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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/

    Extinction

    Extinction

    Once again I welcome Lucas Zellers, a.k.a @SparkOtter, as we continue our theme from the Monster episode. We discuss a critical topic as Lucas takes us through his new project: Book of Extinction. The book gives game statistics and lore for D&D 5e, alongside real-world history for some of the world’s most famous extinct animals. The project comes at a critical time as earth’s sixth mass extinction accelerates, with more species likely to disappear in the next 20 years than in the last century alone according to the National Academy of Sciences. We discuss the possibility of society becoming numb to extinction, and how these natural events have inescapably shaped the Monster Manual.


    02:00 - Extinction: The Core of D&D
    08:39 - True Stories Behind Some of the Monster Manual's Extinct Creatures
    23:58 - Dino Discussion
    31:10 - Extinction-Level Events
    38:01 - Content Deprecation
    41:48 - TPE: Total Party Extinction

    Find Lucas on:


    Scintilla Studios: https://scintilla.studio/extinction/
    DriveThru RPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/388997/Book-of-Extinction--Preview
    DMs Guild: https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?author=Lucas%20Zellers
    Mage Hand Press: https://store.magehandpress.com/products/book-of-extinction-preview
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparkotter

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

    References:


    S03E02 'Monster' episode of Thinking Critically
    Center for Biological Diversity: https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/new-dungeons-dragons-book-to-support-endangered-species-protection-2022-04-11/
    Atlas Games - Planegea: https://atlas-games.com/planegea

    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

    • 54 min
    Writing

    Writing

    I'm once again joined by Bart Wynants (a.k.a. @critographer), this time to talk about how to write TTRPGs. As with many tasks, mind set and habit formation is of upmost importance for success. Bart suggests embodying different 'roles' when writing TTRPG content: The "Architect" for big picture, macro level structure. The "Builder" for content creation and putting meat on the bones. And finally, the "Interior Designer" for beautifying and improving the user experience. This compartmentalisation can help forward momentum by focusing on what's important at that time. A unique aspect of writing for TTRPGs is how you have to keep several different kinds of audience in mind: DMs, players, and viewers/consumers. Each type demands unique considerations and concessions - listen to the episode to find the tips you need approach this and find success!


    01:59 - Building the Habit
    11:41 - Writing Reusable Adventures
    20:46 - How Writing for a Module Differs from Prep
    35:31 - Scripting an Actual Play
    51:19 - 'The First Draft is Crap'

    Find Bart on:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/critographer
    Raging Swan Press: https://www.ragingswanpress.com/
    Hansor Publishing — The Gaia Complex: https://thegaiacomplex.com/hansor
    House of the Exorcist: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/375167/House-of-the-Exorcist

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

    References:


    S01 E24 'Fudging' episode of Thinking Critically
    S03 E18 'Kickstarter' 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

    • 59 min
    History

    History

    This episode I'm joined by Andrew & Vesna Gronosky from Shewstone Publishing, who leverage their extensive knowledge to discuss the implications of having a "history" in your TTRPG setting. The different lifespans of races can have a profound impact in their culture and what they consider important enough to record; what happened "a long time ago" to a human can be relatively "yesterday" to an elf. We can use these schisms to drive worldbuilding and roleplay opportunities. Fortunately for us, real life has volumes and volumes of inspiration, and most of the heavy lifting has already been done over the span of human history.


    02:40 - Building on What We Know
    09:42 - Cultural Differences
    17:19 - History is Relative
    23:03 - The Times They are a Changing
    45:06 - Conveying "Facts"
    49:20 - Making History

    Find Andrew & Vesna via Shewstone Publishing on:


    Magonomia, the RPG of Renaissance Wizardry: https://shewstone.com/magonomia
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShewstoneLLC
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShewstonePublishing
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRYQd535twmEZ-8GF1Tt8jg
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/shewstone

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

    References:


    Ars Magica: https://www.atlas-games.com/arsmagica
    Pirenne Thesis (CW: discredited and shaped by anti-Muslim prejudice) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Pirenne
    Beyond Battles presentation, Gen Con Online 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW0YxEnsr8A

    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

    • 58 min
    Canon

    Canon

    This episode features Eli Royall from the We Play RPGs podcast family! We discuss how to establish canon in your setting, and the implications of having a standardised fiction. The second problem is how to communicate this to players and bridge that player/character divide; when a character has lived in the world for 50 years, how can the setting and DM effectively translate that into something players can use to guide their actions?


    05:05 - The Duality of What's Canon
    23:33 - The Player/Character Canon Canyon
    40:02 - Accidental Fiction

    Find Eli on:


    We Play RPGs: https://weplayrpgspodcast.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grumpybadgerdice/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grumpy-Badger-100522935831389
    Royall Artisan Props: https://royallartisanprops.com/

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

    References:


    'Relationships' episode of Thinking Critically
    'Lore' episode of Thinking Critically
    Peach Garden Games

    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
    Flavour

    Flavour

    This spicy episode I'm joined by Fruits from The Homebakery to talk all about flavouring our D&D campaigns. A large portion of the show is spent discussing the different classes and their subclass options, and how their baggage inherently affects the flavour of player characters. We then move on to introducing food and drink into your campaign, and how it's perhaps an often overlooked vehicle for enabling role play opportunities.


    01:38 - Pre-Baked Classes
    10:24 - Impact of Sub-Class on Backstory
    29:15 - Flavourful Campaigns
    34:33 - Fantasy Food & Drink
    42:00 - Flavouring your Role Play
    51:42 - Subversion

    Find Fruits on:


    Website: https://thehomebakery.carrd.co/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_homebakery
    Itch.io: https://itch.io/profile/thehomebakery
    DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/20294/The-Homebakery
    Blog: https://5ehomebakery.blogspot.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/5e_homebakery/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHomebakeryFB/

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

    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

    • 57 min
    Motivation

    Motivation

    Once again I am joined by long time friends of the show and the inimitable hosts of Tabletop Journeys: Josh, Lewanika, and Glen. Their enthusiasm for TTRPGs is infectious and it's such a delight to provide a platform for their passion and talents. This episode about is what galvanises and moves us, as characters, players, and storytellers. It's interesting that PC motivation is not pre-baked in the building process, unlike backgrounds which are almost purely fluff and can sometimes have very little impact on gameplay. This has produced the idea of a "social contract" between players, the DM, and all their characters; an often implicit agreement that we're all in this together to build a great story, but achieving this can be harder than you might expect! The last two-thirds of the show are dedicated to us as human beings and why we love TTRPGs. The answer is as old as the hobby itself: there's no such high as collaborative worldbuilding with friends.


    05:39 - Character Motivation
    33:36 - What Keeps Us Coming Back
    46:06 - Motivated Storytellers

    Find Tabletop Journeys on:


    Website: https://ttjourneys.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ttjourneys
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ttjourneys
    Traveler's Guide to the Multiverse: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/392937/The-Travelers-Guide-to-the-Multiverse
    Traveler's Guide to Collaborative Worldbuilding: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/380254/The-Travelers-Guide-to-Collaborative-Worldbuilding

    Find Thinking Critically online: https://www.thinkingcritically.co.uk and also now on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thinkingcritically

    References:


    'Space' and 'Items' episodes 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 6 min

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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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