by Mike Shea on 6 April 2012
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for March 2012. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
Fascinated by this excellent analysis of damage per level and what it SHOULD be: http://t.co/ZAJ2INKR #dnd
Problem is, a damage expression of (25+5 per level) *.34 isn't exactly easy to figure out. #dnd
At level 1, a monster drops a PC by 1/3 its hps in a successful hit. Why does this not happen at level 25? #dnd http://t.co/ZAJ2INKR
Here's an easy brutal damage chart. Just convert the numbers to appropriate dice. #dnd http://t.co/YQnL7lcj
Level 25 monster should do about 4d8+30 or 4d10+26 damage on a hit. #dnd Brutal!
By the way, special thanks to @cstevenross for that great look at "proper" #dnd damage expressions. http://t.co/ZAJ2INKR
Dice games from @DaveTheGame in this month's Dragon! I can't wait!! http://t.co/MGlZ9Ish I love having mini-games in my #dnd.
Here's a quick #dnd damage chart for "mean damage" when you're feeling mad. http://t.co/P1sztAac
#dnd tip: Keep NPC portraits handy on your laptop or iPad and save yourself the cost of all that ink.
Some cool #dnd epic-tier genies posted recently to #ddi: http://t.co/3QfjtsAe from Doug Hyatt (twitter?)
I've turned over ten #dnd articles so far and still had no idea exactly how the process worked until now: http://t.co/0Pd2vXJV
Awesome #dnd DM advice from Chris Perkins: http://t.co/nNj6wjr9
Now THIS is a #dnd setup!! http://t.co/MqFswa05
#dnd tip: Use a single mini like the rat swarm or kobold to represent a pack of minions on your battle map.
From @TheHydraDM: A level 30 fighter has 65 options compared to the 15 he or she has at level 1. http://t.co/jd2113c3 #dnd
So, using science, we learned that level 30 PCs are 4x more complicated than at level 1 and take 2/3 of the damage they should. #dnd
"Whats important are the decisions you make, not whether something is right or wrong." Good advice for any game: http://t.co/tztoii64
#dnd Troll and Toad Tuesday minature, the Half-Orc Barbarian. An excellent PC, orc chief, or even a feral vampire miniature....
RT @wotc_rodney: In Rule of Three this week, I get a little long winded. http://t.co/L98gJIPR
How about an actual link for that #dnd Troll and Toad Tuesday Half Orc Barbarian mini. http://t.co/xDV81mqa
#dnd tip: Consider layered traps. Maybe the pit trap has a falling pot of pitch trap right on the other side.
#dnd tip: Use minis like the kobold or rat swarm to represent a number of small or tiny minions on your battle map.
"Bioware hasnt told a story with the Mass Effect trilogy ... it has allowed you to create one" A key to a good game: http://t.co/yX4kNrnV
Very interesting results from the survey in today's #dndnext article on character death: http://t.co/o4BNM0mO
Looking back over old articles, I still love my demilich rebuild on #ddi: http://t.co/0TfxhNC9 #dnd
#dnd tip: Use a handful of D6s to determine which player hordes of monsters might attack.
More on Stephen King and how he helps you DM #dnd from Chris Perkins: http://t.co/I4muNAry
Some great thoughts on Save or Die by @TheAngryDM : http://t.co/y0LvlN42 #dndnext
Random 1d12 weird shit http://t.co/8T5F0bpX Thanks @MonteJCook #dnd
#dnd tip: Write up a seating chart on a note card in front of you to remember character names associated with each player oriented by seat.
Built a prototype 4e #dnd damage dice calculator. Give it a try and let me know what you think: http://t.co/ok1k2Grg
Check out @sarahdarkmagic's latest "Joining the Party on DDI. http://t.co/uPzokx8r Thanks for the link, Tracy! #dnd
#dnd tip: A quick and easy way to add flavor to an NPC is to associate them with a character in a movie or TV show you like.
Excellent article on thieves' cant. Print it out and keep it in your back of DM tools: http://t.co/nicDXhdn #dnd
I wonder how many people at WOTC use dungeon tiles themselves. Chris Perkins was all about the erasable maps. http://t.co/J93JbKgA #dnd
I find the time spent constantly flipping tiles to find the right one would be better spent on NPC development and encounter design. #dnd
Really digging the looks of the new set of #dnd Pathfinder minis: http://t.co/cXpXxlHV
#dnd tip: don't fight the knowledge your players bring to the game. Incorporate their knowledge into their PCs.
#dnd tip: Always keep your game moving. If players can't decide what to do, call a vote on two or three options.
