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Dragon Talk, Episode #398

Dragon Talk #398!

I was a guest on Dragon Talk, the official D&D podcast! You can hear host Shelly Mazzanoble and I discuss tips on running Spelljammer on episode #398. (Note: the episode number seems to have changed to now be 362?)

Dragon Talk #392 – Indrani Ganguly (Desis & Dragons) Dragon Talk – An Official Dungeons & Dragons Podcast

Indrani Ganguly (she/they) is the co-founder of Desis & Dragons, India's largest tabletop RPG community. Under the moniker Nonagon Dice, she also became India's first handmade dice maker. Indrani is also a fledgling game designer. She is based out of Mumbai, India. Through Desis & Dragons, Indrani, and her two co-founders have worked to spread international awareness about India’s TTRPG creators, as well as grow the nascent hobby within India. Indrani’s game-changing work within the Indian game industry has been featured in multiple reputable newspapers and magazines such as Polygon, Wired, IGN India, and Mid-Day India. Indrani is a part of The Game Awards Future Class of 2022, a cohort of 50 individuals that "represent the bright, bold, and inclusive future of video games". For general inquiries or show messages, please email Dragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of The Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound.———-Here's your guide to when each segment begins:Show open with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble – 0:00Interview with Indrani Ganguly – 4:52Outro – 1:02:50———-Greg Tito Twitter – Mazzanoble Twitter – Ganguly – & Dragons – To Dragon Talk – – Talk Show Page – Sound – www.sirensound.coRyan Marth – Carr – D&D Products – Official Discord –

DMing Spelljammer

As you can see from the many articles about Spelljammer on this site, I am a huge fan of the setting! On Dragon Talk I shared why this setting resonates for me, and how I find it provides a lot of flexibility for Dungeon Masters – we can finally use anything on our gaming shelf and toss it into a Spelljammer campaign.

I cover the areas I consider key for DMing a Spelljammer campaign, including how I approach ship combat. I can’t share much now, but I was recently involved in a project where I worked on ship combat rules. I am super excited for the project to be announced, and I think it will provide Spelljammer DMs with many fun options.

Here is a quick outline of what we covered:

  • Choosing your genre
    • High fantasy, swashbuckling pulp, comedy, horror, etc.
  • Traveling through space
    • Spelljamming basics, ship roles, tricks with air quality
  • Spelljamers and Ship Combat
    • Siege weapons, clear encounter goals, encounter distance
  • Exploration and Wildspace Encounters
    • STNG model, travel is fast, weaving travel and stops into plot
  • A Home Base
    • Rock of Bral, astral sea, the ship as a base, patrons/organizations

Are you running Spelljammer? What tips would you share with other DMs?

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