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Tycho's Tales is an informal discussion podcast about tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Tales of the Valiant.

Where to find us:

  • Website: https://tychostales.com
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales
  • Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social
  • Discord:  https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c


When to hear us:

  • New episodes of Tycho's Tales are released every Tuesday at 5 pm GMT (or, for the Kiwis, every Wednesday at 6 am NZST). 
20 Episodes
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We're reviewing all of the changes to classes in D&D's 2024 rules update, starting with the barbarian! We cover changes to Rage, Danger Sense and Relentless Rage, as well as a bunch of new features including Weapon Mastery, Primal Knowledge, Instinctive Pounce, Brutal Strike, and the Epic Boon. We also cover changes to the existing two subclasses, Path of the Berzerker and Path of the Wild Heart (formerly Totem Warrior), as well as the two new subclasses, Path of the World Tree and Path o...
GM support group 3

GM support group 3

2024-07-0928:54

In this GM support group episode, we talk about making three-dimensional antagonists; gods and religion; improvisational and empathetic GMing; political systems; safe NPCs; and the fact that nobody ever thinks the same way that you do. Please note that there are minor SPOILERS for Exandria Unlimited: Calamity and Mistborn; you can use the episode chapters to skip these.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/...
The Feywild

The Feywild

2024-07-0229:38

We talk about the implications for multiclassing of One D&D's standardisation of subclasses at level three, and our experiences GMing and playing in campaigns in the Feywild.Referenced in this episode:A Wanderer's Guide to the FeywildTome of BeastsWhere to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c When to hear us: New episodes of Tycho's Tales a...
What's the difference between LARPing and cosplay? Is a PhD in philosophy worth it? We've also brought back our much-lauded Spell of the Week segment courtesy of Walt just wanting to play a barbarian, and Lars takes us back to school.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c When to hear us: New episodes of Tycho's Tales are released every ...
GM support group 2

GM support group 2

2024-06-1828:43

In this GM support group episode, we talk about what makes a good one-shot for audiences vs home games; Brennan Lee Mulligan; and reasonable people in unreasonable worlds.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c When to hear us: New episodes of Tycho's Tales are released every Tuesday at 5 pm GMT (or, for the Kiwis, every Wednesday at 6 am...
In this episode, we talk about the most important thing that players can bring to the table; what we found surprising in our campaigns; unintended consequences of d100s; accidentally learning about ourselves through our characters; and our incredibly unqualified opinions on LARPing. This last part was basically recorded to give us a bunch of content for future Correction of the Week segments; you're welcome.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com...
In this episode, we talk in depth about multi-phase combat encounters, how we think about lore and worldbuilding, and why you shouldn't get too attached to things.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c When to hear us: New episodes of Tycho's Tales are released every Tuesday at 5 pm GMT (or, for the Kiwis, every Wednesday at 6 am NZST).
Red Dragon's Tale

Red Dragon's Tale

2024-05-2845:25

This episode contains a bunch of spoilers for the D&D and Lego collaboration adventure, Red Dragon's Tale. We talk about our experiences building the set, and playing and GMing the adventure, including what we thought about the Lego itself, the character builds, itemization, storyline, pacing, combat encounters, and overall reflections on the adventure.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tycho...
GM support group 1

GM support group 1

2024-05-2123:04

Welcome to the inaugural GM support group! These episodes have a slightly different format to our usual ones; we just sit around and yarn about what's recently been top of mind in our campaigns.We talk about what it's like when players or GMs have off days; the reality that it can be really hard work to run a campaign (but is ultimately totally worth it); how difficult it can be to let go of your world and let your players basically ruin everything; how you might tie in characters motivations...
In part two of our discussion on how to make low-level combat more interesting, we talk about alternative ways to wrap up combat that don't involve the enemy NPCs being killed (such as fleeing or surrendering, or potentially ending combat narratively); why you usually shouldn't modify monster stats on the fly, even if things are going badly; and a bunch of ways to modify stats prior to combat, to keep things interesting for your players.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com You...
Low-level combat is often mechanically simple, and this can lead to potentially boring encounters, particularly if players are used to the range of abilities available with higher-level characters. In this two-part series, we discuss why low-level combat can sometimes fall short, and provide a bunch of ways to spice things up. In part one, we talk about how to make the opponents more interesting (giving them a personality, some prior relationship with the party, perhaps some emotional investm...
This week's episode is a grab-bag of random topics, including the role of deities in tabletop RPGs; whether warlocks should lose their powers if they have a falling-out with their patron; the abomination that is Leomund's Tiny Hut; a new movie review segment; note-taking at the table; and, of course, our regular Spell of the Week section in which we abjectly fail to talk about a spell, and instead talk about rations.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.you...
Elly and Lars join us again to wrap up our discussion on multiclassing in 5e. We go into a bit more detail on how spellcasting works when you're mixing two casters together, then do a semi-deep-dive into each class (except Rangers, for some reason; we blame Walt for this). Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/faQ4FWzB8c When to hear us: New ...
Heds and Walt are joined by special guests Elly and Lars to talk about multiclassing in 5e! We yarn about why you might want to multiclass; some need-to-know details around ability score prerequisites and some other limitations; do a deep dive on how proficiencies work, and implications for choosing your starting class; and talk about how you might roleplay a multiclassed character. We also debut a new segment, which will surely be an instant hit: Correction of the Week! This one's a two...
Why are taverns so cosy for roleplaying games? In how much detail should you describe that NPC in the corner? Should you leave your axe at the door? Is it worth it to spend a bunch of time crafting 3d terrain, or are 2d combat encounters perfectly fine? Is this too many questions for a podcast episode description?Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord....
What do people mean when they talk about "the meta", or "metagaming"? What are a few meta (or off-meta) feats and abilities? How about some OP combinations? We give our customary GM tip-of-the-week, and finish with a shout out to all the rogues in the house who spend most of their time running around corners.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsky.social Discord: https://discord.gg/fa...
Pretty much everyone uses some sort of variant rule for 5e's Inspiration or PF2e's Hero Points. We talk about some of the issues with these metacurrencies using rules-as-written, as well as a bunch of variant or homebrew rules to spice things up a bit. Referenced in the episode:- https://rpgbot.net/metacurrencies-remastered-from-hero-points-to-inspiration-rpgbot-podcast-s4e15/- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml6n_LDCEj4Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https:...
Should you choose your class based on existing characters, or just YOLO it? How do you manage combat when you have a large group of player characters? Exactly how screwed is your Bladesinger Wizard when your Cleric casts Silence? For any statisticians in the room, this one's dedicated to you. This episode has minor spoilers for the Dragon of Icespire Peak module.All episodes available at https://podcast.tychostales.com.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www....
...in which the word "review" is used rather loosely. We talk a bit about Dragon of Icespire Peak, the module from the D&D Essentials Kit, from the perspective of both a GM running the game, and also players experiencing it. The module takes new characters from level 1 to 6, culminating in a (hopefully) epic encounter with the eponymous dragon. Includes a few mild spoilers for the module.All episodes available at https://podcast.tychostales.com. Where to find us: Website: https://ty...
We yarn about our first experiences playing a tabletop RPG (in this case, D&D 5e). How did you get into it? What was it like jumping into roleplaying with a bunch of strangers? Is there anything you wish you knew before starting? We finish up by dispensing a couple of tips of questionable quality for players and GMs, new and experienced alike.Where to find us: Website: https://tychostales.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TychosTales Bluesky: https://bsky.app/profile/tychostales.bsk...
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