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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 Misdirected Mark Productions

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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 – Tasha’s Bonanza 8

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 8

    So what does Tasha's offer for those who are looking for something different with their Wizard? Spells! Arcane Traditions! And Cantrip Formulas? Yep! That's a thing!







    This Episode's Links







    WotC is 75% of Q1 Hasbro profitsD&D Movie filming in Belfast, Ireland. Scenes in Iceland.Draconic Options Survey is upAlternateJeff Goldblum proves life, and D&D, will find a wayPeter Adkison has launched a liveplay called ActorokeSly Flourish on the Dials of Monster Difficulty







    Get In Touch







    Follow Teos at @Alphastream on Twitter and check out his blog at alphastream.org.Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter.Follow the show at @MasteringDnD on Twitter.

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 7

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 7

    After a massive pile of news, Shawn and Teos dive back into Tasha's epic tome, sifting through the enigma wrapped in a mystery shoved in a conundrum schucked into a quandary that is Puzzles as a DM tool!







    This Episode's Links







    New WotC Studio Blog seriesAdam Lee shifts to new WotC positionD&D announces new Organized Play Storyline Campaign, Ravenloft: Mist HuntersUnearthed Arcana: Draconic OptionsD&D Movie Adds Chloe ColemanDragon+ Issue 37 OutWotC Now Directing Some D&D TranslationsJames Haek joins Ghostfire GamingMCDM Releases the Illrigger ClassD&D AL New Releases







    Get In Touch







    Follow Teos at @Alphastream on Twitter and check out his blog at alphastream.org.Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter.Follow the show at @MasteringDnD on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Mastering Dungeons – The Economy of D&D

    Mastering Dungeons – The Economy of D&D

    Shawn and Teos are joined by economist, journalist, and podcaster Tim Harford to talk about the future of Dungeons & Dragons (and the role-playing hobby, in general) from an economic standpoint as well as some insight into the episode of his Cautionary Tale Podcast on 'The Satanic Panic' of the 1980s. The Masters of Dungeons pick the brain of The Undercover Economist in one of the best episodes of all time!







    Tim Harford's Links







    Tim's WebsiteThe Cautionary Tale PodcastTim on Twitter







    Get In Touch







    Follow Teos at @Alphastream on Twitter and check out his blog at alphastream.org.Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter.Follow the show at @MasteringDnD on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 6

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 6

    Get ready to make a deal as Shawn and Teos walk us through the Warlock options in Tasha's. Including new spells, new class options, new eldritch channelling choices, and two new patrons with whom to form dark pacts on the path to power!







    This Episode's Links







    D&D Movie delayed to 2023Venture Maidens Campaign Guide Kickstarter is Live and FundedJVC Parry on Creating a Product - Call From the DeepDeven Rue on Playing a Blind or Visually Impaired CharacterTeos on Owlbear SoupAL ReleasesDDAL10-06 The Fallen Star by Paul GabatEB-15 Dream Eater by Celeste ConowitchLast Stand at Copper Canyon by Stacey Allan

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 5

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 5

    Shawn and Teos work more of their magic on the player side of Tasha's with a breakdown of the Sorcerer options and subclasses. Then they navigate the tricky surroundings of the DM side by checking out the Environmental Hazards section. All this plus the week's D&D news in this episode of Mastering Dungeons!







    This Episode's Links







    PAX Online dates are announced as July 15-18WOTC and Baldman Games open signups for the next Virtual D&D WeekendWizKids announces their largest miniature ever: Tiamat!Ashes of Athas playthroughCheck out @TheOneWorldPod on TwitterKobold Press article: "Trapmaster: Hidden Distractions" by Greg MarksAnother Kobold Press article: "Play with Class: Craft a Cool Cleric" by Celeste Conowitch"How to Build a D&D Cleric Who's Super Fun in a Fight" by DM David







    Get In Touch







    Follow Teos at @Alphastream on Twitter and check out his blog at alphastream.org.Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter.Follow the show at @MasteringDnD on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 4

    Mastering Dungeons – Tasha’s Bonanza 4

    Shhh! The Masters of the Dungeons are breaking down the options for Rogues from Tasha's including the long-awaited Soulknife! Whoops. Got excited there, I forgot we had to stay quiet as we also talk about... Parley. Well, I guess if we're talking, we're talking and we're talking about talking. But how does a player go about parleying with slobbering monstrosities? Find out, here!







    This Episode's Links







    D&D TV Series gets some details!Survey is up for Folk of the FeywildSly Flourish on the “Three-of-Five Collection Quest”Mike Shea apparently also has a blog, and his post this week is on Safety ToolsNew AL Rime Plague of Ancients adventure







    Get In Touch







    Follow Teos at @Alphastream on Twitter and check out his blog at alphastream.org.Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter.Follow the show at @MasteringDnD on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

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.

Wulfdred ,

Nope

Hey Shawn Merwin, racist marketing is always a bad business move. You’re welcome.

StuckintheMuk ,

Don’t bother with the title of the episode

Out of a hour long podcast the first half Shaun talks about all the things he has written. If he is interviewing a creator, he will spend the second half hour telling them about all the things he worked on. He should just post his resume and forget doing a podcast.

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