The Sly Flourish D&D Podcast
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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Frostmaiden Retrospective

Frostmaiden Retrospective

December 24, 2021

After finishing his Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign, Mike offers his thoughts and advice for the adventure and describes the epic conclusion to his campaign.

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 01:14 Experiences and Tips for Running Rime of the Frostmaiden
  • 02:07 Be ready to modify a lot of this adventure
  • 04:01 Cut quests liberally from chapter 1. It's far too big.
  • 05:46 Add quests, adventure paths, and keys to tie chapter 2 to the rest of the adventure
  • 07:38 Modify the timing of the Chardalyn dragon's attack to suit your story
  • 09:47 Add trials of Auril based on the characters' backgrounds and drives
  • 11:23 Tie Grimskalle and Ythryn together as requirements to end the Endless Night
  • 13:03 The Conclusion to Mike's Frostmaiden Campaign
  • 18:49 The Final Battle - Waves of Nasty Monsters and Lightning Rods!
  • 28:21 The Final Sacrifice
  • 32:03 One Year Later...
  • 41:06 The End of my 18th campaign in seven years
  • 44:45 Preview of the Witchlight campaign: Dreadful Incursions!

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 41: The Sepulcher of Thruun
Lazy D&D Talk Show: D&D Errata, Kickstarter and Blockchain, DDB Combat Tracker, Dungeoncraft Videos, Index Card RPG, Patreon Questions

Lazy D&D Talk Show: D&D Errata, Kickstarter and Blockchain, DDB Combat Tracker, Dungeoncraft Videos, Index Card RPG, Patreon Questions

December 20, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 00:45 Lazy DM's Companion Art and Maps Preview
  • 03:53 D&D Errata and Feedback
  • 17:39 Kickstarter and Blockchain - Ugh.
  • 25:48 D&D Beyond Combat Tracker Automatically Includes Character Initiative!
  • 31:45 Dungeon Craft Reviews Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master
  • 33:45 RPG Spotlight on Index Card RPG
  • 40:48 Patreon Questions
  • 41:07 Patreon Question: Filling Empty Rooms
  • 46:05 Patreon Question: Homebrewing Rest Mechanics
  • 49:28 Patreon Question: One-line 5e Monster Stat Blocks?
  • 51:44 Patreon Question: What's In the Lazy Player's Guide?
  • 53:37 Patreon Question: Adding Fate-style Aspects to D&D Games
  • 56:12 Patreon Question: Advice for Adventurer's League DMs?

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 40: Ythryn Part 4
How to ”Make It” in the D&D and RPG Industry

How to ”Make It” in the D&D and RPG Industry

December 16, 2021

Mike offers some thoughts and shares some experiences on the topic of what it takes to "make it" in the D&D and RPG industry. No magic bullets here but hopefully some useful thoughts on the topic.

Contents

  • 00:01:03 What does "Making It" Mean to You?
  • 00:04:30 Advice is Bullshit
  • 00:06:28 The Duality of Optimism and Pragmatism
  • 00:09:46 Practical Advice (oops)
  • 00:13:07 Use Lots of Platforms
  • 00:14:38 The Marketing Funnel
  • 00:21:33 The Value of Email Newsletters
  • 00:28:09 Getting Attention - Go Wide
  • 00:28:42 What About Podcasting?
  • 00:32:17 What About Conventions?
  • 00:33:59 Consistency + Visibility. Both Are Important.
  • 00:38:13 40% Find Me Through YouTube
  • 00:43:17 What Products Should One Make?
  • 00:54:37 RPG Writer's Workshop
  • 00:56:22 Where Do You Sell Your Stuff?
  • 01:08:37 Final Thoughts (NOT ADVICE!)

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Strixhaven Spotlight

Strixhaven Spotlight

December 14, 2021

Mike does a spotlight look at the new Wizards of the Coast hardcover D&D sourcebook and adventure, Strixhaven, a Curriculum of Chaos.

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 02:16 Digital vs. Physical. Why not both?
  • 04:08 A Different Kind of Sourcebook
  • 05:57 Magic University
  • 07:15 Three Facts about Strixhaven
  • 17:39 A Place You Want to Go
  • 26:42 Character Options
  • 44:06 School is in Session
  • 52:31 Mike Hates the D4. Worst Die Ever.
  • 56:20 Let's Look at Monsters

Links

Lazy D&D Talk Show: High CR Monster Damage, Southlands Spotlight, Patreon Questions

Lazy D&D Talk Show: High CR Monster Damage, Southlands Spotlight, Patreon Questions

December 13, 2021

Mike talks about all things D&D! Open up these notes for video contents and links.

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Intro
  • 01:33 Lazy DM's Companion Update
  • 04:09 Tips for High CR Monster Damage
  • 13:10 Product Spotlight: Southlands by Kobold Press
  • 37:59 DM Tip: Don't Punish Characters Taking Initiative
  • 42:47 Patreon Questions
  • 43:16 Patreon Question: Restarting an Old Campaign
  • 45:42 Patreon Question: Transitioning a Game to a New DM
  • 48:02 Patreon Question: Unconnected Fronts
  • 51:31 Patreon Question: What's the Problem with Twilight and Peace Clerics?
  • 59:16 Patreon Question: Breaking Up with a Player or Game

Links

Frostmaiden Prep Session 39: Ythryn Part 3
Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Update, Fudging HP Polls, Silvery Barbs, Blades in the Dark, Q&A

Lazy D&D Talk Show: Companion Update, Fudging HP Polls, Silvery Barbs, Blades in the Dark, Q&A

December 6, 2021

Lazy DM Companion update, Polls on Fudging HP, Silvery Barbs and Opting-In for Non-Core books, Blades in the Dark, and Patreon Questions!

Contents

  • 00:00 Show Start
  • 00:39 Lazy DM's Companion Update
  • 07:55 Fudging Hit Point Polls for DMs and Players
  • 11:06 Silvery Barbs and Opting-In for Non-Core Books
  • 23:16 Blades in the Dark Spotlight
  • 38:32 December Patreon Questions
  • 39:08 Patreon Question: Too Much Hoarding of Physical Books?
  • 42:13 Patreon Question: Options for Zombie Characters?
  • 44:47 Patreon Question: Procedures for Dungeon Crawls
  • 47:49 Patreon Question: Balancing the Campaign Theme and Six Truths in Spiral Campaign Development
  • 51:43 Patreon Question: High Charisma "Face" Characters Stealing the Show in RP Scenes

Links

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
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