Tag Archive: Dungeons & Dragons

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

Dec 04 2016

Threats From Gallifrey Dungeons and Dragons Plot Twist

Tony and Rob help Garrett comprehend the changes to the Dungeons and Dragons AL.

Watch the latest Threats From Mirkwood here.
“Doctor of Gallifrey” by Marc Gunn can be purchased here.

 

      1. tfg036-dungeons-and-dragons-plot-twist - Threats From Gallifrey

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

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

 

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/

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