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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

The Best and Worst of Adventure Formats at Winter Fantasy 2020

In the search for more open play, D&D has made changes to adventure format. At the Winter Fantasy convention we saw how it worked.

February 20, 2020 · 4 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

Why Dark Sun Was 4E’s Most Successful Setting (Part 2)

4th edition Dark Sun saw only three books, but felt like much more. Here’s how it became a huge success.

January 24, 2020 · 7 Comments

Why Dark Sun Was 4E’s Most Successful Setting (Part 1)

Why did 4E have so few campaign settings? What happened in the past and what might D&D do in the future?

January 16, 2020 · 9 Comments

Making Healthy Gaming Resolutions

Gaming resolutions can be powerful and productive when done right. Here is how to make healthy gaming resolutions.

December 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

How to Deal With Feeling Down in the Golden Era of RPGs

It’s a golden era, but many people feel left out. Why is it happening? What do we do about it?

May 17, 2019 · 17 Comments