200 episodes

Total Party Thrill is a podcast for GMs and players where we discuss our campaigns in order to inspire yours. We draw heavily from a 3-year, level 1-20 D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th Edition Eberron campaign. Each episode covers a particular aspect of game planning and playing, and we share tips and advice drawn from our own experience. Then follow us into the Character Creation Forge, where we build iconic character archetypes from outside traditional D&D using the D&D 5E rules. Follow us on Twitter: @TPTCast

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Total Party Thrill is a podcast for GMs and players where we discuss our campaigns in order to inspire yours. We draw heavily from a 3-year, level 1-20 D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5th Edition Eberron campaign. Each episode covers a particular aspect of game planning and playing, and we share tips and advice drawn from our own experience. Then follow us into the Character Creation Forge, where we build iconic character archetypes from outside traditional D&D using the D&D 5E rules. Follow us on Twitter: @TPTCast

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Icosahedron20 ,

Sitting With Friends at the Game Store Talking

I'm only 50 episodes in, but already I can say I've implemented at least half-dozen suggestions and topics they've talked about. I haven't had that much inspiration and many ideas from a single source in a long time.

Shane and I-HSien complement each other well, and their banter is not (too) distracting. Their advice is valuable, and comes from experience. They definitely have preferences for styles of play that come through in their advice, but their opinions don't invalidate other perspectives and they acknowledge the other views.

Their campaign summary of Eberron is perhaps the most understated segment, but it often germinates more ideas for me than the advice does. However, I am constantly energized by the Character Creation Forge also, using it to construct NPCe enemies for my players.

Also, the little details like the bloopers/edits at the beginning and the name of the Mundangerous lair from which they are recording are nice touches that help the immersion.

Best thing I can say is that it's like sitting with a couple of friends at the game store and just talking.

Nael Simmerhorn ,

Great work on the MCU

As usual, great work guys. The podcast I recommend the most.
Another interesting system for superhero style play that is not mechanics heavy but allows for flavor is actually Phoenix Dawn Command.
Super humans with very superhero focused “schools” for the phoenixes.
It’s an interesting campaign world, too, if you’re looking for worlds to explore.
And it’s not like superheroes aren’t CONSTANTLY coming back from the dead anyway.

gonzobanjo ,

A Consistent Source of Inspiration

I started running a D&D 5e campaign for some friends at work about a year and a half ago. Most of the players were new to tabletop gaming, but I had played a bit of 3.5 in college, so I agreed to GM. I reached out to my gaming friends for advice on something worth listening to for inspiration, and TPT came up. A few episodes in, and I was hooked. Now I’ve listened to every episode, many of them multiple times.

They nail down their format early on and stick to it, dividing (almost) every episode into four tidy sections (industry news, campaign recap, main topic, character creation). The topics they choose are varied enough that I can always find at least a couple of episodes to listen to that will tie in with whatever I’m planning for the week. The recap of their home campaigns is surprisingly engaging (no offense intended; I just know how people’s eyes sometimes glaze over when I tell what I think is an epic story from my table), and the Mourning Glory Campaign was a direct inspiration for my deciding to use some GM magic and transport my campaign from a homebrew setting to Eberron when my second child was born and I needed to lighten my workload. Thanks to the Character Creation Forge, I have a binder full of characters I (now the forever GM) will probably never get to play.

If you are at all interested in D&D or tabletop gaming in general, whether you’re a player or a game master, I strongly encourage you to give TPT a shot. I’ve listened to many, many gaming podcasts at this point, and none have come close to this one.

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