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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

Dark Sun Campaign Development: Storyboarding and Arcs

One of the ways we can make our campaign feel like a cool movie or TV show is to employ the same storyboarding and story arc techniques.

October 2, 2015

Bringing the Heat – Starting a Dark Sun Campaign

Planning a Dark Sun campaign? This suggested process will help, as will these campaign themes that capture the essence of the setting and really resonate with players.

October 2, 2015

Another Age Begins

Gone for 14 years, the Dark Sun setting finally returns for 4E! I look back at what brought it back and defend the need for canon in campaign settings.

October 2, 2015

Shh… Unspeakable Organizations in Dark Sun

Dark Sun’s secret organizations often cause your PC to examine their worldview – where does the PC stand on issues like slavery, magic, Sorcerer-Kings, the ages of Athas, or the Dragon?

October 2, 2015

Running the Sands – Tips for Surviving as a Dark Sun DM

Two aspects that can be particularly important for the Dark Sun campaign world: maintaining the sense of Athasian uniqueness and achieving an appropriate challenge level.

October 2, 2015

Bone, Wood, Stone, and Obsidian – Fighting in Athas

From the materials used to the differences in construction to paying with clay pieces, Athas has a unique flavor when it comes to weapons.

October 2, 2015

Varied Threats – Understanding Athasian Terrain

A key to DMing Dark Sun is understanding its varied and brutal terrain. This article led to a Dragon magazine article!

October 2, 2015

Life and Death in an Athasian City-State

Points of light? Dark Sun turns this on its head. The PCs’ home base is a city-state ruled by a vile godlike dictator with an army of corrupt templars enforcing their will. Let’s meet the city-states!

October 2, 2015

Traveling the Athasian Wastes

Dark Sun is a campaign world unlike any other. Here are four aspects of the setting that any traveler must confront.

October 2, 2015