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Dungeon Mastery

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E176 - Dungeon Mastery - Variant Rules: When Characters Become Diplomatic and Emphatic, Charismatic and Dramatic, or Traumatic and Erratic

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In this episode of the It’s A Mimic! Podcast, the panel of Dungeon Masters cracks open the DMG, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, and the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica to dig into some more variant rules.  There are tons of them in the published material, and some of common online homebrew rules address issues that there are actually rule options for. This episode covers variant rules surrounding communication and reputation, and revisits the discussion on madness.. Cold Open 0:00Intro 01:46Sanity 04:20Madness  17:45Commercial Break 26:00Renown 30:42Ravnica Rules 41:56Social Media Info 1:02:17Languages 1:03:26Parleying with Monsters 1:16:27Loyalty 1:28:56Outro 1:39:13Post-Credit 1:40:13Bloopers 1:43:22 DON’T FORGET TO LIKE & SUBSCRIBE! Available On:https://www.itsamimic.comiTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/its-a-mimic/id1450770037Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3Y19VxSxLKyfg0gY0yUeU1Podbean at https://itsamimic.podbean.com/ YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQmvEufzxPHWrFSZbB8uuw Social:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/itsamimic/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itsamimic/?hl=enReddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/ItsaMimic/Email at info@itsamimic.com Dungeon Master:  Dan O’CoinHost 2:  Terry WilliamsHost 3:  Adam Nason Written by:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonDirector:  Dan O’CoinAudio Editor:  Dan O’CoinVideo Editor:  Adam NasonProduced by:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonExecutive Producers:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonIntro/Outro Music by:  Cory WiebeLogo by:  Katie Skidmore at https://www.instagram.com/clementineartportraits/ Current Gear:Microphone (USA) - https://amzn.to/2WWuCsz Microphone (CAN) - https://amzn.to/2WTZ69G This post or video may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission for purchases made through our links. This episode is meant to be used as an inspirational supplement for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and tabletop roleplaying games in general.  It’s A Mimic! does not own the rights to any Wizards of the Coasts products. Artwork included in this episode’s visualizations is published and/or owned by Wizards of the Coast.

1hr 43mins

7 Jun 2022

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E169 - Dungeon Mastery - Variant Rules: Class Dippings, Taking Whippings, and Fun Equippings

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In this episode of the It’s A Mimic! Podcast, this panel of Dungeon Masters sits down and cracks open the discussion on variant rules.  There are dozens of options in the published material for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, and some of you might be unnecessarily making homebrew rules without realizing there are already other options out there for you.  This show has already dug into the experience-based variants in E047, so it’s time to look at special character creation rules, unique healing and damage rules, and some interesting entries about unique weapons. Cold Open 0:00Intro 1:07Customizing Ability Scores 5:29Customizing Your Lineage 14:33Multiclassing 23:57Commercial Break 35:12Healing 36:15Rest and Sleep 46:35Injuries 51:17Massive Damage 55:34Social Media Info 58:40Firearms, Explosives, and Alien Technology 1:00:07Adamantine Weapons 1:16:35Wands That Don’t Recharge 1:19:11Outro 1:25:00Post-Credit 1:25:56Bloopers 1:28:1 DON’T FORGET TO LIKE & SUBSCRIBE! Available On:https://www.itsamimic.comiTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/its-a-mimic/id1450770037Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3Y19VxSxLKyfg0gY0yUeU1Podbean at https://itsamimic.podbean.com/ YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQmvEufzxPHWrFSZbB8uuw Social:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/itsamimic/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itsamimic/?hl=enReddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/ItsaMimic/Email at info@itsamimic.com Dungeon Master:  Adam NasonHost 2:  Dave NasonHost 3:  James Sealy Written by:  Adam NasonDirector:  Adam NasonAudio Editor:  Brad McMannVideo Editor:  Adam NasonProduced by:  Brad McMann and Adam NasonExecutive Producers:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonIntro/Outro Music by:  Cory WiebeLogo by:  Katie Skidmore at https://www.instagram.com/clementineartportraits/ Current Gear:Microphone (USA) - https://amzn.to/2WWuCsz Microphone (CAN) - https://amzn.to/2WTZ69G This post or video may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission for purchases made through our links. This episode is meant to be used as an inspirational supplement for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and tabletop roleplaying games in general.  It’s A Mimic! does not own the rights to any Wizards of the Coasts products. Artwork included in this episode’s visualizations is published and/or owned by Wizards of the Coast.

