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💜 Back Capes and Crooks: A 5e Superhero RPG on Kickstarter Today! https://www.critacademy.com/capesandcrooks ENDs 7/29/21 The fantastic Youtuber and Dungeons and Dragons content creator Zipperon Disney joins us to talk Galder's Gazetteer! This is a close personal project of his and we are excited to have him on to share details on the project's jou…
 
The legendary Dungeon Dudes joins Crit Academy to talk about their homebrew world Dungeons of Drakkenheim and its record breaking Kickstarter project! If you don't know, Dungeons of Drakkenheim follows the conflict and comedy-filled adventures of a brash prince, a streetwise survivor, and a meddlesome mage as they confront monsters and mystery in t…
 
Do you love superheroes? Do you want to play your favorite classic hero or build a unique hero of your own design? Then Capes & Crooks is for you! We are super excited to spend this episode talking about our Kickstarter Capes & Crooks: A 5e Superhero RPG. NOW LIVE on Kickstarter! Become our HERO! Back us today and help bring this SUPER world to lif…
 
What is the most versatile class in D&D? We asked ourselves this question. As there are many subclasses builds in D&D5e, we decided to look at the classes from a high level to determine which class was most versatile in the game. For this, we needed to define some criteria on what it means to be versatile in Dungeons & Dragons. We opted for 5 key c…
 
Crit Academy discusses the Top 5 Alternative Ways to use Dungeons & Dragons Spells. Whether as a player character or as a monster, there is a multitude of alternative ways to use D&D spells. Thinking outside the box helps us come up with new and interesting ways to enhance our stories and campaigns. 📒 Show Notes: www.critacademy.com/post/episode223…
 
Crit Academy discusses Plane Shifting in D&D 5elive from Dungeon Con Online. This event was hosted and sponsored by Goodman Games, Kobold Press and DMsguild. What is Plane Shift? Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering are two different games, but that doesn’t mean their multiverses can’t meet. In fact, Wizards has already started plane shiftin…
 
The Complete Armorer's Handbook is a 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons supplement for upgrading weapons and armor. Inside this best-selling DMsguild product is a comprehensive modular framework that allows characters to improve their equipment as they see fit by seeking out craftsmen and spending some coin! Chapter 1 covers nonmagical upgrades, whic…
 
Crit Academy dives into the article 7 Most Common Mistakes DMs and Players Make in 5e D&D from https://dungeonsmaster.com/ We are also joined by Aelx Bomb to get her thoughts on this article as well as a sneak peek into the new Initiative & intrigue actual play podcast that launches Friday May 21st. Watch the first episode here! https://www.youtube…
 
Crit Academy is joined by special guest Anthony Thomas. Creator of the Sages of Forgotten Realms Community a Dungeons and Dragons Facebook group focused on the sharing of the D&D Forgotten Realms Setting. Today we talk about one of D&D's most notorious monsters, the Hag. 📢 Visit Sages of Forgotten Realms 📒 Show Notes: www.critacademy.com/post/episo…
 
The Homebrew is a Dungeons and Dragons actual play podcast that takes their game into the future. Filled with veteran Dungeons & Dragons players who love phenomenal stories, endearing characters, and a good adventure. They are currently engaged in a slightly re-imagined 5th Edition Sci-Fi campaign called “Absurdism & A Millennium Abroad". 📢 Product…
 
Crit Academy discusses the myriad of different Roleplaying Adventures types. Fortunately for us, Martin Rayla over at the Gnome Stew Gaming Blog already tossed a great list for us to delve into. Below is a list of some of our favorite types. You can find the full list from Martin's post here. 📒 Show Notes: www.critacademy.com/post/episode217 Sponso…
 
Witiker's Well of Wondrous Magic Items Magic permeates the fantasy world and is at the core of sword and sorcery games. Magic comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from powerful artifacts that keep cities afloat in the sky, to a magical blade that bursts into flame with a simple command word. Adventuring is dangerous work, and it is almost a guar…
 
