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Planning a West Marches Campaign in D&D 5e

Dungeons and Dragons

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

Dungeons and Dragons

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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Running a Sandbox D&D 5e Game – Ambition vs. Possibility

Dungeons and Dragons

In the past whenever I’ve tried to “sell someone” on playing D&D compared to a video game the words “you can do ANYTHING” are always inserted into the conversation. It’s true in general and it’s true in my games. However, while many start out as a sandbox D&D game where anything is possible, eventually the […]

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The Ideal Party Size for D&D 5e

Dungeons and Dragons

As this post on RPG StackExchange states, pg 83 of the DMG says that the ideal party size is 3-5 players. This is also referenced in the official adventure modules written by Wizards of the Coast which are typically geared towards 4-5 or 4-6 players. I can confirm this anecdotally as I’ve ran games for the ideal […]

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RPG Session Prep – How Much Time is Needed?

Table Top RPG

I find that the more experienced I get at running table top RPGs, the better I am at picking up on new a DM or GM’s mistakes. The biggest mistake I’ve noticed is that they are either not taking enough time or taking too much time to prepare for their group’s next RPG session. Why […]

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Session 0 in a Table Top Game

Table Top RPG

Session 0 is part of the preliminary planning part of any major campaign, and it’s one thing that I had never done before yesterday, but having finally done one I cannot recommend it enough. Generally what it is, is a session before the campaign officially begins where the DM and the players have a meeting […]

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City Building For Your Game (Part 2)

Table Top RPG

Last time, I talked about how I go about planning a city. TL;DR: building any sort of city/humanoid habitat is about 3/4ths ideas about the buildings, people, and society and 1/4th drawing up the city and determining items that are sold/quests to be accepted. This post covers the writing and drawing portion of city building. […]

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