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Ashes of Athas: The Development Process

The development process can help identify and resolve an adventure’s weakest points.

October 20, 2015

Ashes of Athas: Where to Begin

Find out how Ashes of Athas designed its first adventure, and the start of its campaign, with a bang!
Use these techniques for your campaign!

October 20, 2015

Ashes of Athas – Looking Back on the Dark Sun Organized Play Campaign

The secrets of Ashes of Athas, the Dark Sun organized play campaign, are shared with Mike Shea and with the Misdirected Mark podcast. Find out how Chad Brown, Derek Guder, and I lost so much sleep.

October 20, 2015

Death Mark – Dark Sun Book Review

Rob Schwalb’s my hero. Not only did he help craft an excellent 4E Dark Sun setting, he writes a Dark Sun novel full of Athasian flavor and great campaign hooks.

October 12, 2015

Making Silt Horror Tentacles!

Turn a cheap rubber octopus into silt horror tentacles! This is a fun and easy do-it-yourself project.

October 11, 2015

Organizing and Using WotC Poster Maps

The amazingly beautiful and inspiring WotC poster maps, captured as a downloadable image gallery for DMs. Plan your next exciting battle!

October 11, 2015

Adventure Hacking in Dark Sun

Where we mash-up Aliens and Thunderspire Labyrinth to create a fantastic Dark Sun adventure – or was it only in our minds?

October 11, 2015

Breaking Patterns, part 3: Abstract 4E

We break established design patterns to have a strong story-rich wilderness travel skill challenge feel and two abstract combats – including one with an army unit!

October 10, 2015

Breaking Patterns, Part 2

When a combat is dissatisfyingly easy, we drop in a ferocious custom-built sand drake! Download the monster for your game. Episode 8 of my Dark Sun campaign, Crown of Sorrow.

October 10, 2015

Breaking Patterns in Encounter Design

We can work really hard at creating great adventures and yet still not escape the patterns of conventional adventure design. Here is how we break the mold.

October 9, 2015