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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Crit Academy is joined by the best-selling Dmsguild author Jeff Stevens! He joins us today to discuss his current and first Kickstarter Adventures from the Potbellied Kobold! Let's face it, as game masters we don't always have the time to prepare an adventure for the next gaming session. This isn't our fault, we can't predict what chaos may occur i…
 
Crit Academy discusses Bigby's Handbook of Creative Spell Use! A Dungeons and Dragons supplement designed to provide DMs and Players with powerful spell combinations that will allow you to terrorize your enemies. The handbook includes annotations from the one and only Bigby (character creation of D&D great, Rob Kuntz, and founding member of Greyhaw…
 
Dungeons and Dragons is a game that consists of multiple pillars of play; combat, roleplay and exploration. Crit Academy discusses their best-selling DMsguild product "Challenge Accepted". This adaptation is designed to help enhance all those various challenges in a controlled and structured format called a skill challenge. In many scenarios, our h…
 
Crit Academy discusses Eyes Unclouded an anthology of adventures for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, inspired by classic Japanese animation. Entreat with the Cat King of the Feywild, learn the truth behind a curse affecting an ancient forest, race by airship to find a lost sky fortress and more! Eyes Unclouded is a full-color 180 page digital PDF t…
 
Crit Academy is joined by Gabe and Jeff from the roleplaying game podcast Inter-party Conflict. We discuss the good, bad, and ugly of metagaming in the world of Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games. Metagaming can take many forms. Usually, it will be blatant and obvious, but other times it can be subtle and sometimes it's good, and some…
 
Crit Academy is joined by Zac and Katherine, hosts of the Bite-Sized Gaming Podcast. A round table of DM chuckleheads discuss all things gaming. We discuss their recently launched Kickstarter for Captain Hartchild's Guide to Rare Dragons! A 5th Edition supplement contains 10 unique Dragon's, each with their own personalities, lairs, and minions. Ch…
 
"I WANT BIG BOSS FIGHTS, DAMMIT!" We know exactly how the Angry GM feels on this topic. Luckily, he has solved this problem for us. Crit Academy covers the Angry GM's Paragon Monsters. Epic Dungeons and Dragons boss battles that can leave your players split in twain. Show Notes: https://www.critacademy.com/post/episode-185…
 
Crit Academy discusses Armaments of Legacy, a new Dungeons and Dragons DMsguild supplement to enhance your 5th Edition Game. Don't outgrow. Evolve! Armaments of Legacy expands well-known magical weapons, armor, and spellcasting items, transforming them into storied relics that evolve and grow alongside your characters. This product provides the fol…
 
In Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop roleplaying games in general, storytelling is a prime focus. Through the stories being woven by the Game Masters, characters created by the players, and their actions a wonderful collaborative story is created. Crit Academy delves into a collection of core storytelling rules by one of the greatest storytelling b…
 
Crit Academy discusses the AI Dungeon. A text adventure roleplaying game that builds a story on the fly based on the player's input. The program's Artificial Intelligence system pulls data from all over the internet to build and respond to the user, creating a cooperative story. This is a fun and engaging resource of any Dungeons and Dragons Dungeo…
 
Crit Academy discuss and share some samples for their upcoming Memorable Monsters - A 5th Edition Resource to Monsters and NPCs Kickstarter Project. Memorable Monsters is a tome of unforgettable monsters and villains for your stories and campaigns! For when you need more than just stat blocks, our Memorable Monsters book contains unique and memorab…
 
Crit Academy covers the newest Unearthed Arcana: Feats. Released 7/13/20 this new collection of feats for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons offers a way to become better at something or to gain a whole new ability. Many of these new feats include limited to access to class features. Much like the Martial Adept feature in the Player's Handbook. Pick …
 
Crit Academy is joined by special guest Keith Ammann to discuss his newest book. Live to Tell the Tale: An Introduction to Combat Tactics for Dungeons and Dragons Players. A 77-page book that examines combat roles, class features, party composition, positioning, debilitating conditions, attacking combinations, action economy, and the ever-important…
 
