Dads 'n Dragons

Dads 'n Dragons

What happens when a 40-year-old who grew up on role-playing games sits down to play with his kids? Welcome to Dads 'n Dragons, a live-play D&D podcast in the world of Ravnica. I’ve always wanted to share this hobby with my kids, and when the time came I thought it would be easy! I was wrong. In Dads ’n Dragons you’ll hear unique takes on role-playing, on problem solving, and dumb jokes that you can’t get anywhere else. Follow the gang on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates!... Show More

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July 11, 2020 42 min

Skylar and Turlen team up to try and get the younger dragons to safety.

Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Skill challenges from 4e are something I still use all the time. They're great ways to role play lengthy non-combat actions
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Gateway Sneak

  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates. Email ryan@dadsndragons.com to connect. 


    Music credits:

  • Song: Anthem - Color Parade
  • Mu...
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    June 10, 2020 41 min

    The younger dragons can't stay out of trouble, but Yarven comes to the rescue!

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Pay attention to combat styles of players as you're planning encounters. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Run Away Together
  • Viscerid Armor
  • Goblin Assailant
  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates. Email ryan@dadsndragons.com to connect. 


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  • Song: Anthem - Color Parade
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    May 23, 2020 38 min

    It's finally here! A very special episode of *Moms* and Dads and Dragons where our youngest dragons help us kick off the latest story arc. Talia is back with a new lead on a story that could upend control of Ravnica completely!

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • You'll get players of all different interest level. Its just as important not to push some, while supporting the over-the-top creativity of others.
  • Magic the Gather...

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    April 30, 2020 67 min

    It's festival day, come explore the wild and eclectic atmosphere at the great market in the Selesnya Conclave.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Conflict can exist even without combat
  • Treasure doesn't have to be looted
  • Keep some random tables on hand for fun and games!
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Market Festival
  • Loxodon Mender
  • Resources:

  • Ravnica Revealed by Christopher Willett
  • @Will_Knight3
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    April 13, 2020 59 min

    It's the end of the party-splitting and the end of the line for Rakdos if the group can't stop Chagrach's plot. 

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Make sure you have multiple options for the players to learn the cool secrets you spent your precious time plotting out. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Mogis, God of Slaughter
  • Chagrach (from Nettling Curse)
  • Juri (from Act of Treason)
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    April 2, 2020 56 min

    Things get out of control at the Arena for Skylar, Turlen, and Yarven, but Zofvys' discovery makes everything suddenly clear.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Splitting the party CAN be a good way to tell a complete story.but, 
  • 'Don't split the party' is also a warning to the DM so as not to leave people out. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Chagrach (from Nettling Curse)
  • Juri (from Act of Treason)
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    March 10, 2020 52 min

    The Tenth District colosseum has been rebuilt, but strange events surrounding its grand re-opening have our heroes suspicious. Also in this episode, I totally lie to the players so they don't spoil something. I'm not telling you what it is either!

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Allowing players to choose elements is a great way to build investment in the story. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Goat Token
  • Cat Token
  • Ch...
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    February 27, 2020 54 min

    The party faces death by petrification as they confront the gorgon, Ludmilla, in the Golgari underbelly of Ravnica.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Raise tension by targeting player's favorite NPCs
  • Roleplaying games to increase teamwork and friendship? Yep, and it's awesome.
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Nightshade Assassin
  • Sisters of Stone Death
  • Will-o-the-Wisp
  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest up...

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    February 20, 2020 52 min

    Talia leads the way into the underbelly of Ravnica to hunt down Ludmilla, last surviving member of the Sisters of the Stone Death.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Railroad style campaigns don't have to mean no choices, no fun.
  • Take a time out to let players plan and prepare
  • Remember the contract, DM's decide "what" players decide "how"
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Nightshade Assassin
  • Sisters of Stone...
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    February 5, 2020 51 min

    The group investigates a strange entry found in Talia's notebook and tries to stop a magical killer from striking again. 

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Recurring NPCs are the lifeblood of a fun, memorable campaign, homegrown or pre-written module. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Nightshade Assassin
  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates. Email ryan@dadsndragons.com to connect. 


