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Episode 31: The Dungeon Masters Guide-A-Thon!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & John. SYNOPSIS: John & Dan finally got their mitts on the 5e DMG, so we can finally do our run-through of this necessary tome through the years! We talk about how the 1e DMG set an almost impossible bar to meet, how the 2e DMG was ingenious in its matching the PHB content, how the 3.5 DMG became absolutely required for players also, how the 4e DMG was almost perfect in its advice for new DMs, and our initial thoughts on the 5th edition book!

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Episode 30: 2014 D&D Audio Wishbook!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al SYNOPSIS: Now that Thanksgiving has past and Black Friday is here, it's time to discuss the things that would have been in our own version of the Wishbook catalog from days ago! We talk about all the great stuff you can ask for for your holiday-of-choice, and where to potentially find these items! Also, if you aren't the kind of person to drop hints as to what you want, we recommend you have one of the people you may have buying you stuff listen to this one.

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Episode 29: These Levels are Epic

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & Tim. SYNOPSIS: This week we talk about the play-style of higher levels, how or if they break down, and how to handle epic level play as a DM. And we all agree that, no matter the edition, druids are just plain wrong at high level.

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Episode 28: Magic, Mystery, and Awe

YOUR HOST: Dan SYNOPSIS: With the sick going around in the RFB headquarters, Dan takes the helm solo for this show. After a quick talk about the recently-shipped Dwarven Forge Kickstarter (AWESOME!), I decide to expand on the concept of gaming "magic" from our earliest days of chucking dice, through anecdotes of my earlier gaming. I hope you enjoy this one, as the personal stories of gamers are what makes the game great.

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Episode 27: Rose-Tint My First Character

YOUR HOSTS Dan, Dave & Tim. SYNOPSIS: The guys power through multiple interruptions and discuss how awesome and yet totally awful our first characters were, as well as why they may have been and if we managed to learn our lessons by the time character #2 came around (spoiler alert: we didn't). We also ponder why we have such fond memories of such shitty characters, and how to get that feeling of awe and mystery back.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EST
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Episode 26: OGL in Hindsight

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Tim & Jim. SYNOPSIS: This week the guys discuss the impact that the OGL & SRD have had on D&D and its community, including the onset of Pathfinder, OSR and retro-clones. Was the OGL beneficial in the end or not? We bring up a few points and try to show different angles to the discussion.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST
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Episode 25: D&D For Your TV, Cinema, & Stereo

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & Tim. SYNOPSIS: This week we discuss the successes and failures of all things D&D-media. To be honest, it's mostly failures. But that doesn't affect our optimism! Our sad, misplaced optimism..... We talk the cartoon, record album & CDs, and the film series with the blue-lipped guy that made the audience all go "dafuq?" together.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EST
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Episode 24: Fighting Amongst Ourselves

YOUR HOST: Dan SYNOPSIS: I have seen many instances of geek culture shooting at each other, from conventions, to online forums and in the FLGS. This week, I have decided that I would like to discuss this. This show is a bit of an editiorial, and is my opinions, so fair warning. Take what I say, think about it, and decide for yourself if you wish to agree or disagree and why. Take care.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EST
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Episode 23: Know When to Fold 'Em...

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & Tim SYNOPSIS: First, Tim brings forward a discussion based on the KodT article this month on "lawful Stupid." Our main topic this week is ending campaigns from a player & DM perspective, including knowing when to end the campaign and allowing for a happy ending for the characters.

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Episode 22: You're Dead

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & John. SYNOPSIS: We have one more short episode for you until we get our drive space back (I blame Shannon). This week we decided to look back on the death rules through the years and how they have evolved, ending with the 5e death rules.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EST
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Episode 21: Newbies Needed!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Dave. SYNOPSIS: We all know that we need new players in order for D&D and role-playing to survive. In order to do this, we need to find better ways of teaching the newbies without being overwhelming. This week, we discuss a few ways to do this, along with whether or not to throw character creation at the newbie.

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Episode 20: The Player's Handbook Extravaganza!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave, & John. SYNOPSIS: This week we broke out the time constraint to conduct part two of one of our serial sets, this time discussing the progression of the Player's Handbook through the years. From Brazier-holding idols, paladins on horseback, magic tomes with gaudy round gems, cavernous explorers with heaving boobs, to fighting the great King Snurre, we talk the positives, negatives, and dafuqs of each book. We specifically cover 1e PHBs from 1978, 1983, & 2012; 2e PHBs from 1989, 1995, & 2013; 3rd & 3.5 PHBs from 2000, 2003, & 2012; 4e PHB from 2008; and the newly released 5e PHB.

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Episode 19: The Tolkien Influence

In this week's episode, Dan & Dave talk about the influence that J.R.R. Tolkien had on the game, to the chagrin of Gary back in the day. From maps & trilogies to the rich setting of Middle-Earth, we explore how the legacy of Tolkien influenced how we play D&D today, and whether or not the Tolkien influence is still as prevalent as it was early on.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EST
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Episode 18 - Monstrous Evolution (Sans Leprechaun After 2e)

This weeks hosts are Dan, Dave & John. With the upcoming release of the 5th Edition Monster Manual, we thought it would be interesting to look back on the previous incarnations of this book, and its companion books, such as the Fiend Folio and MM2 (1e), Monstrous Compendium Annuals (2e) Monster Manuals 2-5 (3e/3.5) and MMs 2 & 3 (4e). From artwork, layout, and stat-blocks to the conspicuous disappearance of the leprechaun in 3rd edition onwards, we have lots of fun talkinga all about our likes & dislikes of the books. And we prove we're not edition warriors.

