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A discussion show with different guests each episode. We take a single concept or idea and discuss what that means within the D&D framework to help you get the most out your sessions, whatever side of the screen you sit on. Consider it an NPR-style, variety bucket of thought-provoking analysis and humorous anecdotes!

All music by Kevin MacLeod.

Art by Béi: https://www.beiworkshop.com/

Thinking Critically: A D&D Discussion Danilo Vujevic

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A discussion show with different guests each episode. We take a single concept or idea and discuss what that means within the D&D framework to help you get the most out your sessions, whatever side of the screen you sit on. Consider it an NPR-style, variety bucket of thought-provoking analysis and humorous anecdotes!

All music by Kevin MacLeod.

Art by Béi: https://www.beiworkshop.com/

    New

    New

    Welcome back! Season 4 opens with a self-indulgent, naval gazing look at the new player experience through the eyes of one my players: Matt Street. Matt joined my homebrew campaign in session 0 way back at the beginning of 2019 with his Tortle sorcerer A'Therin Trolldoor. Since then, over six chapters we've lost two players, four PCs and several NPCs. Matt shares his experiences learning D&D 5e from the ground up, having had no TTRPG experience before; the things he wasn't expecting (rekindling childlike joy) and his most surprising takeaways! We talk through the various tips that both jaded DMs such as myself, and virgin players alike can use to aid that onboarding experience. For better and for worse, D&D still has a certain stigma surrounding it, and anything we can do to reduce those barriers and make people comfortable at the table is surely a good thing.


    04:28 - New Player Experience
    15:09 - Digital or Physical for Onboarding
    30:09 - Tips for New Players
    36:16 - Voices and Apprehension
    47:18 - Tales of the Unexpected
    56:35 - D&D: A Unique Experience

    Find Matt on:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mpstreet88
    My stream as Rho: https://www.twitch.tv/thinkingcritically
    My YouTube as Rho: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_BSgazjwyshzo1jazHeaQ

    Find Thinking Critically online: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk

    References:


    'Ability' episode of Thinking Critically
    'Experience' episode of Thinking Critically

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mythology

    Mythology

    For the season final I'm joined by Ramji, DM of The 4th Culture, an Asia-based TTRPG show which focuses on global voices and set in an Asian-influence homebrew world. We discuss global mythology and it's impact on TTRPGs, such as it's inherent euro-centricity and how this has affected published settings and games around the world. At it's core, D&D is collaborative storytelling, so it's more similar to folklore and myths than you might originally think! We go on to discuss tips for creating homebrew mythology, such as leveraging different systems and approaches to world building, along the way sharing our own anecdotes and cultural experiences.


    02:51 - The Difficulty of Mythology in D&D
    13:47 - Digging a Little Deeper
    24:29 - Building In-Game Myths
    37:02 - Telling Stories Through Maps
    42:29 - Telling Stories Through Language
    56:44 - Linked by Humanity

    Find Ramji on:


    The 4th Culture: http://www.t4c.online/

    Find Thinking Critically on:


    Website: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkCritDnD
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_BSgazjwyshzo1jazHeaQ
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thinkingcritically
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thinkingcritically

    References:


    'Monster' episode of Thinking Critically
    'Microscope' by Ben Robbins

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Community

    Community

    This episode features Hope of the eponymous HopeForTTRPGs who shares with me how to build and maintain an active and safe community. She goes through some personal pitfalls and anecdotes of that growth, and the unique challenges it possesses. One thing to remember during it all is to look after, care for, and improve yourself, as nothing is worth getting burned out for. This episode also features me personifying the "grumpy old man shakes fist at [thing]" meme... several times! C O N T E N T


    01:35 - A New Hope: Growth and Sustainability
    12:52 - Discordance
    17:02 - How to Build a Community
    43:35 - Social Networks
    48:58 - Homebrewing Compelling Communities
    56:35 - Staying True to Yourself

    Find Hope on:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hope4TTRPGS
    Discord: https://discord.com/invite/sYpH7vKvJh
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/hopeforttrpgs
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Hope4TTRPGS

    Find Thinking Critically on:


    Website: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkCritDnD
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_BSgazjwyshzo1jazHeaQ
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thinkingcritically
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thinkingcritically

    References:


    Tabletop Journeys
    Eos Rakonto

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dynamics

    Dynamics

    Once again I'm joined by Ian a.k.a TheFoolishSwarmi, this time to talk about the different kind of dynamics in D&D. Most of the episode is focused on the discussion of how D&D is inherently a human experience, and how realising this and efforts to make the game more humane can drastically improve the experience for all at the table, in a safe way. TTRPGs operate in a shared space, and just as every table is unique, every group of players is it's own organism.

