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Lesson # 57 - Conventions and Dragons

On this special interview lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt interview Michael Ross of The RPG Academy Podcast. The topic: How to get convention ready! D&D and Gaming conventions are a great place for players to connect with like-minded individuals around the game that they love. However, conventions for can be intimidating. This lesson will provide some tips and insights from Michael Ross about what he does to make his convention experience a fun and memorable one! Also, hear...


Lesson # 56 - Game to Grow and Dragons

On this special lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Matt interviews Adam Davis and Adam Johns of Game to Grow, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses therapeutic social skills groups to help teens build real-life social skills. Listen to hear about how these dedicated individuals ventured into the unexplored realm of therapeutic gaming, what these sessions look like, and the successes they are having with teenagers using these innovative methods. Seriously, this episode will tug at your...


Lesson # 55 - TPK and Dragons

The Total Party Kill (aka TPK) is a term used to describe a scenario in which all player characters are defeated. However, it is the decision of the DM to decide if the TPK is a tearful epilogue to a campaign or a plot device to drive the narrative forward. Also, it is a downer when your students lose!!! On this lesson, Josh and Matt discuss their philosophy behind the TPK and three ways to redefine the TPK for your club or home campaign. Did these teacher provide you with some insight into...


Lesson # 54 - Intro to Havoc and Dragons

Professional Development Time: We have talked about it but now its finally here! Josh and Matt discuss how to run your first session of Havoc in the classroom. This introduction focuses on aspects such as what modifications were made, why they were made, and how to run the lesson step-by-step in class. If you have been on the fence about how to jump into a game of D&D in the classroom, this is the place to start. We are only sorry that listening to this lesson probably wont count at towards...


Lesson # 53 - Dragon Heist and Dragons

A new school year means new textbooks! This week on Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt take a look at the new module Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Reason why we like it include: -Easy to follow structure. -Flowcharts. -Dynamic Visuals. -Scenarios that promote creative problem solving. This module is worth checking out! Especially for new DMS, or DMs of new players. Matt also discusses his module he will maybe make some day: Hedgehog Heist: Heist of the Potato Salad. We hit some major...


Lesson # 52 - DIY and Dragons

Josh and Matt get crafty! With the cost of dice these days, why not bust out the glue gun and make some supplies for your D&D classroom. On this lesson, Josh and Matt talk about some fun and inexpensive craft projects for your D&D campaign. -Josh gets artsy with details on making antiqued paper. -Matt talks a lot about Noosa Yoghurt Did these DIY teachers help inspire you start a new project for your D&D campaign? Please rate and subscribe to Detentions and Dragons! Or help them out by...


Lesson # 51 - Dungeon Master's Block and Dragons

A special crossover lesson of Detentions and Dragons!!! Recently, Josh and Matt were invited by DM Mitch and DM Neal to be guests on the Dungeon Master's Block! The subject: using real world places as inspiration for your D&D creations. Our crossover lesson includes "the meat" (the discussion portion) of DM's block episode 162. For those of you unfamiliar with the DM's Block, it is the podcast where the hosts talk about the most important person in the game, the dungeon master. The only...


Special Lesson: AetherCon and Dragons

On this special lesson of Detention and Dragons, Josh and Matt interview Chris Malidore, Jon Frater, Stephen J. Holodinsky, and Peter Bryant of AetherCon! AetherCon is Tabletop RPG convention hosted entirely online. If you are interested in learning more about all the fun games you can play, panels you can attend at this convention, and more then this episode is for you! Did these teacher mentors motivate you to get Convention Ready? Please rate and subscribe to Detentions and Dragons! Or...


Lesson # 50 - Movie Day: The Sequel and Dragons

Lesson # 50 Agenda They said it was impossible. They said it couldn't be done. They were wrong. Movie day returns. Matt is once again joined by special guest and substitute co-host Rachel Nimlos, a former graduate of Matt's high school and an alumna of his D&D club! On this lesson they review the movie Willow! Lots of Owen Wilson references. Lots of references to Van Kilmer 😊 Hey, you!!! That cool listener listening to this podcast! Please rate and subscribe to Detentions and Dragons!...


Lesson # 49 - Campaign Outlines and Dragons

Planning a campaign can be one of the most exciting parts of the game for DMs. However, when running a game within a limited time frame (one school year sounds like a lot of time but it does go by quickly), a DM needs to be flexible and adapt their storytelling to fit these constraints. On this lesson, Josh and Matt discuss the campaign outline techniques to help teacher DMs have a productive and less stressful D&D game at school. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for allowing us to us the song I...


