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Join host and producer Lawerence Kelly on Those Who Play Create!, a monthly podcast that explores the inspirations for some of the gaming industry's best. In each episode, Lawerence will interview video game artists, designers, developers, and writers about their motivations, influences, and creative processes to unpack the true stories behind making the video games we love.
 
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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Abu and Leo share a selection of curated Spice Morsels– deep-cut lore tidbits too short for dedicated episodes but too delectable to miss. This episode contains SPOILERS for both Dune and Dune: Messiah. This episode was edited by Matt Storm aka Stormageddon. Find them on twitter @dj_stormageddon. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJa…
 
Abu and Alan apologize for disappointing you all AND THEN pull a Brian & Fiona by saying we're taking MORE time off 😄 (though not NEARLY as long). Also we recommend several great comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples that you can enjoy before we come back in mid-September: • Y: The Last Man • Ex Machina • Paper Girls (also streaming on Ama…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo complete their dive deep into SyFy Channel's "Frank Herbert's Dune" and explore Part 3 of the miniseries. They discuss the silly hats and gush about how well the show handles Paul's transformation. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: …
 
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…
 
Narrative design an often overlooked yet crucial aspect of game development. When done correctly, a game can inspire, delight, and represent players in ways never thought of before. But when done incorrectly, a game risks offending, alienating, and misrepresenting players who may seek comfort and joy in a particular project. In this episode of Thos…
 
Abu and Leo finish their coverage of the Dune: House Atreides comic book, a prequel that explores the decades leading up to the events of Dune. In this episode, they wrap up this series with their insights and impressions of issues #11 and #12. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.…
 
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 …
 
Abu and Leo continue their deep dive into SyFy Channel's "Frank Herbert's Dune" and explore Part 2 of the miniseries. They discuss the incredible way Irulan was handled in the story and geek out about the stunning attention to detail in the world building. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://…
 
The incredibly talented and hilarious Jordan Calhoun is here, and we can't believe how much fun it is! **WARNING WARNING WARNING** - if you have not read ALL 59 previous chapters AND newly-released chapter 60, SKIP THIS EPISODE. If you are current along with us, check out Abu, Alan and special guest Jordan sharing their first reactions and thoughts…
 
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 …
 
“Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” I can’t think of a more perfect way to describe the journey of today’s guest. On this episode of Those Who Play Create! We talk about music, adventure, and finding inspiration in the most uncommon of places as we discuss A Frog’s Tale! You can follow A Frog…
 
Abu and Leo unpack the life of Liet Kynes, a character torn between two worlds. They explore Liet's troubled relationship with their father and how their life mirrors the immigrant experience. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: https://www.gomja…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo revisit the ancient year of 2,000 AD to dive deep into the SyFy Channel miniseries "Frank Herbert's Dune" starring William Hurt, Alec Newman, and Saskia Reeves. They explore how this iconic miniseries holds up against the 2021 film and what makes it unique as a Dune adaptation. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune nove…
 
Even more death than usual in the back half of Saga Volume 5 from Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughanl, but also apparently dragons are real flexible. And hey our leading couple find each other again. This episode discusses ONLY up through chapter 30 of Saga, with no spoilers for any later chapters. **Get 20% Off + Free Shipping at https://manscaped.c…
 
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…
 
Hey Lore Party listeners, it’s me, Lawerence, Co-host of Night Knight, Spector. I’m proud to announce that after a brief hiatus, my solo interview podcast, Those Who Play Create!, is back! Join me as I interview artists, designers, and various creative minds that make up the independent and mainstream gaming scene and learn a bit about the lore beh…
 
Abu and Leo explore the life of the almost-Kwisatz Haderach genetic eunuch Count Hasimir Fenring, from his earliest years in the royal court on Kaitan to his betrayal of the Emperor and ultimate exile. This episode contains SPOILERS for Dune and Dune Messiah. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: https://www.…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo revisit the Dune movie, and this time you're invited! Fire up your copy of the film, hit play on this episode, and enjoy the sweet nothings whispered in your ears. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: https://www.gomjabbarshop.com This…
 
