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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.

Jul 10, 2022

We're back with Gelatinous Cube 19. Our prompt this week, provided by the very lovely and talented Kyle Latino of Map Crow, provides the inspiration for a wide-ranging discussion of cartographical errors, problems, and opportunities. How does a map structure and ground the world of an rpg, and what might happen if the...

Jun 7, 2022

It's fighting time on Gelatinous Cube as we tackle a multifaceted boss inspired by the big bads of JRPG's. Lots of ideas in play this week but they boil down to a simple core: how do we create interesting monsters? 

Huge thanks to: Jojiro of

and Vance A of

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.