The Sly Flourish D&D Podcast
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Update, After-School RPG Grants, D&D Beyond Usage, Patreon Q&A

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Update, After-School RPG Grants, D&D Beyond Usage, Patreon Q&A

November 29, 2021

Mike chats about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:01:12 Lazy DM Companion Update
  • 00:03:59 The Sly Flourish After-School RPG Grant
  • 00:06:22 D&D Beyond Usage Poll
  • 00:11:45 Patreon Q&A
  • 00:12:16 Patreon Question: Tuning Encounters Around Your Group
  • 00:19:30 Patreon Question: Noir-Style Adventures in Tier 2+
  • 00:24:00 Patreon Question: Running Fun High-Level (Level 16+) Campaigns
  • 00:30:36 Patreon Question: More Stuff for Martial Characters
  • 00:34:11 Patreon Question: Players Hoarding Relics and Magic Items
  • 00:38:34 Patreon Question: Getting Players to Use High Level Spells
  • 00:39:54 Patreon Question: Balancing Custom Monsters
  • 00:45:26 Patreon Question: Completely Improvising a Session
  • 00:49:02 Patreon Question: Making Use of Tool Proficiencies
  • 00:52:55 Patreon Question: Avoiding Plot-Armor for Character-Focused Plots
  • 00:55:45 Patreon Question: Rewarding Magic Items While Avoiding Overpowering Characters
  • 01:01:53 Patreon Question: Incorporating Character Secrets
  • 01:05:50 Chat Question: Magic Item Identification
  • 01:06:40 Chat Question: Converting Older Adventures
  • 01:07:09 Chat Question: Fistful of Copper
  • 01:07:43 Chat Question: Creating Rivals
  • 01:08:53 Chat Question: Ideal Endings
  • 01:11:38 Chat Question: Recommended Books, TV Shows, Movies, and Games?
  • 01:13:39 Chat Question: Grendleroot with Small Parties
  • 01:14:00 Show Ending

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Frostmaiden Prep Session 38: Ythryn Part 2
Lazy D&D Talk Show: LDMC Update, Mastering Dungeons on Fizban‘s, Improvising Monster Stats, Patreon Questions

Lazy D&D Talk Show: LDMC Update, Mastering Dungeons on Fizban‘s, Improvising Monster Stats, Patreon Questions

November 22, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 01:02 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter Update
  • 02:30 Mastering Dungeons on Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • 08:14 Improvising Monsters With Stat Tables
  • 18:16 Using Different Monster Books for Different Areas
  • 19:52 Sharing Experiences - Not Offering Advice
  • 23:26 Patreon Questions
  • 23:42 Patreon Question: The Non-Core Books with the Biggest Impact on D&D
  • 27:44 Patreon Question: Running Games at a Game Store
  • 31:48 Patreon Question: Using Old School Essentials to Teach D&D?
  • 36:17 Patreon Question: Challenging both Optimized and Non-Optimized Characters
  • 41:52 Patreon Question: Guidelines for Alternative Systems
  • 45:02 Patreon Question: Thinking About Villains Early On
  • 47:17 Patreon Questions: Managing PC Home Bases
  • 48:38 Patreon Question: Managing Character Creation for New Players
  • 51:26 Patreon Question: Is D&D Become Less Flexible? No.

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 37: Ythryn Part 1
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Patreon Update and Q&A, Obsidian for DM Prep, Expedition to Mysterious Peaks, cy_borg, Mork Borg Feretory

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Patreon Update and Q&A, Obsidian for DM Prep, Expedition to Mysterious Peaks, cy_borg, Mork Borg Feretory

November 15, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:34 Patreon Update: Sly Flourish's Uncovered Secrets Volume 1 & 2
  • 02:59 Lazy DM Companion Update
  • 03:55 DM Prep with Obsidian.md
  • 13:19 Kickstarter: Expedition to the Mysterious Peaks
  • 15:16 Kickstarter: cy_borg
  • 20:05 Product Spotlight: Mork Borg Feretory
  • 27:18 DM Tip: Beefing Up 5e Vampires
  • 31:05 Using Fizban's Treasury of Dragons in Play
  • 34:14 Patreon Question: Setting the Mood
  • 39:10 Patreon Question: Planning Upward and Downward Beats
  • 42:42 Patreon Question: Has Character Death Become Taboo?
  • 50:57 Patreon Question: Satisfying Conclusions for Weak Villains

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 36: Caves of Hunger Part 3
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Fizban‘s Treasury of Dragons, Vault of Magic, Planegea, Abraxis, 2CG Rewards and Rarities, Dwarven Forge Reliquaries

