Master, Dungeon Master #15


15#: Princes of the Apocalypse, part #6

In this article I am going to cover the last four sessions of Princes of the Apocalypse that Twenty Sided Store ran for D&D Encounters. The goal for the season finale was to wrap up the events on the surface of the Desserin Valley before delving below to the Dwarven stronghold of Tyr-Besil. I wanted to create a build up to a conclusion that give my players accomplishment and resolution in what they had done so far. I also wanted to set up for the sequel by realizing that the conclusion to this adventure was only the beginning to a much larger adventure that can be played with the Hard Cover Princes of the Apocalypse – either in store as a continued mini-campaign, or at home as a private campaign.



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Organized Play #RPGChat this Thursday 9/17

RPG Chat

The D&D Adventurers League is going to co-host the RPG chat this Thursday 9/17 all about organized play in general and D&D Adventurers League specifically. We’ll be cohosting with the usual host, @D20Blonde. The chat will be held twice on Twitter at 3pm and 9pm EST.

To participate in the #RPGChat

  1. Watch the #RPGChat hashtag. Follow the chat by doing a search for #RPGChat or by using an app like TweetChat, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, or many others.
  2. Participate by tweeting the #RPGChat hashtag in your tweet.

You can read Buffer’s Step-by-Step guide to TweetChats for more info on tweetchats.

To get in the right frame of mind read my article at the Illuminerdy on 5 Tips for Running D&D Adventurers League (and other organized play campaigns) or Chris Tulach’s excellent article The Public Dungeon Master.

Be sure to follow @DnD_AdvLeague, our main twitter presence. You can also follow the program admins: Robert Adducci @Raddu76, Travis Woodall @Traviswoodall, Bill Benham @billbenham2, Claire Hoffman @DragonVuClaire, Alan Patrick @Warfteiner, and Greg Marks @Skerrit7h3green

See you Thursday on Twitter!

Handling the Xenophobia of Hillsfar at your table


Dungeons & Dragons is a game of fighting against monsters and evil people. Many people play it as a way of escaping the problems they face in their everyday lives.  Every so often, though, some of those real-world problems creep into the D&D world. One such example might be Hillsfar, a Forgotten Realms city known for it’s xenophobia against non-humans… a city that is also the main setting for the Rage of Demons D&D Expeditions adventures that premiere in the fall of 2015 and run through late winter of 2016. As a player or Dungeon Master at a public-play setting, you’ll want to be aware of appropriate ways to handle and communicate about how real-world perceptions of racism might affect in-game portrayals of xenophobia . Continue reading

We Love Fine T-shirt Contest

We Love Fine

You have until October 13th to submit your entry for a t-shirt and a chance to win $1,000!

Something has gone horribly wrong. The demon lords have been freed from the Abyss and set loose in the Underdark. Demogorgon ravages the drow city of Menzobarranzan. The Horned Lord Baphomet toys with victims in the vast maze of the Underdark and the Demon Queen of Fungi Zuggtmoy plans to join with a massive city-sized fungus in an insane marriage ceremony. Yeenoghu, the Demon Lord of Gnolls, wanders the dark, spawning new gnoll servants from his kills to continue the destruction, while the demon lords of lust and deception prey on the weak-willed peoples of the Underdark.
We can’t send adventurers into the depths without properly equipping them, and that’s where you come in. WeLoveFine is partnering with Dungeons & Dragons on the Rage of Demons Design Contest! No crafting skills necessary, just take your inspiration from the demon lords and their maddening influence and give us your best t-shirt designs! The grand prize is a treasure hoard of $1000 cash!
Find out more details on the We Love Fine contest page.

Adventure PDFs for Rage of Demons are available!

Rage of Demons Out of the Abyss

The Out of the Abyss pdf file for D&D Encounters is now available along with the first 4 D&D Expeditions for the Rage of Demons storyline season. If you have the password, you can download them from the adventures page. If you do not have the password you should ask your store organizer/owner, if they have not received the password, please have them contact Wizards Retail Support.

What Does It Take To Be A Balanced DM

Header RoD Slime Green Ampersand

“Don’t take this way, don’t take that way, straight down the middle until next Thursday, Push to the left, back to the right, Twist and turn ’til you’ve got it right”

This is one of the lines from my all time favorite band – Depeche Mode (another type of DM). In the song, they focus on balance in one’s life.

It’s not much different when it comes to DMing not just in your home campaign, but also at your store games and DMing at conventions.

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Master Dungeon Master #14


14#: Princes of the Apocalypse, part 5

In this article I will cover Twenty Sided Store’s D&D Encounters Sessions 8 and 9. If you are reading for the first time, you may want to start with Sessions 1and 2 in article #10: Princes of the Apocalypse, part 1 to follow along in consecutive order. You can also check out my earlier posts by visiting my article page, Master Dungeon Master.


At this point we are halfway through our D&D Encounters Elemental Evil season. After 7 sessions we have only touched the surface of what The Princes of Apocalypse has in store for the Adventurers. As we delve deeper into the Hard Cover, I am discovering just how rich this setting is. There are so many possible outcomes. Team DM has been creating a great foundation for players to continue after the organized play season is over and I can’t wait to hear how players everywhere will prevail.

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