The Sly Flourish D&D Podcast
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
Lazy D&D Talk Show: New WOTC President, Lazy DM’s Companion PDF for Sale, Tal’Dorei Reborn

Lazy D&D Talk Show: New WOTC President, Lazy DM’s Companion PDF for Sale, Tal’Dorei Reborn

February 7, 2022

WOTC's new president, Lazy DM's Companion PDF for sale, Tal'Dorei Reborn product spotlight, more on Monsters of the Multiverse monster difficulty, and February Patreon Q&A in this week's Lazy D&D Talk Show!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:35 New President of Wizards of the Coast and the Unpredictability of the Future of D&D
  • 07:20 Lazy DM's Companion PDF Now for General Sale!
  • 08:36 Tal'Dorei Reborn Product Spotlight
  • 25:17 Videos and Articles about Monster Difficulty in Monsters of the Multiverse
  • 37:57 Patreon Question: Running with One Remote Player and Three Physical Players
  • 41:55 Patreon Question: Running a Predator-style Adventure that Doesn't Suck
  • 45:55 Patreon Question: Any Further Tips on Campaign Development? Not really!
  • 47:51 Patreon Question: Getting Players to Use More Character Features
  • 50:31 Patreon Question: Getting Players to Understand Old-School Style Adventures in 5e
  • 53:29 Patreon Question: Building Legacy Weapons that Scale Up in Power

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Lazy GM Prep: Blades in the Dark Campaign Retrospective
Numenera Session Zero – Lazy GM Prep
January 2022 Patreon Q&A

January 2022 Patreon Q&A

February 2, 2022

Mike goes through the final 33 Patreon questions of January 2022!

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:01:01 Cliche Bad Guy Expositions
  • 00:02:49 Managing Treasure Distribution
  • 00:05:08 Describing Three of Five Keys In Fiction
  • 00:07:30 Building Quick Monsters from Scratch
  • 00:09:39 Incorporating Character Backstories - Not for Everyone
  • 00:13:46 Lazy Tips for Character Retreats
  • 00:17:41 Sly Flourish DM Screen?
  • 00:21:05 Creating Interesting Combat Encounters
  • 00:25:12 Adding New Characters to Descent into Avernus
  • 00:27:06 Making a CR 3 Vampire
  • 00:28:56 More Sly Flourish Streamed D&D Games? Nope, Sorry.
  • 00:30:29 Running One-Hour D&D Games
  • 00:33:33 Tracking Factions in Notion
  • 00:35:26 One-Page Campaign Guide for Homebrew Worlds
  • 00:38:49 Setup for Running Games Online
  • 00:41:08 Experience with Devesting Critical Hits
  • 00:42:05 Using Extra Encounters for WOTC Hardcover Campaigns
  • 00:43:33 Fog of War for Tabletop Maps
  • 00:46:01 Secrets and Clues for West Marches Games
  • 00:48:16 Managing Monsters with Debilitating Fun-Stealing Effects
  • 00:51:04 OGL Good for Smaller Publishers? Not sure.
  • 00:52:57 Running Grendleroot in Avernus
  • 00:54:10 Integrating Monuments
  • 00:55:50 Running Forgotten Realms for Knowledgable Players
  • 00:58:05 Running Townbuilding Scenarios
  • 00:59:44 Revealing Pointcrawls to Players
  • 01:01:59 Playing in an 11-year-old's D&D Game
  • 01:03:01 Running Grendleroot to 20th Level
  • 01:04:31 Converting Settings to Other Systems and Running Fate
  • 01:07:12 Speeding Up Combat
  • 01:09:10 High-Level Relics Too Powerful? Nope!
  • 01:11:03 Getting Players to Roleplay With Each Other
  • 01:12:26 Revealing Numenera to Unknowing Characters

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Lazy D&D Talk Show – The Importance of D&D, Tome of Beasts 3, Level Up 5e Monstrous Menagerie

Lazy D&D Talk Show – The Importance of D&D, Tome of Beasts 3, Level Up 5e Monstrous Menagerie

January 31, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:29 My friend Bryan and the Importance of D&D
  • 08:07 Quick Thoughts on Blades in the Dark
  • 09:23 Further Thoughts on D&D Beyond and Monsters of the Multiverse
  • 12:28 Kickstarter Spotlight: Tome of Beasts 3 by Kobold Press (Sponsored)
  • 17:04 Product Spotlight: Level Up 5e Monstrous Menagerie
  • 42:58 Patreon Q&A
  • 43:23 Patreon Question: 5e's Time Sinks
  • 48:22 Patreon Question: Do Monster Dials Prevent Character Death?
  • 50:27 Patreon Question: Digital 3rd Party Products Outside of PDFs?
  • 53:09 Patreon Question: Tips for Monster Morale
  • 55:18 Patreon Question: 4e Modules of Note for 5e Conversion?
  • 56:59 Patreon Question: Secrets, Clues, and Discoveries for Numenera