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    January 21, 2020 42 min

    With three guilds at each other's throats and reporters watching, will "Guild War!" be tomorrow's headline? Our normally brash heroes have to think fast and talk faster to get themselves out of this jam. 

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Consequences - allow chances for kids to consider the consequences of their actions. Having a spectator watching them is a good way to do that. 
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentione...

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    January 8, 2020 50 min

    A clash in the Gateway Plaza pits the heroes against not two, but three feuding guilds!

    Goals for this year:

  • Better and better NPCs
  • More balancing role-play with combat, even during combat
  • Let the kids start advancing character arcs
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Riot Control
  • Yeva, Nature’s Herald
  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates. Email ryan@dadsndragons.com to connect. 


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  • Song: Anthem - C...
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    December 24, 2019 93 min

    It's time for the midwinter festival, but an Orzhov lawyer has a plan to put an end to all the festivities! Tune in for this special double-length holiday episode and see if the heroes of the War of the Spark can save the Midwinter Queen as well.

    Special ending interview with a new guest player and brand new father! Stick around for some insight from Jason on the early days of D&D on military bases in the 80s. 

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    December 12, 2019 46 min

    Can our heroes survive the incursion into Rogar's camp? They've got one shot, because the challenge with Borborygmos is tomorrow!

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Really enjoyed the non-combat parts of this episode. There are still plenty of things to roll for out of combat, and getting to use skills is a great feature of the game. Take advantage!
  • Level up! Get to third level as fast as possible. In my opinion, it's m...
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    December 4, 2019 49 min

    The group runs into trouble as they try to sneak into Rogar's camp. We learn that Yarven's war hammer makes a *bonk* noise.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • NPC voices can be fun!
  • Feel like my descriptions of combat are getting better. Ask players to describe their actions too.
  • You can also ask Players to help define history or setting background. It makes the setting more personal to them.
  • When you are asking for player in...
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    November 20, 2019 43 min

    The team's plan to deal with the druid spying on them launches with 'Step One: Jump him'.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • No need to one-up each other all the time. Working with each other can lead to more fun. 
  • Special Wrap up this episode with Jack (Skylar)!

    Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Firebolt
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Clan Guildmage
  • Follow us on Twitter @dadsndragons for the latest updates. Email ryan@dadsndr...

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    November 13, 2019 48 min

    Turlen gets a request for aid from his neice, Fifiline, but it leads into the dangerous Gruul lands known as the Rubblebelt. Ryan learns that letting players name NPCs sometimes means he has to say "Fifiline" for several episodes. 

    Special Wrap up this episode with Alex (Yarven)!

    Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Zofvys has become an official Dimir Informant
  • Selesnya Guildmage
  • Transguild Promenade
  • Gruul Turf
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    November 5, 2019 59 min

    Yarven tries to save some civilians, Skylar tries to save Yarven, Turlen tries to save the whole group, and Zofvys tries to save... Ravnica? Find out in the epic conclusion to the War of the Spark! 

    Special Wrap up this episode with Scott (Turlen)!

    Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Fblthp the Lost
  • Jiang Yanggu
  • Mowu, Loyal Companion
  • Deathrite Shaman
  • Nicol Bolas, Dragon God
  • Gideon Blackblade
  • Unlikely Aid
  • Liliana, Dreadhorde General
  • Niv-Mizz...
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    October 22, 2019 45 min

    Our heroes stand in awe as they realize legendary dragon Nicol Bolas has brought war to Ravnica. Outmatched, for now all they can do is run and survive. Amidst the chaos, they must defend the helpless against those with no mercy, both foreign and Ravnican. 

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Scott! Turn on your microphone!
  • Opposed Skill checks don’t get crits. Houserule it if you want, but be consistent.
  • You can give two or three tr...
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    October 14, 2019 48 min

    Invasion! Zofvys, Skylar, and Yarven enlist the help of dwarven cleric, Turlen, to save innocent citizens from zombie marauders. In the background, an epic battle between planeswalkers brings war to Ravnica.

    Some tips we learned in this episode:

  • Get them involved, the game only works if people actually play
  • Let players describe visual effects of magic or moves in a fight
  • Magic the Gathering cards mentioned: 

  • Zombie Army (Token)
  • Kiora, Be...
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