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E70 YR1- 5E D&D Bard our First look Podcast

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Another look at one of our first look vids. This time we are going over the bard in 5e D&D.

Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E

Nerdarchy sits down to discuss yet another class out out of the player’s handbook of D&D 5e. This time we are looking at the bard and how they hold up in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. Bards could very well be the least used class at our table.

I suspect that may begin to change though. The bard in 5e is far different than any iteration of the game to date. It feels like it’s own thing like never before. They are full on spell casters and the best skill monkeys in the game far exceeding what the rogue can do.

They also spells that are unique to them while at the same time they are able to dip into everyone elses spell list. Depending what archetype you go with determines if you’ll be more spell caster like or more fighter like. Bards what you guys think of them?

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E69 YR1- D&D 5E Ranger Our 1st LOOK Podcast

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Episode 69 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

In this episode we go back to the first time we looked at the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons ranger. We examine the two archetypes. They will be later remained conclaves and a revised ranger will appear featuring an all new beast master.

Ranger surviving the wilds of D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes Ranger surviving the wilds of D&D 5E

Nerdarchy delves into 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons with the ranger. We also compare rangers throughout the editions of dungeons and dragons.

We universally enjoy the ranger in D&D 5e with only a couple glaring spots we don’t. House rules to the rescue. Let us know what you think about the ranger in the newest edition of D&D.

 

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E68 Yr1- Uncommon D&D Races- Half-Elf Podcast

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Episode 68 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

The deep dive through the Players Handbook for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons continues with the half-elf from the uncommon races section of the book. Half-elves have been one of the worst races throughout the editions of the game.

But in 5E they really come into their own. Do seem to get the best of both worlds with 5th.

The Uncommon Races Half-Elf| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Races

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Races| The Uncommon Races- Half-Elf
Nerdarchy dissects the 5th edition uncommon race the Half-Elf. We talk both the good and the bad of 5e half-elves.

Unfortunately this race is one of the most bland of all the races when it comes to the fluff. Now when it comes to the mechanics of 5th edition dungeons and dragons the half-elf they is amazing.

Of all the races in this edition of dungeons and dragons half-elves are the most versatile of all the races aside from the human. Feel free to weigh in on your thoughts on the D&D Next half-elf down in the comments below.

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E67 YR1- Nerdarchy’s First Look at the 5E D&D Druid Podcast

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Episode 67 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is our first druid discussion. It so happens that is during our review of 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons.

Wild shaping with Druids in 5e| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes| Wild shaping with Druids in 5e
It’s time to revisit D&D 5e character classes Nerdarchy is discussing each class one by one from the Barbarian to the Wizard and this week we are doing the Druid.

Druids in D&D 5E are really looking to be a fun a class to play. The druid archetypes seem to split the druid’s abilities in half from the previous editions of dungeons and dragons.

You are either going to be really good at wild shaping or more of a spell caster type. One of the key things about the D&D druid of 5th is their innate ability to be tanky after they get wild shape at 2nd level. Even the druid archetype that focuses on more spell casting and getting along in nature is far more tanky then in earlier editions of Dungeons and Dragons.

So what do you guys think about the druid in 5e? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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E66 YR1- Skill Proficiencies in D&D 5E Podcast

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Episode 66 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is another one of our early vids when 1st started talking bout 5e. At this point we were just going through the player’s handbook.

Getting Proficient with Proficiencies In D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Getting Proficient with Proficiencies In D&D 5E

The Nerdarchy crew sits down to discuss some of the new rules in up coming 5th edition dungeons and dragons. In this case we are delving into proficiencies and how they work in this version of D&D.

Proficiencies aren’t new to the game but they evolve quite a bit of the years from edition edition of dungeons and dragons. This approach harkens back to AD&D when proficiencies were added on to the game in a supplement and were referred to as non-weapon proficiencies.

3.0 D&D, 3.5 D&D, and Pathfinder really made non-weapon proficiencies a main stay of the game under the name of skills. When 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons was released the skill system was still there, but simplified.

Even Pathfinder took some ques from this and combined some of the skills to stream line them. That is where D&D 4E and Pathfinder part ways. 4E went with this idea you were either trained in a skill or you weren’t.

You no longer put skill points in a skill it just advanced as you did went up in level. Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition kind of moves in this direction as well. I like it.

You are thinking more about what’s going on the game than trying to solve some kind of mathematical equation. Any way let us know in the comments what you think of D&D 5E proficiencies.

