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Book of Secrets

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

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Staying Connected to Your Character

I have what seems like hundreds of characters ready-made, eager to throw them into the next campaign I get to play in. But, often when it comes time to actually play these characters, they just don’t seem to gel. So, ...
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What to have ready before Session Zero

Session Zero refers to a pre-campaign meeting in which the DM and the players come together to create characters, fill in details of backstories, and create links between their characters. Players have an opportunity to ask any questions they might ...
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How to Quickly Outline a Campaign

Running a whole campaign takes a whole lotta planning. Telling a cohesive story over multiple sessions requires a good amount of knowing where you want to take the players while allowing them to dictate the how of how they get ...
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Best Way to Design a Quick Campaign Setting

Start small When building a setting quickly keep your focus on the immediate locations your party will be. No need to build huge kingdoms or eons of history. Stick to a small village with the NPCs your party might need: ...
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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 ...