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Episode 78: Travelogues - Mystara

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: In this first of a relatively frequent new series of episodes, I give the basics of Mystara, the Known World, for those of you who are uninitiated to the setting. Also included are the campaign settings based on Mystara, including Red Steel and Hollow World.

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Episode 77: News Feed, November 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Dan catches you up on all the D&D news from the past month, including new classics downloads, rumors from Chris Perkins, the White Wolf purchase, and more.

Direct download: RFB-077.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST
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Episode 76: Terrain Talk

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: You have your minis to show combat, but how about their surroundings? Tonight we discuss the options of the past and present for making your minis feel like they're in the dungeon.

Direct download: RFB-076.mp3
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Episode 75: The Economy of Gaming

YOUR HOST: Dan. SPECIAL GUEST: Al. SYNOPSIS: Al from Geekery in General Podcast joins me tonight to discuss the economics of D&D, from the distribution of treasure and cash as a DM to finding ways for the players to spend their money.

Direct download: RFB-075.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EST
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Episode 74: News Feed, October 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Even though the news is lacking this month, there's still some interesting stuff to talk about! 4e PHB, Sword Coast Legends, Conversion docs, and more!

Direct download: RFB-074.mp3
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Episode 73: Converting Up Modules

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: This week I try to show that your old previous-edition modules aren't useless, as we discuss ways to convert old modules up to later editions.

Direct download: RFB-073.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm EST
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Episode 72: Comedy and Shtick

YOUR HOST: Dan SYNOPSIS: Using jokes, humor, and shtick in game. How much is too much?

Direct download: RFB-072.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16pm EST
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Episode 71: News Feed, September 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Another month has passed, and some news has fallen to us, including the WotC forums, new minis, new PDFs, and ranger fixes.

Direct download: RFB-071.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EST
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Episode 70 - Out of the Abyss: The Speed Review

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Out of the Abyss has released, and I have my hands on a copy! We're going to do a quick review of the adventure, while avoiding any potential plot spoilers.

Direct download: RFB-070.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EST
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Episode 69: Characters Based on the Party

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: While I have ranted about this idea in the past, I feel like I should give some clarity as to why, and discuss how I think this idea can work.Shoutouts to Den of Earth and Eric the Cavalier!

Direct download: RFB-069.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EST
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Episode 68: News Feed, August 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: New movie! New PDFs! New books! Old video games! All sorts of news this month!

Direct download: RFB-068.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EST
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YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: I'm calling myself out on some issues. The laundry has been cleaned. This transition episode discusses where we were, where we are, and where we're going as a podcast.

Direct download: RFB-067.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EST
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Episode 66: Retro Review - Creative Campaigning (1993)

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Let's warp back in time to 1993, the era of Soundgarden and flannel to review this made-for-DMs guide, and what the book may or may not be good for.

Direct download: RFB-066.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EST
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Episode 65: One Podcaster’s Gen Con Experience

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: All by my lonesome I give my first-hand account of Gen Con 2015! From food truck lines, event book errors, and impromptu board games to a whole lot of lost income, I go day-by-day.

Direct download: RFB-065.mp3
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YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Shannon. SYNOPSIS: We're only a few days out until the con! Dan & Shannon discuss some of the specifics of this year's convention so that you can have a great year, including some travel & weather tips.

Direct download: RFB-064.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST
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Episode 63: Preserving Your Legacy

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Tonight Dan discusses creating a legacy of characters within the same bloodline; the benefits, possible issues, and some ideas that may help in creation.

Direct download: RFB-063.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EST
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Episode 62: News Feed, July 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Once again, here's your monthly stream of news

for D&D! While the topics are fewer due to the summer wait for convention announcements, there are still some great pieces of news, and a quick roundup of Gen Con events!

Direct download: RFB-062.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01pm EST
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Episode 61: Year One of Fifth Edition in Review

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: In this episode, Dan discusses what he and his group see as the positives and negatives of 5e so far, as well as some public feedback found as well as hopes and expectations for year two!