Links

Lazy GM Prep: Blades in the Dark Session 4
Lazy D&D Talk Show – Lazy DM’s Companion Delivered, Monsters of the Multiverse release and stat block thoughts, Patreon Questions

Lazy D&D Talk Show – Lazy DM’s Companion Delivered, Monsters of the Multiverse release and stat block thoughts, Patreon Questions

January 24, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:38 Lazy DM's Companion PDF Delivered!
  • 09:29 Monsters of the Multiverse on D&D Beyond on May 17th
  • 13:25 MotM Not Updating Previous Content on D&D Beyond
  • 23:26 A Look at Monsters of the Multiverse Stat Blocks
  • 47:56 Patreon Question: Transitions Between Scenes and Encounters
  • 50:47 Patreon Question: Running "World Without Heroes" Campaign
  • 53:35 Patreon: Using Callbacks
  • 56:08 Patreon Question: Problems and Benefits of D&D Canon
  • 59:36 Patreon Question: Bite-sized Lore and Inspiration

Links

Wild Beyond the Witchlight Session One Retrospective

Wild Beyond the Witchlight Session One Retrospective

January 21, 2022

Mike talks about his first full session of Wild Beyond the Witchlight.

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 02:10 Seven D&D Tips from Last Night's Game
  • 12:31 The Theme of Witchlight and the Dreadful Incursions
  • 16:42 The Characters in my Witchlight Campaign
  • 21:22 First Witchlight Session Retrospective
  • 45:11 Prep for my Next Session
  • 59:49 Listing the Cool Dreadful Domains for Dreadful Incursions

Links

Lazy GM Prep: Blades in the Dark Session 3
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Final Lazy DM Companion Art, Witchlight thoughts, D&D is not WoW

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Final Lazy DM Companion Art, Witchlight thoughts, D&D is not WoW

January 17, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D! Sorry about the plosives in the recording, I was speaking too much into the mic (no need to comment =))

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:41 Lazy DMs Companion Update - All is Great!
  • 05:02 Thoughts about Wild Beyond the Witchlight Sesson Zero
  • 15:42 More on D&D Not Being Like World of Warcraft
  • 33:05 Patreon Questions
  • 33:28 Patreon Question: Revisiting Old Eliminated Prep Areas
  • 36:04 Patreon Question: Preparing Multiple Sessions in Advance
  • 38:35 Patreon Question: Handling Unexpected Character Deaths
  • 41:25 Patreon Question: Publishing Homebrew Campaigns
  • 45:14 Patreon Question: Favorite and Least Favorite Parts of 5e Seven Years In
  • 51:07 Patreon Question: Evaluating Published Adventures
  • 55:30 Patreon Question: DCs Higher than 30 and Choosing DCs based on the Characters

Links

Lazy D&D Talk Show – Friday Night Mic Check

Lazy D&D Talk Show – Friday Night Mic Check

January 14, 2022

Mike's special mic-check episode of the Lazy D&D Talk show. Just general chatter about lots of random stuff.

Contents

  • 00:00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:01:16 What Did I Do Today?
  • 00:03:33 Cobra Kai
  • 00:05:15 Reddit on Character Race Changes
  • 00:13:12 Checking my Mic
  • 00:16:58 Predictions on the Next D&D
  • 00:18:47 Jim Collins's "Good to Great" and Wizards of the Coast
  • 00:28:07 Lots of Monster Books Coming
  • 00:28:50 Dangerous Destinations by Nord Games
  • 00:32:32 Potential Numenera Campaign Adventures
  • 00:45:17 Alphastream's New Patreon
  • 00:49:23 My Dream: An RPG Industry Talk Show
  • 00:52:45 Mike's Next Thing... (Join Patreon to find out!)
  • 00:55:35 Latest Lazy DM's Companion Preview
  • 01:06:54 How do you Grow Your Patreon

Links

Lazy GM Prep: Blades in the Dark Session 2
Wild Beyond the Witchlight Session Zero Prep

Wild Beyond the Witchlight Session Zero Prep

January 11, 2022

Mike prepares for his session zero of Wizards of the Coast hardcover adventure Wild Beyond the Witchlight! Video contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 01:09 How I feel about Wild Beyond the Witchlight
  • 07:41 Running a Session Zero
  • 12:15 Witchlight Campaign One-Pager
  • 39:26 Reading and Absorbing Wild Beyond the Witchlight
  • 44:04 Adding Dreadful Incursions for Combat Options in Witchlight
  • 57:13 Prepping the First Session at the Witchlight Carnival

Links

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Hasbro CEO, Limitless Heroics, Bible Adventure, Mage Forge, What Crooked Roots

