259 episodes

RPG veterans and game designers Teos Abadia and Shawn Merwin look at the game and the hobby of D&D from a variety of viewpoints: reporting the news, understanding the business, reviewing the products, and illuminating the design. Whether you’re a fan, a player, a DM, or a designer, Shawn and Teos cover topics of interest to you!

Mastering Dungeons Mastering Dungeons

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RPG veterans and game designers Teos Abadia and Shawn Merwin look at the game and the hobby of D&D from a variety of viewpoints: reporting the news, understanding the business, reviewing the products, and illuminating the design. Whether you’re a fan, a player, a DM, or a designer, Shawn and Teos cover topics of interest to you!

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Adventuring

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Adventuring

    Episode 116 of Mastering Dungeons! 
    This week's main topic: 5E Revisited - Chapter 8 Adventuring! We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold? In our News segment we look at WotC's OGL Response, LEGO and Trivial Pursuit, Mongoose Innovation, and more! Listeners ask us about Compatibility and Settings, the Challenge of Designing for Compatibility, and Adventure-Specific Backgrounds.
    News Segment and Listener Questions 
    00:00 5E Number 1702:32 Compatible Setting?08:45 Compatibility Design Challenge?12:45 Adventure Backgrounds?17:07 WotC OGL25:29 LEGO D&D27:00 Trivial Pursuit28:33 Radical Mongoose31:51 Dicebreaker Finalists33:06 Winter Fantasy34:22 Esper Genesis35:06 Free Elven Tower
    Main Segment: 
    5E Revisited - Chapter 8: Adventuring!
    35:37 Chapter 8 Adventuring37:30 What Should Be Here?47:39 Time48:55 Overland Travel1:00:37 Travel Activities1:05:10 Falling and Suffocating1:11:40 Vision and Light1:14:16 Social Interaction1:16:05 Short + Long Rests1:20:43 Lifestyle + Downtime1:26:58 Shout-Outs
    Thank you for listening! Get the full show notes with links on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    What Is Mastering Dungeons?

    What Is Mastering Dungeons?

    RPG veterans and game designers Teos Abadía and Shawn Merwin look at the game and the hobby of D&D from a variety of viewpoints: reporting the news, understanding the business, reviewing the products, and illuminating the design. 
    Each show typically has three segments:- Listener Questions- Industry News- Main Segment (review, interview, or focused topic)
    Each episode is one podcast on your podcast listening app. On YouTube, we provide each episode as two videos, so you can enjoy the Questions/News and Main segment separately if desired.
    Find our show notes and support our podcast and YouTube efforts:https://www.patreon.com/MasteringDnD 
    Listen to us on your favorite podcast device:https://MasteringDungeons.podbean.com  
    Chat with us on Twitter or Mastodon:https://twitter.com/MasteringDnD https://dice.camp/@MasteringDnD
    Find Shawn:https://twitter.com/shawnmerwin https://ghostfiregaming.com/  
    Find Teos:https://alphastream.org/  https://youtube.com/@AlphastreamRPGhttps://dice.camp/@Alphastream https://twitter.com/Alphastream    
    Mastering Dungeons is a weekly podcast, made with care for your enjoyment.

    • 1 min
    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Using Ability Scores

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Using Ability Scores

    Episode 115 of Mastering Dungeons! 
    This week's main topic: 5E Revisited - Chapter 7 Using Ability Scores! We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold? In our News segment we look at Dragon+ removal, Hasbro selling eOne, 6E OGL rumors, landing a job with Paizo/WotC, and more! Listeners ask us about crafting rules, useful backgrounds, and playtesting.
    News Segment and Listener Questions 00:00 Happy Tofurkey01:35 Crafting Rules?09:52 Useful Backgrounds?14:04 Playtesting?23:55 Dragon+ Removed31:51 Hasbro Selling eOne35:12 6E OGL Rumor43:21 Landing Paizo/WotC Jobs48:16 WizKids Movie Minis
     
    Main Segment: 
    5E Revisited - Chapter 7: Using Ability Scores!
    50:31 Ability Scores54:33 Dump Stats1:03:13 Advantage/Disadvantage1:09:26 Proficiency Bonus1:14:19 Passive Checks1:18:10 Checks and Saving Throws1:20:00 Shout-Outs
    Thank you for listening! Get the full show notes with links on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Feats and Multiclassing

