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

How to Balance Combat Encounters in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

One of the big questions that I get asked a lot on Instagram and Facebook messenger is how to properly balance encounters in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. After all, failure to improperly balance an encounter in D&D 5e can lead either to the players getting killed by a non-BBEG encounter or easily handling something … Continue reading How to Balance Combat Encounters in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

10 Super Useful Sites Every DM Should Know About

It's a good time to be a Dungeon Master. Back when I started as a Dungeon Master back in the early '90s, the only resources you had available to you were those you could purchase at a bookstore or from the back of a magazine. Nowadays, thanks to the internet, there is a seemingly endless … Continue reading 10 Super Useful Sites Every DM Should Know About

Free Tutorial: How to Draw a Fantasy Village Map by Niklas Wistedt

This special guest post is from cartographer and artist, Niklas Wistedt. Make sure to follow him on Instagram and enjoy! Villages and towns are important places in most fantasy roleplaying games. It’s a place for the adventurers to stock-up on gear before taking off on wilderness or dungeon expeditions, interact with NPC’s, and sometimes the … Continue reading Free Tutorial: How to Draw a Fantasy Village Map by Niklas Wistedt

The Dungeon Dude Promotional Subclasses Information and FAQ

Wow! I'm astounded! Just yesterday afternoon at 5pm CST, Dungeon Dude, a cartographer on Instagram, had only 515 followers. I was in the process of looking for a new artist to promote and he chimed in that he would help out. Little did Dungeon Dude know that I would choose him for promotions. 24 hours … Continue reading The Dungeon Dude Promotional Subclasses Information and FAQ