The Sly Flourish D&D Podcast
Numenera Session 13 – Lazy GM Prep
No More Volo’s Guide or Tome of Foes, Above VTT, Cities and Towns Kickstarter - Lazy D&D Talk Show

No More Volo’s Guide or Tome of Foes, Above VTT, Cities and Towns Kickstarter - Lazy D&D Talk Show

May 16, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 01:00 D&D News: Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes Comes Out on 16 May
  • 02:01 D&D News: Can't Buy Tome of Foes or Volo's Guide to Monsters on D&D Beyond after 17 May
  • 05:57 Product Spotlight: Above VTT
  • 19:00 Kickstarter Spotlight: Campaign Builder - Cities and Towns
  • 20:46 D&D Tip: Hex Flowers
  • 31:37 Patreon Question: Introducing Villains in your Campaign
  • 34:22 Patreon Question: Challenging Characters vs. Players with Puzzles
  • 37:47 Patreon Question: Dealing with Bickering Players
  • 41:55 Patreon Question: Evoking High Adventure in our RPGs
  • 45:30 Patreon Question: Pacing Games with Split Parties
  • 47:30 Patreon Question: What To Do With Gold
  • 50:53 Patreon Question: Focusing a Homebrew Campaign

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Numenera Session 12 – Lazy GM Prep
City of Arches Update, Krynn Revisited, Dungeonmorph’s IV, Fraternity of Ash, Isle of Dreaded Accursed –Lazy D&D Talk Show

City of Arches Update, Krynn Revisited, Dungeonmorph’s IV, Fraternity of Ash, Isle of Dreaded Accursed –Lazy D&D Talk Show

May 2, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:00:54 Sly Flourish News: Update to the City of Arches
  • 00:04:15 D&D News: Heroes of Krynn Revisited Unearthed Arcana
  • 00:08:25 Kickstarter Spotlight: Dungeonmorphs IV
  • 00:12:58 Kickstarter Spotlight: Fraternity of Ash
  • 00:15:40 Product Spotlight: Isle of the Dreaded Accursed
  • 00:18:49 Patreon Question: Building Resilient Villainous Plans
  • 00:23:30 Patreon Question: Points-of-Light Settings for Lazy DMs
  • 00:25:54 Patreon Question: Long-Ranged Combat
  • 00:27:42 Patreon Question: Reskin or Build a Big Bad Evil Mage From Scratch?
  • 00:32:06 Patreon Question: Integrating Characters of Stand-By Players
  • 00:34:22 Patreon Question: Managing Conflicting Factions
  • 00:35:47 Patreon Question: Too Many Pirate Lords!
  • 00:37:17 Patreon Question: Building an Apocalyptic Eberron
  • 00:39:27 Patreon Question: Handling a Situation Where you Crossed the Line Accidentally
  • 00:43:44 Patreon Question: Managing Portals in the City of Arches
  • 00:46:04 Patreon Question: Published Inspiration for Homebrew Campaigns
  • 00:47:59 Patreon Question: Handling In-World Pacing Problems
  • 00:50:09 Patreon Question: Surprising Players vs. Surprising Characters
  • 00:52:50 Patreon Question: Managing Political Intrigue the Lazy Way
  • 00:54:39 Patreon Question: Managing Before-Combat Attacks and Actions
  • 00:56:20 Patreon Question: Managing Downtime Activities
  • 00:57:33 Patreon Question: Rewarding and Balancing Named Spells
  • 00:59:09 Patreon Question: Managing Adventures Focused on a Missing Character
  • 01:00:31 Patreon Question: Managing Timing While Running Fall of Elturel

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Numenera Session 11 – Lazy GM Prep
Spelljammer, Dragon of Stormwreck Isle, Dragonlance, Shadow Under Hardflint Hall – D&D Talk Show

Spelljammer, Dragon of Stormwreck Isle, Dragonlance, Shadow Under Hardflint Hall – D&D Talk Show

