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Best Howtoplay podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Howtoplay podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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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 ...
 
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Crit Academy Episode 152: World Anvil This week we discuss World Anvil, the ultimate worldbuilding toolset and RPG campaign manager. This amazing tool set helps you build and showcase your living world. Create by yourself or with a team. It's toolset changes depending on your need, whether you're a gamemaster, writer or roleplayer. It has all the t…
 
Episode 151: Player Storytelling "Storytelling is the DM's job!" Although this is a commonly held belief, it could not be more wrong. Everyone at the Dungeons and Dragons table has a hand in storytelling, whether he or she is aware of it or not. As a player, you don't have the most obvious role in telling the story, but at the end of the day, the s…
 
We interview Jeff Stevens and Cat Evans, best selling Dungeons and Dragons authors on the DMsguild. They share their unique approaches and challenges that they run into and how they overcome them. Join us Live on Twitch/Facebook/Youtube (@critacademy) Sundays at 7pm est. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @critacademy Show Not…
 
This week Crit Academy finishes their Class Analysis of the new Dungeons and Dragons Artificer class. We breakdown each of the core sub-classes and their features and discuss how to get the most out of them. Pick up your copy of Eberron Rising from the last War! Our newest product! "Fantastic Terrain: A collection of environmental effects to help a…
 
This week we breakdown the new Artificer class and its features. We give our thoughts on the features and how we see ourselves using them from both a flavor and mechanics point of view. You can pick up your copy here! https://amzn.to/2KMNdPx Follow us on https://www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join us live on Sundays at 7pm est. Follow us on social m…
 
Follow us on www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join us live on Sundays at 7pm est. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @critacademy This week we break down the D&D Essentials Kit! Take your first step into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, or get a more expansive D&D experience to your already ongoing campaign. Play with groups…
 
Follow us on https://www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join us live on Sundays at 7pm est. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @critacademy This week we cover a one-stop gastronomic and relaxation resource for DMs and Players alike. Explore 9 unique location-agnostic businesses, each one offering a different suite of services, amen…
 
This week we are live from Acadecon a convention put on by the awesome team over at Acadecon. We cover the best selling DMsguild product "Ghesh's Guide to Making Things" by the wonderful Anne Gregersen. Craft legendary weapons and armor! Ghesh's Guide to Making Things is a crafting and modification system designed to complement the 5th Edition rule…
 
This week we cover Jarlaxle's Guide to Traps a DMsguild.com best seller. Fresh from the archives of Bregan d'Aerthe, Jarlaxle's Guide to Traps is a collection of vicious traps, maddening hazards, terrifying hauntings, and general lethal nastiness intended to turn greedy dungeon delvers into puree. Created by R P Davis, Jeromy Schulz-Arnold, Ken Car…
 
This week we discuss Three Tier Design for a busy GM by Raging Swan Press. Three-Tier Design enables a GM to prioritize what is important for an upcoming session or adventure and to use his preparation time as effectively as possible. As its name suggests, Three-Tier Design comprises three distinct facets. VISIT FULL ARTICLE HERE! https://bit.ly/32…
 
This week we interview "The Kind GM" on his recent DMsguild product "Enchanted Tools" Enchanted Tools is a supplement whose purpose is to remedy the irrelevance of tools in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Part of this irrelevance is caused by the lack of an intriguing crafting system, while another part is caused by the lack of content surrounding …
 
This week we interview Tulok the Barbrarian, a popular youtuber who brings you a step by step guide for building your favorite fantasy characters from movies, books and TV to your Dungeons and Dragons adventures! Tulok reflavors and reskins abilities and features that work best functionally with each unique fantasy characters. VISIT HIS CHANNEL HER…
 
Monster Manual Expanded, a 321-page source of content that supplements the Monster Manual. It aims to provide Dungeon Masters more options and flexibility in designing adventures and dressing up their dungeons with a wider variety of creatures and characters that are based on the Monster Manual. Finally, it also adds variants that provide a nostalg…
 
This week special guest Alicia Handlin (Godqueen) joins as we go over old emails, comments and submissions that we could never quite find a good spot for on the show. Gonna be honest, some pretty hilarious DnD moments arise in this episode. Make sure to check it out! Visit our Sponsor Kobold Press for Phatlootz! www.critacademy.com/koboldpress Foll…
 
When brave adventurers face the dangers of the world, they want something to show for it. This supplement provides individual loot for each monster in the Monster Manual, as well as a basic crafting and harvesting system that works well with 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. With this supplement, these brave adventurers will be able to craft the hide…
 
This week's show is a discussion on player motivations. We review a segment out of and old school Dungeons and Dragons book that can be a powerful tool to help you determine what it is you want out of the game. Some players already know what they want, some don't, and some might just be surprised by the results of this ten question test. Join us as…
 
As DM’s we always do our best to attempt to have the most interesting of villains. Cool motivations, relatable morals, and so much more. But when it comes to the characters engaging the big bad enemy guy, that is where we want our villains to shine. We want to give the players an encounter they will never forget! This can be a challenging task some…
 
