When I started DMing again in 2014, I had a pretty basic DMs kit. I had some minis, maps, markers, dice. As my DMing evolved, I started making and collecting my own terrain. Eventually I had to move to Alaska, and gifted most everything to my friends. And then i started to make more. I … Continue reading There and back again, or how I went from hand-drawn maps, to TVs and back
I recently started what must be my fourth or fifth time running Lost Mine of Phandelver. After getting the itch to play a friend, her husband and myself all decided to roll up characters and I could show them how Fifth Edition worked in regard to character generation. Then we pledged that we would start … Continue reading A new year, a new group and new campaign
i have a small 5-by-8 writing pad that is essentially graph paper (except the graph lines are yellow), and it's the perfect size to doodle dungeons in. I find the size lends itself to a dungeon that can be explored in a session depending on the length of time. But it still gives you the … Continue reading Cartography exercise and mapping for Dungeons and Dragons
I had posted the original map on my post here (but I've since updated the map). It was mostly created to help a friend turn the linear first level adventure of Out of the Abyss into more of a sandbox feel. He didn't like how the characters were prescripted to go through the adventure from … Continue reading Out of the Abyss: An updated map of Velkynvelve (now with more color)
Wednesday night I had invited a friend, her partner and a couple of other players from a statewide D&D group to join us for a quick session zero. While the two other players did not attend, my friend and her partner got a good start on creating their characters, and I got to walk them … Continue reading Session Zero ~ Getting a fresh start with a new group
We'll focus a little more on creating an overall sandbox-style adventure, using Out of the Abyss as your reference point.
This list is made with the idea of collecting D&D blogs and eventually organize them. A short list of D&D blogs for reference: Old School DND: Reimagining the classic RPG in Different Genres Elfmaids & Octopi Dungeon Possums False Machine Devil Ghost (formerly Quickly, Quietly, Carefully) Necropraxis Delta's D&D Hotspot Dreams of Mythic Fantasy Beyond FomalhautBeyond … Continue reading Blog rollcall ~ What are some good blogs to follow for Dungeons and Dragons?
The Level 1 adventure in Out of the Abyss is painfully linear. I offer up a suggestion to make it fit into more of a sandbox style.
I've been thinking about running villains and baddies for my Dungeons and Dragons game. Dael Kingsmill has a sometimes D&D-inspired YouTube channel where she offers a little bit advice. One I like the idea of making legendary reactions that are geared toward the players' actions. Hankerin's Logic Gates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc9OBmy8Sag&t=922s Matthew Colville on running epic bad … Continue reading Running the Game: Ideas about utilizing your baddies
It's been a hot minute since I've posted. My last group sort of disbanded after it became quite apparent that we couldn't get our schedules together. We did get most everyone to the 3rd level mark, which was the highest I had ever gotten in gaming or running games. Fast forward almost a year later, … Continue reading A new town, a new state and a new campaign (two actually)