D&D 5e Adventure Creation, Part 2 – The Beholden Temple | the DM Lair [video]

Hey folks, tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern US time on my channel, the DM Lair, we'll be creating a D&D 5e adventure together live. This will be a collaborative adventure creation stream, so please swing on by and help us create something awesome! This is a great opportunity for new DMs to learn how to … Continue reading D&D 5e Adventure Creation, Part 2 – The Beholden Temple | the DM Lair

Most Important D&D 5e Rules for Dungeon Masters | The DM Lair [video]

Okay, here's the deal: learning and memorizing all the rules from the Player Handbook, the Dungeon Master Guide, and the Monster Manual can be super intimating (and just plain hard) for both new DMs and veteran DMs who are perhaps new to fifth edition. So, in this video, I'm going to give you a prioritized … Continue reading Most Important D&D 5e Rules for Dungeon Masters | The DM Lair

Marmalade Dog 24 Announcement & 2018 in Review | The DM Lair [video]

Hey folks, first I have a quick announcement about the Marmalade Dog 24 conventions that runs in Kalamazoo, Michigan from February 22 to 24. Then I'm taking a stab at one of these "year in review" videos. You know, those are the things that all YouTube content creators are contractually obligated to do and are … Continue reading Marmalade Dog 24 Announcement & 2018 in Review | The DM Lair

10 Ways to Improve Combat Maps in D&D | The DM Lair [video]

There are few things more boring in D&D than a combat map that is nothing but bare rooms or wide-open, empty terrain. Maps like that hardly inspire players' imaginations. Instead, let's spice our battle grids up, shall we? In this video, I go over ten ways to improve combat maps in D&D to make them … Continue reading 10 Ways to Improve Combat Maps in D&D | The DM Lair

This Spell is NOT Ruining D&D 5e | The DM Lair [Video]

There have been some vicious rumors going around about a D&D 5e spell that is supposedly RUINING the game. Now, I've been playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition for several years, and I've yet to see a spell ruin the game. So, either we haven't been using this spell, or it's insidiously deceptive. OR, maybe … Continue reading This Spell is NOT Ruining D&D 5e | The DM Lair [Video]

Running Siege Adventures in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]

Ever tried to run a siege in D&D? How about large-scale battles? If so, you may have quickly discovered that the game's rule set simply wasn't designed to accommodate large battles. So how then can dungeon masters run siege adventures for their games? In this video, I discuss how I run siege adventures in my … Continue reading Running Siege Adventures in D&D | the DM Lair [Video]

5 Ways to Improve Traps in D&D – Using the Environment & Monsters | the DM Lair [Video]

Are standard traps getting a little old for you? Maybe you're tired of spinning saw blades, spiked floors, and poison darts? Yeah, me, too. But traps are a tradition in D&D, so what's a dungeon master to do? In this video, I go over five ways to improve traps in D&D using the environment and … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Traps in D&D – Using the Environment & Monsters | the DM Lair [Video]

D&D Encounter Building Tutorial | the DM Lair [Video]

Ever wondered how in the world to create an encounter in D&D 5e? Or maybe just looking for some tips and inspiration to take your encounters to the next level? In this live stream, I created several encounters with my viewers, walking through the process step-by step. This is a great encounter creation guide for … Continue reading D&D Encounter Building Tutorial | the DM Lair [Video]

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]