How to Create Puzzles for Fifth Edition | A New How-to Guide for 5e GMs

Fifth Edition has a lot of cool elements to it that GMs can use: combat, exploration, and, of course, plenty of role play. These are often considered the four pillars of a tabletop RPG. However, I believe that there is a fourth that's just as important: problem solving and critical thinking. And it is arguably … Continue reading How to Create Puzzles for Fifth Edition | A New How-to Guide for 5e GMs

How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

Occasionally, I get folks on Instagram and Facebook asking me how to create a D&D monster for Fifth Edition. Of course, the Dungeon Master's Guide outlines how to do just that on pages 273 - 283. But for some that can be a little overwhelming. And there are lots of little rules that are easy … Continue reading How to Create a D&D Monster for Fifth Edition in 15 Minutes or Less

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

How to Make a Legendary Monster| DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Hey all! Thought I might whip up a real quick article today on creating one of the most fun elements of a good Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition game: big bad evil guys (aka BBEGs). This method is pretty simple, too. In fact, it works more or less the same way adding a template to … Continue reading How to Make a Legendary Monster| DM’s Workshop for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Free Tutorial: How to Draw a Fantasy Village Map by Niklas Wistedt

This special guest post is from cartographer and artist, Niklas Wistedt. Make sure to follow him on Instagram and enjoy! Villages and towns are important places in most fantasy roleplaying games. It’s a place for the adventurers to stock-up on gear before taking off on wilderness or dungeon expeditions, interact with NPC’s, and sometimes the … Continue reading Free Tutorial: How to Draw a Fantasy Village Map by Niklas Wistedt

How to Create Magic Items for Fifth Edition (Now Available in PDF)

Hi! I'm DMDave, author of all of this site's content. I've been playing for more than 25 years and I just love writing about the world's greatest roleplaying game. And I'm happy to announce that all of the content will now be available for you to purchase here on the site exclusively! The brand new … Continue reading How to Create Magic Items for Fifth Edition (Now Available in PDF)

How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Recently, I showed you all how to make a cool, new monster variant in 15 minutes or less. And many of you shared that enjoyed it. So thank you so much! This time, I'd like to dive into how to make an elite version of a monster. What is an elite monster? An elite monster … Continue reading How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave