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What happens when two Dungeons and Dragons DMs decide to share a world and play in each others' games? Well, apparently, they decide to podcast about their experiences. Equal parts campaign diary, game philosophy, DM tools, and long tangents, the tl;dm podcast is a place for some nerds to nerd out about their games and the unique experience of sharing a lore while still trying to keep secrets from each other.
 
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FIRST THINGS FIRST - wow, Alan's microphone is picking up all of the plosive sounds. Sorry for that. BUT struggle through it if you can, because this episode is simply chock full of insights, exercises, and anecdotes from special guest and friend of the show James D'Amato! The TL;DMs sit down with James to talk about what it feels like to play ...…
 
It's been a while between recordings, and the TL;DMs have some campaign recaps to get to. In particular, they talk about arc and session structure, and mechanical benefits of visual aids for table engagement. Then, Tyler posits some opportunities for NPC-themed story arcs since his table has several characters that they're deeply invested in. T ...…
 
It's been a while (again)! The TL;DMs get some time to catch up and then do a brief breakdown on Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, the most recent release from the DnD 5e team. They talk about what makes for a good theoretical supplement for a homebrew campaign. They also spend a little time hating on the new wealth of options for Tieflings--give a ...…
 
It has been some time since the tl;dm duo has had a chat, and they're back in all their rambling, opinionated... glory? They lead off with a discussion on how DnD fundamentally changes as a play experience as the party levels up, and what that means for different styles of play. From the DM standpoint it also impacts how encounters and combats ...…
 
Alan had a campaign reboot and we talk about the whys and what's happeneds for that new direction. After that, and so many, many meanderings, we get to the meat of our episode, story stakes-- what they are, how to make them, and when to use them.
 
Our dearest friend and favored player Jeff Murdoch returns to our 'cast to talk with us about recaps, session zeros, skill checks and so much more. In the session zero discussion, we talk about one of the most important uses of a session zero, which is checking in with your players to see what they enjoy doing in games. From there we discuss ho ...…
 
The tl;DMs are back in the swing of things (even though this episode was recorded in February). They use the recaps to discuss some more... elevated roleplay that Tyler jumped into in their most recent session, and how to navigate a character's breaking point at the table. From there they dive headfirst into the creation and play of the most im ...…
 
A quick note to explain our absence and herald our return!
 
The TL;DMs finally get together to do something they haven't had to do in a while--do some worldbuilding. They talk about Flern, a town that Alan's character Srad has become the lord of as the result of campaign developments. As a result, Tyler and Alan decide to round out what exactly that entails and also what the makeup and logistics of the ...…
 
During catchup, the TL;DMs touch on the rule of cool and talk about a cool storytelling device that Tyler stumbled over called "Hollywood Adaptation." It's neat! At the meat of it, though, the lads discuss Tyler's frustration at how the playstyle of the Eastern Campaign's DnD party has affected the last session or two. As a result, the skillset ...…
 
This week the boys climb out of their holes to talk Modern Pro Tour. The good, the bad, and the fun of it.
 
Picking up right where Live Play 7 left off, the DnD Eastern Campaign gang continues into the depths below Flern to confront the Aboleth that mind controlled them mere days ago. Like Live Play 7, this episode features Tyler as DM and Alan, Erin, and Jeff as the PCs. The boss fight of revenge ensues, with monstrous feats of strength, seductive o ...…
 
This live play episode directly follows up the DnD session that the TL;DMs broke down in Episode 23 of the podcast, in which the party wiped out against the mayor of Flern and his master--an Aboleth living in the misty caverns under the city. Tyler DMs as the party works through trying to turn their crushing defeat into a vengeful victory. Havi ...…
 
Oh boy. After the session recap of a particularly dire situation for the Western D&D Campaign, Alan turns into a petulant baby while the TL;DMs try to pin down exactly what it was that made the day's game feel bad. The majority of the episode is then spent as a sort of analysis from both sides about what makes certain choices on both side of th ...…
 
In this episode, the tl;dm lads spend some time talking about setting mood and creating creepy situations as a DM, and the importance of shaking things up in getting a reaction from players in a Dungeons & Dragons adventure arc. After a campaign diary update they move on to discuss character backstories. Whether overdone and lengthy to the poin ...…
 
Tyler and Alan FINALLY give some feedback on Dungeons & Dragons latest official book, Xanathar's Guide to Everything. In addition to breaking down some fun potential in spells, and general review of the material, the lads talk about the new subclass options and the spaces they occupy in party composition. Spoiler alert: everyone is about to fin ...…
 
We just had so much fun gabbing that we needed to talk some more in this... BONUS EPISODE. Specifically we wanted to talk all about the player-DM relationship, and how to remember the nature of the game on either side of the screen.
 
