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How to Create Table Name Tents in Minutes

Table Name Tents are a must-have tool for any DM. Here is how to make a set in minutes.

February 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Three Qualities of My Best DM at Winter Fantasy 2020

The 2020 Winter Fantasy convention boasted many great DMs. I look at three reasons Rob Schwalb’s DMing was exceptional.

February 14, 2020 · 5 Comments

How to Improvise Awesome Downtime Activities on the Fly

Learn how to improvise downtime scenes, reskinning, mashing them together, and improvising them on the fly!

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Three Ways Acquisitions Incorporated Completely Changes Your D&D Campaign (and Downtime Too)

D&D finally grants players the keys to their castle… and the means to keep the castle relevant even while they adventure.

December 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

How to Create Engaging Narratives with Downtime

Here’s how to create vivid downtime scenes that engage your players and feel like part of a larger story they get to shape.

November 21, 2019 · 3 Comments

How Downtime Rules Evolved and Left the PH and DMG Behind

Downtime has improved, leaving the core books behind. Learn where to find the latest rules for downtime activities.

November 14, 2019 · 10 Comments

How Downtime Can Revolutionize Your D&D Games

Why do we need downtime in our game? How will it make our game awesome? The first in a series of articles making the most out of the D&D rules for downtime.

November 6, 2019 · 11 Comments

Critical Role and Bringing Emotional Investment to Campaigns

Critical Role, the acclaimed and influential livestream series, showcases how a campaign can create emotional invested players. Find out how to create emotionally rich play in your campaign.

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tomb of Annihilation comes alive with Jungle Treks!

We wrote six short adventures to supplement jungle exploration in Tomb of Annihilation or similar wilderness campaigns. Find out why this is so critical for Tomb of Annihilation!

November 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Using Cinematic Montages in RPGs

Cinematic montages bring blockbuster action to your adventures. Learn when and how to bring the camera into your game!

September 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

Creating a Player-Focused Tomb of Annihilation Campaign

Published 5E D&D campaigns, including the new Tomb of Annihilation, provide the players and DM with a ton of possible content to use. This technique allows us to find out what our players want and create a memorable campaign before the first die is rolled!

September 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Tarrasque and Halaster’s Maze of Madness: Encoded Designs Delivers

Hear the cheers and lamentations of your players with new adventures and sourcebooks from Encoded Designs!

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment