The Dungeon Master's Handbook Podcast

The Dungeon Master's Handbook Podcast

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Hi! I'm Michael "Chgowiz" and I podcast about my love for running fantasy role playing campaigns using older versions of Dungeons & Dragons!

(Artwork by Mark Allen - http://www.marjasall.com/)
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Hi! I'm Michael "Chgowiz" and I podcast about my love for running fantasy role playing campaigns using older versions of Dungeons & Dragons!

(Artwork by Mark Allen - http://www.marjasall.com/)
chgowiz-games.blogspot.com/

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Episode 20 - One on One Game; Making Towns and Cities
In this episode, I catch up on a couple of my AD&D games, as well as getting some momentum in playing my one on one OD&D campaign with my wife. Then I cover how I create towns and cities for my campaigns. Leave me a Voicemail Message!  https://anchor.fm/the-dungeon-masters-handbook/message Links from Episode: The Domesday Book - Medieval Demographics Made Easy Random Roadstop Generator Village Generator Jeff Rient's 20 Questions to Start a Campaign Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
30:11
November 26, 2019
Episode 19 - Three Lessons from Recent Games
Surprise! I promised no set schedule for this podcast, and yet here I am, a week later, with another episode. I DM'd quite a bit of AD&D last week, so I thought I would cover some of the more interesting elements: How I DM overland adventures Playing a strange race that is very alien in thought A quickie on AD&D by-the-book combat What happens when a thief fails to pick a lock I also talk a bit about my son, Vincent Victor, who lost his life last week. Leave me a message! Did you know that you can leave me voice messages on Anchor.fm? That's pretty damn cool! If you're listening to it there, click the "Send voice message" button. Or, use this handy link: https://anchor.fm/the-dungeon-masters-handbook/message Three Hexes 'Zine! I've created a 'zine for my Three Hexes blog series and campaign starter approach. First issue is here - please give it a read!  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293954/Three-Hexes-Zine-1?manufacturers_id=2806 I'd love to hear your questions, comments or if you just want to say "Hi!" Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK) Episode Artwork by Mark Allen (http://www.marjasall.com/)
32:12
November 12, 2019
Episode 18 - Casting Resurrect on the Podcast!
From the unlikeliest of places came a great idea on how to continue this podcast! I talk about the current state of my campaign games, a few changes and future episodes. Thank you so much for the kind comments in the past year - I hope you continue to enjoy the show! Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
27:01
November 5, 2019
Episode 17 - Populating Dungeons with Monsters and Treasure
In this episode, Michael talks about how he populates his dungeons with monsters and treasures. Also, some trivia behind the lead-in music!
27:17
July 17, 2018
Episode 16 - Weather in my D&D Campaign
In this episode, I share how I came up with some logical, consistent weather rules and how I base that weather on the real world. It was a long journey through random charts and blog posts to get here, but I finally have a system that I'm happy with!  Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)  Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
19:55
July 3, 2018
Episode 15 - Running a Wargames Campaign - HowTo
This episode, I talk through an example of what I do to play wargames in my campaign world - the tools I use, how I use them. There are links below to the books I use as inspiration and to my rules and records I use. Hopefully this brings together what I've been talking about the past few episodes. See here for links to books and files:  Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)  Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
32:52
June 4, 2018
Episode 14 - Wargames in your D&D campaign, Part 2
In this second of two parts, I finish talking about one of my favorite aspects of my D&D campaign world - wargaming alongside my D&D gaming in the same campaign. I share how I set up my campaign and the tools/books I use to help me.
18:43
May 22, 2018
Episode 13 - Wargames in your D&D campaign, Part 1
In this first of two parts, I talk about one of my favorite aspects of my D&D campaign world - wargaming alongside my D&D gaming in the same campaign. It's full of challenges and considerations, but the payoff is so much fun!  Links from this episode: Battle of McGillicuddy's Farm: http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com/2011/04/chainmail-battle-of-mcguillicuddys-farm.html (Campaign lore from a wargame battle) Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)  Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
14:52
May 8, 2018
Episode 12 - "How Do I?" Questions Answered!
In this episode, I take a break from talking about creating and running old-school style D&D campaigns to answer some questions that I've gotten from listeners. Thank you for the questions and please keep sending them in! I answer: How I make a wandering monster chart How I make the first level of a dungeon How I run wilderness campaigns PS! Once again, I had allergies, sorry if I sound so quiet! Allergy season was here in the Chicagoland area when I recorded this!  Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF)  Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
18:54
April 24, 2018
Episode 11 - Running Online Games in my Campaign World
In this episode, Michael talks about how he's extended his campaign from the tabletop into the virtual world, running play-by-post and VTT games from his campaign world. Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
