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Short, bite-sized Tabletop Role Playing Game advice, tips, and tricks for players and GMs alike. New episodes will release every Sunday!

Taking 20 Podcast Taking 20 Podcast

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Short, bite-sized Tabletop Role Playing Game advice, tips, and tricks for players and GMs alike. New episodes will release every Sunday!

    Ep 78 - Tips for Scene Descriptions

    Ep 78 - Tips for Scene Descriptions

    Do you struggle describing what the characters see?  Do you need a magic method to instantly make you better?  I can't help with that but I can provide a couple of formulas I've used to describe scenes for my players.  Thank you Trevor for the topic idea.

    • 19 min
    Ep 77 - Optional and Crazy Combat Rules That Can Quicken Your Game

    Ep 77 - Optional and Crazy Combat Rules That Can Quicken Your Game

    Is combat getting a little bit...stale?  Are your D&D or Pathfinder combats taking too long and they have become a long battle of hit point attrition, rules research, and having to explain 3 times per round what's going on?  Are you willing to try a few things that are...unconventional?  Well, my good open-minded listener, we talk about 20 ideas in 20 minutes for making combat faster, easier, crazier, and maybe a little better.

    • 19 min
    Ep 76 - Customizing Prewritten Campaigns

    Ep 76 - Customizing Prewritten Campaigns

    Prewritten modules and adventures are a DM's friend.  They are simple, canned documents that you can insert into your world as needed but they're better if you customize them; make them more integrated with your game world, your players' characters, and important NPCs.  Don't know where to get started?  I'm here to help.

    • 18 min
    Ep 75 - Better Backstories

    Ep 75 - Better Backstories

    You're starting a new campaign!  Yay!  Everything is so shiny and new.  Your DM has asked you to come up with a backstory for your dragonborn druid from the high deserts and you have no idea where to begin.  How do I incorporate my backstory into the DM's world?  How can I help my DM create adventures with my backstory?  


    Or you may be a DM who wants to incorporate backstories into the new campaign and you aren't quite sure how to proceed.  Good news everyone!  This episode can help you either way.

    • 17 min
    Ep 74 - Monster Series - Owlbears

    Ep 74 - Monster Series - Owlbears

    Owlbears - one of my favorite monstrosities to throw at my players.  Sneaky ambushers?  Nah.  Subtlety is for chumps.  In this episode we talk about the history of the owlbear, its properties, and how DMs can use them in their campaigns.

    • 16 min
    Ep 73 - Oops the PCs Killed the Big Bad

    Ep 73 - Oops the PCs Killed the Big Bad

    You were looking forward to an antagonist for the PCs that would last a few months.  You had a plan to integrate him into two of the PCs' backstories and for a climactic battle on a volcanic rock.  But the PCs were smart and found a way to kill your big bad earlier than you wanted.  In this episode Jeremy discusses what you should do next and some strategies to keep it from happening in the future.

    • 19 min

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Taking 20 does a great job covering a variety of gaming topics, providing information interestingly with a great sense of humor.

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