April 25, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:51 D&D News: Last Days of the Sly Flourish Bundle of Holding
  • 01:56 D&D News: Lots of Wizards Announcements
  • 02:13 D&D News: The Monstrous Compendium Volume 1
  • 07:06 D&D News: Campaign Case - Creatures
  • 10:01 D&D News: Campaign Case - Terrain
  • 11:30 D&D News: D&D Starter Set - Dragons of Stormwreck Isle
  • 12:59 D&D News: Spelljammer Boxed Set
  • 16:58 D&D News: Dragonlance - Shadow of the Dragon Queen and War of Krynn
  • 21:14 Kickstarter Spotlight: Shadow Under Hardflint Hall
  • 24:46 Patreon Question: Who Do I Listen To, Watch, and Read?
  • 28:34 Patreon Question: On Fudging Rolls and Choosing Targets
  • 31:49 Patreon Question: Dealing with Familiars and Dungeon Reconnaissance
  • 36:06 Patreon Question: How Do we Actually Begin our Sessions?
  • 38:46 Patreon Question: Introducing Players to Other Game Systems
  • 40:32 Patreon Question: Making NPCs Distinct
  • 42:00 Patreon Question: How Strict to Represent Time Pressures
  • 44:05 Patreon Question: Should I Worry about my Evil PC?
  • 46:27 Patreon Question: Projecting Evil Humanoid Creatures
  • 48:21 Patreon Question: What Bad Habits Have I Broken?
  • 51:31 Patreon Question: Checklist for Homebrew Finales
  • 55:14 Patreon Question: Running Deadly Standoffs in D&D

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Running Wild Beyond the Witchlight Chapter 2

Running Wild Beyond the Witchlight Chapter 2

April 21, 2022

Mike offers tips and thoughts for running Chapter 2 of Wild Beyond the Witchlight!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:37 Four Tips for Witchlight Chapter 2
  • 01:01 Tip 1: Reinforce the Theme of Whimsy and Wonder
  • 02:19 Tip 2: Reinforce the Characters' Goals
  • 04:34 Tip 3: Solidify the Chapter's Main Required Progression Key: Clapperclaw
  • 05:42 Tip 4: Limit Agdon Longscarf's Multi-attack
  • 07:48 Witchlight Runs Great On It's Own
  • 09:01 Injecting Dreadful Incursions from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft
  • 14:29 Reinforce the Rules of Conduct
  • 15:46 Manage Your Upward and Downward Beats
  • 19:24 Make Telemy Hill Dangerous
  • 20:19 Fall in Love with the Soggy Court
  • 22:56 Lots of Options for Bavlorna and her Cottage
  • 25:08 Choose Where you Put the Unicorn Horn
  • 25:51 Add a Vendor
  • 27:14 Fill Out Empty Locations As Desired
  • 28:07 Be Careful While Leveling Slowly
  • 29:33 Foreshadow the League of Malevolence
  • 30:14 Show The Maps

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WOTC Buys D&D Beyond, D&D Direct Announcement, Flee Mortals Kickstarter, Volo’s Vetted Vendors – Lazy D&D Talk Show

WOTC Buys D&D Beyond, D&D Direct Announcement, Flee Mortals Kickstarter, Volo’s Vetted Vendors – Lazy D&D Talk Show

April 18, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:41 D&D News: Sly Flourish Bundle of Holding
  • 02:02 D&D News: WOTC Buys D&D Beyond
  • 08:56 D&D News: D&D Direct Announcements Coming Thursday 21 April 2022
  • 10:05 Kickstarter Spotlight: Flee Mortals by MCDM
  • 29:30 Product Spotlight: Volo's Vetted Vendors
  • 33:06 Patreon Question: Seeding Future Quests Without Starting Them
  • 36:41 Patreon Question: Handling Augury
  • 39:00 Patreon Question: Manging Sources and Books for Game Prep
  • 41:40 Patreon Question: Handling Curses That Remove Curse Doesn't Fix
  • 45:15 Patreon Question: Running a Rebellion
  • 48:13 Patreon Question: Uncomfortable Roleplaying NPCs
  • 50:27 Patreon Question: Passing Complex Lore to Players
  • 53:06 Patreon Question: Handling Mounts in Combat
  • 55:03 Patreon Question: Strong Starts and Cold Opens

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Numenera Session 10 – Lazy GM Prep
SF Bundle of Holding, City of Arches, Kenku.fm, Tome of Adventure Design – Lazy D&D Talk Show

SF Bundle of Holding, City of Arches, Kenku.fm, Tome of Adventure Design – Lazy D&D Talk Show

