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Welcome to We Speak Common - a podcast network about Dungeons and Dragons. Discover the world of D&D and learn alongside people just like you. Join this community of likeminded people and trade game tales, rules and tips to enjoy D&D even more. Discovery new mechanics and story telling techniques through our 3 core shows Tinker's Toolbox, Table Fables and Legends & Lore, and many other shows along the way. To get involved in the conversation follow us on twitter at @WeSpeakCommon. You can su ...
 
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This week we're talking about how to manage game time. From what to think about during prep to how to keep your eyes open for signs that times are dragging or went by way too quickly. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com V…
 
Sometimes things just don't go to plan. Today we're talking about what you can do to help with the session just goes wrong. We'll dive into pre-game fixes, what to do during the session and how to work through the problem. Plus so nice after care suggestions. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreo…
 
Have you ever picked up and adventure and wanted to run it in a homebrew setting? Or maybe in one of the other published campaign settings? This week we're talking about doing just that. We'll talk through our experiences with setting shifting and give tips and a step by step process on what you need to think about when doing it. Discord: https://d…
 
This week I'm joined by Heavy arms to talk about Alchemy. What is it? Where does it come from? and what do we think of when we use the word? We'll talk through how Alchemy is in base 5e and what you can do to make it a breathing park of your D&D world. Check out Heavyarms: heavyarms.com Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? S…
 
This week we're talking about the lack of ship-to-ship combat rules in 5e Spelljammer. We'll go over how we run ship combat, what was in 2e Spelljammer you can use and how we run 5e Spelljammer now. Plus if you just want some 3rd party documents you can grab and start using we'll shout out our favourites! Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want…
 
This bonus episode is all about One DnD and the new playtest material we've seen. We'll have an unscripted chat about our thoughts, feelings and the internet's reaction. Check out Running Off The Rails: https://open.spotify.com/show/6ALLVYC7hWRCSiqdlNJap2?si=76e1909e33be4927 Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the P…
 
This week I'm joined by Ray and Wesley to continue our conversation about Ray's little side adventure in our on going campaign. We'll talk about all the hows, whys and what happened's but from Wes' perspective as member of the greater party. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitt…
 
This week I'm joined by Ray to talk about his side adventure in our on going campaign. We'll talk about how why and when to take a PC out of the party and run a solo adventure for them. We'll talk about the pros and cons of doing it and when you should considerer it. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast o…
 
This week we're talking about swashbuckling adventures and moments. Those heroic, romantic, amazing moments that can happen in your campaign's. What you need to know and think about with running a full Swashbuckling campaign and how to encourage moments of it in any game. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podc…
 
This week we're talking about talking. What makes good character dialogue? We'll delve into what we think about when we speak as our characters and npcs. We'll talk about voice and sounds to help accompany the actually words you use, and why accents are the be all and end all! Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the…
 
This week we're back on the old classic - Pacing! But today we talk about it in the specific scenario that you've split the party. We'll talk about how to keep everyone engaged, how to maintain flow and what to do if theres combat involved. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitte…
 
Oh god, it's happening. This week Sam and I sit down to discuss the pros and cons of writing up your own character sheet to use digital tools such as DnD Beyond. We'll talk about why you should write up one sheet your self at least once before using a digital tool! Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on …
 
This week we're talking about illusions. There are some super powerful illusions spells in 5e, but theres also much more common ones that seem to be catching people out. This week I'm joined by the master illusionist himself - Wesley - to dive into and talk about how to handle these spells as players and DMs. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf …
 
What is alignment and how do you use it? The age old debate, am I evil or just morally questionable? Today we'll dive into the history of alignment in D&D and why that doesn't quite work with 5e. We'll also talk about how and why you should use it. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us o…
 
This week we're diving into introducing new characters to your on going campaigns. We'll talk about why it's harder than starting a campaign with a new party, what you need to think about as a player and DM building the new character, and how to bring them in in new and interesting ways. PLUS, we'll announce our 200th Epode Giveaway winners. Discor…
 
This week James and I talk about councils and their meetings in D&D. What do you need to to do to effectively run a large meeting that your PC's are attending. We'll give hints and tips for doing this in a traditional way, the talk about how we changed things up in our session. Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ8Q42Saf Want to get involved? Support th…
 
This week we're celebrating 200 episodes and nearly 4 years of We Speak Common! I'm joined by James and Sam to talk about some of our favourite D&D moments over the last four years and we want to hear yours! The WSC Discord server is open and waiting for you - Come and join us to talk all about your best D&D stories! Discord: https://discord.gg/pHZ…
 
This week we're diving into creative writing. I'm joined by Alex-Gray, creative writer for Dscryb to give you tips and tricks for painting your players imaginations. 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 ou…
 
