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We Speak Common

By We Speak Common
Welcome to We Speak Common - a podcast about Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). Discover the world of D&D and learn alongside people just like you. After playing D&D for years and travelling to multiple worlds and planes it's time to return home and talk all about our discoveries. Join this community of likeminded people and trade game tales, rules and tips to enjoy D&D even more. To get involved in the conversation follow us on twitter at @WeSpeakCommon or email at WeSpeakCommon@Hotmail.com. You can support the show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/wespeakcommon
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Ep. 177 - Creating and using scenes and set pieces
This week I'll be talking about how to create and run Scenes and Set Pieces in your D&D games. I'll talk through the difference between the two, how to prepare and run them, and give a shot check list to go through as you develop your own. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:14:22
January 13, 2022
Ep. 176 - Creating a new magic item for you D&D world
It's the start of a brand new year, so lets create a new magic item for you to take into your D&D games. Phoebe joins me as we create the Crown of Tiny Dragons. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
56:02
January 06, 2022
Ep. 175 - New rules for running larger encounters and mobs in D&D
Larger encounters always run slowly. This week I'll presenter an optional rule that'll help those big encounters run more smoothly and much easier. Plushow to run a mob in D&D 5e. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
59:36
December 30, 2021
Ep. 174 - Improved Ship combat for D&D 5e
This week we're talking aot ship to ship combat and how to make it run more smoothly, while adding in a team play element. We'll go over the issues with the current official rules and present new ones that will work in sea, air or space!  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:16:30
December 23, 2021
Ep. 173 - What 5e doesn't tell you about Demons and how to use it
This week, after taking a deep dive into older editions and their Lore, Sam joins me to talk all about demons and the Abyss. Theres lots of lore that hasn't been reprinted for 5e but is still canon and really helpful if you're planning on running Demons as a main antagonist. We'll dive into it all today and give some suggestions on how to use it. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:15:14
December 16, 2021
Ep 172 - How to write one page one shots w/ One Page Mage
Grab the One Page Mage  Guide to Oneshots on the We Speak Common Patreon Now! This week I'm joined by One Page Mage to talk about writing adventures, One shots and how to run them effectively in one session. We'll dive into creative tips and give advice on how to write. PLUS Patreon supporters of We Speak Common get a copy of the One Page Mage Guide to One shots For more One Page Mage follow him on Twitter: @OnePageMage Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
58:09
December 09, 2021
Ep. 171 - How to write great adventures for home and professionally w/ Andrew B
This week I'm joined by Adventure Writer and DM Challenge winner Andrew B to talk about the tips he has for writing adventures, both for the table and professionally.  For more Andrew follow JaysNDragons on twitter. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:00:41
December 02, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 7 - The Final Frontier
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • The Void Dragon • Escape from Shrlogoth • Stormwall • At Night (Modern Nights) • A Warriors Sorrow • At Night • The Dragon Hoard • Battle of the Dune • Daggers in the Dark • Drenger • Trollocs • The Last Stand • The Hoard Daniel Birch - freemusicarchive.com • Safe as House Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Twisting • Diversion • Furious Freak All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:48:35
November 30, 2021
Ep 170 - How to create and use Player Setting Guides
This week we're talking about how to create and use a player setting guide. Do you need one and is the right time to create it? What should you include and how should you design it? All this and more in this weeks episode of Tinker's Toolbox. Shape We Speak Common by filling out our Listener Feedback Survey: https://forms.gle/oPvKtNK2FjStrHug7 Closes On December 2nd Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Manscapped - Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code 'COMMON' at Manscaped.com. Unlock your confidence and always use the right tools for the job with MANSCAPED. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:13
November 25, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 6 - On the Dark Side of the Asteroid
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • Forgotten King's • Wayland • The Void Dragon • Escape from Shrlogoth Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Leaving Home • Limit 70 • Twisting • Andreas Theme • Shadowlands 2 Daniel Birch - freemusicarchive.com • Safe as House All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:03:49
November 23, 2021
Ep. 169 - Running animal companions, mounts and familiars
This week, Phoebe joins me to talk through our experiences with animal companions, familiars and a touch of advice on mounts. What do you need to know before you party all get pets?! Shape We Speak Common by filling out our Listener Feedback Survey: https://forms.gle/oPvKtNK2FjStrHug7 Closes On December 2nd Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Manscapped - Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code 'COMMON' at Manscaped.com. Unlock your confidence and always use the right tools for the job with MANSCAPED. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:09:19
November 18, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 5 - Many Hands, Light Work
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • The Mountain • The Forest • Edmond's Field • Small Town Feeling Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Leaving Home • Limit 70 • Furious Freak • Intuit 256 • Mana Two - Part 1 • Mana Two - Part 3 • Andreas Theme • SCP-X6X • Man Down • Blip Trance • Lightless Dwan All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:33:55
November 16, 2021
Ep. 168 - How to create memorable encounters with Geoffrey Golden
This week I'm joined by narrative designer Geoffrey Golden, to talk about how to make a memorable encounter! We'll delve into the three pillars you'll need to pull off that fight your party will never forget. Geoffrey: @geoffreygolden   Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Manscapped - Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code 'COMMON' at Manscaped.com. Unlock your confidence and always use the right tools for the job with MANSCAPED. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:06:47
November 11, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 4 - Luck Be a Lady
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams  Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/    Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • The crazy Squirrel tavern • One hundred friend tavern • Edmonds Field • The Streets of Baeralon  Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Special Harvest • Leaving Home  All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:04:10
November 09, 2021
Ep. 167 - How to run Vampires and Werewolves as Monsters, NPC's and Player Characters
To keep the spooky vibes for one more week, we're talking about Vampires and Werewolves in D&D. How do you run them as monsters and interesting NPC's... but also, what happens when a player gets bitten? We'll talk through the best ways to have vampiric and lycanthropic player characters. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Manscapped - Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code 'COMMON' at Manscaped.com. Unlock your confidence and always use the right tools for the job with MANSCAPED. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:17:50
November 04, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 3 - A Whole New World
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • Battle of the Dunes • The Hoard • The Last Stand • Daggers in the Dark • Stormwall • Edmonds • One Hundred Friends Tavern Table Top Audio - tabletopaudio.com • The Bog Standard Daniel Birch - freemusicarchive.com • Growing Pains Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Special Harvest All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:17:49
November 02, 2021
Ep. 166 - How to Run Horror in D&D
It's Spooky season! Halloween is right around the corner and we love a special spooky event game here, so this week I'm joined by Patreon Dave to talk all about running horror in D&D. We'll give you some tips for inspiration, what D&D books to grab and how important it is to add light moments in the darkness. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:14
October 28, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 2 - We're not in Waterdeep anymore
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Promising Relationship • Screen saver • Babylon • Bleeping Demo • Furious Freak • Lightless dawn Daniel Birch - freemusicarchive.com • Safe As Houses • Growing Pains The Fiechters - YouTube • Into the Unknown Tabletop Audio - Tabletopaudio.com • Waterkeep • Medieval town Ivan Duch - ivanduch.com • Edmond’s Field • Small Town Feeling • A Warriors Sorrow • The Streets of Baerlon All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:41:50
October 26, 2021
Ep. 165 - How to play Spelljammer in 5e
"Spelljammer Confirmed!" Okay, okay so we don't know for sure that we are getting a Spelljammer for 5e, but we're willing to bet money on it. If you live in a world where that exists this episode will fill you with inspiration for you campaign and book suggestions to expand those rules. If you're in a world where a 5e Spelljammer book isn't out yet, this episode is everything you need to play Spelljammer in 5e!  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:20:58
October 21, 2021
The Cosmic Causeway Ep. 1 - One small step for Ralph
Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Theme "NanoPhage" by Tri-Tachyon (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Soundtrack: Ivan Duch - https://ivanduch.com • Into The Forrest • Small Town Feeling • The Temple • Escape from Sharlogoth • Daggers in the Dark • The Horde • Battle of the Dunes • The Streets of Baerlon All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
01:32:56
October 19, 2021
Ep 164 - What actually is Spelljammer?
