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Volo’s Guide to Monsters Review (Tome 273)

In this episode Jeff sits down with prolific freelancer Dan Dillon, and the Hosts of the Total Party Thrill Podcast, Shane and I-Hsein. The four of them have a great discussion about the most recent 5e Monster Book released by Wizards of teh Coast, Volo's Guide to Monsters. Did they like it? Is it worth picking up? Should you try and get one of those fancy limited edition covers? Listen up to find out!

 

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Rodney Thompson - Gamer to Gamer

Jeff Greiner gets back into the interviewer seat this week when he sits down with the incomperable Rodney Thompson. Rodney discusses how he got into gaming, his work on Star Wars & Dungeons and Dragons, his love of Al Qadim, his new RPG, Dusk City Outlaws, and much, much more!

 

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Round Table 153 - DM’s Deep Dive, DM Survey, and the Future of D&D

Panelists:

1)Topher Kohan (Host)

Email: topheratl@gmail.com

Twitter: @TopherATL

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/topher.kohan

 

 

2) Mike Shea (Guest)

Email: mike@mikeshea.net

Twitter: slyflourish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slyflourish/

Site: http://slyflourish.com

Other: https://dontsplitthepodcastnetwork.com/dms-deep-dive/

 

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Get to know you Question:

"What is more important the rules or a good story?"

 

Topic 1)

Tell us about the new show

 

New Show: DM’s Deep Dive https://dontsplitthepodcastnetwork.com/dms-deep-dive/

On the Don’t Split the Podcast Network: https://dontsplitthepodcastnetwork.com/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/dontsplitthepodcast

 

Topic 2)

DM Survey: http://slyflourish.com/2016_dm_survey_results.html

Lazy DM: http://slyflourish.com/lazydm/

 

Topic 3)

Future of D&D

In his early work on good judgment, summarized in Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?,[2] Tetlock conducted a set of small scale forecasting tournaments between 1984 and 2003. The forecasters were 284 experts from a variety of fields, including government officials, professors, journalists, and others, with many opinions, from Marxists to free-marketeers.

The tournaments solicited roughly 28,000 predictions about the future and found the forecasters were often only slightly more accurate than chance, and usually worse than basic extrapolation algorithms, especially on longer–range forecasts three to five years out. Forecasters with the biggest news media profiles were also especially bad. This work suggests that there is a perverse inverse relationship between fame and accuracy.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Expert-Political-Judgment-Good-Know/dp/0691128715

 

“People who spend their time, and earn their living, studying a particular topic produce poorer predictions than dart-throwing monkeys who would have distributed their choices evenly over the options.”

 

Psychologist who won a Nobel Prize in Economics

https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555

 

EVERYBODY’S AN EXPERT

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/12/05/everybodys-an-expert

 

86% of investment managers stunk in 2014

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/12/investing/investing-active-versus-passive-funds/

 

Topic 3a)

Where do you want the future D&D to go

 

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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 38 - The Sunken Land and Thieves’ House by Fritz Leiber

Return to Nehwon for two more tales of thrilling adventure with Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Whether on the high seas or in the big city, these two can’t seem to escape danger.
 
 
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.
December 24, 1910 (Chicago) - September 5, 1992
“American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright and chess expert.[b] With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having in fact created the term. Moreover, he excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.” - Wikipedia
 
introduced Fafhrd and Grey Mouser in August, 1939 in Unknown magazine, edited by John W. Campbell
early influences were H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves; received a letter of encouragement from Lovecraft in 1936
earned little money as a writer; addicted to alcohol and downers
actually received royalty checks from TSR for games based on Lankhmar
1975 - named Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)
 
Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself; Grey Mouser based on Harry Otter Fischer
notable for growing, taking on more responsibilities, getting married, etc.
 
Two Sought Adventure
published 1957 by Gnome Press
 
Swords Against Death
first published 1970 by Ace Books
second of seven volumes
 
“The Sunken Land” - 1942, Unknown
“Thieves’ House” - 1943, Unknown
 
My guests:
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 37 - The Mathematics of Magic by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

Follow along with the amazing adventures of Harold Shea, spellcasting psychologist! Travel from the world of Norse mythology to the romantic fantasy of Spencer’s Faerie Queene. How will Harold best the Blatant Beast? Find out, as you listen to our thrilling discussion!
 