#dnd Troll and Toad Tuesday miniature: The Gnoll Claw Fighter. A great gnoll mini that works well as a werewolf! http://t.co/N5LX3cqX
#dnd tip: Don't save up that good idea for later, use it as soon as you're able. From Perkins: http://t.co/LtSLf4E3
Though I haven't run it yet, I think Gardmore Abbey is the best designed #dnd 4e adventure I've seen. http://t.co/9eYzwSy2
#dnd tip: Keep an idea journal around for those adventure or story ideas you aren't quite able to use yet: http://t.co/LtSLf4E3
#dnd tip: When developing your story, consider the wise words of Kurt Vonnegut and start close to the end: http://t.co/3lwsa2em
#dnd tip: Go crazy at the dollar store for some gaming props and terrain: http://t.co/ljtGbUp4 from @markmeredith
Great article by Perkins on your less than great nights: http://t.co/GwCjYYW8
I'm 100% behind the design tenants @mikemearls writes about in today's Legends and Lore: http://t.co/qFiaPEDM #dnd
My only worry is that players will feel they have too few options and too little impact in combat compared to 4e. http://t.co/qFiaPEDM
#dnd tip: Mark and remember the map drawing tips of Chris Perkins. http://t.co/kGYg2EJo
"The types of things that players want are bad for the game". Interesting hypothesis by @StvWinter: http://t.co/tKFzhNv1 #dnd
Reminds me of Borderlands testing - players wanted a custom gun but if they got it, the game would be over. http://t.co/vIEQXXcI
One thing I disagree with in @StvWinter's article: The most broken 4e elements were in the Players Handbook, not supplements. #dnd
Troll and Tuesday mini: the Fiendish Snake - http://t.co/apwh2mcd - A great useful miniature for many situations and cheap at $2. #dnd
#dnd tip: Use flashbacks, maybe even a flashback encounter, to share a richer and deeper story.
This cartoon resonated with me. When you start thinking like a designer, it's hard to stop: http://t.co/hEd7kmLA #dnd
Pretty good list of the Twitter people to follow in the #dnd community: https://t.co/6KooqbNP
For those who missed it, the #dnd board game, Lords of Waterdeep, came out yesterday. It's a lot of fun. https://t.co/atePI4wb
Also fascinating to hear about the Lords of Waterdeep prototyping: http://t.co/l4CQRCyA #dnd
#dnd tip: When building or running a monster, ensure your players get the true feeling of what makes that monster different.
A member of my group is running the playtest of an article I wrote. Very humbling to hear my words. #dnd http://t.co/yqw8lqvT
#dnd tip: The Cathedral of Chaos tile set includes a sheet of tokens for conjurations, walls, and other useful things. http://t.co/G0eL40ul
I dig the assassin in Black Blade of Raam. http://t.co/KuReVVVk Interesting to see new ways to deal with status effects. #dnd
I would love to write a whole adventure around the Black Blade of Raam. #dnd http://t.co/KuReVVVk
#dnd tip: For your heavy tactical gamer players, incorporate roleplaying as a part of combat.
#dnd freelancer Steve Townshend (@thetownshend) is on Twitter. Listen to the talk we recently had: http://t.co/OezFQ417
Another fantastic article by @TheIdDM on Save or Die. http://t.co/sN4oVZ7h
Check out @loganbonner's fantastic fresh look in published adventures with "Blood Money" on DDI: http://t.co/8XB8DVUK #dnd
My "open a door" skill workflow. Who knew it was this hard. http://t.co/AGUvftSR
My biggest hope for #dndnext is that it goes through extensive mechanics testing. The most annoying 4e stuff is in the original PHB.
If they hit $20k, my adventure, "Valley of the Crypt Things" will go out to all $17+ pledges: http://t.co/s7sV4B6t #dnd
#dnd tip: Learn to be comfortable with changes in your story based on the decisions of your players, the actions of the PCs, and the dice.
Some great #dnd tips in this article on Story Games. http://t.co/kx1hsOg0
Congratulations to @sarahdarkmagic on her accomplishments over the past three years! http://t.co/JDi1byej #dnd
#dnd Troll and Toad Tuesday. Need some good cheap Gamma World minis? Check out these Star Wars minis: http://t.co/KtkKlnrJ
#dnd tip: Really ask yourself if you need to do all that monster tweaking. Just play from the Monster Vault and have fun.
#dnd tip: When things slow down at the table, fall into character of the villains and bring things back to life with some flavor.
Understanding Self and Other | The Id DM http://t.co/JVEjsXeI
Not sure I agree with the idea of reducing monster hit points but there is some very interesting analysis here: http://t.co/NNzmyZ8t #dnd
@Reg06 it's a great analysis. A very interesting article.
If the Random Dungeon Generator Kickstarter receives $20k, $17 pledges get my epic adv, Valley of the Crypt Things #dnd http://t.co/yCirYZUk
#dnd tip: Spend your time planning for a dynamic world instead of a static story.
#dnd tip: Reinforce the aspects of your game world that tie closely to its theme. Buildings should hate the PCs in Gloomwrought.
Flame, the Demilich Dragon is freaking awesome. Great job, @shawnmerwin! #dnd http://t.co/3HI7Lq7F
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