"Spelljammer Confirmed!" Words we've seen on twitter and shouted from bloggers and YouTubers for years... but what actually IS Spelljammer? This week, James and I delve into the Lore to give you the basics of what the setting is actually made up of. Welcome to Spelljammer 101. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:15:56
October 14, 2021
We Speak Common Presents - The Cosmic Causeway Announcement Trailer
We Speak Common Presents - The Cosmic Causeway is a Spelljammer 5e mini series. Join a ragtag group of life long friends as they head out from Waterdeep on a mission for the Watchful Order, and dive head first into the world of Spelljammer. What they'll find is far more exciting, and terrifying, than anything they could every imagine. Sit back into that helm and hold on tight, we're heading to Wild Space! Cast DM: Ben Norris Bugs: Phoebe Hammond Zidar: Wesley Crutchley Halxian: Samuel Walpole Matches: James Williams Written and produced by Ben Norris as part of the We Speak Common Network Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Tracks Kevin MacLoed - incompetech.com • Bicycle • Late Night Radio • Sincerely • Wholesome • Exciting Trailer   All tracks licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
26:22
October 12, 2021
Ep. 163 - How to run Descent into Avernus: what we learnt from a 2 year campaign
We just finished a 2 year Descent into Avernus campaign. Myself and James the DM talk through all the things that went well and what he changed to make the game better for us. If you're getting ready to run DiA, strap in and enjoy. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:32:28
October 07, 2021
Ep. 162 - What is the Feywild really like?
This week, my friend and player, Wesley tells me all about the Feywild and the mischievous Fey. With Wild Beyond the Witchlight out and in our hands, this episode should give you a great starting point to understanding the wider Feywild before running the adventure, are starting your own in the plane. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:08:24
September 30, 2021
Ep. 161 - What is Co DMing and how do you pull it off
This week its Duo DMing 2 electric boogaloo! James joins me to run through what Co-DMing actually is and how we pull it off. The tips and tricks to get the feeling just right and what to think about if you're considering giving it a go. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:01:19
September 23, 2021
Ep. 160 - Everyone-Games, A D&D charity event
This week I'me joined by Chris and Phill to talk about Everybody Games and their D&D charity events on the 1st and 2nd of October! Find out more about Everybody Games and there event at: everyone-games.com Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
54:36
September 16, 2021
Ep 159 - D&D Agony Aunt: Rebuilding a lost campaign
Welcome to the first of the reborn D&D Agony Aunt! The show where I take your exact issues and queries with your personal D&D games and discuss them with guests. This week Sam and I talk about getting a campaign back on track after it's fallen off the rails. Got a problem or situation you want us to talk through? Email it in to wespeakcommon@hotmail.com and set your subject to D&D Agony Aunt Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:07:24
September 14, 2021
Ep. 158 - How play chaotic characters without being THAT guy
This week, Aaron's Games joins me to talk about his chaotic characters and how to play them with derailing the campaign. We'll talk about how to utilise these methods ad a DM for chaotic NPC's too. Check out Aaron's Games on Youtube Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:08:13
September 09, 2021
Ep. 157 - Why counterspell is the most balanced spell in D&D
This week I'm joined by Ray to talk about Counterspell. I'll explain why it's actually the most balanced spell in the game, and together we'll talk about ways to help people who don't think its a fun spell. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:36:39
September 02, 2021
Ep. 156 - How to hombrew with the right Design Philosophy
This week I wanted to talk about design philosophy. What are the things I think about when creating hombrew and why I think people should add to 5e, rather than change it.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
44:12
August 26, 2021
Ep. 155 - D&D Agony Aunt: Warlock City Culture
Welcome to the first of the reborn D&D Agony Aunt! The show where I take your exact issues and queries with your personal D&D games and discuss them with guests. This week Sam and I talk about what a city formed by Warlocks might be like, and how their culture would differ from anything we've seen before. Got a problem or situation you want us to talk through? Email it in to wespeakcommon@hotmail.com and set your subject to D&D Agony Aunt Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Podcast Theme: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:00:25
August 24, 2021
Ep. 154 - What's the Lore you need to know with Jorphdan
This week I'm joined by D&D Lore legend, Jorphdan (The PH is silent), to talk all about LORE. Whats the bits you need to look out for, what do you need to know when preping and building a setting, and how did Jordan get in to Dungeons and Dragons to begin with? Check out Jorphdan on YouTube. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Check out Obsidian portal at obsidianportal.com        "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:05:38
August 19, 2021
Ep. 153 - What to think about when playing high tier games
This week, I'm joined by Something Wicked's, Patrick Higgins to talk about high tier D&D. There's lots to think about in higher level games, so this week we'll go into some overall tips to help as a DM and Player as you start to get into Demi God levels of power. Check out Something Wicked on Twitter and Twitch: @Something5e Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:20:35
August 12, 2021
Ep. 152 - How to achieve good Pacing
Here we are again, we went through all of that and where did it bring you? Right back to me, right back to pacing. We've talked about it before, but we all grow and learn and so its time we revisit one of, if not the most important aspect of D&D and storytelling. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
59:59
August 05, 2021
Ep. 151 - Who is Halaster Blackcloak & Adding a story to Dungeon of the Mad Mage
This week we're delving into the lore of the mad mage himself! Who is Halaster Blackcloak? We'll talk about adding a story to the famous Undermountain and its 5e adventure: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, AND how you can port it to any setting you like. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:22:22
July 29, 2021
Ep. 150 - Creating Compelling NPC's Ft. World Forge
Celebrating 150 episodes I'm joined by the duo who were out first ever guests on the show, World Forge. We talk through creating compelling NPC's. Our different tactics to make great characters that are memorable, and how they change when we're thinking about long last NPC's and one time cameos. Check out World Forge on Twitter: @WorldForgePod and Spotify Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:09:34
July 22, 2021
Ep. 149 - How to play and run evil characters
This week we're talking about evil PC's. How do you run them, should you run them? How do you play them?! It's a mix bag of advice out there for what you should and shouldn't do when it comes to evil player characters. We'll talk about our experiences running and playing these types of characters together to give you our best hints and tips to pull it off. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:13:06
July 15, 2021
Ep. 148 - How to create and use Dynamic Locations Ft. Giveaway
This week we're talking about Dynamic Locations! What are they, how do you create them and how do you run them in your games? These are something I swear by which work great in Sandbox games and to add the feel of a living breathing world. Also a podcast update and the reinstating of the D&D Agony Aunt! Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
56:59
July 08, 2021
Ep. 147 - How to use old Player Character's in cameos effectively
When you've been playing in the same world for years, you start to build up your own legends and fables of forgotten player characters. So how do you use those to your advantage? Those stories don't just stop and disappear from the world, they become myth and legend. Today I'm joined by RJd20 to talk about how to use PC cameos in the most effective way! RJd20: https://www.rjd20.com/  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 (freemusicarchive.org) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:11:48
