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3 Years Behind the Screen

July 20, 2011 by


Last month marked my third anniversary as a full time DM, and I still enjoy it so much that I haven’t passed the baton to someone else.  It’s actually pretty incredible that I’ve been able to do it for so long without losing much interest (and the same goes for running this blog), as I […]

On August 1st, buy something at a bookstore

July 14, 2011 by


I grew up around books.  Shelves and shelves of them.  My dad is an avid reader, so is my brother.  I have to admit that as a kid, I read a lot less than them, but books were always a part of the scenery.  My wife has a masters degree in reading education, and when […]

Moral Conundrums & Tough Choices in Your Game

March 17, 2011 by


One of the things I’ve learned since I began DMing Dragon Age is just how good placing moral conundrums in front of your players is.  The Dragon Age adventure philosophy, by design, encourages this approach to story-telling, and I’ve found that it really makes players become more involved in the story you are all trying […]

Reader Contribution: The recap newsletter

January 27, 2011 by


I was contacted by a reader named Michael, who offered to write a guest post about the way he handles recaps in his game.  I had written about recaps before, but his way was a lot more creative than mine.  He actually created an in-universe prop for his players.  I found it interesting and offered […]

The Dragon Age in a galaxy far, far away…

January 17, 2011 by


After seeing the absolutely kick ass fan produced version of the Mystara campaign setting for the AGE system (Dragon Age’s engine), I am now more than ever inspired to slowly work on a Star Wars version (or at least attempt to contribute to one). One thing’s for sure, my inspiration for doing something like this […]

A program like D&D Encounters for the rest of us

July 15, 2010 by


So I was thinking about D&D Encounters, and how it can really be a fun thing for those people who may not have too much time to game, and can squeeze in an encounter a week for about 2 hours or so or gaming.  The problem is that WOTC limits this program to gaming stores […]

Solos and Their Environment

April 28, 2010 by


With this post I’m not talking about a Dragon’s fart affecting greenhouse gasses and causing global warming in your campaign world.  I’m talking about truly making an encounter with a solo a memorable one, using the environment around them. Talking D&D on twitter the other day (hmm, I write that a lot, don’t I?) I […]

A Question of Character

April 25, 2010 by


The other day on twitter there was a discussion on how much background info a DM needs from his characters to start a campaign with.  There were some DM’s who seem to enjoy a lot of background stuff, while others were more than happy with a few lines.  Me? I don’t need a lot. Just […]

Downloadable Delves is open for business…

April 10, 2010 by


I few months ago I blogged about having a one stop place where 4e DM’s could go to download adventures for a night of gaming.  Many people chimed in, and the idea seemed to be a hit, after all, a place to find 4e adventures would be very handy to have. Well, there’s a great […]

“The 36 Dramatic Situations” by Georges Polti

April 8, 2010 by


“The 36 Dramatic Situations” is a 19th century book by french author Georges Polti.  By analyzing Greek texts and contemporary French writings, Polti attempted to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur in a story. This list of 36 situations remains, until today, very popular among writers and storytellers.  Here now are the situations: 1. […]