• Justin Handlin

The Game Shoppe

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Watch Episode 168: The Game Shoppe Live 4/26/20 at 7pm Est.

Crit Academy is joined by John Day. Creator and director of "The Game Shoppe". A show about Kevin Smith (not THAT Kevin Smith!) and his gang trying to save their failing game store. they allow a documentary crew film them for a slight chance to save the last place for gaming and nerd culture in their small town.

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Crit Nation, thanks for joining us today here at the “Crit Academy” studios where everything is made up and your rolls don’t matter. Yup, that’s right; your rolls are like a town without your favorite local game shop!

Segment: Crit Nation Feedback: Let’s talk about Blank! (Answer questions!)

Unearthed Arcana: Psionic Options Revisited

Give Away: Loresmyth: Modular Dungeon Tiles - Arcania

Modular dungeon tiles are an easy way to create your own beautiful digital maps. The Arcania lets you make dark, shadowy dungeon map, rich with the fumes of arcane secrets.

Winner: 14whibri

Didn’t win? Np, head to www.critacademy.com/loresmyth a free set of digital terrain and much more.

Segment: Main Topic: The Game Shoppe w/ John Day

John, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

What is your most memorable D&D moment?

Do you have any moment where you failed as a DM/Player?

Can you tell us about how The Game Shoppe and how it came to be?

Where does it take place?

Why do you think FLGS are failing?

Can you tell us a little bit about the crew you work with?

What kind of challenges did run into?

How did you overcome those challenges?

Do you have a favorite part about making a documentary?

Is there an expected release date?

Give Away: Jeff Stevens: Villains and Lairs II!

Revolutionize your game with this collection of 28 villainous NPCs, from small fry to world-ender, eight of which include maps and details of their lairs. Sinister side-quests, terrifying overlords, bounties, one-shots and more lie in wait for you inside. Villains and Lairs II

Winner: nix_hobbystop

Didn’t win? Np, head to www.critacademy.com/jeffstevens to get V&L’s 3 Free

Segment: Unearthed Tips and Tricks! (We give you creative content for your next adventure)

Character Concept:

The Shaded Seer - Game Masters Stash

It is often said that the dark priestess of lolth are the dark beating heart of the under dark, if this is true then the shaded seer is the all seeing eye. She sits atop her throne upon an ancient subterranean zigurat as she studies and weaves the webs of fate.

Many journey to her in search of wisdom or favour, only few are ever permitted an audience. However, those that have come back from the encounter different, it may not be a big difference but they are never quite the same.

She often attracts the ire of lolth and her followers as she often makes a point of exposing the hypocrisy of the church. This tension has led to many assasination attempts and a few minor border skirmishers. However tensions grow by the day as the seer seems to be amassing a force of her own.

Monster Variant:

Akroan Crusader (Theros)

The Akroan Crusader is a soldier that has proven themselves on the battlefield and commands the respect of their troops who obeys their orders without question. They fight shoulder to shoulder and leave the battle with their shields or on them. For Anax and Cymede, long may they live!

“An Akroan soldier’s worth is measured by the number of swords raised by his battle cry.”

Origin: Bandit Captain

Changes: Lose Multiattack

Gains new legendary action.

The Akroan Crusader can take 2 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The Akroan Crusader regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Bladestorm (Costs 2 Actions). The crusader moves up to its speed and targets each creature within 5 feet of it during its movement. Each creature must succeed on a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw or take 6 (1d6 +3) slashing damage. The crusaders movement during this action does not trigger opportunity attacks.

Reinforcements. The crusader lets loose a battle cry that can be heard up to 300 feet away. If there is an ally within range roll initiative and a guard joins the battle next round.


Assassin Vines - John Day

Assassin vine with dangerous druid, nausicaa valley of the wind. Prep required.

Magic Item:

Chain to Memory (Theros)

Wondrous Item, uncommon

“Those who do not learn from their mistakes are bound to relive them.”

When you miss with a spell attack of 3rd level or lower, roll a d20. On a 19 or 20, you regain the expanded spell slot.

You cannot use this feature again until you finish a short or long rest.

Dungeon Master Tip:

Pressure plates of varying weight, allow goblins/kobolds/halflings/gnomes to walk over them freely.

Player Tip: Don’t be a Dick

The One that Got Away

Your character doesn’t regret life as a hero, but there is someone in their past who occasionally makes them wonder how things might have gone differently. When building your character, consider adding someone in your characters life who could have led them. A lost lover, a mentor, a rival, a best friend, or even an employer.

Closing: Please join us on our next episode we will discuss 5th Edition Team Deathmatch

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