The Sly Flourish D&D Podcast
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 22
Facilitating Decisions in D&D
Lazy D&D Talk Show - Witchlight, Fizban’s Dragons, Strixhaven, Dread Metrol, Izkandar

Lazy D&D Talk Show - Witchlight, Fizban’s Dragons, Strixhaven, Dread Metrol, Izkandar

July 22, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D! Click Show More for notes and links.

Table of Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 02:13 Wild Beyond the Witchlight
  • 04:16 Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • 08:44 Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos
  • 13:53 Running D&D In Person Again
  • 18:39 Dread Metrol: Into the Mists by Keith Baker
  • 34:18 The Dogs of War Adventure Generator with Dread Metrol
  • 36:59 Iskandar City Sourcebook by MT Black
  • 45:29 Miniatures, too expensive for new DMs?
  • 54:14 Sad WOTC didn't make Planescape? Buy the Old One

Links

Running Small D&D Battles in the Theater of the Mind
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 21
Handling Rests in D&D

Handling Rests in D&D

July 16, 2021

Mike offers options and tips for handling rests in D&D. Click "Show More" for notes and links.

Lazy D&D Talk Show. D&D and Magic the Gathering, Knife to Know You, Mork Borg, Downtime

Lazy D&D Talk Show. D&D and Magic the Gathering, Knife to Know You, Mork Borg, Downtime

July 15, 2021

Mike chats about all things D&D! 

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:44 D&D and Magic the Gathering
  • 08:07 Playing MtG again
  • 16:37 Reviewing Patreons Next Week
  • 18:54 Knife to Know You by Doryen Chin
  • 24:25 Mork Borg
  • 36:46 Downtime in D&D
  • 48:07 Getting back to playing in person

Links

 

The Best Improvements to your D&D Game are Free

The Best Improvements to your D&D Game are Free

July 13, 2021

Mike talks about the best, and cheapest, ways to improve your D&D game. The best tools to improve your D&D game are free.

 
 
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 20
Using Stars and Wishes for feedback on your D&D Game
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Ernie Gygax, DM Voicework, Empire of the Ghouls, Where the Machines Wait, D&D MtG

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Ernie Gygax, DM Voicework, Empire of the Ghouls, Where the Machines Wait, D&D MtG

July 8, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

  • 00:00 Video Intro
  • 00:13 TSR (3) and the Ernie Gygax Situation
  • 05:46 Gender Identity Thoughts from an Old Cis White Dude
  • 12:14 How Important is D&D Voicework Poll
  • 16:41 Why I Review Third Party Products
  • 18:27 Empire of the Ghouls by Kobold press
  • 27:56 Where the Machines Wait
  • 34:17 MtG D&D Adventures and Pregen Characters
  • 38:05 Making Cheap D&D Tokens from MtG Cards
  • 40:44 Rolling for Monster Horde Damage
  • 46:37 Matt Colville making his own RPG? Level up 5e RPG
  • 49:21 Dungeons of Drakkenheim

Links

Let’s Make an Adventure! Keep of the Black Gate Part 2
Types of D&D Secrets and How to Find Them

Types of D&D Secrets and How to Find Them

July 6, 2021

Mike offers a tip for thinking up secrets and clues by considering the types of secrets the characters may discover and how they might discover them.

Types of secrets

  • Character secrets
  • NPC secrets
  • Story secrets
  • Villainous secrets
  • Location secrets
  • Historical secrets
  • Theological secrets

Ways to discover them

  • Character background
  • NPCs (friendly or hostile)
  • Books, journals, notes, and scolls
  • Items
  • Frescos and mosaics
  • dreams and portents
  • sentient magic items

Links

 
 
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 19
Player-Driven Monster Descriptions for D&D

Player-Driven Monster Descriptions for D&D

July 2, 2021

Mike offers a tip to get players to think more about monsters in the story of your D&D game by asking them to define interesting physical characteristics of monsters.

Lazy D&D Talk Show - 27 June 2021

Lazy D&D Talk Show - 27 June 2021

July 1, 2021

Another episode of the Lazy D&D Talk show. Topics include how to steer damage away from the boss, the Mercer effect, yam-shaped adventures design, and reviews of Grymmworld and the Oath of the Frozen King.