Foundry VTT What is a virtual tabletop, or “VTT”? For our purposes, is an all-in-one solution for using the internet to play tabletop RPGs. When you use a VTT, you can play Dungeons and Dragons or almost any other RPG with your friends without needing to be sitting at the same table. This makes it viable to play with long-distance or socially dista…
 
Candlekeep Mysteries: Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Book Candlekeep attracts scholars like a flame attracts moths. Historians, sages, and others who crave knowledge flock to this library fortress to peruse its vast collection of books, scribbled into which are the answers to the mysteries that bedevil them. Many of these books contain their own myst…
 
In Dungeons and Dragons the game transitions from local problems to national problems to global problems. Eventually, your characters build renown and recognition with those around the world. Strongholds and Followers seeks to recreate an old-school style of play, giving the players reasons to build strongholds such as castles and interact with tho…
 
Let’s be honest, there are few who haven’t heard of Star Wars. Whether you’re an older fan of the originals or a new fan brought in by some of the newest movies and games. Either way, the world and setting are pretty well known. A story and setting set in a galaxy far far away. The fantastic thing about D&D 5e is that it is so versatile. Well, a su…
 
Inspiration is a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition rule the game master can use to reward you for playing your character in a way that's true to his or her personality traits, ideal, bond, and flaw. By using inspiration, you can draw on your personality trait of compassion for the downtrodden to give you an edge in negotiating with the Beggar Prince…
 
The chanting of the crowds, the stench of sweat, blood, and fear, and the howls of the dying fill the arenas of the Dungeons and Dragons world. Those with the courage to step on the field can find fame and fortune or brutal defeat. Death looks on in hunger, waiting to snatch another soul from the crimson sands to feed to its dark mistress. In the f…
 
Crit Academy is joined by best-selling author Remley Farr. Remley has worked on many successful Dungeons and Dragons adventures, you may know his work from 'The Madhouse of Tasha's Kiss' or 'Happy Jack's Funhouse'. In this episode, he shares with us his adventure writing process, specifically his Weekend Oneshot Challenge. This is an RPG writing ev…
 
In this episode, Crit Academy discusses the newest Wizards of the Coast Dungeons and Dragons playtest material, Gothic Lineages. The newest Unearthed Arcana brings forward three new racial features. Unlike the traditional fantastical races, your racial traits and features are determined by your lineage chosen. Not the race that you start off as or …
 
The world of Dungeons and Dragons is packed with a variety of sentient races. The diversity of these races is what makes the world such a unique place. Cultures, personalities, behavior, etc. Each one is unique for each race. Beyond that, each race even breaks off into subraces based on location, history, wants, and desires. Volo's Complete Subrace…
 
Today we talk with James Introcaso about one of his most recent projects, My Dad's Monster Manual. This fabulous collection of monsters a straight from the imagination of his dad's mind. From the time James was a kid, his father created original stories using his toys. Now as a professional game designer, he asked his dad to look at just the art fr…
 
Crit Academy discusses 5 Worldbuilding Faction Tips from Roc Humet over at World Anvil! Organizations are extremely important in any setting. Governments, companies, religions… they’re the ones who rule over your world. They set things in motion. They DO things! And more importantly, they’re utterly memorable for your players and readers and give c…
 
Crit Academy discusses Armament Quests. While finding magical items and loot in treasure chests, dropped by defeated foes, or even gifted as a reward for great deeds. Nothing is as exciting as venturing out to gather unique materials and perform supernatural rituals to create magical weapons and armor. These special quests give the player character…
 
Crit Academy is joined by the legendary Dungeons and Dragons writer and content creator Mike Shea, aka Sly Flourish. Mike shares some of his greatest techniques for being a great Dungeon Master, with as little time investment as possible! Perfect for busy adults! All from his invaluable books "The Lazy Dungeon Master." Visit Sly Flourish Here! 📢 Pr…
 
