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Crit Academy is a Dungeons and Dragons talk show. Our goal is to deliver guidance and inspiration to both players and game masters. Each week we have a round-table-style discussion about the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Topics covered include D&D news, official released content, playtest material, third-party content, publishing, homebrew, and so much more. In addition to our main topic, each week we have our unearthed tips and tricks segment where we provide a monster variant, encount ...
 
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Unearthed Tips and Tricks Volume 1 Podcast Crit Academy brings you a body-snatching ooze, roleplaying advice, a unique spell reagent to enhance your magic spells and so much more for your Dungeons and Dragons game. 📢 See the Full Episode Here: https://youtu.be/aj1heH9SZAU 📢 Blog: www.critacademy.com/post/designing-a-fictional-alphabet-in-dungeons-a…
 
How to create your own alphabet for your stories and campaigns. Have you ever designed your own fictional alphabet for your Dungeons and Dragons world? Well, strap in as we discuss doing just that. These simple steps will bring a level of awesome to your campaign that you will never forget. 📢 Blog: https://www.critacademy.com/post/designing-a-ficti…
 
In 5e the single largest lackluster choice is the weapon. There isn’t much in the way of uniqueness to separate them, except for maybe the damage die and a few restricting traits. Not to mention, some of the weapons are literally EXACTLY the same (looking at you polearms). Today we discuss Exotic Equipment Perks! Make your choice of weapon and armo…
 
Wizards have announced the next evolution of Dungeons and Dragons, and it isn’t a new Edition! Today we discuss the first of many pieces of playtest material for the 2024 update for the Player’s Handbook for the world’s greatest roleplaying game, Character Origins. As always, the Unearthed Arcana material is playtest and is subject to change. Shoul…
 
How do I Run Monster Hordes in D&D? Looking to pit your characters against the creatures of hell flooding through a rift? Well, today we teach you a simple technique to do just that. Join us as we share How to Run Monster Hordes in Dungeons & Dragons. 📢 Read Details Here: https://www.critacademy.com/post/how-to-run-monster-hordes-in-dungeons-and-dr…
 
Building an entire world for your roleplaying game is a HUGE amount of work. What if, with a click of a button you could have a world map, regions, cities, towns, villages, and more all created in just seconds? Well, with Azgaar’s Fantasy Map Generator, you can do just that! There are thousands of map generators in the world. But few in our experie…
 
The Wonders of the Multiverse continue to grow! The new Unearthed Arcana playtest is here! Stick around as we delve into a new race, the fate domain cleric, backgrounds, feats and more. 📢 Blog: https://www.critacademy.com/post/unearthed-arcana-wonders-of-the-multiverse 🚩 *𝗡𝗘𝗪* 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗕𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 Get 5 of our bestselling classics in one Bu…
 
Looking to scratch that Dungeons and Dragons itch while you wait for your next session? Well, Solasta: Crown of Magister is here to relieve that uncomfortable irritation. We are going to delve into the game and how it compares to its tabletop counterpart, as well as what it doesn’t do quite well. 📢 Blog: https://www.critacademy.com/post/solasta-how…
 
Hidden behind closed doors and lurking in unseen strongholds, dark forces gather. Today we reveal some of their secrets in Loresmyth’s Remarkable Cults and their Followers. 📢 Blog: www.critacademy.com/post/remarkable-cults-and-their-followers-a-must-have-dm-tool 🚩 *𝗡𝗘𝗪* 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗕𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 Get 5 of our bestselling classics in one Bundle! 𝐒…
 
The world of Dungeons & Dragons has hundreds, even thousands of monsters for a Dungeon Master to choose from. But, we can often find ourselves using some of the same monsters on a regular basis. A goblin, kobold, and orcs to name a few. But there are so many more interesting monsters to flesh out your adventures and stories with. We polled our audi…
 
The world of Dungeons & Dragons has hundreds, even thousands of monsters for a Dungeon Master to choose from. But, we can often find ourselves using some of the same monsters on a regular basis. A goblin, kobold, and orcs to name a few. But there are so many more interesting monsters to flesh out your adventures and stories with. We polled our audi…
 
