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How to Play Dungeons & Dragons

So you want to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons, right? Now, more than ever Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop roleplaying like it are making a massive comeback. In fact, there are currently an estimated 13.7 million Dungeons & Dragons players in the world. But as a new player, where do you start? And […]

How to Create Puzzles for Fifth Edition | A New How-to Guide for 5e GMs

Fifth Edition has a lot of cool elements to it that GMs can use: combat, exploration, and, of course, plenty of role play. These are often considered the four pillars of a tabletop RPG. However, I believe that there is a fourth that’s just as important: problem solving and critical thinking. And it is arguably […]

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 […]

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

How to Create Epic Monster Encounters The monster hunters discover what’s doing all the killing. They confront the creature, fight it, and… it dies in two rounds. Lame. The Difficulty XP per Character table would list as “Deadly.” But they breeze right through it with hardly scratch! What’s up with that? Now your players are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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