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Arcadia Issue 3 Breakdown

All art belongs to MCDM Right before March finishes James Introcaso surprised me with another early copy of Arcadia. This is a big one! Again, we have 4 different contents as we had in the first issue. As James specifies ...
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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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Unearthed Arcana 2021: Folk of the Feywild Breakdown

There’s a new collection of Feywild (not all of them fey) races in the new Unearthed Arcana document, continuing the vein of new player races we last saw in Gothic Lineages. There are four new player races here, and every ...
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Going off the rails – GM’s Tips and Tricks

It took you 10 hours along the week but you’re finally ready for anything your players may come up with in the game. The secret agent PCs enter the mob boss’s office to find incriminating evidence and start searching everywhere. ...
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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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When should GMs ask for Dice Rolls?

Have you ever asked your player to do a Perception check to see a paper with a clue they need over the table, even though it was extremely easy to spot, only to have them roll poorly? Now, what do ...
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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. ...