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Hi! I'm Michael "Chgowiz" and I podcast about my love for running fantasy role playing campaigns using older versions of Dungeons & Dragons! Leave me a voice message and let me know what you think! (312) 625-8281‬ (US/Canada) or on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-dungeon-masters-handbook/messageFind episode posts and other D and D content at my blog here: https://chgowiz-games.blogspot.com(Artwork by Mark Allen - http://www.marjasall.com/)

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Hi! I'm Michael "Chgowiz" and I podcast about my love for running fantasy role playing campaigns using older versions of Dungeons & Dragons! Leave me a voice message and let me know what you think! (312) 625-8281‬ (US/Canada) or on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-dungeon-masters-handbook/messageFind episode posts and other D and D content at my blog here: https://chgowiz-games.blogspot.com(Artwork by Mark Allen - http://www.marjasall.com/)

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By wsteyert - Jun 08 2019
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Wish there was more :( Where’d you go Michael? The podcast just ended? I need closure lol.

Keep it up!

By Vwelch - Dec 17 2017
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I love AD&D! We need more insight from the days of AD&D!

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Great Info!

By wsteyert - Jun 08 2019
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Wish there was more :( Where’d you go Michael? The podcast just ended? I need closure lol.

Keep it up!

By Vwelch - Dec 17 2017
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I love AD&D! We need more insight from the days of AD&D!
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The Dungeon Master's Handbook Podcast

Latest release on May 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 32 - Interview With My 1x1 OD&D Player - My Wife!

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My first guest on The Dungeon Master's Handbook! I interview my wife who has been the player in our 11 year one on one OD&D campaign. She talks about what makes it work for her and answers questions from redditors!

Show Notes

Link to a very old wiki I maintained for the 1 on 1 campaign: https://the-vale-solo-campaign.obsidianportal.com/

What do you think?!

Leave me a voice message and let me know what you think or ask questions if you have them! (312) 625-8281‬ (US/Canada) You can also leave a message on Anchor: anchor.fm/thedungeonmastershandbook/message  or email me at chgowiz@gmail.com.

Find episode posts and other D&D content on my blog: chgowiz-games.blogspot.com 

Credits
Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
All music used with permission.

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Mar 26 2020

32mins

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Rank #2: Podcast Episode 31 - Playing the Ultima CRPG setting in OD&D

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In this episode, I take a break from AD&D and talk about a different gaming love - how I combined OD&D and the Ultima CRPG setting from the early 80s into a great homebrew RPG game!

Show Notes

Links to my Ultima/OD&D Game "Siege Perilous"

Players Rulebook: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwiMsojGKI2KUldjYjRGRXhNWjg
Game Referee's Guide: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwiMsojGKI2KT29LTWdWdms4TW8

Inspirations and Sources

Swords & Wizardry White Box (this page has links to all free PDF versions of Swords & Wizardry): http://snw.smolderingwizard.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=4
Skathros's Swords & Wizardry Companion: http://swcompanion.wikidot.com/
Minimal Space Combat by Timothy Swenson: http://www.oocities.org/svenqhj/MSCbook.pdf
Ultima Codex Wiki: http://wiki.ultimacodex.com/wiki/Main_Page

What do you think?!

Leave me a voice message and let me know what you think or ask questions if you have them! (312) 625-8281‬ (US/Canada) You can also leave a message on Anchor: anchor.fm/the-dungeon-masters-handbook/message  or email me at chgowiz@gmail.com.

Find episode posts and other D&D content on my blog: chgowiz-games.blogspot.com 

Credits

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)

Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

All music used with permission.

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Mar 10 2020

38mins

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Rank #3: Episode 2 - Starting a Sandbox Campaign, Part 1

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Sandbox campaigns, one of the hallmarks of an old school AD&D D&D campaign, are easy to get started! Don't let the myths and hype fool you. You don't need a lot to jump right into some great gaming! Michael covers three tools that he uses to get the adventure started.

Links mentioned in the show:
Obsidian Portal campaign wiki - https://www.obsidianportal.com
Hex map software - http://www.worldographer.com

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Dec 06 2017

20mins

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Rank #4: Episode 11 - Running Online Games in my Campaign World

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In this episode, Michael talks about how he's extended his campaign from the tabletop into the virtual world, running play-by-post and VTT games from his campaign world.