This week each of us brought a custom monster to the table. Built using the instructions in the Dungeon Masters Guide. We walk through our build process, design decisions and flavor of our new babies. All the while the other two savagely rip them apart like a couple of ravenous hyena's over a dead carcass. Follow us on https://www.twitch.tv/critaca…
 
We interview Andrew Dempz, one of the creators of the @dungeon masters guild supplement Dungeoneer’s Pack: Storm King’s Barrow! A DnD supplement that contains ten unexplored dungeons in the north of the Sword Coast and a party of eager adventurers is the recipe for an exciting evening. Delve into abandoned chapels, beleaguered mines, haunted barrow…
 
This week we discuss best selling DMsguild product "The Dog Fighter's Handbook". Air combat can be a large and important part of the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Pirates, traders, military powers and fantastical creatures all often have some element of flying combat, with many memorable battles of a campaign taking place in the air. This rule set…
 
We cover the Captains and Cannons a DMsguild product that provides a rule set that explains how to run a ship battle in your campaign. Whether you want to fight on lashed-together longships, blast enemies with the cannons of your carrack, or just ram rowboats, this ruleset has everything you need. Designed to be scalable, flexible, fast, and easy t…
 
Call from the Deep DMsguild creator JVC Parry joins to talk his mindflayer inspired dungeons and dragons campaign book designed to take your heroes from levels 1-12. After crash-landing onto the Material Plane, a strange, otherworldly ship brings with it an unexpected wave of piracy, hideous mutated creatures from the bottom of the Trackless Sea, a…
 
We interview Darrin Scott on his amazing best selling Dungeons and Dragons supplement "Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to Combat". A powerful resource to help you run the most fun combats you ever have, no matter your DMing style. It is the distillation of knowledge from the masters of the hobby (listed in the credits page) as well as the years of experien…
 
We interview DMsguild.com Adebt M.T Black on his amazing best selling Dungeons and Dragons supplement "The Art of War for D&D Players". Over two thousand years ago, a philosopher-general named Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War, the seminal work on military strategy. Discover how you can use these ancient secrets to master the game of Dungeons & Dragons!…
 
This week we interview best selling DMsguild.com creator Jeff Stevens about his "Encounters on the Savage Seas". An amazing supplement for those who wish to embark on an adventure on the high seas! Encounters on the Savage Seas is a 100-page supplement containing mini-adventures, NPCs, new ships, locations, and magic items. In all, the writers have…
 
This week we interview the amazing adventuring party from the DnD actual play podcast One-Shot Onslaught. They share with us some of their most memorable Dungeons and Dragons moments, give us a peek into what it takes to run a successful actual play podcast, as well as sharing with us their favorite aspects of running adventures from the DMsguild.c…
 
Follow us on www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join our show live on Sundays at 7pm est. This we special guest Anne Gregersen joins us to talk about her best selling Dmsguild DnD supplement. Sir Alkian's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse is a guidebook for those who are looking to run apocalyptic scenarios in their 5e D&D games, ranging from an immedia…
 
The word barbarians brings to mind certain images. Snowbound brutes with fur cloaks and broad swords, their long hair whipping in the wind as they howl savage battle cries, undeterred by the exhaustion and pain that would plague mortal men. Hulking tribesmen on the endless tundra, their spears and hands bloody from the long day's hunt for game and …
 
Follow us on www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join our show live on Sundays at 7pm est. This episode was brought to you by Kobold Press! www.critacademy.com/koboldpress Back by popular demand, Jason Bakos & Themis Paraskevas bring you the Malady Workshop! This is a Dungeons and Dragons supplement written with the intent to give you, the DM, the power …
 
Follow us on www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join us live on Sundays at 7pm est. This week Alan Tucker and Terry Herc join us to talk about the massive dungeons and dragons community project and Platinum Best Selling DMsguild product Artifacts of the Guild! Artifacts of the Guild product gives your more magic items to use at your table. From minor tr…
 
Follow us on www.twitch.tv/critacademy and join us live on Sundays at 7pm est. This week we cover the DMsguild supplement Wombo's Guide to Combos! DnD supplement for pulling off combo attacks with your allies! Has the Barbarian ever wished they could throw the Rogue at the enemy? This and so much more is possible with 27 Combo Actions ready for you…
 
This week we cover the amazing DMsguild supplement Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Tool Kit from author Steven Williams! This incredible toolkit includes an assortment of dungeon maps, puzzles, fully detailed dungeons, random encounters, entire one-shot adventures, and tables to create hundreds of fun magic items. Most of these are able to be dropped in …
 
This week we discuss Matt Mercer’s Corruption: An adaptation of corruption rules of 5th edition DnD gives you the tools you need to inject some of this menace into your games. Certain landscapes house deeply evil places or artifacts that corrupt the very nature of people who spend time around them. Sites where the presence of such terrible wickedne…
 
