14 episodes

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, bitesize mix of thought-provoking analysis and humorous anecdotes!

All music by Kevin MacLeod!

Icon art by Beiukco: IG Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Beiuk)

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, bitesize mix of thought-provoking analysis and humorous anecdotes!

All music by Kevin MacLeod!

Icon art by Beiukco: IG Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Beiuk)

    Podcasts

    Podcasts

    In this meta-episode we find ourselves discussing "Podcasts". I'm joined by Mike Hibbert (@MikeHDnD), who has been in the TTRPG and board game space for 40 years, and had 1000 listeners on his first podcast 15 years ago. We approach the topic from both general and D&D perspectives, discussing them as a creative medium alongside the gotchas of producing actual-plays and the responsibility of celebrity status it might bring. If you've thought about DMing or podcasting before, listen to the irony of us "umm"ing and "errrr"ing through a discussion on filler words and feel much better about yourself!



    03:02 - The value of podcasts
    06:33 - How podcasting has(n't) changed
    11:09 - The "joys" of editing
    19:11 - Concessions of actual-play podcasts
    27:26 - What defines the quality of actual-plays and how they differ from private games
    46:55 - Improvised versus scripted
    54:49 - Alternative shows

    Find Mike (@MikeHDnD) on:


    His website (https://mikehdnd.carrd.co/)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/MikeHDnD)

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    Referenced Podcasts:


    Dice and Desire
    Roll the Damn Dice
    Dice & Die
    Roll Britannia
    Intelligence Check
    Not Another D&D Podcast
    Dads & Dragons
    Bellingcat
    "Tunnel 29" episode of Intrigue by BBC Radio 4

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Homebrew

    Homebrew

    This episode is all about homebrew, and once again we manage to squeeze a surprising amount into a single hour. I'm joined by Kyle Wagner-Totty (@MrBakudan), a DMs Guild author with seven published products! If you've ever had any questions about homebrewing for D&D 5e then this is the episode for you. From balance to publishing, you're bound to find something in here. Kyle is kind enough to share his wisdom and perhaps the biggest curveball, that subclasses are the easiest thing to make!


    02:41 - Differences between "private" and "public"
    14:17 - The tribulations of publishing
    19:54 - Balancing homebrew
    32:44 - Design approach: bottom up or top down
    48:40 - Spell and item creation
    59:20 - Homebrewing subclasses

    Find Kyle on:


    Twitter (https://twitter.com/MrBakudan)
    DMs Guild (https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?author=Kyle%20Wagner-Totty)

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    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
    Time

    Time

    Back on home turf with Tim Hill who plays Ulrik in our actual-play podcast Dungeons, Dice, and Dudes. In this episode we discuss not only the mechanical impact of time in-universe on topics such as split parties, but also all the way up to the metaphysical ramifications of our endless march towards entropy. Hey, bet you never thought you'd get that from a D&D podcast!


    06:24 - Time: the rubber band resource
    18:53 - Should you skip the boring parts?
    22:43 - Reconciling a split party
    28:33 - Gaining experience by spending time together
    38:00 - Character age and class disparity
    45:31 - Alternative rules for rests & levelling
    57:58 - Entropy; how to spend your time wisely

    Find the gang on:


    Tim on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/timlington737/
    Simon (Frederick & Gideon in DD&D) features on the Happiness episode
    Nathan (the DM of DD&D) features on the Macro episode

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Structure

    Structure

    The first European episode! Despite the relatively benign sounding topic of "Structure", Ian (@thefoolishswamidm) and I discuss many thoughtful and deep topics, such as empathy, care, and responsibility. In this episode you can learn how to structure both your one shots and longer-form campaigns, how to set player expectations both "in-universe" and at the table, and how both those approaches serve different needs. If you want to hear me have quite a candid introspection, then this is the episode for you!


    05:05 - How to tell a compelling short-form story through structure
    15:16 - Structure & care: two sides of the same coin
    20:41 - Using structure to prepare players for a long-form story
    30:58 - Having a meta-structure to facilitate different types of players
    40:26 - Improvisation while foreshadowing
    46:14 - Why holding up the game structure is a joint responsibility
    53:52 - Rules to support your structure, and not the other way around

    Find Ian (@thefoolishswamidm) on:


    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thefoolishswamidm/)
    'The Nine of Himdal' on DMs Guild (https://www.dmsguild.com/product/337972/The-Nine-of-Himdal)

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    'The Ultimate Guide to 5 Room Dungeons' by Johnn Four
    'Honey Heist' by Grant Howitt
    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 59 min
    Macro

    Macro

    This episode I talk about all the big things with Nathan Briggs, my DM from our Dungeons, Dice, and Dudes actual-play podcast. We discuss how Dungeons & Dragons has changed over the years, from "nerds in the basement" to prime-time, multimillion dollar productions, and what that means for the hobby. The second half is all about prepping and planning at a high level, away from all the muck of combat encounters and fudging dice rolls.


    02:39 - D&D in popular culture and the effect of Critical Role
    23:53 - D&D as a hobby
    33:57 - Macro world/story building
    57:00 - Planning a long-form campaign

    Find Nathan on:


    Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheBriggzy)
    Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/thebriggsy)
    Dungeons, Dice and Dudes (https://linktr.ee/DDandD)

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Emotion

    Emotion

    Another international episode! I found my "Dungeon Master Friend" in Manny, a.k.a Growed Up Geek, who's enthusiasm is infectious. We cover the gamut from DM loneliness and anxiety, all the way up to eliciting those emotional responses from your players. A topic we've talked about plenty before, is the the positive feedback loop in D&D where the more you put in, the more you get out, and Manny puts it really well in this one. I can't effectively communicate it kind of nuance of human experience that we cover in this session. If you're feeling lonely or frustrated with your game, take a listen and find comfort in the fact you're not alone.


    03:23 - D&D - an intrinsically human experience
    07:40 - Player emotions
    15:28 - TTRPGs versus VGRPGs
    24:44 - Emotion in combat
    30:40 - Why people play; scratching that itch
    37:55 - No DM is an island - emotional responsibility
    45:46 - Published adventures - emotional investment
    53:39 - Subverting expectations to surprise and enthral
    58:47 - Differences in player desires

    Find Manny (@Growedupgeek) on:


    Twitter (https://twitter.com/Growedupgeek)
    Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/growedupgeek)
    Mysteries in the Dalelands on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/wilyhobbit)

    Find me on:


    Twitter @Danilo_DnD (https://twitter.com/Danilo_DnD)
    Instagram thinking_critically_dnd (https://www.instagram.com/thinking_critically_dnd/)
    Facebook ThinkingCriticallyDnD (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingCriticallyDnD)

    Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
    Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
    Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

    • 1 hr 11 min

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