by Mike Shea on 4 November 2011
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for August 2011. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
#dnd tip: Time to go look for that bargain-bin halloween props for your game!
I know I sound like a broken record but I wonder if the MM3 damage boost was enough. What about lvl+16 at paragon and lvl+24 at epic? #dnd
Ok, this guy is 10x the DM I'll ever be: http://t.co/7uAH0euY #dnd
#dnd tip: Keep a big ziploc bag of all the table accessories you regularly need. Remove stuff you don't really use.
All of these cheat codes work in my game: http://t.co/U7vxztmW #dnd
#dnd tip: Build a list of 20 potential relationships between PCs based on the factions in your campaign world when starting a campaign.
Awesome interview on CNN (!) with my friend @newbiedm about RPGKids: http://t.co/d3vp7PU9
#dnd tip: Keep monster theme powers in your head that tie monsters together into a clear group.
#dnd tip: Auras are an easy staple for solo monsters and epic-tier battles. They are easily over-used though.
#dnd tip: Keep traps and environmentals simple. To make it really easy, have them auto-hit if a character ends its turn within the aura.
Great advice for fiction that works just as well for #dnd. http://t.co/8UDBxhF1
RT @insanitygawd: @SlyFlourish further tip. Accentuate poster maps with dungeon tiles, especially the 3d ones.
#dnd tip: Reuse poster maps by flipping them 180 degrees, starting the party at different spots, and changing the environmental effects.
RT @TheAngryDM: #dnd Tip: To a player, backstory means: "long list of tired cliches punctuated by random bouts of improbable awesomeness ...
Damage is low on the Naga and there's a lot of dazes but I dig these #dnd Naga and Oni updates by @loganbonner: http://t.co/Xww5gN5m
#dnd tip: Try to build up a set of generic miniatures that work well at all tiers and in many battles.
Had a fun #dnd Gloomwrought game tonight. The party fought Glorinda who split into three hag forms as a sort of split solo monster.
Glorious day! @wizards_dnd added Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium items to the Compendium! #dnd http://t.co/UJOHw4Ov
#dnd tip: Remember, bad villains always think they're the good guys.
#dnd tip: Have your characters build their backgrounds and relationships before you build your campaign's threads .http://bit.ly/oHGxad
RT @markgottselig: @SlyFlourish @SlyFlourish #DnD tip: In Gloomwrought, everyone is is kind of in a bad mood.
#dnd tip: In Gloomwrought, no one is pure and everyone has a hidden agenda.
Dungeon Effects: Wizards's latest Organized Play program, Lair Assault: Forge of the Dawn Titan, includes a... http://t.co/prufG9IS #dnd
RT @RosaMoonshadow: Tips for LA: know char (or use Essentials), buy damage resist/regen items, pick dailies that last for encounter & lo ...
#dnd tip: Scunci girl hair bands make great mini markers and only cost $3 at CVS. http://t.co/zjbLSyDj
Finished running a Lair Assault. Fun time but the whole party lived. I'm a pushover #dnd dm.
#dnd tip: When designing monsters (and this should be rare - reskin instead), go back to original 1e sources for inspiration.
#dnd tip: Combine two poster maps for a nice large encounter area worthy of two or three battles.
#dnd tip: A level + 5 elite can make for a great boss instead of a level +1 or +2 solo.
RT @Wizards_DnD: Secrets of the Ninja by Dave Chalker has stopped hiding and is now available for DDI subscribers: http://t.co/juiv8D1j
#dnd tip: Focus most of your preparation time time on the interactions of NPCs in your game world.
RT @dazedsaveends: If 5e is going to be anything like 4e, then it's gonna be like #GammaWorld. #dnd
#dnd tip: Pick up the Fantastic Locations map packs. For the money, you get four great poster maps: http://t.co/SVSTYUkr
Man, I dig @TheSheDM's tentacle miniatures: http://t.co/5uhOCpew #dnd
Some excellent #dnd Dawn Forge advice from my friend @newbiedm: http://t.co/i1NPU0Xs
RT @matt_james_rpg: @SlyFlourish If it's under the power/ability, and it includes the char who marked, mark doesn't activate
Does an attack power that triggers multiple attacks trigger a mark according to @Wizards_DnD? http://t.co/ABqc9agt #dnd
RT @RosaMoonshadow: From today's game- what defines evil act and how much should it affect party? What if one PC refuses to participate? ...
Picked up #dnd Lair Assault to run next week. I like how it handles resistances. Is it considered a spoiler at this point to mention it?
Watch how @bensrpgpile puts together a 3D battle area for Thunderspire Lab: http://t.co/mBOpdiMb Definitely NOT a lazy #dnd DM!
#dnd tip: Easy way to figure out damage dice: Level + 8 damage - (1 + max dice roll) for 2 dice. 15th lvl = 23 dam - 9 = 2d8+14.
#dnd tip: Go over your poster map collection regularly so you can whip one out whenever the situation calls for it at your game.
Playtested two powerful #dnd lvl 30+ solos last night. Both challenged the party without being either slow or boring. Happy with the design.
@DnDPrincessAria Although, traps might auto-hit if someone fails to disarm them. A failed check counts as a successful attack.
.@DnDPrincessAria On second thought, traps should probably have an attack roll. Hazards and env effects, don't always need them. #dnd
#dnd tip: Have more than five players? Have traps and hazards auto-hit instead of rolling attacks. Faster game and more damage output.
Very excited about the new #dnd map packs: http://t.co/tStIC3Um I love poster maps!
@Umbramancer Thank you for the heads-up. Checking into it.
RT @jaron95: I used @SlyFlourish's Cheat Sheet for minions w/ Resist 10 All that petrify targets who end their turn grabbed by 2 or more ...
@LearningDM I could get behind that. Inherent bonuses made my Dark Sun campaign a lot more fun and the players dug it.
RT @LearningDM: Today's Legends & Lore makes me even more confident in saying that inherent bonuses should be used in every #4e #dnd game.
Check out @TheIdDM's latest "No Assembly Required" monster: http://t.co/WXgeKHjU with art by @grantgoboom #dnd
I think #dnd rule 0.5 might be simpler: Roll when it's fun. Don't roll when it's not. Sometimes even high perception can't see a lurker.
I dig skill rule 0.5. If your player is thinking smart, don't punish with a roll. If they need a hand, let them roll to get one. #dnd
#dnd tip: Head out to your local drug stores or party stores to pick up some awesome halloween props for your game.
RT @deadorcs: Terrain tip: Have a favorite layout of dungeon tiles? Snap a picture with a camera or cell phone to remember the layout fo ...
Want to see some fast #dnd combat? Check out Episode 10 of the Metagame: http://t.co/vkuifNTN includes my favorite rendition of 2001.
RT @metagameshow: Metagame Ep 10 is released! Experience the future of gaming, Kubrick homages, and idiocy. http://t.co/JwrriE2S #dnd #rpg
RT @newbiedm: Continuing my search for cheap poster prints: Staples has 11x17 for 2 bucks, so 22x34 battlemaps for 4 bucks? Yes please. ...
RT @markmeredith: So, why not run ship combat this way? Is this a good idea? #dnd #4e http://t.co/rQAHwviQ
RT @criticalhits: Kara-Tur and Horror-themed issues of Dragon and Dungeon Table of Contents posted: http://t.co/ho2B33oL
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