Episodes
Welcome to the ultimate guide to optimizing your wizard in Dungeons & Dragons 5e! Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the game, our guest Chris Honkala (Treantmonk) joins us to share expert tips and strategies for creating a powerful and effective wizard. From race and ability scores to spellcasting and subclasses, we'll cover everything you need to know to make the most out of your wizard character. So grab your spellbook and get ready to become the ultimate arcane master! ...
Published 07/15/24
In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we explore creating your character’s backstory. Creating a compelling character is an essential part of playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). While the game may be full of dragons, magic, and epic battles, it's the characters that bring the story to life. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the game, here are some tips and tricks for bringing your adventurer to life and making them a memorable part of your D&D experience. If you...
Published 07/13/24
Published 07/13/24
Welcome to part two of our comprehensive guide to optimizing your Barbarian character in D&D! In our previous episode, we covered the basics of the class and its features at low levels. Now, we delve into the more advanced features and abilities gained by the Barbarian as they level up. Get ready to unleash your inner savage and learn how to maximize your Barbarian's potential! Summary In our second part of our guide to optimizing Barbarians, we talk about the features and abilities...
Published 07/11/24
Unleash your inner primal warrior with our guide to optimizing the Barbarian class! From race and ability scores to managing rage and exploring different flavors of this ferocious class, we'll help you create the ultimate Barbarian for your next campaign. Don't settle for a one-dimensional brute – unlock the full potential of this versatile class with our expert tips and strategies. Summary In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we optimize Barbarians. We explore the race, ability...
Published 07/08/24
Are you looking to add some brain-teasing challenges to your Tabletop RPG sessions? Look no further! In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we explore the world of puzzles in tabletop RPGs. From tips on how to run them effectively to utilizing character abilities, we have you covered. Plus, we'll take a trip through history to uncover some inventive puzzle ideas for your game. Get ready to level up your tabletop experience with these thrilling and strategic puzzles! This episode...
Published 07/06/24
In this second half of our breakdown of Druids, we dig into the exciting world of druid spells and abilities at 5th level and above. We take a look at the higher-level abilities and playstyle of a druid, including their powerful Wild Shape and spellcasting abilities. Get ready for an insightful and in-depth exploration of the Druid class in this episode. Let’s dive in! Material Referenced in This Episode Druid Handbook Druid Races Breakdown Druid Subclass Breakdown Druid Spells Breakdown...
Published 07/04/24
In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss druids in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, covering topics such as race and ability scores, proficiencies, class features, spellcasting, and the role of druids as controllers in combat. We also break down the different Druid subclasses and their features and express our opinions on each subclass and provide insights into their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll decide on our own subclass choices: Tyler chooses Circle of Spores, Ash chooses...
Published 07/01/24
In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss the philosophical intricacies of tabletop roleplaying games with Dr. Terry Macmullan.  From lawful good to chaotic evil, alignment has been a staple of RPGs for decades. But why do some players love it while others loathe it? Join us as we explore the history, impact, and various interpretations of alignment in tabletop gaming. Let's roll the dice and get started! This episode was originally published March 2nd, 2022 MATERIALS...
Published 06/29/24
In this second episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we continue our postmortem from our recent play of Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen. From the streets of Kalaman to the ruins of Vogler, our characters face challenges and make tough decisions in the Dragonlance Shadow of the Dragon Queen campaign. SUMMARY In this second part of the conversation, Randall and Tyler talk with Ash about their experiences playing the Dragon Lance campaign and specifically focus on the exploration of the...
Published 06/27/24
In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we do a postmortem from our recent play of Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen. From the streets of Kalaman to the ruins of Vogler, our characters face challenges and make tough decisions in the Dragonlance Shadow of the Dragon Queen campaign. SUMMARY In this first part of The RPGBOT.Podcast, we talk about the Dragonlance Shadow of the Dragon Queen campaign. We Share our characters in the campaign and our experiences playing through the adventure....
Published 06/24/24
In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss flight. We examine the state of flight rules in DnD 5e and PF2 and take a peek at DnD 3.x and PF1 for comparison, then we explore how to handle flying enemies from a player’s perspective and how to handle flying players from a GM/DM perspective. We also take a brief aside into how cool airships are. Special thanks to @SenChatterton on Twitter for the question of the week this week. This episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast was originally published...
Published 06/22/24
This episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast is sponsored by Cantrip Candles. Visit RPGBOT.net/candles to get your first scent and bring your tabletop sessions to life!   Have you ever wondered what the afterlife might look like in the world of Dungeons and Dragons? Well, wonder no more because on this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we uncover the mysterious Plane of Bytopia and its unique take on the concept of the afterlife. Join us as we explore the Good Place-like existence of this D&D plane...
