47 episodes

What happens when two D&D 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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What happens when two D&D 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.

    Episode 37 - Horrorrrrr!

    Episode 37 - Horrorrrrr!

    Alan and Tyler discuss running a horror game, and how to do it, and other things.

    • 38 min
    Episode 36 - The Mercer Effect

    Episode 36 - The Mercer Effect

    We talk a fair bit about Critical Role, Matt Mercer, and the effect their fans have on the hobby.

    • 54 min
    Episode 35 - Eberron-ymous Bosch

    Episode 35 - Eberron-ymous Bosch

    Before excitedly cracking open the new campaign sourcebook to talk favorites and disparage dislikes, the boys talk playing and running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.
    Chime in on Twitter and tell us what your party did with Trollskull Manor!

    • 50 min
    Episode 34 - We're back!

    Episode 34 - We're back!

    Alan and Tyler return from an extended hiatus to talk more about roleplaying and the new non-D&D game that Alan is running, Stars Without Number.

    • 55 min
    tl;dm - Episode 32 - The James D'Amato Special!

    tl;dm - Episode 32 - The James D'Amato Special!

    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 in and run a published adventure as opposed to a homebrew one, and use that as a springboard to segue into their experience running a CR 23 head-to-head cage match against the legendary Acererak.
    James also talks about aspects of personal play and how they apply on both the player and DM side. Conveniently, the OneShot host and podcast aficionado has written an entire book of personal play prompts and avenues ("The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide" - check it out!). James gives us some teasers from the book and the trio talk about how personal play can add to the roleplaying experience at the table.

    • 57 min
    tl;dm - Episode 31 - Campaign Catchup

    tl;dm - Episode 31 - Campaign Catchup

    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.
    There are, OF COURSE, some tangents. The pair talk about their go-to DnD characters/classes and what they enjoy most about those archetypes.
    But the main focus of Episode 31 is creating powerful moments across all levels. Cinematic moments of play that become tense or heroic or "oh shit" moments at the table. The kinds that make memories that last and that have the players leaving the table want to retell those stories later on.

    • 46 min

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