garrett – Turkey Day is back

Mark –  Arkahm Nights is a thing and in Toronto

 

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