Crit Academy discusses Total Party Kill Games Recovery Dice Options: Introduced in Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition, Recovery Dice, otherwise known as Hit Dice, allows a character to recover hit points without the need for healing potions or cure wounds spells. This serves to extend the adventuring day by delaying the party’s need to return to ci…
 
Crit Academy is excited to talk about our favorite new DMsguild D&D product, Mythic Encounters! First introduced in Mythic Odyssey's of Theros, a Mythic Encounter is an optional rule you can apply to a creature which increases the difficulty. This takes the form of a Mythic Trait, which triggers most often on reducing the creature to 0 hit points. …
 
Crit Academy discusses the new Dungeons and Dragons setting based on the Magic the Gathering plane Theros. The caprice of the gods. The destiny of heroes. Great journeys into monster-infested wilds, and mythic odysseys to the edge of the world and back. These elements of adventure fill the realms of Theros, a new setting for your Dungeons & Dragons…
 
Crit Academy discusses Warcraft Heroes Handbook! A 5e supplement that lets you bring the world and characters from the world's greatest MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. This fun and free supplement is brought to you by lead designed Jih on GMbinder. Venture into Azeroth on your next campaign! Armies and factions have …
 
Elminster Aumar, Chosen of Mystra, invites you to explore the grandest repository of knowledge in the Forgotten Realms: Candlekeep, the Library Fortress! The Sage of Shadowdale has assembled this companion to help seekers of wisdom navigate the Castle of Tomes. Be warned! Elminster requests that you bring a suitable entrance gift, lest you be turne…
 
Crit Academy discusses converting old Dungeons & Dragons content to 5th Edition. Many of us have played through multiple iterations of the game, and through all that, we developed some beloved characters, monsters, and worlds. We walk through a guide published by Wizards of the Coast to help transition your old favorites to the newest version of D&…
 
Crit Academy discusses a 5th Edition conversion of the greatest RPG games of all time, Final Fantasy 7. The full supplement can be found HERE. Created by Mike Myler. For the uninitiated, this is the game’s magic and equipment-kitting system–you get the Fire materia from somewhere and equip it onto a weapon or armor (better the piece → more materia …
 
Crit Academy is joined by best selling DMsguild author Jeff Stevens. We discuss one of his newest collaborative, "Allies, Enemies & Quests". Expand your D&D game with this collection of 20 unique NPCs of various Challenge Ratings. Each NPC is designed so they can used as an ally, or as an enemy. Included are several quest ideas for each of the NPCs…
 
Weapons are more than just objects that adventurers carry to stab, slice, or break enemies with. In the proper hands of a master, they can be powerful tools to gain the upper hand against an enemy. A weapon perk is a special skill or technique that can be used with a specific weapon. This allows each weapon to feel unique among all of the options t…
 
Crit Academy discusses 5th Edition Team Deathmatch! A team-based, PvP competitive tabletop arena for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. This game is an action RPG about strengthening the bonds you already have with the friends in your gaming group, or forming new bonds of friendship, in the face of shared adversity and the greatest challenge. Nothin…
 
Crit Academy is joined by John Day. Creator and director of "The Game Shoppe". A show about Kevin Smith (not THAT Kevin Smith!) and his gang trying to save their failing game store. they allow a documentary crew film them for a slight chance to save the last place for gaming and nerd culture in their small town. Show Notes: https://www.critacademy.…
 
We discuss the Legendary Bestiary: Legendary Actions for Low-Level Monsters. Legendary Actions are one of the coolest, most memorable aspects of fifth edition! As a DM, they allow you to make dynamic choices throughout a combat round, not just relying on a single action to make a huge impact. This element of unpredictability keeps the more tactics-…
 
Crit Academy discusses locations in Dungeons and Dragons' Forgotten Realms Setting that should be visited in your stories and campaigns! We cover the GameRant Article by Glenn Carreau and add a few of our own thoughts. Support us: Check out our newest release "The Dark Tides of Damodan" An underwater rescue adventure for characters 5th-8th level. h…
 