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Episode 17: The Gen Con Decompression Session

This week Dan & Tim, along with new guest Shannon (yes, she does exist!) have a full discussion on their weekend in Indianapolis! From rampaging over fake bananas and broken treadmills to nearly being ran over by Wil Wheaton, we discuss all our experiences. Other highlights include an impromptu Fate Core game, multiple critical misses while fighting gods, ire over people with hand carts & strollers in the exhibit hall, Gary choosing "Meth," the cadre of various incarnations of the Doctor, abusing the privelege of free coffee from Mayfair Games, and our agreed-upon love of Steak N' Shake.

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Sorry this is a bit late; recording didn't prove to be feasable at the convention. This is just a quick post to fill in the gap until Sunday's big episode. Tonight Dan fills everyone in on what happened (the short version) through the fog of sleepy.

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Episode 15: Accepting Critiques & Gen Con Mania

This week is a bit of a hodge-podge of topics, which turned out to be very lively. We talk about how and why Shannon is to blame for everything wrong with the podcast. We give our opinions on the proper levels of magic loot to hand out. We opine on how to handle player complaints and critiques. And we end with some fun Gen Con stories as Tim & Dan are quite excited for their upcoming trip.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EST
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Episode 14: Things That Go "Splat"

We're Daveless again this week, but Tim & Dan bring in John & Jim for some lively discussion! This week, we discuss the usage, over usage, and preferences concerning so-called "Splat-Books," expansions which add to the combat rules with new options or methods. We also have a DM horror story session, where Tim is shocked to learn he is not the subject of one of John's stories.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm EST
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Episode 13: A Not-So-Mini Mini Episode

We have some free room on our server, so how about another Thursday show! This time around, Dan & Al discuss the history of the D&D/AD&D branded miniatures, from the Minifigs line all the way up to the new Gale Force 9 & WizKids sets that are about to be unleashed! And Dan shares a little secret about the fate of the legendary and awesome Ral Partha line from the 90s....

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EST
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Episode 12: Ruling My House

This week, Dan, Tim & Dave are a bit distracted, but we do manage to have a reasonable discussion on house rules. We also discuss what we (sans Dave) are looking forward to for Gen Con, and blame all problems on the show on Shannon, who refused to defend herself on a microphone.

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Episode 11: Satanic! Panic!

Hey, it's Thursday, but we still have some extra upload space available for July! So have a freebie show! In this one, Dan and Al discuss the Satanic scares from the late 70s - early 90s. Try not to take offense to anything said, no offense was intended.

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Episode 10: Cinema Theft, part 1

Dan, Dave & Tim decided this week to steal a whole bunch of movie plots and develop them into D&D campaigns, proving that almost anything can be converted into your weekly adventure. We also have a discussion on Gen Con & properly Role-Playing your shitty dump-stat.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EST
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Episode 9: Class Warfare & Race Riots!

With WotC's tease of the races in the upcoming 5e PHB, the guys decided to have a discussion on their favorite & lease favorite races & classes through the history of the game. We still have not decided handedly the worst race ever; Kender (Tim) or Shardmind (Dave & Dan).

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Episode 8: Convention Season!

Dan & Tim are flying sans Dave this week (hope you feel better bro!). In the news, we discuss the release of the 5e basic rules PDF, as well as the Starter Set that Dan picked up on Thursday; he may have actually talked Tim into trying it! Our main topic this week is about convention season, discussing running & playing con games, differences in vibe between small & large conventions, common courtesy during the convention, and how to be a positive ambassador for the gaming community while at the convention's host city.

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Episode 7: EVIL!

Dan, Dave & Tim discuss Tim's excursion down to St. Louis for Fear the Con, the upcoming Starter Set, a war on novels, and our main topic of running a campaign of all evil characters.

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Episode 6: Our Childhood Path to D&D

*Note: This week's episode is dropping early due to scheduling issues. Next Sunday evening should go back to the normal schedule.*

 

Prepare yourself for the nostalgia bomb that goes off in this episode. As members of Generation X, Dan & David (and most others of our generation) had many similar influences which pointed us into the direction of gaming and D&D. Today we explore these influences, have some fun remembering them, and tie them into how they may have paved the way for gaming.

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Episode 5: Okay, Now What?

This week Dan & David have a discussion on the many things that can completely screw a campaign, and how to cope with them. Examples include TPK, personal player issues, real-world problems, and our group's love of football. We also debut a new segment where we answer submitted or found questions, as well as some new news.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EST
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Episode 4: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Today's show introduces two guests on the panel: Al Seeger from Point of Insanity Game Studio and Tim from the Funnybooks Podcast! WotC announced the free Basic D&D rules for 5th edition, which will be available as a PDF. They also discuss the potential of a new OGL without actually telling us anything. Nice. We also have a quick discussion on whether or not Tomb of Horrors was meant to be a deathtrap or not. In our main topic, we discuss the concept of stepping out of your comfort zone to create a more interesting game.

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Episode 3: DM Prep

In this episode, Dan & David talk about all the exciting news about 5th edition that was released to the public by WotC, and discuss preperations that DMs need to make before their game.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EST
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Episode 2: Adult Themes vs. Mature Themes

In this episode, Dan and David discuss the topics of adult themes and mature themes, examples of each, and how to integrate them. Also, we introduce the news portion of the show, with recent information about the D&D world.

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Episode 1: Let's Start at the Beginning

In our debut episode (after introductions), Dan & Dave discuss some of the recommended concepts that a group should discuss when beginning their campaign, from edition choice to snackies. And the dog barks on. http://radiofreeborderlands.libsyn.com/

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