Hook & Chance is a Dungeons and Dragons advice and game enrichment podcast for players and Dungeon Masters full of entertaining ideas for incredible games!
A More Brutal Bulette
The Bulette is such a cool monster. A deadly tunneling, armored hunter, a leaping surprise attacker, a vicious apex predator. So then why does running one exactly as they allude to feel so lackluster? It turns out the answer may all be in the build-up.
Pacing like a Producer ft. Roz Young
Ever find yourself scrambling to hit the gas, or notice that something is getting stale, but you just can't tell what? Well, this episode is packed with techniques that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. The wisdom comes from the experience of our incredible guest Roz Young, the masterful storyteller of Ready to Roll, a boundary-pushing actual play YouTube series.
A Study in Spectacular Sentient Items
Ever thrown in a sentient item, thinking it would be an epic fantasy moment, only to have it become a joke? Or forgotten? A forgotten joke? Nothing worse. In this episode, we get into how to avoid their pitfalls and what you can do to unleash the many wondrous powers they give not just the heroes of your story, but you as the DM.
We also discuss The Beasts of the Dissonance, an incredible new resource for dark fantasy loving DM's.
Show, Don't Tell ft. Ollo Clark
Those great sessions that are packed with character moments, epic fights, and emotional highs seem almost magical. Well, this episode unlocks a piece of that magic. We talk to Ollo Clark from Escape Plan Games all about how the storytelling concept "show, don't tell" can apply to all the elements of TTRPG's, and help us encourage those memorable moments.
Create a Cult Mystery
If you listened to our last episode, you've got an original cult to grip your players with their twisted, dastardly plans. Well, now it's time to play out those plans. And it's not always easy to prep for a game that needs to give players a plot to unravel, horrifying cult activities, and a captivating villain to lead the way. There are so many missteps that can quickly derail the tension and terror you want to build in these games. That's why in this episode we explore how to use a collection of our resources to create a cult mystery horror adventure by making one ourselves, and we're pretty excited about how it turned out. It's got shadow demons, brood mothers, dark rituals, and more!
Essentials to Crafting a Diabolical Cult
D&D cults have some entertaining details, to be sure. Chanting, robes, and funky daggers are fun for the whole family. But what we've always run into is that beyond this, they're simply another group of evildoers that must be stopped, most likely with a mace to the face. But when we take a look at real cult-like behavior, from the charismatic leaders to the psychological manipulation they use to induct the innocents of your world, they become a force to be reckoned with. Your party is going to need not only their most explosive abilities, but their most cunning words, their most deceitful tactics, and their heaviest moral choices. The real-world details in this episode come from the books Cultish by Amanda Montell and Cults Inside Out by Rick Alan Ross.
Excellent for DMs
I’ve deep-dived into dozens of DM-oriented D&D podcasts, and this one immediately became probably my #1. Very practical, super creative, and their website/patreon has a ton of free accompanying (useful) resources. This podcast deserves waay more attention.
Easily one of my top favorite dm podcasts. Their advice is consistently useful
Nat 20 on creativity check
I’m about a dozen shows in and the ideas keep coming. Lots of great thoughts and new flavor (I’m looking at you Source of Force episode secret weapon). I’ve listened to a few podcasts on DMing and this one is the real deal. Highly recommend for seasoned game masters or if you’re a new player.