Crit Academy discusses D&Destiny. A free tabletop role-playing game based on the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition ruleset. Bringing the exciting world-hopping, gun-toting Destiny experience to your tabletop. Below you will find brief talking points that we pulled from the Dungeons and Destiny's Player guide. This thorough and well-written supplemen…
 
Crit Academy is joined by special guests Ryan and Rob from the Dungeons and Dragons actual play podcast 'Unlikely Heroes'. They tell us about their popular show and share tips on improvisation in roleplaying games. Unlikely Heroes is a goofy, NSFW podcast very loosely based on the game mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons (5e). That means we roll dice s…
 
Crit Academy is joined by the live audience. We discuss the 5 room dungeon building methodology, and take suggestions from the audience to help bring a concept to life! Together, we make a fantastic dungeon to the delight or potential misery of our players. Show Notes: This episode is brought to you by our generous sponsor, Kobold Press! ❤️ Subscri…
 
Crit Academy discusses Kobold Press' Deep Magic! This collection offers more than 700 new spells for your character or your campaign’s NPCs to enhance the richness of your adventures. That’s 700 new ways to explore, explode, manipulate, disintegrate, and master the fantasy campaign of your choice. When you add in the subclasses, domains, and append…
 
Crit Academy discusses the best-selling Dungeons and Dragons DMsguild supplement 'Dungeon Coach's Spell Tome-Brew Cantrips'. Healing Cantrips for Clerics AND Warlocks? Fixing True Strike? Scaling UP Cantrips to be more Powerful as you Level? This Spell Tome-Brew Series is the Dungeon Coach's homebrew tweaks to the cantrips already in D&D! His examp…
 
Crit Academy discusses the newest Dungeons and Dragons supplement, "Tasha's Cauldron of Everything". The wizard Tasha, whose great works include the spell Tasha's hideous laughter, has gathered bits and bobs of precious lore during her illustrious career as an adventurer. Her enemies wouldn't want these treasured secrets scattered across the multiv…
 
Crit Academy discusses 5th Evolution (5evo): Carbide City! This awesome supplement was developed by Limitless Adventures takes the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons 5e game mechanics and applies them to new genres. This 5evo product brings superheroes to your stories and campaigns! This fantastic supplement is the perfect marriage of comics and r…
 
Crit Academy discusses the newest Dungeons and Dragons playtest material. Unearthed Arcana: Subclasses 5. The two new subclasses; Way of the Ascendant Dragon monk and Drakewarden bring a breath of fresh dragon fire to the Monk and Ranger classes. And as always, we bring you new and creative Dungeons and Dragons content. Unearthed Arcana 2020 Subcla…
 
Crit Academy delves into the vault of the legendary RPG creator Kobold Press! We crack open the Warlock Grimoire 2! Within these dusty pages, uncover the secrets of the world—indeed, of the branches of the multiverse! Collected here are entire lost volumes of esoteric truths. Only for you, the Warlock Grimoire 2! Dark revelations and wondrous testi…
 
Dungeon design in Dungeons and Dragons is hands down one of the most fun aspects of being a Dungeon Master. With it comes the challenge of designing fun dungeons that engage all three pillars of play; exploration, roleplay and combat. We are joined by Matt Whitby, podcaster, Dmsguild writer and youtuber. Together we discuss what goes into making a …
 
Crit Academy is joined by Sam, The Education DM! Sam has been a DM since the mid-80s, and a teacher since the late 90s. He is passionate about Dungeons and Dragons, and Education, and mixing the two. His Facebook page is chock full of informative D&D material. Make sure to give him a follow and a share. He joins us today to talk about his Dump Stat…
 
Crit Academy is joined by the best-selling Dmsguild author Jeff Stevens! He joins us today to discuss his current and first Kickstarter Adventures from the Potbellied Kobold! Let's face it, as game masters we don't always have the time to prepare an adventure for the next gaming session. This isn't our fault, we can't predict what chaos may occur i…
 