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Fizban‘s Treasury of Dragons, Vault of Magic, Planegea, Abraxis, 2CG Rewards and Rarities, Dwarven Forge Reliquaries

November 8, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00:44 Preorder Page for the Lazy DM's Companion
  • 00:03:21 Thoughts on Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • 00:12:43 WOTC's Problem with High CR Damage
  • 00:20:45 Kickstarter: Planegea by Atlast Games
  • 00:23:05 Kickstarter: Skyraiders of Abraxis by Laura and Tracy Hickman
  • 00:25:06 Kickstarter: Rewards and Rarities by 2C Gaming
  • 00:27:13 Kickstarter: Reliquaries by Dwarven Forge
  • 00:32:04 Transitioning to 70% Online Play
  • 00:35:39 Spotlight: Vault of Magic by Kobold Press
  • 00:44:19 Patreon Questions and Answers
  • 00:45:14 Patreon Question: Transitioning to Published Adventures
  • 00:47:46 Patreon Question: Worrying about Subverting Expectations
  • 00:50:37 Patreon Question: Character Deaths and New Characters
  • 00:53:21 Patreon Question: Keeping Track of Characters' Knowledge
  • 00:55:02 Patreon Question: Handling NPC to NPC Conversations
  • 00:56:34 Patreon Question: Adding Details to Fantastic Locations

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 35: Caves of Hunger Part 2
Lazy D&D Talk Show - Fizban‘s, Amazing Encounters, Potbellied Guide to Villains and Lairs, Planebreaker, Ebon Tides, Patreon Q&A

Lazy D&D Talk Show - Fizban‘s, Amazing Encounters, Potbellied Guide to Villains and Lairs, Planebreaker, Ebon Tides, Patreon Q&A

November 1, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:01:01 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter
  • 00:02:14 Thoughts on Ravenloft Halloween One-Shot
  • 00:13:32 Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • 00:21:50 Kickstarter: Amazing Encounters and Places
  • 00:24:29 Kickstarter: Potbellied Kobold's Guide to Villains and Lairs
  • 00:25:33 Kickstarter: Planebreaker
  • 00:28:24 Numenera Humble Bundle
  • 00:30:02 Kickstarter: Book of Ebon Tides
  • 00:31:02 Building RPG Companies Around Kickstarter
  • 00:32:43 Patreon Question: Best Encounters for 1st Session
  • 00:36:54 Patreon Question: Ideal Sidekicks for One-on-One Games
  • 00:38:46 Patreon Question: Running Natural Disasters as Villains
  • 00:41:57 Patreon Question: Ideal Facts for the "Six Truths" when Campaign Building
  • 00:43:38 Patreon Question: Lazy Prep for Dungeons
  • 00:46:42 Patreon Question: Process for Building Boss Monsters
  • 00:50:58 Patreon Question: Tell Players about Monster Immunities and Legendary Resistances
  • 00:54:02 Patreon Question: Lazy Prep for Marathon Sessions
  • 00:56:22 Patreon Question: Ideal Number of Sessions for Milestone Leveling
  • 00:57:24 Patreon Question: Keeping the Tension in Roleplay Scenes
  • 00:58:26 Patreon Question: Using Lazy DM Steps for Other RPGs
  • 01:00:20 Patreon Question: Failing Forward on a TPK?

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 34: Caves of Hunger
Lazy D&D Talk Show: LDMC Kickstarter, Critical Role, Ultimate Gaming Room, LevelUp 5e, Serpent Sea

Lazy D&D Talk Show: LDMC Kickstarter, Critical Role, Ultimate Gaming Room, LevelUp 5e, Serpent Sea

October 25, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:39 Artwork from the Lazy DM's Companion
  • 03:22 Mike on D&D Beyond Talking Fizbans
  • 04:21 Call from the Netherdeep Announced
  • 06:23 Critical Role Season 3
  • 08:10 Critical Role's Gaming Room
  • 10:03 How Much Better Would Your Game Be with a Million Dollar Gaming Room?
  • 20:15 Mastering Dungeons
  • 20:59 WOTC's D&D Growth Over Time
  • 25:01 Paizo's Union
  • 27:23 Level Up: Advanced 5e Kickstarter
  • 29:42 Raiders of the Serpent Sea Kickstarter
  • 31:04 Kickstarters are the Most Interesting Growth Areas of RPGs
  • 35:36 Patreon Questions!
  • 36:11 Patreon Question: Running Lighthearted Campaigns
  • 41:38 Which Third Party Products to Trust?
  • 48:24 Running Chases in D&D
  • 55:43 Avenues for Indy RPG Creation - Newsletters!!

