Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Dungeons and Dragons and Combat

For as long as Dungeons and Dragons has existed, combat has been one of it’s core pillars. This makes quite a bit of sense when you remember that the D&D originates from wargaming. In the early days of D&D you basically had exploration and combat. The roleplaying and narrative side of the game was secondary.… Continue reading Dungeons and Dragons and Combat

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Critical Hits and Skill Checks

In Dungeons and Dragons, the concept of rolling critical hits or critical failures in relation to skill checks is fairly debated. For some reference, in the fifth edition rulebooks, these are concepts only applied to attacks. That is, rolling a 20 on a 20-sided die is a “critical hit” automatically hitting, regardless of the enemy’s… Continue reading Critical Hits and Skill Checks

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks · Monster Spotlight

Monster Spotlight – Larak, the Lich

Liches are an iconic monster. Commanding the voice of a lich in Dungeons and Dragons is to command a wealth of power, knowledge and experience. It’s easy to pass off a lich as simply another obstacle for the players to overcome, but that undersells the creature itself. Liches are dangerous. They are old, they’ve dedicated… Continue reading Monster Spotlight – Larak, the Lich

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Easter Themed Adventure Ideas (and a one shot)!

I really enjoy running holiday themed quests. They can be a nice way to inject a side quest into your adventure, or take a short break to run a short seasonal campaign. With Easter is just around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to share some ideas for an Easter themed… Continue reading Easter Themed Adventure Ideas (and a one shot)!

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Player Choice and Consequences

One of my favourite things about roleplaying games is the freedom they provide. Whether it is a video game or a tabletop roleplaying game, I love when players have the opportunity to do what they want within the game world. The reason for that love, is consequences. I enjoy seeing how the world/story is impacted… Continue reading Player Choice and Consequences

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks · Skill Spotlight

Dungeons and Dragons Skill Spotlight: Insight

Recently my browsing led me to a Dungeons and Dragons article by CRB.com titled “How to Use Dungeons & Dragons’ Most Controversial Skill“. The “controversial skill” in question is insight. Click-bait title aside, author Dashiell King, raises some really good points about how insight is typically used and skirts along the edge of some additional… Continue reading Dungeons and Dragons Skill Spotlight: Insight

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Roleplaying Downtime Outside the Game

What are players up to between missions? The adventurers in tabletop roleplaying games are often extremely busy. There are always dungeons to delve, citizens to save, monsters to slay, and devils to make deals with. In amongst all the heroics – or villainy – that characters get up to in games like Dungeons and Dragons,… Continue reading Roleplaying Downtime Outside the Game

Blog · DM Tips and Tricks

Playing D&D Via Text

So…an experiment A few weeks ago I had become curious about “play-by-post” RPGs. For those of you that don’t know, play-by-post is a way of playing an RPG where everything: narration, resolutions, descriptions, player actions, etc. is conveyed via written messages. I decided that rather than looking up how they typically work and what kinds… Continue reading Playing D&D Via Text