Episode 26 – Everyone’s Got Something To Offer: Interview with Ryan Smith @DungeonMapster!

Today we chat with Ryan Smith a.k.a. DungeonMapster. On Instagram and Patreon he’s @ dungeonmapster and I’m sure you can infer from his screen name what type of content you might find on his websites. But in addition to illustrating maps for D&D and Pathfinder and other fantasy-based role-playing games, we talk about audio books, world of warcraft, pathfinder versus dnd5e, meeting friends online, playing rpgs online, we discuss tips for running faster combat, the importance of discovering what you like to do creatively, how to deal with players unwittingly murdering your campaign storyline, voice acting during role playing and even making young adults choose what they want to do fo life at the age of 18!

DungeonMapster on Patreon
DungeonMapster on Instagram

Time Stamps
00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries
00:05:00 – Interview

Watch the YouTube version of the podcast which contains time-lapse footage of working at the paint desk!

Show Notes

Matt Collville on YouTube
Pathfinder RPG
Carrion Crown
Two-minute Tabletop
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Patrick Rothfuss
Mike Schley

Show Transcript (excluding interview content)

All right, all right, all right! Welcome back to another episode of Tabletop Alchemy! In fact, welcome to a sort of milestone even! This is episode 26! Now that probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it means a little something to me. This marks exactly 26 weeks of continuous episodic release since the debut episode – it’s actually the 27th episode of we wanna count episode 0 but that was only like 10 minutes long, so I don’t count that. So, for me, consistently producing a podcast for half of a year, that’s a little milestone for me. And it’s thanks to all you guys anyway, so high fives all ‘round!

All right, I’m CryinMo and this is in fact a podcast about tabletop gaming with an emphasis on miniatures, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Frostgrave, storytelling, fantasy and sci-fi, basically all the cool stuff surrounding our shared hobby interests. Usually my guests and I discuss games we play, hobby techniques, life philosophies and motivational tips and tricks. My goal is to provide you with something fun and cool to listen to while you work on your own hobby stuff. Or, you know, like some of us, sit around thinking about working on our hobby stuff.

You can find every episode and it’s show notes at cryinmo.com as well as my email and social media links. If you’d like to support the show, leaving comments or a rating on whatever app you use and just sharing the podcast are two of the most helpful things you can do and are always much appreciated. And of course I doff my cap to my monthly patrons over at patreon.com. You can also stream a video version of each episode on YouTube as well, at youtube.com slash cryinmo if that platform is more to your liking. 

So today, boys and girls, today … there is no news. I’ve had a bit of a rough week psychologically speaking, which I do have to say is all new territory for me. Growing up, living through my 20s and 30s, even the first part of my 40s, I never experienced any real depression. I know this whole depression topic is basically universal at this point, everyone on social media and YouTube and Twitch and pretty much everywhere, everyone’s talking about being depressed for one reason or another and to be perfectly honest, I’m tired of it. But I’m also experiencing it. And on top of that, I also feel like I know exactly what I would tell myself so that I would stop whining about it. I think part of my issue is – possibly the bulk of my issue – is that I’m just growing lazier as I get older. If someone who wasn’t me came to me and rattled off all the nonsense that’s rattling around in my head, I would say, yeah, you already know the answers to your issues. Pick one and go do it. Then pick another one and go do that. Address one thing at a time and the stuff you think constantly about being really hard to do … yeah, go do that really hard thing and see what happens. And for god’s sake, go exercise for five minutes! Just five minutes on the elliptical! One good techno track, go listen to it and run in place for five minutes! Now get off my lawn! Lolol – All right, well, that all said, I hope all of you out there are finding ways to get things done, I hope you’re all enjoying your hobbies as much as possible and I hope you’re getting through life as best you can.

All right, I hear ya – let’s meet today’s guest! Today we’re gonna chat with Ryan Smith a.k.a. DungeonMapster, that’s right, map-star. On Instagram and Patreon he’s @ dungeonmapster and I’m sure you can infer from his screen name what type of content you might find on his websites. But in addition to illustrating maps for D&D and Pathfinder and other fantasy-based role-playing games, we talk about audio books, world of warcraft, pathfinder versus dnd5e, meeting friends online, playing rpgs online, we discuss tips for running faster combat, the importance of discovering what you like to do creatively, how to deal with players unwittingly murdering your campaign storyline, voice acting during role playing and even making young adults choose what they want to do fo life at the age of 18! Ryan is super cool and we have a great conversation that just sort of flows perfectly due to my incredible skills at being the master of the segue. Yeah, if you buy that, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya. But our conversation does flow really well, so, so there. 

Quick warning before we meet him – this interview contains a handful of casual f-bombs, so heads up for that, but the really crappy thing is that some kind of industrial yard work picked up outside my apartment right after we started rolling and I’ve done my best to edit it to a minimum, but you know, it’s in there. My apologies to Ryan and to you guys … on with the show! 

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All right, man, thank you once again Ryan for taking the time, it is much appreciated. And of course you can find links to his Instagram and Patreon in the show notes at cryinmo.com, so go check out his art and cartography illustration chops, download a few of his mapmaking assets packs, get inspired and make some maps or use some of his in your next game!

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Hobby Progress and Section Charlie are on hiatus this week, do the issues I mentioned at the top of the show along with some other factors, so hopefully these portions of the show will be more forthcoming in subsequent episodes. One can always hope.

All right, that puts a stick in this eye, I hope you guys all have a wonderful week, I hope you stay motivated and active in your hobby, I hope you try out new techniques and test yourself to reach new levels of creativity. The bottom line is I hope you do as I say and not as I do hahaha! See ya!