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Running Great D&D Combat

Running Great D&D Combat

February 24, 2021

Mike discusses tips for running awesome D&D combat.

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Podcast Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:18 Run with four players.
  • 00:57 Run lower level games. Level 3 is the sweet spot.
  • 01:38 Use static monster damage.
  • 02:15 Run theater of the mind combat for small battles.
  • 03:02 Inject the story and fiction into large battles.
  • 04:49 Draw characters in off-turn with skill checks and info.
  • 05:36 Use abstract maps – break out of the grid.
  • 08:04 Ask for intent.
  • 09:13 Have alternative goals - Add a Combat Out.
  • 11:04 Don't say "Let's Call it Right Here".
  • 11:53 Adjusting the dials (HP, Damage, Number of Monsters, Number of Attacks).
  • 13:11 Offer Cinematic Advantage
  • 15:10 Randomly select targets
  • 16:06 Make boss fights interesting

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DM Deep Dive: Fairness vs. Being Fans of the Characters with Ryan Servis

DM Deep Dive: Fairness vs. Being Fans of the Characters with Ryan Servis

February 23, 2021

Mike talks with Ryan Servis of 2C Gaming about the role of the DM and debating objectivity versus a bias towards the characters in our D&D games.

Frostmaiden Session 1: Foaming Mugs - Lazy DM Prep
Rime of the Frostmaiden Session Zero - Lazy DM Prep
Eberron Campaign Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Eberron Campaign Conclusion and Final Thoughts

February 7, 2021

Mike's final thoughts on his homebrew Eberron campaign. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Campaign Notebook

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Safety Tools in D&D

Safety Tools in D&D

February 4, 2021

Mike talks about safety tools in D&D including the X-card, lines and veils, script change, and others.

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Video Contents

00:00 What are safety tools?

01:05 Why use safety tools?

03:01 The X-Card

03:39 Lines and Veils

08:11 Script Change

09:13 The Door is Open

10:20 Why do I suddenly care?

13:48 A Safety Tool Stack (rating, lines & veils, "pause")

16:27 Recognizing full-consent decisions versus majority rule

17:49 DMs using "Pause for a Second"

19:18 More on why we want safety tools

23:08 The Awesome Value of free tools

DM’s Deep Dive: Dave Chalker on D&D Combat Styles

DM’s Deep Dive: Dave Chalker on D&D Combat Styles

February 2, 2021

Mike talks with Dave Chalker about the various combat styles we can bring to D&D including gridded combat, abstract maps, and theater of the mind.

This is a rebroadcast of the show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 46 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 46 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

January 31, 2021

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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All About 4th Edition D&D with Enrique Bertran

All About 4th Edition D&D with Enrique Bertran

January 27, 2021

In this somewhat-raw discussion with Mike Shea (@slyflourish) and Enrique Bertran (@NewbieDM) we talk about our experiences with the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons!

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Eberron Session 45 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 45 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

January 24, 2021

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Descent into Avernus Chapter 4, 5, and Final Tips

Descent into Avernus Chapter 4, 5, and Final Tips

January 23, 2021

Mike covers tips and tricks for running chapter 3 from Descent into Avernus. 

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Video Contents

  • 00:00​ Intro
  • 00:25​ Mike's Top Tips for Descent into Avernus
  • 08:14​ Chapter 4 Discussion
  • 18:50​ Chapter 5 Discussion
  • 27:52​ Overall Thoughts on Descent into Avernus
  • 33:18​ Do I recommend it? Maybe?
  • 36:08​ Useful Descent into Avernus Supplements

 

Eberron Session 44 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 44 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

January 17, 2021

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 43 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 43 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

January 10, 2021

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 42 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 42 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

January 3, 2021

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 41 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 41 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

December 27, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 40 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 40 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

December 20, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 39 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 39 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

December 13, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

Original Youtube Video

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Eberron Session 38 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 38 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

December 6, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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Eberron Session 37 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 37 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

November 29, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

Original Youtube Video

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Lazy DM Prep - Episode 50

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 50

November 29, 2020

Mike Shea - aka Sly Flourish - recaps his campaign of the nautical Dungeons & Dragons adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh.This episode was originally streamed on March 8, 2020.The link to this episode's original video is here ! https://youtu.be/esD3uYbys_A

D&D Chat, 28 Nov 2020

D&D Chat, 28 Nov 2020

November 28, 2020

Mike chats about D&D in this long open episode on a range of topics.