23:27
April 10, 2018
Episode 10 - How I Map My Campaign World
In this episode, Michael looks at how he makes his maps for his campaign world, tools he uses and how he approaches mapping in general. Link to Worldographer by Inkwell Ideas: http://worldographer.com/ PS! I'm really sorry my voice sounds so froggy! Allergy season is here in the Chicagoland area and I guess it's affecting me more than I realized! Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
24:54
March 28, 2018
Special GaryCon 2018 Episode - 3 Lessons About Running Games at Cons
Michael's just returned from GaryCon and had to share three lessons that he learned from running and playing in convention games. Plus, the nerdiest confession you'll hear all day, guaranteed! Three Hexes Blog Series mentioned in the podcast: https://chgowiz-games.blogspot.com/search/label/Three%20Hexes Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
21:19
March 14, 2018
Episode 9 - My Original D&D 1-on-1 Campaign with my Wife
In this episode, Michael talks about the ongoing 1-on-1 campaign (using the 1974 Original D&D rules) that he runs for his wife - thePrincessWife. 1-on-1 games have some interesting challenges and are a lot of fun to play! Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
18:54
February 28, 2018
Episode 8 - Modifying AD&D for my campaign
In this episode, Michael explains the ways he has houseruled and modified Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition to his liking. He covers things like: Different combat mechanic and combat sequence -  no segments here! Encumbrance and counterspelling Expanding paladins and the all-mighty d30 dice Links mentioned in this episode are: Michael/Chgowiz's Houserules Document for the Chronicles of Etinerra Campaign https://docs.google.com/document/d/14ZXouC--Yyj3-CcDukJPI3FqVeVT794lWKUgWZHMhQ4/edit?usp=sharing Target20 mechanic by Daniel Collins http://www.oedgames.com/target20/ Philotomy's OD&D Musings (Writings by Jason Cone, PDF by Jason Vey) http://www.grey-elf.com/philotomy.pdf Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
22:07
February 14, 2018
Episode 7 - Including Mass Combat into D&D Campaign Games
In this episode, Michael explains how he finally found his Holy Grail - having a D&D game with a seamless transition from mass combat to 1:1 combat, and it was very easy! Books/Supplements mentioned in this episode are: Book of War by Daniel Collins Printed version: http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-collins/original-edition-delta-book-of-war/paperback/product-17158134.html PDF version: http://www.lulu.com/shop/daniel-collins/original-edition-delta-book-of-war/ebook/product-17391327.html The Fellowship - Supplement to Book of War by Michael Shorten Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
21:45
January 31, 2018
Episode 6 - When Things Go Awry in Your Campaign
In this episode, Michael talks about when things didn't go exactly as planned in his campaign and how he handled it. He talks about: When his initial ideas didn't work Trouble players When real life interfered Mistakes in rulings TPKs (Total Party Kills) Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
22:20
January 17, 2018
Episode 5 - Running Multiple Games in Your Campaign
In this short episode, Michael cover the benefits and challenges of running multiple different games in your campaign - at the same time! It might feel like fighting a multi-headed dragon, but it's really a lot of fun! Happy New Year! Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
15:13
January 3, 2018
Episode 4 - Continuing a Sandbox Campaign
In this episode, Michael talks about the things he ran into as he continued to run his new sandbox campaign over the next few months and years. He covers: Keeping the campaign fresh and dynamic Dealing with player scheduling How he awards XP And other great tips and tricks. Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
19:59
December 20, 2017
Episode 3 - Starting a Sandbox Campaign, Part 2
In this episode, Michael finishes talking about starting a sandbox campaign old school style. Don't let the myths and hype fool you. You don't need a lot to jump right into some great gaming! Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
26:21
December 6, 2017
Episode 2 - Starting a Sandbox Campaign, Part 1
Sandbox campaigns, one of the hallmarks of an old school AD&D D&D campaign, are easy to get started! Don't let the myths and hype fool you. You don't need a lot to jump right into some great gaming! Michael covers three tools that he uses to get the adventure started. Links mentioned in the show: Obsidian Portal campaign wiki - https://www.obsidianportal.com Hex map software - http://www.worldographer.com Intro music: Dragonaut by Bradley The Buyer (bit.ly/2ASpAlF) Outro music: Dream by Wild Shores (bit.ly/2jbJehK)
20:09
December 6, 2017
Episode 1 – Fun Convention Games in a Flash!
This episode, I cover how I put together a rockin’ AD&D convention game in under 5 hours! I had only a few days till GameHoleCon in November, and I hadn’t written my game yet. I pulled a few tricks out of the old Dungeon Master’s hat and wrote a great game. You can too!
20:12
December 6, 2017
Episode 0 - Introduction to the Dungeon Master's Handbook
This episode, Michael “Chgowiz” introduces himself and this brand new podcast that will focus on how to Dungeon Master an old school Dungeons & Dragons game. Michael talks about his AD&D/D&D background and what he’s going to do with this podcast. Plus, this was a great way to shake off the nervousness of doing something he’s never done before!
15:30
December 6, 2017
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