 

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E65 YR1- Playing Backgrounds & Equipment with D&D 5E Podcast

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Episode 65 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Double episode with a deep dive into the players handbook of the newest edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game. This time we will look at the background and equipment section from the PHB.

Nerdarchy Breaks Down Backgrounds For 5E Dungeons & Dragons| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition| Nerdarchy Breaks Down Backgrounds For 5E Dungeons and Dragons
Nerdarchy assembles to discuss the upcoming D&D 5E. In this episode of Nerdarchy Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition we focus on background from the D&D Starter Set.

Backgrounds is one of the biggest innovations to come to this dungeons and dragons edition. What do you think of D&D 5E backgrounds? Love them, hate them, or indifferent towards them let us know in the comments.

Let us know if you feel we missed anything when it come to 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons backgrounds or perhaps you’d like us to do video on a specific topic of 5E D&D just put it in the comments below.

Equipment- Gearing Up And Heading Out For Adventure With D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons| Equipment- Gearing Up And Heading Out For Adventure With D&D 5E
You know what they say an adventurer is only as good as his gear. This holds true for 5th edition dungeons and dragons just like every other edition of D&D.

In D&D 5E the equipment rules are very streamlined in two different ways .

First is how you get your starting equipment. Gear comes prepackaged with your character class and also via your character background. You do have the option to roll your starting gold and buy it out of the book though.

Nerdarchist Ryan did the math in 5th edition dungeons and dragons they reward you for taking the prepackaged equipment by giving you way more than the average if you rolled for it.

Second in this edition of D&D armor and weapon rules feel much more intuitive. For instance there isn’t equipment by size like in Pathfinder and 3.5 edition D&D. If you are small and you want to use a long sword it’s two handed weapon for you.

Also the weapon descriptors tell you what you need to know here’s a list of some of them in D&D 5E-
Finesse- Use dex to hit and damage instead of str
Versatile- Using this weapon two handed increases the damage die
Light- Can be used as an off hand weapon
Heavy- -2 if used by a small character

Armor comes in three flavors for 5th edition dungeons and dragon light, medium, and heavy. You are either proficient in a class of armor or you aren’t. If you wear armor you aren’t proficient in you will suck at every thing you attempt.

Light Armor- Allows you to use your dex.
Medium Armor- Allows you to use up to a +2 dex mod.
Heavy Armor- No dex bonus or penalty applied to AC. All but one have str requirement. If you don’t meet it -10 to movement.

Some armors cause to be disadvantage when attempting stealth checks. Armor check penalties in 5E are a thing of the past. Also in 5th edition if you are proficient in armor you can cast arcane spells in it.

There is more, but this getting lengthy. Watch the video on 5th edition dungeons and dragons equipment and let us in the comments how you feel about the 5E rules on gear.

 

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E64 YR1- 5E D&D Cleric is the Best DnD Cleric Podcast

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Episode 64 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is another from our early dive into the player’s handbook for 5E D&D. We go through and give our first impressions of each of the character classes. This time it’s the cleric.

Cleric Calling Down The Holy Wrath Down In 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes| Cleric Calling Down The Holy Wrath Down In 5E
It’s time to revisit D&D 5e character classes Nerdarchy is discussing each class one by one from the Barbarian to the Wizard and this week we are doing the cleric.

We’ve discussed the cleric through out the editions of dungeons and dragons, but now we are going to break down just the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons cleric.

As a whole Nerdarchy is really enjoying all of the classes of D&D. This character class, in particular, offers up a ton of options through the domain feature. So what do you guys think about the d&d cleric in 5e? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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E63 YR1- We are Talking the Fighter and Rogue in D&D Podcast

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Episode 63 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for another double feature. This time we are talking character classes throughout the editions of D&D.

On Guard Here Comes The Fiercesome Fighter| Dungeons and Dragons Character Classes

Dungeons and Dragons Classes| On Guard Here Comes The Fiercesome Fighter

Nerdarchist Ted and Dave start breaking down dungeons and dragons classes starting with the fighter. The fighter has been a staple of D&D since the basic set from the very beginning.

Heck if you were talking edition wars terms that would be edition 0.0 I think. So needless to say the fighter has been around in D&D a long time.

Rogues From The Shadows With A Sneak Attack| Dungeons And Dragons Character Classes

Dungeons And Dragons Classes| Rogues From The Shadows With A Sneak Attack

The Nerdarchy crew gathers to discuss on of our most beloved Dungeons and Dragons Classes the Rogue.

