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In Which We Talk About Volo’s Guide to Monsters
Jul13

In Which We Talk About Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Volo’s Guide to Monsters. It’s a catalog of creatures that some might consider strange, mythological, or downright legendary. A small number of them have been approved for player use, and when the book launched we – the admins, Matt Sernett, Chris Lindsay, and others – worked together to create some narrative-driven reasons for those monstrous races to exist in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and more specifically in...

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CCC Blast for July 2018!
Jul05

CCC Blast for July 2018!

It’s the first Thursday of the month, so let’s get chatty about the slick new CCCs that are out there! Remember, if you’ve written a CCC and want to be featured here you’ll need to do the following: work with Bill & Greg to get your adventure requested, concepted, written, and posted appropriately on dmsguild.com send a complimentary copy (not just email the adventure – use this feature from the...

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In Which We Talk About Documentation
Jun29

In Which We Talk About Documentation

You know what I really don’t like when I run games? Piles of documentation. I want to tell stories. Awesome stories, full of player interactions and epic decisions and stupendous events that defy description outside of “HOLY CATS THAT WAS AWESOME!” And you know what? Our current documentation is not really conducive to meeting this goal. I love being able to direct new players and DMs to the Player’s Pack and...

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In Which We Discuss Experience Points
Jun22

In Which We Discuss Experience Points

Welcome to the first installment of “Behind the Screen”, a series of weekly (or more often!) articles that I’ll be putting out. Some of these will be about League matters like new rules and such, and some will be about the ever-pesky DM Empowerment topic and how I apply it to my own tables. That said, let’s get down to business! So, we recently had a brief post about using the checkmark/ checkpoint system...

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Hooks: Tomb of Horrors

      “Durnan cannot possibly be human. He’s owned the Yawning Portal for more years than most of us can remember, and he’s always the only one behind the bar. Between the trying-too-hard bards and the brawling barbarians and the clerics that come in on a mission to save us from ourselves, I don’t know how he does it.” I winked and waved the two good fingers on my left hand at the old coot,...

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Hooks: Against the Giants
Sep01

Hooks: Against the Giants

        I limped away from the cloud of dust and debris that had formerly been a Thayan stronghold, and for what felt like the millionth time I assured myself that I would never again interfere in the affairs of the dread Red Wizards. Their Doomvault was gone and yet somehow I knew that no amount of therapy (short of, perhaps, a potent remove curse spell from a friendly wizard) would ever erase those memories from...

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