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Nerds invite you into their world and chats about TTRPGs w/ OSR vibes, Board & Video Games, pop culture, & more! Listen and Subscribe for real, irreverent, yet relevant discussions, creator interviews, nerdy news, product reviews, and more!

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English

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Episodes
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Nerdcognito - Episode 233: Your Character is DEAD!; Player Input into World Building

7/16/2024
Oh no! That giant just turned Bert's character into meat paste! What considerations are necessary and what must a player, a DM, and a gaming group do to pivot when a PC buys the farm? RD and Bert pontificate this point because, well, Bert's character was turned into meat paste at the last gaming session. After the news, the duo discuss what input, if any, is appropriate for players to have and what sway do they carry as it relates to world building. ----more---- The News: ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:07:33

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Nerdcognito - Episode 232: D&D Crafting Change Catastrophe!; Sci-Fi/Horror Gem Mothership

7/9/2024
Surprise, surprise: Wizards of the Coast continues to "re-imagine" Dungeons & Dragons... potentially into the grave. The "improvements" to crafting and the introduction of a hybrid "Minecraft" and "MMO" crafting system were released, and it looks like once again the game is getting fundamentally changed for the worse. The news makes us laugh as we ride the struggle bus through a Reddit post. Finally, we talk death in space with the fantastic horror/sci-fi TTRPG, Mothership. ----more---- The News: ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:01:55

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Nerdcognito - Episode 231: DM as Referee?!? What is the Correct Title and Role?; Western Renaissance

7/2/2024
Spinning out of a conversation from last week, the gang talks about the title and role of the Dungeon Master in DnD. Is "referee" appropriate? What level of separation must the DM have with the group and the world? After this fun debate, with each of the guys having a distinct opinion, we tackle the news before saddling up to talk the resurgence of the Western in Hollywood. ----more---- The News: ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:00:59:47

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Nerdcognito - Episode 230: WotC's Hideous, Woke, and Racist Art Drop

6/25/2024
Wizards of the Coast has dropped a bunch of the "New" Dungeons & Dragons art... and it is just as hideous, woke, and racist as you could hope for. The guys talk about some of the more outlandish pieces and discuss how art, generally, is important to the hobby and hooks players in each game. Are some of these pieces intentionally horrific? Then, after a trip to DnD Reddit, the news keeps us cool in a very unique way before ending up with some quality "modern journalism." ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:03:51

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Nerdcognito - Episode 229: D&D, Influenced by It's Own Supplements!

6/18/2024
The "Dungeons and Dragons," TTRPG hobby has a boatload of influences... but is unique in the fact that it often influences.... itself. The guys talk about pivotal supplements that have shaped the hobby and how modern guidance continues to change our beloved passion. Plus everything from Critical Role to "ding dong" in the news! You won't want to miss this week's show! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:04:14

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Nerdcognito - Episode 228: Gaming Group Meeting Failures; Unfathomable Board Game Revisited

6/11/2024
In this episode, the gang talk about the TTRPG curse older than time: Getting the group together. Inevitably, every group is going to ride the rocky road of scheduling. Why is this the killing blow for some groups? How can you pivot? Is it the end of the D&D World? Then after the news, as requested by the Nerdcognito Nation, the boys revisit, run down, and review the excellent co-op/traitor board game, Unfathomable! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:02:51

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Nerdcognito - Episode 227: 40+ "Rules" for the TTRPG Table... (He's not wrong!)

6/4/2024
A frustrated Dungeon Master presented his players (do they play?) with a list of "rules" that were going to be implemented moving forward. While clearly frustrated with SparkleTroll and otherwise bad player behavior as we dig through his list we have to ask... "Is he wrong?" The guys discuss faux pas of players at the TTRPG table and how the DM can wrangle his DnD group back into reality. Plus, the news! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:00:59:48

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NanoNerdcognito: "Accidental Overpowering"

5/28/2024
The holiday weekend in the States and a few too many life incidents have abbreviated this week's episode into a Nano! Fear not, though a touch shorter than usual, it is still packed with everything you'd expect -- Beginning with talk of how a DM can correct an "accidential overpowering" of a party and ending with news (from Reddit) RD and Bert squeeze a full show into a condensed timeline! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/481989/elven-maid-inn-tales-from-the-tavern-magazine-issue-1?affiliate_id=3908211https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:00:38:57

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Nerdcognito - Episode 226: Too Many Classes! (aka Less is More)

5/21/2024
With ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX OFFICIAL (you read that correctly) classes and subclasses in DnD 5e, it's time the gang evaluated class structures in TTRPGs. There are no surprises here -- the guys believe less is more. Add in some tales of characters gone by, bard mocking, and of course the news, and you have a full episode of nerdy goodness that you will love to listen to! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:00:59:54

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Nerdcognito - Episode 225: From the Tabletop to the Screen! (and back!)

5/14/2024
Fallout... The Last of Us... Rings of Power... Castlevania... there are a LOT of game-inspired screen adaptations hitting lately, and the trend is not going to end. This week, the boys look at all of the players and talk about what TTRPG, video, and board game adaptations they would like to see! Plus, a newsy tribute to Roger Corman starts a banger of collection of weekly nerdy news. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:05:37

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Nerdcognito - Episode 224: WotC's AI Art Dust Storm... plus The Dungeon Delver!