This character class of all the D&D character classes really got redefined with the move from being the thief class back in the AD&D days to becoming the rogue of later editions of dungeons and dragons.

The rogue may very well be one of the most popular character class in the game at least in our tabletop RPG’s they are. The beauty of this class is it can be a simple or as complex as you like. Of all the D&D character classes with 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder the rogue is the most versatile.

Playing this character class isn’t just about picking pockets, finding traps, and back stabbing anymore. There are so many different roles you can cover with class. Let us know what you think about the rogue. Is he one of your favorite dungeons and dragons classes?

Or maybe you hate the rogue she just really piss you off if so tell us why this is your least favorite D&D character class. Got any good rogue stories please share them in the comments below.

 

 

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E62 YR1- From Madness to Spell Points Another Dive into the 5E DMG Podcast

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Episode 62 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We continue our delve into the Dungeon Masters Guide for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Yup we are going right in order so we end up with madness paired with the option rule for spell points.

Madness in D&D Straight from the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide

Madness in D&D Straight from the 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide
This one has been request several times so far madness in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. Nerdarchy plunges right into the depths of madness that awaiting us in the DMG.

We talk about how to use it as a game master or how it can effect you as a player in the game. No discussion from the new dungeon master’s guide would be complete without talking plot points for any dungeon masters looking for another spin on things.

Has madness creeped into your games? Has anyone had one of their characters driven mad by the wild schemes of their DM?

D&D Optional Rules Spell Points|Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

D&D Optional Rules Spell Points| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide
PG- 288 DMG Variant Spell Options

Nerdarchy tears once more into the DMG of 5e to talk optional rules for 5th edition dungeons and dragons. I didn’t think I’d see this one but here it is- Spell Points.

It’s really nice that wizards of the coast put this one in here. Especially for the 5e D&D sorcerer this pretty awesome it completely fixes what I see as being the sorcerer’s problems in this edition of dungeons and dragons.

Things get a little complex when you start to add multi-class spell casting into the mix. So spell points what you guys think?

 

 

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EP 61 YR 1- From the DMG We make a NPC and Look Magic- Items Podcast

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Episode 61 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Another dive into the DMG for 5E. This time we take a look at making a NPC from the random generation charts as well an overview of the 5th Edition D&D magic items. Yes it’s another double sized episode.

NPCs for RPGs from the 5e DMG|Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

NPCs for RPGs from the 5e DMG| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons

Nerdarchy creates an npc from the new 5e dungeon masters guide in this video. We had some fun with the random Non Player Character generator. As fun as dropping the dice are it was even more fun to come up with the stories to go along with the rolls.

One of the awesome things about this edition of dungeons and dragons dungeon masters guide is all the random generator tables in the book. They are great for when you are stumped as the Dungeon Master working on your next adventure.

A couple quick rolls and your writer’s block is slain like an unruly dragon. Feel free to weigh in on 5e’s DMG and the NPC section.

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeons Masters Guide

Nerdarchy gives their first impression of magic items in 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We touch on most the changes briefly and point out some of the things we really like.

We also go into some of the changes that are throw backs to previous edition of dungeons and dragons as well as point out the 5e D&D magic item changes.

 

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E60 YR1- Diseases, Tricks, and Hazards from the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 60 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Our first time combining three videos to create our podcast in our DMG deep dive.

Disease in Dungeons and Dragons 5e from the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E Dungeons and Dragons Disease in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide It’s time to delve back into the DMG.

This time we are talking disease. Diseases in the 5th edition dungeons and dragons dungeon masters guide are great as plot a device for your players.

Whether they are racing against the clock to cure disease spreading through the kingdom or maybe they’ve been infected and only have days to find a cure before they succumb this is a great way to add suspense your tabletop RPG.

This is a short section in the DMG, but reading it sparked a ton of ideas for adventures in my own campaign. Feel free to join the conversation and tell us what you think of disease in 5e D&D.

D&D Tricks to Befuddle Your Players Straight Out of the Dungeons and Dragons 5e DMG

D&D Tricks to Befuddle Your Players Straight Out of the 5e Dungeons and Dragons DMG

Nerdarchy continues to break down the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide. This time we are looking at D&D tricks.

This section of the DMG is less than three quarters of a page yet there are so many seeds for creating or enhancing an adventure. Just looking at these gave us ideas for unique encounters, dungeons, adventures, and even character concepts.

It also has that old school AD&D feel to it. You really need to comb through the sections of the 5e DMG carefully or you may just miss the golden nuggets contained within.

