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D&D Fans Can Run an Awesome Star Wars Campaign with Esper Genesis

There have been many Star Wars RPGs, but the finest one may be Esper Genesis.

March 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

How to Run D&D’s Exploration Pillar: A Mastering Dungeons Index

Of the three pillars in D&D, Exploration is the least comfortable for DMs, players, and designers. We learn to overcome the challenges on the Mastering Dungeons podcast.

March 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Run a Great Rime of the Frostmaiden Campaign: A Mastering Dungeons Index

An index of all the advice on how to run the Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure, from the Mastering Dungeons podcast.

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

For a Great Campaign, Ask the PCs What Happens 10 to 100 Years After It Ends

This technique is a great way to end a campaign – but it is also how we can begin the design for a great campaign.

February 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

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 · 4 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 6 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 · 5 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