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Detentions and Dragons

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Welcome to Detentions and Dragons, a podcast dedicated to introducing Dungeons and Dragons into the classroom experience! Not a teacher? Don't worry! Hosts Josh and Matt are confident that new players, new Dungeon Masters, and fans of Dungeons and Dragons will find this enjoyable and informative as well! Podcast updates biweekly weekly. We are off during the summer! Detentions and Dragons is a proud member of the Block Party Podcast Network!!

Welcome to Detentions and Dragons, a podcast dedicated to introducing Dungeons and Dragons into the classroom experience! Not a teacher? Don't worry! Hosts Josh and Matt are confident that new players, new Dungeon Masters, and fans of Dungeons and Dragons will find this enjoyable and informative as well! Podcast updates biweekly weekly. We are off during the summer! Detentions and Dragons is a proud member of the Block Party Podcast Network!!

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Welcome to Detentions and Dragons, a podcast dedicated to introducing Dungeons and Dragons into the classroom experience! Not a teacher? Don't worry! Hosts Josh and Matt are confident that new players, new Dungeon Masters, and fans of Dungeons and Dragons will find this enjoyable and informative as well! Podcast updates biweekly weekly. We are off during the summer! Detentions and Dragons is a proud member of the Block Party Podcast Network!!

Language:

English


Episodes

Lesson # 160 - Social Interactions and Dragons

5/9/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about running in campaign social interaction. They discuss the official published rules for running social interactions, when to role play and when to roll play conversations, and ways to determine possible outcomes of NPCs with their on agency. Did these two teachers inspire you to be a run social interaction in a different way? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or student....

Duration:00:28:02

Lesson # 159 - Splitting the Party and Dragons

4/19/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about the controversial topic of splitting the party. They discuss what it is, why most DMs advise against it, and thoughtful ways to integrate this narrative device into your D&D campaign. While splitting the party often leads to disastrous results, a conscientious scenario can lead to unique game play opportunities for all people at the table! Did these two teachers inspire you to follow a new path in your D&D game? Then help...

Duration:00:25:39

Lesson # 158 - Vintage Items and Dragons

4/4/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about vintage magical items for your D&D campaign. D&D 5E has many fantastic published and homebrewed items. However, why should we limit ourselves to just the current edition? Go find some old volumes of TSR's Encyclopedia Magica (or use the ones discussed in this lesson) and add some vintage artifacts to your next session! Ambient tavern music provided by Tabletop Audio. You can find out more about them here:...

Duration:00:22:16

Lesson # 157 - Advanced Ability Checks and Dragons

3/14/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about advanced ability checks. They discuss the variant ability check rule, some examples of checks using the variant rules, and pros and cons of utilizing this into your own D&D game. They also demonstrate these ability checks in a short D&D game with (some) SOUND EFFECTS! Ambient tavern music provided by Tabletop Audio. You can find out more about them here: https://tabletopaudio.com/ Did these two teachers inspire you to try...

Duration:00:32:21

Lesson # 156 - Downtime and Dragons

2/28/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about downtime. They discuss what downtime can look like in a game of D&D, published rules on running downtime activities, and how including these tangents can improve the overall experience at the table. Did these two teachers encourage you to explore a new downtime activity in your game? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or student. New listeners are the best way to help us...

Duration:00:29:34

Lesson # 155 - Riddles and Dragons

2/14/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about riddles. They discuss the nature of riddles in D&D, how they can be annoying, and how they can be used more effectively. The humble riddle is a mainstay of dungeon design. However, with a bit of extra effort, the riddle can enhance rather than simply stump your players. Did these two teachers help you question your preconceived notions of dungeon design? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a...

Duration:00:25:35

Lesson # 154 - Skill Challenges and Dragons

1/31/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about a narrative driven way to play out a scene in D&D, the skills challenge. They discuss the basic mechanics of skills challenges, rules for the challenge and model one themselves. There is also bonus music and sound effects! Some people we'd also want to credit in this lesson. D&D 4th edition for introducing the skills challenge mechanic. Rodrigo D. Lopez for his upgraded rules for skills challenges. You can find more of his...

Duration:00:42:21

Lesson # 153 - New Year's Resolutions 2022 and Dragons

1/10/2022
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about their D&D New Year's Resolution. They review what their goals are and their motivations for achieving them. Hopefully, their resolutions will help inspire you to set your own goals in the 2022 year! Did these two teachers inspire you to start of the new year with a revived ambition? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or student. New listeners are the best way to help us...

Duration:00:24:33

Lesson # 152 - Story Time: 2021 and Dragons

12/25/2021
To celebrate the holiday season, Matt gives Josh the present he wants most in life: a chance to talk about fun stories from his D&D games. Listen as Josh and Matt ramble on and embellish their stories and inside jokes from their personal campaigns around the fireplace! Music: Brother Christmas by Lemon Yellow Hayes (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lemon_Yellow_Hayes/) Fireplace Sound Effects: hansende (https://freesound.org/people/hansende/sounds/263994/) Happy Holidays!! And thank you...

