Posts Tagged ‘GM Tips’

Save Your Game Session: DM Burnout

Posted on June 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

It has happened to us all. You scheduled the game weeks ago. It is finally here. You just worked a gazillion hours or were up to a million o’clock the night before. You are tired, not in the mood, but don’t want to cancel the game. After all, it is sup…

Alternate Win Conditions in D&D

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

After playing D&D for nearly four decades I have developed some habits as a Dungeon Master. One of them is using alternate win conditions for battles with boss level monsters and villains. Some while back I really became numb to the concept of hit …

Sci-Fi plot generator

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

  Need an idea for your next game of HARP-SF or Spacemaster? Look no further than this Sci-Fi plot generator from the good people at WIRED.   The sci-fi plot generator uses two James Gunn movies and two Ridley Scott … Continue reading

Diary of a Lich

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

          Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est –        Life is more than just being aliveOne of the things I have pondered over the years is what intelligent undead do wit…

Three DM Lifehacks You Should Consider

Posted on September 14th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

After sitting behind the DM screen for many years you learn a few things. As a Dungeon Master, I’m always on the lookout for cheap, but effective ways to improve the tabletop experience. Listed below are three DM Lifehacks I think will benefit you, but…

Tomb of Annihilation: Cinema Treasure Inspiration

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Ta Prohm Temples of AngkorWith Tomb of Annihilation being released, many adventurers will be braving the dangers of Chult. For the uninitiated, Chult is part of the Forgotten Realms setting. It’s a land of savage monsters, poisonous flora and fauna, an…

I was a 10-Year-Old Dungeon Master

Posted on May 10th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

It was the summer of 1984, and I sat at the dining room table writing. Ironically in the background, the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts played on the television. My imagination was on fire since later that day I would be dungeon mastering some neigh…

Need a Dungeon Master?

Posted on April 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So, you want to play D&D but there are no Dungeon Masters in your area. There are plenty of characters all dressed up with nowhere to go? Then it’s time to become the Dungeon Master yourself! For many people, just the idea of taking on this respons…

Curse of Strahd: Amber Temple Addition

Posted on January 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Greetings adventurers! I have finally awoken from my blogging slumber. The past few months I have been involved in a professional commitment which has gobbled up most of my waking hours. That said, I did etch out some time this past weekend to run our …

Curse of Strahd: Horror of Strahd’s Power

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend one of our regular groups gathered for our Curse of Strahd campaign. The characters are all level five now and had just finished up with the Wizard of Wines scenario. They had been planning their next moves, which included delivering …

Playing D&D With Kids

Posted on October 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend I ran a game session for five children. For background it was my son’s tenth birthday and he wanted to invite some friends over from school. The best part was none of these kids had ever played D&D, or any role-playing game for th…

Curse of Strahd: Dark Zodiac

Posted on August 30th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

I have always been fascinated with the zodiac and think it remains really gameable for an RPG campaign.  People have thought for generations that maybe the personalities of newborns were shaped by the Zodiac. Fast forward to 2016 and I still find …