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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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