She Kills Monsters

(Tried to compress this into a tweet today but had too much to say.)

If you grew up in the 90s and haven't heard of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, a play about two sisters and Dungeons & Dragons, look for it in a community or college theater near you.

The play has a great story wrapped around the fantasy-in-reality setting of a homebrewed D&D campaign, and is very, very, very funny. As a metaphor for the high school experience of a group of kids who weren't in the cool crowd, the story freshly creates some easily relateable and poignant moments. It has pro-nerd and humanist morals and for teens and grownups to share together, though like our podcast, it is not intended for children.

Unlike many other works on the topic (Zero Charisma), She Kills Monsters portrays D&D and its players in a positive light and weaves a redeeming story, not some tired Chick-Tractsian dark drama about nerds "falling too deep" into a roleplaying game. We can't get too much of that message, so this should definitely be championed by folks like us.

Besides, before the show and during stage changes, they were blasting a ton of 90s alt rock, which is kindof my jamz. -w

PS Also succubus cheerleaders.

More info:
30xNinety Theater


Campaign Post-Mortem Survey

Like we have discussed on the podcast multiple times, it is important to:
as a DM, asking and receive constructive feedback from your players and 
as a player, provide positive and/or constructive feedback to your DM. 
That said, at the end of chapter two of a large homebrew campaign setting I've been running since 2009, I sent an email to each of my players:
  • thanking them for 18 crazy nights, 
  • remembering some of my favorite moments with them and their PC's in the last campaign chapter, 
  • asking them some after-campaign story questions about what their character does with the rest of his/her life, 
and then asked the following questions. Keep in mind this wasn't anonymous but - because I emailed each person individually - wasn't subject to groupthink or other people's opinions.

Here's the text each player received in an email:


Does it talk?

I wish to complain about this podcast what I listened to not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
Oh yes, the, uh, the Exemplary DM... What's, uh... What's wrong with it squire?
I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. He's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
No, no, he's not dead, he's uh... resting.
Look, matey, I know a dead podcast when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.
No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Exemplary DM. Beautiful plumage!

We are neither dead, nor stunned, nor pining for the fjords folks. Just resting. Who knows what beautiful butterfly will emerge from our cocoon-like slumbering state. Keep in touch! Thanks for listening!


Announcing: The Exemplary Tome of Gadgets!

You've noticed we've been quiet for a while.

Well this time, we have a really good excuse!

Announcing: available internationally in paperback today, the Exemplary DM Podcast Presents: The Exemplary Tome of Gadgets!

UPDATE: Now Available on Kindle for just $4.00 or FREE if you buy the print edition!

It is available at special price of 4.99 with Amazon coupon code HOLIDAY30 until November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. This special prices the book BELOW cost!  The book is currently onsale for US$6.75!

The normal price of US$7.50 - just above the cost to print - means this is a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite RPG table runner.

Also a special offer - do you own/operate/frequent an exemplary local game store? We'd be happy to send - while supplies last - an introductory package of copies of the book FOR FREE. CreateSpace Direct Resellers can also purchase the book at significant discount.

From the creative loins of the voices behind the Exemplary DM podcast (exemplarydm.com) comes a 50-page pocket handbook of Adventure Hooks, Encounter Ideas, and Character Concepts for tabletop role playing games that you can bring to your table, tonight!

Each gadget comes with follow-up text on how this knowledge has been applied to real-life campaigns, giving you both conceptual and applied knowledge of the concept, as well as a surface large enough to act as a coaster for two (2) cold drinks!

Bargain priced and indexed for quick reference, this gift is a perfect stocking stuffer for the aspiring or experienced Dungeon Master in your life.

The plot twists, encounter ideas and NPC/PCs concepts inside are system-agnostic for easy adoption into any game system.

Our 6"x9" pocket-sized reference book, with table of context and keyword index, is perfectly proportioned for:
  • hiding behind your DM screen
  • fanning the flames of creativity
  • literally fanning real flames
  • soaking up your player's tears
  • soaking up your own tears
  • stopping bullets!*
  • holding pastries
  • wrapping fresh fish
  • scooping up dead insects
  • protecting your precious wooden table from condensation
  • softening the thunderous impacts of your critical hit rolls
  • recycling into cookbooks
  • padding uncomfortable seating surfaces
  • gifting to a player in your campaign when you've used every gadget and watching in horror as they realize every plot twist came from a book!
*Will not stop bullets. 

Published November 2014. 50 pages.

While the ExemplaryDM podcast is definitely Not Safe For Kids to listen to (as we say in the intro of every episode), the book is family-friendly.

Listen to the special announcement recording from author Chad and co-author William here! Right-click and Save-As below, or us the RSS feed built into this page.
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You'll notice our new bumper music on this podcast, used with permission from Mississippi Bonescheck them out on bandcamp and iTunes. We used their song "Dungeon Hustle" on this episode, tell us what you think! Also check out the music lyrics video for Dungeon Hustle, which is what really turned us on to the band.  Once again big thanks to the Diablo String Orchestra for the intro music!

Check us out on iTunes and give us some reviews and/or ratings and/or hurtful criticism!

What do you think?

Welcome all our new listeners to the family of ExemplaryDM! Give us reviews in the comments below, hit us up on Twitter @ExemplaryDM where William tweets, or @Exemplary_Chad where Chad tweets, or shoot us an email at exemplary d m at gmail dot com.