An Edgy Trope

June 21, 2019

You’ve jumped onboard a new campaign for Dungeons & Dragons. You’ve got your dice and books, now all you need is a brand new character. While rolling your stats is an essential start, what truly makes a game interesting …

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DM Tip #13: Don’t Play Favorites

June 3, 2019

This is a trap a lot of DM’s fall into. It might be a family member or your best friend, or it might be someone that is simply more engaged than the rest of the players, but you need to …

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DM Tip #12: Give Death Meaning

May 9, 2019

No one wants their character to die. However, if there is no actual threat of death the game can very quickly grow stale because the players will learn that they are essentially immortal. There is nothing to fear if you …

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DM Tip #11: Passing Notes

February 28, 2019

 Do You Have Something to Share With the Class?

Passing notes in game. This is something of a dying art form. When I was a younger player—all the way back in the last century—note passing was quite common in most …

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DM Tip #10: No Passion, No Fun

February 12, 2019

This is a huge one for me, like Top 3 kind of huge when it comes to running a game, any game. You need to have a passion for the game you are running. If you don’t, you won’t have …

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DM Tip #9: Session Zero

January 22, 2019

I am almost embarrassed to say that it took me a long time to figure this one out, but since I have embraced it, it has made a monumental difference in how my role playing games flow and how well …

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DM Tip #8: Yes, And…

November 15, 2018

Want to craft better adventures for your players? Of course you do, and for that, you need reasons for everything. “Yes, and” is a classic improvisation technique, where every statement made should be followed with a “Yes, and”. By using …

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DM Tip #7: Take Note

October 11, 2018

There is a lot of information that gets spilled out during a game, and it is near impossible to simply remember everything. You may have crafted what you believe to be every aspect of the adventure, trust me, there will …

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DM Tip #6: Know your Players

October 10, 2018

This is probably one of the most important tips I can give, and it is the one that is too often ignored. You need to know your players. You don’t need to know everything about them as a person, but …

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DM Tip #5: Bad, Not Dumb

October 3, 2018

We have all seen movies or television shows where the bad guys are nothing more than cardboard cut out villains. They stand there being evil, but they don’t feel real at all, their only purpose is to wait around until …

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