by Mike Shea on 02 July 2012
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for June 2012. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
Looks like my Astral Sea monster article comes out this month! Yay! #dnd http://t.co/Zta6ZhnN
#dnd tip: Keep a random loot list around to save yourself preparation time and embrace the lifestyle of the lazy DM: http://t.co/yCZqJZAH
#dnd tip: Always remember that published adventures are intended to be modified. Rework them to suit your style and your group's desires.
Note, I would NOT use "Advantage" as a replacement for 4e's Combat Advantage, but it can work well for an environmental or ad-hoc bonus.
#dnd tip: Introduce key villains in your campaign at least two or three sessions before your group faces them.
If you didn't see it, here is a two-page NPCs & Relationships PDF for your Caves of Chaos #dndnext game: http://t.co/SlY6H4b7
#dnd @trollandtoad Tuesday mini: The Ochre Jelly! Useful for a variety of slimes and oozes of all levels: http://t.co/mqCAzaU2
#dnd tip: Don't be afraid of adding ad-hoc powers to your big monsters on the fly. Use the DM Cheat Sheet as a guide: http://t.co/mQbUPStW
#dnd tip: Keep your players engaged in your campaign on off-weeks with weekly emailed flash-fiction.
Added five damage to all monster attacks to make up for a party of six. It was really rough but they survived. Two leaders helped.
#dnd tip: Don't plan out your campaign too far. Pick a general goal and let the story move naturally.
#dnd tip: Group having trouble coming to a decision? Lay out the options and call for a vote. Go with the majority.
Remember, each #dnd tip is a hypothesis waiting to be disproved. Use what works and discard what doesnt.
.@cakemage damn right. The DM holds full responsibility if they decide to listen to my particular line of bullshit or not.
@Squach Ive been using @Alphastreams 1, 2, 3 unit card system with simple, fast, and easy results.
Just hung my Random Dungeon and Wandering Monster posters from @blogofholding. http://t.co/UPAlyXOn
You can get your own @blogofholding Random Dungeon and Random Monster poster at http://t.co/ysu6wPia #dnd
#dnd tip: Need a good villain? Look no further than Raven from the book "Snow Crash". Great background and awesome sinister motivations.
@TheIdDM @BrainClouds Chest Squatthrust was blatantly stolen from MST3K: http://t.co/x4rgGmul
@thepareport: Never be afraid to roll perception. You never know who could be a bear. http://t.co/tt4JgvkG (via Reddit)
#dnd @trollandtoad Tuesday mini: The Animated Statue. An excellent environmental mini or dungeon dressing. And cheap! http://t.co/E4yF6rMK
#dnd tip: Plan only what you need to plan and force yourself to improv at the table. It makes for a much more open-ended game in the end.
#dnd tip: One of my favorite tips: Put yourself to sleep daydreaming through the eyes of your NPCs.
Some great game design thoughts in this #dnd Dungeon Command article by @minipete: http://t.co/WKpCPjpj
Procrastination & Self-Preservation | The Id DM http://t.co/eu9rB3Nv Mr. Chest Squatthrust indeed
@TheIdDM a fantastic article, as always. I believe in ridding ourselves of tasks not important to us as a way to combat procrastination.
@TheIdDM if you want to get more done, do less.
@TheIdDM btw, Im a huge fan of Getting Things Done. Been using it for five years and it changed my life. https://t.co/uwlbNf22
#dnd tip: 4e battles work best as large set-pieces and scenes. Build your adventures around these big scenes.
#dnd tip: Try running Fiasco with your #dnd group to give them insight into a game focused on group storytelling.
Some great #dnd tips from @StvWinter http://t.co/M1gN5uVQ
An excellent interview with @MonteJCook by @TheIdDM on game design and Monte's future project. #dnd http://t.co/V1lE5R4I
The more I look at it, the more I think the Monster Vault is my favorite all time #dnd product: https://t.co/4iv8u0x6
Lots of good #dndnext info in this Q&A with @mikemearls. http://t.co/WGLTmmtL
#dnd tip: Grab a set of re-usable maps to keep on hand. A lazy dungeon master focuses time on the RIGHT things! http://t.co/ZD8no32j
True or False: The success of your #dnd game does not depend on the amount of time you prepare for it.
