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Book of Secrets

Every Tuesday explore worldbuilding, roleplay, character & setting development with Kevin Victor Rae

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7 Random Generators for Dungeon Masters

Today I wanted to share with you all some of the best tools for dungeon masters to use to create random encounters, names, magic shops, maps, spellbook,s and more. These are not just good for when you need something immediately ...
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Queer Themes to Incorporate Into Your Campaign

About a year ago, I wrote an article about how a DM could portray queer characters in their campaigns. Today I’m back again with another article exploring how to queer up your campaign by introducing queer themes into your campaign. ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Statblock: Naga

Today we’ll continue the Using Monsters series with a focus on a monster that rarely gets as much attention as their reptilian brethren, the Naga. These monsters have little in lore compared to dragons, giants, or even gnolls.  The Monster ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Stat Blocks: Dragons

The titular monsters of Dungeons & Dragons, dragons have a central role as allies and villains in many published adventures and homebrew campaigns. They represent all the awesome magic and fantasy that the game is known for. So how can ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Stat Blocks: Giants

Today we’ll tackle giants. Giants evoke the mystery, terror, and fantasy that players have come to expect from Dungeons & Dragons. These creatures are close to dragons in terms of the legendary threat they pose to the players. Like dragons, ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Stat Blocks: Mind Flayers

Today we’ll tackle the infamous inter-planer menace: Mind Flayers. Let’s take a look at how a DM could incorporate these monsters into their campaign and what kind of tactics can inform their use in combat.  If you missed our previous ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Stat Blocks: Gnolls

Last week we took a look at Orcs, and the weeks before we looked at Goblinoids and tactics they might use. This week, we’ll dive into the gullets of Gnolls. How do you take an enemy described as walking stomachs ...
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Using Monsters Beyond their Stat Block: Orcs

Today let’s take a look at the most fearsome of foes, Orcs, and how to use them beyond their stat blocks. As detailed in the first article, I’ll be taking a more story-centric approach to exploring how to use Orcs ...
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Using Monsters Beyond Their Stat Blocks: Goblinoid Tactics

I know I promised to discuss Orcs in last week’s article, but I had a realization that I missed something in last article: the tactics to use in battle to really set your goblinoids apart from other monsters. This article ...
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Using Monsters Beyond the Statblock: Goblinoids

Recently, I’ve been feeling a little stuck in my encounter building. So, I decided to take a big picture look at what my process is, and I realized I really don’t have one beyond these two questions:  Do these enemies ...