65 episodes

Each week I talk to a new guest from the TTRPG community about how they got into gaming, their biggest mistakes and triumphs from behind the screen, best advice for new and aspiring DMs, and their amazing work and projects!

I post a new episode each Wednesday, so check for the latest, pick a show that interests you, or start from the beginning!

How Not to DM T4C Studios

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    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Each week I talk to a new guest from the TTRPG community about how they got into gaming, their biggest mistakes and triumphs from behind the screen, best advice for new and aspiring DMs, and their amazing work and projects!

I post a new episode each Wednesday, so check for the latest, pick a show that interests you, or start from the beginning!

    Powerbuilding and Content Creation with Offbeat Outlaw

    Powerbuilding and Content Creation with Offbeat Outlaw

    Offbeat Outlaw is best know for his quirky skits featuring the Forever DM finally getting to play, crazy power builds, and more!
    With a background in acting and performance, they were drawn to the game during the start of the pandemic and have been consumed by DandD and related content ever since!
    Guest Links
    https://www.youtube.com/c/OffbeatOutlaw (YouTube)
    https://www.instagram.com/offbeatoutlaw/ (Instagram)
    https://www.tiktok.com/@offbeatoutlaw (TikTok)
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Sponsor Links
    https://adventuredice.ca/product/dv109001/ (Adventure Dice Advent Calendar - Use Code HN2DM for 10% Off!)
    https://gemmedfirefly.com/collections/dungeon-glitch (Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!)
    https://spoti.fi/3S76r2E (Role to Cast)
    https://www.podcasteditors.online/ (Podcasteditors.online) and http://videoeditors.online/ (Videoeditors.online)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/stardust (Intro) License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04H
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Outro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 57 min
    Kerri Smith of Crossroads Games Excels at Horror

    Kerri Smith of Crossroads Games Excels at Horror

    Kerri, DM for Crossroads Games, can always be found hard at work on her next creative TTRPG stream! She specializes in running lots of different games, types of adventures, and stories! Kerri has a flair for horror and suspense, even through a streamed game medium.
    Guest Links
    https://linktr.ee/KerriSmith2012 (Kerri's Linktree)
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Sponsor Links
    https://www.podcasteditors.online/ (Podcasteditors.online) and http://videoeditors.online/ (Videoeditors.online)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/stardust (Intro) License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04H
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Outro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 35 min
    3 Black Halflings Join Derrick to Chat Nerdiness, Representation, and More!

    3 Black Halflings Join Derrick to Chat Nerdiness, Representation, and More!

    3 Black Halflings have taken the TTRPG community by storm with their humor and their willingness to talk frankly and openly about why representation matters in games. Each of them have a unique story of how they got into gaming as well as incredible insights into what makes a good and bad Dungeon Master.
    After you're done listening, check out their own podcast, and also look for more upcoming episodes of "The Wagadu Tales: Curse of the Spider Queen", their totally original world and actual play!
    Guest Links
    https://linktr.ee/TBHalflings (3 Black Halflings Linktree)
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Sponsor Links
    https://gemmedfirefly.com/collections/dungeon-glitch (Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!)
    https://linktr.ee/ffadventureco (Friend and Foe Adventure Co.)
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brambleheartgames/fey-earth (Fey Earth Kickstarter)
    https://www.podcasteditors.online/ (Podcasteditors.online) and http://videoeditors.online/ (Videoeditors.online)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/stardust (Intro) License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04H
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Outro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part Two - Other Mini Games

    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part Two - Other Mini Games

    Enjoy this Quickfire Chaos compilation episode! This is part two, a collection of all of the other talents my guests had like game design, puzzles, traps, and more!
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Recent Guest Spots
    https://youtu.be/KuV_PBhsOCo (Next To Nothing Podcast - Spelljammer, DMing on a Budget, and more!)
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1580029433 (Short Rest - with RobertHartleyGM of Viva La Dirt League)
    https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk/more-mistakes/ (Thinking Critically - More Mistakes with Host Danilo)
    Sponsor Links
    https://gemmedfirefly.com/collections/dungeon-glitch (Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Intro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 50 min
    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part Three - Other Mini Games

    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part Three - Other Mini Games

    Enjoy this Quickfire Chaos compilation episode! This is part three, a collection of all of the other talents my guests had like game design, puzzles, traps, and more!
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Recent Guest Spots
    https://youtu.be/KuV_PBhsOCo (Next To Nothing Podcast - Spelljammer, DMing on a Budget, and more!)
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1580029433 (Short Rest - with RobertHartleyGM of Viva La Dirt League)
    https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk/more-mistakes/ (Thinking Critically - More Mistakes with Host Danilo)
    Sponsor Links
    https://gemmedfirefly.com/collections/dungeon-glitch (Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Intro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 50 min
    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part One - Role-Playing

    Quickfire Chaos Compilation Part One - Role-Playing

    Enjoy this Quickfire Chaos compilation episode! This is part one, a collection of all of the role-playing mini games! Come enjoy all the incredibly talented guests and their role-playing skills!
    How Not to DM Links
    https://linktr.ee/hn2dm (How Not to DM Linktree)
    Sponsor Links
    https://gemmedfirefly.com/collections/dungeon-glitch (Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!)
    Affiliate Links
    https://www.heroforge.com/tap/?ref=hn2dm (Hero Forge)
    https://adventuredice.ca/ (Adventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!)
    https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DM's Guild)
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3072629 (DriveThru RPG)
    Intro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):
    https://uppbeat.io/t/danijel-zambo/game-over (Intro) License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1X
    https://uppbeat.io/t/exekat/bang (Quickfire Chaos Intro) License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNT
    Quickfire Chaos Ambience: https://www.patreon.com/arcaneanthems (Arcane Anthems)
    Support Danijel Zambo:
    https://danijel-zambo.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)
    http://soundcloud.com/danijel-zambo (Soundcloud)
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZD9ri2wmZZPL4qs92sXZX (Spotify)

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Doc Elliott ,

Good content, poorer editing in EARLY episodes.

I’ve enjoyed the guests that have been on, but some of the episodes are cut into each other. It makes for some unfinished interviews and disconnected ideas. It would be nice if you were able to revise some the earlier episodes to make sure they play all the way through. Thanks

EDIT: Kept with the show and it cleans up by season 2. I’d still like to hear some of the missing chunks of early season 1, but Derrick upped his game over time and the is show is top notch.

MattJL93 ,

Great podcast

Wonderful podcast with a very entertaining host. Can’t wait to hear more. Thank you for producing this awesome podcast.

metaltoad ,

TTRPG goodness

How Not to DM is a fantastic podcast which interviews great creators and dives into their history and advice. A large part of the episode comes from the person being interviewed, so if you don’t get the spark the first time through, find another one. Derrick is a thoughtful host and his passion for the hobby holds the space for other creators to really bring their best. Want to improve you DMing? This podcast is for you.

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