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tl;dm - A D&D DM Podcast

Jul 23, 2018

FIRST THINGS FIRST - wow, Alan's microphone is picking up all of the plosive sounds. Sorry for that. BUT struggle through it if you can, because this episode is simply chock full of insights, exercises, and anecdotes from special guest and friend of the show James D'Amato!

The TL;DMs sit down with James to talk about...


Jul 12, 2018

It's been a while between recordings, and the TL;DMs have some campaign recaps to get to. In particular, they talk about arc and session structure, and mechanical benefits of visual aids for table engagement.

Then, Tyler posits some opportunities for NPC-themed story arcs since his table has several characters that...


Jul 5, 2018

It's been a while (again)!

The TL;DMs get some time to catch up and then do a brief breakdown on Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, the most recent release from the DnD 5e team. They talk about what makes for a good theoretical supplement for a homebrew campaign. They also spend a little time hating on the new wealth of...


Jun 6, 2018

It has been some time since the tl;dm duo has had a chat, and they're back in all their rambling, opinionated... glory?

They lead off with a discussion on how DnD fundamentally changes as a play experience as the party levels up, and what that means for different styles of play. From the DM standpoint it also impacts...


May 2, 2018

Alan had a campaign reboot and we talk about the whys and what's happeneds for that new direction. 

After that, and so many, many meanderings, we get to the meat of our episode, story stakes-- what they are, how to make them, and when to use them.