The Miraculous Resurrection – My Deus Ex Machina Story | The DM Lair [video]

I think every dungeon master has been there at least once in their Dungeons & Dragons games: that Deus Ex Machina moment. Something has gone horribly wrong in the game, and the DM knows they can fix it with but a word. However, should they? This is the story of my own personal Deus Ex … Continue reading The Miraculous Resurrection – My Deus Ex Machina Story | The DM Lair

Let’s Get Rid of Alignment in D&D | The DM Lair [video]

Do we even really need the alignment system anymore in Dungeons & Dragons? What would happen if we got rid of it? Would we even notice? In this video, I discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the alignment system in D&D and explain how I use alignment in my games. For more videos to help … Continue reading Let’s Get Rid of Alignment in D&D | The DM Lair

Not Everything Is Combat! D&D Encounter Building | The DM Lair [video]

Have you ever played a D&D game that was just combat after combat after combat? While that style of play may suit some players, for many it can get old fast. Indeed, a critical component of Dungeons & Dragons encounter building for any Dungeon Master is providing a variety of encounter types that will appeal … Continue reading Not Everything Is Combat! D&D Encounter Building | The DM Lair

Running Chase Scenes – Simple, Easy-to-Use Rules | The DM Lair [video]

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

My First TPK in D&D | The DM Lair [video]

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

How to Create a D&D 5e Character Sheet from Scratch | The DM Lair [video]

Creating a character is probably one of the most complex parts of Dungeons & Dragons. In this video, the Barbarian walks us through how he does character creation in D&D 5th edition. (And if the Barbarian can do it, everyone can do it.) For more videos to help dungeon masters run awesome games, check out … Continue reading How to Create a D&D 5e Character Sheet from Scratch | The DM Lair

Tonight we’re going to finish it. (I swear!) | The DM Lair [video]

Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern US time on my YouTube channel, The DM Lair, we'll be going to finish up the D&D 5e adventure we've been working on, the Beholden Temple. Finally... (And this time I swear we'll actually finish it!) For more videos to help dungeon masters run awesome games, check out the DM … Continue reading Tonight we’re going to finish it. (I swear!) | The DM Lair

My D&D Players Took a Long Rest in the Middle of the Dungeon | The DM Lair [video]

I suspect all dungeon masters have been there. Your D&D players are in the middle of clearing out a dungeon, and then they decide they want to take a long rest. Now, as DMs we know that if we allow the players to take long rests however often they want, the game will lose much … Continue reading My D&D Players Took a Long Rest in the Middle of the Dungeon | The DM Lair

Help! My Players Get Distracted by Everything – The DM Lair [video]

Do your D&D players get distracted by everything? Do you find it hard to keep them focused on the main adventure? To a certain extent, it's normal for Dungeons & Dragons players to chase butterflies or loot everything that's not nailed down…from time to time. However, if it's a constant habit, there are things a … Continue reading Help! My Players Get Distracted by Everything – The DM Lair