DM’s Tips & Tricks

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

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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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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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Game prep improvisational tips

You prepared an entire dungeon full of enemies for your players to traverse. They managed to kill all the kobolds except from one, who they plan to interrogate. First question: “What’s your name?”. Now Random Kobold #12 needs a quick ...
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Create tense/horror scenes in your game

Thumbnail art by Anton Fadeev The nobleman you believe to be the head of a cult just left the house, his majordomo went to the room upstairs, and your infiltration as a guard was a complete success. What’s your next ...
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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 ...