July 01, 2021
Ep. 146 - How to create and use a calendar in your setting
Calendars, love em or hate em, they can help create the effect of a living world. But whats the best way to make a calendar and then how do you actually start using it effectively and not just as a piece of lore that doesn't matter? This week we'll look at a few calendars from 5e settings, then talk about why they work and why they don't. We'll talk about making our own and break down how to start using it to make your world feel alive. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:13:50
June 24, 2021
Ep. 145 - How to utilise combat roles in your encounters
Spice up your D&D Encounters with combat roles. We'll talk about the old 4e method, why you shouldn't use it, and what to do instead. We'll recap all the D&D announcements from this past week, and talk about that existential dread you get from killing a PC. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:32
June 17, 2021
Ep. 144 - How to deliver story beats in combat encounters
Just because initiative has been rolled, doesn't mean you can't deliver story beats! Today we'll talk about injecting flavour and storytelling into the mechanical side of Dungeons and Dragons Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:08:15
June 10, 2021
Ep. 143 - How to use the Tiers of Play in your games
This week we'll talk about the tiers of play and new interesting ways to implement them into your homebrew campaign. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
57:32
June 03, 2021
Ep. 142 - How to write your worlds Creation Myth
This week I grab my world building friend and delve into the ways we write our Creation Myths. Hear about our wolrds and their stories and how we started the process of creating them. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:13:49
May 27, 2021
Ep. 141 - BONUS: How to use Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft
A brand new book is here, so lets talk about the content inside and how you can start using it in your current game without starting a new campaign! Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
50:18
May 22, 2021
Ep. 140 - How to make any idea a D&D session
This week I help a brand new DM take her idea and create it into a D&D adventure to show how any starting off point can become a session. We'll go through what to do as a first time DM. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:14:34
May 20, 2021
Ep. 139 - Who is Strahd Von Zarovich
This week, before the release of Van Richten's Guide To Ravenloft, we talk about one of the most iconic D&D villains and key figures in the Domains of Dread - Count Strahd Von Zarovich. Strap in, grab a blood pack, things are getting spooky. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:15:31
May 13, 2021
Ep 138 - How to add lingering injuries and better poison to your game
This week we'll look at making poisons pack more of a punch, and deep dive into how lingering injuries can add great layers of character development and plot hooks into your games. Plus I prove why you should read the DMG. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
59:42
May 06, 2021
Ep. 137 - How to create risk and consequence in your games beyond death
This week Joe returns for one more episode to talk about risk and consequence in your D&D games. We'll talk about the ways we raise the stakes beyond the threats of death in our D&D sessions. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
52:45
April 29, 2021
Ep. 136 - How to create lasting deep connections with your characters and worlds
In this weeks episode of Legends & Lore, I welcome back and old friend to talk about the inspirations behind his Paladin. Thats right, Joe's back! We'll talk about creating deep and lasting connections with your world and your characters. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/     Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:07:39
April 22, 2021
Ep. 135 - How to handle Player Character death
PC death is inevitable, but how do you make it memorable and a suitable closing for the character? I'm joined by the player I most recently killed to talk through the experience, what went well and what didn't and how to make the most of the situation from both sides of the table.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/     Check out our Partners:   The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:06:46
April 15, 2021
Ep. 134 - How to make D&D Accessible
Today I'm joined by Brad and Chris to talk about how they made D&D accessible for the blind. We'll talk about the struggles and changes that have to be made and how D&D really can be fore everyone.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:44
April 08, 2021
Ep. 133 - How to run War in D&D 5e
War, what is it good for? Interesting fight scenes and cinematic moments! This episode is all about running war in D&D 5e, I'll tell you how I would tackle it and why, and when its good idea to use a rule system and when not to. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
42:25
April 06, 2021
Ep. 132 - Legends & Lore: How to use iconic monsters Ft. Giveaway
This week is all about the BIG iconic D&D monsters, the ones you think about when someone says Dungeons And Dragons. We'll delve into the Owlbear, Minic, Mind Flayer and Beholder (with a brief touch on Dragons), we'll talk about their in game lore and stats and how to use them in iconic ways.  ps. the giveaway is NOT an April Fools Joke! Head to our instagram! Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:18:50
April 01, 2021
Ep. 131 - Tinker's Toolbox: How to create great rivals for your PC's
This week, DM from The Wandering Bards of Wildemount, Tariq joins me to talk about building great rivals. If your a DM looking to spice up you players time in game, or a player wanting to flesh out your backstory, we've got you covered. We'll go into BBEG rivals all the way down to childhood bully rivals! Enjoy.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/       Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:03:03
March 25, 2021
Ep. 130 - Table Fables: Fixing Ben's homebrew campaign
How the Turn Tables! This week I sit in the guest chair and tell Sam all about my own derailed sand box campaign. Welcome to Estoroth, Ben's homebrew continent full of adventures ready to be had.   Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/         Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.         dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.       Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:23:37
March 18, 2021
Ep. 129 - Legends & Lore: Eberron 101
This week James joins me to talk about Eberron! We were both very excited to get into what little we know about this interesting setting, we'll scratch the surface and give you ways to used it as a campaign setting and in your current games. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/     Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.     dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.     Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:06:18
March 11, 2021
Ep. 128 - Tinker's Toolbox: How to create compelling cursed items
This week I'm revisiting cursed magic items. I sit down with my DM friend Ray to talk about creating compelling magic items that affect your story, the key aspects they need and how to build them. Then we build one!  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/   Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.   dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com   Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.   Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:33:24
March 04, 2021
Ep. 127 - Table Fables: How I got my significant other into D&D
This week Phoebe joins me in the one room in our house that's not her domain. We'll talk about what it was like getting her to try D&D, how to approach sharing your hobby with your partner, and things to think about with having your other half at the table.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:10:60
February 25, 2021
Ep. 126 - BONUS: Fixing a derailed campaign
Today I try to help fix my friend Sam's derail sandbox campaign. If you're feeling the similar non-direction in your campaign, grab a chair and join us, this might just help. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.ukUse Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.comUse Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:38:17
