Plot Hooks is a podcast focused on the arts of narrative and collaborative storytelling in the world's premier roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. We seek to highlight ways that dungeon masters and players alike can craft immersive narratives in their home campaigns.
PH 58 - Explaining DnD to a 6-YO
Today in the "Prime Material," Samuel is joined by his 6-year-old daughter Izzie and explains Dungeons & Dragons to her! In "The Wilds" segment, Izzie chooses the giant fire beetle!
PH 57 - Life Doesn't Care about Your Level
Today in the "Prime Material," Samuel considers the disconnect between how the challenges of real life come at us regardless of “what level” we’re at, while in TTRPGs the challenges are geared for our level specifically. In "The Wilds" segment, the weretiger! And in "The Tavern," what would you do if the party participated in a sports competition?
PH 56 - Folk of the Feywild
Today in the "Prime Material," Samuel looks at the latest Unearthed Arcana supplement - Folk of the Feywild - and talks storytelling with these incredible new races! In "The Wilds" segment, the hippogriff! And in "The Tavern," what would you do if actions in the Feywild caused things to happen in the Material Plane?
PH 55 - Consequences, not Punishment
Today in the "Prime Material," Samuel looks at the contrast between consequences and punishments from the DM perspective, and how understanding the nuance can help us have better play experiences and tell better stories. In "The Wilds" segment, the carrion crawler! And in "The Tavern," what would you do if a creature needed something strange?
PH 54 - Disaster Hamsters
Today, in a special episode, we preview Disaster Hamsters - Plot Hooks' new DM's Guild supplement which launches on March 14, 2021.
PH 53 - Nautical Storytelling with David Tilstra
Today, I'm joined by David Tilstra, the DM for the nautical actual play From Afar Podcast! Together we dive into the waters of roleplaying on the ocean for today's show! In the "Prime Material," we look at nautical storytelling in general, along with its challenges! In "The Wilds," the classic and epic sea-faring foe: the Sahuagin! And in "The Tavern," what would you were shipwrecked?
Listening to this podcast make you a better DM and player
Not only are the episodes engaging and interesting, almost every week I learn something I didn’t know, consider something I hadn’t considered or grab an idea I hadn’t thought of before.
Steeped in the mantra of collaborative storytelling, this podcast has made me a better DM and player.
On top of all the bit size conversations and ideas every week, time to time there are amazing interviews from amazing people.
A Must-Listen for Any DnD Player
Samuel and Matt are amazing. They convey such useful information in a fun and interesting way! Whether you are a DM or a player, there is a lot to learn from this podcast. I have gotten a TON of great character ideas and adventures to send my party on.
I’ve loved every second of this podcast!!
Wonderful explorations of Fantasy RPG topics.
I love listening to the discussion of ideas easily incorporated in D&D or any fantasy RPG. Some can even be used in any TTRPG regardless of system or genre. Highly recommended.