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We met as eight strangers in the basement of an apartment complex in Bethesda, MD. Years later, we're still together, bound by friendship and the hobby we all love: tabletop roleplaying games. Join us each week, as we pack our episodes full of old news, tired conversation, and mediocre advice. All in under 60 minutes. Welcome to Potomac RPG, where our group is your group.
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S02E08: The Toolkit

S02E08: The Toolkit

2021-06-1459:01

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss DM resources.  Topics include general advice for a new DM, building an affordable DM screen, and organizing NPC information.  Also, we rank some our must have DM resources in our segment, Pick Is In! In the news segment, we discuss the announcements of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight and Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos:https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwieland/2021/06/11/dungeons-and-dragons-had-a-busy-week/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comHomemade DM Screen by Skill Tree - https://youtu.be/ENnauCGgTdMForged Dice DM Screen - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078BJNQVP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1Listen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss the D&D paladin class.  Topics include picking a feat/weapon, understanding smites, and roleplaying a multiclassed pally.  Also, we rank our favorite paladin subclasses in Pick Is In!  In the news segment, we discuss Rene-Jean Page's paladin role in the upcoming D&D movie:https://www.gamesradar.com/bridgerton-star-rege-jean-page-teases-his-role-in-dungeons-and-dragons-movie/As well as the status of a potential third campaign for Critical Role:https://decider.com/2021/06/04/will-there-be-a-campaign-3-critical-role/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S02E06: Roll With It

S02E06: Roll With It

2021-05-3158:48

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss dealing with minor group problems.  Topics include accidental cheating, arguing over skill checks, and not feeling a new character.  Also, we do some character creation based on songs in the Palate Cleanser!  In the news segment, we discuss some upcoming ttrpg releases for 2021:https://gamerant.com/table-top-rpgs-didnt-know-2021/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S02E05: Dirty Deeds

S02E05: Dirty Deeds

2021-05-2451:08

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss underhanded characters and how to play them.  Topics include limiting intraparty deceit with players who don't know each other, including the DM on your dastardly plans, and whether a DM should put their thumb on the scale to tempt players into betrayal.  Also, we create some morally questionable character in Let's Build Something! In the news segment, we discuss a recent article in Forbes detailing the amazing growth for D&D in 2020:https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwieland/2021/05/19/2020-was-the-best-year-ever-for-dungeons--dragons/?sh=5bfddecb4f37Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comSoundstripe - https://www.soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S02E04: Before All That

S02E04: Before All That

2021-05-1701:04:56

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss the absolutely necessary Session 0.  Topics include what to include in a session zero, providing a campaign synopsis, and whether a second session zero might be useful.  Also, we build our own session zero in Let's Build Something! In the news segment, we discuss the upcoming release of Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft:https://www.polygon.com/22430494/dungeons-dragons-van-richtens-guide-to-ravenloft-reviewOther products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, our friends from the Monday group discuss the social changes experienced in becoming D&D players.  Topics include what the neighbors will think, how significant others react, and the stigma that still is attached to Dungeons & Dragons.  Also, we play a quick game of Say It Ain't So!In the news segment, we discuss the recent announcement that the upcoming D&D movie has started filming:https://collider.com/dungeons-and-dragons-movie-filming-begins/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S02E02: Heavy Load

S02E02: Heavy Load

2021-05-0358:12

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we touch on the introduction of lore into games.  Topics include how to best execute a lore dump on your players, how much info to attach to in-game history and arcana checks, and bringing previous edition lore into your world.  Also, Matt does the DnDTag!  In the news segment, we discuss the amazing Jeff Goldblum joining an actual play podcast:https://www.thegamer.com/jeff-goldblum-elven-sorcerer-dungeons-dragons-podcast-dark-dice/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comSoundstripe - https://www.soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S02E01: Fresh Start

S02E01: Fresh Start

2021-04-2601:04:55

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss introducing a new character to an existing campaign.  Topics include how a DM can help integrate a new character into an established party, dealing with a player who is bored with their character, and whether to create a new character based on opposing motivations.  Also, we play a quick game of Say It Ain't So!In the news segment, we discuss the recent Draconic Origins Unearthed Arcana released by WotC:https://media.wizards.com/2021/downloads/Unearthed-Arcana-2021-Draconic-Options.pdfOther products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://store.potomacrpg.comFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
A look back at episodes 26-50 of Season 1.★ Support this podcast ★
A look back at episode 1-25 of Season 1.★ Support this podcast ★
S01E50: Homeward Bound

S01E50: Homeward Bound

2021-04-0501:05:26

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we celebrate our 50th episode and Season 1 finale with a discussion on post-pandemic play.  Topics include pros/cons of in-person vs. virtual and how new players who have never played around a table might react in the coming months.  Also, in Let's Build Something, we pick an icon to symbolize the coming season.  In the news segment, we discuss the increase in revenue seen in ttrpg's during the pandemic:https://www.thegamer.com/good-year-for-dungeons-and-dragons/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://www.soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S01E49: Et Tu, Brute?

S01E49: Et Tu, Brute?

