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A general interest podcast for fans of Dungeons and Dragons and RPGs

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A general interest podcast for fans of Dungeons and Dragons and RPGs

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By Doctor Lion - Dec 28 2019
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This is my favorite podcast to listen to, bar none! Rob and Matt tell it like it is.

Great rpg podcast for all skill levels

By BrandonC41 - Oct 10 2019
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I love how woke this podcast is and that they dunk on Penny Arcade. 10 out of 10

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
56
4
1
1
1

Favorite Podcast

By Doctor Lion - Dec 28 2019
Read more
This is my favorite podcast to listen to, bar none! Rob and Matt tell it like it is.

Great rpg podcast for all skill levels

By BrandonC41 - Oct 10 2019
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I love how woke this podcast is and that they dunk on Penny Arcade. 10 out of 10
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Dungeon Master of None

Latest release on Jun 30, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 28: Ready Planescape One

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This week Matt and Rob talk mazes and monsters -- no, not the classic 1982 Tom Hanks movie about the dark side of gaming, we're talking Planescape, which is full of both! Your favorite DM duo talk about the theme and setting of the wackiest D&D setting out there, give some ideas on how to run a campaign, and generally geek out about what makes it cool.

Make sure to listen carefully for a rare instance of Rob being BTFO by Matt on a rules question.

May 17 2018

51mins

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Rank #2: Episode 27: How To Freedom

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Lot going on here! Matt and Rob chat about the news of the week, talk elf phrenology, discuss the end of our recent campaign arcs, follow-up on a listener e-mail, and give some more unasked-for advice, addressing staying organized, homebrew content, and, of course, how to freedom.

RPG Round-up 2:20 How to end a campaign arc and deal with players leaving 10:00 Follow-up letter 29:30 How to Stay Organized? 32:30 DnDWiki Homebrew troubles 39:00 How to create freedom 49:00

May 11 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Episode 17: The Forgettable Realms vs. Eberron

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Matt talks about how to handle intra-party disputes by ending your sessions at the right time (00:30) and Rob shares tips on how to run games for a large number of players (05:00).  

Then, the duo discusses campaign settings.  Specifically, why D&D’s “default” setting in 5th edition, the Forgotten Realms, a.k.a. Faerun, is so frustrating and boring (14:00).  Matt and Rob break down the bad (and good) of Elminster's favorite reality. Then, stick around to hear why the Eberron campaign setting, another official WotC world, is great place to run and play D&D (33:00).  Fact: All good campaign settings ask an interesting question about the world and have a strong theme.  Fight us!

Finally, we close out with some thoughts about what we don’t like about Eberron and how to start porting it over to 5th edition. (54:15)

Mar 19 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #4: Episode 100: 100 Dungeon Master Tips

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As our holiday gift to you, DMs Matt and Rob countdown 100 Dungeon Master tips in a MEGA-EPISODE. Enjoy! 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

RJD2 - Ghostwriter

Ratatat - Gettysburg 

Lead Belly - Midnight Special

Visigoth - Dungeon Master

Dec 27 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #5: Episode 32: TFW No Goth GF (Curse of Stahd Review)

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DMs Matt and Rob bite into the 5th edition campaign: the Curse of Strahd! We just finished the whole thing and would like to en-frighten you with our experience. If you are considering running this campaign, then this is a must listen episode for any would be horror Dungeon Masters. Even if Strahd isn't your cup of blood, you'll find tons of great tips for running horror games and lessons for structuring your own narratives.

Links: Save World History!

A cool history and gaming conference in Michigan (call for papers) The Original "Ravenloft" Module (1e)

The Ravenloft Campaign Setting (2e)

The Curse of Strahd (5e)

Jul 02 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: Episode 115: Roll for Initiative

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DMs Matt and Rob roll for initiative! Let's talk everything initiative and turn order: when to use it, why to use it, and how to track it. Plus, six different variants to the system you can use in your game! 

Unearthed Arcana:

March 2020 - Spell Tattoos and Summon Spells

April 2020 - Psionics (Again!)

