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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, theĀ One Page Dungeon ContestĀ 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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What’s an Encounter in D&D 5e?

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Encounters in D&D are the essence of the game. It can be many things, such as an epic battle, or an elaborate puzzle. Unlike many RPGs, D&D revolves around its encounters. While there is plenty of role-playing and storytelling, it all comes back to fighting that dragon or the big bad of the campaign. What’s […]

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Kobold Fight Club: Balanced Encounters on the Fly

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I constantly look for new ways that I can spend less time doing tedious book keeping and focus on the story or interesting encounters. One tool that has helped me do just that is Kobold Fight Club. Kobold Fight Club is an encounter builder. An encounter builder is a tool that aids the DM in […]

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Character Build: Song Master Fighter

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My two favorite classes in 5e are the Bard and the Battle Master Fighter. They both offer interesting combat choices, potential utility, and a lot of great role-playing opportunities. This character build combines the best of both worlds through multiclassing to make a front line damage dealer that can provide themselves and their party members […]

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