This week we're diving into how to keep you BBEG alive for at least the first few rounds of combat. We'll talk general tips you can use for any boss and then dive into specifics for casters and front liners. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online …
 
This week we'll be delving in to the depths of the humble stat block. We'll talk through the things you find on every block, what they mean and how editing them effects your monsters. Then we'll tackle some of the more unique things you can find on your 5e stat blocks and how they interact with different rules in the game. Want to get involved? Sup…
 
This week, while Ben recovers from the rona, Sam takes the helm to make sure you get a new episode. He's joined by Patreon member Dave to talk about the different tips and tricks they've learnt from watching other Dms. Plus they turn the question to the Patreon community to get their best tips too. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patre…
 
This week we're sitting down to have a conversation about high fantasy. What exactly is it? How do you run it? And how is 5e intrinsically high fantasy? If you're D&D 5e settings but don't want to lean into the high fantasy themes, this will chat will help. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Emai…
 
This week we're comparing the two different types of levelling in D&D. Experience Points and Milestones. We'll delve into the pros and cons of both methods, how and why you should use each, and what to think about when planing ahead. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@ho…
 
This week I'm joined by Wesley to talk about re-flavouring character classes, something he does expertly. We'll talk about why this is something you should consider doing, how to do it and give some examples from when we've pulled it off. Want to get involved?Support the Podcast on PatreonFind us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommonEmail us at wespeakcommon@…
 
This week we're talking about Mythic creatures and encounters, what are they? How should you use them and how do you make your own? James and I introduce Mythic creatures to you if you've not used them yet, we'll talk about how and why they are so great and then give advice on creating your own. We'll even make a Mythic version of a big D&D creatur…
 
This week I'm joined by Ray to talk about Legendary Resistances. We'll get into what they are, why they are good and not as bad as everyone thinks and then how to improve them. We'll talk about how to incorporate them narratively into your sessions and touch on the mechanics to back that up. We're also introducing Ray's Kitstarter: Emry's Log of Le…
 
This week we're talking about one of the D's in D&D - Dungeons. How do you design them, what are the four things you need to include in your design and why should you redefine what a dungeon actually is! Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us online at h…
 
This week we delve into what you should do for your first time behind the DM chair. Cassy and I will talk about the pros and cons of running homebrew over a writen adventure and give tips and advice for what you should do regardless of the choice you make to help you out. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeS…
 
This week My friendly RE and History teacher joins me to talk about religion. No wait, don't go... we also talk about mythology, pantheons and how to use and represent them in your D&D 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://wespe…
 
This week a chilled solo episode as I break down how I run D&D games over discord. I'll talk through the set up I have, the bots I use and the conversations I had to have with my party to transition us to a fully online campaign. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmai…
 
This week we're talking about player character story arches. What are they, how do you plan them and pull them off. I'm joined by my player Ray to talk about his recent character arch in our campaign and how it went. What to conceder and how to get PC arches in your games. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @We…
 
This week Sam and I get our creative brains going as we create a brand new creature, stated out for you to use in your games! Grab the full stat block and lore by joining the We Speak Common Patreon Discord Server Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us o…
 
This week I'm joined by D&D creator, Heavy arms to talk about what palyers want. What does that mean and how does asking the question help you as a player, DM and Content creator in D&D. Check out Heavy arms at heavyarms.com Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com…
 
This week Sam and I join forces to talk about absentee players. We've all had a player call out of a session last minuet, and a few of use have players that have to fall out of a campaign of an extended period. So what can you do to help fix your plot and narrative when this happens to you? Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find …
 
This week we're focusing on story telling as Ray joins me to talk through the concept of players being co-authors. What is a co-author, why should you care and how can you set up this dynamic. 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://wesp…
 
This week on 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. Ray and I talk about the ups and downs of switching from one setting to another, the things you need to consider and do to pull it off. Got a problem or situation you want us to talk through? Email it in to wes…
 
This week we talk through magic items and filling your campaign with them. We'll dive in to balancing the game and working around these powerful items, aswell as creating your own and editing them as you play. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotmail.com Visit us onlin…
 
This week, as a Patreon reward, Firestorm has picked our topic. We're delving into the lore of the Gith - the yellow skinned pirates of spelljammer, the over-throwers of the Lilithid empire and the splintered people of the planes. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast on Patreon Find us on twitter: @WeSpeakCommon Email us at wespeakcommon@hotma…
 
This week, after sifting through the leaks, we're talking about what we might see in what has been dubbed by the community as D&D 5.5. We'll talk about how hopes and what we don't want to see, what we think the leaks might suggest for the future and what are patreon supporters have told us they want to see. Want to get involved? Support the Podcast…
 
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 wespeakcom…
 
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 Par…
 
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…
 
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 wespeakcommo…
 
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. W…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 B…
 
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 Clos…
 
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 B…
 
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…
 
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