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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 […]

Converting the 2e Realms to 5e

September 29, 2014 by

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In a previous post I wrote about setting my home game in the Forgotten Realms around the time period of the 2nd edition version of D&D, which would put us in Faerun in 1368DR. For those of you keeping track at home, the original boxed set of the Forgotten Reams placed the timeline at 1357DR, […]

Campaign building with the Monster Manual

September 10, 2014 by

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“This bestiary is for storytellers and world-builders.” – Monster Manual introduction The D&D 5th Ed. Monster Manual releases on September 19th for those stores that take part in the WOTC WPN program, and on September 30th for everyone else. A few Monster Manuals saw the light of day at Gencon, and we’ve seen some bits […]

87 DM tips.

July 31, 2013 by

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I went crazy on twitter last night. I was doing some fiction writing (non rpg) when I suddenly stopped and thought about how I really haven’t been doing my job as “newbiedm”, which basically is to try and help new dm’s do their job right. So I started tweeting tips. And before I knew it, […]

Discussion: Does the game influence DMing styles?

November 15, 2011 by

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Monte Cook’s Legends are Lore articles are a little puzzling to me.  They certainly take an old school approach to D&D that isn’t even present in Monte’s own version of D&D (3.0), but that’s a thought for another time…   The latest article asks if  “the game presents players with challenges that have pre-made solutions?”  This is something […]

Review: Lair Assault – Forge of the Dawn Titan

September 27, 2011 by

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Here there be Spoilers: Players wanting to be surprised when they play Lair Assault should steer away now! The other weekend, I sat down to judge my first session of Lair Assault – Forge of the Dawn Titan. In a sort of “slot zero” session, I had arranged for many of the DMs at my […]

Return of the Minicast

September 20, 2011 by

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So once upon a time I had a podcast called the NewbieDM.com Minicast, and it was nominated for an ENnie and stuff…. and then… poof… it disappeared due to several factors. Well, I want to bring it back.  So I’m ready to start production on Season 2 of the show… It’ll be the same format, […]