Hazards of the 5e Dungeon Masters Guide| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Hazards of the 5e Dungeon Masters Guide| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

Another jaunt into the D&D 5E dungeon masters guide this time to take a look at hazards. Hazards in the DMG are those threats that are sitting right there out in the open. The question is do you recognize them before it’s to late?

Whether it’s some harmless mold or a patch of quick sand does your adventurers have the knowledge or experience to recognize the danger. Hazards is another great little section of the DMG.

It gives you interesting ways challenge player characters in the game without using monsters or traps. It’s a place where any of the players at the table can shine by coming up with an interesting solution to the hazard at hand. Feel free to tell us about your experiences with hazards from the DMG or one’s you or your Dungeon Master has made up.

 

 

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E59 YR1- NPC’s and Poison from the 5E DMG Podcast

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Episode 59 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We continue with our deep dive into the 5e DMG. This is another double sized episode. Many of the Dungeon Master’s Guide videos we did were broken down into smaller vids. We would really drill down on the content.

Non Player Characters or NPC’s in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Non Player Characters in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy discusses NPC’s in 5e D&D from the DMG. This an excellent section in the dungeon master’s guide describing eight different types of non-player characters and their roles in a role-playing world.

Even how a NPC can move through various roles through out an adventuring parties careers. There also some great non player character creation tables for creating fast npc’s on the fly. All valuable for any kind of RPG.

Poison in D&D More Talk From the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Poison in D&D More Talk From the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy gathers to talk about poison in the newest edition of dungeons and dragons. We take look at the 5E poison list in the DMG.

Followed by a discussion about all of the different poisons in the game so far. What talk about poison would be complete without mentioning the poisoner’s kit and the crafting and harvesting of poison.

Also if you are in the market to buy poison we talk about the prices listed in the dungeon master’s guide as well. Also each of the Nerdarchist give their favorite poison as well.

 

 

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E58 YR1- DMG Deep Dive with the Aasimar and Traps Podcast

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Episode 58 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for another double feature podcast episode as we delve into the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters guide.

 

Aasimar Straight From The 5E Dungeon Masters Guide| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Races

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Races| Aasimar Straight From The 5E Dungeon Masters Guide
Flipping through the dungeon masters guide we came across something we’ve always felt should be side by side with it’s tiefling counter part and that is the Aasimar.

It is a little weird to put one of these plane touched races in the players handbook and the other in the DMG. All that aside the D&D race is perfect for your cleric, druid, and paladin classes.

The abilities will be useful to any class though. Playing as a celestial touched character will offer up a ton of Role-Playing opportunities as we. What is your opinion of the Aasimar in this edition of dungeons and dragons?

Traps in D&D 5E Reviewing the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Traps in D&D 5E Reviewing the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy is breaking the DMG for 5th edition dungeons and dragons wide open.

We are are crawling through it section by section and dissecting all the information a dungeon master would need to run a game of the worlds most popular tabletop role-playing game.

This time D&D traps. We look at their mechanics and the flavor provided for the sample traps given in the 5e DMG. I greatly enjoy mechanics and design of all most everything 5th. With traps WOTC does not disappoint.

 

 

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E57 YR1- 5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 57 of Nerdarchy the podcast Year One

So the deep dive into the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide begins. We start with the darker side of player options and NPCs.

5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

Nerdarchy has begun dissecting the new 5th edition DMG by wizards of the coast. We’ve already done our 1st impression video of the Dungeon Masters Guide now it is time to tear into the meat and potatoes of it.

This is a great looking D&D book full useful things for running the game whether you’re a new gamer or an experienced Game Master. In this video we look at the villainous options available for non player character, but would work just as easily for a player character.

 

 

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E56 YR1- 5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 56 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is our 1st impression vid and podcast of the 5E DMG. We spent quite a bit of time doing micro break downs of the DMG from here on out. We cover each section individually. Going forward I’ll probably combine two or more sections for the podcast.

5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

We take a look at the D&D 5E Dungeon Masters Guide and give an over view about how we feel about it. Collectively we have looked at a lot DMG’s over the years. I must sat the 5th edition D&D dungeon masters guide is shaping uf to be one of my favorites. It contains a lot of the great stuff from all the previous editions of dungeons and dragons plus some new material as well. This book is essential to the new DM, but I feel more experienced Dungeon Masters and Game Masters will also find it a very useful RPG toolbox. Feel free to let us know down in the comments how this book is adding to your game.