by Mike Shea on 10 June 2010
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for April 2010. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
#dnd tip: Model your fantasy towns and cities after the economics of real medieval castles and cities. http://amzn.to/bOAkTA
#dnd tip: What makes your villain think they're actually a good guy? What good do they believe they are doing?
#dnd tip: Write short stories in email showing your players the unseen worldly and NPC reactions of their actions.
#dnd tip: Scale environmental effect damage by 5 damage per tier. An epic pool of lava should do 15 damage when someone steps in it.
#dnd tip: When making an NPC or villain, sit back, close your eyes, and imagine what he or she is seeing and feeling.
#dnd tip: Write and keep a checklist of the things you need to put together a night's game. Check it two days before your game.
May 24, 2010 @ 11 AM#dnd tip: Give some off-camera background stories in email to give your players a wider view of their story. Actual time sent: May 24, 2010 @ 11 AM
#dnd tip: Use psionic powers from PHB3 as monster abilities to recreate the psionic abilities of old-school D&D monsters.
#dnd tip: Dig into your Lovecraft to pick up strange and interesting ways to describe the Far Realm: http://amzn.to/9KPhoT
#dnd tip: Don't be afraid to modify a monster to fit your party's experience level. Avoid making epic beasts too easy though.
#dnd tip: Save the ink and use a computer or tablet to display DDI adventures. The ink cost alone makes an adventure about $10.
#dnd tip: avoid the "destiny" plot motivator. It's no fun to think you have no control over the outcome.
#dnd tip: Get the required components for your next game done early so you have time for your creative juices to flow into it.
#dnd tip: For a more dangerous beholder, don't count the eyestalk aura as an attack when determining mark penalties.
#dnd tip: Have players roll skill checks off of their turn to discover bits of information during a battle and keep them involved.
#dnd tip: Have a ballroom battle? Use a crashing chandelier as an encounter power: level+3 vs reflex; medium limited damage and knock prone.
#dnd tip: Defending an area can make for a fun multi-battle encounter. Give the PCs a chance to build up their defenses.
#dnd tip: Playing Eberron? Give your PCs a choice of being mercenaries, investigators, or artifact hunters.
#dnd tip: Try using the detective-show crime investigative trope as a campaign path.
#dnd tip: Use random #dndenc encounter alterations in your own home game.
#dnd tip: If you're having trouble getting people excited about skill challenges, try using them during combat to change the encounter.
#dnd tip: Want to beef up your powerful solo? Turn all of its actions into minor actions to give them more powerful attacks per round.
#dnd tip: take a red marker and mark anything in your books that's been errata'd in the updates.
#dnd tip: Start your adventures with a bit of action. Too much storytelling and skill challenging up front might put people to sleep.
Awesome article with tips for upgrading #dnd solos by @chrisSSims: http://bit.ly/d5KAoE Thanks Chris!
#dnd tip: Keep your D&D Dungeon Tiles (http://bit.ly/bmD3oY) in separate ziploc bags so you can pull from each set independently.
#dnd tip: The huge Chain Golem makes a great mini for Codricuhn, the Blood Storm: http://bit.ly/9yyV5Q
#dnd tip: Watch out for solos more than 2 levels higher than the party. They're going to be a slogfest unless you prepare for it.
Absolutely awesome article on powering up #dnd solos by friend @gamefiend: http://bit.ly/9JvKy0
From @SarahDarkmagic: excellent and free Dungeon Delves. http://bit.ly/cbgFCB #dnd
Bilfaaz, Young White Dragon. http://tweetphoto.com/20416247 /via @gamefiend
@gamefiend I like how your uber-solos have minions that share the defenses of the main - much easier to run at the table that way.
.@gamefiend I used a 4-minion-spawning Elite boss last night. He could transfer damage to a minion 1/rnd. Worked great!
.@ChrisSSims I ran the Worm of Ages for my group. They passed an in-battle skill challenge that let them ride it around Death's Reach.
My group found Orcus's secret twitter account: @princeofundeath. Now they get the inside scoop as they head to the Kingdom of the Ghouls!
Building out a Worldbreaker: http://bit.ly/c8Vqw8
RT @countingku: @ChrisSSims I think the cooperative worldbuilding and party creation in the DMG2 is something that everyone should read, ...
RT @JaredvonHindman: There is an Art Crash looming on the horizon. You were warned. From 4 years back: http://www.headinjurytheater.co ...
RT @criticalhits: D&D Monster Man makes noises for all the monsters in the Monster Manual http://is.gd/ctCXC
RT @krisstraub: New D&D podcast about Dark Sun http://tinyurl.com/33zj4j6 - DM is @tychobrahe played by @pvponline, @cwgabriel, @krisstraub
RT @newbiedm: Neat handout fonts for #dnd http://www.thehutt.de/tolkien/fonts.html
Awesome airship battle skill challenge by the venerable @davethegame http://bit.ly/abHoGN #dnd
@Mittop Heroic lava might be hot mud. Epic lava would be molten iron.
RT @4eBlogs: Wizards.com - Dungeons & Dragons: Penny Arcade/PvP Ep1 http://goo.gl/fb/tdNHj #dnd
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