February 23, 2021
Ep. 125 - Legends & Lore: How to build your own character lore
This week I'm joined by Star Trek Discovery actor, and DM of Disco Does D&D, Noah Averbach-katz to talk all about building your own player character lore and background. Plus how to work with you DM and players to link it into the overall campaign story to make it the best it can be. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:11:07
February 18, 2021
Ep. 124 - Tinker's Toolbox: How to balance action economy when encounter building
This week I'm joined by Sean from the Arcanery to talk through encounter building, but specifically thinking about balancing that dreaded action economy.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on PatreonFind us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.comVisit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.ukUse Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.comUse Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:07:01
February 11, 2021
Ep. 123 - Table Fables: How to get into role playing your characters
This week we're talking about getting into Role Playing! It can be tough for new players, and DMs struggling to juggle all their NPC's. I'm joined by the best role player I know to exchange tips and tricks, and talk about why you should jump into RPing. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Check out our Partners: The Dice Dungeon - Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. dScryb - Enhance your theatre of the mind with expertly crafter boxed text of monsters, locations and spells at https://dscryb.com Use Code 'COMMON' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:01:08
February 04, 2021
Ep. 122 - Legends and Lore: Tasha, how to use her in your campaign
This week we delve into the lore and history of THE Tasha. Find out all of secret names, deeds and relationship and grab advice on how to drop her into your next session.  Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:05:25
January 28, 2021
Ep. 121 - Tinker's Toolbox: How to run Sword & Sorcery in 5e
This week my good friend Ray stops by to talk about Sword & Sorcery, the well love genre and how to pull it off in 5e. We'll talk about some ways you could try to emulate the S&S feel in your games, and inevitably get over excited and want to run it ourselves.    Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
56:06
January 21, 2021
Ep. 120 - Table Fables: What I learnt running Waterdeep Dragon Heist
This week is our first episode of Table Fables! I'm joined by player and Co-DM James to talk all about our adventures in Waterdeep. I'll be talking about what I learnt along the way prepping and running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. What I changed, what I kept and things that I would do differently looking back. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:43:36
January 14, 2021
Ep. 119 - A New Beginning
It's time to talk about the future of We Speak Common! It's an exciting time as in this short update we introduce three new shows, new ways to listen and a way to support the podcast! Get a full run down in the Press Release Want to get involved? Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Support the Podcast on Patreon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.co Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
22:50
January 07, 2021
Ep. 118 - Why running Factions is a must in your games
Well. Here we are my friends, Joe's final episode. As we raise a glass to a great DM, amazing play and top notch best friend, we talk about why factions are so important to your D&D campaign and building a living breathing world. We'll end an era of the podcast by talking about our best moments as DM's and players.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:15:38
December 31, 2020
Ep. 117 - How to plan a desert campaign and stealing from other systems
This week Joe talks all about his current obsession, Cyberpunk Red. The rules that stand out, how we could use them in D&D and why it's peaked his interest. We'll then get into our weekly topic, Desert campaigns. We'll give you places to seek inspiration, our thoughts on ideas floating our each others heads and why we hate sand - It's course and rough, and its gets everywhere.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
56:57
December 24, 2020
Ep. 116 - How to dominate the Wizard BBEG & Giveaway
This week Joe spills all the details on the parties fight with Manshoon. He apologises to Ben and drops his fellow party mates in the dirt! Plus, we're doing a special giveaway for Joe's final episode on New Years Eve, find out more at the end of the episode.   We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
59:36
December 17, 2020
Ep. 115 - Developing interesting NPC's from the mundane
This week we're going to help rob make his mob boss and interesting villain for some tier 2 PC's! Ideas you can take and develop to build out more interesting NPCs in your own games.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
44:42
December 10, 2020
Ep. 114 - How to balance role-playing with charisma checks
Ever find yourself role-playing a really convincing argument but the persuasion check comes out really low? Or maybe your lying through your teeth really badly in character but you get a 20 on the deception check? This week we're going to talk about how we marry the two together, how to align roleplaying with what the dice decide.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
46:35
December 03, 2020
Ep. 113 - How to make the most of running short sessions
This week, after running a few shorter D&D sessions, we'll talk about the Pros of a shorter D&D game, how to make the most of it, and why it might be better than playing longer games. We'll also talk more about some of the subclasses in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and list our favourites for each class in all of 5e. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:05:04
November 26, 2020
Ep. 112 - BONUS episode, How to use Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to its full potential
Whats this? A random Bonus Episode of We Speak Common appeared! Tasha's Cauldron of Everything is finally out, and we've read through it and can't wait to talk about it ALL! Here's how to use Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to its full potential. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:15:46
November 20, 2020
Ep. 111 - How to use environmental factors to improve encounters, and a lesson all DM's need to learn
This week we're talking about the environmental elements you can use to enhance encounters, Ben shares an important lesson ALL DM's need to learn, and we go over our important NPC tips and tricks. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:06:19
November 19, 2020
Ep. 110 - Adventuring in fairy tales with Tales of the old world Ft. Giveaway!
This week we've got our grubby hands on an early copy of Tales of the Old World! Dive into these bite sized adventure with us and hear all about what you can expect in your copy releasing next week! PLUS we've got 2 copies to giveaway on our twitter, head over there now for your chance to win.  Ben's Tomb of Annihilation DM Document We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:01:02
November 12, 2020
Ep. 109 - Character and class concepts and how to do horror well in DnD
This week, after the hassle that will now be known as the "Lost Episode", we discuss the character and class concepts we want to play the most. Plus the d&d Adventures we want to see in coming out next! We'll also talk about our halloween oneshot and how to run creepy encounters and horror games! Ben's Tomb of Annihilation DM Document We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:23:54
November 05, 2020
Ep. 108 - Discussing Tasha's optional race rules, optimal party size and combining modules
This week we'll be delving into new info for the upcoming Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, what we think the best party size is and how to combine published modules so you get get through that back log!  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
47:21
October 29, 2020
Ep. 107 - How Baldur's Gate 3's rules could change D&D forever
This week we finally talk about Baldur's Gate 3. We'll get into the rules that have been adapted and changed to port 5e into a video game, how they work out and what they could mean for D&D as a table top RPG.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:14:59
