Rod in Flagon

Rod in Flagon

A D&D comedy improv podcast, where two retired adventurers give questionable advice to the next generation of heroes. Starring Oliver Redboots (@OliverRedBoots) & Swan Maulsmith (@SMaulsmith), and broadcast every week from the Yawning Portal Tavern in Waterdeep. Send your questions to or


December 22, 2021 53 mins

- Question-palooza!
- How to write an entry essay to your Bard College
- Your party member may be a serial killer
- Monastic traditions leave a lot of unanswered questions
- Feather Fall etiquette
- Where-wolves?
- Revisiting sky daddies

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- Boots returns from the Astral Plane
- We go deep on Elven high cuisine with Chalmont Percil, of Percil's Parcels
- The slow food, low heat movement
- Chalmont's specialties: chicken-seasoned hay, salted water, artisanal light, beef broth and lemon seeds
- Serving at Persimmons through a policy of Culinary Inclusivity
- Richard the Mimic joins us to discuss mimicry
- Permission eat...

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November 24, 2021 50 mins


- Getting arrested in Waterdeep after bar hopping with Mirt
- Swan taking over some Luskan engineering
- When upcasting goes wrong
- Boots opens the chest, and finds something unexpected
- Thou shalt not mix pocket dimensions
- Some monks will love you to death
- Beholder reproduction
- Donations to the (recap) Salvation Army are appreciated

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We are joined this week by the legendary Mirt the Moneylender, played by the legendary Ed Greenwood - creator of the Forgotten Realms.

- An episode preamble by Elminster of Shadowdale
- The importance of a consistent policy in adventuring
- How Laeral keeps her wand at the ready
- How Mirt and Durnan tackled the Undermountain
- The secret to long life
- Preferred method for dealing with ...

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October 19, 2021 43 mins

- Boots is part of the Order of Mages and Protectors
- Swan has a picnic
- We find an office
- Spell Slots & Implosions
- Bullywugs & Banshees

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October 12, 2021 39 mins

- Oliver has his chest stolen, and he's not happy
- Developing that sixth sense for treasure
- We need a work office
- Gnolls are worse than you think
- Brains in a jar fail the trolley problem
- Coffee is magic, but not magic magic
- Parting ways with a swordasexual
 - You can't stare your foe to death

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October 6, 2021 40 mins

- Assembling the Stupidology
- What kind of toenail?
- Stormy is dating a young woman from a family of Eldath
- Specters are Swan's weak point
- Otyughs at the shore
- Dying in a cool way
- Grease is the word

- Also please check out our friends at RPGsAnonymous ( ) who are featured in the mid-show break

See you next week, don't die. ...

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September 29, 2021 39 mins

- We're joined by Tygram, Warlock for Graz'zt, to share some road stories
- How Tygram crashed a flying tower
- The power of walking sticks
- Swan's healing potion testing
- The deplorable habit of trying to seduce dragons
- Research is important
- Everywhere doesn't mean everywhere

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September 21, 2021 39 mins

- Swan talks podcast audio quality from the Yawning Portal
- A blue tie fling musician writes us our new intro
- Monsters of the week: Rust Monster & Harpy
- Find Traps is a stupid, stupid spell
- Tasting Healing Potions
- Best potions, if you can pick
- The new outro

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September 14, 2021 37 mins

- Swan gives Boots & Morgan a tour of the Forge
- Swan explains working with first year acolytes
- Early success as quest givers, and our quest giving rates
- Round two of Don't Poke The Owlbear: drums, rhinos, gods, and the Giant steeplechase
- Take care of your monks, and they will take care of you

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September 7, 2021 42 mins

- A message from the High House of Wonders
- The start of our cataloging bad ways to die
- This week's sponsor: Wandsworth Gently Used Wands
- Kicking off our new feature (Don't Poke the Owlbear): Flying Swords and Trapped Rugs
- Enchanters are terrifying
- The man with the Iron Flask

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September 1, 2021 43 mins

- The unfortunate passing of Paco The Ranger
- Stupid ways to die while adventuring
- From quest takers to quest givers
- Boots was once approached to help rule a level of the underworld
- Staying in shape in retirement through unorthodox means

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- We rekindle our on-again, off-again acquaintance with Balthazar the Grim, a serial cultist
- Cult free-lancing, the new old gig economy
- Knowing your lane
- Benefits of being in cult middle-management
- Young liches are impatient
- The importance of a good tailor, that can make 800-year old fashion

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August 17, 2021 45 mins


- First world sorcerer problems
- Random encounters of the worst kind
- Order of the Ancient Philosophy lacks conviction
- The treasure you don't want
- Terrible sorcerer parents
- The flying halfling problem

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August 10, 2021 40 mins

- The unwilling transition to semi-retired adventurers
- Swan discovers a bad spy
- How to apologize to high level adventurers
- Kobolds are not pets
- The spell 'Heat Metal' for smelting
- How not to tip a squire
- Boots is angry

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- Boots and Swan take on their biggest challenge yet: fundraising
- Artistic genius of destruction
- The paperwork of producing golems
- Abjuration wizards and you!
- Meathead fighter, meet tanning paladin
- Tips for dealing with embarrassing moments from high school
- The best magic items are not the same thing as your favorite magic items

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- Boots & Swan return from an unplanned trip to the Feywild
- The Feywild is amazing and annoying for so many reasons
- Ajax the Warpoodle delivers an important question from Dr. Zed (@RPGsAnonymous1), and we deliver well-meaning advice of questionable value
- The absolute wrong use for a Bag of Holding
- The worst Club Sport at Waterdeep Community College

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June 22, 2021 42 mins


- The amazing wedding of the Clerics of Pan
- The Zhentarim dishwasher intercepting the mail
- Blow drying your weasel
- Using a doppelganger to get out of jury duty 
- Bathing your owlbear
- The clothing stipend for your werewolf
- Druids protecting horrible monsters to save the environment
- Read your weapon's manual

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June 15, 2021 39 mins


+ Swan gets annoyed by the Castle Ward HOA
+ Boots tests his magic on Vincent
+ Messing with warlocks
+ Apologizing through prayer
+ The factions of Waterdeep
+ The fancy balls of the Lords Alliance
+ Planning to crash a wedding

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June 8, 2021 38 mins

We're back after our short time away!  This week's highlights:

Swan visits his sister in Tribor and does some forge sightseeing
Boots has Thieves Guild business that involves a dinosaur
Ten foot poles are beyond stupid
Carry the tiny shiny
Never trust a weapon that thinks for itself
You could do worse than a Warforged companion

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