April 11, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 01:10 D&D News: Sly Flourish Bundle of Holding! $100 of PDFs for $20!
  • 03:33 D&D News: City of Arches Update with Amazing Side-View Cutaway Map
  • 11:42 Product Spotlight: Kenku.fm
  • 18:50 Kickstarter Spotlight: Tome of Adventure Design
  • 26:24 Patreon Question: Fast and Slow Initiative in D&D 5e
  • 30:23 Patreon Question: Run Eberron in Sharn and in the Wilds
  • 32:33 Patreon Question: Five Elements of Storytelling in D&D
  • 37:01 Patreon Question: Players Running NPCs or Monsters
  • 39:07 Patreon Question: Tactical Combat in Theater of the Mind
  • 44:04 Patreon Question: Managing On-Call Players
  • 47:48 Patreon Question: Recovering from a Bad Game

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Numenera Session 9 – Lazy GM Prep
Spelljammer Confirmed??, Crown of the Oathbreaker, 2,000 player survey data, Patreon Q&A – Lazy D&D TalkShow

Spelljammer Confirmed??, Crown of the Oathbreaker, 2,000 player survey data, Patreon Q&A – Lazy D&D TalkShow

April 4, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:49 D&D News: Spelljammer Confirmed??
  • 08:38 Product Spotlight: Crown of the Oathbreaker
  • 18:06 Commentary: Elderbrain's 2,000 Player D&D Survey
  • 25:04 D&D News: Patreon Q&A for April 2022 Coming Wednesday
  • 27:16 Patreon Question: Evolving Villain Stat Blocks
  • 31:29 Patreon Question: Favorite Classic D&D Encounters
  • 33:04 Patreon Question: Dealing with Insight Checks for Lie Detection
  • 36:41 Patreon Question: Making Awesome Skeletons
  • 41:06 Patreon Question: Helping Players Understand High Level Quests
  • 45:28 Patreon Question: What Makes a Good Cultist?
  • 47:04 Patreon Question: Mixing Ruins of the Grendleroot and Where the Machines Wait
  • 48:51 Patreon Question: Outlining Scenes vs. Defining Situations

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Numenera Session 8 – Lazy GM Prep
Radiant Citadel, Warlock Lairs Into the Wilds, Intractable Map Problems – The Lazy D&D Talk Show

Radiant Citadel, Warlock Lairs Into the Wilds, Intractable Map Problems – The Lazy D&D Talk Show

March 28, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:36 D&D News: Journeys through the Radiant Citadel
  • 15:43 Product Spotlight: Warlock Lairs - Into the Wilds
  • 21:09 Commentary: The Intractable Problem of Maps for In-Person Games
  • 43:15 Patreon Question: Tracking Secret Organizations In Your Campaign
  • 46:07 Patreon Question: How do You Grab Artwork?
  • 47:33 Patreon Question: How Are Heists Different than Dungeon Crawls?
  • 50:11 Patreon Question: Challenge Ratings for Custom Monsters
  • 52:17 Patreon Question: Running a One- or Two-Hour Adventure
  • 53:59 Patreon Question: How Do You Run a Dungeon?
  • 56:16 Patreon Question: Solidifying Choices in a Homebrew Campaign
  • 58:12 Patreon Question: Why Do Bosses Need Mobility?

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Numenera Session 7 – Lazy GM Prep
D&D Product Announcements, Is Call from the Netherdeep For You?, Remarkable Guilds – D&D Talk Show

D&D Product Announcements, Is Call from the Netherdeep For You?, Remarkable Guilds – D&D Talk Show

March 21, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:38 D&D News: New Product Announcements Tuesday
  • 05:04 Product Spotlight: Call from the Netherdeep
  • 22:32 Kickstarter Spotlight: Remarkable Guilds
  • 27:16 DM Tip: Another Look at "Attack on a Miss"
  • 35:22 Patreon Question: Players Won't Interact with Quest NPCs
  • 40:30 Patreon Question: How to Use 3rd Party Monsters
  • 44:57 Patreon Question: Villainous Banter During Combat
  • 48:32 Patreon Question: Your Own Canon for Published Campaign Worlds
  • 51:27 Patreon Question: All-in Group Checks and Secret Ability Checks
  • 55:36 Patreon Question: Understanding Which Monster Make Sense For a Situation
  • 59:14 Patreon Question: Overwhelmed with Locations and NPCs in Strixhaven