October 22, 2020
Ep. 106 - How, why and if you should be running a session zero
This week we'll be talking about our experiences running session zeros. We'll get into how we run them and how we choose when we need to run them, plus the importance of setting up boundaries with your players. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:07:06
October 15, 2020
Ep. 105 - How to set up and pay off story arcs and hooks
This week we revisit a topic that got away from us! We'll talk about how we set up story hooks and then pay them off over the course of their arcs. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:06:23
October 08, 2020
Ep. 104 - Critiquing our own Dming and how we improved
This week we talk about our experiences at each others tables, mainly the things that we could improve on and how we go about doing that.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:09:46
October 01, 2020
Ep. 103 - Homebrew rules to bring to your table Ft. Dragon Wings and the Dice Dungeon
This week we're joined by our friends from Dragon Wings, and Ben from our sponsor, The Dice Dungeon, to talk all about the homebrew rules we bring to our tables. Theres a lot of people on this episode, so sit back and enjoy the nonsense that ensues while maybe finding that next rule to bring to your game. Check out Dragon Wings and their adventures with a giant chicken HERE We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:24:46
September 24, 2020
Ep. 102 - How to bring prestige classes back into D&D 5e
This week we dig up the old Unearthed Arcana for prestige classes in 5e. We'll shine the spotlight onto the community and talk about how we think prestige classes should look in 5e.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:13:03
September 17, 2020
Ep. 101 - How to move on when your session just doesn't go well
This week, after finally playing a game of D&D after the dry spell, we talk about what when down in our games and how to work with players doing things you just don't plan for. Plus, this week it's all about how to move on when you have a bad session. We're all human, so we'll talk about some of our bad sessions and what we do to pick ourselves back up. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:02:46
September 10, 2020
Ep. 100 - What Tasha's Cauldron of Everything means for your D&D Game
Can you believe it? 100 episodes. Thank you so much for joining us here in our community, even if this is your first stop by, it means a lot to have you here. To celebrate we'll announce the 4 winners for the 100th episode giveaway in this episode. Plus this week we're talking about our best bits and favourites, and we'll delve into what the new book, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, means for your games.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:22:17
September 03, 2020
Ep. 99 - Puzzles, Traps and their place in your game
This week we're talking about puzzles, traps and how they fit in to every D&D game. Got a Dungeon? TRAPS. Got a thief hitting a shop? TRAPS. Puzzles on the other hand... they might be used the way you expect.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:07:47
August 27, 2020
Ep. 98 - How to create and reward players with Epic Boons
This week we'll finish off naming and building the lore for a brand new set of Arcane Prison dice by the Dice Dungeon. We'll talk all about the betrayal in our recent games, and how to create and reward with Epic (and less epic) boons!  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.comVisit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:00:21
August 20, 2020
Ep. 97 - Should you use the Spell Point and Death Save variant rules
This week we'll talk about our interest in the spell point variant rules and talk about an altered death save system. Plus our partners at the dice dungeon have a mission for us as we get closer to our 100th episode.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:12:37
August 13, 2020
Ep. 96 - Tales from the table and using Floating AC
This week we'll delve into what's going on in our games! The stories, the tales and how we pulled them off - plus how the players went in completely different routes than we planned for. We'll also talk about AC and a floating rule variant.   We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:04:37
August 06, 2020
Ep. 95 - How to run established NPC's that have in game Lore
How do you approach running a 'famous' NPC? You've picked up Dragon Heist and all the villains are well known characters, so where do you start? We'll talk about our approaches to setting up and successfully using NPC's with LORE.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:04:15
July 30, 2020
Ep. 94 - Breaking down the new UA feats and why you shouldn't be a chef
This week we'll talk about our experience using digital character sheets and then get into breaking down the new Unearthed Arcana Feats that are available to download and use now! Spoiler alert, don't be a chef.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:08:57
July 23, 2020
Ep. 93 - Class build guides and explaining D&D to an outsider
This week we'll talk about how we explain D&D to the people in our lives that have no clue what we spend so much time doing! We'll also get up close and personal with our character sheets and talk you through our build guides! We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by 
01:06:56
July 16, 2020
Ep. 92 - How to use Vignettes effectively and creating a wizard tower expedition
This week we'll get our creative hats on and help a listener build out their wizard tower based on all of the schools of magic. We'll coming up with a base you can run in your game! But first, we've mentioned Vignettes many times, so today we'll tell you how to use them effectively. We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
52:39
July 09, 2020
Ep. 91 - How to cope with writers block and burnout
This week we talk about how to cope with writers block and burnout. We'll tell you what it looks like for us and whether you should power through or not. We'll talk about how we combat them, and when it's best to take a break.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
47:26
July 02, 2020
Ep. 90 - How to link adventures and story arcs narratively
This week we're talking about narratively linking published and homebrew adventures. How to tease up coming plot lines so they don't feel sudden, and we'll give out thoughts on Rime of the Frostmaiden!  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
57:41
June 25, 2020
Ep. 89 - What's it like DM'ing in a shared campaign setting?
This week we invite a member of our party to the podcast to talk about DM'ing in a shared campaign setting. We'll talk about what it's like as one of the DM's, and get a players perspective on the difference it has to the game.  We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
56:21
June 18, 2020
Ep. 88 - How to deal with character death in game and at the table
This week we're talking about character death. We'll talk about our experiences with not only the deaths we've run as DM's, but how we felt about our own characters dying and what it meant to us as players. We'll chat about making those deaths satisfying and meaningful even when they creep up on you.    We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:01:19
June 11, 2020
Ep 87 - How to deal with Level Disparity
We're talking all about level disparity on this weeks episode. How to you plan encounters for a party with big level gaps? Should you play and run games with larger level differences? We'll go through the pros and cons, the ups and downs and how to balance your game to create a fun time for everyone involved, from the level 5 Barbarian to the level 3 Paladin.   We Speak Common is bought to you in partnership with The Dice Dungeon. Get beautifully crafted metal sets of dice for your D&D game at https://www.thedicedungeon.co.uk/ Use Code 'WeSpeakCommon' at checkout for 10% off your order while supporting the show.   Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
48:40
June 04, 2020
Ep 86 - Building meaningful moments through Character and story development
This week we talk all about our games and the meaningful moments that happened within them. We'll talk about how we achieved those moments and show you its really not that hard! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:07:18
May 28, 2020
Ep. 85 - How to make the most out of loot and random tables Ft Worldforge Pod!
