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 27, 2021

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Candlekeep: Nice and Accurate Prophecies

Whether it be Earth, Greyhawk, The Forgotten Realms, or Wildemount, you’ll find the realm to be full of life, the vast countrysides dotted with settlements that hide their own histories and tales, bound in books or told by elders to the new generations around fires. In Fourth Edition, one might have called these “points of light”. But in most places we have a simpler name for them....

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...

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