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:36 Finding a D&D group
  • 05:07 How did my Keep of the Black Gate game go?
  • 07:05 Player tip: Always have a ranged attack
  • 08:36 DM Tip: Redirect damage away from the boss
  • 13:30 The Mercer Effect
  • 24:21 Grymmworld by Grant Ellis and Ryan Servis
  • 33:40 Oath of the Frozen King by Absolute Tabletop
  • 40:32 Too many quests in chapter 1 of Frostmaiden
  • 43:49 Yam-shaped adventure design

Links

 

Let’s Make an Adventure! Keep of the Black Gate Part 1
Finding Maps for D&D
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 16
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 18
Use Villainous Heralds in D&D
Lazy D&D Talk Show - 20 June 2021

Lazy D&D Talk Show - 20 June 2021

June 24, 2021

Mike chats about all things D&D!

Show Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:17 Tricks for the D&D Encounter Builder
  • 12:35 Mork Borg
  • 17:41 Old School Essentials
  • 24:40 Runehammer Games's 5e Hardcore Mode
  • 32:14 2C Gamings Total Party Kill Bestiary 2
  • 37:42 Nord's Dreaded Accursed
  • 40:19 Increasing the Deadly Encounter Benchmark at level 11+
  • 46:09 Returning to our one-on-one D&D game

Links

Preparing for your D&D Game in 15 Minutes
Lazy D&D Prep: Rime of the Frostmaiden Session 17
Two Tools for D&D Encounter Building
Worldbuilding for Lazy Dungeon Masters: PAX Unplugged, December 2019

Worldbuilding for Lazy Dungeon Masters: PAX Unplugged, December 2019

June 16, 2021

The lost recording of the Worldbuilding for the Lazy Dungeon Master panel at Pax Unplugged, December 2019, hosted by James Haeck with Makenzie De Armas, Mike Shea, Morrigan Robbins, and Renee Rhodes.

James Haeck
@jamesjhaeck

Makenzie De Armas
makenzielaneda

Mike Shea
@slyflourish

Morrigan Robbins
@MorriLoremother

Renee Rhodes
@raedeanner

Lazy D&D Talk Show - 13 June 2021

Lazy D&D Talk Show - 13 June 2021

June 15, 2021

Mike chats about D&D!

Show Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:52 Translations Pushing Back 6e Predictions
  • 5:00 Reviews of Third Party Books
  • 07:22 Arcana of the Ancients
  • 12:07 Ptolus
  • 15:07 Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands
  • 18:04 Ironsworn
  • 20:56 Adventures of the Potbellied Kobold'
  • 23:51 Mike's Appendix N (what's yours??)
  • 37:25 Mike's Take on Stress Effects
  • 58:15 Player vs. Player and Player vs. DM Consent
  • 1:10:20 Rant about Adventurer's League

Links

Be Nice to 1st Level Characters in D&D

Be Nice to 1st Level Characters in D&D

June 14, 2021

Mike talks about the importance of being nice to 1st level characters and offers three tips to make their lives a little easier.

Managing Time While Running Your D&D Games
DM’s Deep Dive: Paige Leitman at Winter Fantasy, February 2020

DM’s Deep Dive: Paige Leitman at Winter Fantasy, February 2020

June 10, 2021

Recently recovered from the deepest depths of the ancient Sly Flourish libraries, I bring you my interview with Paige Leitman in which we discuss D&D Adventurer's League, our favorite conventions, and all sorts of fun topics.

Video Contents
00:00 We love Winter Fantasy! What We've enjoyed.
03:07 Who's Paige Leitman?
06:07 Paige's there new tips for current DMs
07:15 Use an X Card (see the link below)
08:44 Cater to your audience and ask them what they want
09:01 Read your published adventures
11:00 What's changed in 2 years? AL moving towards story.
16:56 How are the changes being accepted?
19:20 What people think of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist
21:17 Other trends from the 5e Facebook: greater diversity and inclusion.
22:30 Interesting homebrew is popping up.
23:20 The impact of D&D Beyond
26:30 Navigating the curve between tactical and story
31:58 Play a different game

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