 
Lyon Sprague de Camp
November 27, 1907 - November 6, 2000 (age 92)
 
Murray Fletcher Pratt
April 25, 1897 (Buffalo, NY) - June 10, 1956 (age 59)
American writer of science fiction, fantasy and history
Best known for his works on naval history and the American Civil War, and for collaborations on fiction with L. Sprague de Camp
Attended Hobart College and wrote for various magazines
“The Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game” — a set of rules for naval wargaming, involving tiny wooden ships, published prior to WW2
 
“The Roaring Trumpet”
Unknown, May 1940
 
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
Thjalfi
Utgardaloki
Snogg
“The plotline of the story is based on the myths of Thor's expedition to Jotunhem as told in the Gylfaginning section of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, and the Völva's prophecy regarding Ragnarok in the poem Völuspá, preserved in the Poetic Edda.”
 
“The Mathematics of Magic”
Unknown, August 1940
 
Spencer’s Faerie Queen
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
Lady Britomart
Lady Florimel
Belphebe
 
Both stories first appeared in book form in The Incomplete Enchanter, 1941, Henry Holt and Company
 
My guest:
Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game - http://drevrpg.com
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
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Round Table 152 - Print on Demand, Fighters, and Monks

James Introcaso and Topher Kohan sit down with James Floyd Kelly, Jay Africa, and Joe Lastowksi to discuss DMs Guild print on demand products and the Fighter and Monk Unearthed Arcana articles. This podcast was recorded on December 18, 2016.

 

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DMs Guild Pick of the Episode: Something Smells Fishy

 

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Round Table 151 - Adventurers League Updates!

James Introcaso and Topher Kohan sit down with Ginny Loveday and Adventurers League Admins Robert Adducci, Alan Patrick, and Greg Marks to discuss the latest announcements from the D&D Adventurers League. This podcast was recorded on December 13, 2016.

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DMs Guild Pick of the Episode: A Very Aberrant Holiday Special

 

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Round Table 150 - An Important Announcement

James Introcaso and Rudy Basso have some exciting news to share! Plus a very special not-so-mystery guest who will soon be much more! This podcast was recorded on December 6 and 11, 2016.

 

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Round Table 149 - Unearthed Arcana Classes and Hypercorp 2099: Wasteland

James Introcaso sits down with Alex Basso, Ginny Loveday, and Round Table newbie Gregg Lauer to talk about the bard, cleric, and druid Unearthed Arcana articles. Then it's an interview with game designer Mike Myler about his ongoing Kickstarter for Hypercorps 2099: Wastleland. This podcast was recorded on November 30 and December 1, 2016.

 

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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 36 - “The Return of Hastur,” “Ithaqua,” and “Beyond the Threshold” by August Derleth

August Derleth is a controversial figure in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos. He was the first to push for publication of Lovecraft’s work after his death, but his own writing didn’t quite live up to that of the Master. What do Great Old Ones have in common with Elemental Evil? Find out as we discuss three noteworthy stories.
 
 
August William Derleth
born February 24, 1909 in Sauk City, WI; died July 4, 1971
Best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft; contributed to the Cthulhu Mythos; founded Arkham House in 1939 with his friend Donald Wandrei, which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in the US that had only been readily available in the UK
1938 Guggenheim Fellow
Derleth considered his most serious work to be the Sac Prairie Saga, about life in Wisconsin as he knew it
He was a pioneering naturalist and conservationist
 
Derleth had been a correspondent and friend of Lovecraft since his teenage years
after Lovecraft’s death, Derleth founded Arkham House to publish Lovecraft’s work
first book was The Outsider and Others, 1939
Derleth invented the term “Cthulhu Mythos” (Lovecraft preferred “Yog-Sothery”)
wrote a number of stories based on fragments in which he was a “posthumous collaborator”
depicted Lovecraft’s universe as more hopeful, reflecting his Christian views
treated Old Ones as elemental forces
 
“The Return of Hastur”
first appeared in Weird Tales, March 1939
 
“Ithaqua”
first appeared in Strange Stories, February 1941
 
“Beyond the Threshold”
first appeared in Weird Tales, September 1941
 
My guest:
Louis Brenton
twitter - @revlouisbrenton
website - louisbrenton.com
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
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