D&D Podcast07/27/2007

Episode 13 (July 2007)
Mailbag, Part 2

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Don't just read about D&D's latest news and announcements -- listen to them as well! And where better to find inside information than from the very halls of Wizards of the Coast? Presenting Episode 13: Mailbag, Part 2!

This episode, we answer yet more questions from the D&D Mailbag, as solicited from players throughout the past several podcasts. Our thanks to everyone who submitted questions, and be sure to continue to send your questions to dndfeedback@wizards.com!

Episode 13

00:55: Ben asks: Is it possible to enjoy being a player after being a DM?

  • If you’re visiting Milwaukee, you might well want to check out the Safe House... if, that is, you can find it.

04:50: John asks: How can I encourage my players to develop more personality for their characters?

11:05: Ben asks: What are the elements of the current rule set that you’d most like to get rid of?

  • Of course, for advice on how to play a bard, there’s the Characters with Class: Bards with Class article.
  • For more on legendary items, check out the Magic Item Compendium.
  • Mike did tackle monster design (or rather, re-design, in the Design & Development: Monster Makeover series, with the rust monster, ogre mage, and beholder.

16:20: Cody asks: What are your recommendations for the best physical space for gaming?

21:50: John asks: With so many options, do you still play straight PHB classes?

23:50: Alfie asks: Do you think D&D has more potential for fun with less experienced players?

27:15 Brent asks: Do you play in any of the official campaign settings? Also, do you implement iconic characters (e.g., Drizzt)?

30:55: G. asks: What is it like working for Wizards of the Coast?

  • And if you’d like to find out what it’s like working here firsthand, check out the current listings on our job page.


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