We’ve Been At This For A Year!

So thanks to a little Twitter notification telling me the Adventures in Erylia Twitter account is 1 year old, I realized we’ve been doing this for a year now! We don’t have any big anniversary plans right now, because I tend to consider our relaunch the new anniversary for the show. However, I was still pretty excited to see that we’ve actually been doing this for a full year now. To us, we’re just some friends who get together once or twice a month to play dungeons and dragons with some microphones in front of us.

It’s been eventful and exciting. We launched once, with only a cell phone and a blue yeti to record with. I struggled to get episodes out on time. I struggled with how bad our audio sounded when I compared it to other shows I listen to. So after a few months we made a great change, and our numbers have shown it was worth it. Before the decision to relaunch the show, we were lucky to break 20 downloads in a month. Today’s episode is already at 20 downloads and our average is getting into the 50s and 60s.

Here’s to another year Adventurers! We’re excited to keep going and keep improving, and we’re happy you’ve chosen to come with us on this journey. To call back to our past, here’s our very first episode, poor audio quality and all, which is usually only available to Patreon supporters.

An Emotional Encounter – Mieveht Story Ep 10

Having returned to The Den with Cassien’s daughter, completing their job, the group has a meeting with him to learn about events going forward. Emotions run high as the group learns more than they expected about the Nailo family. Unfortunately, Cassien has to break some disappointing news to them, they can no longer stay in The Den. After conversing with each other and with Cassien, they decided to stick together and set their sights on the region of Khaerynthia, close to Chalul’s home.

This episode concludes our first arc of the Mieveht Story. Next episode will be an episode of the Night Watch, a special episode where the players and the DM all sit down and discuss the events of the previous arc. This gives everyone that chance to ask some meta questions and learn things about the previous arc now that it is too late for the meta knowledge to effect the story. This also gives the DM a chance to get a feel for the players’ current mood and see what they think of the story so far, and ask what’s missing.

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PlayerCharacter
DamianThe DM
ChrisSug
ChristaWillow
CaitlinLassair
ChantalleChalul
TrackArtist
The Path of the Goblin KingIncompetech (Intro)
Come CloserSerpent Sound Studios (2:08)
My Black RoseAdrian von Ziegler (7:28)
The Journey HomeVindsvept (11:17)
Magic ForestIncompetech (13:00)
Rise AgainSerpent Sound Studios (19:22)
A Cold PresenceAdrian von Ziegler (22:16)
IgnitionSerpent Sound Studios (29:13)
DistantVindsvept (31:54)
The Candle Burns Down…Adrian von Ziegler (39:28)
Clear AirIncompetech (47:06)
ResolutionSerpent Sound Studios (48:14)
Fall of the LeafVindsvept (1:01:51)
Requiem for the Nameless DeadAdrian von Ziegler (1:06:50)
ReawakeningIncompetech (1:14:06)
AeternitasAdrian von Ziegler (1:28:48)
March of SpoonsIncompetech (1:35:25)
Aeternitas (cont.)Adrian von Ziegler (1:37:39)
Fluffing a DuckIncompetech (1:39:52)
CrossroadsSerpent Sound Studios (1:43:36)
Man DownIncompetech (1:47:52)
Wanderer, Part TwoVindsvept (1:52:16)
Last StandVindsvept (Outro)

The Week of Excuses, Expanded – World Building Wednesday

A few weeks ago, I was falling behind on things. It started with being behind on editing an episode, and that followed to not having anything written for World Building Wednesday. From that, The Week of Excuses was born. It was originally a pretty tongue in cheek statement to explain not having content on time, but I decided to run with it. At the end, I said that when I got to the calendar building portion of things, The Week of Excuses was totally going to be a thing.

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Through The City We Go – Mieveht Story Ep9

Our adventurers make their way back through the under city, sure that they have no loose ends left to tie up. After a brief altercation in The Commons, they make their way back into Cyrin to find transport back to Thelnea. Though there is some debate over payment to easily return home. With Xanphia back safe in The Den, the group settles in for a meeting with Cassien.

PlayerCharacter
DamianThe DM
ChrisSug
ChristaWillow
CaitlinLassair
ChantalleChalul

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TrackArtist
The Path of the Goblin KingIncompetech (Intro)
Impending BoomIncompetech (1:33)
Syrinscape(3:55)
Ossuary 7 – ResolveIncompetech (6:04)
Syrinscape(10:08)
A Cold PresenceAdrian von Ziegler (14:59)
Syrinscape(16:47)
GaldrarAdrian von Ziegler (19:39)
CatacombsTabletop Audio (22:26)
ConstanceIncompetech (28:11)
Blood EagleSerpent Sound Studios (29:41)
The HuntedJamie Brace (32:01)
StormfrontIncompetech (34:55)
Catacombs (cont.)Tabletop Audio (36:42)
Syrinscape(40:40)
In the ShadowsTabletop Audio (43:21)
DawnSerpent Sound Studios (45:24)
Abandoned FairTabletop Audio (47:42)
Ghostpocalypse – 8 EpilogIncompetech (51:03)
Abandoned Fair (cont.)
What Lies BeyondVindsvept (58:57)
Overland with OxenTabletop Audio (59:13)
ResolutionSerpent Sound Studios (1:07:56)
Last StandVindsvept (Outro)

Something Different – D&D Tools in Alpha

When I originally started to use this website as a blog as well, it wasn’t really my intention to only ever do the World Building Wednesdays. But alas, with a family, a full time job, and a podcast to edit, finding the time for that has been difficult. Aside from the world building, I will probably never have a consistent blog schedule, but I want to start fitting more in. For today, there are some tools I am in the alpha for that I wanted to write about.