1hr 29mins

19 Apr 2022

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E162 - Dungeon Mastery - Stat Blocks: How to Assign, Define, and Align the Benign and Maligned Baseline Design

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Last time the It’s A Mimic! podcast discussed Dungeon Mastering, the panel of Dungeon Masters covered power creep and why you should manage the mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons more closely.  This time, the DM’s tear apart the stat blocks and see what two decades of experience have taught them about reading between the lines when it comes to deciphering monster stats. Cold Open 0:00Intro 3:51Above the Ability Scores 8:16Commercial Break 1:11:48Ability Scores 1:14:00Social Media Info 1:59:16Features, Traits, and Actions 1:59:52Outro 2:16:32Post-Credit 2:19:30Bloopers 2:22:04 DON’T FORGET TO LIKE & SUBSCRIBE! Available On:https://www.itsamimic.comiTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/its-a-mimic/id1450770037Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3Y19VxSxLKyfg0gY0yUeU1Podbean at https://itsamimic.podbean.com/ YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQmvEufzxPHWrFSZbB8uuw Social:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/itsamimic/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itsamimic/?hl=enReddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/ItsaMimic/Email at info@itsamimic.com Dungeon Master:  Adam NasonHost 2: James SealyHost 3:  Kyle McQuaid Written by:  Adam NasonDirector:  Adam NasonAudio Editor:  Brad McMannVideo Editor:  Adam NasonProduced by:  Brad McMann and Adam NasonExecutive Producers:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonIntro/Outro Music by:  Cory WiebeLogo by:  Katie Skidmore at https://www.instagram.com/clementineartportraits/ Current Gear:Microphone (USA) - https://amzn.to/2WWuCsz Microphone (CAN) - https://amzn.to/2WTZ69G This post or video may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission for purchases made through our links. This episode is meant to be used as an inspirational supplement for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and tabletop roleplaying games in general.  It’s A Mimic! does not own the rights to any Wizards of the Coasts products. Artwork included in this episode’s visualizations is published and/or owned by Wizards of the Coast.

2hr 22mins

1 Mar 2022

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E155 - Dungeon Mastery - Power Creep: Bigger, Harder, Deeper, Faster

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Balancing has always been a major issue in tabletop game design, so this week on the It’s A Mimic! podcast, the panel of Dungeon Masters discuss one of the subtle issues at new tables, and that’s Power Creep.  It can be a little difficult to define, and it can definitely sneak up on Dungeon Masters, but this meta discussion should shine a little light on a topic that will be familiar to most seasoned Dungeons & Dragons players. Cold Open 0:00Intro 4:19 Game Scope 6:05Commercial Break 52:04Game Design 54:00Social Media Info 1:29:54Problems and Solutions 1:30:06Outro 1:49:18Post-Credit 1:50:13Bloopers 1:52:50 DON’T FORGET TO LIKE & SUBSCRIBE! Available On:https://www.itsamimic.comiTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/its-a-mimic/id1450770037Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3Y19VxSxLKyfg0gY0yUeU1Podbean at https://itsamimic.podbean.com/ YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQmvEufzxPHWrFSZbB8uuw Social:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/itsamimic/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itsamimic/?hl=enReddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/ItsaMimic/Email at info@itsamimic.com Dungeon Master:  Adam NasonHost 2:  Dan O’CoinHost 3:  James Sealy Written by:  Adam NasonDirector:  Adam NasonAudio Editor:  Tyler GibsonVideo Editor:  Adam NasonProduced by:  Tyler Gibson and Adam NasonExecutive Producers:  Dan O’Coin and Adam NasonIntro/Outro Music by:  Cory WiebeLogo by:  Katie Skidmore at https://www.instagram.com/clementineartportraits/ Current Gear:Microphone (USA) - https://amzn.to/2WWuCsz Microphone (CAN) - https://amzn.to/2WTZ69G This post or video may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission for purchases made through our links. This episode is meant to be used as an inspirational supplement for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and tabletop roleplaying games in general.  It’s A Mimic! does not own the rights to any Wizards of the Coasts products. Artwork included in this episode’s visualizations is published and/or owned by Wizards of the Coast.

1hr 58mins

11 Jan 2022

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E141 - Dungeon Mastery - Homebrew: AKA DM DIY 4 DND N RPGs

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It’s time to grab the clay, fire the kiln, and get your hands dirty crafting a custom campaign world of your own design!  The It’s a Mimic! podcast’s panel of Dungeon Masters team up with special guest Brian, The Bearded Nerd, to talk about what exactly homebrew is, what the potential problems are, and what tips might help you craft your own world for Dungeons and Dragons.  The Bearded Nerd Podcast is available at https://open.spotify.com/show/4GwJRIJg2ExBIM4ngEWhKNThe Bearded Nerd linktree is available at https://linktr.ee/thebeardednerd Cold Open 0:00Intro 0:53Bearded Nerd Intro 3:02Homebrew Overview 6:52Homebrew Problems 40:07Homebrew Worldbuilding 1:30:41Outro 1:52:57End Credits 1:54:14 Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Logo by: Kate Skidmore

