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Best Jordan Bonnough and Travis Bonnough podcasts we could find (updated July 2020)
Best Jordan Bonnough and Travis Bonnough podcasts we could find
Updated July 2020
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Figuring out the personality and traits of a dragon needed for amazing role-play. Dragons are fearsome, dragons are big, but that doesn't inform how they behave. Preparing and knowing the personality traits of your dragon will will inform their portrayal and ultimately insures your grand reveal doesn't fall flat.Taking a look into some of the core …
 
Inject your dragons behavior with the true nature of terrifying creatures. Dragons have an incredibly vast history, mindbogglingly big. But if we look at the fact that dragons are pretty much an amalgam of all the real animals that have scared humans forever, then we've got something to work with, and draw ever more details from. The most legendary…
 
Weave the design of puzzle games into the design of engaging encounters What if we didn't just drop puzzles into D&D, but played it a little more like the great puzzle games? By taking some simple rules from game design, we can improve our encounters, giving players the satisfaction of overcoming some seriously tricky situations. The underlying rul…
 
Find more creativity in culture creation and write more immersive worlds. The options seem binary when writing; spend less time and carefully avoid dodgy tropes or stereotypes or write a truly unique piece of fiction and spend more time writing than playing in your unique world. Too bad there is no better options... or is there? Wonder not, we have…
 
Give your characters something meaningful to struggle against and conquer. It's challenging to choose the right flaw for your character. This is because character flaws range from a humorous quirk like hiding weapons around the office to a representation of everything they fight against like being afraid that they can't protect their loved ones. In…
 
Hit the beats without committing to details in your grand campaign! The choices appear to be only two as a DM, run a game on rails and remove player choice, or run a sandbox game where anything can happen but finding meaning in the story takes some digging. Well taking inspiration again from John Trubys book The Anatomy of Story, we can drop in som…
 
Rich Plots Without Mental Chaos Four corner opposition was explored in John Truby's book The Anatomy of Story. This method of writing explains how a DM could easily lay out an interesting web of conflict for players in a straightforward way. All of this is based on themes and values that actually matter to the player characters and players. No more…
 
Create Motivated Characters That Are Easy to Play There's so much out there on character creation that makes you think you're creating the ultimate hero. It's creative, fleshed out, nuanced, detailed, and has a killer backstory. We've made our fair share of those, and we usually find that once you try to role play those characters, they don't have …
 
The Ranger class gets a lot of flak. Why? Lets make some lemonade outta those lemons. Google “5e Ranger” and all you’ll find is a lot of people talking about how underpowered they are. But what if playing them with a few key ideas in mind and a tweak here or there made them tremendous? If you’re considering playing a Ranger, playing with one or DMi…
 
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Different Methods Have you ever had sat there brooding because you ended up with a sloppy broken club while your ally has the finest elven blade of shimmering splendor? We feel your pain. That's why we talk about five ways to introduce magic items, including our favorite, which we will dive into during our next episode…
 
Failing Creates Dramatic Stories The air is calm. The rush of a dragons wings interrupts as it dives over the edge of a chasm with a halfling in its claws. Moments behind, you rush up to the edge of the chasm, brushing pebbles and dust into its gaping maw. The dragon gets farther away with every heartbeat. Cries of the wounded reach out from behind…
 
Supporting Characters Can Always Have an Impact Ever have issues creating Non Player Characters that people you are playing with really connect with? We propose that there's a few crucial elements to start with. What do they have in common with your party, what do they have in contrast, and how do they fit in to the story? The temptation to spend t…
 
Draw your party ever deeper into the fantastic fiction. David Adams joins us! He laser beams his many amazing thoughts on party immersion into this episode. We talk about drawing yourself into party members characters, using catchphrases, honoring the tone at the table, and, of course, more. David has created lots of great content, so find him on t…
 
A powerful backstory creates unforgettable characters. Character backgrounds can be long, confusing, random, restrictive, or overly world shattering. Or, they can be clear, bad-ass, and help you play an amazing game! We provide a structure for your glorious character concept that can do just that. It covers story beats, personality, wants and needs…
 
A corrupt thief, a vengeful swashbuckler, and a defiant trickster. We look at three historical figures that embody different visions of what a rogue could be, discussing what the best parts of these tales are that we can portray in an amazing character. Don't put them all in the same character, though, or you'll end up with Max "Mad Dog" Mcpuncher,…
 
Now you may have figured out game preparation, but now you need to actually play it. Now your preparation for your best D&D session will be tested, but you need not do it alone. With the advice of expert Dungeon Master Erik Frankhouse, host of Erik Frankhouse Presents, cartographer and game designer, you can boil down the immensely challenging task…
 
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