5/7/2024
This week, our good friend The Dungeon Delver drops in to chew the fat with the gang about the incredible nothingburger that was the Wizards of the Coast "AI art FAQ." There was a lot of internet noise, but is WotC doing... the right thing? The boys and Bill dig in deep to this offering insight, perspective, and opinion. Plus, the news will NOT disappoint! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:01:59

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Nerdcognito - Episode 223: Grim Jim and the TTRPG Hobby's Toxic Cancel Culture

4/30/2024
Hot on the heels of Nerdcognito getting de-platformed on YouTube after an alleged cancel culture report strike -- and the RD having his personal account targeted and wiped as well -- we look at cancel culture in the hobby in general. Who better to bring in for this discussion but "Grim" James Desborough? Jim gives his perspective on the hobby and insight into targeted harassment campaigns as both a victim and an observer. Plus, Jim sits in for the remainder of the show to have some fun with the news! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:06:21

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Nerdcognito - Episode 222: Cynthia Williams out at WotC, Modules!, Dystopian Dawn Time Warped

4/23/2024
Cynthia Williams has announced her departure from Wizards of the Coast! What does this mean? Listen to the guys give their takes on her exodus. Then, as promised, a lively deep dive into what makes a module and their role in the hobby. After the news, creator of Dystopian Dawn, Tony Garcia stops by to talk about his latest project and the gang briefly touches on woke Warhammer. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:19:50

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Nerdcognito - Episode 221: Can Tourists and SparkleTrolls be "Saved??"

4/16/2024
Can a SparkleTroll be saved? Is a tourist worth bringing to the table? Should we even bother? This week the gang tears into all things tourist -- from origins to Critical Role toxins to playstyles. Can we bring the hobby back from a fundamental and philosophical shift? Plus, the news has LOTS of TTRPG goodness that you won't want to miss! (...and Modules!) ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191631/Wandering-Heroes-of-Ogre-Gate?affiliate_id=3908211https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:04:43

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Nerdcognito - Episode 220: Player Requests, Suggestions, and DEMANDS?!?

4/9/2024
Players drop hints all the time. What happens when it is more than a friendly poke? How should you handle your group asking for in-game favors, dictating game/world events, demanding items, or throwing an X-card (just kidding, show the X'er the door!). Plus, the news, Ryan revives "Oriental" and shoves it back into the acceptable category, and tales from Reddit. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191631/Wandering-Heroes-of-Ogre-Gate?affiliate_id=3908211https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:00:06

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SPECIAL Nerdcognito - Episode 219: Discomfiting Dialogue with Daniel D. Fox (friend of the show?!?)

4/2/2024
Nerdcognito talks to... Daniel D. Fox?!? (yes, THAT Daniel D. Fox) Uh oh. "Infamous" RD and Kyle sit down with the "notorious" Daniel D. Fox, creator of Zweihander, alleged destructor of The Trove, and all around polarizing figure in the TTRPG space. Publicly politically misaligned with the guys AND potentially on the opposite end of the gaming spectrum, what odd cosmic alignment brought these two forces together? Tough questions will be asked, and hopefully answered. Could an impossible alliance be formed? Does someone storm out? Is there punch and pie? Be sure to sit back and enjoy one of the very rare interviews given by the one and only Daniel D. Fox. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:24:13

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Nerdcognito - Episode 218: "You Can't Play With THEM!"

3/26/2024
It happens -- a friend, a partner -- someone tells you "You can't play with THEM!" Maybe not you, but maybe that guy with the antisocial eye-rolling leftie girlfriend slowly exits from your table. Why and how do these ultimatums get made and how do they effect your table? Plus, the pros and cons of modules. Maybe. Probably not. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:00:59:00

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Nerdcognito - Episode 217: TPKs and Near Total Party Kills in D&D/TTRPGs

3/19/2024
This week, the gang dives deep on the Total Party Kill. Talking about this unique situation that apparently makes SparkleTrolls weep, the boys look into it mechanically, from a story perspective, and through the eyes of both player and dungeon master. Of course, there are some great TPK stories thrown in there as well. This, combined with longer chatter around the news of the day fill out the week! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:02:23

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Nerdcognito - Episode 216: Real Relationships at the Fake D&D Table; Arkham Files TTRPG!

3/12/2024
Ever play at a table with that cutsey-wootsey couple that just seems to always help each other? How about the BF DM that always give the right magic item to his boo? This week we talk about how real relationships can alter a table and give our thoughts on how to preserve the integrity of your game. Also, a positive news week spins into an exciting announcement regarding the Lovecraft mythos in the TTRPG world. ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:01:13

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Nerdcognito - Episode 215: RD admits "I was wrong!", Horror at the Table, Blister Critters

3/5/2024
This is a milestone episode: RD admits that he "was wrong" multiple times! First, the guys talk about introducing horror elements at the table. After the news, Anthony Grasso and Wythe Marschall drop by to talk about Blister Critters, their new Kickstarter game that originally was panned by Ryan before he did his homework only to be now praised based on the final product and a deep dive! ----more---- Grab The Village of Greenhaven NOW! PRINT ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/465184/The-Village-of-Greenhaven?affiliate_id=3908211 ----more---- The News: ----more---- Episode Sponsors and Affiliates: https://amzn.to/3djotja

Duration:01:08:24