Episodes
Sorcerers in Dungeons & Dragons are at the mercy of limited resources, long rest recharges, and lackluster flavour… until now.  This week on the It’s A Mimic! podcast, the panel of Dungeon Masters sit down and discuss the ins and outs of what Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything has done for sorcerers.  The Aberrant Mind and the Clockwork Soul get the spotlight, as well as the new sorcerer spells and the optional rules!   Cold Open 0:00 Intro 0:24 Sorcerer Overview 4:09 Tasha’s Optional...
Published 08/03/21
It's time once again for the It's a Mimic! podcast to work out their anger issues with the latest additions to the Barbarian class from the new 5th Edition book for Dungeons and Dragons: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.  From new mechanics options to two new magical subclasses, the panel of Dungeon Masters covers all the new info about the slobbering mess that is the barbarian.  Do barbarians finally shake the reputation of being a weaker max level class, or do they still fall short of their...
Published 07/27/21
From diabolical histories to devilish features, Tieflings are the unwanted scoundrels of the Forgotten Realms in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.  But do they deserve the infamous reputations they’ve been given?  Why do players like them so much?  And how many different kinds are there, exactly?   Cold Open 0:00 Intro 0:45 Tieflings 4:12 History 9:41 Feral 12:07 Asmodeus 27:59 Baalzebul 29:03 Mephistopheles 32:09 Fierna 36:56 Glasya 41:50 Levistus 43:31 Dispater 48:50 Zariel...
Published 07/20/21
From avalanches to Verbeegs to madness-inducing shards of crystals, there is a lot going on in the frozen north of the Forgotten Realms.  This week, the panel of Dungeon Masters digs into the ice and snow, and uncovers the details of the tiny settlements and big problems that can be found there.  But it’s not all wooly axe beaks and snowy owl bears in Icewind Dale.  Frost Giant Zombies, insane White Dragons, and a wrathful god are also hiding in the white conditions...   Cold Open...
Published 07/13/21
In this episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast, Terry finally returns from cavorting around the multiverse, and joins Adam and Dan in the guildhouse to discuss Wyverns, Hydras, and Dragon Turtles!  As the panel of Dungeon Masters wade into the deep end of the conversation about the dragons-that-aren't-dragons, we learn that Terry has made some troubling new friends, Dan secretly has a new favourite monster, and Adam enjoys one really bad horror movie that no one else has seen.   Discussion...
Published 07/06/21
Five different stages of story.   Seven different plots.  Seventeen stages of a hero's journey.  And two unique one-shot ideas.  This episode is jam packed with ideas and techniques to flesh out story beyond the standard goblin-smashing, MacGuffin-snatching, dragon-seducing elements of Dungeons & Dragons.  Join Dan and Adam for one more week of Storytelling tips before Terry and the rest start to trickle back into the Guildhouse.  And don't forget to pick up the four books we talk about...
Published 06/29/21
This week, the It's A Mimic! podcast grabs inspiration from a famous work about writing, and looks at a multitude of plot hooks and conflicts that can add drama to a campaign arc.  These are great tools to have for when a player inadvertently opens up a potential subplot or side quest, so that you - as a Dungeon Master - can capitalize on the appropriate theme.  Additionally, these are great options for players to bring to their DM's as themes and experiences that they'd like to...
Published 06/22/21
Guess who's back!  Back again!  Terry's back!  Tell a friend!  In this mailbag episode, Dan and Adam finally get some company in the Guildhouse again, and it's back to business as usual!   The questions that were asked this time round were submitted by:   @avatar_idalia @colton_adrian u/fuckoffitsathrowaway @hexdm @jacky_rackem u/KingOfRott @m.v.willms @mattyyiangou @nick._.long @pepperina_sparklegem @theriffraff u/Roll_or_Dice @spidey_rich u/SuperfluousDyrth @upthe_hall   Available...
Published 06/21/21
This episode covers the Wizards of the Coast publication Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.  Seventeen featured Domains of Dread!  Twenty-two additional domains!  New races!  Dark gifts!  Bard and Warlock subclasses!  New backgrounds!  New NPC's!  Terrifying monsters!  A guide to horror campaigns!  And how to make your own pocket dimension!   Should you buy it?  Is it worth your money?  Join our DM's as they go over their opinions of the overall usefulness of this book.    Available...
Published 06/20/21
This episode covers the Wizards of the Coast publication Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.  Seventeen featured Domains of Dread!  Twenty-two additional domains!  New races!  Dark gifts!  Bard and Warlock subclasses!  New backgrounds!  New NPC's!  Terrifying monsters!  A guide to horror campaigns!  And how to make your own pocket dimension!   Should you buy it?  Is it worth your money?  Join our DM's as they go over their opinions of the overall usefulness of this book.    Available...
Published 06/18/21
This week, the It's A Mimic! podcast continues the departure from the standard 5th Edition discussions, and offers some more strong opinions about how Hollywood should mix with Dungeons & Dragons.  Last week they played writers, but this week Dan and Adam play casting directors.  Will you agree with all their choices?  And can you count the number of times they say the word "gravitas"?   Also, don't forget to support Doulos12 and his humanitarian project at...
