Tabletop RPGs

You're about to run D&D for the first time. Awesome!

I've written several other posts explaining in detail the very basic material that you need. This post summarizes all those posts, serving as a checklist for your first session.

What You'll Physically Bring

  • A 3-ring binder, paper notebook, o...

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Today I'm turning my attention to dinosaur-themed monsters.

The koattle is a small, ostrich-like creature that lives in packs of about a dozen adults. Native to plains and lightly forested areas, they are omnivorous, generally killing one small animal every few days and otherwise eating tougher fo...

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Last week, I created an ice bear. Let's do the same to another creature, and create an ice boar.

Whenever I think of boars, my mind immediately jumps to the boars from Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece Princess Mononoke. Those porcine antagonists were truly monstrous. How can we mimic them?

The boa...

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I'm creating a series of factions inspired by the class options in the D&D 5E supplement Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Today, we're looking at the druid; specifically the Circle of the Shepherd.

Nobody's quite sure how many people belong to the Circle of Hands. They often travel alone; somet...

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This is part of a series of posts about planning and running your first session as a new GM. In previous posts, we created an enemy faction: a tribe of goblins. Now we'll think about the goblins' lair.

Why do you care about your antagonists' home or lair? Because the PCs will likely track the anta...

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We've hit another cold spell, and I'm still in the mood for a winter-themed monster.

Let's not just create a bear with a frost attack. That's dull. Ice bears, in contrast, are literally driven insane by the cold. That's why they've broken out of their hibernation. A cold snap combined with backg...

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Gnomes are famous for their productive and creative output. In a big city, gnomes usually find it vital to band together.

Undercity Artificers is the city's de facto source for intricately crafted mechanisms and other crafts. Founded several decades ago by a handful of enterprising gnomes, it's...

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As a GM, you'll need to record notes about your campaign somewhere.

There are a lot of options, and there's one I recommend. I'll get to that in a minute; let's go through your major choices.

GM Notebook

Some GMs like to use a bound notebook. Often, every page is devoted to a particular aspect...

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