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Incentives for Roleplaying in D&D Next

Learn how rules can stimulate role-playing by studying the successful approaches of several excellent RPGs.

October 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

The Lazy Dungeon Master

With so few hours in a day, becoming an efficient dungeon master is a key to great gaming. The review of Mike Shea’s new book, The Lazy Dungeon Master.

October 17, 2015

Classic Adventures: Converting Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh to D&D Next

Learn the steps to easily convert a classic adventure to 5E. The excellent Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh is used as an example.

October 17, 2015

D&D Next and Classic Adventures: Organizing the (Caves of) Chaos

Classic adventures can be easily converted to 5E, but the writing approach often falls shorts of today’s standards. Six techniques help us modernize the classics, preserving the feel and increasing the fun.

October 17, 2015

Adapting Classic Adventures like Keep on the Borderlands to DnD Next (or 5E)

D&D Next’s first playtest adventure was Caves of Chaos, nearly a copy of the original Keep on the Borderlands. Review the interesting history of this adventure and avoid its faults when you run it.

October 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Threat of D&D Next Monster Design

Should D&D Next stat blocks be so plain? Let’s compare them to a similar 4E monster and identify how the format could improve.

October 14, 2015

Last Stand at Camp Starfall – The Influences of Other Genres on D&D

For the vast majority of gamers, D&D is simply a fantasy game, with no aspects of science-fiction. However, the early history of the game was full of sci-fi influences.

October 13, 2015

Last Stand at Camp Starfall – May of the Dead

Every DM needs a campy fun horror adventure in their arsenal! This free adventure is perfect for October and combines horror, sci-fi, and fun monsters.

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

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