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Running a D&D 5e Game for a Party Without Healing

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Tabletop games are unique in that they lack the limitations of video games. There is no required party structure in order to play a game of D&D. This can create some interesting party compositions such as the one we’ll be talking about today, a party without healing. I’ve spoken about party composition before and how a well-balanced […]

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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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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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Reskinning and Reflavoring Creatures in D&D 5e

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My players have been around for a while and it can be difficult to make some of my favorite creatures feel new and challenging. Reflavoring and reskinning these creatures are some possible solutions to make new creatures while still keeping that classic feel of some D&D favorites. Reflavoring and reskinning are techniques that allow a […]

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D&D Monster Monday: Displacer Beast

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Out of the corner of your eye you see two panthers dart towards you from behind the throne. They are obscured and warped by some magic. You raise your shield in anticipation of their inevitable pounce, but it never comes. You feel the spiked tentacles impale your unprotected back as the displacer beast bears down […]

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

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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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One Page Dungeon Contest Week 1: Brainstorming and Outlining

One Page Dungeon Contest 2018

I’ve previously mentioned this in one of my more recent posts, but I am participating in a dungeon creation contest. Specifically, the One Page Dungeon Contest that has been held annually for 10 years now. I have never designed a one page dungeon. I’ve never even ran a one page dungeon. However, it sounds like a fun […]

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