This week we cover the must have Dungeons and Dragons supplement from Alex Clippinger "100 Ways to Excuse a Character Absence" a must have DMsguild supplement. "I'm so sorry, I can't make it this week." We've been there. We've all been there. The dreaded session drop-out. Someone can't make it. But your other players are ready to continue. How do y…
 
We discuss the amazing 5e supplement "Go for the Eyes" by Alex Clippinger In Go for the Eyes, you'll find ways to throw curveballs at players who thought they knew monster stat blocks by heart. Targeted Body Parts. Ever cripple a dragon's wing? Destroyed a beholder's central eye? Smashed a bone devil's stinger? Your players can overcome precise tar…
 
This week we discuss and break down our sorcerous origin the GUN Mage. A D&D character option on the DMsguild. While many sorcerers find themselves able to naturally tap into the well of magic inside of them, some are not so lucky. Their search for a way to tap into this power has lead them into using artificially enhanced arcane focuses that pull …
 
This week we discuss Ancestral Weapons by Dungeon Rollers. A Dungeons and Dragons 5e supplement with rules for creating powerful heirloom weapons that evolve and grow with your players. A noble blade wielded in the blood wars, an axe used to protect the great city of Mirabar from orc invasions, or a powerful staff passed down through the eons. Ance…
 
This week we delve into DMsguild creator Tyler Kamstra's Dungeons and Dragons 5e supplement Monstrous Races. Whether you’re playing an all-monster party or just want to play a monstrous race in an otherwise normal party, this document presents rules for playing every creature in the Monster Manual, new feats and backgrounds for monstrous characters…
 
We interview DMsguild.com creator Christopher Willet on his D&D supplement "Planeswalkers of Ravnica". It provides Dungeon Masters and Players with tools for incorporating Planeswalkers into their Ravnica campaigns. It includes; A new Planeswalker background with a color based alignment system. Your color grants you access to exclusive spells. Ever…
 
This week we discuss a new supplement setting book for Dungeons and Dragons, Ravnica. Ravnica originally appeared as a setting for the MTG trading card game Ravnica is one of the most popular settings, in part because the world's ten guilds strongly support the way players build MAGIC decks. Ravnica is a whole new world for your D&D campaign to exp…
 
This week we discuss player made structures with Fortress, Temples, and Strongholds. A guide to player made structures by Walrock Homebrew The world is a wild and scary place, full of monsters, malevolence, and myriad evils to be expunged. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a place to unwind? A place to hang your hat, build and customize, and to call…
 
We interview Jeff Stevens: Creator of the best selling book Villains and lairs. Expand your D&D game with this collection of 56 NPCs of various Challenge Ratings, thirteen of which include maps and details of their lairs. Add these NPCs as a side-quest, a main villain, a one-shot, a bounty for easy money, or however else you wish. Written by some o…
 
Dungeons and Dragons is filled with fantastical machines, magical constructs, and everything in between. What if you could create one of these constructs for yourself? The Greasemonkey’s Handbook is for you! It’s been designed from the ground up to be just that. In this supplement you will find rules for building, maintaining, outfitting and fighti…
 
We take a look at "The Malady Codex" A supplement that is written by medical students with a love for tabletop role playing games. Inspired by the vast array of diseases, and the medieval myths that once surrounded them, to enrich other worlds with fantastical diseases. Get your Copy Here https://www.dmsguild.com/product/257343/The-Malady-Codex-The…
 
This week we interview Anne Gregersen author of the DMsguild best selling product "Little Heroes" a guidebook for those who are looking to play D&D with children at the table. It also includes information to those who are looking to play as a child, and offers options when making such a character. Get your Copy Here https://www.dmsguild.com/product…
 
We discuss introducing skill challenges into your games. Skill challenges are a series of skill checks by multiple characters, where a certain amount of successes spread across multiple skills and characters must be achieved before a number of failures. Our show may not be suitable for children, but neither is our D&D game. Get your Copy Here https…
 
Love playing those holy warriors but tired of the same old Oaths? Today we interview Matthew Gravelyn and discuss his sourcebook "Create-An-Oath: A Paladin Oath Creation Guide" which provides a clear guide to creating your very own paladin Oath compatible with 5e. Our show may not be suitable for children, but neither is our D&D game. Get your Copy…
 
This episode we finish our class analysis of Matt Mercer's Gunslinger fighter archetype. Some weapon masters couldn’t stop with the innovation of the crossbow. Experimentation with alchemic components and rare metals have unlocked the secrets of controlled explosive force. The few who have survived these trials of ingenuity may become the first to …
 
This episode we finish our class analysis of Matt Mercer's Blood Hunter Class. In a landscape tormented by all manner of beasts, devils, and abominations from beyond the veil, most live in fear of the dark, of superstition, and of the unknown. Some, however, are so fanatical and bent on destroying the anathema that plagues the countryside that they…
 
This week we detour from our normal D&D discussion format and share our Christmas themed adventure we ran with our patreon donors. We hope that you enjoy this actual play episode. Our heroes set out to thwart the plans of Jack Frost, who plans to cast the world in eternal darkness! Listen, as our heroes battle a dragon, snowmen and travel through a…
 
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