Abu didn't remember Vol. 5 of Saga from Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan at all, but once we get into it, there's a LOT to learn from Marko's bad trip and Dengo's bad decisions. Plus so. much. dragon. piss. This episode discusses ONLY up through chapters 25-27 of Saga, with no spoilers for any later chapters. **Get 20% Off + Free Shipping at https:…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo continue their exploration of "The Road to Dune," a 2005 book detailing the origins of the iconic story. In this episode, they dive into the juicy (and sometimes weird) early drafts of scenes and chapters that Frank Herbert cut from Dune and Dune Messiah. This episode contains SPOILERS for Dune and Dune Messiah. Support us on Patreon: h…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo interview Chris Birch and Andrew Peregrine from Modiphius Entertainment about their incredible RPG game Dune: Adventures in the Imperium. They discuss the challenges of making the dense lore of Dune accessible to newcomers, what it was like working with the Herbert Estate, and the new adaptations they're looking forward to as longtime D…
 
Abu might seem like he avoids conflict, but he WILL go full Dexter if you fuck with his sister. WARNING WARNING WARNING - if you have not read ALL 58 previous chapters AND newly-released chapter 59, SKIP THIS EPISODE. If you are current along with us, check out Abu and Alan sharing their first reactions and thoughts on the newest chapter, plus thei…
 
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 …
 
Abu and Leo get meta and explore the origins of Dune itself. They dive into The Road to Dune, a 2005 book detailing how Frank Herbert was inspired to write his sci-fi epic. The book also reveals letters between Frank and his collaborators, giving us insight into how the iconic story came together. This episode contains SPOILERS for Dune and Dune Me…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo begin their journey into Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 1-52 of the novel. They explore Lady Jessica's iconic arrival back on Arrakis and break down all the unknowns about being pre-born. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Support us on Patr…
 
Alan rethinks his stance on Vol. 4 of Saga from Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan, and both our hosts get REALLY into their feels. Also we meet King Robot! This episode discusses ONLY up through chapters 22-24 of Saga, with no spoilers for any later chapters. For more shows from the Lore Party Podcast Podcast Network head to https://loreparty.com! A…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo explore the life of iconic planetary ecologist Pardot Kynes and examine his extraordinary impact on Arrakis, the Fremen, and the entire galaxy through his dream of terraforming Dune. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first half of Dune. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: https://www.g…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo wrap up their read-through of Dune Messiah by responding to listener messages and discussing the big-picture themes of the book. The first half of this episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. The second half of this episode contains SPOILERS for all the Dune novels…
 
Alan really did cry while eating ribs reading this chapter, and he's proud of it. WARNING WARNING WARNING - if you have not read ALL 57 previous chapters AND newly-released chapter 58, SKIP THIS EPISODE. If you are current along with us, enjoy Abu and Alan sharing their first reactions and thoughts on newest chapter, plus their favorite panels and …
 
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…
 
Save the date, ya'll. Our Children of Dune book club series starts on May 20. We'll also be releasing amazing new merch that day, and our Patreon tiers are getting discounted. So many exciting updates! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: https://www.gomjabbarshop.com Children of Dune Book Club Schedule: htt…
 
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@…
 
Abu and Leo complete their read-through of Dune Messiah with a deep dive into pages 304-337 of the novel. They unpack the book's final two chapters and discuss the dramatic conclusion to this iconic story. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Support us on Patreon: htt…
 
It's a whole new ballgame in Vol. 4 of Saga from Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan, with flirty dance teachers and a budding drug addiction threatening our main characters' relationship. Also a homicidal maniac janitor who seemingly cannot be killed? Here for it! This episode discusses ONLY chapters 19-21 of Saga, with no spoilers for any later chap…
 
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…
 
In this special mailbag episode, Abu and Leo open up your distrans and respond to listener questions. They discuss Dune's influence on pop culture, share what lessons they've learned from the books, and dive deep into...molasses. This episode contains SPOILERS for Dune and Dune Messiah, the first two novels in the series. Support us on Patreon: htt…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Dune Messiah with a deep dive into pages 249-303 of the novel. They unpack the political warnings weaved through Paul's journey and explore Bijaz's mysterious role in the Tleilaxu plot. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Sup…
 
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…
 
Abu and Leo grab their calculators and explore the history of CHOAM, the massive financial monopoly at the center of the galaxy's economy. They break down its formation in the early days of the Imperium and unpack the enormous impact it had on the next 10,000 years of the galactic empire. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for any of Frank Herbert's…
 
New Saga, every month, still doesn't seem real. Time for Chapter 57! WARNING WARNING WARNING - if you have not read ALL 56 previous chapters AND newly-released chapter 57, SKIP THIS EPISODE. If you have read them all, then enjoy hearing Abu and Alan share all their first reactions and thoughts on newest issue of Saga, plus favorite panels and quote…
 
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…
 
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