A collection of resources exploring the complex art of being a dungeon master.
One of your players came to you with something that they wrote of found online and they want to play with it in your game. Rather than simply rejecting it, what can be done to balance homebrew content while still retaining what your players like about a homebrew character option.
Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft introduces a new and exciting character option called “Dark Gifts.” While ostensibly flavored as pacts or offerings from dark entities that come with strings attached, these Dark Gifts can be made to fit many settings with a little tweaking of flavor.
2016 saw the return of the Doom franchise. 2020 gave us the sequel, Doom Eternal. I played through both, asked myself “how do I make dnd combat work like that?”, and built an answer.
This was the article that won us an Ennie in 2021.
5e’s rules for temperature and weather are pretty crazy and they make it hard to make weather a meaningfully impactful part of the game. These rules provide an intuitive solution that’s realistic enough to feel believable, but not so complex that using them is a burden.
A guide to using magic items in your campaign as a reward, as a plot device, as a balancing mechanism, and as a window into the lore of your world.
A mechanical breakdown of planning out the content and rewards of a campaign from levels 1 to 20.
Is combat taking too long? Making a few decisions ahead of time and rethinking how you handle a few things at the table can make your encounters run much faster without taking away any of the fun parts.
Legendary creatures offer some interesting mechanics to make singular creatures a meaningful threat. How do we build these creatures?
A detailed guide to planning and running tight, impactful, and fun game sessions within a one-hour timeframe.
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything introduced the concept of “Optional Class Features”, which offer powerful new options to customize and improve classes’ core features. Rather than allowing them across as-written for every character, I encourage a more reasoned, thoughtful, and precise approach.
A detailed guide to what Sidekicks are, how they work, how to use them in your game, and how to create your own sidekicks.
What are status conditions? How do they work? What creatures can I use to torment my players with them?