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D&D: Beyond Character Death

You die. A simple statement, but one potentially accompanied by tears, laughter, or rage. A D&D character can die so easily, but the story doesn’t always end there. It shouldn’t always end there. Even without straight resurrection, a death can … Continue reading

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Note-oriety, or, the Benefit to the Dungeon Master of Keeping Extensive Campaign Notes

For my second session (read about the first here) I initially attempted to get the group back on track somewhat. Despite them initially siding with the kobolds, after an attempt to loot the already looted town, they decided to head … Continue reading

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D&D: Rewarding Creativity in your Players

The best feature of a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, over an MMO or other more structured game, is the ability to be creative. But DMs vary significantly in how creative they allow their players to be, often through concerns about the … Continue reading

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D&D: Shaking bad habits out of new players

I’ve been running a game where all the players are D&D noobs. But most of them have played MMOs, other computer RPGs, or even have read D&D novels, and some of this comes with some bad habits that need shaking once they play the real thing. So what are some of the more problematic bad habits that you will encounter? Continue reading

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10 Fates worse than Death in D&D

Death in D&D is pretty cheap. Literally. The cost of diamonds for a Revivify or Raise Dead spell is nothing to high level adventurers. But there are so many fates a character can suffer that are worse than death, and, I dare say, even worse than having to read and understand the grapple rules… Continue reading

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Roleplaying through Backgrounds in 5E D&D

A player asked me a question the other day during a gaming session. “Do we know how to tie ropes?” Thinking of all the nonsense of Use Rope in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, I sighed, preparing to give an answer that I was going to be frustrated with. But a player suddenly spoke up: “Wait, my character background says that I was a sailor, I’d totally know how to tie knots!” Continue reading

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Wiz Dice 100+ Polyhedral Roleplaying Dice Pack Review

The Wiz Dice 100+ Pack of assorted polyhedral roleplaying dice seems like pretty good deal on face value. But how does the set compare to alternatives like Chessex Pound-o-Dice? We bought a pack to find out… Continue reading

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D&D 5E: Dungeonscape killed off by WotC!

It was announced today that Dungeonscape, the 5E D&D electronic tools, are getting shut down! They didn’t even get past a full month of open beta, but Wizards of the Coast has killed it off…

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D&D 5E Dungeonscape Beta: First Impressions

Dungeonscape, the official 5th Edition D&D electronic tools, opened up betas yesterday, and we’re in! We had a look around and see whether it’s really going to live up to our expectations. The following are our thoughts on what is very beta software. Continue reading

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In an earlier post about my father’s 1st Edition house rules, I discussed modified XP tables and spell lists which were more… mathematically correct. Today you can download these genuine 1980s house rules for 1st Edition AD&D! Continue reading

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