Links:

Matt's Psionics Rules

Marvel Heroic Roleplaying initiative aka "popcorn"

Pathfinder 2e initiative rules

Savage Worlds initiative

Dungeon World "initiativeless" rules

Simple initiative options by Sly Flourish

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Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Wiz Khalifa - Ink My Whole Body

Pixies - Where is my Mind? 

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!

Apr 15 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Ep 60: DM Tips 202

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DM tips! Learn how to start games good! Practice shutting the hell up! And more! Plus, DMs Matt and Rob answer your letters and get some deserved criticism and critiques! 

Tips: playing on the cheap...setting the tone...seeing, hearing,  smelling for your players' characters...using your posture...preparing social situations...listening to your players...how to make mistakes... 

Letters: steampunk and hopepunk responses and critiques! What's the best way to build dungeons? How do I get started reading fantasy to help me DM? Should I twist the plot? 

Recommendations:

Elizabeth Bear

The Magic Goes Away

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Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Tommy James & The Shondells - I'm Alive 

Loretta Lynn & Jack White - Portland, Oregon 

The Staves - Tired As Fuck 

Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest 

Feb 06 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #8: Episode 9: Session One

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It's our most important episode for new DMs yet!   How do you structure your the first session of a D&D campaign? Like writing the first page of a book, preparing the start of a campaign is intimidating.  If you're a new Dungeon Master, then this episode is a must-listen!  But first, Matt and Rob chat about WotC's awesome new hire--Kate Welch--and correctly predict the next Dungeons and Dragons release.  Your hosts do a deep dive on the goals and purpose of the "session one."  Finally, we go over three basic ways of varying difficulty and engagement to start your campaign before we workshop Matt's upcoming first session!

Feb 13 2018

49mins

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Rank #9: Episode 107: Class Conscious — The Warlord, Part 1

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Matt and Rob try their hand at class design, live, like a couple of idiots. Listen as we try and fail to put together an updated Warlord class for 5e. Laugh as we flounder, despair, and ultimately fail.

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Pac Div - Roll the Dice Cream - Strange Brew Drake - Started From the Bottom Black Sabbath - War Pigs The Immortals - The Ultimate Warlord

Feb 20 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: Ep 82: Anyone Can DM

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DMs Matt and Rob discuss the basics of what a Dungeon Master is and what a Dungeon Master does. Today, we review the DM advice presented in the 5e D&D Essentials Kit. But first, a game of "Weal or Woe," in which, Rob has to guess whether the RPG product is real or fake! 

Matt and Rob discuss the roles presented in the Essentials Kit: referee, storyteller, and role-player. They break down the core mechanics and goals of any Dungeon Master. Conclusion: Anyone can DM!

Letters:

Dalton asks: "Do I need a wizard in my party?"

Adam writes: "Aren't there times when it is good to hide your DM dice rolls?" 

Alexander writes: "Where are my half-feats?"

Links:

Matt's Homebrew Half-Feat Rules

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

BTS (featuring Hasley) - Boy with Luv

Weezer - In the Garage 

Jul 22 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: Episode Three: Session Zero (and some other things)

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Matt and Rob talk Xanathar’s, downtime activities, and perhaps the MOST important session your RPG group will ever have -- session zero.  Learn how to head off some of the most common game problems before you campaign even begins!  Help your players make the best characters they've ever made.  This one is a must listen if you are new DM or player and need help getting started! 

Jan 20 2018

52mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 51: Worldbuilding 101

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DMs Matt and Rob cover the essentials of building your own world for RPG campaigns: scale, theme, and conflict! 

If you want to join us on this worldbuilding epic quest, then join us on twitter. Let's all build new campaign worlds together! 

Music:

Roll the Dice - Pac Div

Drunk as Dragons - The Woodbox Gang

Dungeon Master - Visigoth 

Dec 05 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: Episode 34: Ravnica and Eberron - New 5e Campaign Settings!

