Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 11: Genetically Engineering the Perfect Player
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Hey everyone, we are back from our quasi-impromptu hiatus with an episode all about getting and keeping players! We talk about scheduling, player-group composition, and which traps and pitfalls are best for ensuring that your players keep coming back to your game week after week because they can’t escape! Monster of the Week: Fire Giants (So big! So hot!!)

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 10: Big Bad Con
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Welcome to our Big Bad Con episode! We had a great time there, and interviewed some wonderful folks, including the founder of Big Bad Con, Sean Nitner! Interviewees: Brian Thomas Ian Norris Dev Purkayastha Sean Nitner

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 9: A Creature of Unutterable Foulness
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We’re not dead!! We’re alive!! Kind of! Undead, maybe!! But we’re back, and we’re bringing you Episode 9 of Carpe DM! This episode, we talk about plotting out your first adventure arc, and reveal the secrets of the Turtle Mountain Harvest Festival! We also talk to our friend Noah about balance in games, and about how to give PCs leeway to build parts of the world! Monster of the Week: The Cockatrice, about which many terrible jokes are almost made.

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 8 (Actually 7.5): Turtle Cartography
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In this episode, the gang puts together a map for Turtle Mountain itself, pointing at some of the interesting things that players will explore. We talk about the importance of blank spaces, vantage points, and how Disneyland can guide your map-making. No monster of the week this week, unfortunately!  

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 7: And Then It Eats You
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Hey everyone, welcome to the (slightly belated) Episode 7. We split this one up into two eps for technical and content reasons, so 7.5 is coming out next week. This week, we’re talking specifically about making NPCs for Meredith’s Turtle Mountain campaign.

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 6: Moaning in Ogre (Monsters)
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Welcome to Episode 6 of Carpe DM. In this episode, we talk about the monsters that infest the various worlds of Dungeons and Dragons. How to read stat-blocks, choose monsters for encounters, and make monsters unique and memorable! Is a Zombie Ogre an ogre who’s a zombie, or a zombie who’s an ogre? We literally never find out.

Hey everyone, we know the audio for Episode 5 was a little wonky, so the old (bad) file has been replaced with a new (good!) file that’s slightly re-edited and has vastly improved sound quality. Super thanks again to our in-a-pinch sound engineers, Uriah Findley (theuriah.com) and Matt Jacobson (mattjacobsonsound.com) without whom this episode might have been lost to the Abyss. Thanks also to our listeners for sticking with us through our growing period! The Carpe DM Crew

Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Carpe DM: Make Your Game
Episode 5: Hero Fatigue (NPCs Part 2)
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Hey everyone, thanks for bearing with us through our technical difficulties. This week on Carpe DM we talk about NPCs as party members, a giant demon who explodes when you kill it, and we delve into some of the inhabitants of the mysterious Turtle Mountain.