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How Not to Dungeon Master

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Each week I talk to a new guest from the TTRPG community about how they got into gaming, their highs and lows behind the screen, best advice for new and aspiring Dungeon Masters and Game Masters, and their amazing work and projects!

I post a new episode each Wednesday, so check for the latest, pick a guest that interests you, or start from the beginning!
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Thank you all so much for listening! It means a lot to me. Find me over on the Dungeon Master's Block LinksDMB LinktreeHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Outro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
How Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify.comAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Outro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Benjamin and Dane liked to think about the real-life implications of the existence of certain spells, items, and monsters in their game worlds, and decided to start their show, Dispel Magic, to talk about the most outlandish examples!Guest LinksDispel Magic TwitterSterlingVermin.comDane's TwitterBenjamin's TwitterHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.orgEpisodify.comAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Eric is an actual play dm, game designer, and a creative professional at multitude where he spends all day helping podcasters make their dreams come trueGuest LinksJoin the Party LinksEric's TwitterEric's WorkHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.orgEpisodify.comAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
RPG Match started working on his website/app after he noticed there wasn't a great place to find people who want to play the same games and the same way as he did. Thus RPG Match was born!Guest LinksRPG Match TwitterRPGMatch.orgHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPG Match - HN2DM Badge!Episodify.comAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Doug started his game design career from a random Facebook post to his friends. He's in the middle of working on fulfilling Kids on Bikes 2e and the upcoming Kids in Capes!Guest LinksDoug's Itch PageKids on BikesKids on BroomsTeens in SpaceHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify.comRPGMatch.orgAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Neil is the creator of Fey Earth, the TTRPG and actual play heavily influenced by real Celtic myth that he grew up learning. The game is coming out early 2024 on Kickstarter!Guest LinksFey Earth LinksHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify.comRPGMatch.orgAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeDM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
A-Mac is designing a Gundam TTRPG from scratch! Join his friends from Dead Set Media on "Feddie Scum", an actual play exploring the complex world of Gundam!Guest LinksA-Mac TwitterFeddie Scum WebsiteRPG Stress Test LinksHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPG MatchEpisodifyAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Riley is the host of two awesome indie podcasts, an actual play Borderlands TTRPG show called Friend & Foe Adventure Co and The Board Game Community Show. Riley loves creating shenanigans for his players and chatting with board game designers.Guest LinksFriend & Foe Adventure Co. LinksThe Board Game Community ShowHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.orgEpisodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Will and Brian have been making the Dungeoncast for years now, but dare just getting started on engaging, helpful content for GMs and DMs out there.Guest LinksTheDungeoncast.comStarseeker's Guide to Draken StarHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.orgEpisodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Charles and his friends create a new skit almost weekly where they play a new "edition" of D&D and poke fun at the game and the show, movie, occupation, or situation. Guest LinksYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@MannShortsPatreon: patreon.com/mannshortsTwitter: twitter.com/mannshortsFacebook: facebook.com/mannshortsInstagram: instagram.com/mannshortsHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.orgEpisodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane...
Ivy might be one of the busiest folks in the TTRPG industry! She’s been hard at work this year on multiple events, convention content, and running games! She is an incredibly hard worker, great networker, and fantastic game runner. Guest LinksIvy's TwitterCRIT Awards LinksHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPG MatchRPG Stress TestEpisodify.comAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Affiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Andy wanted a cool place to play games, so he and his family built a gaming tavern! And then, he wanted to break a world record so he invited more than 1,200 people to roll dice together!Guest LinksWe Geek Together WebsiteHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksRPGMatch.comErrant AdventuresCreatures and CreativesAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Episodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Cade mentioned starting The Badventure Club as a joke, and his friends called his bluff! Goes to show that you always need to watch what you promise to do. Check out The Badventure Club wherever you get your podcasts, or in the link below!Guest LinksThe Badventure Club LinktreeHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksTwo Weeks One Shot: https://linktr.ee/twoscastDice Legenz: https://www.twitch.tv/DiceLegenzhttps://www.youtube.com/c/DiceLegenzAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Podcasteditors.online and Videoeditors.onlineAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
GM Justin loves running games for new players! He also emphasizes a fun and light experience with plenty of jokes, antics, and tension relief. Enjoy!Guest LinksJustin's LinksHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksNext to NothingSnyder's ReturnSAGAS PlaytestEpisodifyAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Thomas knew he wanted to make a quality Actual Play from the start, and focused on audio, story, and roleplaying to craft a masterful show. Thomas and his cast members trust each other and wort hard at their roles to create a truly unique and satisfying experience.Guest LinksWebsite: icastfireball.net Patreon: http://patreon.com/ICastFireball20 Email: ICastFireball2020@gmail.comHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify.comAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
GM Grant Decided a normal actual play sounded too easy, and started a show with a rotating cast AND rotating TTRPG system! With the help of his sister Jenny and tons of different actual play actors, Game Master Monday was born!Guest LinksGMM Spotify GMM Apple PodcastsGMM TwitterHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksEpisodify - Podcast and Video EditingAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
Ned, GM of Improv Tabletop and player on I Cast Fireball has committed to the bit, the bit being improvisation. He's run over a dozen Fate mini games that are completely made up on the spot, and has also created some impressive narratives in the Avatar: the Last Airbender world with Avatar Legends and Blades in the Dark.Guest LinksImprov Tabletop: WebsitePatreonFacebookInstagramTwitterTikTokHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Podcasteditors.online and Videoeditors.onlineAffiliate Links1985 Games - 10% Off!Gemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
A few months ago, Wizards of the Coast announced an invite-only "Content Creator Summit". It just so happens that I got invited!...Well, digitally anyway. Neal avoided spoilers and info about it all day, and asks me the questions you're probably all wondering about yourselves, and we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with WotC's first attempt at reaching out to creators post OGL kerfuffle.Guest Linkshttp://www.thestruggleisneal.com/https://twitter.com/JoatmoniacHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksTwo Weeks One Shot: https://linktr.ee/twoscastDice Legenz: https://www.twitch.tv/DiceLegenzhttps://www.youtube.com/c/DiceLegenzAdventure Dice Advent Calendars - Use HN2DM for 10% Off!Podcasteditors.online and Videoeditors.onlineAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
One Page Mage has been doing exactly what it sounds like for a few years now; creating awesome one page adventures for you to use as one shots or side quests or whatever else you need for your game group!He’s got some great advice on one shot design as well as broader concepts for longer adventures, plus he’s working on some fun games and hacks for 2023! Guest LinksOne Page Mage PatreonOne Page Mage TwitterHow Not to DM LinksHow Not to DM LinktreeSponsor LinksMyth Myst GamesTomes of the Chaos BardPodcasteditors.online and Videoeditors.onlineAffiliate Links1985 GamesGemmed Firefly: Use Code DRAGON for 15% Off!Hero ForgeAdventure Dice - Use Code HN2DM for 10% off!DM's GuildDriveThru RPGSong CreditsIntro and Outro by Danijel Zambo, Quickfire Chaos Intro by Exekat - from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):Intro License code: V6S3IIRCDBKZA04HOutro License code: E6HIMIAQP22TUA1XQuickfire Chaos Intro License code: 4KHRVTG25QD01LNTQuickfire Chaos Ambience: Arcane AnthemsSupport Danijel Zambo:BandcampSoundcloudSpotify
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