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

A Quick Primer on Encounter Mathematics | DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Last night, I whipped up a quickie (well, it was around 4,000 words, but I digress) document on how to create an adventure in 30 minutes or so. While looking at it, I realized that I probably zipped through the math on it pretty quick. I realize now that I sometimes take for granted how … Continue reading A Quick Primer on Encounter Mathematics | DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create a Bad Ass Adventure in 30 Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

Recently, my Saturday group hit the infamous level 11, placing them in the third tier. What does third tier mean in D&D? In the third tier (levels 11-16) characters have reached a level of power that sets them high above the ordinary populace and makes them special even among adventurers. At 11th level, many spellcasters … Continue reading How to Create a Bad Ass Adventure in 30 Minutes or Less | DM’s Workshop

D&D Collaborative Adventure Creation Live Stream | The DM Lair

Alright folks, we have an awesome live stream planned for tonight! We'll not only be creating a D&D 5e adventure together but also be having a giveaway! (Everyone likes free stuff right?) So, for the adventure creation, I'll go over some basics of adventure creation, but then we'll spend the rest of the stream (generally … Continue reading D&D Collaborative Adventure Creation Live Stream | 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]

Improved Mass Combat Rules (Part 1: Introduction) | Optional Rules for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Tonight, I tested out mass combat rules for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons of my own design. And I must say, they played pretty well. They allowed my guys to run a battle where their side had nearly 500 fighters under their command versus an army of roughly 1,000. Wizards of the Coast already had … Continue reading Improved Mass Combat Rules (Part 1: Introduction) | Optional Rules for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

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]