Crit Academy discusses Bigby's Handbook of Creative Spell Use! A Dungeons and Dragons supplement designed to provide DMs and Players with powerful spell combinations that will allow you to terrorize your enemies. The handbook includes annotations from the one and only Bigby (character creation of D&D great, Rob Kuntz, and founding member of Greyhaw…
 
Dungeons and Dragons is a game that consists of multiple pillars of play; combat, roleplay and exploration. Crit Academy discusses their best-selling DMsguild product "Challenge Accepted". This adaptation is designed to help enhance all those various challenges in a controlled and structured format called a skill challenge. In many scenarios, our h…
 
Crit Academy discusses Eyes Unclouded an anthology of adventures for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, inspired by classic Japanese animation. Entreat with the Cat King of the Feywild, learn the truth behind a curse affecting an ancient forest, race by airship to find a lost sky fortress and more! Eyes Unclouded is a full-color 180 page digital PDF t…
 
Crit Academy is joined by Gabe and Jeff from the roleplaying game podcast Inter-party Conflict. We discuss the good, bad, and ugly of metagaming in the world of Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games. Metagaming can take many forms. Usually, it will be blatant and obvious, but other times it can be subtle and sometimes it's good, and some…
 
Crit Academy is joined by Zac and Katherine, hosts of the Bite-Sized Gaming Podcast. A round table of DM chuckleheads discuss all things gaming. We discuss their recently launched Kickstarter for Captain Hartchild's Guide to Rare Dragons! A 5th Edition supplement contains 10 unique Dragon's, each with their own personalities, lairs, and minions. Ch…
 
"I WANT BIG BOSS FIGHTS, DAMMIT!" We know exactly how the Angry GM feels on this topic. Luckily, he has solved this problem for us. Crit Academy covers the Angry GM's Paragon Monsters. Epic Dungeons and Dragons boss battles that can leave your players split in twain. Show Notes: https://www.critacademy.com/post/episode-185…
 
Crit Academy discusses Armaments of Legacy, a new Dungeons and Dragons DMsguild supplement to enhance your 5th Edition Game. Don't outgrow. Evolve! Armaments of Legacy expands well-known magical weapons, armor, and spellcasting items, transforming them into storied relics that evolve and grow alongside your characters. This product provides the fol…
 
In Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop roleplaying games in general, storytelling is a prime focus. Through the stories being woven by the Game Masters, characters created by the players, and their actions a wonderful collaborative story is created. Crit Academy delves into a collection of core storytelling rules by one of the greatest storytelling b…
 
Crit Academy discusses the AI Dungeon. A text adventure roleplaying game that builds a story on the fly based on the player's input. The program's Artificial Intelligence system pulls data from all over the internet to build and respond to the user, creating a cooperative story. This is a fun and engaging resource of any Dungeons and Dragons Dungeo…
 
Crit Academy discuss and share some samples for their upcoming Memorable Monsters - A 5th Edition Resource to Monsters and NPCs Kickstarter Project. Memorable Monsters is a tome of unforgettable monsters and villains for your stories and campaigns! For when you need more than just stat blocks, our Memorable Monsters book contains unique and memorab…
 
Crit Academy covers the newest Unearthed Arcana: Feats. Released 7/13/20 this new collection of feats for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons offers a way to become better at something or to gain a whole new ability. Many of these new feats include limited to access to class features. Much like the Martial Adept feature in the Player's Handbook. Pick …
 
Crit Academy is joined by special guest Keith Ammann to discuss his newest book. Live to Tell the Tale: An Introduction to Combat Tactics for Dungeons and Dragons Players. A 77-page book that examines combat roles, class features, party composition, positioning, debilitating conditions, attacking combinations, action economy, and the ever-important…
 
Crit Academy discusses Total Party Kill Games Recovery Dice Options: Introduced in Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition, Recovery Dice, otherwise known as Hit Dice, allows a character to recover hit points without the need for healing potions or cure wounds spells. This serves to extend the adventuring day by delaying the party’s need to return to ci…
 
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