Category Archives: Podcast

Level Up — Bonus Episode!

Today we have a very special bonus episode of Level Up.  Instead of our usual 4e D&D fare, we have an interview with Rupert G of the Dice of Doom blog and podcast.  He’s the driving force behind the “Play A New RPG Month” project, and we thought that many of our listeners would be interested in their “gaming experiment” and how to participate during October.

We here at the Roving Band of Misfits are doing our best to fit a new RPG into our October gaming schedule, so stay tuned for some blog articles on what that RPG is, and how it went. We strongly encourage others to take a one month break from D&D to try a new RPG as well.  We know that many of you even have some systems on your shelf that you bought many years ago but never played; now you have an excuse to break them out, dust them off, and try them.

For more information on the different RPGs the Dice of Doom folks have played over the past year, including their opinions of each, please check out their podcast. It’s a wealth of information.

Enjoy!

Level Up — Episode #18: Themes, More Themes, and Common Items

We’ve got a giant-sized episode for you on this Labor Day, to thank the hundreds(!) of you that listen to our little show.

In this episode, Benoit details a lot of the themes from the new Neverwinter Campaign Setting.  Hamblin talks about a couple of his favorite themes from some Dragon articles that came out a few months back.

In addition, Hamblin gives some strategies for what items new low-level characters in Living Forgotten Realms might take as they level up.

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Level Up — Episode #17: Warlocks, Harpers, and Power Creep

In this episode, Hamblin discusses why 17 is his favorite number.  He also talks about how he rebuilt his warlock to maximize damage and take advantage of being able to use curse damage every turn (instead of just once per round).  This leads into Benoit and Hamblin talking about power creep and how it’s leading to more challenging LFR encounters.  Finally, Benoit discusses one of his favorite themes from the Neverwinter Campaign Guide: the Harper Agent.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up — Episode #16: GenCon Report

We’re back after a few weeks off!  Benoit went to GenCon (and Hamblin went to MathCon)… which of us had more fun?

Benoit returns with stories from GenCon.  We talk about Living Forgotten Realms, fortune cards, and results from the Fourthcore Deathmatch that we discussed on the last episode.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up — Episode #15: Deathmatch, Staff of Ruin, and Worldbreakers

In this episode we talk with special guest C. Steven Ross from the DMG p.42 blog about the Fourthcore Deathmatch event going on at GenCon Indy 2011.  We discuss his inspiration for creating this unique event, as well as his insights for how to avoid getting “fragged.”

Hamblin talks about some tricky ways to have your cake and eat it too with Staff of Ruin.

We also review the first Worldbreaker encounter from the guys over at the At Will blog.  They’ve created a unique epic “boss” encounter you could use to spice up your campaign.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up — Episode #14: Battle Clerics, Simple Characters, and Rhythm Shields

In this episode, we discuss a recent article posted on the D&D website by Mike Mearls where he talks about how to design classes that are simple enough so that people don’t get overwhelmed by the character creation process, but also have enough complexity for more advanced players.

We also talk about some interesting new options for Strength-based clerics in an article published last month.

Finally, in the magic item segment, Benoit talks about the awesomeness that is Rhythm Blade Spiked Shields.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up — Episode #13: Athas, Sentinels, and Encounters

We are back from our hiatus!  Hamblin took a vacation and went to Origins to play some Ashes of Athas.  Benoit has been hard at work building terrain for GenCon, and has started teaching his daughter to play D&D.

We also have a special guest, Ameron from DungeonsMaster.com.  We discuss the first two chapters of the Ashes of Athas campaign, Benoit talks about his new Sentinel druid he is playing at D&D Encounters, and Derek also talks about his experiences with Dark Sun and running Encounters.

Some links Derek mentioned:

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

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Level Up — Episode #12

In this episode, Benoit discusses a cool trick he picked up from listening to the Penny Arcade D&D Podcasts.  Then Hamblin and Benoit respond to an email request build a hybrid seeker/ranger at paragon tier.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up — Episode #11

We have a special episode this week.  Teos Abadia, one of the administrators of the new Ashes of Athas campaign talks with us about this new organized play opportunity.  Ashes of Athas is currently being offered at some of the big gaming conventions around the country (including Origins and GenCon Indy coming up later this summer).  You can find out more at the main Ashes of Athas page.  You can also send Teos a tweet at @Alphastream, or check out his blog.

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.

Level Up – Episode #10

On this episode Benoit and Hamblin discuss racial paragon path options.  Benoit looks at the various Drow paragon paths, and Hamblin talks about how to use a Goliath paragon path (and some other things) to get threatening reach.

We also talk about our philosophies about how to choose paragon paths in general.

The paragon paths we talked about were:

  • Drow Wanderer (Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide)
  • Curseborn (Dragon Magazine 367)
  • Dread Fang (Martial Power)
  • Stoneblessed (Player’s Handbook 2)

As always, we want your feedback!  Leave a comment below, email us at podcast@rovingbandofmisfits.com, or send a tweet to Benoit or Hamblin.

Level Up logo by Wesley K. Hall. Music by pornophonique and is available for free under the Creative Commons license.