Links

Let‘s Make an Adventure with the Lazy DM‘s Companion Part 2

Let‘s Make an Adventure with the Lazy DM‘s Companion Part 2

October 22, 2021

Mike uses material from the Lazy DM's Companion to continue his preparation for a single-session D&D game!

Back the Kickstarter!

Frostmaiden Prep Session 33: Chardalyn Dragon Aftermath
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Fizban‘s, First World, New Monster Design,13th Age Spotlight

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Fizban‘s, First World, New Monster Design,13th Age Spotlight

October 18, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:29 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter
  • 03:14 Fizban's Treasury of Dragons
  • 05:38 The dragons in the First World
  • 10:48 Aspect of Tiamat, Great Wyrm stat blocks, and spellcasting dragons
  • 18:32 Monster Design Guidelines from WOTC
  • 23:45 13th Age Spotlight
  • 43:30 Patreon Question: Tracking what happened
  • 46:44 Patreon Question: Putting on pressure in flexible campaigns
  • 51:26 Patreon Question: The 8 steps in a megadungeon
  • 54:29 Patreon Question: Putting puzzles into your game

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 32: The Chardalyn Dragon
Let‘s Make an Adventure with the Lazy DM‘s Companion
Lazy D&D Talk Show: New D&D Core Book Thoughts, Monster Design, the Many D&D Communities, Fudging Hit Points

Lazy D&D Talk Show: New D&D Core Book Thoughts, Monster Design, the Many D&D Communities, Fudging Hit Points

October 11, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:40 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter
  • 03:24 Mastering Dungeons Live on Twitch
  • 05:12 More New D&D Core Book Thoughts
  • 05:41 This is Different from Other D&D Revisions
  • 09:48 Thoughts on New Monster Design
  • 11:57 Thoughts on the Different D&D Communities
  • 22:28 On Fudging Hit Points
  • 30:43 Patreon Questions
  • 31:54 How do you handle the number of monsters with the lazy benchmark?
  • 38:21 How do you keep a 20th level party going?
  • 41:38 Making Your Own Encounter Tables
  • 45:15 Better Support for Tier 3 and 4?
  • 56:34 Can't Remember Spell Details? That's ok!

Links

Lazy DM‘s Companion Kickstarter 2nd Q&A

Lazy DM‘s Companion Kickstarter 2nd Q&A

October 8, 2021

Mike goes through more questions for the Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter!

Links

Contents

  • 00:00 Start - About the Kickstarter
  • 02:09 Any modifications based on upcoming D&D changes? No.
  • 04:05 Will the Companion be useful for non-D&D games? Yes!
  • 05:05 Can you show the book in action? Yes! Next time.
  • 06:33 Will the spiral-bound Workbook be available post-Kickstarter? Yes!
  • 07:36 Really? No Stretch goals? Yep, no stretch goals.
  • 09:04 Will the PDFs come through DriveThruRPG? Yes!
  • 09:22 Will we get the PDFs of existing books right away? Yes!
  • 10:00 Will the digital versions include existing ePubs? Yes!
  • 10:44 Can we get the physical versions of the "Fantastic" book add-ons? Not through the Kickstarter.
  • 11:52 Is the Companion "Done"? No. First draft is done.
  • 13:02 Can we see what the books will look like? Not yet.
  • 13:30 Can we add audiobooks as add-ons? Unfortunately, no.
  • 15:00 Can I print maps for my own private use? Yes.
  • 15:17 Can I give away extra digital copies? Yes.
  • 16:02 Can we get the digital art as a download? Yes.
  • 17:41 Will these questions get added to the FAQ? Yes.
  • 18:09 Will there be a retailer pledge? No, but...
  • 19:16 Will the printed books be available on Amazon? Yes, eventually.
  • 20:19 Will Return look like Babar in hardcover? No.
  • 21:17 Going to any conventions this year? No.
  • 23:05 How different are the printed books from PoD? Nicer!
  • 25:03 Experiences with Off-set Printing? Too early to say.
  • 29:12 Plans for different languages? Not at the moment.
  • 31:30 How do you plan to cope with the next 21 days? It's great!
  • 35:48 A look at the TOC and design of the Companion
  • 37:03 The Lands of the Fey page and design
  • 42:51 Turning a 1d20 list into a 1d400 list
  • 45:23 Useful guidelines and generators each in a single page
  • 48:00 Not re-creating existing guidelines
  • 49:36 Monster templates
  • 57:57 Can I mix and match physical and PDF orders? Yes!
Frostmaiden Session 31: Grimskalle and the Tests of the Frostmaiden
Recovering from a Bad D&D Game
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Kickstarter, New D&D Core Books, Multiverse Monsters, We Control D&D, Digital Armageddon

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Kickstarter, New D&D Core Books, Multiverse Monsters, We Control D&D, Digital Armageddon