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Video contents00:00 Beginning01:00 Support Sly Florish on Patreon01:20 Sly Flourish Newsletter03:05 Tiny thoughts on Tasha's – proficiency bonus for limited options04:57 Pointcrawls24:45 Thoughts on Five-Room Dungeons, Lazy Dungeons, Jaquaying the Dungeon34:09 The hard parts of D&D, Sly Flourish's Uncovered Secrets50:03 Fantastic Lairs update and Art Preview58:31 How does 5e hold up after 6 years?1:23:25 On traps. 1:25:36 Favorite Kobold Press book: Midgard Worldbook 1:29:55 Random tables and factions for DM inspiration1:36:08 Rime of the Frostmaiden Thoughts1:47:24 When things click. Thoughts on group improvisation in D&D games.1:51:51 Playing D&D Online, comparing various VTTs1:58:55 Running Owlbear Rodeo2:09:28 Lazy Monster Generation

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Descent into Avernus Chapter 3: A Sly Flourish Guide

Descent into Avernus Chapter 3: A Sly Flourish Guide

November 24, 2020

Mike covers tips and tricks for running chapter 3 from Descent into Avernus. 

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Table of Contents

00:00 Start00:34 Mike's #1 Recommendation for Descent into Avernus01:22 Run Fall of Elturel02:05 James Introcaso's Top Tips for Chapter 305:58 Alternative Takes on Descent into Avernus08:33 The Themes of Descent into Avernus10:05 On Soul Coins. Use Demon Ichor as well.12:07 All Roads lead to the Bleeding Citadel13:00 Build Your Own Path through Avernus13:21 The Path of the Hellriders19:41 Alternative Paths: Tiamat and Gargauth22:11 Dropping in the Hellwasp Nest23:11 Filling Out the Crypt of the Hellriders23:37 The Wandering Emporium. Players Hate Contracts!26:15 Traveling Through Avernus28:28 Descent into Avernus as a Toolbox28:51 Chapter 1 as a Stand Alone Aventure Sans Avernus

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Lazy DM Prep - Episode 49

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 49

November 23, 2020

Mike Shea - aka Sly Flourish - discusses prepping the FINALE of his campaign for the nautical Dungeons & Dragons adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh.This episode was originally streamed on March 8, 2020.The link to this episode's original video is here ! https://youtu.be/Zh2kGng-jwo

Eberron Session 36 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 36 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

November 22, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

Original Youtube Video

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Eberron Session 35 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 35 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

November 15, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

Original Youtube Video

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Lazy DM Prep - Episode 48

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 48

November 15, 2020

Mike Shea - aka Sly Flourish - discusses prepping sessions for the nautical Dungeons & Dragons adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh.This episode was originally streamed on March 1, 2020.The link to this episode's original video is here ! https://youtu.be/6K9NRT_p2Gc

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 47

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 47

November 12, 2020

Mike Shea - aka Sly Flourish - discusses prepping sessions for the nautical Dungeons & Dragons adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh.This episode was originally streamed on February 23, 2020.The link to this episode's original video is here ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G24Ayx5USL4

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 46

Lazy DM Prep - Episode 46

November 11, 2020

Mike Shea - aka Sly Flourish - discusses prepping sessions for the nautical Dungeons & Dragons adventure Ghosts of Saltmarsh.This episode was originally streamed on February 16, 2020.The link to this episode's original video is here ! https://youtu.be/y0nNtkwe0tE

Eberron Session 34 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Eberron Session 34 – Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

November 8, 2020

Mike's latest episode of Sly Flourish's Lazy DM Prep for his homebrew Eberron game in which he prepares for a session zero. This is a rebroadcast of Mike’s Lazy DM Prep show broadcast live on Twitch and reposted to YouTube and here in podcast form.

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