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Feats and Multiclassing

    Episode 114 of Mastering Dungeons! 
    This week's main topic: 5E Revisited - Chapter 6 Customization Options! We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold? In our News segment we look at WotC's new Inclusion Review, Neverwinter's Drow, Kobold Press Hiring, Hasbro Overproducing, and more! Listeners ask us about Art and Subversion, Concise Adventures, and 6E's Audience.
    News Segment and Listener Questions 00:00 Grace and Dignity01:03 Paranoia Gear?02:58 Concise Adventures?10:34 Art and Cooperation?20:31 6E’s Audience?26:03 WotC inclusion Review33:16 Dragonlance on Guild34:16 Neverwinter Drow36:24 Monty Python RPG38:47 Game Master’s Books41:29 Innsmouth Garden Society42:28 Kobold Press Hiring43:06 Hasbro Overproducing?46:17 Collville on Equipment
    Main Segment: 
    5E Revisited - Chapter 6: Customization Options!We look back at the 2014 5E's Feats and Multiclassing. 
    50:11 Is Customization Optional?53:59 Multiclassing’s Past56:03 6E Goals?58:00 5E Multiclassing1:02:54 Proficiency Bonus1:04:23 Spellcasting1:08:22 Feats in 5E1:12:54 Shout-Outs
    Thank you for listening! Get the full show notes with links on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Equipment

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Equipment

    Episode 113 of Mastering Dungeons! 
    This week's main topic: 5E Revisited - Equipment! We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold? In our News segment we look at the D&D Movie rescheduling, the first FR map, NFL player on the DMs Guild, and more! Listeners ask us about non-D&D RPGs and fulfilling campaigns.
    News Segment and Listener Questions 00:00 Thank you02:00 Other RPGs? 09:00 Alex Kammer on Campaigns12:23 Movie Rescheduled13:40 Original FR Map16:18 Roll20 Looks Back19:20 Johnny Stanton22:52 Sandy Pug School24:21 Eternal Night
    Main Segment: 
    5E Revisited - Chapter 5: Equipment!We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold?
    27:57 Why Equipment?38:25 Starting Equipment43:09 6E Options47:38 Living Accounting49:40 Wealth53:41 Armor and Weapons01:06:10 Adventuring Gear01:10:50 Lifestyle01:12:41 Shout-Outs
    Thank you for listening! Get the full show notes with links on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Inspiration and Backgrounds

    Mastering Dungeons - 5E Revisited - Inspiration and Backgrounds

    Episode 112 of Mastering Dungeons! 
    This week's main topic: 5E Revisited - Inspiration and Backgrounds! We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold? In our News segment we look at new D&D movie toys, D&D digital bundles, Flumph shirts, Dragonlance sneak peak, and more! Listeners ask us about Inspiration and One D&D's design audience.
    News Segment and Listener Questions 00:00 MD Goes Indy!03:53 Inspiration Problem?07:18 Design for Players?14:06 Expert Survey Live17:25 New Digital Bundles22:50 Flumph Shirt!24:22 Dragonlance Preview25:50 Movie Toys28:37 Tabletop in Iran29:47 Dicebreaker Awards 
    Main Segment: 
    5E Revisited - Inspiration and Backgrounds!We look back at the 2014 5E Player's Handbook. What have we learned, what would we change, and what might the next edition of D&D hold?
    31:52 Intro33:09 Inspiration57:10 Backgrounds1:10:40 Where to Find Us
    Thank you for listening! Get the full show notes with links on Patreon.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Eadgster ,

A real sleeper (in the best way!)

Wow, I’ve really come to love this podcast over the past few months. Shaun and his guests (shout out to Teos) do such a great job engaging the audience on so many aspects of DND. It’s great to hear from individuals with so much history in the industry and enough of a connection to WoTC to be well informed but not unduly biased. I especially love how much they bring to the conversation as game designers and veterans of the industry. As a DM and fan of the games somewhat tremulous past, all of their conversations are so engaging. And the best part is that they are so modest, unassuming, and companionate towards their guests, industry compatriots and listeners. I can’t believe it took me this long to find and these guys aren’t more celebrated.

toastmilke ,

New DM

I’m in the 2nd year of DMing. This show does the best job of any show, bleh of breaking down game design and the considerations that go into it. It has helped me immensely as DM in making calls during our gaming sessions and considering the impacts of making a certain decision. The group I DM is a mix of new and experienced players so having that is immensely helpful.

rbmcnutt ,

Superb and broad

Shawn does a tremendous job of getting industry stalwarts and newer talent and taking the conversations in enlightening directions. Great for all aspects of the industry.

Updating. Great thoughtful discussions. Love the interaction between Shawn and Teos.

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