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D&D Monster Monday: Roper

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You offer to scout ahead of the rest of the party in this dank, dark, cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. With sword drawn and torch lit you push ahead until you feel some moisture drop down on your shoulder. Before you can look up you feel rope-like tendrils constrict around your ankles and hoist […]

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How to Create a Treasure Hoard in D&D 5e

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Treasure and leveling-up are the two rewards that players get outside of just enjoying the game. Treasure is important, and honestly it can be pretty difficult to come up with treasure hoards and random rewards for players. Between the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG) and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE) there are tons of magical items […]

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Using a MacGuffin to Drive the Plot in D&D 5e

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There are plenty of D&D plots and stories that center around thwarting the villain and saving the world. You know, kill the lich hell-bent on taking over the world or slay the dragon that is terrorizing the countryside. These are staples for a reason, they work well in the game and provide an engaging narrative. […]

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Planning a West Marches Campaign in D&D 5e

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I mentioned awhile ago in my post about sandbox D&D 5e campaigns that I had an interest in running a West Marches campaign. (un)fortunately I’ve gotten the opportunity to play/DM in a West marches style campaign that spurned from some dumb joke in my group of friends. The original idea was for everyone to play D&D together, […]

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D&D Monster Monday: Havoc Runner Gnoll

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Stealthily you enter the gnoll den. Bones, excrement, and rotten meat litter the floor. As you round the corner you hear a hyena-like screech as 5 large gnolls charge at you with battleaxes. They surround you and cut you down, laughing all the way. Congratulations, you’re their next meal. Gnolls are some of my favorite […]

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Using Players’ Fan Theories in Your D&D Campaign

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Improvisation is an important skill for a Dungeon Master to have. Your players will introduce scenarios you hadn’t considered, bypass a part of the dungeon you built, interact with a NPC you didn’t plan much for, or any other choice that disrupts “business as usual”. Another thing players will do is come up with fan […]

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How To Create a Boss Fight in D&D 5e

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Boss fights are a huge part of gaming in general. It’s satisfying to finally butt-heads against the villain, and they’re some of the most memorable encounters out of any video game or RPG campaign. No one remembers all the random fights against goblins. They remember the dramatic boss encounter that was tailor-made to satisfy the […]

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Character Build: Kung Fu Panda Druid/Monk Multiclass

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The Kung Fu Panda Druid/Monk Multiclass An Unfortunate Introduction This is typically the section of my character builds where I describe the goals of the build. There are no goals. There is only chaos. This was originally spurned from a civilized discussion in a discord chat between two of my buddies in which we found that […]

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