by Mike Shea on 5 October 2012
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for September 2012. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
My new elf thief just spent 5,000 gold on adventuring equipment and alchemical supplies from Mordenkainen's Emporium. #dnd
Some awesome #dnd DM tips at this PAX Ask the Dungeon Master seminar: http://t.co/ud77o1MF
I hate when minion archers do this: #dnd http://t.co/oEMzg9GJ
The Pathfinder Denizen of Leng mini makes for a great lich. #dnd http://t.co/zaHiDFkj
Both @mikemearls and Chris Perkins gave me some awesome quotes for an upcoming project at the Ask the DM seminar: http://t.co/ud77o1MF
Great #dnd advice from Perkins on using real-life figures as NPC character templates. http://t.co/ckxBtpb0
Awesome: d20 Dice Randomness Test: Chessex vs GameScience: http://t.co/KaHm5RUn Thanks @awesomedice and @TheIdDM!
I think in 2013, we're going to have a lot of awesome RPGs. The hard part will be choosing one for a group.
#dnd tip: Convert monster dominates to "as a free action, take a move action and make a basic attack"
Interesting article by @MonteJCook: Actions in Numenera http://t.co/op0OGR6O
#dnd tip: Try to have three choices available for your players to take at the beginning and ends of games.
#dnd tip: Think of encounters as part of the structure of your story. Make every one of them matter to the story.
My new house rule, if your using a GameScience d20, you get a free crit on 14s.
Tonight's kobold cave map for our Lhazaar #dndnext playtest game: http://t.co/1AI5T3lj
seems like Google+ and MapTools are the tools of choice for online tabletop #dnd: http://t.co/2sWfyCTc
#dnd tip: Keep your primary villains mobile. Ensure they're doing stuff while your PCs are on the move.
#dnd tip: Before planning a mini-campaign, run ideas past your group on what they might be interested in.
Interesting how Greenwood's Forgotten Realms started as a single character and a tiny bit of the world. http://t.co/HMIsKVBB
Interesting multi-DM mini-campaign design by @bandofmisfits: http://t.co/ro1gS4nB #dnd
Hey @briancortijo. I loved the Many Deaths of Manshoon article. He's been a favorite #dnd villain of mine for 25 years. http://t.co/AR6Xpmwb
Lazy #dnd dungeon mastering is hard work. http://t.co/415XRYxJ
The Wachowskis build worlds on 3x5 cards and were hooked on #dnd as kids. http://t.co/25nhiAYX
I'm really digging #dndnext's bounded accuracy. So nice to have only three numbers for DCs regardless of level.
Here's a fantastic detailed list of #dnd Combat Outs: http://t.co/nvphErSW
#dnd tip: Want a full 1-30 experience in a short period, try @squach's 5 levels betwee sessions mini-campaign idea. http://t.co/HL8umhDn
Some great questions for building meaningful 4e encounters by @ArtificerAlf http://t.co/HlHnY1sL @ArtificerAlf
#dnd tip: Stick to lower-level characters for one-shot campaigns so players don't have too much trouble figuring out their capabilities.
Fantastic article on Menzoberranzan and the future of #dnd campaign material by @aquelajames: http://t.co/5fn0rpKZ
I hope folks enjoy the Kill the Wizard lair assault. I loved writing it. Should be quite the challenge! http://t.co/9BjR62th #dnd
@gregbilsland did you build the three maps for Vaults to fit this way? It's awesome. http://t.co/EkTSceFL
#dnd tip: Use the dungeon tiles in the Dungeon Command sets for some Dragon-Age-style random encounter maps.
#dnd tip: Build a nice 4 hour playlist of instrumental music and some rock music to keep your game's pace high.
Great article by Perkins on advancing the timeline of your campaign. http://t.co/Vh8ioYtp
Kill the Wizard character creation tips: http://t.co/IoDaZZDs thanks for th kind words @ameron_dm!
#dnd tip: Keep a set of potential environmental and situational effects handy for improv. Ensure they all help keep the pace fast.
Too Many Pillars: Background and Specialties in D&D Next http://t.co/usHJOAte great article from @DaveTheGame #dndnext
Reading through the 4e Eberron campaign sourcebook, I am quite happy having such books crunchless in the future.
One of my favorite roleplaying moments is @matt_james_rpgs dwarf that would sing Duel of the Fates as he attacked in slow mo.
Be like Ed Greenwood and ham up your roleplaying moments. http://t.co/jV6idSD8 #dnd
#dnd tip: Need to do some environmental damage to a PC? Use 2d6+level as your equation for normal damage. +1d6 per tier for higher damage.
#dnd tip: Vary your encounter design so you don't get stuck in similar battles.
#dnd tip: Prep your game table 30 minutes early so things go smooth at game time.
A great interview by @TheIdDM with @MonteJCook before the half million dollar Kickstarter for Numenera: http://t.co/yebrp4LE
#dnd tip: Take the time to read through a pre-published adventure should you decide to run one.
#dnd tip: Don't start off an adventure with an apology. Just go with what you have.
Awesome Hirst molds of the Dungeon Command tiles by @bandofmisfits: http://t.co/kWI9WUSh #dnd
Guess what adventure I'm about to run. #dnd http://t.co/dPE4qpa0
#dnd tip: Add some old-world flavor to your handouts by printing them out on copper parchment paper: http://t.co/3fqZ5LTZ
#dnd tip: #dndnext characters have far fewer hit points and far fewer ways to get them back. Consider this in your dungeon designs.
#dnd tip: Throw some action into the middle of long periods of role playing with a good old fashioned bar brawl!
#dnd tip: Be like @alphastream and review the PC's motivations, goals, and backgrounds before each game to tie them in.
Fantastic interview with @RobinDLaws by @Squach and @SarahDarkmagic on The Tome: http://t.co/I0DQgcme
#dnd tip: When improvising flavor of an area, describe all the senses.
Here's a past look at four questions I asked @RobinDLaws on 4e #dnd: http://t.co/VxruVDWU
#dnd tip: In sandbox games, always have an idea what adventure locations are near by. Ancient dungeons, old caves, slavers keeps, etc.
interesting post about action and power creep in #dndnext. http://t.co/ssUWAUxv
Some sweet minis in the Curse of Undeath Dungeon Command set : http://t.co/7shLLGGj #dnd
Fantastic #dnd relevant XKCD yesterday: http://t.co/ywZKTL1v
Also loved this Penny Arcade on how best to receive feedback on your work: http://t.co/9WGFvgHN
Really excited about Elminster's Forgotten Realms by Ed Greenwood: http://t.co/pnxRs0X4 #dnd
Fantastic advice In this excellent article from Ed Greenwood: http://t.co/8JesjTSZ #dnd
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