Today Crit Academy covers a Dungeons and Dragons 5e conversion of the original 151 Kanto Pokemon. This conversion comes to us from Timothy Gonzalez of https://www.pirategonzalezgames.com. Are you ready to catch them all? Show Notes: https://www.critacademy.com/post/kanto-pokedex If you have any feedback, unearthed tips and tricks or topics you woul…
 
Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount provides everything you need to play D&D on the continent of Wildemount (set within the world of Exandria, the setting for the hit show Critical Role)—a land of war, betrayal, and swashbuckling adventure. Comprised of four regions, Wildemount provides endless potential for adventure in a land of brewing conflict and i…
 
Crit Academy covers UltraModern5 Redux or U5, a supplement designed to offer classes, backgrounds, feats, skills, rules, equipment, and opponents for settings outside of traditional ones involving dragons and dungeons, though still employing D&D 5th Edition rules. This book is an expansion of the core 5E rules and thus does not reprint material fro…
 
Episode 162: 100 Weapon Histories When playing Dungeons and Dragons some players can spend hours upon hours developing their characters backstory. For some, this may just be how long it takes to decide on a concept that can be explained in a few sentences, while others will write out pages and pages of content. In either case, very rarely does the …
 
Let's be honest, we overlook the importance of doors in dungeons. Often times they are pretty mundane. Maybe your rogue gets to pick a lock, or a barbarian gets to kick the door in, and on a rare occasion you have it magically sealed with an arcane lock spell. But for the most part, these common features in a dungeon get overlooked. Well, not anymo…
 
Crit Academy covers "The Ettinling Package", a Dmsguild new D&D 5e player race, the ettinling, balanced around being played by two players at the same time! Each player picks their own class and levels individually. Any players worth their salt in roleplay can bring Will and Way, the two halves of the same ettinling to life in an absolutely hilario…
 
Adventurers will find themselves tested in many ways during their careers seeking fame, fortune, justice, and truth. Some of these tests will challenge their strength, agility, spellcasting knowledge, and combat skills. Other encounters will require diplomacy, conversation, observation skills, and social interaction. A rare challenge provides eleme…
 
More ink has been spilled on describing dragons than on nearly any other creature. These ancient, noble, yet savage beasts are a favorite subject of guidebooks, bards’ tales, and ancient tomes and scrolls. Today we share some of our discoveries after months of investigation into the history surrounding these magnificent beasts in the world of Dunge…
 
This week we cover the DMsGuild Mithral Best Selling supplement Adaptable NPCs by @GrimPress. This fantastic supplement contains 70 unique NPC full of beautiful artwork, lore and balanced stat blocks for Dungeons and Dragons 5e! Each NPC brings a life of its own, from a powerful holy knight, down to a banner wielding squire. Everything a DM needs t…
 
Crit Academy is joined by Alan McCoy to discuss his ongoing "Fight like a Monster" series. A regular series focused on helping Dungeon Masters get the most out of their Dungeons and Dragons monsters from both a narrative and combat perspective. Follow Alan McCoy's Facebook Group: Dungeons and Dragons: Fundamentals Show Notes: Follow us on Facebook/…
 
This week we are joined by our good friends Gabe and Jeff from the Inter-Party Conflict Podcast! We discuss hit points in RPG games like Dungeons and Dragons. Hit points or HP, represent a combination of physical and mental durability, the will to live, and luck. DM’s describe hit point loss in different ways. This is what makes it kind of an art f…
 
Want to run D&D combat better? Your D&D combat isn't dragging because it's slow, it's dragging because it lacks FLOW! We are joined today by Zipperon Disney a Youtuber and big D&D nerd with a channel that focuses on advanced DM Tips. Visit Zipperon's Channel Join us Live Sundays at 7pm Est. Visit us: www.critacademy.com Subscribe to our show and be…
 
We are joined by Christian Hoffer, writer for Comicbook.com. We discuss his blog series "Anatomy of a D&D Campaign" a week-by-week look at the planning of Dungeons & Dragons sessions. While D&D 101 looks at broader topics, Anatomy of a D&D Campaign will dig a little deeper into technical elements, with discussions about encounter design, crafting u…
 
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…
 
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