Incorporating Political Intrigue into Your Campaign

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." So claims Cersei Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones. It's precisely these high stakes that make political intrigue so entertaining in books, TV, and also, in D&D. Cersei byNatalieAnne24 licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 What is political …

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Motivating Your Players

A lack of player motivation is the root of a whole host of other problems for a DM. It's a concept that we're often unaware of while we're planning sessions, creating a world, and drawing up NPCs. It creeps in and poisons our best efforts, creating games that feel dull at best and railroaded at …

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5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started DMing (Part 2)

WHAM! Brightness burst behind Melthor's eyes. Blood throbbed through the veins in his head. The rough leather grip of the axe handle was familiar through the pain. The axe. The monster. Fighting. Thoughts crawled like insects across his consciousness. Blinking blood from his eyes Melthor swung the heavy weapon toward his foe as a gleaming …

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Creating a Rich Fantasy World

Worldbuilding. A term that represents the process by which a DM creates, populates, and defines the history, geography, political borders, creatures, peoples, religions, economies, and cultures of her or his world. One of the challenges of beginning your tenure as a Dungeon Master is the overwhelming nature of creating your own world from scratch. It's …

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