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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 […]

Update on the minicast’s return, and old episodes available again

November 8, 2014 by

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I’ve been swamped lately with work and a lot of other stuff which has cut into my free time, but progress on the return of the ENnie nominated NewbieDM.com Minicast is moving along.  I was looking for (and found) a way to host it on the cheap, and through a wordpress.com/feedburner combo, I’m doing just […]

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 […]