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Finding a Big Bad: Elementals

Welcome to a new series I’ll be putting out over the next few weeks showcasing monsters from each of the monster types that can create fun and interesting main villains, or monsters of the week for your Dungeons and Dragons ...
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Why Magic Shops Ruin the D&D Fantasy

Thumbnail art by Robin Olausson Magic shops in D&D and other fantasy games have always been something that came and went throughout the different editions. They were a vital part in 3e and 4e as the game highly demanded the ...
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How to Map Your Campaign Setting

The feeling I get when I look down on a map I’ve created for my next homebrew campaign is like nothing else. Suddenly, the world that existed only in my head is now expressed in a physical (or digital) form.  ...
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How GMing made me an Extrovert, kind of – GM ...

Clickbaitey article name? Possibly. However, I wanted to talk about the ways I believe GMing has changed much of my life for the better. I’m pretty sure that if you have been GMing for a while you have also felt ...
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Designing a Realistic Map For Your Campaign

When designing your map there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. These mostly have to do with how water moves across the land, and subsequently where life tends to be. Keep in mind that when breaking ...
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Unearthed Arcana 2021: Draconic Options

A squamous new Unearthed Arcana has hatched today, with a hoard of new content: races, feats, and spells. Rather than drag on with an intro, let’s wyrm our way in. The document opens with what looks like the new character ...
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How to Successfully Handle Player Character Death

Thumbnail Art from Critical Role’s Campaign 2 Intro Content Warning (CW): Player Character death Last week a friend of mine said over Twitter that she didn’t know how to feel after having a character death occur in her game. This ...
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Your Dungeon Needs Chaos Gates

Supergiant released a little vidja game called Hades, and folks, it is simply incredible. Yes okay it came out in December of 2018 – I didn’t play it until this year when it came to the Nintendo Switch. (This post ...
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Building Locations for Open World Campaigns – GM Tips & ...

Thumbnail art by Dominik Zdenković How to create an open world campaign || How to create quests for open world campaigns Give a meaning to your open-world quests We’ve talked a bit about how to create Open World Games, as ...
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5 Tips For Outlining A TTRPG Session

If you are a new Dungeon Master or a player who is curious to try running a game, I want to welcome you to the glorious and wonderful world of Dungeon Mastering. This article is the summation of the advice ...