This week we're talking about loot. We all love getting shiny new toys after our deadly battles, but how do you make the most out of the loot you hand out to your players? How do you integrate the randomly rolled items? And what do you do when your players loot the character that doesn't ave much on them? We'll get into it all this week. When you're done listening to this episode, why not go and check out what we got up to over on Worldforge? Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Zf0jtN iTunes: https://apple.co/2RlBhq8 RSS: https://rss.whooshkaa.com/rss/podcast/id/6295 Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:08:56
May 21, 2020
Ep. 84 - Elminster's Candlekeep Companion Review and Giveaway
This week we get to take a look through the halls of the greatest library in Faerun! We'll be looking at the Lore, Spells, Magic items and character options available to you in this supplement. We've also got 4 digital copies to give away! Just head over to our Twitter to enter.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:16:19
May 14, 2020
Ep. 83 - How to run Factions without overwhelming your players or story
This week we're taking on a listener topic and joining every faction in the city! We'll talk about how to have your party interact with factions in a natural way, how to have the factions be seen and their wants known without giving out a load of exposition, and how to make them interesting and a little different!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
57:46
May 07, 2020
Ep. 82 - Dungeons, Dragons and Distancing
This week, we get distracted by catching up and having a proper good, passionate fire side chit chat about TTRPGs and D&D. We'll talk about recent realisations we've had, experiences, game tales and classes. Why everyone should be terrified of wizards and what happens when you hang out with one. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
50:18
April 30, 2020
Ep. 81 - How to get your head around Encounter building and CR
This week we delve into how we create our encounters. The nitty-gritty of numbers, abilities, stats and balancing them to create an encounter that gives the right experience you are building for. How many bugbears is too many? Will the PC's walk out of this unscathed or nearly dead? We'll break it all down this week and talk about how we use CR.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
57:48
April 23, 2020
Ep 80 - Building your own fantasy culture in D&D
This week, after introducing his players to a new region of his world, Joe talks about how building and crafting culture for your fantasy setting can bring depth and relativism to your games. Ben give's insights on the technique from a players perspective.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:56
April 16, 2020
Ep. 79 - How to run a game using Theatre of the Mind
We're back, still recording  from home but this time coming through a little clearer. We've been playing lots of D&D to distract ourselves from the crazy way of the world. Like many people we're using the simple and easiest route to keep our games going - jumping on a video call and playing theatre of the mind!  We've been playing this way for a while now, so have put together some tips and thoughts to help you run a great game in theatre of the mind. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
53:02
April 09, 2020
Ep. 78 - How to integrate new PC's into an established party
Okay, so lets level with you here. The worlds a bit mental at the moment and we're trying a couple of new set ups to stay safe while recording. So the quality in this episode isn't great, but the content is so please bare with us! Next week we should sound somewhat more normal as we've nailed a new system that works much better. In the mean time, thanks for putting up with it! This week we'll talk about how we bring a new Player Character into an established party. Maybe there's a new player at the table, maybe a character died and now you have to bring in a players new PC. What every it is, we talk about tips and tricks to make it all work out smoothly. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:01:06
April 02, 2020
Ep. 77 - Building a Called Shots System
This week we tackle the tricky subject of called shots. Does the rule work? Which system should you use? Can we build our own?  Plus, could called shots be what the ranger needs to make it feel more fun? Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:13
March 26, 2020
Ep. 76 - Artifacts of the Old World Ft. Giveaway
This week we delve into Artifacts of the Old World and some of the mental magic items you can get your hands on! Plus what story beats you could use with them. We've also got 2 digital copies to give away, just head over to twitter to get involved Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
39:45
March 19, 2020
Ep. 75 - How to create meaningful weapon choices
This week we're talking about how to make weapons more meaningful in D&D 5e. We'll be looking at Reddit User u/TheGentlemanDM's suggestions and why they are brilliant for adding some extra depth to you D&D game.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at https://wespeakcommon.com/ Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
40:33
March 12, 2020
Ep. 74 - Encouraging your players to make the most of their abilities
This week we'll talk about how to get your players to say more than just, "I hit it with my sword". We'll go through a few ways to make abilities feel fun and exciting and a little bit different every time they are used.  We also celebrate the release of our brand new website! You'll be able to listen to the entirety of our back log from the comfort of your browser OR download then for offline listen. With each new episode being on the front page every Thursday morning! Visit WeSpeakCommon.com to check it out!   Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
46:56
March 05, 2020
Ep. 73 - Building a Sea Fairing Campaign and Running a Murder Mystery
This week we'll be diving into the world of sea fairing adventures. How to run and play in a ship based campaign. What things you need to think about when world building, and some tips and tricks for creating that world. Plus we'll talk about the beauty of the open sea and it's hidden treasures! At the end of this episode we'll also touch on Murder Mystery adventures and how to run them.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
48:04
February 27, 2020
Ep. 72 - How to Improvise and Crafting Spells
This week we're talking about how to cope when your players inevitably ask for something that has no thought or planning behind it at all. Improvisation and how to pull it off well. We'll also be joined by a surprise guest, a player from our own table, while talking a bit more about crafting and editing spells.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
50:14
February 20, 2020
Ep. 71 - Weaving the planes of existence into your narrative
This week we talk all about the planes of existence and how to use them in your games, from full plane hopping campaigns to small inclusions in low level adventures.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
44:32
February 13, 2020
Ep. 70 - Crafting spells and playing lethal villains
This week Ben talks about his new rule system for Spell crafting in 5th edition. We'll put the rules into practice and craft a couple of spells and take a break in the middle to tackle a listener topic on running lethal villains. As we as talk about whether you should have a player run your big bad. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
47:25
February 06, 2020
Ep. 69 - How to Organise and detail cities
This week, struggling against the bad choices of the night before, Ben and Joe talk all about organising your cities within your world. We'll be talking about the different ways we've dealt with city organisation in different games and settings over the years.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
52:56
January 30, 2020
Ep. 68 - Running Down time in your game
This week we're having a relaxed chat about our current game and how it's currently all downtime. Find out about Kouri the Locksmith and hear how Ben is getting the characters to feel at home in Waterdeep. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
39:38
January 23, 2020
Ep. 67 - How to combine adventures and run unique PC's and monsters
This week we answer a triplet of listener question and have a nice chat about combining adventures with through lines, running unique PC's and how to foster diversity in your group as a DM. And how to change monsters in a new unique way.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
39:50
January 16, 2020
Ep. 66 - How to Run Recurring Villains
This week we tackle player agency and recurring villains. It's tricky, how do you introduce a villain and guarantee they'll live to return later? Can you? We'll get into to it all this week on We Speak Common. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
39:19
January 09, 2020
Ep. 65 - Game Changing Spells and how to handle them
This week we're tackling those problematic spells. An obvious high level trouble maker, and a few lower leveled ones that you may want to be prepared for when they creep up to your table!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:40
January 02, 2020
