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How to DM a Spelljammer Campaign

How can a DM make the most of the Spelljammer D&D campaign setting? I discuss key elements such as ship combat and exploration on the Dragon Talk podcast!

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Join My Tables at 2022 GameHole Con!

Come join me at GameHole Con for games, panels, and live games!

June 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Your Game’s Lore? Make it Actionable!

Lore is often encyclopedic, hard to use and even intimidating for Dungeon Masters. Here is how actionable lore can change your game.

June 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

How to Provide PCs with Meaningful Deaths

Today’s roleplaying games emphasize character creation and character development. How do we design adventures and campaigns where death is meaningful?

April 18, 2022 · 6 Comments

Why Classic Adventures Offer Characters Meaningless Death

Classic D&D often presents situations forcing a quick and meaningless death. Modern editions are often accused of being too easy. Why has the game changed, and what is the point of character death today?

April 7, 2022 · 9 Comments

Use These Free Dwarven Forge Adventures in Your Next campaign

Dwarven Forge provides free Dungeons & Dragons adventures! Here is how to use them in your home campaign or with official adventures.

March 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Reviewing Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons: A Mastering Dungeons Index

Learn all about Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons with this index of our Mastering Dungeons podcast review!

February 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

How WotC Already Found the Future of Spellcasting Monsters

The latest spellcasting monsters still have design issues. But if we look at WotC’s 2019 design, we can see the future!

February 18, 2022 · 22 Comments

The Future We Want for Spellcasting Monsters

WotC has made changes to D&Ds spellcasting monsters. We analyze the design changes and decide whether these changes go far enough.

February 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Dragon Talk: The Game Master’s Guide to Evolving Magic Items

How do we make magic items awesome? I answer this on the Dragon Talk official D&D podcast and in my new supplement The Game Master’s Guide to Evolving Magic Items!

January 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

How DMs can make the Most of Patron-Driven Dungeons & Dragons Campaigns

Make the most of D&D’s patron rules, creating a more interesting and engaging campaign where players are united by common goals.

December 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dragon Talk: Give Your D&D Campaigns Purpose with Group Patrons

Want an awesome D&D campaign? Make the most of 5E’s rules for a Group Patron – an organization or entity that oversees the party, often acting as employer, financier, or mentor.

December 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

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