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Welcome to Detentions and Dragons, a podcast dedicated to introducing Dungeons and Dragons into the classroom experience! Updated every other Monday. The hosts, Josh and Matt, are highly educated, experienced, and enthusiastic American public school teachers who aim to provide tips and techniques to effectively run Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition with students. They are also confidant that new players, new Dungeon Masters, and fans of Dungeons and Dragons will find this enjoyable and inform ...
 
Our podcast was created to deliver guidance to our heroes and provide them with new and reusable material for both players and DMs. We hope to inspire you with creative content that you can bring with you on your next adventure. Visit us at www.critacademy.com and subscribe to our emailing listing for a chance to win awesome prizes. ​Our podcast is broken into three segments! ​Crit Nation feedback! Where we dedicate and entire segment to the concerns, questions or anything you have to share ...
 
Wastelands and Wyverns is a 5th edition real play dungeons and dragons podcast that takes place in a world destroyed by a magical cataclysm centuries ago. We have a rogue that turns into santa, an albino ranger, a bald elf bard, a hormonal sorcerer, and a barbarian who is pretty sure they're all idiots. Listen as they try to survive in a strange and ravaged world. Spoiler : It does not go well
 
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Crit Academy is joined by best-selling author Remley Farr. Remley has worked on many successful Dungeons and Dragons adventures, you may know his work from 'The Madhouse of Tasha's Kiss' or 'Happy Jack's Funhouse'. In this episode, he shares with us his adventure writing process, specifically his Weekend Oneshot Challenge. This is an RPG writing ev…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #104 – You Swing With Your What? Highlights incl…
 
In this episode, Crit Academy discusses the newest Wizards of the Coast Dungeons and Dragons playtest material, Gothic Lineages. The newest Unearthed Arcana brings forward three new racial features. Unlike the traditional fantastical races, your racial traits and features are determined by your lineage chosen. Not the race that you start off as or …
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #103 – Purple Pools & Maerghasts Highlights incl…
 
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about homebrewed magical school items. Schools of magic and wizardry are a common setting in D&D. So why not add some additional magically enhanced school supplies to your campaign?! These won't be most serious or powerful items your player's will add to their character's inventory but th…
 
The world of Dungeons and Dragons is packed with a variety of sentient races. The diversity of these races is what makes the world such a unique place. Cultures, personalities, behavior, etc. Each one is unique for each race. Beyond that, each race even breaks off into subraces based on location, history, wants, and desires. Volo's Complete Subrace…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #102 – La-bore-itory Highlights include: 1. We b…
 
Today we talk with James Introcaso about one of his most recent projects, My Dad's Monster Manual. This fabulous collection of monsters a straight from the imagination of his dad's mind. From the time James was a kid, his father created original stories using his toys. Now as a professional game designer, he asked his dad to look at just the art fr…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #101 – Murgatroyd’s Side Mission Highlights incl…
 
Crit Academy discusses 5 Worldbuilding Faction Tips from Roc Humet over at World Anvil! Organizations are extremely important in any setting. Governments, companies, religions… they’re the ones who rule over your world. They set things in motion. They DO things! And more importantly, they’re utterly memorable for your players and readers and give c…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #100 – Level Up! Highlights include: 1. Brack ri…
 
Survival and Thrival! On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt take a minute to reflect on their D&D clubs. They discuss what is working well, what are obstacles they are facing, and what actionable steps they want to take to make the second half of the school year even better for their D&D students! Did these two teachers inspire yo…
 
Crit Academy discusses Armament Quests. While finding magical items and loot in treasure chests, dropped by defeated foes, or even gifted as a reward for great deeds. Nothing is as exciting as venturing out to gather unique materials and perform supernatural rituals to create magical weapons and armor. These special quests give the player character…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #99 – Bounding on Birb Legs Highlights include: …
 
Crit Academy is joined by the legendary Dungeons and Dragons writer and content creator Mike Shea, aka Sly Flourish. Mike shares some of his greatest techniques for being a great Dungeon Master, with as little time investment as possible! Perfect for busy adults! All from his invaluable books "The Lazy Dungeon Master." Visit Sly Flourish Here! 📢 Pr…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #98 – Pull the Lever! Highlights include: 1. We …
 
While optimizing a character to be overpowered can take the fun out of the average game of D&D, having a underwhelming characters can limit player agency and turn an epic adventure into an uninspiring one. On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about the Metagaming for beginners, what metagaming is, why it isn't all bad, and a…
 
Crit Academy discusses D&Destiny. A free tabletop role-playing game based on the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition ruleset. Bringing the exciting world-hopping, gun-toting Destiny experience to your tabletop. Below you will find brief talking points that we pulled from the Dungeons and Destiny's Player guide. This thorough and well-written supplemen…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #97 – Finding Alex Highlights include: 1. We eme…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #96 – I Can’t Talk with Tears in my Mouth Highli…
 
It is a week later than expected but the holiday tradition returns! To celebrate the holiday season, Matt gives Josh the present he wants most in life: a chance to talk about fun stories from his D&D games. Listen as Josh and Matt ramble on and embellish their stories and inside jokes from their personal campaigns around the fireplace! Music: Broth…
 
Crit Academy is joined by special guests Ryan and Rob from the Dungeons and Dragons actual play podcast 'Unlikely Heroes'. They tell us about their popular show and share tips on improvisation in roleplaying games. Unlikely Heroes is a goofy, NSFW podcast very loosely based on the game mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons (5e). That means we roll dice s…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #95 – I Have A Radiant Soul BTW Highlights inclu…
 
Crit Academy is joined by the live audience. We discuss the 5 room dungeon building methodology, and take suggestions from the audience to help bring a concept to life! Together, we make a fantastic dungeon to the delight or potential misery of our players. Show Notes: This episode is brought to you by our generous sponsor, Kobold Press! ❤️ Subscri…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #94 – Goro & Jatra Highlights include: 1. The gr…
 
