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 13, 2021

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Tasha: Of Witches, Demons, and DOOM

The release of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything in November of 2020 left many questions. Chief among them, “Tasha? Wait, like the Hideous Laughter Tasha?” and the less common “What’s up with the cauldron?” Well my dear readers, yes, like the Hideous Laughter Tasha. The Hideous Laughter Tasha, in fact, and in terms of her having a cauldron… well, she’s a witch! But given that her...


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 30, 2020

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The Forgotten Realms: Origins

The Forgotten Realms. Toril. Faerun. Whatever name you know it by if you play Dungeons and Dragons you know the setting. But do you know the history of how the Realms came to be - both in-game and in writing? From the depths of the Underdark to the dizzying heights of the Cloud Peaks, and in the streets of Neverwinter, Waterdeep, and Baldur’s Gate alike, adventure calls. A call which heroes...


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...


December 10, 2020

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Getting Started with Homebrew in D&D

How do I Homebrew? If you have played Dungeons and Dragons for any amount of time, you have undoubtedly heard the term “Hombrew”. Maybe you’ve only heard it in passing but were afraid to ask what it meant. Maybe you’ve played in a “homebrew campaign” or your DM has “homebrewed” a monster for your party to encounter. Or maybe you have never heard of the term at all! In any case, in...