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Numenera Session 6 – Lazy GM Prep
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Heroes of Krynn Playtest, Dwarven Forge adventures, Book of Wondrous Magic Vol 2

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Heroes of Krynn Playtest, Dwarven Forge adventures, Book of Wondrous Magic Vol 2

March 14, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Start
  • 00:00:34 WOTC Product Spotlight: Heroes of Krynn Playtest
  • 00:20:07 Product Spotlight: Book of Wondrous Magic Volume 2
  • 00:27:18 Product Spotlight: Free Dwarven Forge Adventures
  • 00:34:33 DM Tip: Attack Again on a Miss
  • 00:39:19 RPG Industry Tip: Lunch break Heroes on Making Money in RPGs
  • 00:45:59 Patreon Question: Scaling Combat for Six Players
  • 00:49:32 Patreon Question: Lazy Tricks for Incorporating Character Backgrounds
  • 00:53:39 Patreon Question: Tools for In-Person Games
  • 00:56:47 Patreon Question: Handing Out Magic Items
  • 00:59:32 Patreon Question: Best Adventure I've Ever Played In
  • 01:01:16 Patreon Question: Running Structured Social Encounters
  • 01:03:47 Patreon Question: Blades in the Dark for D&D Heists

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Numenera Session 5 – Lazy GM Prep
February 2022 Sly Flourish Patreon Q&A

February 2022 Sly Flourish Patreon Q&A

March 8, 2022

Mike covers the remainder of the February 2022 Sly Flourish Patreon questions!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:28 Commentary: Patreon Q&A Guidelines
  • 01:41 Commentary: Disclaimer...I'm Just Sharing My Experiences
  • 02:45 D&D News: The Lazy D&D Talk Show Topic Database
  • 04:04 Patreon Question: Managing Mechanics-Focused Players
  • 07:23 Patreon Question: Being Too Nice?
  • 10:47 Patreon Question: Limiting Turn Time in Combat
  • 13:55 Patreon Question: Druids Conjuring Giant Octopi
  • 17:27 Patreon Question: Projecting Deadly Threats in Numenera
  • 19:29 DM Tip: Limiting Polymorph by Treating Monster Sightings like Pokemon
  • 20:46 Patreon Question: Getting Ideas for Fantastic Locations
  • 22:53 Patreon Question: Managing Table Talk in Online Games
  • 25:47 Patreon Question: Really Big Pointcrawls? Sure!
  • 28:28 Patreon Question: Campaign Outlines for Lazy DMs?
  • 31:08 Patreon Question: Player Agency with Dominated Characters
  • 33:24 Patreon Question: What Program Did I Layout City of Arches In?
  • 34:39 Patreon Question: Appendix N for Grendleroot Games
  • 37:13 Patreon Question: Better System for Quest Rewards?
  • 38:59 Patreon Question: Upward and Downward Beats During Combat
  • 41:22 Patreon Question: Selecting Magic Items for Shopping Characters
  • 43:37 Patreon Question: Experiences Writing City of Arches
  • 51:42 Patreon Question: Telegraphing Deadly Situations

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Lazy D&D Talk Show: City of Arches Update, Shift to Online Play, Cult of the Hydra

Lazy D&D Talk Show: City of Arches Update, Shift to Online Play, Cult of the Hydra

March 7, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:24 D&D News: City of Arches Updates
  • 10:06 Commentary: The Shift to Online Play
  • 18:08 Product Spotlight: Cult of the Hydra
  • 26:44 Commentary: Writing Expensive Products for the DM's Guild
  • 36:01 Patreon Question: Getting Players to Read the Books
  • 40:34 Patreon Question: Building a Dark Lord Boss Monster
  • 43:34 Patreon Question: Speeding Up Milestone Experience Rewards
  • 46:00 Patreon Question: Introducing Villains All at Once or One At a Time
  • 48:30 Patreon Question: Deadly Encounter Benchmark for Level 11+
  • 54:01 Patreon Question: Experiences Playing Solo RPGs

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Numenera Session 4 – Lazy GM Prep
Let’s Make an Adventure with the Lazy DM’s Companion
Lazy D&D Talk Show: City of Arches, Talk Show Topic Database, Uncaged Goddesses, Old School Essentials

Lazy D&D Talk Show: City of Arches, Talk Show Topic Database, Uncaged Goddesses, Old School Essentials

