On the Shoulders of Dwarves
**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 [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
**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.
Have fun storming your castles!
Uri, Eran and Aviv
(We still read and post in our group, [On the Shoulders of Dwarves](http://www.facebook.com/groups/dwarfpodcast))
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This will be the last episode of the year 2019 as well as the last episode of the decade so it is only fitting that we will use it to talk about the most important issue of the roleplaying game: Snacks! We will be discussing off play food - meaning actual ...
## On the nature of Mysteries The “Known Unknowns” (00:50) The nature of mystery explained by United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld concept of the “[known unknowns](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns)”. The known Unknowns are what creates a sense of Mystery. For example the monsters in the dungeons. We know there are monsters ...
### Why? As the name of the episode suggests “Empowering Fellow players” means that you empower other players and they will empower you. But, on a more pragmatic note, empowering other players makes the game more fun for all participants, it makes events more memorable, increases immersion, and let players feel ...
**Definitions** (01:45) There are 2 types of RPG streamings - Around the table vs virtual conferencing. **Technical Prerequisite** (03:15) Streaming platforms: Twitch, youtube, facebook, etc. Consider [OBS](https://obsproject.com/). What are the needed components to create a stream? * Streaming software * Conferencing software * Overlays (see an example in our game “[Folk vs. Medicine](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOgnrDz8R38)” using [The Ward ...
Why is it important? (01:00) Who tracks the initiative? (03:50) Tracking init was considered one of the holy duties of the GM. But does it have to be? See our episode on [Sharing GM Responsibilities.](https://dwarves.podiant.co/e/sharing-gm-responsibilities-episode-18-3603a01bff62b2/) ## Different initiative mechanics: - **D&D (2E-5E) & Pathfinder (06:20)**: You roll a d20 for Initiative. (skip to 07:00 to ...