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For an Epic Hero, What is the DC to Pick a Lock?

A level 20 hero finds a treasure chest in a D&D 5E game. What should the DC be to pick a lock? Let’s review two approaches and how to make them shine.

September 16, 2021 · 6 Comments

These Adventures Teach Us How to Offer Players Choices

Adventures that offer real choices? Let’s take a look at some from… get ready for this… 4E.

September 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

How to Run Skill Challenges in 5E (DM’s Deep Dive with Sly Flourish)

Mike Shea and I provide advice on how DMs can run skill challenges in 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons.

April 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Ambitious (Dark Sun) Adventure Design

My favorite adventures are bold and innovative. We look at how to take risks, using an Ashes of Athas adventure as an example.

October 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Seldom Recognized Dangers of Playing Ranged or Stealthy Characters

Range and Stealth offer awesome offensive potential, but carry risks players may not foresee. Here’s how to mitigate the issues.

March 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

What a 5E Spelljammer Campaign Setting Might Look Like

Does the Baldur’s Gate III video game trailer mean Spelljammer is coming? Here is what 5E Spelljammer might look like!

February 28, 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

Which Products to Buy During a DMs Guild Sale!

A huge sale on the DMs Guild? Here are the products I think should be a part of every gamer’s collection!

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Return of the Classics – Why 5E is Such a Success

Which adventures are considered D&D classics? How is it that 3E and 4E produced so few, if any, classics? And, let’s reveal how 5E is bringing back the classics!

January 4, 2017 · 12 Comments

The Magic of Items

Does a certain number of magic items per PC make D&D Next better? There are better and more important questions to ask.

October 20, 2015