Duration:00:53:47

Lesson # 151 - Reactions and Dragons

12/13/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about the special action known as the reaction. They discuss the basics mechanics of reactions, common player character reactions, classes and feats with reactions, and the importance of encouraging players to build at least one reaction into their character. Did these two teachers inspire you to use your action, bonus action, AND reaction? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or...

Duration:00:34:31

Lesson # 150 - Side Quests and Dragons

11/29/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about running Side Quests. They discuss what they are, why they are important, themes for basic side quests, and make their own holiday themed side quest on the podcast. The main campaign is important. However, sometimes, the DM, the players, or both need a deviate from the critical path to explore new facets of the game! Did these two teachers inspire you to start your own side quest? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending...

Duration:00:27:36

Lesson # 149 - Game to Grow 2021 and Dragons

11/15/2021
On this special lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Matt and Josh interview Adam Davis and Dr. Elizabeth Kilmer of Game to Grow about tips for creating an environment that promotes positive mental health! This school year may be particularly difficult for many students. However, with some thought and routine, educators can do a lot to help student acclimate to life back in the class and back at D&D club. If you are interested in learning more about Game to Grow and their mission, you can...

Duration:00:59:48

Lesson # 148 -Theatre and Dragons

10/25/2021
On this special interview lesson, Matt and Josh are joined by Theatre Teacher and Dungeon Master Keith Rollins. The topic: Integrating D&D into the Theatre classroom. If you are not a drama teacher, please do not worry! Keith provides many excellent tips and insights for anyone introducing D&D to new players. If you enjoyed listening to Keith, why not check him out on Twitter: @Dramateacher79 Did this interview inspire you to unleash all of your character voices in your next session of...

Duration:00:54:15

Lesson # 147 - Zero Session and Dragons

10/10/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about running Zero Sessions. D&D is a collaborative storytelling game. However, what if the collaboration didn't start at the first session? What if the Dungeon Master and the players worked together to build characters, backstories, and world themes to make the first session even better? The Zero Session is the answer! Listen as Matt and Josh discuss what a Zero Session is, pitfalls to avoid, and what they do to make this session...

Duration:00:29:16

Lesson # 146 - Experienced Players and Dragons

9/20/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about experienced players or returning players and ways to make the start of their new game a fun one. At Detentions and Dragons, we provided insights on how to start off a campaign for players brand new to the game. However, experienced players don't need to run your Tutorial Dungeon for the 6th time. This lesson focuses tips to start a spectacular campaign for those who have a few campaigns under their belt. Did these two...

Duration:00:18:55

Lesson # 145 - Quick Character Creation and Dragons

9/13/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about quick character creation exercises. Players should always have agency in the development of their character's personality and backstory. However, for brand new players, deciding what a character's actually characteristics are may be intimidating and time consuming. This lesson reviews ways to speed up this process so new players jump in to their newest D&D adventure! Did these two teachers inspire you to help your new...

Duration:00:26:52

Lesson # 144: Back to School 2021and Dragons

9/7/2021
Detentions and Dragons is back and ready to kickoff their 5th season of the podcast! In this first lesson after summer vacation, Matt and Josh are review tips and tricks for those Dungeons Masters that are going back to school, club, or the table. They discuss things they learned from running D&D in the past and provide tips for being even more flexible as a DM in the future. Did these back-to-school mentors help motivate you for the new year? Help them out by recommending Detentions and...

Duration:00:32:32

Lesson # 143 - Graduation 2021 and Dragons

6/7/2021
School is out for summer!!! With empty desks,empty classrooms, and empty Zoom meetings, Josh and Matt sit back and recount adventures from their D&D games in club and in the classroom. No rules, No lesson plans, just two teachers telling stories about the fun they had playing D&D with their students over the 2020 - 2021 school year. Highlights from their adventures include: -Lil' Slugger -Frozen inspired characters -Dining and Dashing (Sort of...) Summer Note: Josh and Matt are taking a...

Duration:00:32:03

Lesson # 142 - Professional Development (Not Really) and Dragons

5/24/2021
On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt ask each other some difficulty, fun, and silly questions about Dungeons and Dragons. Will they help you become a better Dungeon Master? Maybe not. But there is (probably) some benefit to taking a break from lesson planning to explore some hypotheticals of D&D. Did these two teachers inspire you to ask your fun and unusual D&D questions? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or student....

Duration:00:32:11

Lesson # 141 - Perception Checks and Dragons

5/3/2021
As a DM, your players either use them all the time or not at all. Regardless, is there a way to use them more purposefully? On this lesson of Detentions and Dragons, Josh and Matt talk about perception checks, what they are, the pitfalls of perception checks, and how to make perceptions checks more meaningful to your players. Did these two teachers help you perceive a way to improve your DMing? Then help Josh and Matt out by recommending Detentions and Dragons to a friend, teacher, or...

Duration:00:28:39