Spicing Up Combat

"I take two swings with my axe." "Okay, roll your attacks." "17 to hit, and... 15 to hit." "All right, 17 hits, roll damage." "12 points of damage." Does the above sound familiar? Yeah, we've all been there. Toward the third or fourth round of combat DM and players alike can become lazy in their …

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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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5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started DMing (Part 1)

Jumping behind the DM’s screen for the first time can feel a little like building an airplane in midair. You’re exposed, you don’t know which part goes where, and there’s no time to stop and ask questions. As a fledgling DM, there are a few things I learned through trial and error that I believe …

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