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Dungeon Master of None

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Rank #76 in Games category

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Games
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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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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

It’s good.

By standingdesk2.0 - Dec 05 2018
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It’s really good. Best of luck y’all.

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
3
0
1
1

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

It’s good.

By standingdesk2.0 - Dec 05 2018
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It’s really good. Best of luck y’all.
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Dungeon Master of None

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

Rank #1: Episode 43: DMing 201

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"7 DM Tips to take your game to the next level...#6 will blow you away!" 

"Players hate him! Master the Game with this one Weird Trick!"

Matt and Rob are back with some slightly more advanced tips to help you as a game master!  But first, a listener asks, "Can I run a game with two swapping Dungeon Masters?"

On to the tips: creating a recap blog...playing to your strengths...you are using your DM screen wrong...the freedom of rolling in the open...binders full of NPC names...player name tents...getting to know what makes your players tick...mastering the "character spotlight" and the quick "around the table check-in."

Thanks for listening! Don't forget to rate and review! Email / Twitter

Music:

"Roll the Dice" by Pac Div

"Going through the Motions" by Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Good Times Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin

"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child 

"No Beginner" by Serengeti 

Recommendations: 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Oct 02 2018

56mins

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Rank #2: 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

Music:

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 #3: Ep 50: Pod of Many Things

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It's a mailbag episode! We. Answer. Your. Letters.

But first, DMs Rob and Matt chat about surprise Yog-Sothoth as well as the new errata and unearthed arcana for DnD 5e. Here's a link to Matt's homebrew rules for 5e Naval Combat. Also, because we live in Hellworld, we talk more about the Flaming Sphere of Shit that is White Wolf (now featuring Instagram despot Ramzan Kadyrov). 

Here comes the letters:

Jai asks, "Did you here some other stuff about Nolan T. of Roll20 being a jerk?" [00:21:00]

Sally asks, "I have a player with a character with a build centered around disarming enemies that doesn't work mechanically until the build has reached a higher level. What should I do to alleviate his dissatisfaction until the character comes into its own?" [00:26:30]

Sally also asks, "How do I create memorable combat encounters for my players?" [00:35:45]

Anthony asks, "I enjoy the interstitial music on the podcast. Can I find a list of the songs and artists?" [00:39:00]

Darrin asks, "What's a good one-shot to run for my parents?" [00:41:45]

Other Matt asks the greatest question of all, "How great are we?" [00:48:20]

Conner asks, "I'm making custom werewolf race at a player's request. Should I share this race with the other player's in the game or the let the player keep their lycanthropy a secret?" Also, send us your campaign bibles!!! [00:51:40]

Scott asks, "I have a final encounter with my campaign's big bad coming up. What level should my characters be?" [01:01:05]

Music:

Roll the Dice - Pac Div

Starman - David Bowie 

Date with the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins 

Better Off Alone - Alice DJ

Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon 

The Time is Now - John Cena

Nov 29 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Episode 87: Class Analysis

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Matt and Rob talk about how to fit a proper class analysis into your worldbuilding, though this time it's mostly about designing character classes for your RPG and not a materialist interpretation of fantasy worlds, we managed to hold off on the dialectics this time around.

Music: Pac Div - Roll the Dice Freedom Call - Warriors Aladdin - A Whole New World Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater Sabaton - Winged Hussars

Aug 29 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Episode 86: Dungeon Master of One

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Your favorite DMs discuss a topic they are ABSOLUTELY qualified to give advice on: running "solo" or "duet" campaigns. Listen for some useful tips on how to make a campaign for one person and to listen to Matt mispronounce "smorgasboard" and "gestalt".

Letters at the end! Links: Actual Prep Episode

Music: Pac Div - Roll the Dice Celine Dion - All By Myself The Turtles - So Happy Together Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. - You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) One Direction - You & I

Aug 21 2019

57mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Episode 29: Foam of Toes

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Matt and Rob share their first impressions of the sixth rule book in the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. 

There will be war.  There will be blood.  There will be a Blood War.  Your hosts talk about the upgrading the Tiefling with the new stuff in this book.  The new Githzerai and Githyanki are full of flavor and story-telling potential; the other section of races and sub-races for Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings not so much.  Reprints abound!  Wizards then makes us sad by putting Tortles and Giff into the book but not giving them racial stats for players.  The monsters are great! We hit on our favorites (allips, chokers, and maruts).  Rob and Matt chat about what lessons DMs can learn on how to modify monsters from the sections on Ogres, Drow, and Trolls. Link to the PF table of 100 tiefling traits.  

Link to Matt and Rob's Giff player species. 

