It is upon this fine occasion that your liege-lords Jackson and Daniel have decreed that they shall discuss the finer points of chivalric value. The journey of the knightly archetype from Arthurian legend to the Paladins of D&D shall be charted, so that you too may walk the path of the righteous.
And lo, your hosts shall also guide you into temptation:
This week Jackson and Daniel are riffing off of their world-building episode from the days of yore. The topic this week is tropes associated with fantasy races; why they exist, and how you can play with them to make a fantasy world your own.
If that description sounds a little esoteric, that’s because it is! Enjoy!
There are, as always, recommendations waiting for you at the end… or right here:
This week you should play Guilty Gear Xrd
This week you should definitely watch Bojack Horseman season 3
This week you should read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Also, as promised, here is the article that inspired this week’s episode:
This week, Jackson and Daniel have fallen down a D&D hole. The only way they can dig themselves out is by talking about the game, so that’s what they did. Both of them have been building characters a lot recently, and that’s what’s on the discussion table this week.
They cover their building processes, discuss various popular archetypes, and vent a little about what kind of characters they find irritating. If you are interested in picking up Dungeons and Dragons as a player, but are having trouble getting started, this is the podcast for you!
As always, you get some sweet recommendations as well:
Welcome back to the ongoing saga of fantasy tropes. I feel like this continuing odyssey could be seen as a meta-commentary on the size and scope of most fantasy epics… But I might be overthinking things. Anyways, from ancient fables to How to Train Your Dragon, there are few creatures that are more readily associated with fantasy than the dragon. This week Jackson and Daniel take a look at the origins of the winged beasts, some of their finest appearances, and what makes a dragon an effective character.
Startlingly, none of the recommendations this week are dragon related:
This week you should play Smite
This week you should read The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
This week you should watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jackson and Daniel have game mastering on the brain and they channel this energy into a podcast about that oldest of game master tools, the dungeon. Whether it is in tabletop games or video games, dungeons are an important part of many immersive playing experiences. But just because they’re everywhere, does it mean they should be? Our hosts dive into how to use a dungeon well and what you should/shouldn’t do when creating one for your players.
To keep you company in the lightless depths of the podcast, we recommend some choice media:
This week you should watch House of Cards
This week you should play Besieged
This week you should read America: Democracy in Action (because we’re really going to miss Jon Stewart)
This week Jackson and Daniel talk about goblins! One of the staple races in pop-culture fantasy, goblins have experienced a long evolution from their roots in folklore to their varied modern uses. Using goblins as a starting point, your hosts talk about the problematic ideas behind the concept of an “evil race” and how painting your world in broad strokes can lead to a boring story.
And of course, they wrap things up by telling you:
This week you should watch Better Call Saul
This week you should play Castle Shikigami 2
This week you should read Dragons by Graeme Base (or all of his books, really)
Hello again! We’re back with the follow-up ‘cast to last week’s. As the name implies, this is a podcast for those who are going to be leading players through the wilderness of tabletop RPGs. Daniel and Jackson are both experienced Dungeon Masters, and their guest Brad is currently at the helm of an Iron Kingdoms campaign.
If you are an aspiring game master, or you are a frustrated player looking to understand where your game master is coming from, then this podcast will have some juicy tidbits for you. Enjoy!