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NewbieDM Minicast relaunch Episode #1 released

December 19, 2017 by

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As promised, I’ve relaunched the minicast, now as part of the Don’t Split the Podcast network. The first episode is now live, and together with James Introcaso and Ruddy Basso, we tackle player engagement at the table. Go subscribe, give it a listen, and please vote and leave a comment! Find it on  Itunes Google […]

5e minicast

October 10, 2017 by

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Lets try this again, I want to start podcasting about D&D again, and the 4e Minicast was a good format for me, so I’m going to try to bring it back. So… if you have any 5e D&D DMing questions, need advice, or tips, then call the minicast and I will have a guest on […]

Tomb of Annihilation day tracker

October 4, 2017 by

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If you’ve been following me or this blog for a while, you know I love creating things for my games. DIY has been a big part of D&D since the beginning, and I’ve always found that aspect of the hobby to be a fun one. As I was planning my Tomb of Annihilation campaign, (reviewed […]

Paper Minis!

August 31, 2017 by

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Everyone loves their minis. Everyone loves having a unique mini that represents their character, or in the case of DMs, that represents the monsters that the PCs will ultimately face. Even back in the old days, when I was a player in 1e or 2e games, we had minis there to represent marching order and […]

NewbieDM Review: Encounter Decks 3 by Inkwell Ideas

September 2, 2015 by

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During Gencon, I saw that my friend Mike, who runs SlyFlourish, picked up a deck of cards with what looked like an encounter and a map on them. These cards intrigued me, so I looked around and picked up a batch from Drivethru RPG. I picked up the bundle that includes the PDF of the […]

The 5e Overland Travel Montage

March 9, 2015 by

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One of the things I’ve had to deal with in the 5e game that takes place in the 2nd Ed. era of the Forgotten Realms is overland travel. That map is huge! And there are quite a few empty spots along the way (one of the reasons why I’m switching to the 3e map actually, […]

Rethinking Initiative

January 28, 2015 by

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“You enter a room, the smell in here’s musky.  The ground is covered in a fine dust, and you can see footprints, along with a few drops of fresh blood.” “The creatures must have come through here. I want to roll perception, maybe to see if I hear something… 15… Anything?” “You do, you hear soft […]