Ep 64. - Implementing, balancing and customising Magic Items
Its a Boxing Day special! Santa has been and left us loads of magic items, so we're going to talk about how to implement them into your game. How to keep them balanced and how to customise what Santa didn't get quite right.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
56:21
December 26, 2019
Ep 63. - Maps, Random Encounters and How to Use Them
After looking at too many maps, Ben wants to talk about the best ways to fill in the blank space between settlements. There's a delve into Random Encounters and how they can help and hinder your players experience.... and a bit of madness.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
36:23
December 19, 2019
Ep. 62 - Planning Warthog, A Special Game You Can Run
You asked for it on twitter... So here we go! We'll plan the bare bones information we (and you) will need to run a fun rogue-like/metroidvania game set in the hectic and fatal wizard's school of Warthog. Good luck students, and don't get killed... or worse, expelled!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
38:54
December 12, 2019
Ep. 61 - How to Run and Play Villainous Player Characters
This week we're talking about how you can run and play Villainous PC's. We'll tell you our tips on how to pull it off in an effective way and what some of the pit fulls are! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
38:58
December 05, 2019
Ep 60 - Listener Topics Quick fire and FFG Star Wars
This week we're tackling a number of listener submitted questions and topics including; attacks of opportunity, hazardous environments and weather. We'll also go through our experience's trying out a Star Wars TTRPG; Joe will talk about how he thinks it offers more free form play, while Ben points out how that's achievable in many systems including 5e.     Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
54:40
November 28, 2019
Ep. 59 - How to Manage Player Quests within your Main Narrative
This week we're talking about how to manage personal character arcs, while keeping your players on track and interested in the main story. This is something we're really into, so hopefully you can gain some inspiration from this episode. This topic was suggested by a listener to our email, if you've got something you want to hear us discuss, get in touch! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
51:13
November 21, 2019
Ep. 58 - How to Scale Combat Effectively
We've touch on scaling a few times over the last year and a bit. Today we're focusing on it outright. Here's ways you can take published combat and effectively scale it up to be a tougher challenge, or down to be a bit easier. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
41:19
November 14, 2019
Ep. 57 - How to Utilise New Resting Mechanics
This week we talk about those pesky resting rules and new alternative you can use that a listener sent in! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
44:22
November 07, 2019
Ep. 56 - Epic Adventure Ft Odyssey of the Dragonlords
This week we take an extra deep dive into a brand new adventure for Dungeons and Dragons by the names behind some of the highest-rated roleplaying video games of all time: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. We'll have a spoiler free look at what you can expect in this epic sized adventure for both players and DMs. PLUS, thanks to Publisher Modiphius Entertainment, we've got the chance for you to get your hands on 1 of 2 digital copies in a giveaway! So buckle up and jump into the world of Thylea! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:33:12
October 31, 2019
Ep. 55 - How to build up to your dragon encounter effectively
This week Joe recounts the epic build up Ben laid out for his party as they tracked a dragon.  We'll give our tips on how to build up to a dragon encounter. Tips on how to set the theme and tones, encounters for a long the way and how to make a dragon feel actually scary! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
56:29
October 24, 2019
Ep. 54 - How to find and use inspiration for D&D Games Ft WorldForge
This week we're joined by our friends at The World Forge to talk about finding inspiration for our D&D games. We'll talk about how we take and adapt things from pop culture, media and real life and transpose them into our games. Where to look for that spark to light the imagination and we'll give some of the silliest things we've take and put in our worlds. Find WorldForge below: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Zf0jtN Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ZskmVN iTunes: https://apple.co/2RlBhq8 RSS: https://rss.whooshkaa.com/rss/podcast/id/6295 Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:01:06
October 17, 2019
Ep. 53 - New Norse Campaign Setting Ft Svilland Book give away
This week we take a look at the brilliant Svilland 5e campaign setting by the guys at Dream Realm Storytellers. We'll talk about the setting, the races it offers, the two new classes, awesome magic items, monsters and new mechanics! We'll even give some of our ideas for running a Norse themed adventure in Svilland. Dream Realms Storytellers have kindly given us 5 digital copies of the book to give away! So make sure to head to our twitter fore details on how to win. You can find more from DRS here: https://dreamrealmstorytellers.com/ Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:05:15
October 10, 2019
Ep. 52 - How to run a Oneshot in One Shot
This week we go over our ever lasting problem of making a Oneshot longer than One Shot! We'll talk about how to craft a one shot, what thoughts and preparations you need to make to keep it to one session, but still in depth and full of narrative goodness. We also Celebrate ONE YEAR! Of We Speak Common, it's been a journey and we've loved every second of it. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
44:02
October 03, 2019
Ep 51 - Thinking about the Perfect Party Composition Ft The Vampiric Bloodline
This week we've got our hands on a review copy of the Vampiric Bloodline subclass for Scourers. We'll tell you all about it and our thoughts on how it could lead to some interesting charters! We'll also talk about our Perfect Party Compositions, and some rather silly ones too. Maybe part composition doesn't mater, maybe it does? We'll delve into it all this week.  Check out the Vampiric Bloodline Subclass here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/288184/Sorcerous-Origin--Vampiric-Bloodline Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
54:44
September 26, 2019
Ep. 50 - Using Optermisation to Enhance your Game Ft Treantmonk
This week we're joined by TreantMonk to talk about the thing he's best at, optermisation. With Chris' help Joe is going to try and teach Ben a thing or too about how to build effective PC's. We'll also get into why optermisation isn't what you think it is and clarify what we mean when we use the word. Theres a lot of food for thought in this extra sized episode.  You can find TreantMonk on twitter: @@ChrisHonkala and on Youtube: as TreantMonk's Temple (https://www.youtube.com/user/sevlevboss)  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:24:03
September 19, 2019
Ep. 49 - How to Use character Classes to enhance the depth of your world
This week we're talking about the next level of build rich, world charcters. These tips and ideas work for bot Player Characters and NPC's!  Also we announced the winner of last weeks Monster's of the Old World Giveaway Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
43:40
September 12, 2019
Ep. 48 - How to use Monsters of the Old World in your game Ft Giveaway
This week we delve in to the fantastic supplement to D&D 5e, Monsters of the Old World. As well as give one of YOU the chance to win a copy. We'll talk about our favorite parts of the book, the great creatures and how we plan to use them in our games to give you some ideas. The details for the giveaway can be found on our Twitter! Monsters of the old world features work by: Andrea Maffia, Anne Gregersen, Cat Evans, Christian Eichhorn, Daniele Severin, Duncan Thomson, George Komis, Kim Frandsen, Ludovico Tellatin, Magnus Vogel, Marc Altfuldisch, Marco Bertini, Miłosz Gawęcki, Nikolas Totief, Ole Arnesen, Pedro Orrico, Robert P. Davis, Simon Collins, Simone Rossi Tisbeni and Wouter Florusse. You can get a copy here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/287629/Monsters-of-the-Old-World Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:02:25
September 05, 2019
Ep 47 - How to Bring Player Character Backstory into your Narrative
This week we talk about building player character plots and using them effectively in game. We'll tell you how we do it, why its SUPER important, and how not to over shadow the main story or other characters. PLUS a Cleric being fought over by two gods and how to pull it off in game. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC
01:02:19
August 29, 2019
Ep. 46 - Should You Add Gritty Realism to your TTRPG?
This week we tackle questions from Sir Paul Knight! We talk Verisimilitude, and gritty realism. Will it fit your game and players? Will it be fun or a chore. We also talk about our favorite D&D Modules AND Star Wars TTRPGs!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC  
53:04
August 22, 2019
Ep. 45 - How to Build your World Bible and... Pathfinder?