Published 06/20/24
In this latest episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we dive into the progression of our ranger characters from levels 5 to 20. As avid players of Dungeons & Dragons, we were excited to discuss the challenges and features of each level, and share our insights and experiences with our listeners. EPISODE SUMMARY In this RPGBOT.Podcast episode, we discuss the progression of our ranger characters from levels 5 to 10, highlighting the challenges and features of each level. We explore the spells,...
Published 06/17/24
In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we dive into the world of random encounters. From epic battles to unexpected obstacles, random encounters can add an exciting element to any RPG adventure. But how can we make them more than just a filler? In this post, we'll take a closer look at the do's and don'ts of designing and presenting random encounters, provide tips on how to make them engaging and memorable, and provide you with an example of a Random Encounter chart.  Special...
Published 06/15/24
Welcome to our in-depth discussion on the Ranger class in D&D 5e! In this two-part episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we break down the features, subclasses, and overall strengths and weaknesses of the Ranger class, offering insights and recommendations for players. Join us as we analyze the misconceptions surrounding this class, and provide a detailed comparison of different Ranger builds. Whether you're a seasoned Ranger player or new to the class, this blog post will provide valuable...
Published 06/13/24
Are you ready to face the unknown? Welcome to the RPGBOT.Podcast. In this episode we explore the mysterious realm of Pandemonium, a plane unlike any other. Deep within its chaotic depths lies a world of enthralling enigmas and mind-bending madness. In this post, we will dig deeper into the bizarre nature of Pandemonium to uncover its secrets. Dungeon Master’s Guide (affiliate link) Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (affiliate link) Vecna: Eve of Ruin (affiliate link) Forgotten Realms Wiki ...
Published 06/10/24
Medicine is often seen as a background feature in the world of fantasy games, overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of magical healing. But in reality, mundane medicine plays a crucial role in the survival and success of adventurers in these fantastical worlds. In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we dig into the often overlooked world of mundane medicine in RPGs and how it can add depth and complexity to your gaming experience. Join us as we explore the mechanics, skills, and...
Published 06/08/24
“If you ever wanted to run a monster hunter campaign, just use this book and nothing else” In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we review the Howl of the Wild release for Pathfinder second edition. We explore the various features and options available in the book, including the introduction of tiny and large races, rules for riding PCs, and the addition of new ancestries like the Athamaru, Awakened Animals, Centaurs, and Merfolk. We highlight the unique abilities and mechanics of each...
Published 06/06/24
In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we continue our build of the Mechanist subclass in Tales of the Valiant. Randall’s Internet crashes, so Ash and Tyler go through the Mechanist's class features and discuss their thoughts and opinions on each one. They also talk about the subclasses and the different abilities and options they provide. We’ll let you know our opinion about the class overall and how we feel about the augments, and hopes for potential future expansions and improvements to...
Published 06/03/24
Are you a fan of movies, TV shows, and books? And do you love playing tabletop RPG adventures? If so, you're in luck! In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we explore the exciting world of adapting screen media and literature into RPG adventures. Whether you're a fan of classic films, popular TV shows, or best-selling novels, we've got tips and tricks to help you bring your favorite stories to the gaming table. So let's dive in and discover how to turn these beloved works into...
Published 06/01/24
Step into the world of Tales of the Valiant with us as we embark on a two-part exploration of the fascinating and unique Mechanist class. In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we delve into the mechanics and features of this class, discussing its differences from the Artificer, its limited subclass options, and its powerful abilities such as Eyes of the Maker and Shard of Creation. Join us as we break down the augment system, its various effects and limitations, and the exciting Weapon...
Published 05/30/24
In Part 2 of this RPGBOT.Podcast on Monks, we continue our ongoing discussion of the D&D 5e Monk, continuing from level 5. At level 11, Ash gains the Tranquility feature, which grants the effect of a sanctuary spell. Tyler gains the Aspect of the Worm feature, allowing him to create an aura that frightens enemies or grants resistance to dragon damage. Randall gains the Empowered Arms feature, which adds extra damage to his attacks and allows him to create an aura that grants temporary hit...
Published 05/27/24
Wands, scrolls, and potions - oh my! In this remastered episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we dust off our spellbook and explore the fascinating world of Spell Components. As any seasoned player knows, magic in TTRPGs is not just about waving a wand and uttering a few words - it often requires specific material, somatic, and verbal components. But what do these components actually mean, and how can you make them more than just a list of necessary items? Join us as we explore the mechanics and...
Published 05/25/24
Hold on to your dice and brace yourselves, Vecna, the deadliest Lich in all the realms, has returned; and this time, he's not playing around. In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we're reviewing this perilous new journey from Wizards of The Coast. As you face off against the ultimate evil in an epic battle to save all of existence, get ready to traverse the multiverse, from the Forgotten Realms to Eberron and beyond as you race against time to stop Vecna's destructive ritual. This adventure...
Published 05/23/24