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Mise en place
Jun26

Mise en place

A French term mainly used in the culinary trade, it means “putting in place”. It refers to the practice of having everything one needs for a work space in a kitchen, organized and arranged to be most effective and efficient.  I use this practice all the time in my life as a chef, and I feel it can be applied to the area behind a DM’s screen as well. For D&D purposes I include the items that a DM needs to bring to...

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Behind the DM Screen: Welcoming new players to a group

Welcome, Friend! To me, one of the primary purposes of the Adventurers League (AL) is to act as a gateway to bring new players into the game. The organized style allows a new player to feel comfortable in a strange setting, and avoid the hassles of finding a game to play. Scheduled times for play makes a new player feel comfortable that there will be other people interested in playing at that time and ease feelings of uncertainty when...

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Behind the DM Screen: Return of the DM

Your time as caravan guards has been uneventful, aside from the random deer sighting and that unfortunate encounter with a “striped cat”. You are looking forward to finally reaching your destination, Greenest.  For Ashen this is a homecoming of sorts, having spent many years in his younger days hunting the forests around the town.  As you near the crest of the final hill, you see plumes of smoke rising in the distance. ...

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