Lesson # 48 - Back to School and Dragons

Summer is almost over so it is time to start preparing for a new school year filled with D&D clubs and D&D lessons! On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt discuss tips for starting your D&D school campaign off right. Spoilers: It involves preparing the behind the scenes materials that are often underappreciated but essential for getting the most out of your D&D game! Did these back-to-school mentors help motivate you for the new year? Help them out by recommending...


Lesson # 47 - New Listeners and Dragons

A special lesson of Detentions and Dragons for new listeners! If you are reading this and you are new to the podcast, welcome to the podcast! Jumping into a new podcast can be difficult. However, in this lesson, Josh and Matt provide lesson suggestions for all types of listeners! This includes school teachers, club leaders, beginner DMs, and people just looking to hear some nerdy humor about D&D! Still have questions? Contact us via email: Thanks for...


Lesson # 46: Summer Camp and Dragons

Grab your bugbear spray and your folding boat and paddle your way down to Camp Bugbear! On this lesson, Josh and Matt discuss planning, organizing, and implementing a D&D summer camp for kids. Does Dave Starchild survive his tenure as summer counselor?! This is Josh's first time editing and episode! Congrats!! Did these D&D counselors help you earn some 5E merit badges? Help them out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or student. New listeners are the best way to...


Lesson # 45 - Kids and Dragons

Another special Detentions and Dragons Lesson! This time Matt interviews Curt Bolin of the Dungeons & Dragons & Daughters podcast, a D&D 5th Edition live play podcast starring him and his twin daughters Sammy & Birdie. The topic: Top 5 Tips for playing D&D with younger kids! If you are interested in introducing D&D to kids, this is well worth the listen! You can find more info on Curt and Dungeons & Dragons, & Daughters at the...


Lesson # 44: - Q & A: Part 2 and Dragons

Part 2 of our special two-part Q & A lesson! Josh and Matt are on a roll! After answering two D&D questions, they go back into the mailbag, pick out two more easy questions, and attempt to use their experience to answer your DMing questions. They are having a blast. Segment: You might be a Dungeon Master.... The Riddler. The answer is revealed! If your correct answer is randomly selected from all of the correct responses, you will win a hand painted mini fig by Josh! Some...


Lesson # 43 - Q & A: Part 1 and Dragons

A special two-part Q & A lesson format! Josh and Matt channel Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk to fix your Dungeon Mastering Questions. How successful are they? Questionable. But at least they are having a good time doing it! The Riddler. Send your answer to The Riddler to: If your correct answer is randomly selected from all of the correct responses, you will win a hand painted mini fig by Josh! Did the Car Talk boys of D&D help you fix your campaign with...


Lesson # 42 - Wolfgang Baur and Kobold Press and Dragons

A Detentions and Dragons' First! Josh and Matt interview Wolfgang Baur, the "Kobold in Chief,” founder, and owner Kobold Press. On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Wolfgang discusses with Matt and Josh all things D&D. Especially about the campaign setting of Midgard! This is a fantastic conversation with a gaming industry veteran that shouldn't be missed! Did this interview inspire you to pursue new avenues in D&D? Help them out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend,...


Lesson # 41 - Summer Gear and Dragons

The Detentions and Dragons boys are back! They aren't in the classroom and their board shorts are a little sandy, but they have made their way back into the studio to introduce a little summer fun to your D&D campaign. This lesson: Summer Gear. While not required to have an excellent outing, the right vacation equipment can add a lot to your summertime experience. The same holds true to D&D! Why not stow away that gloomy pipes of haunting and bust out that beach gear! Don't have any? Josh...


Lesson # 40 - Graduation and Dragons

School is out for summer!!! With empty desks and empty classrooms, Josh and Matt sit back and recount adventures from their D&D games in club and in the classroom. No rules, No lesson plans, just two teachers telling stories about the fun they had playing D&D with their students over the 2017 - 2018 school year. Highlights from their adventures include: -3 to 4 player characters pretending to be a tall goblin. -Scrunt II Son of Scrunt. -Josh making a questionably powerful player...


Lesson # 39 - Last Day of Club and Dragons

IT'S PARTY TIME!!!! 🎉 🎉 🎉 In this lesson, Josh and Matt discuss the Last Day of Club! Whether or not you started your campaign the first week of school or you gathered the courage to play some D&D in class, the end of the school year is here and you and your players deserve a fun conclusion to their D&D experience for the 2017 - 2018 school year. The last session will go by fast so use this episode as your to-do list at your last day of club. And don't worry, this is NOT the last...