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

Your hosts are Alexei Othenin-Girard, Meredith SK, and Chris Hockabout! Every week we tackle some aspect of running RPGs, from Non-Player Characters to Encounter Creation to making fun plots! If you’ve been listening to a lot of Actual Play podcasts and you’ve always wondered how they make those games, this is the podcast for you! Join us, and learn a bit about the craft of running role playing games!

In this episode, Meredith and Alexei dig into the fundamentals of setting up a campaign world. We talk about the various “underlying assumptions” that go into building a fantasy world, and how to communicate those to your players. What’s the difference between an “epic” game and a “mythic” game? When should or shouldn’t you “cross the streams?” And why are barbarians and swamps so intimately intertwined?

Carpe DM Episode 1: Adventure Seeds In this episode we meet our intrepid heroes, Meredith, and Alexei, and we start talking about what Role Playing Games actually are! Meredith starts on her journey to be a Dungeon Master, and Chris and Alexei offer helpful advice about how to deal with it when your players blow up your plot.