Oct 08

Dungeon Talk: Episode 7 – Figments of our Conversation

Hello all,

Evan and I decided beforehand that we would devote this entire episode to building a Sand-Box game, which is something I am struggling with right now in my game. Somehow, after talking for nearly 2 hours (only about 1 hour made the podcast), we NEVER got to that topic. Despite that, I think this may be my favorite episode yet.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and please leave us some comments/feedback.



Michael – AKA Mumbles

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    • Evan on October 10, 2012 at 1:26 am
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    Michael, what makes this your favorite so far? I actually think it might be my favorite too,
    but I’m not sure why. I think we need to not have conversations before we start recording,
    maybe we felt like the topic had already been discussed.

    1. Evan,
      It’s hard for me to quantify why I like this one so much. On one hand, listening back to it I think that there is a lot of expereinces that your questions helped draw out of me that I feel would be beneifical to other Dm’s. On a personal level I just enjoyed that dicussion regardless of whether anyone else will/can get any insight from it.

  1. Great stuff! I really liked your thoughts of why Michael’s favorite class was a wizard and the unbiased approach you took in your explanation. I like hearing both Michael’s input as an experienced DM and Evans input as a new DM/player. It really leads to excellent
    conversation. I think you both had good reasons for why you liked/disliked long drawn out discussions in game. I’m looking forward to the next Dungeon talk.

    1. Jared,
      thanks for listening and the feedback. It felt like we really got into some of the meat of my expereinces and love for this silly game.

    • G on November 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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    Hi guys,
    Have just stumbled across the site, and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve just got back into D&D after about 15 years, and am playing in an FG2 game (Castles and Crusades), but have started building a campaign as a DM for 4e.
    Keep up the good work, I’m getting a lot of ideas of out the podcasts 🙂

    All the best,


    1. G.,
      Welcome. I’m glad you found us, and even more that you like what you’re hearing.
      If there are any specific topics you’d like us to discuss, let us know.

      Michael – AKA Mumbles

  2. Thanks for listening G. As someone who just got back into playing, and is creating there own campaign, do you have any thoughts or ideas for your new campaign that perhaps we could discuss on the next podcast? We are looking for things to talk about directly for any listeners. Again, Thanks for stopping by and hope you stick around.

    • Niko on May 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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    1. It’s awesome listening to Evan talk in this podcast and comparing it to his knowledge of the game now (3.5 vs 4 and DnD Next)
    2. Mike you gave the coolest description for wizards. You reminded me of why I like playing them
    3. All wizard game would RULE
    4. DnD 4th edition does get stale after a while. I think this is why most people migrate away from it

    1. It has been so long since we recorded this episode, I don’t recall my super-cool wizard description. I’ll have to go back and listen to that ep again! 🙂

    • Jonathon on June 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm
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    Hello Michael & Evan-

    No Table Topics this time?

    Ahhh… The memorable NPC… Dugan: The shop keeper, the ex- adventurer, who may be the good guy, but you think he is the bad guy… In the Living Greyhawk campaign, the only one I can think of was Brendingund; the one who stiffed you of money all the time.

    So this is the Oct 8, 2012 episode and you are trying to send your book through the brick and mortar way, what about the iTunes way? I just reread your reply from episode 2, August 15, 2012 and you said you entered it through amazon… wow… you need 100 downloads before they pay you? I wonder if iTunes is like that. Seems kind of like a rip. In a business point of view from what I have read and listened to is that you need to fail 10 times before you succeed; so just keep on writing.

    Cat person huh? For some reason, even though I do not like cats, we have four cats. I am more of a dog person as I finally got a black lab after 31 years and finally passed away last year; 16 years old.

    My memorable PC would have to be my first Living Greyhawk character Sir William Yalon, Knight of the Swan, a mega-mutt who ended the campaign at 15th level and with 6 different classes; he was modeled after me. Though my a funner PC was my dumber than a rock, cart pulling centaur named X; his merchant business was named FedX.

    In v3.5, using combination of spells is what one of my Arcane Tricksters would do. When he had his cohort with, it would speed up the process. He would cast defenestrating sphere and then next round cast a silent image of a window. The definition of defenestration: throwing of a person or thing out of a window. So he would position the window by a cliff and if the creature failed both saves, they would be thrown out the window and off the cliff. Weeeeeeeeeee… THUD!

    If fighting all the time, a wizard would definitely stink. Even two encounters would drain the wizard pretty good. Spell management is your friend.

    I like making challenging characters and when you talk about the wizard that could die from a bee sting reminds me of my wizard Wixlar who has an 8 con; at first level he had three hit points and each level he would acquire only two hit points. LOL

    Whether v3.5 or v4, I think that playing at or judging a table of wizards, fighter, rogues, etc.. would be great, even though they talk about having a table full of different roles; controller, defender, etc…

    An email after each game is a great idea so the DM can prep up for the future games.

    Very good podcast to learn more about who the real Michael is.



    1. Jonathon,
      I think how it works is that you have to have at least $35.00 in your account before Amazon will pay you out. My commision on my story is .35 (out of the .99 price) so, for me, I need 100 downloads before I will get paid. I think i’m around a dozen or so (still no reviews!!) can’t be too surprised, even though it is only .99 that’s still expensive since it’s only a few pages long. also, it’s so short that if you click for the free preview I think you get almost the whole thing – you might actually get the whole thing.

      We are now doing the ‘Previously on lost’ idea (I think that comes later) so at the start of each game I recap what happened last game or main events over the course of the adventure.

      speaking of that, are you also listening to our Actual Play podcasts (Made Men?) or just the Dungeon Talk ones?

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