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Ep 12 - You Can Always Go Downtown

8/13/2018
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Arriving at last at the gates of Flenmoor, the party has to find its way to the next step of the Stag’s quest. But the city is larger than most of them are used to, and getting around on crowded streets can be a perilous thing, especially in a city like Flenmoor. Where is the library? Who’s that skulking in the alley? Is Peter really that cold-hearted? Find out now in this week’s episode! —– Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put...

Duration:01:17:09

The DM’s Well of Inspiration, Part I

8/8/2018
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It’s almost inevitable–one day, the DM’s well of inspiration will run dry. Or perhaps you’re a new DM, and feel daunted by the task that lies ahead? Either way, in this special episode we offer some places from which you can draw inspiration in coming up with ideas. We had originally intended to release this episode later on in our run, but after a week of questions and interactions with some brilliant friends on Twitter, we thought it might be better to release it now. Join us as we talk...

Duration:00:21:33

Ep 11 - On the Road (Again)

8/6/2018
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The journey continues for Tira, Womberbash, and Peter as they make their way to Flenmoor. But a detour to a mysterious place along the way leads to an unsettling experience. Will they be able to carry out the first part of the Stag’s quest? Is there safety to be had in the discomfort of travel? What is that glow on the horizon? Listen in now to find out! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. We’re having fun sharing our...

Duration:01:07:08

10th Episode Introspective

8/1/2018
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Part of the reason behind this podcast is to share what we’re learning both about D&D and podcasting as we go. To celebrate our first mini-milestone of hitting the 10th episode, we talk about some of the things we’re figuring out about our characters as well as the podcasting scene in general. If this discussion prompts any game-related questions in your mind, share them with us on Twitter (@stackodice) or by email (stack.o.dice@gmail.com). We’d love to hear from you, and will try to...

Duration:00:26:15

Ep 10 - The Road to Nowhere

7/30/2018
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The party’s hopes for a restful night’s sleep have been dashed by a disturbing dream unlike any they’ve ever had. The question of what it all means is on our heroes’ minds as they set forth at last to Flenmoor, the large city to the north. They hope to find answers there. But a long road lies ahead, and the country is still quite wild. Join us as we continue our exciting story together! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put...

Duration:01:19:22

Ep 9 - Get this Party Started

7/23/2018
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It’s party time for Tira, Womberbash, and Peter. The Heroes of Arden make their way to the village green and engage in several different important conversations with those close to them. This evening of recognition is an important step in the lives of these young adventurers, but something much deeper awaits them at the Great Stag Inn. Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. We’re having fun sharing our adventure with you...

Duration:01:08:16

Ep 8 - Puttin’ on the Ritz

7/16/2018
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After the fight with the bandits in the previous episode, the heroes now have to deal with some very real consequences of the things they experienced during their first big battle. Questions arise, clothes are changed, and horse water is discovered. See what happens now by tuning in! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. We’re having fun sharing our adventure with you each week, and we’ll only get better with time! If...

Duration:01:07:05

Ep 7 - Hard Attack

7/9/2018
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Trouble is brewing in the tiny, remote town of Arden as bandits threaten the villagers’ way of life. The heroes ready their weapons as the mayor rallies the desperate townspeople in the only defensive structure they have–the palisade on the Rock. What fearsome foes will our heroes face? Who will survive the day? Find out in this brand new episode! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. We’re having fun sharing our...

Duration:01:17:11

Ep 6 - Rock this Town

7/2/2018
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As a refreshing mountain breeze atop the Three Sisters plays through our heroes’ hair, they find themselves faced with a difficult decision. A great prize and an important task lie on the other side of this choice, heralding a difficult time ahead. What is this all about? Whatever will our heroes do? And was that really a pickup line Womberbash threw out there? Listen in now and see for yourself! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve...

Duration:01:01:06

Feelin’ Smurfy: Creating NPCs on the fly

6/29/2018
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Do one-dimensional NPCs in your games have you feeling. . . blue? In this special episode, Rhett wants to share a really neat NPC creation technique. The original idea comes from an interview between Satine Phoenix and Taliesin Jaffe in an episode of Satine’s excellent GM Tips series. GM Tips video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQZR4smjUEc This video inspired Rhett to create a spreadsheet version of the technique Taliesin introduced, but with a slight twist:...

