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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.

Direct download: RFB-022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: RFB-021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: RFB-020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: RFB-019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT
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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.

Direct download: RFB-018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT
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