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Hasbro CEO, Limitless Heroics, Bible Adventure, Mage Forge, What Crooked Roots

January 10, 2022

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 01:24 WOTC CEO Chris Cocks Promoted to Hasbro CEO
  • 10:03 Kickstarter Spotlight: Limitless Heroics
  • 14:53 Kickstarter Spotlight: Adventurer's Guide to the Bible
  • 18:47 Kickstarter Spotlight: Nerdarchy's Mage Forge
  • 20:33 Kickstarter Preview Spotlight: Tome of Beasts 3 by Kobold Press
  • 22:31 Product Spotlight: What Crooked Roots
  • 28:04 4e Skill Challenges vs. Blades Progress Clocks
  • 34:52 Patreon Questions
  • 35:27 Patreon Question: Keeping High Levels Challenging
  • 41:00 Patreon Question: Sly Flourish Books on Roll 20?
  • 44:44 Patreon Question: When Do You Give Out the One-Page Campaign Guide?
  • 46:19 Patreon Question: Pre- and Post-Game Rituals
  • 48:34 Patreon Question: Running Complicated Political Intrigue
  • 51:12 This Isn't Gospel. I'm Just Sharing My Experiences
  • 52:05 Patreon Question: Good 5-Page Product Types?
  • 56:11 Patreon Question: Running RPGs for Kids?
  • 57:55 Patreon Question: Good Downward Beats from Hamlet's Hit Points
  • 59:25 Patreon Question: Scaling D&D for Three Characters

Links

Blades in the Dark Prep – Session 1
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Notable 3rd Party D&D Products of 2021, Final 2021 Patreon Questions

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Notable 3rd Party D&D Products of 2021, Final 2021 Patreon Questions

January 3, 2022

Notable 3rd party D&D products of 2021 and Patreon Questions!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:12 Mastering Dungeons for D&D News
  • 01:14 Lazy DM Companion Art Previews
  • 04:44 Notable 5e Third-Party Products in 2021
  • 06:02 Arcadia by MCDM
  • 08:54 The Book of Fiends by Robert Schwalb and Green Ronin
  • 10:11 Complete Kobold's Guide to Monsters by Kobold Press
  • 11:43 Iskandar by MT Black
  • 12:32 Level Up Advanced 5e by EnWorld Publishing
  • 14:08 Ptolus 5e by Monte Cook Games
  • 16:12 Scarlet Citadel by Kobold Press
  • 18:16 Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands by Raging Swan Press
  • 19:22 Southlands by Kobold Press
  • 20:19 Vault of Magic by Kobold Press
  • 21:49 Where the Machines Wait by Monte Cook Games
  • 24:56 Patreon Questions
  • 25:22 Patreon Question: Epic and Meaningful Deaths
  • 28:58 Patreon Question: Handling Petrification and Flight
  • 30:40 Chamber of Secrets - Worst Harry Potter Movie
  • 33:19 Patreon Question: Rolling Secret Rolls for Characters
  • 35:29 Patreon Question: Organizing Digital Products
  • 40:18 Patreon Question: Tying Hooks to Characters in Published Adventures
  • 42:55 Patreon Question: Separating Treasure, Traps, and Locations in Prep
  • 43:46 Patreon Question: Thoughts on 1st Level Adventures
  • 45:37 Patreon Question: Revealing Pointcrawl Maps to Players
  • 49:46 Patreon Question: Tying Characters to Linear Adventures
  • 51:31 Patreon Question: Gaslighting Players and the False Hydra
  • 55:05 Patreon Question: Tracking In-World Time
  • 57:24 Patreon Question: Go-To Reskinnable Monsters
  • 59:31 Patreon Question: Preparing GM Intrusions with Cypher System

Links

Lazy GM Prep: Blades in the Dark Session Zero Prep
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Lighting Rods, Player Campaign Survey, 1,100 Awesome D&D Pages, Patreon Q&A

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Lighting Rods, Player Campaign Survey, 1,100 Awesome D&D Pages, Patreon Q&A

December 27, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:23 DM Tip: Lightning Rods in Boss Fights
  • 09:04 Player Campaign Survey Results
  • 17:16 1,100 Pages of Awesome 5e Third-Party Books in One Day
  • 27:21 Patreon Questions
  • 28:18 Patreon Question: What Lazy DM Material Do I No Longer Agree With?
  • 34:14 Patreon Question: Help Struggling Players Explore
  • 39:26 Patreon Question: Organizing Campaigns in Notion, OneNote, and Other Tools
  • 45:35 Patreon Question: Character Options in One-Page Campaign Guides
  • 48:41 Patreon Question: Game Intro Rituals
  • 51:01 Patreon Question: Concluding a Campaign with Limited Time Left
  • 52:47 Patreon Question: Point Crawls with Geographic Maps

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