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Ten Things DMs Should Know About the PCs in Their Game

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As the Dungeon Master it can be a chore sometimes to keep the action moving, and many of us want to give each PC a shot in the spotlight by picking on them individually.

That can be difficult though, if you don’t know much about them. I’m not talking AC or hit point totals, though, I’m talking about backgrounds, preferences – generally the fluffy bits.

So today, we’re going to talk about ten things you can ask your players about their characters that make for good points to pick at when it comes to tailoring sessions specifically for them.

I’m going into this assuming you already know to keep it even and get around to everybody, and that playing favorites is bad.

If we’re all on the same page, then here come the questions. Continue reading Ten Things DMs Should Know About the PCs in Their Game

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Roleplaying Character Moments Within the Party

roleplaying character momentsSalutations, nerds, today we’re going to talk about some fluffier stuff but by now I’m sure you know to expect that from me more often than not. I want to get into talking about the roleplaying moments between player characters within the party. RP with the PCs.

Dungeons & Dragons is typically a lot of back and forth between the characters and the Dungeon Master. At least 75 percent of the game should be like this, absolutely. It’s what drives the plot forward. We wouldn’t have any action without it. I’ve been thinking a lot, though, about the other 25 percent and what that entails. These are the parts that the players do that, in my opinion, can make or break whether a campaign is memorable.

This is something that has nothing to do with the DM and everything to do with the characters and it’s how you talk to each other during those downtime moments. D&D isn’t just about going on a quest and doing what the DM lays down for you – it’s about making a real connection between characters too. Continue reading Roleplaying Character Moments Within the Party

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

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Episode 70 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

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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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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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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Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #7 – Feeding Time

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D&D bullywugsMany entries in both the Monster Manual and Volo’s Guide to Monsters indicate one or more monsters have some sort of relationship with each other. What I’d like to present here is one between a Monster Manual entry (Bullywug) and Volo’s (Froghemoth). Continue reading Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #7 – Feeding Time

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Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #6 – Lonely Boat

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A Mimic doesn’t have to appear like the traditional treasure chest.

Out of the Box hasn’t featured an aquatic encounter in a long time, so I think we’re overdue. I’m not sure how many followers and players will remember this simple rule of physics, but the material of an item (its density) is less important than its shape and volume (based on displacement). If an object is the right shape as to spread out its volume to account for its density, so long as it’s water resistant or water proof, it should float. That’s why boats made of steel float.

Therefore, if we take a creature out of its element (Mimic) and put it in a place where it’s adapted to fit something (a boat and not a chest), we have a creature in a place we’d never expect to find it. This is less of a classic re-skin and more of an adaptation, which occurs in nature all of the time. Continue reading Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #6 – Lonely Boat

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E55 YR1- We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Podcast

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Episode 55 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for some more monster madness this podcast episode. We dig back into a favorite monster of the Nerdarchy Crew since AD&D.

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters
The minotaur is a classic monster not only from the various editions of dungeons and dragons but greek mythology. I’ve always been draw to the brutish power of this D&D monster. It was one of the very first monstrous races I ever played in a RPG game. On Krynn the Dragonlance setting minotaurs were one of the player character races. Later in the humanoids handbook for 2nd edition AD&D the minotaurs would surface again. In 3.5 D&D they’d come back yet again with Savage Species another great D&D book about playing monster characters in the game. From behind the DM’s screen I’ve always enjoyed pitting these monsters against my players. Feel free to share your monster stories with us.

 

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E54 YR1- Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay Podcast

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Episode 54 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Monsters as player characters is a topic that has come up in our campaigns over the years. There something about breaking mold by playing the monster.

Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay

Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay We are talking monstrous character in an adventuring party would you allow it as the dungeon master? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t allow races that aren’t in the players handbook.

Right now I’ve got two goblins along side all the the other races in the party. I know some game masters and players hate the idea of non standard races or monster races in their campaign worlds or settings. The question is how do you feel about it?

 

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E52 YR1- Nerdarchy Talks Tabletop Sci-Fi RPGs| Pros and Cons of RPG Genres Podcast

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Episode 52 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We delve back into our Pros and Cons series for tabletop role-playing games this time with the Sci-Fi Genre. This series is all about discussing reasons to play specific tabletop RPG genres. We look at the good, the bad, and the ugly for gaming.

Nerdarchy Talks Tabletop Sci-Fi RPGs| Pros and Cons of RPG Genres

Nerdarchy Talks Tabletop Sci-Fi RPGs| Pros and Cons of RPG Genres
Another episode of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Role-Playing Genres.

Today we are looking at tabletop sci-fi RPGs.

We mention about games like Star Wars Edge of Empires, Star Frontiers, GammaWorld, Numenera, Shadow Run, and more. We discuss some of the problems of the Sci-Fi genre as well as solutions to those problem.

 

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Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #3: Ascension

DryadsIt is a widely known fact that life comes in many shapes, forms and varieties. The lifeforms in fantasy add to this melange. However, we tend to see those fantasy creatures as certain “accepted” forms. The mythologies of the world, too, add to this list of accepted forms. Nearly all ancient races had some form of a giant, dragon, vampire and ghost. Some of those forms have made it into Dungeons & Dragons nomenclature. Modern movies, comics, and other fiction have certainly gone to some length to further break the back of this limitation, but there are still many more steps to walk on that journey.

What I would like to do here is take something from mythology and the D&D universe and further alter it, to expand its range and variety within the game. Not only that, but I would like to add an element back from earlier fantasy that seems to only exist in the realms of horror now. There was a time when Fey were feared as they might abduct children and place changelings in their place. Elves were notorious for that. Redcaps were more common (now introduced in Volo’s) and were murderous little cretins. Sprites, Pixies and Brownies (no, not made of chocolate) were dangerous little tricksters. The Feywild was a dangerous place where time is fluid and unpredictable, as were its residents. Their motivations were (and still are) alien to mortals. Continue reading Out of the Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #3: Ascension

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E43 YR1- We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons & Dragons Monsters Podcast

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Episode 43 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is another one of our early Dungeons and Dragons Monster vids. Minotaur has been a favorite monster for our group from the beginning. My love for this monster has roots in Dragonlance.

I’ve been hooked since I was first introduced to the character Kaz and Huma. Also the pirate/viking feel of Krynn minotaurs is a lot of fun.

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters The minotaur is a classic monster not only from the various editions of dungeons and dragons but greek mythology. I’ve always been draw to the brutish power of this D&D monster. It was one of the very first monstrous races I ever played in a RPG game. On Krynn the Dragonlance setting minotaurs were one of the player character races. Later in the humanoids handbook for 2nd edition AD&D the minotaurs would surface again. In 3.5 D&D they’d come back yet again with Savage Species another great D&D book about playing monster characters in the game. From behind the DM’s screen I’ve always enjoyed pitting these monsters against my players. Feel free to share your monster stories with us.