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Matt and Rob discuss WotC's surprise announcement of a Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons crossover: The Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica. While we are mostly disappointed and unenthused about this mixing of games, your hosts try to salvage some useful silver linings in the upcoming Ravnica release.  Then, Matt gets way into MtG's "Color Wheel" for a few minutes.

On to what we really love: Eberron! For $20, Matt and Rob wholeheartedly recommend the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron.  It's perfect for introducing your players to the campaign setting and for creating Eberron-specific characters in 5th edition DnD.  The book has a great new set of rules for Changelings, Kalashtar, Shifters, Warforged, and Dragonmarked characters! Unfortunately, if you are DM, you will still need the 3rd edition Eberron Campaign Setting as well. Listen for our complete review of our precious first 5e Eberron book! 

Jul 25 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Episode 92: 2Fast, 2Avernus

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Matt and Rob review Descent Into Avernus (please ignore the fact that they call it "Descent TO Avernus" through the entire podcast). Rob gets really excited and says 'like' a lot, sorry, and Matt's internet connection goes out halfway through and we have to communicate via morse code, so sorry about that too.

We also talk about the new UA and how much smarter we are than the professionals.

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Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Fear Factory - Descent

Dethklok - Go Forth and Die

Slayer - Hell Awaits

Oct 24 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #15: Episode 108: Class Conscious — The Warlord, Part 2

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DMs Matt and Rob are back to work finishing their new class for Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It's now called the "Paragon" instead of the "Warlord," but it is finally ready for you to playtest or use in your own home campaign. Let us know what you think!

The Paragon Class for DnD 5e

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Pac Div - Roll the Dice

OutKast - Prototype

Ho99o9 - War is Hell

Feb 26 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Ep 69: Worldbuilding Plot Hooks

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Nice! Are elves tall? The definition of "Matt's Law of Forgotten RP Servers." Do you allow or encourage romantic and sexy situations in your game? 

Your DMs of None discuss building plot hooks big and small into your campaign settings. 

Links:

The X-Card by John Stavropoulos

The Advanced Artificer on the DMs Guild

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Silver - Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang

Apr 17 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: Episode 95: Building Big Bads

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From Iago to Ivan Drago, your campaign is only as good as its villain, so Matt and Rob talk about how to make one that doesn't suck. Please enjoy the digressions on ball-thwacking, dwarves, and the moon.

Music: Billie Eilish -- Bad Guy Lion King -- Be Prepared Taylor Swift -- The Man Tears for Fears -- Everybody Wants to Rule the World Deltron 3030 -- Mastermind Bishop Briggs -- Jekyll & Hyde Shinedown -- Enemies

Nov 21 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: Ep 79: Actual Prep - Writing an Adventure

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DM Matt goes solo! He walks you through his process of writing an adventure in under an hour. Inspired by the image below and Tremors, Matt creates a village and monster for you to steal! 

Jul 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: Episode 19: History Doesn't Work Like That — Authenticity and Gaming

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Matt and Rob put on their dueling gloves and throw down with a couple of games that claim to be historically accurate — but are in fact, nothing of the sort (also, uh, "historically accurate" isn't really a thing, but we'll get to that). Your fearless DMs get to the root of what people are REALLY talking about when they talk about authenticity and historical accuracy, and as you might imagine, it's not what they say it's about. Come for a frank discussion of Kingdom Come: Deliverance and its RPG counterpart, stay for the part where we both get unreasonably worked up about the misuse of history. 

Mar 27 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: Ep. 110: Clone Theory 101

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Dungeon Masters Rob and Matt are back to to talk briefly about the new hardcover for 5e and everyone's favorite TCG before diving into some Dungeons and Dragons questions and solutions, such as: 

Could Theros be cool? How do I introduce an unusual underdark villain? How do you roleplay subclass changes? What is the best way to keep a BBEG hidden? How can I make planetouched species more interesting? What are some headlines I can throw at my players?

Pac Div - Roll the Dice 

Sandy Reyes - El Guardia del Arsenal 

Millencolin - Vulcan Ears 

Johnny Ventura - Patacón Pisao

Mar 11 2020

58mins

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