D&D Beyond – Mobile App

As a group, we have been using D&D Beyond since it’s official launch. It’s been a great tool for keeping a digital copy of (most) of our characters. It also gives me a good template follow for creating homebrew for Erylia. Two of them have even been approved for public use through D&D Beyond.

Last week, D&D Beyond launch it’s upcoming app’s alpha. I had pre-ordered a copy of Xanathar’s Guide To Everything on the site, which got me into the alpha test group. So far the alpha is in its early stages and can only be used for downloading and reading the content you have purchased. I have been taking advantage of this by using it to fill in more names for a random NPC generator spreadsheet while on breaks at work using my phone.

Even without the app, I have found the D&D Beyond website to be a very mobile friendly experience. I have used it on my phone while running the game to quickly look up information. I also play in a game of Storm King’s Thunder that Chris is running, where I exclusively manage my character with the mobile website. I am definitely looking forward to future updates to the offline app though. After the holidays I know they plan to work on updating it to bring more features like character management and creation.

If you’re interested in how testing is going, here is a link to the feedback forum for the alpha.

DungeonFog – Alpha v5 Update

I have yet to do any sort of write up on DungeonFog at this point, but it has been mentioned on the show. It is a pretty straight forward map creation tool for table top gaming. The maps are created on a grid, so it’s main focus will probably be battle maps or virtual tabletop maps for now. I haven’t done any sort of write up or review for them yet because I want to shine the best light possible on them when I do. I have personally submitted a lot of feedback while using it, but since it is in alpha, it is not quite where I want it to be before doing a full review. However, the guys there have come a long way since the alpha went live.

Just this week, Alpha v5 was released, which is their first iteration with the dynamic GM notes they have been working on. I am super excited for this to help with giving me written text to explain what is on the map. I think they will be great since the podcast is an audio medium, so if they tool is working well, it will hopefully aid in visualizing the setting for listeners. They have also announced that they are about to move from their Alpha stage into Beta testing early next year. This should open up the pool of testers quite a bit and increase feedback and conversation within the testing group. If you are interested in helping shape the tool, and just can’t wait to use something like it, you can pre-order it and gain access to the alpha and beta test groups!

Early Stages of The Calendar – World Building Wednesday

I made a calendar for Erylia pretty much back when I started working on it. It’s not very good and I never really did anything with it once I had the base started. I decided that it is time to start working on it. Not only because I want to start thinking up holidays and festivals (and the week of excuses), but the cycle of time should be important to the story as well. Continue reading

Damian the DMs Recent Guest Appearances

Hey guys! I’ve been busy over the last couple weeks guesting on some other shows.

Meet Your Masters (Of D&D)

First, I had a “video” call with Stephen, aka DarkLordFlufffy, to talk a bit about the podcast, about being a Dungeon Master, and about Dungeon Fog.

I had a lot of fun with this interview and having a chat. Since doing this episode with Stephen, I have even gotten a webcam, so the next I am on his show, you’ll go some video from my side of things as well. Our chat had a pretty wide reaching range of topics and was a fairly casual interview. We talked about what the podcast is and how it works, what it is like being a newer Dungeon Master, running a game for new players, and a little bit about the word of Erylia. We also talked briefly about Dungeon Fog, which is a map making tool that I was a Kickstarter backer for and is currently in Alpha testing. Stephen and I met initially through the forums for the alpha test and when he learned about the podcast he asked if I was interested in doing an interview.

Inter-Party Conflict

Also this month, I was a guest host on an episode of Inter-Party Conflict, a podcast that I have been listening to for quite some time now. Gabe, one of the hosts, and I have been chatting over on Reddit for quite some time now. He was actually one of the first people to review the show, and gave us a shout-out a few months back.

Gabe, Jeff, and I discussed one of the questions I brought to the table, “When does an NPC become a DMPC and should you try to stop it?” We also discussed some house rules and homebrew, including the spell Erylia’s Second Chance, which I created to give death a little bit more impact.

All of these guys are great and I highly recommend checking out their shows beyond just what I was involved in. Gabe, Jeff, Stephen, thank you all for giving me the chance to be a part of what you do.

Patreon is Stepping Back on New Fees

Hey again Adventurers!

Last week I had a bit of a rant because Patreon had announced they were going to changing their fee structure to pass the fees on to patrons. I was against this as both a creator and a patron for many others. Well today, they have told us they will NOT be following through with this change. Here’s the email we received.

Dear creators,

From the bottom of our hearts, we’re truly sorry. Last week’s service fee announcement caused a tough week for you, your patrons, and your teams. We were trying to solve a problem for creators and, in turn, caused more problems for you and your patrons.

You’ve spoken loud and clear. We’re not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week, and are currently assessing other options.

Our CEO & co-founder, Jack, explains more here:

READ JACK’S POST

Sincerely,
The Patreon Team

This doesn’t make me completely okay with what happened last week, but them stepping back was what I needed to continue staying on the service and not pursuing another option. I’m still hesitant about what they plan to do to solve the issues they attempted to solve now, but this is a first step in the right direction. Stepping back is a good change for small creators like this podcast.