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How to create tension in your game

Thumbnail art by Eric Persson It’s been a long while since I did one of these articles on how to be better at a certain aspect of DMing. After mastering some horror games, watching some movies of the same kind, ...
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Exploring the Charlatan Background

The Charlatan background offers a ton of fun roleplaying hooks for that roleplayer that likes wearing a new mask every game… or every five minutes for that matter. It’s a fun way to punch up character classes that so rarely ...
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Exploring the Acolyte Background

In this series, we will be exploring each of the backgrounds presented in The Player’s Handbook, 5th edition and see how each can create an interesting character background for your next character. This week we start with the Acolyte background. ...
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A Guide on Queer Characters for Allies

I’ve been wanting to write this guide for a while, but I never quite knew where to begin it. I was often the only gay man at the table when I’d sit down with friends to play some D&D or ...
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Faction ranks benefits for your players

With all these holiday dates my schedule has tumbled quite a bit. However, here I’ve come again after some great family time while watching the fireworks to bring you new articles. Today, I wanted to continue a bit the article ...
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Worldbuilding: Create a festivity for your city/town

Thumbnail Art by Andreas Rocha We are getting close to New Year’s Eve and you are looking forward to creating some festivity in your game in which the townspeople can also have their own New Year’s celebration. You want it ...
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Long-Term Pursuit

In a conversation with the inimitable Samhaine, we discussed having PCs lead the overland escape of a large group of NPCs – think of it as the Fellowship shepherding the people of Rohan from Meduseld to Helm’s Deep, the travelogue ...
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A guide to Hexcrawling, Part 2: New Hexcrawling mechanic

Thumbnail art was created by WotC, modified by user windup on Reddit to not contain Spoilers for players [Entering the link may contain spoilers] All right! I’ve been doing some research, done some math, and am eager to show you ...
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Examining Big Hero 6: Character Origins for your games

Big Hero 6 is a movie released on November 7, 2014, from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain. It ...
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Alternate Barbarian Rages

Both Colin and my friend Stephen have done some great writing about barbarians, thanks to the experience of having two barbarians in the party at the same time. You should definitely read what they have to say, but the short ...