On the Shoulders of Dwarves

--- Eran Aviram ---

**Feburary 2021:** Dwarves! We're prolonging our hiatus until 2022. We hope to be able to return earlier, but things haven't changed in our lives and until the corona epidemic is over it's unlikely we'll be able to go back to any routine. We're interested in doing at least something weekly or semi-weekly, even if not a podcast - if you have any ideas, please send us! To show@dwarfcast.net **September 2020:** Recently, we've been unable to dig into new seams of RPGitium, and forge new episodes. Too occupied were we, with the feeble matters of life: new jobs, maintaining households, having a kid, surviving a global pandemic. This trend is not expected to change in the foreseeable future, and so we put our mountain hold into a magical slumber. Our gates shall remain sealed until 2021, at which point we'll look again upon our lands and re-examine the ritual. Uri, Eran and Aviv

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Latest Episodes…

  1. Playing the Movie (episode 7)

    **2:35 Why would you want to play in a known setting?** You know and love the world and its setting. You want to explore ideas, concepts or characters from the main setting. You think your players could make a better plot than the original. **6:35 How to get the feel ...


  2. Retaining Player Attention (episode 6)

    **00:36 Our email guidelines** **2:50 Lloyd’s email** [Our recap episode](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/35b5aaeaa2ea42/). [11 ways to be a better roleplayer](http://lookrobot.co.uk/2013/06/20/11-ways-to-be-a-better-roleplayer/) The lack of engagement is a symptom, incentives won’t work here because they don’t address the root cause. **6:10 Dedicated Plotlines** Uri’s plot formula: the number of plots equals the number of PC ...


  3. Dwarven Forge: Ares (episode 5)

    The Dwarven Forge concept is directly inspired by [NPC Cast’s Campaign Crucibles](https://npccast.wordpress.com/tag/campaign-crucible/ "Link: https://npccast.wordpress.com/tag/campaign-crucible/"). Our previous forges, [in Hebrew](http://www.dwarves.org.il/tag/campaign-crucible), include: * Masterwork, a secret conflict in medieval times between guilds such as The Bakers, The Weavers and others, using the magical means of their craft; * It is Good to ...


  4. Recap (episode 4)

    What’s in a recap? Quite a lot, actually. **1:30 The ritual announcing the game has begun** Every session starts with 15 or so minutes of a social gathering. The recap usually marks the stage in which we enter the game: getting into character, reminding ourselves of the atmosphere, remembering the ...


  5. Random Encounters, Not Random Combats (episode 3)

    What's the point of having random encounters? How to create them, how to utilize them, and why. [Xanathar's Guide to Everything](http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/xanathars-guide-everything), D&D's latest sourcebook, does random encounters right, mostly. **4:30 Why have random encounters?** Deliver information about the world: There are dragons in the mountains to the north. Sustain the ...