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A New DM's Guide to Miniatures

24 September 2018: Note: This article is reposed with permission from the original posted to D&D Beyond on March 2018. It is part of a series of articles focused on helping new D&D DMs put together and run great ...

Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set: Running Phandelver

17 September 2018: The Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set includes an adventure that exemplifies the pace and feeling of the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. As the introductory adventure to the fifth ...

Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master

10 September 2018: Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, the spiritual successor to the Lazy Dungeon Master is now available for purchase! Currently you can buy the ebook package which includes the PDF and ePub version of ...

Running Hags

4 September 2018: Hags may be the perfect low-level boss monster and they run best when we focus less on their stat block and more on how they'll make the lives of the characters miserable over the course of a low-leve ...

Managing Mysteries and Plot Twists

27 August 2018: Running mysteries in D&D is exceedingly difficult. Unlike great mystery stories, we have no idea how the characters will navigate the situation. On top of this, it's likely our players may uncover ...

DM's Deep Dive with Paige Leitman on D&D Streaming and Organized Play

20 August 2018: On June 2018 episode of the DM's Deep Dive, I had the great pleasure to talk with Paige Leitman, organizer for Dragon Con D&D games, writers of con-created content for the Adventurers League, and ...

Improvisation for New D&D Dungeon Masters

13 August 2018: Note: This article is reposed with permission from the original posted to D&D Beyond on March 2018. It is the fourth of a six-part series of articles focused on helping new D&D DMs put togethe ...

The Hard Parts of Running D&D

6 August 2018: For many of us, running D&D games is a great joy in our lives. We get together with friends, share laughs, tell stories, and have a great time together. Running D&D games, however, isn't easy, ...

A Dwarven Forge Caverns Deep Kickstarter Guide

30 July 2018: Updated 15 August Note: This Kickstarter is now over but I'm keeping this article around for those who backed it and will soon use the pledge manager to choose their final selections. Switched to che ...

Making the Most of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

23 July 2018: Wizards of the Coast recently released their third monster-focused sourcebook, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Like Volo's Guide to Monsters, Mordenkainen ...

Tools for New D&D Dungeon Masters

16 July 2018: Note: This article is reposed with permission from the original posted to D&D Beyond on March 2018. It is the third in a six-part series of articles focused on helping new D&D DMs put together ...

The Lost Temple of the Eshowdow

9 July 2018: Note, this article contains spoilers for Tomb of Annihilation. Nearly five thousand years ago many tribes followed the messengers of Ubtao to the lands of Chult. Nearly two thousand years ago a great ...

Starting Strong At Your First Dungeons & Dragons Game

2 July 2018: Note: This article is reposed with permission from the original posted to D&D Beyond on March 2018. It is the first on a six-part series of articles focused on helping new D&D DMs put together ...

Building Lazy Dungeons

25 June 2018: We've talked before about making dungeons awesome, building living dungeons, and developing fantastic locations but not yet about how to build lazy dungeons. How do the philosophies of the lazy dungeo ...

Scaling the Story to the Level of the Characters

18 June 2018: In a recent discussion on Twitter, my friend Teos Abadia (Alphastream on Twitter) and I, along with a few others, talked about one of my #dnd tip tweets I posted. The tweet said: Make sure the scope ...

Finding and Maintaining a D&D Group

11 June 2018: Note: This article is reposed with permission from the original posted to D&D Beyond on March 2018. It is the first on a six-part series of articles focused on helping new D&D DMs put together ...

DM's Deep Dive: Grant Ellis on Understanding Streaming D&D

4 June 2018: D&D is exploding. 2017 was D&D's best year for sales since Wizards of the Coast bought the brand from TSR back in 1997. The core books had all become best selling books for weeks on end. The b ...

The Urgency of the Death Curse

29 May 2018: Note: This article contains spoilers for the D&D adventure Tomb of Annihilation. The Death Curse is the main driver of the story in the Dungeons & Dragons adventure Tomb of Annihilation. It is ...

Choosing Targets

21 May 2018: Today we're going to talk about how we choose targets for our monsters when running our Dungeons & Dragons games. We'll focus on two ways in particular: Choosing targets that make sense for the m ...

The Emotional Investment of Dungeon Mastering

14 May 2018: A band of powerful adventurers explores the mausoleum of a powerful dracolich. The adventurers enter a large chamber and with sparks of unnatural energy, five slaads appear, three red and two blue. " ...

Exploring Chult

7 May 2018: The fantastic hardback adventure, Tomb of Annihilation, includes a large throwback to the hex-crawl. In this mode of play, the characters make their way through the wilderness of Chult as they seek ou ...

Going There

30 April 2018: Originally published August 2015 The older we get the harder it is for us to fall back into our imaginations and really go there. As children we're free to let our imaginations run wild. A cardboard b ...

DM's Deep Dive: D&D for the Visually Impaired

23 April 2018: This month on the DM's Deep Dive, a proud member of the Don't Split the Podcast Network, I was privileged to talk to my friend and lifelong gamer, Sharon Dudley, about her experiences as a visually im ...

Running Port Nyanzaru in Tomb of Annihilation

16 April 2018: Note, this article contains spoilers for the Tomb of Annihilation campaign adventure. Tomb of Annihilation is a campaign adventure filled with jungle explorations, buried mysteries, strange creatures, ...

The Story Focus of D&D

9 April 2018: There's a change happening in Dungeons & Dragons games. It's something that's been evolving since the release of the fifth edition of D&D and continuing its momentum over the past three years. ...

The Abstract Battlemap

26 March 2018: One of the wonderful things about D&D is how flexible the game is for the different styles of play we bring to our tables. We can see this most clearly in our options for running combat. Some DMs ...

Lost Monuments of Chult

19 March 2018: The eternal buzz of carniverous insects fills the humid air. Each step in the swamp threatens to tear the boot from your foot or expel a blast of poisonous gas. The eyes of beasts seem always upon yo ...

Random Creativity in Dungeons & Dragons

12 March 2018: When M.T. Black, the DM's Guild best-selling producer, begins to consider adventures he wishes to develop and the titles he wants to use for those adventures, he doesn't sit back in a large leather ch ...

Session Zero of Tomb of Annihilation

5 March 2018: Any time we're considering running a campaign it's worth spending some time with the group up front to scope the campaign and the characters within it. This session is often called a "Session Zero". T ...

Jeremy Crawford on Encounter Building

26 February 2018: On an episode of Dragon Talk, D&D developer and rules sage, Jeremy Crawford, spent a good deal of time digging deep into encounter building, particularly into building combat encounters. It's a wo ...

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