May 23 2018

53mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Ep 70: DM Tips 203

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DM Rob gives some Dungeon Mastering tips as he reflects on the end of his three-year-long Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Take what Rob has learned and apply it to your game! And as the poet said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Planning throughout the campaign [05:00]

Building party cohesion [13:00]

Dealing with indecision [18:00]

Matt's 3 Tiers of Intra-Party Talk [22:15]

Teaching new players and helping them grow [36:40] 

Concluding a campaign [41:15]

Adding an epilogue [50:00]

Link:

The Advanced Artificer on the DMsGuild 

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Semisonic - Closing Time

Apr 24 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: BONUS: Listener Worldbuilding

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As iron sharpens iron, so one worldbuilder sharpens another. Matt and Rob discuss your homebrew campaign settings and ideas in this special bonus episode! Thank you to everyone who sent us your work!

Music:

Roll the Dice - Pac Div 

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock

Princes of the Universe - Queen

Jan 20 2019

58mins

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Rank #13: Episode 30 - D&D One Shot, One Kill(er Adventure)

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Matt and Rob write a Dungeons and Dragons one-shot adventure on-the-fly in under an hour! 

Writing adventures is not hard or scary.  It's something that just takes practice.  We hope our brainstorming and adventure planning will help inspire and encourage you to get those plots prepped.   The adventure will be available for free on our homebrew page about a week after release.  Feel free to download and playtest our one-shot!

May 29 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: Ep 85: DM Tips from Dungeon World

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As part of our quest to steal advice from every RPG ever published, DMs Rob and Matt discuss Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel. Dungeon World has a great description of how RPGs work and some excellent tips you can use in games run in any system.

Stay tuned for the mailbag and the return of "Real or Woe!"  

Letters:

Jason asks: "Can I get a preview copy of the Actual Prep adventure?"

Nick asks: "How can I role-play a Kenku without being annoying?"

Vic asks: "Here are some logical rules for different spell-casting stats for the various Warlock patrons. Also, should I remove the ability score requirements for multi-classing?" 

Douglas asks: "What advice do you have for running a one-on-one play?" 

Links:

Dungeon World

The Dungeon World SRD

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

New Order - Blue Monday

Lowland Hum - In the Garage

Grover Washington Jr. - Just the Two of Us

Motörhead - The Game 

Aug 13 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: Ep 62: Dungeons Deep and Caverns Bold!

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Let's talk about and create dungeons! Matt and Rob discuss the essentials of dungeon building: story, theme, ecology, and variation. Your DMs then build a one-page dungeon "live!" 

No abusers in our RPG community. 

Links: 

Rough draft of the one-page dungeon

Final draft of the one-page dungeon

Link to Dyson Logos' table of random dungeon entrances  

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

Merle Travis - Dark as a Dungeon

Pete Seeger - Which Side are You On?

Feb 20 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #16: Episode 21: Just the Tips

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Matt and Rob set out to do a full episode with lots of moving parts but end up spending the whole time giving dubious advice. Listen to some of our general tips for DMing, hear some new unwanted advice, and hopefully come away enlightened about the process of becoming a good DM.

And sorry about all the dick jokes.  

Apr 04 2018

51mins

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Rank #17: Episode 13: A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Campaign Bible

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If you want to sell your adventure, campaign, or home-brew world to your potential players, you need a “Campaign Bible.”  When TV writers and directors create a new series, they often have a “show bible” -- this document not only helps keep everyone on the same page, but serves as a sort of mission statement, establishing tone, theme, and the direction of the show, often serving as a selling point to producers and investors. This is also a good way to think about your game.  You can introduce your players to your campaign by writing a “campaign bible” and we’re here to help you do it well!

Master DM and WotC designer Chris Perkins shared one of his campaign bibles for a setting that never got off the ground, “Valoreign.”  We’ve decided to use his excellent campaign bible as an example and guide for how to create your own guide.  Link to Chris Perkins’ campaign bible for “Valoreign.”  A must-listen episode for DMs who want to start a new campaign!  

Matt and Rob’s “Guide to Making a Campaign Bible,” a guide and checklist for creating a document to introduce your players to a new setting or adventure!

Rob’s campaign bible for “Thunder on the Steppe,” an epic setting on horseback inspired by the history of the Mongol Empire.

Matt’s campaign bible for “Shattered Stars,” a swashbuckling age-of-sail setting inspired by Spelljammer!

Mar 01 2018

41mins

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Rank #18: Episode 31: Stealing Dragons, Urban Elites and the Golden Rule

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Listen to a hungover Matt and Rob go over the news of the day, including the newly announced WotC module, an interesting Tweet from Adam Koebel, and more! Yeah, we're a little behind the curve, but tune in for a conversation about urban campaigns and GM fiat anyway.

Jun 08 2018

42mins

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Rank #19: Ep 61: Worldbuilding 203 - Factions and Politics

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DMs Matt and Rob talk about how to design factions, powers, and political groups that will hook your players. Let's build some better worlds! Letters:

"What are some strategies to employ between encounters?"

"How do I create emotional and cinematic moments for my players?"

Music:

Pac Div - Roll the Dice

The Unicorns - I Was Born (A Unicorn)

Ghost Mice - Critical Hit, recorded by DMofNone listener "Cinderblock" Sally

Feb 14 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #20: 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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