February 25, 2021

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How to Prep for Your First Session as a DM

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation" -Robert Shuller Dungeon Masters are often hard to find and, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your personal perspective I guess), you can't play the game without one. There are tons of people coming into the hobby who just want to play, but have nobody to DM for them. As a player who has never been a DM (or even...

February 11, 2021

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Session 0 - Start Your Campaign Out on the Right Foot

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Starting a brand new D&D campaign has a special feeling. The world laid out before you, undiscovered. The characters around you, their secrets and motivations unknown. There is an air...

February 4, 2021

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Better Descriptions - Give Yourself Narrative Super Powers

More Description-y Descriptions Picture this: You and your friends are sitting around a familiar table, laughing, snacking, and telling stories with dice. You have prepared for your friends an exciting adventure this Saturday afternoon. Their characters are out trekking across the vast wilderness on an epic quest, but a storm is approaching. The horizon darkens and the scent of rain is in the...

January 28, 2021

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How to Make Travel More Interesting in D&D

3 Ways to Run Travel in your D&D Campaign As adventurers, you will likely search out many new and interesting destinations, but how do you get there? Whether it's across oceans, through forests or jungles, or over arctic tundra, your characters need to get to that exciting destination somehow. Unfortunately, travel can be a bit boring. There will be large spans of time when absolutely nothing...

January 14, 2021

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Sidekicks - Why You Want One and How to Run Them

How To Use Sidekicks in D&D - An Introduction to the New Rules Who Wouldn't Want a sidekick? Iconic partnerships are common throughout many of the greatest stories we know; Batman and Robin, Xena and Gabrielle, Jay and Silent Bob, and Han Solo and Chewbacca. These great partnerships always add a dynamic to the story that wouldn't have existed otherwise and they often create some of the most...

January 7, 2021

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How to Balance a D&D Encounter

Finding Balance Published adventures and encounters in D&D are often given a range of appropriate levels for the characters who attempt it. To some degree, the CR system for individual monsters can be interpreted as a recommended range as well. These should be looked at as guidelines, and will almost certainly need additional 'tweaking' to fit your party. But how? What should I adjust? How do...

December 24, 2020

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Incorporating Player Backstories into Your Game

There is nothing more rewarding for a player than to having your character highlighted as part of the game. Maybe, because of where your grew up, you know some key piece of information, or you're able to make a crucial contact with a guild member because of something you did in the past. This simple link is massively impactful for the engagement and motivation of the player, and also it's just...

December 17, 2020

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5 Best Ways to Improve Combat in D&D 5e

Combat Should Be Fun! Tired of boring combat? Want to learn how to create epic, engaging combat encounters for your game? Today I'm showing you the best ways to improve combat and take your game to the next level. Your party will be glued to their chairs, biting their nails and talking for weeks about that amazing, unexpected, and riveting adventure. In last week's article, we talked about...

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