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So, there's nothing wrong per se with the rules in the Dungeon Master Guide about running chases in D&D. However, they are rather complicated. And the deal with complicated rules for chases is that since chases don't happen so often in Dungeons & Dragons, when you do have one, you have to dig out the … Continue reading Running Chase Scenes – Simple, Easy-to-Use Rules | The DM Lair
The Shadowfell gives rise to strange incarnations of the plane's bleak nature. The sorrowsworn embody the forms of suffering that are inherent to the shadowy landscape, and they visit horror on those who stumble into their midst. Emotion Given Form. Each sorrowsworn personifies a different aspect of despair or distress. Some are manifestations of anger; … Continue reading More Sorrowsworn | New Monsters for Fifth Edition
This is a continuation of my scalable NPC/monster series where instead of just creating all new monsters for Fifth Edition, I create rules to make it easy for anyone (including myself) to scale them up or down. Hobgoblins in Fifth Edition Hobgoblins definitely have to be one of my favorite monsters in D&D 5e. Although … Continue reading Hobgoblins | Scalable Monster for Fifth Edition
Tonight, Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Eastern US time, we'll be having a dungeon master question & answer live stream over on my YouTube channel, The DM Lair. For more videos to help dungeon masters run awesome games, check out the DM Lair on YouTube.
A while back, I started brainstorming rules for a modern Fifth Edition zombie survival setting called ZACS 5e--or the Zombie Apocalypse Campaign Setting (Fifth Edition rules). Since Dungeons & Dragons' Fifth Edition ruleset lends itself so well to different scenarios, I thought it was a bit of a layup. Of course, like many things I … Continue reading ZACS 5e | Modern Zombie Adventure Using Fifth Edition Rules
A Free Podcast for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition After a lengthy journey, the heroes arrive in Boldbrook. Fey quickly finds the nearest stage and sings about that fateful umber hulk encounter. Later, the group learns they may have more difficulty finding dragon bone than they first thought. Don't forget: our giveaway for your chance to … Continue reading Knights and Nerds Podcast | Episode 25 – Boldbrook
As a DM, I'm always on the lookout for good NPC challenges for my players. Unfortunately, most of the NPCs that are spread out among the three monster books (MM, VGtM, MToF) don't always cover each and every challenge rating there is. And thematically, they can be a little all over the place. For example, … Continue reading Martial Artists | New Scalable NPC for Fifth Edition
Have your D&D players ever been heading straight toward a total party kill (TPK), and you saw it coming? Did you, as the dungeon master, drop them hints to help them avoid it? Did you intervene? Or did you let the course of events play themselves out no matter what the final result? In this … Continue reading My First TPK in D&D | The DM Lair
Just last week, I wrote up a massive, 48-page (11,000 words) document on the Gatetown of Torch in the Outlands. My Saturday group, the Bloody Bunch, is currently "having a ball" in this wretched town, searching for a mysterious item known as the Soulbox. Supposedly, the Soulbox contains the mental facilities of the long-dead beholder … Continue reading Traz’s Cave | New Adventure/Challenge for Fifth Edition (Bloody Bunch Spoilers)