Designing a D&D Combat Map – No More Bare Rooms! | the DM Lair [Video]

Know what's worse than D&D night getting cancelled? Fighting encounter after encounter in lame, featureless rooms. The fact is, adding interesting terrain (such as furniture) to your battle maps goes a long way in spicing up an encounter -- even if you're playing theater of the mind! In this video, I go over several ways … Continue reading Designing a D&D Combat Map – No More Bare Rooms! | the DM Lair [Video]

Dealing with Murderhobos in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]

I suspect that most D&D players are familiar with the time-honored tradition of murderhobo'ing. However, for many dungeon masters, murderhobos are not exactly desired. However, what can a DM do to stop her players from offing every NPCs that looks at them cross-eyed? In this video, I discuss why players become murderhobos and what dungeon … Continue reading Dealing with Murderhobos in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]

Trap Building Tutorial | The DM Lair [Video]

Are you interested in creating traps for your D&D game, but not sure how to go about it? In this video, I give an overview of the steps involved in creating a trap, and then create several traps with my viewers as a few practical examples. By the way, I included timestamps in the description … Continue reading Trap Building Tutorial | The DM Lair [Video]

Encounter Creation Fundamentals – Building an Exciting D&D Encounter | the DM Lair [Video]

So what actually makes an interesting and engaging D&D encounter? You know, something that won't result in your players building dice towers in an effort to not doze off. Most modules would have you believe that just throwing monsters in a room is enough -- but it isn't, of course. In this video, I explain … Continue reading Encounter Creation Fundamentals – Building an Exciting D&D Encounter | the DM Lair [Video]

Help! My Player Always Rolls Super High | The DM Lair [Video]

What should a dungeon master do when a player always seems to roll really high? Sure, he may just be getting lucky, but he might also be cheating. Should the DM confront him? Try to talk it out? Or just let it slide? In this video, I explain how I handle this sort of thing … Continue reading Help! My Player Always Rolls Super High | The DM Lair [Video]

10 Ways to Make Death Matter in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]

Except in the early levels, when a character dies in D&D, it's usually not a big deal. Magic such as revivify and raise dead can be so easy to come by that resurrecting a dead PC is often a trivial matter. So, what can Dungeon Masters do if they want to make death matter in … Continue reading 10 Ways to Make Death Matter in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]