DM’s Tips & Tricks

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

d20DM's Tips & Tricks

Theatre of the Mind Vs Grid-based combat

The eternal conflict… Will you play using Theatre of the Mind (TotM), or by using a grid to better symbolize movement? There are mixed opinions about both of them, and I have my very own one. So, before we start ...
DM's Tips & Tricks

Create Mafia/godfather style organizations

After infiltrating the Zentarim’s base of operations, questioning a Harper, and kidnapping one of the closest men to Xanathar we find ourselves in our own quarters joining the dots. Strangely, all of the criminal organizations have a drow in their ...
d20DM's Tips & Tricks

Making food, drinks and weight important

As you wake up from the cold cave, you notice your bellies began to rumble, and your vision becoming blurry. It’s the second day you’ve been moving without any food and you think you still have got four more days ...
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D&D on a budget, Part 2

It’s your first time as a DM, and you want to surprise your family with a Christmas one shot (may I recommend THIS ONE?). You now need the things to play the game with, and after reading MY LAST POST, ...
d20DM's Tips & TricksGM Resources

D&D on a budget

At first glance D&D might seem to be a very expensive hobby. If you saw Critical Role you will see everyone using their D&DBeyond Player Handbooks (PHB), miniatures and even terrain and constructions as maps to make it look more ...
DM's Tips & TricksGM Resources

Blood moon, and other chaotic events for your game

This is it, the evil warlord stands over the mountain looking at you from above, defenseless after his army was defeated; however, with a grin on his face. In a matter of seconds, a ginormous moon rises behind him, intensely ...
D&D 5eDM's Tips & TricksEberron

Harry Potter Style D&D Adventure in Eberron

Quick note before starting with the read: You may need some level of knowledge of the Eberron campaign setting to fully understand what I’m talking about. While not necessary, I hope this article serves enough to make you want to ...
DM's Tips & Tricks

The power of cliffhangers

GM: You enter the office, and it’s a mess. There’s papers everywhere and ink spilled all over it. Some books can also be found open on the floor while another pile of them is on the chair. A wooden desk ...
DM's Tips & Tricks

The importance behind paying attention to what your players say

DM: You find a carriage at the side of the road, tumbled over its side and mostly burned and destroyed. Whatever it had inside it seems to have been pillaged as you can only see some dirty clothes coming out ...
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A kidnapping at the Gala – a Heist one-shot

Hello! Here I wanted to present you my first adventure, based on an article I wrote some weeks ago on my other blog before being given a weekly column here in Tribality. I’ve always loved heist moments in gaming, films ...