13: Dungeon Builder’s Block (Crawling Through Dungeon Creation)

December 14, 2014

Welcome back to another episode.  Glad you could join us.  This week we have a jam packed episode.  We crawl through what it takes to build a quality dungeon that both you and your players will enjoy.  We love dungeons here at the Dungeon Master's Block and we want you to enjoy and share our love for dungeons.  

Story Time:  We share what happened last week in DM Mitch's campaign.  A few good laughs if you listen in.  We also share a story from one of our community members here at the Dungeon Master's Block.  
The Meat:  This week we delve into the who, what, where, why, and how of a dungeon. We cover a lot of valuable materials.  We help you gain some ideas that may help you out with some of your future dungeons.  Hope you enjoy.
Light Bulb:  DM Chris created some stone walls to help enhance the dungeon crawl experience for his players.  Below are some pictures of what the finished product can look like.  Enjoy and share your creations with us as well.

12: Creation & Inspiration II

December 8, 2014

Our Second Creation & Inspiration Episode

Story Time: We talk about our past 2 nights of D&D, including opening a Tavern that doubles as a Tavern, as well as playing a video game like dungeon crawl!
The Meat: We have 6 new tips to use when creating stories, and being inspired. Then we move into our second TOP TEN!
Lightbulb:  Evernote is a great free program that can be used to take great notes for any D&D campaign!

11: World Building; Time & Space

November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.  We had a blast at Comic Con Grand Rapids last weekend.  So if we saw you there and you are listening to this episode of the podcast we greet you!  We have a lot in this episode as it is about some of our favorite things as DM's world creation.

Story Time: We explore the wonderful world of Aatos.  DM Mitch hosted a game last week that created a lot of fun memories and some of which include stone giants.
The Meat: We talk about three of our favorite things.  Time. Space. And Maps.  We have a lot to share with you about each of these areas of being a DM.  Some examples of our work are below for you to peruse through.  
Lightbulb:  There is not a lightbulb this week.  We instead list off a bunch of DnD things and people that we are thankful for.  Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
DM Chris' World (Panthia):
Example Calendar (Panthia):
DM Mitch's World (Aatos):
A Timeline of Aatos:
Example Month of Fantasy Calendar (Aatos):

10: Flawed, Flawless, or Flawful (feat. Flawful Jared)

November 16, 2014

This is our 10th episode here at the DM's Block.  We are so grateful to you as a community for making this podcast so worth doing every week.  Continue rocking and never hesitate to chat with us.  We love hearing from you. We have our friend Jared join us, the king of flawed characters, to share some of his expertise in playing a flawed character. Here is what we have for you in this 10th episode:

Story Time: We have been doing a Twitter campaign and we run through a few stories that we have had during our experiment.  We also run through DM Chris' last night of DnD.  Dragons, Dragons, and more dragons.
The Meat:  We discuss the pros and cons to playing and having both flawed characters and flawless characters.  We talk through some of our favorite NPC's that had flaws as well as some of our favorite PC's we have had in our group.
Light bulb:  We talk through gambling this week for our light bulb.  We share some of our favorite implementations of gambling into our campaigns and give you a few ideas to spark you interest in gambling with your own players.

09: Death & Dying

November 11, 2014
Story Time: We discuss the past week in Mitch's Campaign and a story of the almost death of Chris' 3 characters. 
The Meat:  We discuss the rules of death, dying and resurrection. 
Light Bulb: Our Light Bulb is about the "Life Point."

08: Bringing the Magic of Magic to D&D I (feat. #MagicMark)

November 2, 2014

We are joined this week by one of our players...Mark, as we talk about the lore of Magic the Gathering and how to use it in Dungeons and Dragons.


Story Time: We discuss some of our most hilarious dungeons and dragons memories. Content includes ham falling from the sky on savage northerners, a dwarf caught in an explosion, and a dead loxodon.
Meat Time:  Magic the Gathering has been played by many Dungeons and Dragons gamers. But most don't know the fascinating lore behind it. This week for the first time, we talk about how to use the lore from Magic as inspiration in your D&D campaigns! Content includes Planeswalkers, Myr, Loxodons, and Rhox. 
Light Bulb:  We talk about our different ways of collecting miniatures...for cheap.
Dragon Minis from DM Chris
Homemade Mini by DM Mitch
More Homemade Minis from DM Mitch

07: Halloween Special; The Big 4

October 28, 2014

The Dungeon Master's Block welcomes you to our first ever Halloween Special Episode.  If you are a fan of horror or Halloween in any way this podcast is certainly going to get at the inner gore within you.  We talk about the classics.  We call the the Big Four.  Here is what you can expect out of this episode:

Story Time: We discuss the creepiest moments we found ourselves in as either a DM or a player.  
The Meat:  We discuss the Big Four.  They are: Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, and Zombies in that order.  We talk about: What makes them scary, what are their stats, and how do you use them/fight them as a DM or player.
Light Bulb: Our Light Bulb moment for you all this week is we talk about costumes for a Halloween edition of your campaign or just a regular night.  They can add a fun element to any night.

06: Creation and Inspiration I

October 18, 2014

We are excited to publish the newest episode here on the Dungeon Masters Block.  We couldn't wait to get this episode out to you.  We believe that there is a lot of content in here that may be very useful and helpful to you as DM's or players.  Sit back and Enjoy!

Story Time: We travel into the stories of DM Chris' latest campaign.  We talk about the 68th annual worm wrangling event in the city of Milner as well as the wolf races that you could gamble on.
Meat Time:  We share with you all where we get most of our inspiration from and where we think you could possibly get some inspiration from in the future.  We also share a listeners email about his idea for this creativity episode.  We also share our top 10 list of ideas for either future campaigns or short adventures within a campaign.  We hope that this will spur you on to continue to create amazing adventures for your players
Light Bulb:  We share our initiative board with you all.  If you like it feel free to steal the idea.  We gladly encourage you to use it.  

05: How to Handle Problem Players

October 13, 2014

We had a ton of fun making this episode for everyone! We hope you enjoy it.  We love your feedback.  Please email us at dungeonmasterblock@gmail.com

Story Time: This time we talk about Mitch's campaign and we talk about a cave to his lands gods.  We also talk about the riders of Shemish a new riding gang in the city of Southfar.  In Chris' campaign we talk about the three Dwarves that are encountered: Dwalin, Blanin, and Amren.  Each of them brought their own set of fun to the night.
Meat Time: We talk through how to handle problem players within any group.  We offer suggestions and possible resolutions for a few different situations.  We also offer ways to possibly avoid them from the beginning.  
Light-bulb:   We talk about the dungeon tiles that we use in our campaigns.  We have attached a few photos below.  They are great!  

04: Everything Neutral Characters

October 3, 2014

Episode 4.  Let the excitement ensue.  Lots in here.  Jam Packed.  Enjoy.

Story Time: Who doesn't like some Gnolls that transform, transportation pools and epic prison escapes even Andy Dufresne would be proud of.
Meat:  This episode we discuss neutral characters.  They can be amazing to have in your campaigns, but at times they can be a hastle.  We discuss everything neutral.
Lightbulb:  Everyone's campaigns can go long from time to time and sometimes breaks are needed.  So what do we do during those breaks? We will tell you!