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Tips and tricks to improve your game or at least give you some new cool ideas.

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How to handle Downtime Investigation

Thumbnail art by Kemal Gunel I’ve been running with some trouble in the past on how to run a fun downtime session (or at least part of a session). This made me reevaluate how to run them. I looked in ...
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Five MORE Commonly Confused Rules in D&D 5e

Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition has a lot of rules. Thankfully, you don’t need to know all of them before you start playing. It is a rare DM or player that reads the Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide ...
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Rakshasa: Advice on how to run one

Thumbnail art by MtG artist Erica Yang It’s time for a different monster to be used in combat. It’s the rakshasa‘s turn to shine! With the recent release of Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus I think it’s about time I ...
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A guide to Hexcrawling, Part 1

Truth is that if you have already played videogames such as Civilization, board games like Catan, or opened one of the D&D 5e modules, you have already seen some sort of hexmap. These typically appear to show great maps to ...
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Five Commonly Confused Rules in D&D 5e

In my last article (Five Tips for New Dungeon Masters), my top tip was to “Know the Rules”. The rules are the skeleton of the game. You can flesh out the story all you want, but without a skeleton you’ll ...
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Managing time in your games

Fighter: This goes for killing our friend Boblin, the goblin! The fighter slashes the front of the hooded’s person torso, leaving a great trace of blood and  fully removing the hood. This leaves the mysterious figure still ocult by the ...
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How to make an Indiana Jones-like campaign

Thumbnail art by Rafael Chies Last month I finished Tomb of Annihilation as a player. Being a big fan of the adventuring style Indiana Jones-vibe genre in pretty much any media I completely adored the adventure. I am pretty tired, ...
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Challenge: Think of multiple solutions for your next encounter

We’ve all seen the classical combat encounters while traveling between cities. Monsters appear, and there is only one way through: killing them. It is often done to burn some character abilities or spell slots before a big confrontation. Maybe it’s ...
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Factions, renown and how to make your players care about ...

Thumbnail art by Etienne Hebinger Fighter: “All right. Tonight we are pulling off the heist to the Sorcerer’s tower. What have we got ready for it?” Cleric: “I’ve got a Harper agent working for me inside of it. It’s supposed ...
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What to do when you run out of monsters?

Thumbnail art by Bastien Aufrere D&D has hundreds, if not thousands of monsters for the DM to place in the game. However, at some times the usual ones start becoming normal appearances in the campaign. You want something new to ...