Category Archives: Advice

Mike Shea Interview – Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master



Mike Shea Interview a.k.a Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

It’s the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, or first time on the show for Mike Shea, also know as Sly Flourish on the Twitters. Mike’s books about how to get the most out of the game prep and spend less time doing it have been an inspiration to many hard-pressed GMs, and the lads take a dive into his secrets and tease out details on how you can be smarter about your downtime activities while making your games at the table more awesome.

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Games You Should Have Too



Episode 144 – Games You Should Have Too

In a continuation of last episode, the lads go through a veritable cornucopia of games that you should consider looking at, to round out your roleplaying chops. If you’re looking for inspiration or fancy broadening your horizons, get your earballs round this episode covering settings, GM advice, adventure support, art & layout and much more!

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Games You Should Have



Episode 144 – Games You Should Have

The lads have been listening to other podcasts and hearing their thoughts on systems, creating a Frankenstein’s monster of a game etc. and reminded of all the sections they have done on particular parts of games. It seemed about time to draw some of this together and go through a variety of games people should have in their collections for a more well rounded view of the gaming world. So, get ready to draw up a shopping list as The Smart Party rattle through a bunch of mechanics and games you might want to purchase to make your gaming life better.

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Role+Play+Game



Episode 135 – Role+Play+Game
(aka I Want to Roll Dice in the First Half Hour)

Due to the plague, the lads have drafted in a Stunt Baz for this episode, but it’s a goodie! Guy Milner off of the Burn After Running blog joins Gaz to talk about rolling dice and all elements of the Roll plus Game plus Playing hobby. Some top tips on using dice in your games and what to think about before you even start.

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It’s a Kind of Magic



Episode 131 – It’s a Kind of Magic
(aka Have You Spelled it Right?)

Magical energies suffuse the ‘cast this time as the lads discuss magic in gaming. Sure, you can have mystical power, but at what price? How have the different iterations of D&D handled magic and did they get it right? All this and more awaits your summoning spell.

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Reviewing GM Advice



Episode 127 – Reviewing GM Advice
(aka “I’m the Unknown Stunt Man”)

There’s plenty of GM advice out there in roleplaying land, but what about advice on the advice? This time on the ‘cast, Gaz is joined by the Lee Majors of roleplaying, Dirk the Dice, from the Grognard Files Podcast to discuss sources of GM advice. From the ancient tomes handed down by Gygax himself, to the latest hot takes from blogs and the internet, our scholarly heroes delve into the dungeons to bring out the shimmering gems of golden advice.

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One Shots



Episode 126 – One Shots
(aka “All I Need Is One Good Shot”)

In these times of muchos online play, virtual conventions and more, it’s worth taking time to reflect on how to put together a decent one shot game and tips on playing or running. This time Gaz and Stunt Baz (Guy) talk through some expert advice on setting up your one shot games, garnered from many years of trial and error. Join the lads as they lay out what to do with your one shot slots, whether as a first timer or older hand looking for new tidbits!

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Negotiating D&D



Episode 124 – Negotiating D&D
(aka “Nicole, please don’t @ me”)

There’s more than one way round a problem, and this week the gents are joined by Dmitry Grozoubinski – an expert in negotiation and trade – to discuss how GMs and players can negotiate a session. The role of NPCs in a session, giving players what they want, the role of streaming games and the wealth of players on Reddit are discussed, among many interesting topics.

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Burnout



Episode 122 – Burnout
(aka It’s Not Me, It’s You)

The global pandemic is biting and it’s entirely possible folk are getting a little run down. This time the lads talk through burnout. What is it and what can be done? Are you just fed up for now and need a break, or is there something different going on? Settle into your favourite quiet space dear listeners, and let the old hands give you some words of advice.

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Online Gaming Advice



Episode 120 – Online Gaming Advice
(aka Can You Hear Me?)

Everywhere is on lockdown, but where there’s challenge, there’s opportunity. Baz and Gaz talk through the mysteries and vagaries of taking your RPGs online. How do you even get started? Where do you go to find a game? Why is everyone wearing headphones? Find out the answers to theses and many other question in this episode.

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