2021-03-2901:01:29

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss character conflicts and how best to deal with them in-game.  Topics include party members with love for opposing dragon gods, an unexpected killing, and secret agents in employ of the Red Wizards of Thay.  Also, we play a quick game of Trivia Time!In the news segment, we discuss the D&D TV series, currently in development:https://www.slashfilm.com/dungeons-and-dragons-tv-series-writer/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgFound Familiar - https://www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss campaign dead-ends and how to get out of them.  Topics include driving towards a quick ending, incorporating characters into the world history, and why a gnome mother would leave her kid.  Also, Sara does the #dndtag in the Palate Cleanser!In the news segment, we discuss the recent Kickstarter, Pixels:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pixels-dice/pixels-the-electronic-diceOther products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://www.soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S01E47: Faerie Fire

S01E47: Faerie Fire

2021-03-1553:47

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we get lost in the feywilds and all the marvelous creatures contained within.  Topics include memorable events in the feywilds, bargains and consequences, and homebrew fey characters.  Also, we play a game of Say It Ain't So!In the news segment, we discuss the recent release of an Unearthed Arcana from Wizards of the Coast:https://www.cbr.com/dungeons-dragons-unearthed-arcana-fae-hobgoblins/https://media.wizards.com/2021/dnd/downloads/UA2021_FeyFolk.pdfOther products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgFound Familiar - www.foundfamiliar.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss how to build and implement villains into the game.  Topics include introducing villain backstory, running a lawful neutral villain, and understanding why a villain does what a villain does.  Also, we come up with our own villains in Let's Build Something!In the news segment, we discuss the recent announcement that Hugh Grant will be playing the villain in the new Dungeons and Dragons movie:https://www.gamesradar.com/hugh-grant-cast-as-dungeons-and-dragons-movie-villain/As well as new changes to D&D Adventurer's League:http://geekspin.co/dungeons-and-dragons-character-creation-ph-plus-1-rule/Plus, we dive into a recent YouTube post from Ben DeHart about villain archetypes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pB0E862-h0Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss the use of character knives to introduce plot hooks.  Topics include implementing character background hooks into a prewritten campaign, ideas for a character plot item, and players not pursuing their backstories.  Also, we come up with our own character knives in Let's Build Something! In the news segment, we discuss the recent announcement of the new D&D setting book, Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft:https://www.cbr.com/dungeons-dragons-ravenloft/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
S01E44: Dirty Jobs

S01E44: Dirty Jobs

2021-02-2255:11

In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, John de Campos from Terrible Games joins us to discuss all things ooze, puss, and wax in tabletop roleplaying, as well as his latest Kickstarter campaign: Repugnant.  Topics include how to intensify the grossness of an Aberrant Mind Sorcerer Kenku, tips on disgusting descriptions, and what a night hag might be weaving with her hair.  Also, we do the #dndtag for a Palate Cleanser!Repugnant on Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tokenterrors/repugnant-the-worlds-most-disgusting-ttrpgIn the news segment, we discuss an article by Charlie Hall at Polygon about the current Zinequest 3 happening over at Kickstarter:https://screenrant.com/game-master-dm-railroading-players-tabletop-rpg-dnd/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgFound Familiar - https://foundfamiliar.comToken Terrors - https://www.tokenterrors.com/Zinequest 3 - https://www.kickstarter.com/zinequestListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss the views of D&D and other tabletop games from the perspective of a non-gaming significant other.  Topics include non-gamer support of gaming, how to get your significant other into D&D, and how to explain D&D to a non-geek.  Also, Rachel answers some tough questions in the Palate Cleanser! In the news segment, we discuss a recent from forbes.com about having a game night on Valentine's Day:https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwieland/2021/02/12/turn-valentines-day-into-game-night-with-these-tabletop-games/?sh=375b90a15b30Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we discuss character leveling.  Topics include level pacing and feeling progress without magic items.  Also, the show suffers a hostile takeover.  In the news segment, we discuss the recent post by Netflix regarding Geralt of Rivia's D&D class:https://www.thegamer.com/netflix-believes-geralt-of-rivia-would-be-a-cleric-instead-of-a-rogue-in-dungeons-dragons/As well as a new third-party supplement about gelatinous cubes:https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-cubonomicon-gelatinous-cube/Other products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://soundstripe.comListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
In this episode of the Potomac RPG Podcast, we jump into discussions on encounter building.  Topics include making a bandit fight interesting, some non-combat encounters for a lake crossing, and how often to use random encounters.  We hear back from a poster we featured on last week's episode.  Also, we play a game of Trivia Time!In the news segment, we discuss the new Unearthed Arcana released by Wizards of the Coast, and an accompanying article from Tommy Williams over at geektyrant.com:https://media.wizards.com/2021/dnd/downloads/UA2021_GothicLineages.pdfhttps://geektyrant.com/news/the-latest-unearthed-arcana-for-dungeons-amp-dragons-makes-huge-changes-to-race-mechanics-with-3-gothic-lineagesOther products and items discussed on the show:Potomac RPG Store - https://teespring.com/stores/potomacrpgSoundstripe - https://soundstripe.comD and D Book Club - https://www.stitcher.com/show/d-and-d-book-clubD&D Quiz Show by Jorphdan - https://youtu.be/0qfhVN64AiAListen to the Potomac RPG Podcast on:iTunes | Spotify | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | TuneIn | CastboxAnd follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @potomacrpgGot a question for us?  E-mail us at questions@potomacrpg.com★ Support this podcast ★
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