How do we create fun and interesting villains in our stories? Villains, every story needs one. The heroes of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign are likely to face dozens of villains before the campaign runs its course. Coming up with that many memorable villains can challenge any DM’s imagination. To help with that, we offer this extensive list of villa…
 
Are your Dungeons and Dragons settlements as wondrous and captivating as your complex dungeons? No? Well then, stick around as we delve into our Guide for Worldbuilding Settlements in your Dungeons & Dragons game. The D&D world is a wide and wondrous place, filled with monsters and magic. However, most people live in relatively safe communities, an…
 
What is SceneGrinder? SceneGrinder is the first browser-based, 3D Virtual Tabletop. It can manage any Role-Playing Game System Ruleset, including our favorite, Dungeons & Dragons. This platform is visually stunning, mobile-friendly, and will be easy-to-use, with no server setups or application downloads. Full Blog: https://www.critacademy.com/post/…
 
Do you want to play your githyanki to frightening effect? Well, let's delve into these legendary Dungeons & Dragons monsters so that your Spelljammer campaign combat is everything your characters deserve. To the delight or potential misery of their players. Full Blog: https://www.critacademy.com/post/dnd-monster-tactics-githyanki 🚩 Sponsor: SceneGr…
 
Dynamic Combat with Monster Roles So you want to design dynamic combat encounters in Dungeons and Dragons? You know, the kind that they will never forget? Well, luckily we’ve got exactly what you need. Today we will delve into giving you exactly the tools you need in a simple and easy-to-use way. Are you ready to learn how to build dynamic combat e…
 
Create Amazing Battlemaps for your RPG in seconds with Dungeon Alchemist What is Dungeon Alchemist? It’s an AI-powered map-making application on Steam that enables you to make high-quality content faster than ever! It is as simple as you can get. If you’re anything like me, time is a precious commodity. So a powerful tool like this is a game-change…
 
What is Iron Kingdom Requiem? Embark upon a journey of adventure and intrigue in a world where steam power and gunpowder meet sword and sorcery. Armed with mechanika and accompanied by mighty steamjacks, explore the soot-covered cities of the Iron Kingdoms and the aftermath of the otherworldly invasion of the infernals. Take on the persona of uniqu…
 
Emery's Log of Legendary Eminences So many iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters are steeped in rich lore and history, but those details are rarely reflected in mechanics. Today we discuss Legendary Eminences! A new Kickstarter that offers us an opportunity to place these narrative details at the center of your encounters in the 5th Edition of D&D. We…
 
Creating Organizations in Dungeons & Dragons like any other detail in your world needs to be more than a simple idea in your head. It can consist of short sentences, bullet points, or large chunks of scribbled paragraphs. When you document the details of an organization it helps ensure that as the Dungeon Master your NPCs and Monsters in that organ…
 
Monsters of the Multiverse *Sorry for the delay: Due to some as of yet, not understood reason, this episode didn't release on time* Wizards of the Coast has released its newest rule book for the world’s greatest roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. Designed as a way of bringing together player races and monsters that have been scattered across man…
 
What if your D&D Party had a Character Sheet? In Dungeons & Dragons each player has a character sheet, but what about the party? Well, thanks to TikToker Scene Four, we know the answer. The party as a whole isn’t much different from each character. Why not give a character sheet to your party in addition to their individual characters? Imagine it f…
 
Crit Academy covers the newest Unearthed Arcana: Heroes of Krynn released March 2022. In it, we explore character options from the Dragonlance setting. This playtest document presents the kender race, the Lunar Magic sorcerer subclass, the Knight of Solamnia and Mage of High Sorcery backgrounds, and a collection of new feats, all for use in Dungeon…
 
What is the best way to start a new D&D Campaign? Today we give you tips, tricks, and tools for running Session 0. This powerful tool will help ensure you kick off your stories with a bang! When it comes to roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons, there are many different aspects. This naturally means that each player is likely to want somethi…
 
