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

Dungeons and Dragons

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

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 Chase Encounter in D&D 5e

Dungeons and Dragons

I’ve mentioned before that an encounter doesn’t have to be a standard combat encounter. Puzzles, traps, and even high-stakes dialogue can all make for a resource-draining encounter. One type of encounter that doesn’t get a lot of love or mentions on the internet is the chase encounter. I don’t run many of them, but when I […]

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Theater of the Mind vs. Battle Maps for Combat Encounters

Table Top RPG

When it comes to combat encounters in table top RPGs there are two methods of describing the encounters. One is to use a battle map and miniatures to visualize the scene. The other is to use theater of the mind which requires only the players’ and GM’s imagination and attention. There are reasons why a […]

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What’s an Encounter in D&D 5e?

Dungeons and Dragons

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

Dungeons and Dragons

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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