The #dnd @trollandtoad Tuesday mini: the Living Sphere. A great mini for a monster or environmental effect: http://t.co/At2F0he4
@DreadGazeebo @Bartoneus My primary 4e criticism is that combat doesn't leave a lot of time for exploration and roleplaying.
@DreadGazeebo @Bartoneus And don't misunderstand me, I still love 4e, but that's one of the problems I have with it.
@DreadGazeebo @Bartoneus I've had luck putting exploration and roleplaying INTO my encounters. It helps.
What is the bare minimum you need to feel prepared for your #dnd game?
#dnd tip: Consider building sets of themes for your short campaign, letting PCs choose the set and then randomly determining the theme.
@KatoKatonian I think that is a common problem. Yet it isn't the prep that counts, its our confidence to let it run away from us.
@KatoKatonian What is the right way to get comfortable running an improv game?
@KatoKatonian Having @sarahdarkmagic hand me an adventure in the middle of a Hooters with 2 minutes of prep time helped my improv skills.
There's an improv 4e #dnd crew with @ericfell in Vancouver that looks pretty awesome. http://t.co/HxnQgZHH
#dnd tip: Preparing for improvisation means having the right tools available to you. What is your improvisation tool list?
Just now getting to the excellent Tome Show with @TheIdDM, @Squach, and @sarahdarkmagic: http://t.co/R9UDIz9N #dnd Some great tips!
#dnd tip: Understanding the motives of your NPCs and villains makes it easier to improvise their reactions to the PCs' actions.
Just fixed a typo on my DM Tips book home page that's been there for two years. I can't believe anyone bought this book.
#dnd tip: Instead of building your world or re-statting monsters, spend time understanding the backgrounds and motivations of the PCs.
For those who purchased my books, what were the things you liked LEAST about them? Be honest, I can take it! #dnd
How is it that no one ever put Stephen King's Dark Tower world into a Gamma World campaign? Or have you? You sneaky devils!
Here are the results of 817 surveyed #dnd DMs on game preparation times. What do you find surprising? http://t.co/PqCQRh4N
If you're fancy with Excel and want to chew on the #dnd DM survey results yourself, here's an updated copy: http://t.co/ByDYujdp
My latest #dnd DDI article, Perils of the Astral Sea, has been posted: http://t.co/sKlyQVGM requires subscription.
Those of you who said you wanted more example of epic-tier monsters should check out my #dnd DDI articles: http://t.co/zouC1DNV
This week's @trollandtoad Tuesday #dnd Mini: The Gravetouched Ghoul. A great affordable mini for all levels of play: http://t.co/FveI7zHa
#dnd tip: During your #dndnext playtest, experiment with both Theater of the Mind and gridded combat experiences.
BTW, @ChrisSSims added some really awesome mechanics to the Aleax in that article. It's fantastic. #dnd http://t.co/cZovJ5Wd
Thanks to @sarahdarkmagic for mentioning my Caves of Chaos article in this month's Joining the Party: http://t.co/pBpw2wfW #dnd
What is your favorite source for random charts and tables for fantasy RPGs? DMG 1st edition? #dnd
What I Learned from Adding New Players to the Group | The Learning DM http://t.co/4s6QkFo3 @LearningDM
I immediately thought about this video when I watched @dungeonbastard's, Flip Mat vs TotM vid. http://t.co/o5ltDkCT
#dnd tip: Keep your notable NPC list short for your mini-campaign. It makes it easier for the players to remember who's important.
#dnd tip: Build your NPCs and their actions as stand-alone characters and events, not just how they react to the PCs.
#dnd tip: Give your PCs a chance to parlay with defeated monsters instead of just always having them die off.
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