March 24, 2021

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Lorewin: Baldur's Gate Part 2 - A City To Die For

You know, it occurred to me that Bhaal is so woven into the history of Baldur’s Gate that we can probably call it the murder capital of the Sword Coast. Hahaha… ah… I’ll see myself out. Hello there, and welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D lore deep dive article series! As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. And with that out of the way, let’s get back into the tale of...

March 18, 2021

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What Check do I use?! | Telling a Convincing Story Using Dice

Setting DCs and figuring out what types of skill checks to ask for is one of the more intimidating aspects of running the game for new DMs. Players will inevitably come up with crazy plans and it's the DM's job to figure out what they need to roll (or if they need to roll) to accomplish it. The rules for combat are quite specific and don't leave a huge amount of ambiguity (check out this article...

March 10, 2021

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Lore-Win: Baldur's Gate, Murder Capital of Faerun

You may have heard that a place is a “hellhole”, but rarely is a city so often tied to the affairs of hell as Baldur’s Gate. Welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D Lore Deep Dive article series. As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. But while Baldur’s Gate has grown into the largest and most prosperous city along the Sword Coast, there are hints to a darker past in day to day...

March 4, 2021

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How-to Create Tension in D&D

With the recent announcement of Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, there will soon be much more opportunity to explore one of the most popular settings of this game we all love. The release, due in May, promises to have us all quivering in abject horror (vampires and zombies and ghosts, oh my!) with new Domains of Dread to explore and all sorts of fun we can sprinkle into our homebrew campaigns as...

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 24, 2021

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Mordenkainen: Enforced Neutrality on a Cosmic Scale

There’s an old saying that goes, “we’re all heroes of our own stories.” But a select few can become heroes in the stories of the masses, too. Even fewer still can do so while being, quote, “a bit of an asshole”. Source: Chris Perkins. Seriously. What's not there to trust about this face? Is it the goatee? It's the goatee, isn't it? Source: Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk Welcome...

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 10, 2021

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Lore-Win: The Many Looks of Xanathar

Heroes are often defined by their villains. The struggle between good and evil, between justice and cruelty often develop the hero throughout the story. Truly, to understand a hero, we must first understand the forces they work against. So what if your villain happens to be an insane eyeball with a goldfish obsession? Welcome back to this lore deep-dive series, which I have opted to name...

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