Dungeons & Tangents

A conversational D&D podcast

About the show

We are Erik & Robert. Two guys from Portland Oregon who play and run Dungeons & Dragons.
Dungeons & Tangents is our Podcast where we discuss a myriad of topics surrounding D&D.
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.

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  • Episode 17: Setting the Mood

    August 29th, 2017  |  31 mins 35 secs
    dming, running the game

    Want to set the right mood with your D&D Players?
    We all do.
    In this episode we talk about methods that go beyond the game play.
    Creative means of using Audio, Visuals, Props and Voices

  • Episode 16: Building a Backstory

    August 22nd, 2017  |  36 mins 8 secs
    back-story, character generation

    We talk all about the back-stories of D&D characters. Do you need one?. Why? Where do I get one?

  • Episode 15: Anatomy of an Encounter

    August 15th, 2017  |  32 mins 6 secs
    dming, encounters

    Erik and Robert take a close look at the basic parts of D&D Encounter. We dissect encounters down to their key elements, then get into how Bruce Willis doesn't like water.

  • Episode 14: Session Structure

    August 8th, 2017  |  26 mins 14 secs
    dming, session logistics, snacks

    Erik and Robert take a macro look at a session of D&D. The food, the banter, the setup, the getting settled and eventually the game play.

  • Episode 13: Massive Tangent #1 - Castlevania

    August 1st, 2017  |  40 mins 2 secs
    castlevania, netflix, spoilers

    This being our 13th episode, we decided to review something spooky. Robert and Erik talk about the new Netflix series "Castlevania". We talk through every monotonous detail of the plot, so... Spoilers!

  • Episode 12: Tools for Character Generation

    July 25th, 2017  |  26 mins 56 secs
    character generation, d&d beyond, drivethrurpg, fantasy grounds, hero lab, ogl, open gaming network, roll20, srd

    In this episode, Chris and Erik discuss character generation software and third party content systems.

  • Episode 11: D&D Beyond - Pricing Announcement

    July 20th, 2017  |  22 mins 16 secs
    curse, d&d beyond, fantasy grounds, ogl, roll20, srd

    In this episode, Robert and Erik discuss the recently announced D&D Beyond pricing. What is the pricing, our reaction to it, and how the new tool fits into the growing D&D online ecosystem.

  • Episode 10: D&D Beyond

    July 17th, 2017  |  22 mins 18 secs
    curse, d&d beyond, drivethrurpg, fantasy grounds, ogl, roll20, srd, twitch, wizards of the coast

    In this episode, Erik and Chris Rutledge discuss the D&D Beyond website. What it is, what it promises to be, and how it came about.

  • Episode 9: Adventure Prep

    July 6th, 2017  |  50 mins 31 secs
    campaign management, dming, running the game

    In this episode, Robert and Erik discuss DM techniques for preparing a new Adventure.

  • Episode 8: Memorable Moments

    June 18th, 2017  |  52 mins 29 secs
    character death, memorable moments

    In this episode, Robert and Erik discuss how to make gaming moments that stick with you.
    We talk through the three most memorable moments we've experienced, then talk through what it is that make them a fun experience and something we remember years later.

  • Episode 7: Metagaming

    June 5th, 2017  |  43 mins 17 secs

    In this episode, Robert and Erik discuss the contentious subject of metagaming.
    We define metagaming as "The use of knowledge from outside a game's universe to gain an advantage inside of a game's universe."
    We talk about what it is, how it can help or hurt a gaming experience, ways of stopping or curbing metagaming, horror stories, and donuts.

  • Episode 6: Miniatures

    May 31st, 2017  |  50 mins 56 secs

    This time, Robert and Erik talk Miniatures. Big, medium, and small. Pewter, plastic, and paper. We discuss miniatures that help with tactics and establish a shared understanding.
    We talk scale, brands, painting, transportation options, and the sexism of fantasy and how it translates to miniatures.

  • Episode 5: Maps

    May 10th, 2017  |  56 mins 38 secs

    In this Episode, Robert and Erik talk Maps.

    We discuss maps that inspire, establish setting, help with tactics or help establish a shared understanding. Then we get philosophical about how maps and other inspirational pieces need to leave gaps that the viewer can fill with their imagination. It gets all existential. Then we talked about Mel Gibson LARPing.

  • Episode 4: Narration

    May 4th, 2017  |  44 mins 48 secs

    In this Episode, Chris Rutledge joins Erik to talk about Narration. We discuss back stories, settings, imagery verses perception, environmental consistency, building your descriptive vocabulary and a bunch of other subjects. They all surround the central ideas of keeping the players engaged, believing in the world of the game, and having fun.

  • Episode 3: Table Manners

    April 30th, 2017  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In this Episode, Robert and Erik talk Table Manners. We discuss an obscene amount of topics: Good and bad Banter, staying focused while gaming, eating at the table, knowing the rules, player preparedness, arguing with DMs, and what DMs can do to ruin a game.

  • Episode 2: We can talk about dice for hours

    April 29th, 2017  |  58 mins 53 secs
    chessex, d&d, dice, gamescience

    In this Episode, Robert and Erik talk dice... for an hour! We discuss the purpose of dice, dice accuracy, dice superstitions, dice rolling, and our first memories of dice.