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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 Chase Encounter in D&D 5e

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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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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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Theater of the Mind vs. Battle Maps for Combat Encounters

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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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D&D Monster Monday: Gibbering Mouther

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You slowly walk into the damp cave with your sword drawn, unaware of the dangers present in the mound of flesh, eyes, and mouths that lay before you. It slithers towards you, leaving a moist trail of good in its wake. As it gets closer, chattering and chanting the entire way, you feel a crippling […]

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Playing a Reluctant Hero in a Role-Playing Game

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There are many character tropes that I feel are overdone and/or very annoying in RPGs. Two examples of this are the “very smart” orc “wizard” that’s actually a barbarian and the brooding lone wolf. They’re tropes for a reason in that there are a large amount of people who find them funny or interesting. However, […]

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How to Find Quality D&D 5e Homebrew

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As my friends and I have become more comfortable with D&D 5e we have started using and creating more homebrew content for our games. This is a natural part of any table top RPG as homebrew content and systems help you and your friends craft the game and characters that you want to play. Let’s […]

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The Ideal Party Size for D&D 5e

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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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D&D Monster Monday: Winter Eladrin

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You hear and see the lonely winter eladrin weeping, but you can’t look away. Her presence has distracted you and frozen you in place. You see her crack a brief smile in-between her sobbing as she unleashes a quick blast of ice upon you. You cannot move out of the way.  For this installment of […]

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Making Battle Maps with Dungeon Painter Studio

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I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’m not affiliated with Pyromancers.com or Dungeon Painter Studio in any way. I just frequently use the software and have enjoyed the product a lot. I’ve mentioned quite a few times now that I am not very artistic and have sought-out software that helps me in this department. This […]

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