April 15, 2021

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Evil Characters in D&D - Taboo?

Matt Colville's company, MCDM, released a new character class for D&D 5e this week, the Illrigger. It's an extremely interesting concept, and I'm sure lots of people will want to be trying it out. There is, however, a small problem. They are knights of the hells, loyal to those who live there, and are (by default) evil-aligned. While you might consider re-aligning the character and playing as...

April 8, 2021

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Lore-Win: The Depths of Waterdeep

Waterdeep, the City of Splendors. If Baldur’s Gate is the richest city along the Sword Coast, Waterdeep would be the most well-known by far. But do you know where it came from? Welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D Lore Deep Dive article series. As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. And today I’ll be delving deep down, under the city streets and sewers and into the Undermountain....

April 1, 2021

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D&D Note Taking - How Much Should I Write Down?

It might seem odd to take notes for a game that you play for fun but it can be an important part of the game, especially for long-term campaigns. Places you have visited and people that you have met might come in useful to you later in the campaign when you need allies. The type of game you are playing and the way your DM runs their game will dictate how important your notes are, but it is...

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...

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