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Episode 11: Genetically Engineering the Perfect Player
Hey everyone, we are back from our quasi-impromptu hiatus with an episode all about getting and keeping players! We talk about scheduling, player-group composition, and which traps and pitfalls are best for ensuring that your players keep coming back to your game week after week because they can’t escape! Monster of the Week: Fire Giants (So big! So hot!!)
Episode 10: Big Bad Con
Welcome to our Big Bad Con episode! We had a great time there, and interviewed some wonderful folks, including the founder of Big Bad Con, Sean Nitner! Interviewees: Brian Thomas Ian Norris Dev Purkayastha Sean Nitner
Episode 9: A Creature of Unutterable Foulness
We’re not dead!! We’re alive!! Kind of! Undead, maybe!! But we’re back, and we’re bringing you Episode 9 of Carpe DM! This episode, we talk about plotting out your first adventure arc, and reveal the secrets of the Turtle Mountain Harvest Festival! We also talk to our friend Noah about balance in games, and about how to give PCs leeway to build parts of the world! Monster of the Week: The Cockatrice, about which many terrible jokes are almost made.
Episode 8 (Actually 7.5): Turtle Cartography
In this episode, the gang puts together a map for Turtle Mountain itself, pointing at some of the interesting things that players will explore. We talk about the importance of blank spaces, vantage points, and how Disneyland can guide your map-making. No monster of the week this week, unfortunately!
Episode 7: And Then It Eats You
Hey everyone, welcome to the (slightly belated) Episode 7. We split this one up into two eps for technical and content reasons, so 7.5 is coming out next week. This week, we're talking specifically about making NPCs for Meredith's Turtle Mountain campaign.
Episode 6: Moaning in Ogre (Monsters)
Welcome to Episode 6 of Carpe DM. In this episode, we talk about the monsters that infest the various worlds of Dungeons and Dragons. How to read stat-blocks, choose monsters for encounters, and make monsters unique and memorable! Is a Zombie Ogre an ogre who's a zombie, or a zombie who's an ogre? We literally never find out.
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I love the turtle
I want to play in this world!
Great for beginners
I have been looking for resources to grow as a dm because I am new to this side of the screen. This does a great job explaining how to start and they are fun to listen to!
Fantastic podcast for D&D beginners!
Alexei Othenin-Girard and Chris Hockabout thoughtfully, hilariously, and lovingly guide Meredith SK through the intimidating process of growing from a player to a Dungeon Master. Alexei's and Chris's advice is solid and Meredith is a smart beginner whose fresh questions point out places often skipped by experts because they have forgotten what it was like to encounter D&D for the first time. Using the 5e Dungeon Master Guide chapters as an outline of the podcast and recurring segments like "Monster of the Week" give the show a strong direction and make it the ideal resource for gamers who are ready to try their hand at DMing!