Alan and Tyler get together to talk about taking your heroes to zeros... essions. What they are, why they're important, and suggestions for how to navigate them.
 
The duo discusses dealing with magic and creating benchmarks, amongst other topics.
 
The Dungeon Dudes (not trademarked, we'll never say that again) have both started playing in Wizards of the Coast's Adventurers League for 5E, and they talk about their experiences and the different facets of play that come forth when you leave your self-contained homebrew behind.
 
We sit down with James Dugan, a player in Alan's game, who co-created and DM'ed an entire adventure for the party. We hear what he thought going in, how it went, and what he took from it!
 
The TL;DMs have a special guest for their 16th episode: One Shot RPG network founder James D'Amato. James is behind some of the best and most successful tabletop podcasts out there: Campaign, OneShot, Critical Success, and most recently, the the Dungeon Dome livestream. The episode leads off with a reality check, as everyone talks about how the ...…
 
Tyler's campaign in the West just had a massive character death, one that shook the party to the core. And it felt fated, because it was all the dice's doing. Alan and Tyler talk through the experience of that death: what it meant for the characters, how it felt at the table, and as a DM how to handle the tricky business of having a character d ...…
 
The DM dudes talk about their most recent live play session, and use that as a blast off into discussing some useful tips for creating story and adventure in an improv heavy session. From there they discuss another recent session that Alan found... not to his taste. The pitfall of an unhappy player, truly D&D's oldest scourge.…
 
Part 2 of our third Live Play session! Tyler continues to DM Alan and Jeff in a flashback side-quest to explore the roots of Jeff's Firbolg Jason Bigman and his new best friend, Pepperon Cini the "Dwarf". Their adventures take them deeper into the forest and truly into the rest of their lives. Once more, the magic of D&D and improvisation.…
 
Welcome to another Live Play from the tl;dms! Tyler's game had a week where only Alan and Jeff could play, so Tyler improvised a flashback session by jumping back 500 years into Jeff's Firbolg's past. Alan put together a spitfire little Halfl--... Dwarf... named Pepperon Cini using Matt Mercer's Gunslinger archetype. And a rousing search for ba ...…
 
Alan and Tyler talk about their most recent sessions and how they each tried a different technique to pull in their players. They also read a 5-star iTunes review and promise more where that comes from! After the session updates, they talk about "squeaky wheels", players who aren't "that guy" but also seem to need a little more attention than t ...…
 
A frequent topic in Dungeons and Dragons support forums, especially for DMs/GMs, is dealing with problem players at the table. Whether it's "doesn't play well with others" character build archetypes or simply disrespectful out-of-character conduct, the TL;DMs spend some time breaking down what to look out for and nipping early signs of problems ...…
 
Sometimes the parts that we cut from episodes about other topics are just good enough to warrant release on their own. In this bonus episode, Alan & Tyler talk about the Fifth Edition economy and some strategies they're trying out to make money feel valuable without distracting too much from the other aspects of DnD. What strategies do you use ...…
 
In this followup from Live Play 3, Alan's PCs in the Eastern Campaign find themselves in the courtroom for their trial. Facing charges that they are definitely culpable for, the gang decides to plead not guilty and try their luck before judges and gods. Of course, this involves donning Southern Lawyer characters and a lot of mugging to the cour ...…
 
Way back in the second episode of TL;DM, Alan discussed an early D&D session of the Eastern Campaign that made him feel like a giant fireball of dungeon master failure in which the party broke into a house looking for evidence and came up empty handed. In this recorded live play that session finally gains importance as the party finds itself fa ...…
 
After a long recording break (hooray for backlogging!) the TL;DMs return to talk about how and why to use variant and homebrew rules/mechanic systems in Dungeons & Dragons. Since it's been a while, they spend the first few minutes catching up on what's been going on in their games over the last few sessions--and realize that there have been mor ...…
 
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