How to Run a Fifth Edition Horror Campaign | Behind the Screen (BroadSword Preview)

This is a preview for BroadSword Monthly #2. Horror is one of the many types of settings available to gamemasters to run in Fifth Edition. But how can horror work in a world where epic heroes swing legendary magic swords,  dodge arrows, and walk off near-fatal wounds after a full night's rest? This article dives … Continue reading How to Run a Fifth Edition Horror Campaign | Behind the Screen (BroadSword Preview)

How to Create Epic Encounters | New Resource for GMs (BroadSword Preview)

You're the GM and you want the characters in your game to go toe-to-toe with a single monster. Naturally, you pit the characters against a creature that the Encounter Difficulty XP per Character table would list as "Deadly." But they breeze right through it without a scratch! What's up with that? Now your players are … Continue reading How to Create Epic Encounters | New Resource for GMs (BroadSword Preview)

How to Get Your Players to Engage | Behind the Screen with DMDave

Cell phones, laptops, and off-color jokes, oh my! Anyone that's been a GM before--no matter how good you are--probably knows that getting players to engage is one of the toughest parts of being a game master. Even I sometimes fail to impress, watching my sessions devolve into total chaos. So how do you get your … Continue reading How to Get Your Players to Engage | Behind the Screen with DMDave

How Much Do Adventurers Earn Per Hour? | New Article for Fifth Edition

Recently, I was putting together an article around creating golems using the manual of golems from the DMG. But as I was trying to reverse engineer the entire process (and I still hope to release the info I came up with) it occurred to me that it just simply isn't worth it due to opportunity … Continue reading How Much Do Adventurers Earn Per Hour? | New Article for Fifth Edition

How to Create Level-Independent Challenges (a la Challenge of Champions) | DMDave Workshop

BroadSword Magazine #1 is officially on the way, the entire run of the magazine has secured over $40,000 on Kickstarter. One of the adventures in the first issue involves an old-school, level-independent adventure that requires the characters to think... instead of, you know, just stabbing everything in sight. However, level-independent puzzles and challenges aren't something … Continue reading How to Create Level-Independent Challenges (a la Challenge of Champions) | DMDave Workshop

How to Make a Dungeon in 30-Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

Hey hey! Happy Saturday, folks! Saturday is my Saturday campaign. I've already done some planning for it (in the last edition of this series) but I thought I might expand a little on the Leilon setting. Also, I wasn't crazy about the organization of that last article, so I thought I might clean things up … Continue reading How to Make a Dungeon in 30-Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

A Quick Primer on Encounter Mathematics | DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Last night, I whipped up a quickie (well, it was around 4,000 words, but I digress) document on how to create an adventure in 30 minutes or so. While looking at it, I realized that I probably zipped through the math on it pretty quick. I realize now that I sometimes take for granted how … Continue reading A Quick Primer on Encounter Mathematics | DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create a Bad Ass Adventure in 30 Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

Recently, my Saturday group hit the infamous level 11, placing them in the third tier. What does third tier mean in D&D? In the third tier (levels 11-16) characters have reached a level of power that sets them high above the ordinary populace and makes them special even among adventurers. At 11th level, many spellcasters … Continue reading How to Create a Bad Ass Adventure in 30 Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

The 3 Types of Encounters in D&D 5e (Plus 3 FREE Adventures) | [Guest Post]

Today, I have a treat for you guys. Landon Guss of Quest Chests offers up some great insight into what makes for a cool adventure and then offers up links to 3 FREE adventures. Hope you enjoy! An adventure in Dungeons and Dragons can be a lot of things, but if there’s one thing every … Continue reading The 3 Types of Encounters in D&D 5e (Plus 3 FREE Adventures) | [Guest Post]

How to Make a Legendary Monster| DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Hey all! Thought I might whip up a real quick article today on creating one of the most fun elements of a good Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition game: big bad evil guys (aka BBEGs). This method is pretty simple, too. In fact, it works more or less the same way adding a template to … Continue reading How to Make a Legendary Monster| DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition