14 episodes

"Engineered Adventures is in the business of epic storycraft. Join Pro Game Master Chris each week as he shares legendary tools to level up your Table-Top Role Play Experience. Chris has been playing, game mastering, and engineering professional and casual RPG adventures for over a decade. He combines his optimization experience as a process engineer with his passion for collaborative storytelling to provide a streamlined approach to Table-Top Roleplaying Games. Through practical experience and engaging interviews, Chris shares TTRPG strategies that work. Demystify the world of Dungeons and Dragons, unlock the secrets of roleplay, and don the mantle of Dungeon Mastery. Through a proprietary blend of interviews and solo shows, learn the secrets to skillful game mastering, efficient game prep, and optimized player engagement. You will learn how to start playing DND, how to make engaging characters, and how to get better at roleplay. Learn to structure your own campaigns, and gain advanced DM tips the pros use to keep their sessions epic and engaging. Hit subscribe and let’s start creating masterful stories, both at the table, and in real life. "

Engineered Adventures RPG Talk Podcast Chris

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"Engineered Adventures is in the business of epic storycraft. Join Pro Game Master Chris each week as he shares legendary tools to level up your Table-Top Role Play Experience. Chris has been playing, game mastering, and engineering professional and casual RPG adventures for over a decade. He combines his optimization experience as a process engineer with his passion for collaborative storytelling to provide a streamlined approach to Table-Top Roleplaying Games. Through practical experience and engaging interviews, Chris shares TTRPG strategies that work. Demystify the world of Dungeons and Dragons, unlock the secrets of roleplay, and don the mantle of Dungeon Mastery. Through a proprietary blend of interviews and solo shows, learn the secrets to skillful game mastering, efficient game prep, and optimized player engagement. You will learn how to start playing DND, how to make engaging characters, and how to get better at roleplay. Learn to structure your own campaigns, and gain advanced DM tips the pros use to keep their sessions epic and engaging. Hit subscribe and let’s start creating masterful stories, both at the table, and in real life. "

    014 - Constraints Level Up Creativity

    014 - Constraints Level Up Creativity

    014 - Everyone wants more creativity in their Dungeons and Dragons Games. Cultivate more creativity through constraints. Constraints breed innovation and creativity.

    If necessity is the mother of invention, then constraints are the authors of creativity.

    https://engineeredadventures.com/constraintscreativity/

    It may seem counterintuitive at first, but some of the most powerful works came from the innovations and creativities that came from constraints. You see, constraints limit your options, they make it possible to explore paths less traveled. Along those paths you discover new and innovative. 

    Think about how when nearing a deadline how your work seems to flow. Consider the times when you’re about to hit budget and suddenly new options make things even better than the expensive alternatives. By leveraging smart constraints, you shape the box that lets your creative endeavors flourish. 

    These are the 3 steps I have found to best utilize constraints to improve creativity in my Dungeons and Dragons games. 


    Define your GoalDefine the constraints that focus your efforts toward the goalDefine the functional unit that will drive you to your goal

    • 37 min
    013 - Short Campaign Tips

    013 - Short Campaign Tips

    013 - Short campaigns are like other DND campaigns, but they have a hard deadline. This gives shape to your adventure. Their unique size gives opportunities to explore new styles, genres, and approaches, without locking yourself into a years-long spanning campaign. For Game Masters, they’re great for developing specific skills and techniques. As players, they give you a chance to explore interesting character concepts, with just enough to develop the character, without tying yourself down to a character long term.

    I love short campaigns.

    Show Notes Here:

    https://engineeredadventures.com/shortcampaigns/


    You need to finish on time. To help with that, I give you these 3 skills that help me run effective Short Campaigns:  


    Outline your Adventure Combine multiple motivations Mange Pacing through Clues
    Let me know what you think.

    Also, I just started a Patreon!

    If you want to support me, get in on shaping the dialog, and even join in on some adventures, check it out here!

    https://www.patreon.com/EngineeredAdventures

    • 36 min
    012 - Christian Borchert - My Sound Delve

    012 - Christian Borchert - My Sound Delve

    EP 012 - Equipped with an arsenal of compelling music, an enviable collection of historic miniatures, and an ecosystem of handcrafted terrain, Christian Borchert knows how to make his games a truly epic experience. He’s also the creator of the Soundboard/Dice Rolling App “My Sound Delve” . 