February 28, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Start
  • 00:00:23 City of Arches Player's Guide
  • 00:02:39 City of Arches Map by Chloe Bollard
  • 00:06:19 Obsidian Skull Patreon Adventure
  • 00:08:26 Lazy D&D Talk Show Topic Database
  • 00:13:38 Product Spotlight: Uncaged Godesses
  • 00:27:57 Kickstarter Preview: Old School Essentials
  • 00:34:57 Patreon Question: Lazy DM Steps for Sandbox Urban Adventures
  • 00:39:30 Patreon Question: Tips for Running One-on-One D&D Games
  • 00:42:16 Patreon Question: Tips for Describing Combat
  • 00:44:14 Patreon Question: Player Worldbuilding
  • 00:46:08 Patreon Question: Feats in DMG, Magic Items in PHB?
  • 00:48:12 Patreon Question: Random Tables for Hunt-Based Adventure
  • 00:51:01 Patreon Question: Character Race and WOTC Storylines
  • 00:54:30 Patreon Question: Favorite Non-D&D RPG
  • 00:55:17 Patreon Question: Lazy D&D Tips for Megadungeons
  • 00:57:06 Patreon Question: Re-Balancing High Level Characters
  • 01:00:13 Patreon Question: Filtering New Players for Online Games

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Numenera Session 3 – Lazy GM Prep
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Lightning Rods, New D&D Starter Set, Tome of Titans 2, Home Field Advantage

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Lightning Rods, New D&D Starter Set, Tome of Titans 2, Home Field Advantage

February 21, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Start
  • 00:00:37 Lightning Rods - Leaning In on Powerful Character Abilities
  • 00:10:19 New D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle
  • 00:15:32 Kickstarter Spotlight: Epic Legacy - Tome of Titans 2
  • 00:26:21 Product Spotlight: Home Field Advantage - Lair Actions for Most D&D Monsters
  • 00:37:16 Alphastream on Spellcasting Monsters
  • 00:51:40 Patreon Question: Using GM Intrusions from Numenera in 5e
  • 00:55:24 Patreon Question: Setting Up Gamestore Games for New Players
  • 00:57:13 Patreon Question: Faster Leveling in Witchlight
  • 01:00:16 Patreon Question: Overwhelmed with Lore
  • 01:03:02 Patreon Question: Lazy DM Tips for Drawing Maps

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Numenera Session 2 – Lazy GM Prep
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Elements of Inspiration Decks, Dragonflight, City of Arches

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Elements of Inspiration Decks, Dragonflight, City of Arches

February 14, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:51 Kickstarter Spotlight: Elements of Inspiration Decks
  • 05:53 Product Spotlight: Dragonflight by 2C Gaming
  • 27:09 Sly Flourish Patreon Product: The City of Arches Guidebook
  • 38:55 Patreon Question: Running Sandbox Games with the Eight Steps
  • 42:47 Patreon Question: Going Too Far with End-of-Campaign Montages
  • 44:49 Patreon Question: Underused Nugget from the Eight Steps?
  • 46:28 Patreon Question: Good Aspects of 4e
  • 49:10 Patreon Question: Organizing Useful Info from RPG PDFs
  • 52:27 Patreon Question: Running Labyrinths in D&D
  • 55:22 Patreon Question: Preparing Upward and Downward Beats
  • 59:24 Patreon Question: Preparing Options after a Cliffhanger Battle

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Lazy D&D Prep: Wild Beyond the Witchlight Chapter 1 Tips and Chapter 2 Prep

Lazy D&D Prep: Wild Beyond the Witchlight Chapter 1 Tips and Chapter 2 Prep

February 11, 2022

Mike offers tips and discussion for chapter 1 of Wild Beyond the Witchlight and prepares to run chapter 2!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 01:20 Top Three Tips for running Chapter 1 of Wild Beyond the Witchlight
  • 11:25 Other Tips for Running Wild Beyond the Witchlight
  • 14:30 What Did I Do in Chapter 1 in My Game?
  • 23:36 Adding Dreadful Incursions - Not Good for Every Witchlight Campaign
  • 28:41 Thoughts about Chapter 2
  • 35:13 Prepping my Next Session in Chapter 2
  • 48:16 Building a Dreadful Incursion
  • 58:38 Finishing Up our Session Prep

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Numenera Session 1– Lazy GM Prep
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