Duration:00:12:59

IT’S A PARTY! Welcome to Level 2

6/27/2018
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It’s a party, and you’re invited! Adventuring is hard. That’s why it’s important to celebrate achievements! We’ll record a special leveling episode each time the party levels. This is the first in what (we hope) will be plenty of level-up celebrations. Follow the leveling process as we talk through what benefits Tira, Womberbash, and Peter gain for hitting this milestone. From squat thrusts to HP envy, this episode has it all! As a reminder, the Unearthed Arcana article pertinent to...

Duration:00:17:31

Ep 5 - Challenge Accepted

6/25/2018
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After talking with a mysterious being with ties to Tira’s ancestor, the party moves on to face a daunting challenge high in the mountains overlooking Arden. A series of puzzles awaits them in a place that’s been undisturbed for centuries. What will they find there? What lies at the challenge’s end? What perils could possibly await our friends? Listen in to this episode to find out! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together....

Duration:01:00:21

Ep 4 - Going Stag

6/18/2018
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In the previous episode we followed our heroes through a terrible fight in the forest. When the dust settles, they need to figure out what happens next, now that it seems their task is done. What will they do with their mysterious prisoner? Why is the forest acting so strangely? Will Womberbash ever find another notebook? Let’s find out together in this episode! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. We’re having fun...

Duration:01:05:01

Ep 3 - Everybody was Bandit Fighting

6/11/2018
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In our last episode, Womberbash led his new friends to his woodland home, only to find that his beloved spoon was nowhere in sight. After a fruitless search and a nighttime journey fraught with bad dice rolls, they spotted a fire in a clearing up ahead. What lies in the clearing? Will Womberbash ever find his spoon? Did you remember to pack your puer cha? Let’s find out together in this episode! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’ve...

Duration:00:57:13

The Norse Battle

6/5/2018
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At the end of our last actual play episode, you may have heard a segment that is new in your experience of tabletop games: the Norse Battle. This special episode shares exactly what this segment is for, where it comes from, and why we like to use it as a way to wrap up each game. Once you’ve listened to it, please share what you think about it, and if you use something similar, we’d love to know how you use it. As always, we want to thank you for sharing your listening time with us; we...

Duration:00:07:33

Ep 2 - Beware of Gruls

6/4/2018
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After meeting under less-than-auspicious circumstances last time, Womberbash, Tira, and Peter decide to take a trip. Not everyone is happy about it, but when they arrive, a mystery awaits. What lies ahead? What is that thing glinting along the roadside? And what in Vardalon is a grul? Give us a listen to find out! Thanks for sharing our story; we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy what we’re doing. We’re having fun sharing our adventure with you each week, and we’ll only...

Duration:01:00:25

Ep 1 - Arden You Gonna Go My Way?

5/28/2018
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In this first episode, we meet our friends Womberbash, Tira, and Peter in the world of Vardalon. Things are looking pretty bad in the town of Arden: someone (or something) is attacking people in the nearby forest, the dwarves of Ironstag Delve are trying to reestablish themselves after the collapse of their ancestral home, and wounded strangers are appearing in town. What could it all mean? And what lies in store for both the town and our heroes? Come find out in this, our first actual...

Duration:00:59:57

Tira’s Training Day

5/25/2018
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We have one last episode to share this week before we shift to actual play episodes next week. We have some finishing touches to apply before we start, so we’ll get those done and be ready to share the fun on Monday! In this episode, we run Meredith’s character, Tira, through a mini gauntlet to help her understand how combat works in D&D 5e. We also see how the militia in Arden really digs into its fairy tale books to wrangle up some monstrous opponents. Certainly no one alive in Vardalon...

Duration:01:00:48

Meet the DM

5/24/2018
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In this final special “Getting to Know You” episode, we meet Rhett the Dungeon Master, the guy behind the screen. After being introduced to Dungeons and Dragons at a young age, Rhett has loved the game ever since. As much as he likes to play, he most often ends up as the DM, which is just fine since it’s a fun challenge to take on. In this role he gets to combine his love for history, storytelling, quick thinking, and just spending time with friends in a world created together.

Duration:00:20:12

Three Pillar Experience

5/23/2018
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Okay, okay—we were trying to stick to the “Getting to Know You” series this week, but felt it was important to sneak this one in prior to dropping our first actual play session. We hope you find it, uh, rewarding. One of the things you may notice when we start releasing actual play episodes is that our experience point awards may seem rather paltry compared to what you’re used to seeing in the Player’s Handbook or during your games. That’s because we’re testing out a new XP system Wizards...

Duration:00:10:26