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NewbieDM Reviews: Essentials Monster Vault, DM’s Kit, and The City Dungeon Tiles

November 16, 2010 by


I wanted to do a quick review on these Essentials product, and throw my hat in the ring although you can find tons of reviews and unboxings elsewhere online for all of them.  I’ll preface this review by saying that I really like what Wizards of the Coast is doing with the Essentials line, and […]

Analog Initiative Tracker for Heroic Tier

April 18, 2010 by


If you are a newbie DM, and are having problems tracking and getting the hang of initiative management, this may be of some help. I created this “calendar” type initiative tracker to work with tokens, where you would just place a token representing characters and monsters in their appropriate squares, based on their roll. You […]

Fire tokens

June 2, 2009 by


My party fought some Runeflame Skeletons this weekend, and they have a tendency to set things on fire.  Basically, they can go insubstantial and move 8 squares, setting everything on fire as they walk around it.  The fire then blocks line of sight.  They also have a nasty aura that stacks, causing damage to those […]

Bribe your players with bonus tokens.

May 16, 2009 by


I’m going to start something new in my campaign in order to speed up gameplay.  I run 7 players right now, and sometimes the game grinds to a halt due to slow decision making during combat.  I understand that the tactical nature of 4th Ed. somewhat created this situation, as opposed to other, more abstract forms of […]

Creating character portraits with “Hero Machine”

May 7, 2009 by


My post on SW d6 reminded me of an online tool I used to create character portraits for that game, it’s called Hero Machine, and it is extremely cool. It’s a flash based application that starts you off with a generic “empty” pose, and you go filling it with layers of clothing, eyes, hair, beards, […]

NewbieDM Tutorial – Printing Battle Maps to a 1″ Scale

January 13, 2009 by


So you’ve made yourself some kick ass tokens, but now you want to make yourself some kick ass maps to use them with.  Well, you’ve come to the right place! Taking a map from the Wizard’s gallery, and converting it to a 1″ playable map isn’t very difficult, and it looks better than some Dry-Erase […]

NewbieDM Tutorial – Counters, Tokens, or Pogs

November 22, 2008 by


Welcome to what is by far the most popular post on NewbieDM.   More than 20000 (!) of you have made your own tokens for use in your games, and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to help DM’s out there run a better D&D game.  I invite you to take a look around the […]

Using Minis

September 14, 2008 by


There is a post over at ENWorld that says WOTC will begin selling non-random mini’s.  Great.  Long time coming Wizards. That’s the reason I made my tokens.