Episode | April 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
oath of conquest, oath of vengeance, oathbreakers, paladins, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, warlocks, weirdness
Sometimes we get misled by the name of a subclass, and probably none more so than Oathbreaker. We discuss where this unusual subclass comes from, the weird quirks it offers, and how to build something better. We also clear up the old javelin vs. spear debate (and why your Paladin might want to switch to spears). And we do some comparisons with Warlock, noting how Paladins are about the oath they make, and Warlocks are about who they make the oath to -- and how that affects the way you might want to roleplay them.
Episode | April 4th, 2022 | 51 mins 34 secs
adding flavor, pirate, sailor, sea elf, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, triton, weirdness
From the decks of a ship to the bottom of the ocean, nothing says adventure like the life at sea. This week we look at ways that players and DMs can create characters and environments well adapted to water-borne combat.
Episode | November 5th, 2021 | 57 mins 48 secs
ki, monk, revised, steal this character
We believe that class design should be about archetypes not stereotypes. Currently, however, all monks kind of look the same, and it takes real effort to style them into something less obvious. That means taking a step back and looking at the whole class differently, and in particular how to use Ki differently.
Episode | July 30th, 2021 | 53 mins 39 secs
adding flavor, bugbears, goblins, hobgoblins, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, weirdness
Dare to live the wild life of a goblin, bugbear or hobgoblin! Join us this week as we delve deep into what we love about these interconnected races, and some of our favourite ideas for building PCs with them that break free of tired old stereotypes
Episode | July 16th, 2021 | 31 mins 28 secs
adding flavor, races, reborn, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, warforged, weirdness
This week father and son face off in a showdown to decide which is better: making a robot character using the Warforged race from Eberron, or building one using the Reborn race from Van Richten's Guide. Two robots enter, but only one can prevail!
Episode | June 25th, 2021 | 58 mins 21 secs
adding flavor, fighter, point buy, revised, steal this character, subverting tropes, support role, tips, weirdness
There are some subclasses which no one plays because, well, they kind of suck. We often ask what it would take to make them suck less -- but also not to get too overpowered that they make the DM want to pull out their hair. This week both Jay and Jack bring some ideas together on what the Banneret subclass (aka Purple Dragon Knight) is all about (leadership), and how to bring out the best of that theme.
Episode | June 18th, 2021 | 43 mins 26 secs
adding flavor, background occupation, bard, cleric, college of eloquence, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, weirdness
Once again we offer a look at how to break out of tired tropes: this time with the Bard. Internet memes would have you believe that these characters only reason to exist is to seduce everything they come in contact with. So we want to go a different direction with this build, what if our bard is really very good at preaching and has found a home within religion -- and not just one religion. In fact, he's talked his way into every religion in town.
Episode | June 4th, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
background occupation, darklord, personality traits, random build, steal this character, tips, weirdness
We dive into a different type of build this week. Instead of making a character, we are building a nemesis for our players -- someone truly evil, someone beyond redemption. Join us as we dig into Chapter 2 of Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft and build a Darklord of our own.
Episode | May 14th, 2021 | 55 mins 42 secs
adding flavor, point buy, revised, sorcerer, spell points, steal this character, subverting tropes, tips, weirdness
In the back of the DM's Guide is an often overlooked section about using spell points instead of spell slots. While many dismiss this as too confusing, on closer examination, this might be just the ticket for giving sorcerers that extra love they deserve...that and a few other tweaks, which we discus in this episode.
Episode | May 7th, 2021 | 44 mins 17 secs
adding flavor, background occupation, ranger, steal this character, subverting tropes, swarm keeper, tips, weirdness
We all like to build cool, interesting characters. We like breaking tropes, and coming up with original concepts. But often that's not enough. This episode, we look at not just building a good character, we look at building "the right character".