    You can check out the app here:

    https://mysounddelve.com/

    And here’s the Show Notes:

    https://engineeredadventures.com/christianborchert/

    Christian and I had the chance to talk all things RPGs. He understands how to expertly use props, sounds, and other sensory experiences to create magic at the table. We talked all things RPGs, from his time playing DND in the woods as a youth, to designing epic cabin getaway sessions with his friends. He’s got a feel for combining the right things to make truly epic adventures.  

    He also showed off his app, and it’s awesome! 

    He’s combined professional voice talent with innovative sounds to create hundreds of sounds for your games. Each sound is expertly crafted and bursting with creativity to give you everything you need to take your games to the next level. 

    Want to cast fireball? There’s a sound for that. 
    Need something to bring your blue dragon to life? There’s a sound for that too. 

    He’s combined unique languages, realistic casting sounds, catchy phrases, and actual sounds of success to create hundreds of unique sounds. There’s a full roster of sounds, catch phrases, and monsters to illustrate each attack, success, spell, and failure in your games. It really brings the table to life. 

    With integrated dice rolling, a customized scenario builder, and the chance to create your own sounds, My Sound Delve has everything you need to bring your sessions to life with vibrant, fantastical sounds. 

    Please enjoy this lively conversation with the creative genius, Christian Borchert. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    011 - Dream One Shots

    011 - Dream One Shots

    EP 011 - You can’t always have everyone at your games when you want. Sometimes life happens and people need to reschedule. What if you don’t want to play without them, but you don’t want to pull out an entire oneshot for the day?

    Compromise with the Dream One Shot.

    Link to Show Notes: https://engineeredadventures.com/dreamoneshots/

    I love these one shots. They let me explore different perspectives within the story. I can flesh out all the cool worldbuilding bits that lived behind the scenes. It gives my players the chance to take ownership of the fabric of the story, leaving their mark through the internal conflicts they confront throughout the session. Plus, since the adventure pulls on the things you’re already familiar with, it’s often much quicker to prepare for them than a random one shot. 

    Try them out in your game and let me know how it goes. 

    • 26 min
    010 - You're Not as Good as You Want to Be

    010 - You're Not as Good as You Want to Be

    You’re not as good at Dungeons and Dragons as you want to be.
    That’s okay. Don’t let that stop you. Don’t let perfection stop you from enjoying the imperfections along the way.

    Show Notes:
    https://engineeredadventures.com/notasgood/

    It’s not easy to start the path to get better. But you love this craft. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t love the process, if you didn’t love the game. I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned. Maybe it’ll help you too. 

    • 31 min
    009 - My First Dungeon Master - Hamish Sharik

    009 - My First Dungeon Master - Hamish Sharik

    EP 009 - My first session of Dungeons and Dragons started in my cousin’s living room. Riddled with eraser marks, and more than slightly crinkled, I pulled out my character sheet, slightly nervous, kinda excited, waiting to start the game. I played role playing games before, but it was always on a computer.

    This was different.

    This was real life.

    Show Notes: https://engineeredadventures.com/ep009dungeonmasterhamish/

    When my cousin sat down and started the game, the nerves fell away, and I was transported. There was acting, magic, creativity, freedom, expression, laughs, and food. I loved the game. 

    I never stopped playing. 

    That moment sent me on the path to where I am today. This game helped me develop confidence, creativity, flexibility, and group management. As I played over the years, I’ve told really fun stories with friends, colleagues, and family. I started a TTRPG blog, created a podcast, and started running games professionally. 

    There’s nothing quite like tabletop roleplaying games, and I may have never started if it weren’t for my first Dungeon Master, and cousin, Hamish Sharik. 

    As a long time Game Master, Hamish knows his stuff when it comes to Dungeons and Dragons. He incorporates his years of problem solving in the tech sector with his vast Dungeon Mastering experience to bring a professional level of immersion, awareness, and adaptability at the table. We had the chance to chat about how he cultivates those moments at the table. He shares his tips to creating deep immersion, finding inspiration, and fostering roleplay, both as a player and game master. 

    I’m excited to share his insights in Episode 9 of the Engineered Adventures RPG Talk Podcast. 

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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previewf ,

Great for first-timers

This podcast has been a great resource to have as a new player. Chris’s discussions are warm and inviting. It’s helped me feel at home with the world of dnd and excited about getting better!

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Helpful and Informative

As a long time player and new game master, I find this podcast full of great information. I feel like I’m sitting at the table having a conversation with the host and his guests.

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