How-To DM: Absent Players

We’ve all been there: you either have a regular session every week, or every two weeks, or even monthly. It’s scheduled out. But come the day of or the day before, and they cancel on you. Or, they just tell you they’re going to be gone that day and they can’t make that session. WhatContinue reading “How-To DM: Absent Players”

Ho-To DM: DMing Young People

Sorry for the late post…it’s been a busy day. I had a number of doctor’s appointments today, so please forgive me. Tonight, Dear Readers, was an awesome game. I’m not going to do a summary, although it would be great, but I will let you know that I am running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. But thisContinue reading “Ho-To DM: DMing Young People”

This Was Supposed to Be a Different Post..

The original plan was to write a post about running a game for young children who are brand new to dungeons & dragons. Originally, I was supposed to be doing just that tonight. That did not happen. When the organizer and I, for this particular event, had arrived, the store event organizer advised us thatContinue reading “This Was Supposed to Be a Different Post..”

DM Story: I Killed Another Beloved NPC

My Tuesday group, having migrated online, has changed some. We added two online players that add a lot to the game. In any case, it is, like my Sunday game, all online. Due to the limited nature of the campaign, meaning the length, I made it rather episodic, so that there was no pressure ofContinue reading “DM Story: I Killed Another Beloved NPC”

DM Story: The Story of Kief

Back in the day, when I first played Dungeons and Dragons, my group consisted of my cousin Daniel being the DM (he was a few years older than us) and Jack (who was my age). We had many a grand adventure. Jack and I each had two characters, with me playing a thief (what theyContinue reading “DM Story: The Story of Kief”

DM Story: When a New Player Decided to Grapple a Troll at Level 1

I had a group of players who were literally ALL new to D&D. Super eager to learn and loves to play. And they do things that NO VETERAN PLAYER WOULD EVER consider doing. I was running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and they are just starting. They deal with the bar right easily enough, and the troll/stirgesContinue reading “DM Story: When a New Player Decided to Grapple a Troll at Level 1”

Not All Puzzles Require Solving

Even though I was unable to play my normal Sunday Adventurers League game (I had to travel again yesterday), I was able to play my Sunday evening Discord game. I’ve talked about this group before (how the wood elf Elren befriended the tarantula named Benjamin), and it’s a good group. Currently, it’s made of ElrenContinue reading “Not All Puzzles Require Solving”

DM Story: How The Daily DM (accidentally) Traumatized a Table of Middle Schoolers

So, I was DMing a table of mostly middle schoolers (one of them is my son), and very early into the campaign, the party bard was tired of how long it took to get across the city and asked me how much it costs to hire a wagon. According to the PHB, it costs 1Continue reading “DM Story: How The Daily DM (accidentally) Traumatized a Table of Middle Schoolers”

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DM Story: Near TPKs

Dear readers, this blog post is brought to you by me using voice to text, so if there are errors or mistakes, blame Android. There comes a time in a dungeon master’s life where you build what you believe to be a good, challenging, and balanced encounter. Often times, due to the nature of howContinue reading “DM Story: Near TPKs”

Rime of the Frostmaiden: “Have Fun Storming the Castle, Boys!”

In our League game, the two female players were unable to make it to our session this week, thus the title. So when we last left our heroes, they had thwarted the attack on Ten Towns by the chardalyn dragon that Xardorok Sunblight, the duergar king and clan leader in the mountains, had created. TheContinue reading “Rime of the Frostmaiden: “Have Fun Storming the Castle, Boys!””

The Struggle Is Real

Today, Dear Readers, I’m going to get very real with you. VERY real. So all of you can tell that my posting schedule has been more than erratic. The truth is that I’ve been struggling something fierce. With what? My depression. I’ve been struggling being very motivated to do much more than getting out ofContinue reading “The Struggle Is Real”

How To Add DnD To Your Resume

Dear Readers,This particular treatise was written by one of my teen players. They wish to remain anonymous, so there is no name associated with it. That said, this is the product of another person, and if you cite it or use it, please credit The Daily Dungeon Master Blog.Lastly, I included some D&D memes forContinue reading “How To Add DnD To Your Resume”

An Odd Post: How D&D Has Kept Me Going

Dear Readers, my posting, as I have said recently, has been sporadic. as I’ve said before, my multiple sclerosis has been kicking my backside. I’m really trying. That said, I did want to do a post today, even if it’s voice to text from my phone. Like many people, I started playing D&D as aContinue reading “An Odd Post: How D&D Has Kept Me Going”

Miniature Painting: The Shame Grows…

So, it’s happened. The shame has grown too great. So I continued the minis that I have left half-painted. Here’s where I am so far. First up, the stupid tiefling. Obviously, I will need to do some touch-ups, but he’s coming along okay, I guess. I’m just annoyed with this mini and unsure of whatContinue reading “Miniature Painting: The Shame Grows…”

Announcement & A Story

So we’ve run into a perfect storm at the moment. With my current health issues, as well as recent health issues for yourdorkmaterials, my posting schedule has been…difficult to work on. That said, again, I’m not abandoning or quitting The Blog. I just can’t do it. For those of you who are just readers toContinue reading “Announcement & A Story”

Dear Readers

I thought long and hard about continuing posting this week. Due my own family activities, and likely the activities of you, my Dear Readers, I have decided to take this week off, so that all of us may enjoy our holiday. I, for example, have soooooo much wrapping to do. In the mean time, hereContinue reading “Dear Readers”

How-To Paint Minis: Painting Minsc

Hello, Dear Readers! I only have a short post as my recent MS relapse has had me in near constant doctors appointments! That said, I have something to show you: Isn’t he wonderful? I finished painting his base, did some touch-up work, and shaded him. There is a shading technique that I want to tryContinue reading “How-To Paint Minis: Painting Minsc”

Rime of the Frostmaiden: Helping Hillbillies and Delving Into a Mine

When last we left our band of heroes, they had just completed their trip to Brynn Shander to remove curses, restock their gear and head out to see about the troubles of Dougan’s Hole (they also had picked up a job delivering supplies to a reclusive gnome north of Lonelywood and heading to a pirateContinue reading “Rime of the Frostmaiden: Helping Hillbillies and Delving Into a Mine”

Rime of the Frostmaiden: Operation “Housekeeping” a Success

Dear Readers, due to my having just been discharged from the hospital yesterday, I missed getting my post out, and we didn’t end up playing. Therefore, today I’ll be giving a brief overview of what happened Sunday to make up for missing that post. Thanks for your love and understanding. ~The Daily DM ______________________________________________________________________________________________ WeContinue reading “Rime of the Frostmaiden: Operation “Housekeeping” a Success”