Crit Academy discusses Kobold Press' Deep Magic! This collection offers more than 700 new spells for your character or your campaign’s NPCs to enhance the richness of your adventures. That’s 700 new ways to explore, explode, manipulate, disintegrate, and master the fantasy campaign of your choice. When you add in the subclasses, domains, and append…
 
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about the new source book Tasha's Guide to Everything. Wizards of the Coast releases about one book each year that focuses on updates to things like classes, game mechanics, spells and monsters. The question is whether you should buy this one! Spoiler: There are some good things and there…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #93 – Welkin Awoken Highlights include: 1. Diana…
 
Crit Academy discusses the best-selling Dungeons and Dragons DMsguild supplement 'Dungeon Coach's Spell Tome-Brew Cantrips'. Healing Cantrips for Clerics AND Warlocks? Fixing True Strike? Scaling UP Cantrips to be more Powerful as you Level? This Spell Tome-Brew Series is the Dungeon Coach's homebrew tweaks to the cantrips already in D&D! His examp…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #91 – The Prince of Phantasms Highlights include…
 
Crit Academy discusses the newest Dungeons and Dragons supplement, "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything". The wizard Tasha, whose great works include the spell Tasha's hideous laughter, has gathered bits and bobs of precious lore during her illustrious career as an adventurer. Her enemies wouldn't want these treasured secrets scattered across the multiv…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #91 – Death Ahead Highlights include: 1. We meet…
 
On this special lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Matt and Josh interviews Adam Davis and Dr. Elizabeth Kilmer of Game to Grow, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. While you may know them for for using TTRPGs to help teens develop social skills, they are n…
 
Crit Academy discusses 5th Evolution (5evo): Carbide City! This awesome supplement was developed by Limitless Adventures takes the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons 5e game mechanics and applies them to new genres. This 5evo product brings superheroes to your stories and campaigns! This fantastic supplement is the perfect marriage of comics and r…
 
Our group of adventurers continue their journey in the D&D campaign “The Dungeon of Doom” Characters of this campaign include: Brack the Deep Gnome Paladin (Eric), Diana the Aasimar Fighter (Lindsay), Brokkr the Dwarf Cleric (Kyle), Murgatroyd the Kenku Warlock (Stephen), and Luke is our fearless DM. #90 – The Dungeon of Doom! Highlights include: 1…
 
Crit Academy discusses the newest Dungeons and Dragons playtest material. Unearthed Arcana: Subclasses 5. The two new subclasses; Way of the Ascendant Dragon monk and Drakewarden bring a breath of fresh dragon fire to the Monk and Ranger classes. And as always, we bring you new and creative Dungeons and Dragons content. Unearthed Arcana 2020 Subcla…
 
Just another fun chat around the table. WE WILL BE BACK SOON. This special episode caps off "Season 1" of the podcast, Don't wait to finish Season 1 before listening to episodes listed under Season 2. After a few weeks of a break we will return with Season 3, which will be the final arc of this Elthara story. Please join us on Discord (https://disc…
 
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about the tables. Not kitchen tables, end tables, or even periodic tables. These tables contain lists to help you randomly roll to determine things like loot, monsters, and more! You don't need to make up everything about your world to be a great DM. Use one of the tables Josh and Matt re…
 
I’ve masterfully edited Eric into this photo for a true group shot. -Lindsay #89 – Hoard of the Dragon Queen Wrap-up: Part 2 The time has come! We finally get the gang back together (well most of us) to discuss the campaign we started over 4 years ago… We join our group of Kyle, Stephen, Eric & Lindsay as we gather together on a Friday evening to d…
 
Crit Academy delves into the vault of the legendary RPG creator Kobold Press! We crack open the Warlock Grimoire 2! Within these dusty pages, uncover the secrets of the world—indeed, of the branches of the multiverse! Collected here are entire lost volumes of esoteric truths. Only for you, the Warlock Grimoire 2! Dark revelations and wondrous testi…
 
#88 – Hoard of the Dragon Queen Wrap-up: Part 1 The time has come! We finally get the gang back together (well most of us) to discuss the campaign we started over 4 years ago… We join our group of Kyle, Stephen, Eric & Lindsay as we gather together on a Friday evening to discuss all that was, could have been, and fond memories from the D&D Starter …
 
Dungeon design in Dungeons and Dragons is hands down one of the most fun aspects of being a Dungeon Master. With it comes the challenge of designing fun dungeons that engage all three pillars of play; exploration, roleplay and combat. We are joined by Matt Whitby, podcaster, Dmsguild writer and youtuber. Together we discuss what goes into making a …
 
Crit Academy is joined by Sam, The Education DM! Sam has been a DM since the mid-80s, and a teacher since the late 90s. He is passionate about Dungeons and Dragons, and Education, and mixing the two. His Facebook page is chock full of informative D&D material. Make sure to give him a follow and a share. He joins us today to talk about his Dump Stat…
 
#87 – Tower Out of Nowhere: Part 5 Tower Out of Nowhere is a one-shot adventure created and ran by Stephen. We actually played this one-shot over two sessions and I’ve split it out into five parts for easy listening. Enjoy! Our epic finale begins with the search for a green crystal. Jingle finds a…melty werewolf?! He’s able to get a hold of him tem…
 
On this special interview lesson, Matt is joined by Ashley Warren and Beth Ball! The topic: The RPG Writer Workshop. Founded by Ashley Warren, the RPG Writer Workshop is an online class dedicated to helping aspiring writers learn to be better adventure designers. If you are interested in learning more about D&D one-shot design, mastering your write…
 
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