Survival Horror | New Article by DMDave (BroadSword Preview)

Survival horror is a sub-genre of horror that emphasizes the protagonists evading overwhelming dangers instead of facing them head-on. Popular examples of survival horror include zombie movies and video games, Lovecraftian horror, and stories that involve extraterrestrial threats such as Aliens, Predator, or The Thing. How to Create a Survival Horror Adventure In a survival … Continue reading Survival Horror | New Article by DMDave (BroadSword Preview)

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 … Continue reading How to Run a Fifth Edition Horror Campaign | Behind the Screen (BroadSword Preview)

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

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’s 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)