2hr 5mins

5 Oct 2021

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E134 - Dungeon Mastery - Midweek Content: Tools of Engagement

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Dan, Terry, and Adam spend this episode talking about the ins and outs of utilizing midweek content for Dungeons & Dragons.  The panel of Dungeon Masters use real world successes and failures from their previous campaigns to address the strengths and weaknesses of exploring roleplaying between sessions, including levels of immersion, time commitment, and character building.  It gets personal this week for the It’s A Mimic! podcast, as the trio reminisces about old characters, discusses past exploits, and enjoys a trip down memory lane, all while going over the best tools and tricks for engagement in the D&D that happens between sessions. Cold Open 0:00Intro 1:43What is it? 6:36Knowing Your Players 14:16Tools 29:33Why you should 55:54Challenges of Midweek Content 1:06:12Other Midweek Engagements 1:26:24Outro 1:55:18Post-Credit 1:57:46Bloopers 2:00:02 Riddle:It is a construct of the highest equality,Some waste it on business and others frivolity,It envelops all, beyond every letter,To succeed in its space, one must handle it better. Answer:Time Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Logo by: Kate Skidmore

2hr

17 Aug 2021

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E127 – Dungeon Mastery - Storylines: Readers of the Lost Arc

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Five different stages of story.   Seven different plots.  Seventeen stages of a hero's journey.  And two unique one-shot ideas.  This episode is jam packed with ideas and techniques to flesh out story beyond the standard goblin-smashing, MacGuffin-snatching, dragon-seducing elements of Dungeons & Dragons.  Join Dan and Adam for one more week of Storytelling tips before Terry and the rest start to trickle back into the Guildhouse.  And don't forget to pick up the four books we talk about this episode: The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations, by Georges PoltiThe Seven Basic Plots, by Christopher BookerThe Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph CampbellHow Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow, by Charlotte Pomerantz Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Logo by: Kate Skidmore

1hr 21mins

29 Jun 2021

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E093 – Dungeon Mastery - Conditions: The Wrong Kind of Long Rest

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Grab your comfy pants, a cup of warm cocoa, and take a load off because this week, the It's a Mimic! podcast is talking about those times when the conscious mind takes a break.  Let's be honest, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and sometimes you just wanna curl into a ball and go to sleep.  Your characters are just the same and that's just what Dan, Adam and Megan want to chat about - Rests, Unconsciousness, and Exhaustion. But what if you feel the need for taking that break in the middle of a fight after standing fully exposed before a spout of dragon flame, or after getting dragged under the waves from some ancient aquatic evil?  Well, have no fear (well... have a little fear) because we are also covering Death Saves, Drowning, Asphyxiating, Getting Swallowed and the dreaded Death Spiral! Brought to you by: wildbot3d.com Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Logo by: Kate Skidmore

1hr 53mins

3 Nov 2020

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E086 – Dungeon Mastery - Condition Effects: Unconditional Effection

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When is condition not a "Condition"?  When it's something that afflicts you, but isn't listed with the standard Condition Effects in the core books.  What are we babbling about?  Well, in this episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast, Adam, Dan, and Dave get into diseases, curses, scarring and more!  Why does lycanthropy feel cheap in 5e?  Where does Lay on Hands leave your plotlines dangling?  When are one of these medieval weapons going to leave a permanent mark? This week brings on the pain and suffering of all the afflictions that don't count as conditions because of their unconventional, situational, or poorly-defined natures in the basic rules.  From hags to amputees to how magic makes some stories feel moot, this episode brings you topics often mentioned in passing without proper discussion. This episode is sponsored by Wildbot 3D. Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Logo by: Kate Skidmore

1hr 58mins

15 Sep 2020

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E081 – Dungeon Mastery - Condition Effects: Captive Audiences

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In this week's episode, the panel of DM's are stunned to tackle another round of Condition Effects.  This time though, they are paralyzed with fear of having their agency removed with all those pesky effects that make your characters turn's go by way quicker than you had ever planned: Stunned, Paralyzed, Incapacitated and Petrified.  Adam, Dave, and Megan chat about their likes and their dislikes about these action-removing statuses and some of the monsters from Dungeons and Dragons 5e that will use some of these effects against you. So, get up, stretch, and move around while listening in.  We'll do the same because the last thing we want it to be petrified to our chairs. This episode is sponsored by Wildbot 3D. Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe/Whatever when you listen! Social: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Reddit Email: info@itsamimic.com Intro/Outro Music by: Cory Wiebe Commercial/Shout Out Music by: Tyler Gibson Logo by: Kate Skidmore

1hr 37mins

11 Aug 2020

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