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Potential Energy: Making Random Encounters Consistently Awesome

Harness the power of potential energy to create compelling random encounters!

August 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Potential Energy: Creating Responsive Adventure Scenes

We continue to explore Potential Energy: how can adventures respond to characters, empowering and engaging players?

May 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Potential Energy: How to Write Engaging Adventures

How do we write engaging adventures? We add potential energy in our scenes so the action and improvisation will follow!

May 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 Comment

Why Eberron’s Oracle of War Was the Best Organized Play Program at Winter Fantasy 2020

Eberron’s Oracle of War excited and pleased players and DMs. Here is how the organized play campaign achieved excellence.

March 5, 2020 · 3 Comments

5E Dungeons & Dragons Is Replete With Spelljammer References

We complete our look at Spelljammer with a list of all its 5E appearances to date.

March 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 · 4 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 · 3 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 · 5 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 · 8 Comments