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Apr 10 2018

23mins

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Rank #5: Episode 17 - Populating Dungeons with Monsters and Treasure

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In this episode, Michael talks about how he populates his dungeons with monsters and treasures. Also, some trivia behind the lead-in music!

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Jul 17 2018

27mins

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Rank #6: Episode 13 - Wargames in your D&D campaign, Part 1

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In this first of two parts, I talk about one of my favorite aspects of my D&D campaign world - wargaming alongside my D&D gaming in the same campaign. It's full of challenges and considerations, but the payoff is so much fun! 

Links from this episode: Battle of McGillicuddy's Farm: http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com/2011/04/chainmail-battle-of-mcguillicuddys-farm.html (Campaign lore from a wargame battle)


Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF

Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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May 08 2018

14mins

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Rank #7: Episode 12 - "How Do I?" Questions Answered!

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In this episode, I take a break from talking about creating and running old-school style D&D campaigns to answer some questions that I've gotten from listeners. Thank you for the questions and please keep sending them in! I answer: How I make a wandering monster chart How I make the first level of a dungeon How I run wilderness campaigns PS! Once again, I had allergies, sorry if I sound so quiet! Allergy season was here in the Chicagoland area when I recorded this! 

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF

Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Apr 24 2018

18mins

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Rank #8: Episode 15 - Running a Wargames Campaign - HowTo

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This episode, I talk through an example of what I do to play wargames in my campaign world - the tools I use, how I use them. There are links below to the books I use as inspiration and to my rules and records I use. Hopefully this brings together what I've been talking about the past few episodes. See here for links to books and files: 

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF

Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Jun 04 2018

32mins

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Rank #9: Episode 16 - Weather in my D&D Campaign

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In this episode, I share how I came up with some logical, consistent weather rules and how I base that weather on the real world. It was a long journey through random charts and blog posts to get here, but I finally have a system that I'm happy with! 

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF

Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Jul 03 2018

19mins

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Rank #10: Episode 3 - Starting a Sandbox Campaign, Part 2

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In this episode, Michael finishes talking about starting a sandbox campaign old school style. Don't let the myths and hype fool you. You don't need a lot to jump right into some great gaming!

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Dec 06 2017

26mins

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Rank #11: Episode 14 - Wargames in your D&D campaign, Part 2

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In this second of two parts, I finish talking about one of my favorite aspects of my D&D campaign world - wargaming alongside my D&D gaming in the same campaign. I share how I set up my campaign and the tools/books I use to help me.

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May 22 2018

18mins

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Rank #12: Episode 7 - Including Mass Combat into D&D Campaign Games

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In this episode, Michael explains how he finally found his Holy Grail - having a D&D game with a seamless transition from mass combat to 1:1 combat, and it was very easy!

Books/Supplements mentioned in this episode are:

Book of War by Daniel Collins
Printed version: http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-collins/original-edition-delta-book-of-war/paperback/product-17158134.html
PDF version: http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-collins/original-edition-delta-book-of-war/ebook/product-17391327.html

The Fellowship - Supplement to Book of War by Michael Shorten

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Jan 31 2018

21mins

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Rank #13: Episode 4 - Continuing a Sandbox Campaign

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In this episode, Michael talks about the things he ran into as he continued to run his new sandbox campaign over the next few months and years. He covers:

  • Keeping the campaign fresh and dynamic
  • Dealing with player scheduling
  • How he awards XP
  • And other great tips and tricks.

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Dec 20 2017

19mins

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Rank #14: Episode 10 - How I Map My Campaign World

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In this episode, Michael looks at how he makes his maps for his campaign world, tools he uses and how he approaches mapping in general.

Link to Worldographer by Inkwell Ideas: http://worldographer.com/

PS! I'm really sorry my voice sounds so froggy! Allergy season is here in the Chicagoland area and I guess it's affecting me more than I realized!

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Mar 28 2018

24mins

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Rank #15: Episode 6 - When Things Go Awry in Your Campaign

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In this episode, Michael talks about when things didn't go exactly as planned in his campaign and how he handled it. He talks about:

  • When his initial ideas didn't work
  • Trouble players
  • When real life interfered
  • Mistakes in rulings
  • TPKs (Total Party Kills)

Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)
Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)

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Jan 17 2018

22mins

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