Is Dungeons and Dragons kid-friendly? Absolutely! The streamlined 5e ruleset is great for children. The complexity of 5e can be a bit much for some younger kids, settings like Aloria are PERFECT for it! So, are you prepared to embark on a fantastic journey to the adorable world full of adorable and furry characters? Well, strap in as we discuss the…
 
How do you handle PvP in D&D? This is a question we've seen a lot. Can Player Vs Player (PvP) be fun in Dungeons and Dragons? We wanted to find out. So we created Clash of Classes. PVP in Dungeons & Dragons is something that many try to avoid. The system itself was not designed for this in mind. But that doesn’t stop us from pitting classes against…
 
This episode of Crit Academy is brought to you by our generous Sponsor Fates End Furhaven I saw a DnD meme some time ago that got me thinking. It said "GM Tips for Embracing DM's Truths". Now, normally I just keep scrolling, but the details caught me and got me pondering a few things. So I wanted to get the guys' perspectives and share my own thoug…
 
How Do I Run Time Travel in Dungeons and Dragons? You don’t have to look hard to come across a story involving time travel. We find the plot device in many genres of books, films, and comics. Although science fiction leans heaviest on time travel—killer robots sent back to terminate the mother of a dangerous revolutionary are certainly a well-known…
 
Adventuring in Dungeons & Dragons is a life of treacherous mountain passes, deadly beasts, and other dangers that can leave an adventurer near death. This fact makes any and all who can bend magic to seal wounds, cure diseases and remove dark curses a valuable asset. But, which subclass is the best? Cleric of life domain? Divine soul sorcerer? Cele…
 
Join our D&D Discussions Live on Sundays @ 7pm Est or on our Youtube Channel here! Benefactors come in all shapes and sizes and everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Sometimes, however, relationships with a patron, employer, or other types of benefactor can become strained. Or worse. Detailed in Benebads are entities who can offer benefi…
 
Bard College of Percussion for Dungeons & Dragons Join our D&D Discussions Live on Sundays @ 7pm Est or on our Youtube Channel here! Best-selling Dmsguild author Chan Lensch joins us to share a bit about his work and talk with us about his passion project the Bard College of Percussion. The bards of percussion manipulate the emotions of those aroun…
 
10 World-shaking Events for Dungeons & Dragons When we think of world-shaking events, we tend to think big: wars that pit the forces of good against evil in a final confrontation, natural disasters that lay waste to entire civilizations, invasions of vast armies, or extraplanar hordes, assassinations of world leaders. These are the events that titl…
 
Dungeons & Dragons does a lot of things great. But there is one particular detail that is lacking. Any rogue player will tell you the rules for running heists are nearly non-existent. Well, Jimmy Meritt creator of Here's to Crime: A Guide to Capers and Heists has you covered! Oh boy, did he nail it! This small but mighty product will have the thiev…
 
Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition has certainly taken a different approach to their game design from past editions. They opened their playtest material to fans to play and experiment with mechanics and themes before the official release using their Unearthed Arcana. So you can bet your ass that we follow these releases pretty closely and choose what…
 
Alternative Race Lore for Dungeons and Dragons Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code CRIT at www.manscaped.com. Your dice will thank you. The release of Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduced custom lineages that can allow the player to customize this from a mechanical standpoint. One thing that has always been consiste…
 
Limitless Heroics: Comprehensive Disability Compendium for Tabletop RPGs Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code CRIT at www.manscaped.com. Your dice will thank you. What if you could make the real world a better place by playing Dungeons & Dragons? When you play a tabletop role-playing game like 5e, you want to be the hero.…
 
Bloodied and Bruised: Dynamic Combat Monster Manual Options Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code CRIT at www.manscaped.com. Your dice will thank you. Do you want to make your Dungeons and Dragons combat feel more dynamic? Do you want your players and their characters to "feel" the progression of battle as they exchange bl…
 