Published 06/15/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast takes a break from the usual 5th Edition discussion, and takes a look at one of the darkest chapters in D&D history: the films.  Dan and Adam do their best to break down each of the three Dungeons and Dragons movies in existence, and then turn their attention to three hypothetical projects they'd like to se get made...  One of which is real...   So what makes a bad film, what can we learn about the missteps that were taken in the past,...
Published 06/08/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast transitions from discussing low intelligence solo-type monsters to discussing intelligent creatures and their strategies and tactics.  Dan and Adam systematically work their way through the 14 creature subtypes, giving general insights on how and when to run barely-sentient to hyper-intelligent monsters.. The conversation ranges from the definition of the Intelligence stat block to utilizing one of the most overlooked DM tools: patience. ...
Published 06/01/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast bucks the trend of discussing mob monsters, and instead focuses on the solo monsters your adventurers might encounter out in the wilderness.  Dan and Adam systematically work their way through 11 of the 14 creature subtypes, giving general insights on how and when to run monsters with low intelligence. Conversation ranges from capitalizing on unique movement types to embracing the purpose and in-world design of some creatures.  It's not all...
Published 05/25/21
This episode covers the Wizards of the Coast publication Candlekeep Mysteries.  Seventeen modular stories!  A new Forgotten Realms location!  New monsters!  New items!  New Puzzles!  New NPC's!  A dragon ghost!  Demi-planes and pocket dimensions!  A new tear-away map!  And book after book after book!   Should you buy it?  Is it worth your money?  Join our DM's as they go over their opinions of the overall usefulness of this book.    Available On: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | YouTube Don’t...
Published 05/21/21
The It's A Mimic! podcast awaits the return of the friends abroad, as we finish up the conversation on Mob Mentalities (for now).  Starting off with a retrospective, we look back at the last 21 weeks of episodes, before touching briefly on six more mob-type creatures that have too little variety and lore to warrant their own spotlights.  These are Blights, Mephits, Modrons, Myconids, Vegepygmies, and Fey creatures in general.  Then, Dan and Adam wrap up with general tips about running mob...
Published 05/18/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast is the final Mob Mentality episode for a good long time, and so things get a little confusing, a little evil, and a little insane!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss the mysterious (and not in the good way) Merfolk, the insidious Merrow, and the outright bizarre and upsettingly powerful Kuo-toa!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so they've reached out to their own mob of...
Published 05/11/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast rounds out the discussion about Sahuagin, and where to find clues about their culture and tactics in the Dungeons and Dragons source material, especially due to the lore being so scarce!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss Tritons, the Sahuagin hierarchy, and what to do when your ship deck gets stained!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so they've reached out to their own mob...
Published 05/04/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast kicks off the discussion about the first underwater mob that we're covering from D&D 5e, and that's the annoying to pronounce Sahuagin!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss how they had to find info about the Sahuagin in 5e, as well as the additional dangers that make these creatures and their allies so deadly!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so they've reached out to...
Published 04/27/21
As we prepare to look at Sahuagin and other water-based monsters, we stop and take a week to dive into the depths of the aquatic rules in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.  The panel of Dungeon Masters compile all the rules from the many different source books to try and get a clearer vision of how water affects the game we love.  Does it all make sense?  Is it comprehensive enough?  Is it too specific and pedantic?  In this episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast, the guys call in to the...
Published 04/20/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast continues the discussion about one of the more unique mobs that exist in D&D 5e, and this time it's all about the other kinds of Lycanthropes that people forget about!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss Lycanthropy tropes, as well as the the significance of the full moon, and other Lycanthropy-related creatures in D&D 5th Edition!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so...
Published 04/13/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast continues the discussion about one of the more unique mobs that exist in D&D 5e, and that's the multitude of different Lycanthropes!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss the origins and pop culture influences of Lycanthropy, as well as the different uses and tactics of the were-creatures in the Monster Manual!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so they've reached out to...
Published 04/06/21
It is with great sadness that we bid Adam farewell in this special episode.  Due to alternate personal commitments, he has had to step down from the It's A Mimic! podcast and will be exploring other opportunities.  We wish him the very best in all future endeavours, and will miss him on the podcast.  He addresses it further within this episode, but please stay tuned for future announcements.   "Thanks to everyone for including me in this wild and crazy journey.  I hope you have incredible...
Published 04/01/21
This week's episode of the It's A Mimic! podcast continues the discussion about one of the weirder mobs that exist in D&D 5e, and that's the ever-scheming Yuan-ti!  Dan and Adam sit in the warmth of their own Guild Hall, and discuss ancient gods, snake cults, and what information Dungeon Masters might need in order to shine a spotlight on Yuan-ti as an enemy mob!  But there are too many monsters for just these two hosts to take on, so they've reached out to their own mob of Dungeon...
Published 03/30/21
It's been a wild ride since this podcast launched, and the It's A Mimic! cast has grown in unexpected and amazing ways!  In a recent discussion, Dan and Adam discovered that they don't even really remember recording the first "Meet the DM's" episodes, and thought it would be fun to revisit the concept with all the additional voices... in a more limited capacity, of course.   So, the panel of twelve Dungeon Masters sit down with a random table of questions and give a brief breakdown of their...
Published 03/29/21