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

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‚Äôs one thing every … Continue reading The 3 Types of Encounters in D&D 5e (Plus 3 FREE Adventures) | [Guest Post]

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

10 Times Dark Sun Characters Stopped What They Were Doing to Pose for a Brom Painting (and Flex Their Quads)

I figure if I'm going to make a Top 10 list every week, I might as well make one that cracks me up. If you're a "new school" Dungeons & Dragons player, you might not get the joke with this particular list, but us grognards will probably smile. Back during second edition, there was a … Continue reading 10 Times Dark Sun Characters Stopped What They Were Doing to Pose for a Brom Painting (and Flex Their Quads)

10 Favorite Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Books

Happy new years, folks! I'm going to be taking off most of today and tomorrow to spend time with the family before I return to my day job on Wednesday, but I thought I might get out a quick listicle to tide you all over. Recently, I sent folks on my Instagram account a picture … Continue reading 10 Favorite Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Books

10 of the Most Broken Things Ever in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (That’re in the Official Rules) | [NSFW]

A big part of being a creative is accepting criticism. And as someone who dabbles in the world of creating new game mechanics, I receive plenty of criticism. Like, a lot. Plus, I post to Reddit, too, because, well, I'm a masochist, I guess. Anyways, I thought I might share a funny list of 10 … Continue reading 10 of the Most Broken Things Ever in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (That’re in the Official Rules) | [NSFW]