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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 20:55
Here at DungeonMastering, we get a lot of messages from various companies telling us about their various gaming-related products and services.  This being the busiest part of the year our inbox was...

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How I Play D&D – and Why It’s Fun (Part Two)

dungeonmastering.com - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:39
Part Two: The Butt Kicking Begins – So, Too, Does the Fun I haaaaated (loathed) the DM and he wasn’t much of a fan of mine, either. He was boring, lackluster, couldn’t out act Tommy Wiseau, and never...

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How a Newbie Played D&D- and Why It’s Fun (Part One)

dungeonmastering.com - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:53
  Whenever I play Dungeons & Dragons, I always take it seriously, but that doesn’t mean that I never have fun. After all, F-U-N is precisely the whole point of playing this old school game,...

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NewbieDM Minicast Episode 14

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:48
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-14.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this, the final episode of the original run of  the Minicast, released in February of 2011, I was joined by Dave “The Game” Chalker, Editor-in-Chief of the Critical Hits website. Together we attempted to help a DM with a question about a problem player at the table. You can reach the minicast via voicemail at 305-349-3026, or by email at newbiedm@newbiedm.com


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 13

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:45
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-13.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this episode of the minicast, I was joined by Tracy, author of the SarahDarkmagic.com blog, and together we answered a question regarding whether a new DM is better served by using published materials versus homebrew material. This episode was released on December 2010. You can reach the minicast via voicemail at 305-349-3026, or by email at newbiedm@newbiedm.com


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 12

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:39
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-12.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this episode of the Minicast,  I was joined by Mark Meredith,  writer of the Dice Monkey blog. Together we offered advice to a DM whose players are rolling a lot worse than he was at the table.

This episode was released on October 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026 or emailing a recorded question to newbiedm@newbiedm.com


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 11

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:36
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-11.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this episode of the Minicast, I was joined by Jeff Greiner, host of The Tome Show, a long running D&D podcast. Togethered we offer advice to a video game player looking to get his friends off the TV, and unto the D&D table.

This episode was released on June 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026 or sending a recorded question to newbiedm@newbiedm.com


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 10

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:31
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-10.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this, the 10th episode of the NewbieDM.com Minicast, I was joined by Quinn Murphy.  Together, we attempted to help out a DM who had a problem with over aggressive PC’s in his game. You can call into the NewbieDM.com Minicast at 305-349-3026 and email the show at newbiedm@newbiedm.com.


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 9

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:29
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-9.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this ninth episode of the minicast, I was joined by Mike Shea of the Sly Flourish blog.  Together we attempted to answer a listener’s question about monsters and how they would respond to a PC’s mark. You can reach the minicast via voicemail at 305-349-3026, or by email at newbiedm@newbiedm.com


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 8

Newbie DM - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:27
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-8.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This episode featured Dustin Snyder walking us through 4e’s organized play website for DM rewards, etc. This material is probably obsolete and outdated.

I am making the episode available for posterity. I will devote a 5e episode exclusively to 5e organized play.

 


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 7

Newbie DM - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:56
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-7.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

In this episode I was joined by game designer and Editor-In-Chief of Critical Hits, Dave “The Game” Chalker, and a listener called in asking how to encourage players to learn the rules of the game.

This episode was released on May 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 6

Newbie DM - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:13
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-6.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

Mike Shea from the Sly Flourish blog joined me in the minicast, and we tried to answer a listener’s voicemail about interesting houserules that can enhance the game.  Both of us provided a couple of houserules, with Mike providing one of the neatest uses for music yet at a D&D table.

This episode was released on May 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 5

Newbie DM - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 23:53
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-5.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This was the fifth episode of the original run of the Minicast, where I was joined by Chris Sims, a D&D game designer for Wizards of the Coast.  Together, we attempted to help a listener who asked about how to best incorporate published adventures into his campaign world, along with how to bring in pre-published npc’s and location names.

This episode was released on April 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 4

Newbie DM - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 23:06
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-4.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This was the fourth episode of the original run of the Minicast, where I was joined by Quinn Murphy from Thoughtcrime Games, with advice for a listener on how to scale up encounters for more than 5 players.

This episode was released on March 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 3

Newbie DM - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:39
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-3.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This was the third episode of the original run of the Minicast, where I was joined by Mike Shea from the SlyFlourish blog, and together we try to help a DM with a question about what to do when an over equipped NPC unexpectedly dies, the PC’s grab his magical items, and a treasure parcel becomes somewhat unbalanced.

This episode was released on March 2010. You can participate in the minicast by calling 305-349-3026


Four Simple Questions for Dungeon Crawls

dungeonmastering.com - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:57
Four Simple Questions (A Play Dirty Look at Dungeon Crawls) Hello Dungeon Masters! My name’s John and I design games. Lots of ‘em. But more importantly, like you, I’m the guy who usually ends up...

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Update on the minicast’s return, and old episodes available again

Newbie DM - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 14:46

I’ve been swamped lately with work and a lot of other stuff which has cut into my free time, but progress on the return of the ENnie nominated NewbieDM.com Minicast is moving along.  I was looking for (and found) a way to host it on the cheap, and through a wordpress.com/feedburner combo, I’m doing just that… I spent $20 for extra storage and that was it.

So the feed is ready to go, now I really just need to generate content….

Having said that… I am making all the older minicast episodes available again, via the same feed which will house the new episodes once they start rolling out. My plan is to make all 14 older episodes available, and launch the 5e version of the podcast with Episode 15. Here’s the feed, put it in Itunes, or your favorite podcast delivery app… http://feeds.feedburner.com/Newbiedmminicast

And speaking of itunes, I’ve already submitted the podcast to the itunes store, so I should be hearing back from them soon.

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Please, if you want to participate in the minicast, the number to call is 305-349-3026. It’s a voicemail line where you can leave your 5e DMing questions and I’l feature them on the show. There’s no show without the community’s participation. :)

So again, subscribe to this feed enjoy all the older episodes which centered on 4e, and be on the lookout for the new 5e episodes coming soon..

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Newbiedmminicast

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NewbieDM Minicast Episode 2

Newbie DM - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 14:12
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-2.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This was the second episode of the original run of the Minicast, where I was joined by Wolfgang Baur, of Kobold Press, who helped answer a voice-mail from a listener asking for tips on how to encourage role-playing from players. Wolfgang wrote the 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen.

This was originally released on March 2010.


NewbieDM Minicast Episode 1

Newbie DM - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:52
https://newbiedm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/newbiedm-com-minicast-ep-1.mp3

As I prepare to relaunch the NewbieDM Minicast, this time focused on 5e, I am making the 14 original 4e episodes available as originally produced.

This is the first episode of the original run of the Minicast, where I was joined by my friend Phil, the Chatty DM to discuss a DM’s question about the use of perception. This was originally released on March 2010.


Behind the Gear-spun Curtain: A Purely Steampunk Look at Game Design

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:44
As the leaves turn and the skies grow cloudy, we turn our minds toward All Hallows’ Eve and things of an often creepier, spookier, or more macabre appeal. Let us turn our minds then toward a sweet...

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