    Thank you to everyone who donated to my charity stream, together we made over £600!


    02:32 - How Group Dynamics Affects the Game
    25:16 - The Whole is Greater than the Sum of it's Parts
    38:06 - Party Dynamics and Social Intelligence
    49:18 - Building an Effective Character

    Find Ian on:


    Website: https://www.foolishswami.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefoolishswamidm/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoolishSwami-102107998588962
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/FoolishSwami_DM/
    'The Nine of Himdal' on DMs Guild: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/337972/The-Nine-of-Himdal

    Find Thinking Critically on:


    Website: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkCritDnD
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_BSgazjwyshzo1jazHeaQ
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thinkingcritically
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thinkingcritically

    References:


    'Structure' episode of Thinking Critically

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Assemble

    Assemble

    This episode stars Michael Kesavan, a.k.a. Dead Aussie Gamer, to talk about assembling the best game. Turns out, diversity and versatility are key, both in-universe and out of game. The types of players you have, and the characters they share, creates a unique social biome where we seek acceptance. DAG also takes us through some tips on starting a campaign, and why the negative perception of "starting in a tavern" is misguided.


    3:02 - What if I Told You we were Putting a Team Together?
    13:07 - The Social Biome
    23:50 - Scheduling: The IRL BBEG
    31:18 - Bringing People Together
    42:42 - Everything is Connected
    56:16 - Be Yourself

    Find the Dead Aussie Gamer on:


    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/deadaussiegamer
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/deadaussiegamer
    Ghosts of Saltmarsh: Call of the Kraken: https://youtu.be/R58VFbKemvE
    Descent into Avernus: Blood War:  https://youtu.be/-RKsm-gYQN0
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/deadaussiegamer
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deadaussiegamer/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deadaussiegamer
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/deadaussiegamer

    Charity Stream:


    Charity: https://www.naomihouse.org.uk/
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thinkingcritically
    Donate: https://live.justgiving.com/pages/donate/1750cd4a-0650-4456-b119-ca0c39bf91f7

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Continuity

    Continuity

    This episode I host Jarrod Jahoda and Matt Morris of Mid-Level Adventurers to talk all about maintaining continuity in your TTRPGs. We share many tips DMs can use to maintain internal consistency within their campaigns, as to ensure that verisimilitude and to support your players in suspending their disbelief. However, "no plan survives contact with the enemy" and as such, DMs must find ways to encourage and develop the impact and influence of the party on the world. From a players perspective, we ask the question of how do you develop a rich character who's job is being in mortal danger?


    07:05 - [Internal] Consistency is King
    17:22 - Influence of the Party
    24:21 - Pre-building Campaign Continuity
    32:30 - Maintaining Characters in Mortal Danger
    45:54 - Continuity Errors
    55:22 - The Multiverse

    Find Jarrod and Matt on:


    Mid-level Adventurers: https://midleveladventurer.wixsite.com/home
    Twitch: https://twitch.tv/nuuliforged
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Midlvladventure

    Find Thinking Critically on:


    Website: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThinkCritDnD
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_BSgazjwyshzo1jazHeaQ
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thinkingcritically
    Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/thinkingcritically

    References:


    'Lore' episode of Thinking Critically

    Charity Stream:


    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thinkingcritically
    Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/silver-lining-convergence-gameon

    Patrons:


    Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: https://www.patreon.com/RobertHartleyGM
    Optional Rule @optionalrule: https://www.optionalrule.com/
    Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: https://www.matthewperkins.net/
    Matt Street @mpstreet88: https://www.virtualtimehustle.com/

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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THSKrigs ,

Great discussion and great quality!

Entertaining and insightful. The titles make it easier to find a topic you'd like to hear about, but they're vague enough that the conversation doesn't get dull over its hour runtime. Having a different guest each episode keeps the opinions fresh as well.

I'm also quite impressed with the quality. A lot of smaller and startup podcasts skimp on audio quality, but not this one. It sounds and feels as professional as any podcast I've heard.

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