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Reviewing Player and DM Options in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything: A Mastering Dungeons Index

We provide an index to our podcast coverage of the book Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.

April 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

My Process for Creating a Cool Character (using Fantasy AGE as an example)

A great character concept makes the games we play even better. How can we create memorable characters? What is a good process to tease ideas from our minds? What can we learn from different RPGs? And, how do we create characters in Fantasy AGE? Let’s find out!

May 7, 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

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

It’s the End of the World as We Know it, and I Feel Fine (part 2)

Focused on the impending doom of the apocalypse, these two recent RPGs innovate our genre. Here is why you should play “Phoenix: Dawn Command,” and how to bring some of its epic aspects into your current RPG.

October 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

It’s the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine (part 1)

Focused on the impending doom of the apocalypse, these two recent RPGs innovate our genre. Here is why you should play “Shadow of the Demon Lord” and and how to bring some of its coolest features into your current RPG.

September 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Breathing (Extra) Life into Characters

Extra-Life is an opportunity to help children’s hospitals, and to explore how to create a memorable character based on a few initial parameters. Exciting developments are coming soon due to donors’ efforts, and the week is stuffed full of podcasts!

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

5 Questions for Character Creation

5 Questions is a supplement designed to help you create robust and interesting characters. It works well as both a DM and player tool.

January 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Incentives for Roleplaying in D&D Next

Learn how rules can stimulate role-playing by studying the successful approaches of several excellent RPGs.

October 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

D&D Next: A Touch of Class

Class, subclass, build, kit, theme… just what goes into defining a character’s class?
What do we gain, and how best can we reflect commonalities and differences between the different varieties of classes in the game?

October 20, 2015