Dungeons & Tangents
About the Show
We are Erik & Robert. Two guys from Portland Oregon who play and run D&D.
Dungeons & Tangents is our Podcast where we discuss a myriad of topics surrounding Dungeons & Dragons.
The culture, the mechanics, new product releases, common mistakes. We cover the full breadth of the D&D world.
And sometimes we get caught in rabbit holes...
Also; we can be persuaded to talk about anything with bribes of dice and miniatures.
Episode 34: GCPWest 2018 - An Interview with April Westervelt
February 13th, 2018
30 mins 14 secs
This week we have our first official interview.
Robert and I talk with April Westervelt; the organizer of the Portland based GCPWest TableTop gathering.
What is GCPWest? How did it start and what makes it unique?
We talk to April about these subjects and more, this week on Dungeons & Tangents
Episode 33: Session 0: the planning session
February 6th, 2018 | 48 mins 23 secs
When you build a house, you need a blueprint.
But When you play D&D, you may run a module that gives you a plot, but there's no blueprints for how your players interact with each other or the world around them.
A planning session, sometimes called "session 0" can help make sure Player and DM expectations are in sync.
We discuss makes a good session 0, this week on Dungeons & Tangents
Episode 32: Failing Forward & Awareness of Risks
January 30th, 2018 | 45 mins 4 secs
A rogue tries to pick a lock. "Roll a sleight of hand Check" that DM says. The roll is low.
So What happens next?
Does the DM say "you failed to pick the lock"?
Is this a dead end in the game?
It doesn't have to be.
If a player is rolling the dice, failure must always an option, but success or failure, the game must go on.
We consider the relationship between risks, successes, and failures this week on Dungeons & Tangents.
Knowledge History D&D - Episode 4: The Making of Dungeons & Dragons (1972-1974)
January 16th, 2018 | 15 mins 21 secs
This episode is all about the first edition of D&D. How it was written and the struggles of publishing a innovative game without any money.
Episode 31: At The Movies (part 1)
January 9th, 2018 | 27 mins 25 secs
A Cartoon in 1983,
A live action Feature in 2000,
An Animated Feature in 2008,
There have been a lot of attempts to take D&D into the world movies and TV, but many have fallen far short of fan expectations.
In late 2017, a new D&D movie was announced and is set for release in October of 2021.
we'll discuss that and more, this week on Dungeons & Tangents
Episode 30: Party Dynamics
January 2nd, 2018 | 31 mins 5 secs
What would the A-Team be without Hannibal?
The Fellowship of the Rings be without Gandalf?
Buffy the Vampire slayer without Giles?
Are there character archetypes that are necessary for a party to gel?
Are there character pairings that make parties fall apart?
We'll ask these questions and discuss general party dynamics today on Dungeons & Tangents.
Episode 29: Alignment (the inevitable episode)
December 19th, 2017 | 33 mins 52 secs
Most of you have seen your favorite fictional characters pigeon holed into a chart of the 9 Alignments.
Obiwan is "Lawful Good", Treebeard is True Neutral, The Joker is "Chaotic Evil".
Obviously that grid was popularized by D&D, but you may not know that it was not originally part of D&D.
We'll discuss that as well as how it fits into game play today on "Dungeons & Tangents"
Episode 28: Sports vs eSports vs Tabletop Streams
December 12th, 2017
29 mins 23 secs
Sports is a Trillion Dollar industry in the United States alone. And while Sports has been a part of our cultural landscape for more than a hundred years, eSports and tabletop streaming are very new industries that are vying for a very different audience. Can these new forms of entertainment satisfy the Nerd world's need for an alternative to Football, Basketball, and Baseball?
We'll discuss that and more, today on Dungeons & Tangents.
Episode 27: Running a "Theater of the Mind" Game
November 28th, 2017 | 38 mins 1 sec
We're planning on running an Actually Play in the future, but that means changing the way we play D&D. The main change is the removal of all visual aids from the game. Making the game purely audible. This episode we discuss how to run a "Theater of the Mind" style game and how it's different than running a game with Maps, miniatures, and other physical props.
Episode 26: DM for Hire & the Untapped Potential of D&D
November 21st, 2017 | 22 mins 22 secs
This episode we discuss a man named John Dempsey from Toronto Canada who has started making a living as a professional Dungeon Master. He charges clients for his time and efforts in prepping and running games of D&D. We also talk about the untapped potential of D&D as a form of entertainment and a viable platform for businesses like John Dempsey's
Knowledge History D&D - Episode 3: Birth of the Fantasy Game (1967 to 1972)
November 14th, 2017 | 16 mins 50 secs
This episode covers the events that lead Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax to meet and have the inspiration they needed to create the first drafts of D&D.
Episode 25: Ramblin' On - Who's the best Joker
November 7th, 2017 | 6 mins 2 secs
Hey everyone and welcome to Dungeons & Tangents
Today Robert and Erik B.S. about Batman and the Joker.
This is a SUPER short Episode because it was a spur of the moment thing.
But we just had to share it because Erik does his impersonation of Mark Hamil's Joker.
Also, Erik will be on vacation for a week so we're padding out our schedule wink wink
Knowledge History D&D - Episode 2: Setting up the Pieces (1953 - 1967)
October 31st, 2017
14 mins 29 secs
dave arneson, gary gygax, history
This episode, we continue the new series "Knowledge - History - D&D". A chronological review of the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. We'll intro you to the people who created D&D and how they first got interested in table top gaming. We talk through the early days of Gary Gygax, Don Kaye, and Dave Arneson.
Episode 24: Criticals and Fumbles
October 24th, 2017
30 mins 53 secs
dming, game mechanics, running the game
This Episode we're talking about, perhaps the most overused phrase in D&D; "Critical Hit".
It's the moment in every D&D game where people scream and jump up and down. But Critical Hits haven't always been part of the game. We discuss the history, the mechanics, the narrative, and the different variations of critical hits and misses.
Knowledge History D&D - Episode 1: The Prehistory to D&D (500 - 1950)
October 17th, 2017
14 mins 45 secs
chaturanga, chess, history, kreigsspiel
This episode, Erik starts a new series called "Knowledge - History - D&D". A chronological review of how Dungeons & Dragons came into being.
We'll start by releasing episodes every other week.
This first episode starts with the prehistory of D&D from 500 AD to 1950.