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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

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

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

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

Hexploring the Possibilities

SRM has a cool idea on giving players a hand in overland exploration, turning random encounters into a neat new system of Hexploration. Let’s experiment and apply it to Dark Sun!

October 7, 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

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