Direct download: RFB-061.mp3
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Episode 60: That's My Backstory & I'm Sticking To It

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: Backstory can be a good or bad thing, depending on the amount & detail you put into it. In this episode we discuss the finer art of ensuring your backstory is both detailed and peppered with bits for the DM to use.

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Episode 59: News Feed, June 2015

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: All the compiled news that I could find since the last news feed is here for your listening joy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EST
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Episode 58: Retro Review - Fiend Folio (1981)

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: The format of this book makes the review less lengthy as normal. But today Dan reviews the ultimate in psychedelic weirdness for D&D!

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Episode 57: Geek Snobbery

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: In a combination angry rant/editorial, Dan decides to discuss this bullshit involving "fake geeks" and other such snobbery.

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Episode 56: Retro Review - Races of Destiny (2004)

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Tonight I delved into the not-so-distant past and dug up one of the 3.5 racial books! And there was good, bad, and ugly all around for this one.

Direct download: RFB-056.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EST
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YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: In this episode, we take a time-warp backwards to when TSR decided to start publishing novels to accompany the RPG products. We talk about the Endless Quest books and the beginnings of the Dragonlance, Greyhawk, and Forgotten Realms novel sets, and how they helped to shape the D&D multiverse.

Direct download: RFB-055.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EST
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Episode 54: Just the Basics

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: This week, Dan takes you through the historical journey of the entry-level sets for D&D, from the Holmes Basic set through the 5e PDFs. This nostalgia trip is rife with free dice, CDs with shitty acting, and badly-timed releases.

Direct download: RFB-054.mp3
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YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Poop goes the news dump. Core rule PDFs, new storyline, cons, and a Kickstarter that killed a minis company. All this and more for you as we head into summer & convention season!

Direct download: RFB-053.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm EST
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Episode 52: It's A Conspiracy!!

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Today we take the inane and rather crazy conspiracy theories and meld them into your D&D campaign! We take three existing theories, as well as create a bat-shit crazy one from scratch, as well as walk through how to do this on your own.

Direct download: RFB-052.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm EST
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Episode 51: Retro Review - Wilderness Survival Guide (1986)

YOUR HOST: Dan SYNOPSIS: Back in for May with a retro-review of one of the environmental books of the 1st edition era! Dan gives his opinions & information on this tome of rules that will cause damage if you don't wear your jacket like your Mom told you to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EST
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Episode 50: The Art of DMing on The Fly

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Tim. SYNOPSIS: Number 50! That's some kind of milestone, right? Right? Anyway, in this listener-requested topic, we talk about our own thoughts & techniques concerning unscripted DMing, or what is also referred to as the ability to bullshit at will.

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Episode 49: Retro Review - Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: First off is a quick explanation pertaining to the absence of David. Hopefully we can get him back soon! This time around though is another retro review: Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium from late 4th edition! I realize that four years old (it came out in 2011) isn't very retro, but it's now a previous edition, so it is, so nyah.

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Episode 48: News Feed, April 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Time once again for the news to dump into your iPod! Hopefully it wipes. This month has news concerning online e-tools, new products, vague tweets from WotC, new ideas in articles, and more cons!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EST
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Episode 47: Gettin' Your Mojo Workin'

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Dan uses the troubleshooting method to help you get your DM/D&D mojo back if you feel the gamer blahs. You'll notice it all seems to fit in with previous discussions.

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Episode 46: Monster Rights!!!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Tim, Shannon. SYNOPSIS: Tim starts with the situation that sets up today's topic. Should DMs give the monsters the right to act as tactical, intelligent and bloodthirsty as they are? Or should punches be pulled?

Direct download: RFB-046.mp3
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Episode 45: The Reaper Bones Review

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Taking the solo tour again, this time with a more recent review. While the licensed D&D minis seem to be lacking in a decent quantity of monsters right now, I take a look at the Reaper Bones line, cheaper plastic (compared to metals anyway) unpainted minis with a large assortment of PCs and monsters.

Direct download: RFB-045.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EST
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Episode 44: News Feed, March 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Happy spring, here's the March

news for your game! From updates to the Elemental Evil

storyline to botched Spell Cards, we have all the March

Madness that's about D&D and not basketball. Seriously, if

you're looking for NCAA tourney info, you should probably go

to a sports news site (Go Badgers!)