10 Dungeons & Dragons World Building Tips Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code CRIT at www.manscaped.com. Your dice will thank you. "When playing Dungeon & Dragons, there's nothing quite like being the Dungeon Master. While players are able to experience exciting adventures and play their characters with more freedom than nearly a…
 
Brought to you by Manscaped! Never lose your dice in the forest again! The perfect holiday package for his package. Get 20% OFF @manscaped + Free Shipping with promo code CRIT at www.MANSCAPED.com #ad #manscapedpod #MANSCAPEDPartner Wild Beyond the Witchlight is a wickedly whimsical adventure awaits for the world’s greatest roleplaying game. I have…
 
Fizban's Treasury of Dragons More ink has been spilled on describing dragons than on nearly any other creature. These ancient, noble, yet savage beasts are a favorite subject of guidebooks, bards’ tales, and ancient tomes and scrolls. True dragons are winged reptiles of ancient lineage and fearsome power. With life spans stretching into millennia, …
 
Orcs worship GRUUMSH, THE ONE-EYED GOD OF SLAUGHTER, and are savage, bloodthirsty marauders. They plague the civilized races of the world and also fight among themselves to prove their strength and take the treasure. They love close combat and plunge furiously into the thick of battle, giving no thought to retreat or surrender. Join us as we delve …
 
Adventurers spend a great deal of time delving into dungeons, uncovering lost secrets, and slaying monsters. In between all the action, they need a bit of a break from the familiar. What better way than with Mini-Games? Well then hold on to your dice and join us as we discuss how to create and run Mini Games in Dungeons & Dragons. Crit Academy inte…
 
Dungeon Masters! Do you ever find yourself in the need of quick quest hooks or short adventures? With these 50 Notice Board Quests, you will always have something ready when your characters decide to bob instead of weave. 50 Notice Board Quests was developed by Drop the Die with the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition tabletop game in mind, but when w…
 
Displacer beasts look like enormous panthers, but their barbed tentacles and illusions make them far deadlier. They quietly stalk their prey before bringing it down as quickly as possible in an ambush. The displacer beast's cunning, stealth, and ferocity have earned it a reputation as one of the most well-known predators of the Feywild. The creatur…
 
Extraordinary Expeditions Kickstarter Now LIVE! Back it today and get a FREE adventure: www.rebrand.ly/extraordinary-expeditions How to Run a Great Horror Adventure in Dungeons & Dragons Are you looking to run a horror adventure for this Halloween? Then you’re gonna want to stick around as we speak with an expert! Phil Beckwith creator of the adama…
 
What is a West Marches Dungeons & Dragons game? For this episode we delve into a fantastic article written by Ars Ludi the Grand Experiment. West Marches was designed to be pretty much the diametric opposite of the normal weekly game: There was no regular time: every session was scheduled by the players on the fly. There was no regular party: each …
 
Brace Yourself… From project lead Apostol Aostolov and a talented community of DMs we discuss Grit & Glory! For decades, running realistic campaigns using the world's greatest role-playing game has been an impossible feat. Previous editions showered players with supernatural abilities and magic items until only monsters of legend present a formidab…
 
Becoming a paid Dungeon Master is a bit of a dream for many Dungeons & Dragons players. While others think that it is just ridiculous. Today we discuss how to become a professional Dungeon Master with Devon Chulick of Start Playing Games. Devon shares with us the details of what exactly is Start Playing Games and how it can be used to help gamers d…
 
How do you write a D&D Campaign Your Players will LOVE? Everyone wants to be the Dungeon Master (DM), but writing a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) campaign can be intimidating. As long-time players and game designers, we want to share with you our tips for ensuring your adventure is fun for everyone. By the end, you will be writing adventures that your…
 
Monster Manual Expanded III is a fantastic must-have supplement for any Dungeon Master. Not only does it assist DMs by cutting their prep time and providing them additional bestiary options to dress up their adventures. Many creatures in this tome are archetypes and variants found in the Monster Manual, Volo's Guide to Monsters, Mordenkainen's Tome…
 
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