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The complete podcast of Sly Flourish, the Lazy Dungeon Master. Building the better D&D dungeon master.

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The complete podcast of Sly Flourish, the Lazy Dungeon Master. Building the better D&D dungeon master.

    Running Hordes: Guidelines for D&D Battles with Hundreds of Monsters

    Running Hordes: Guidelines for D&D Battles with Hundreds of Monsters

    Mike offers guidelines for running huge hordes of monsters in D&D and looks at a number of alternative approaches.
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    Podcast Contents
    00:00 Intro
    00:41 Mike's recommended horde system
    05:03 Why we care about horde guidelines
    05:58 Mike's criteria for good horde guidelines
    06:54 Horde guidelines from the Dungeon Master's Guide (Chap 8, Pg 250)
    08:26 4e D&D style minions
    09:38 Single-stat-block hordes
    10:36 5e Hardcore Mode's horde guidelines
    12:09 13th Age mook rules
    13:25 Mike's recommended horde guidelines review
    15:53 Problems with Mike's horde guidelines
    18:14 The importance of horde guidelines for D&D

    • 19 min
    DM Deep Dive on Skill Challenges with Teos Abadia

    DM Deep Dive on Skill Challenges with Teos Abadia

    Mike chats with Teos Abadia about D&D skill challenges!
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    Mastering Dungeons
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Frostmaiden Session 8: House of the Triad Finale

    Frostmaiden Session 8: House of the Triad Finale

    Mike prepares for his latest session of Icewind Dale, Rime of the Frostmaiden!
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    Notion Frostmaiden Campaign Notebook
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    • 58 min
    Ability Checks, Failing Forward, and Succeeding with a Cost

    Ability Checks, Failing Forward, and Succeeding with a Cost

    Mike gives a short talk about ability checks, failing forward, and succeeding with a cost.
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    Podcast Contents:
    00:00 Intro
    00:38 The core mechanic of D&D
    01:35 You don't need an ability check for easy stuff
    02:02 Easy steps to choose a DC
    03:04 DCs don't change based on the character's abilities
    03:52 The power of improvising ability checks
    04:32 Ability checks in complicated situations
    07:08 Understand the in-world situation instead of focusing on mechanics
    09:09 Asking for a check without a DC to see if they succeed at a cost
    10:45 The improvisational power of ability checks, succeeding at a cost, and failing forward

    • 12 min
    Frostmaiden Session 7: House of the Triad

    Frostmaiden Session 7: House of the Triad

    Mike prepares for his latest session of Icewind Dale, Rime of the Frostmaiden!
    Original Youtube Video
    Notion Frostmaiden Campaign Notebook
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    • 40 min
    Frostmaiden Session 6: Holed Up Finale

    Frostmaiden Session 6: Holed Up Finale

    Mike prepares for his latest session of Icewind Dale, Rime of the Frostmaiden!
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    Notion Frostmaiden Campaign Notebook
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