by Mike Shea on 12 February 2011
Below is an archive of all of the Sly Flourish DM Tip Twitter posts for January 2011. Get daily DM tips at http://twitter.com/slyflourish!
I will probably milka months-worth of DM tips out of the Expert DM Panel podcast: http://j.mp/ij9Z4w Thanks @wolfstar76 and @squach!
Just picked up four fiendish snakes from Cool Stuff Inc. Generic snake minis are very handy in #dnd.
#dnd tip: Ogremoch from MM3 makes for a great final doomsday sort of boss. Reskin him into whatever world-ending big bad you have in mind.
Interesting review of the despair cards in the upcoming Shadowfell boxed set by @dreadgazeebo: http://t.co/Zm6NRzc I like the idea a lot.
.@davethegame's "out" is probably the best way to get a 30 minute skirmish. When the mastermind falls, so do all the subordinates.
Need a cool one-handed gun for your Gamma World game? How about The Judge? http://t.co/OF7iaWD #dnd
Excellent notes from the #dnd experience Expert Dungeon Mastering seminar by @wolfstar76: http://t.co/kuCybsL
#dnd tip: Don't try to make something totally unique every time. Sometimes people just want to fight a room full of orcs.
#dnd tip: The knocked prone status effect is one of the better ones. It isn't too debilitating but it still makes life more difficult.
#dnd tip: Consider giving your pre-Monster Vault solos a free action attack that can instead remove stuns, dazes, or dominates.
How did I miss the #fourthcore #dnd traps and tricks by @saveversusdeath? They're awesome! http://j.mp/gwO4XQ
#dnd tip: Try running an encounter on the back of a great beast. Perhaps a battle on the backs of two dueling dragons!
My eulogy for #dnd Miniatures was just posted to @criticalhits : http://j.mp/hKU8aR
#dnd tip: Looking for a couple of good inspirational movies? Check out Brotherhood of the Wolf and Name of the Rose.
#dnd tip: Use Google Maps to get a map of your local area, print it, and write in your own fantastic Gamma World locations for your game.
#dnd tip: Write down the musings of your players and turn those musings into formal quests with quest cards.
#dnd tip: Learn from internet sage @davethegame and re-skin Monster Vault creatures for your Gamma World game. http://bit.ly/fQcp0f
#dnd tip: Belloc from Raiders of the Lost Arc is an excellent NPC archetype. He has clear motivation and he's smart! Use him.
Good video from @wizards_dnd showing what you get with the new deluxe #dnd DM Screen: http://j.mp/hWXR9C
#dnd tip: Scale monsters up or down easily by adding +1 per level to all rolls and increasing hitpoints by 10 per level.
#dnd tip: A good paper cutter makes it much easier and neater to cut initiative cards, monster knowledge cards, power cards, and quest cards
#dnd tip: When running a Gamma World game, assign one of the players the duty of Alpha Mutation and Omega Tech distribution.
#dnd tip: Pick up some $1 or less Star Wars minis to fill out your Gamma World PC races.
#dnd tip: Spend less time worrying about @wizards_dnd's business and more time making your own game awesome.
#dnd tip from @garouwithnoname: If you have a forward leaning group, let them decide the direction the game is headed instead of guiding it.
Tonight I handed the DM chair over to one of the other players. He ran a fun game and it was actually relaxing to sit on the other side.
#dnd tip: Print out and prepare quest cards so you can keep your group focused on the directions they want to go.
#dnd tip: Want to be a great DM? Be born in 1973 like @chattydm, @newbiedm, and I!
@chattydm @newbiedm There has to be some sort of Malcolm Gladwell "Outliers" sort of thing going on with 38 year old #dnd bloggers.
@chattydm @newbiedm Yep, 38 in May here. Seems like 73 was a good year for building rockin' DMs!
#dnd tip: Always pick up the cheaper more generic miniatures to fill out your collection. A handfull of orcs goes a long way.
Really enjoyed this article by @bandofmisfits on adding seasons to your #dnd game's storyline: http://j.mp/fEiKCx
@ThadeousC Reveal monster defenses on a 5x8 card folded in half. Speeds up the game significantly. Be damned with the mystery of defenses.
#dnd tip: Spend some time before your players arrive to arrange all the materials you need to get right down to playing when they arrive.
#dnd tip: Use small in-battle skill challenges to get folks moving and protect your elite or solo bosses from getting killed too quickly.
#dnd tip: Stuck in a boring meeting? Use the time by imagining and jotting down notes for some story seeds or NPC backgrounds.
Holy cow, here's about 100 free LFR #dnd adventures for you: http://j.mp/gnuU1a @wotc_rodney!
Absolutely awesome Gamma World character generator: http://j.mp/icWbXl by @dharmatel courtesy of @criticalhits
I love listening to the DM Round Table and harvesting it for future #dnd tips: http://j.mp/ekiu0Q
#dnd tip: Every solo above level 11 should have a way to get past daze and stun effects. Check out the dragons in the Monster Vault.
Awesome #dnd Force Dragon (including epic variants) by @rjschwalb: http://j.mp/dRzGWC
Depressing pictures of abandoned buildings in Detroit but great Gamma World muses!http://bit.ly/eBlsUS #dnd
#dnd tip: Break up large battles into phases that change environmental effects, monster powers, or adds waves of minions.
Awesome guide to fantastic terrain by @katokatonian : http://j.mp/hwZB6j #dnd
#dnd tip: Tiny amounts of fake spider web you bought last Halloween can also dress up your undead miniatures to make them ghostly.
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