This week Joe recovers from having four wisdom teeth pulled by reading up on Pathfinder. D&D strikes back in the studio and we go over how we put together our notes and world bibles for each campaign.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
40:43
August 15, 2019
Ep. 44 - How to Handle the Planes in your Games
This week we're going on a journey through the Planes of Existence. Listener Felix got in touch via email to ask how we use the planes in our games. We'll talk you though the canon planar system, as well as some fun home brew options, we'll swim through the Astral Sea and talk about the long dead copses of gods that inhabit that space and go in depth on the closer planes that shadow our prime material... Welcome, to We Speak Common.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
52:44
August 08, 2019
Ep. 43 - How D&D Differs Between the US and UK ft. WorldForgedPodcast
This week its USA Vs. UK.  We're joined by the amazing and awesome guys from World Forge, a podcast for creatives and world builders. Each episode they create something new and completely improvised. We'll be talking about how Sam and Piper got into D&D and table top gaming, the differences between the game and it's communities in the US and UK, and what they see UK D&D as from across the pond.  Then we'll delve into their DM styles. How they plan and build games, worlds, quests and stories, and how they deliver them to their players.   We Featured on an episode of WorldForge too!   Head over to their show to hear us whip up some pretty spectacular characters on the spot from the random prompts we draw. We even share some interesting resources we think you should have in your back pocket to use at the table. Find them below:  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Zf0jtN  Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ZskmVN  iTunes: https://apple.co/2RlBhq8  RSS: https://rss.whooshkaa.com/rss/podcast/id/6295  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
01:12:42
August 01, 2019
Ep. 42 - Adapting D&D 5e to Any Homebrew Setting
This week, after receiving and all inspiring email from Andrew, we talk about adapting 5e to any divergent setting you can think of. In Andrew's case it includes aliens and future tech, but these skills should work for any setting. We talk about the magic of re-skinning and why you shouldn't be worried about breaking the game. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
58:46
July 25, 2019
Ep. 41 - How to Tackle Player Conflict and Embed Clerics into the World
This week we talk about player conflicts after a listener gets in touch with some of their worries. We'll tell you what we think you can do to ensure you and your group are having the best time. Then we'll get creative with the Cleric, there's a couple interesting ideas to turn your game on it's head. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
56:19
July 18, 2019
Ep. 40 - Tips for Creating Great Warlock Patrons
This week Ben tries to comprehend the incomprehensible, The Great Old Ones. Joe has tones of tips on how he is currently running a great old one patron. How that plays out in the game, the things the players see and hear, and its effects on the story.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
48:43
July 11, 2019
Ep. 39 - How to Reward Your Players Properly
 This week we talk about rewarding your party. We'll go over Experience Points (and Milestones), Gold and Treasure, Magic items and Spell Books, and Boons. We'll give you our thoughts on the best way to utilise each type of reward, and they campaigns they suit.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
01:04:36
July 04, 2019
Ep. 38 - How To Give Your Players the Story Reigns
This week we're talking about giving your players control of the story. How to adapt when they throw a spanner in your story works, whether to change your story or not and how to pull it off. We'll talk about our experiences we've had as DM's and players and how they've improved the game.   Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com  Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
40:30
June 27, 2019
Ep. 37 - The Nuts and Bolts of Level 20 Encounters
 This week Joe gives his tips on how to build encounters for a party at 20th level. The things you need to think about when planning for an epic tear level game and what you can do to make it memorable and work well! Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
36:25
June 20, 2019
Ep. 36 - How To Encourage your Players to become DMs
This week we take on a submitted topic. When you've been the DM for so long and you just want to play, how can you encourage your PC's to change to the dark side? We've got tips and tricks for you to use and we'll encourage you to take up the DM chair ourselves.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
42:43
June 12, 2019
Ep. 35 - How to Prep a Session in 20 Minutes or Less
This week we'll talk you through getting your last minute D&D session ready! We've got hints and tips on how to stay on top of the planning, and a few techniques you can use to craft a solid session out of no where in 20 minutes.  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
51:36
June 06, 2019
Ep. 34 - How To Pay Off Story Arcs
This week we discuss the product announcements from the D&D live event 'The Descent'. The Adventures announced and what we are excited about with in them, as well as a couple of other interesting products. We delve into the game tales from our own games, and how to set up and pay off story arches for the characters. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
44:17
May 30, 2019
Ep. 33 - A New Female Players Perspective on D&D and the Stigma it Carries
This week we're joined by Phoebe to hear her thoughts on D&D. After only been a player for about a year and a half we talk about her perception of D&D Before and after playing, how its changed and what her advice is to other wannabe and new players. We'll also talk about the stigma and global perception of the game and it’s effects us and you. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
50:00
May 23, 2019
Ep. 32 - Introducing Sentient Items into your Game
This week we follow on from Cursed items and talk about Sentient items... cursed or otherwise. We'll talk about the best ways to bring them into the game, and how to make them feel realistic. We'll talk about our tips for making each item interesting and different from the last. We'll even give you a couple of brief quests built around sentient items that you can flesh out and use in your next game!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
40:60
May 16, 2019
Ep. 31 - Implementing Cursed Items and How Not to Lore Dump
This week we're talking about two smaller topics that were suggested by you!  Cursed Items; how do you use them fairly, effectively and in a fun way as a DM? As a player what do you need to look out for? What do you do when you're cursed from that new great sword you love? And how do approach the subject with your DM? Lore; How can you as a DM seamlessly drop interesting lore into your games? How do you make sure the players are getting everything you put down for them? And what to do when they aren't? We'll talk about all of today,so grab a seat and join us as We Speak Common. Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
44:14
May 09, 2019
Ep. 30 - Modifying Published Adventures
Wow! 30 episodes, where has the time gone? We've got tons more stuff to talk about and some great content coming up. For this week we'll talk about changing up the published adventures for your own campaigns. Ben has been working with another DM to tie together multiple published campaigns and has plenty experience ripping and changing things, hopefully what he has to say and the questions Joe asks will inspire you to twist adventures to exactly what you need!  Didn't hear the one thing that'll get your creative brain going? let us know: Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
48:38
May 02, 2019
Ep. 29 - Implementing Magic into your Setting
This week we deep dive into the idea of Magic in a D&D setting. What is it? How does it work? is it known or a mystery? These are the questions we'll attempt to answer, as well as talking about magic in our own world and a little Gothic horror. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
01:06:56
April 25, 2019
Ep. 28 - Optimistration Vs Role Play: Dawn of Justice
This week, inspired by TreantMonk's recent discussion, we're talking about Optimisation Vs Role Play. What should you think about more when building a character, Stats or Story? Can they work together and ultimately do they go hand in hand? Welcome, to We Speak Common. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
42:18
April 18, 2019
Ep. 27 - New Classes!
After turning to Reddit to ask what new Classes you'd like to see in D&D we were given some amazing ideas and responses. This episode we're going to go through them and discuss how we think they would work in the game. Shout to all the people that got involved in the post, hope you like the episode! Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
50:50
April 11, 2019
Ep. 26 - How We Get Better At D&D
This week we're talking about improvements and goals. We set our selves goals in areas for D&D that we think are critical (pardon the pun) to getting more out of the hobby we love. We hope it helps you find areas you can improve in and inspires you in your next adventure! Welcome to We Speak Common. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
51:48
April 04, 2019
Ep. 25 - Monstrous Opportunities
This week we discuss how to takle when a Player character is bitten by a vampire, cursed to be a werewolf or decides to reach for lichdom. We talk about the rules as written and the changes we've made in the past, but most importantly the Monstrous Opportunities that come with cursed characters. Welcome to We Speak Common. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
48:32
March 28, 2019
Ep. 24 - The Artificer
This week we take an in depth look athe revised Artificer Class published in Unearthed Arcana! We'll go through what we think it offers to the game in mechanics and role play. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
39:39
March 21, 2019
Ep. 23 - Greyhawk Initiative
This week we drop into an old Unearthed Arcarna that presents a new way to do Initiative. We talk about our experiences using the new rule set and how it can add tension and depth to your combat encounters. Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Music: "Street Dancing" by Timecrawler 82 From the Free Music Archive CC by NC 
37:29
March 14, 2019