Not a Player’s Perspective – How-To DM: When Things Go Awry

Our normal contributor for today is bogged down with work and exams from his master’s degree. Which is fine and totally understandable. This leaves me the ability to do another article today on something been thinking about. What do you do when your campaign gets derailed? We’ve all been there. You know what I’m talkingContinue reading “Not a Player’s Perspective – How-To DM: When Things Go Awry”

VERY Brief Painting Update: Goliath Barbarian

Hello, Dear Readers! It’s been one heck of a week, and it’s looking at being busier as my birthday is coming up this Friday (yay me!). Unfortunately, that means I didn’t get a lot of painting done this week (although I plan on having it for next Tuesday!). Here is the update on the Barbarian:Continue reading “VERY Brief Painting Update: Goliath Barbarian”

Staff Update: New Contributor!

Hello again, Dear Readers! I have awesome and wonderful news. As of this week, we have yet another contributor joining our staff, Riley! They have several articles out on the horizon and we are looking forward to see their content. Please welcome Riley to our awesome writing team. Additionally, as it [my Clan Invasion Kickstarter!]Continue reading “Staff Update: New Contributor!”

Painting Update: Short One, Because It’s Humid!

As many of you know, when you paint miniatures, it is necessary to have a nice try environment so that the miniatures will dry out and you can move on to the next layer. The problem here is that it is so hot and humid outside that the AC can’t keep up with my sunroomContinue reading “Painting Update: Short One, Because It’s Humid!”

Painting Update: Goliath Barbarian and Planetar

First off, I’m really excited about these two projects. In particular, I’m really excited about the planetar. I think he, in particular, is going to turn out particularly well. Not to say I’m not going to put forth my best effort on the goliath, but the planetar is looking good to me. First off, theContinue reading “Painting Update: Goliath Barbarian and Planetar”

How-To Play: Player Responsibilities

I’ve done a lot of articles on DMing, of course, and as I know that I have a lot of players that are Readers as well. As such, I’ve thought about this post for some time, and wanted to right it to address some things that many DMs have said that they wish their playersContinue reading “How-To Play: Player Responsibilities”

How-To DM: Strongholds & Businesses

One of the cool things about tabletop games, especially with D&D, is the idea that, during the course of adventures, the party can acquire (and sometimes “acquire” if you catch my meaning…) various things that aren’t traditionally considered treasure. What am I talking about? I’m talking about businesses and strongholds. Maybe the king granted theContinue reading “How-To DM: Strongholds & Businesses”

How-To DM: Converting Old Modules/Adventures

If there’s an activity that I enjoy as much as I enjoy miniature painting, it is the act of converting old modules. As I have detailed before, there’s an old adventure in Dungeon magazine issue 53, called “Clarshh’s Sepulchre” that is easily one of my most enjoyable modules to run. The best part of thisContinue reading “How-To DM: Converting Old Modules/Adventures”

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”

How-To Play: Types of Games

Dear readers, as you can see, I’m starting a new series called “How to Play.” I hope you enjoy it! Last week as well as last night I had the privilege of running a game for my daughter and several of her friends, all of whom are ladies whose ages range in age from 18Continue reading “How-To Play: Types of Games”

Miniature Restoration Project: Mistletoe

And some of you may remember, one of my favorite projects that I do that are miniature related is to restore my parents’ old pewter miniatures. Today, we have with us an old, what I believe, is a ranger. He might be something else, but I doubt it. In any case, his name is Mistletoe.Continue reading “Miniature Restoration Project: Mistletoe”

Painting Update: Paladin

So apparently my post from three days ago didn’t upload, so I find myself this morning editing my post. Lovely. In any case, here is what was posted originally, and you’ll get a bonus post in a few minutes… Good afternoon, Dear Readers, and welcome to another painting update! I finally remembered to grab theContinue reading “Painting Update: Paladin”

Painting Update: Rogue For My Wednesday Evening Young Peoples’ Group

You may remember that I had posted about an aasimar paladin that I had been working on for a player in this group. I had also posted before that about the other miniature I had planned on working on for the same group (at the end of the post). Long story short: the paladin isContinue reading “Painting Update: Rogue For My Wednesday Evening Young Peoples’ Group”

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”

I’m Stuck…

Note: if you are one of my Tuesday campaign players, do not read this until after 11 pm tonight. Spoilers. Dear Readers, I find myself in quite the quandary. You see, I’m stuck. I have about a half dozen projects I’m working on and I’m stuck between them. I have to finish doing prep forContinue reading “I’m Stuck…”

How to DM: DMing Kids

As many of you may have read, I have an affinity for kids. I, myself, have a number of them. I love kids. When I began Adventures League where I used to live, it was really just to get my kids out of the house to give my wife a break (we didn’t have anyContinue reading “How to DM: DMing Kids”

How-To DM: Improvisation

Dear Readers, as you may have seen, my Tuesday group has begun a new campaign, calling themselves the Inglorious Ingrates. You may have seen our Wednesday staff writer, Brandon, who does our “Player’s Perspective” post, writing about their new exploits. If you did not know, by the way, we are starting that group as aContinue reading “How-To DM: Improvisation”

How-To DM: Game Extras

Pretty much everyone knows the basics of playing D&D. You need your books, dice, character sheets, an adventure/module to run, players and a DM. That’s the basics of what one needs to be able to play. But that’s just the basics. What else can enhance your game above and beyond the basics? Electronic Campaign TrackingContinue reading “How-To DM: Game Extras”

HOW-TO DM: GET YOUR HOBOS OFF THOSE RAILS

Hello everyone! In this week’s installment of How To DM, I’d like to talk about railroading. I’m sure everyone understands the term, but – just in case – let’s define the term. Railroading is a form of adventure design that essentially eliminates, or seriously limits, player choice. In reality, what we’re doing when we railroadContinue reading “HOW-TO DM: GET YOUR HOBOS OFF THOSE RAILS”

The Joys of Campaign Writing

I want to tell you all a story about how I got all mixed up giving character creation details to the wrong party. It happens to the best of us: you’re running multiple campaigns a week or month, and one for both of them is beginning brand new. In my case, it was both ofContinue reading “The Joys of Campaign Writing”