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Stupid Twitter Tricks

If you start a tweet with the letters DM it makes Twitter send a direct message instead of just tweeting. Very sorry to the twitter user with handle @is who (multiple times) received a direct message from me when I was trying to talking about being a Dungeon Master (DM) in the context of Dungeons […]

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To Switch or Not To Switch? Part 1: Source Material

This is Part 1 in a series called “To Switch or Not To Switch” about whether or not my gaming group should switch to Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition, or stay with Pathfinder. Just started my rpg group on a homebrewed quest in Andoran, part of the Pathfinder universe. I’ve put a lot of thinking into […]

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Music for Tabletop Gaming

A wonderful thing you can do to enhance the gaming experience is to play music appropriate for the game’s setting. This is true of both board games and role playing games! Matt Mercer, the dungeon master for Geek and Sundry’s twitch show Critical Role uses a masterful selection of music to set their environments and situations. Critical […]

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Spellcaster

In our primary roleplaying campaign I’ve been DMing. But in addition to our standing game, Amber has decided to start DMing some one-off games every once and a while. Instead of the same party of adventurers travelling together through thick and thin, in these one-offs the party will be made up of any folks who can play that […]

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Writing Bit by Bit

It’s fair to say I underestimated the difficulty of writing campaigns for my Dungeons and Dragons group. Going through a pre-written module was simple enough and it provided a good outline for the sort of information I’d need. Having DM’d that adventure with success, I thought I knew enough about the game to prepare a […]

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Titansgrave vs. Critical Role

When Geek and Sundry’s webseries Tabletop had its record-setting Indiegogo campaign last year, one of the stretch goals reached was the creation of a new RPG show to be produced as well. That show is a now a thing you can watch called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. Right now we’re 3 episodes into the 10 episode series, […]

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Real Life Random Encounters

I really enjoyed my first adventure DMing my friends’ roleplaying game. We just finished the module I planned out, and I’m now percolating ideas for the next adventure. My favorite thing is designing the random encounters. Random encounters are small events that may or may not occur while the players are completing the bigger story. The real adventure might […]

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Dungeon Master Tips from Critical Role’s Matt Mercer

While preparing for my first romp at Dungeon Mastering, a resource I really appreciated was Episode 12 of Critical Role from Geek and Sundry’s twitch channel. Matt Mercer has been DMing this same group of performers (most of them are voice actors, which makes the characters really awesome) for a long time. Critical Role is […]

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The Master

As socially inept as I can be, one thing I’ve learned to do as an adult is convince people to come to my house and play games. Here’s a hint: food is key. Normally this consists of board games. Folks ready to come over earlier get to play a couple games [usually] under and hour […]