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Welcome to Gelatinous Cube! A podcast about creating great encounters in Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop roleplaying games.

We're Rosie and Adam, siblings and hard working dungeon masters. Every episode we get forensic on an RPG encounter: why it works, where it could - or did - go wrong and what's cool about it. Whether you play narrative or sandbox, OSR or 5e we want to give you useful tools for thinking about your game.

May 13, 2022

Adam's brought a lethal encounter to the table this week, and we discuss character death in RPG's. We cover TPK's, liminality, and offer a defense of death rolls.

Works cited this week include the luminous ponderings of Emmy Allen, and the firecracker of a game that is Brindlewood...

Apr 22, 2022

This week we dig into Rosie's encounter "This Damsel is in Distress!" We consider the status of women as victims in ttrpg's, and how we can make them as colourful as the villains they face. 

You can find Rosie's Princess Stress Response tables, along with the Gelatinous Cube's thoughts on the prompt, right...

Mar 17, 2022

Adam and Rosie are back for a discussion of the pitfalls and potentials of living dungeons. We tour beastly bellies, disturb micro-ecologies, and welcome the grotesque.

Watch where you step dear listener, it's extremely squelchy in the dungeon this week. 

Feb 21, 2022

For a special bonus episode Rosie hangs out with her fangs out, pondering the doomed land of Barovia. What is the curse in Curse of Strahd, and how does its horror draw the world together?

Feb 4, 2022

It's ghost stories for Candlemass this week on Gelatinous Cube, as we tackle Rosie's séance encounter The Spirits are Restless! We discuss Pre-Raphaelite ghosts and the artists who loved them, the magic of props and lighting, and a disaster at Castle Ravenloft. 

SHOWNOTES: Our podcast host has changed things up and no...