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Episode 43: Retro Review - Dark Sun Campaign Setting (1992)

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: We're back, and this time we go through the original Dark Sun box set, discussing everything from the format, art, rules, and whether or not the wire bindings on the flip books was a good idea or not.

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Episode 42: The Glorious Basement

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Al. SYNOPSIS: We all know the trope about gamers hiding away in the basement. But we ask, is it really all that bad? This week we discuss the fun we had gaming in the basement back in the day, and why it may have been the optimal place to sling dice.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EST
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Episode 41: Retro Review - The Red Box

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: In the first of what I hope is a long line of retro reviews, where we review older D&D products, I started with probably the most iconic set of them all, the legendary Red Box Basic set, released in 1983. These are the rules that are the foundation of what would be the BECMI rules, and the booklets within were written & edited by Frank Mentzer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EST
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Episode 40: Setting Conversions

YOUR HOSTS: Dan & Dave. SYNOPSIS: Wow, it seems like forever since it's just been the two of us on a show! After Dan's enthusiasm over receiving his Bones II Kickstarter stuff from Reaper (and yes it rules) the guys tackle the topic of using a non-D&D setting in the game using conversions into game terms. The primary example used is the 4th edition campaign that Dave was DM for that he set up in the world of the video game series Suikoden.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm EST
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Episode 39: News Feed, February 2015

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: New show type, with the news & rumors over the month of February and partly into March. As much information that has been leaked that I thought was interesting enough to mention! This month: Reaper, Dwarven Forge, Elemental Evil storyline, Temple of Elemental Evil board game, Sword Coast Legends, new D&D columns on WotC page, and a get well wish to the almighty Bruce Dickinson.

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YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Al & Dave. SYNOPSIS: Right off the bat, Al has a dissenting opinion on a past topic, specifically the amount of sucking that the old NES cart "Heroes of the Lance" sucks. After that and some other distractions, we discuss the little details that you can add to your gameworld to give it a more realistic feel and add some interesting depth.Dave talks food, Al uses his Religious Studies degree, and Shannon chimes in with a cameo to school us on some Aztec stuff.

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Episode 37: EDITORIAL - To Reboot or Not Reboot

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Seriously, there was a good reason you had to wait until tonight for a new show. And to apologize, we're giving you another show later this week! The main topic, however, is an editorial from Old Loudmouth on whether or not campaign setting reboots are a good idea for WotC in fifth edition, specifically discussing Dragonlance and Greyhawk.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EST
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Episode 36: Accessories and Frivolities

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & John. SYNOPSIS: Does your game only have books and dice? Of course not! There's all sorts of unnecessary crap that you can get to make your game more fun, easier to follow, or just to look cool! From everything from fighting wheels, dungeon tiles, spell cards and player's screens to the Dice Boot and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EST
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Episode 35: 5e Character Creation Review

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & John SYNOPSIS: This week the three of us (plus mike-chicken Shannon) created our first characters for fifth edition! This is our post-creation discussion talking about how we feel about the process, and the options available in the Player's Handbook for new characters.

Direct download: RFB-035.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EST
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Episode 34: Are Options Really Optional?

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Another solo run this week. I discuss whether or not optional supplements are really all that optional if we are spending money to bring them to the table. At the cost of these books, one would be hard-pressed to dismiss them!

Direct download: RFB-034.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EST
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Episode 33: Is the Golden Age Now?

YOUR HOST: Dan. SYNOPSIS: Dan's flying solo again with another editorial show. This time discussing how the options given right now, as well as the current positive sentiment amongst the gaming community, allow for a good argument that we are in the golden age of table-top gaming and D&D.

Direct download: RFB-033.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EST
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Episode 32: Let's Get This Party Started Again!

YOUR HOSTS: Dan, Dave & John. SYNOPSIS: The sickness & schedule conflicts are over finally, for both the show and our campaign! So, we're going with the best way to restart the show by talking about restarting your campaign after a month or two off. We talk reboots, retcons, and more.

Direct download: RFB-032.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EST
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