October 4, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:09 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter
  • 05:23 New D&D Core Books coming in 2024
  • 21:04 Mordenkainen's Guide to the Monsters of the Multiverse
  • 31:41 WOTC Doesn't Control D&D – We do
  • 40:06 The Potential D&D Digital Armageddon
  • 51:08 Patreon Question: Oscar M. Connecting Characters in an Ongoing Campaign
  • 54:49 Patreon Question: Tim S. Spiral Campaigns in Cities
  • 57:30 Patreon Question: Pierce S on Countdown Clocks in D&D

Links

Frostmaiden Session 30: Grimskalle Fortress
Lazy DM‘s Companion Twitch Q&A #1

Lazy DM‘s Companion Twitch Q&A #1

September 30, 2021

Mike talks all about the Lazy DMs Companion and takes questions from Twitch. Join the Kickstarter here!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/slyflourish/the-lazy-dms-companion?ref=9hlew2

Show Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 2:27 Will there be a hardcover version of the Handbook?
  • 3:20 How come no stretch goals?
  • 6:25 Is the hardcover of Return different?
  • 8:56 Have you thought about combining the three books into one?
  • 14:56 Who are the artists behind this great art?
  • 16:25 How useful do you expect it to be for other systems and editions?
  • 19:40 Will the shipping cost change?
  • 20:20 Is the book future proof?
  • 27:40 Will there be any changes to the Lazy Combat Encounter Guide?
  • 31:46 What do you know about 6e?
  • 32:37 Is there something you wanted in the book that didn't make it?
  • 36:16 Have I started my next book? NO!
  • 37:07 Ever considered WOTC-hardcover-focused guides and products?
  • 39:20 Does the Lazy DM's Companion include downtime activities? No.
  • 40:22 Will the book be available on Amazon? Yes. Mid to late next year after backers get theirs.
  • 41:34 Do you have an "Appendix N" of inspirational resources? Yes!!
  • 44:13 Have you considered adding indexes to your books? No, but I will now!
  • 46:02 When do you get your stuff?
  • 49:15 How is your day going?
  • 52:52 Are you planning any appearances on YT/Twitch channels?
  • 53:31 Would you ever consider streaming a one-shot if the campaign did crazy numbers?
  • 54:59 Would you rather fight one horse-sized kobold or a hundred kobold-sized horses?
  • 55:15 What is your favourite Monte Cook supplement or product?
  • 55:47 How much for you to hand deliver the books?
  • 56:22 Any plans on an audiobook version?
  • 58:11 Have you thought of tabs for quick reference?
  • 58:54 Will their be epub versions of Return and Ruins of Grendleroot in it?
  • 59:36 What type of content is in the Lazy DM's Companion?

 

Customizing Published D&D Adventures
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Kickstarter, Planebreaker, Witchlight, D&D Celebration, Dungeoncraft Adventurers

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Kickstarter, Planebreaker, Witchlight, D&D Celebration, Dungeoncraft Adventurers

September 27, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:24 Lazy DM's Companion Kickstarter Coming Soon!
  • 02:34 Planebreaker Kickstarter
  • 04:43 Dwarven Forge Reliquaries Kickstarter
  • 08:02 Wild Beyond the Witchlight Thoughts
  • 13:11 D&D Celebration
  • 15:29 DM's Guild Dungeoncraft Adventures
  • 20:03 DM's Panel on Immersion
  • 24:51 New Adventurer's League Rules (They're Awesome)
  • 28:41 Sharon C. Are Hybrid Conventions Here to Stay? (Yes!)
  • 35:23 Tracking villains in published adventures
  • 39:18 Questions about the Kickstarter
  • 43:16 Running Wilderness Exploration
  • 46:49 Non-combat Strong Starts for Adventures
  • 50:22 Tips for Running NPCs and Giving Away Secrets

Links

Frostmaiden Session 29:Tomb of the Frost Giants
Spiral Campaign Development
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Witchlight Marketing, World Simulation, Pacing, Shadow of the Demon Lord

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Witchlight Marketing, World Simulation, Pacing, Shadow of the Demon Lord

September 20, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:22 Lazy DM Companion Kickstarter Notification Signup!
  • 03:14 Wild Beyond the Witchlight marketing in full force
  • 06:29 World simulation vs scaling challenges
  • 22:30 Pacing – potentially the main DM weakness
  • 36:49 Shadow of the Demon Lord spotlight
  • 53:11 Building NPCs for different situations
  • 58:30 Building fronts in the middle of a campaign

Links

D&D’s Best Subsystem – The Ability Check
Frostmaiden Session 28-2: Grimskalle Redux
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