September 1, 2019 scrollmaster

A few month’s back I saw a youtube video on creating the Ultimate Dungeon Terrain (UDT) – the premise being: Creating terrain for your D&D game shouldn’t be daunting and all you need are a few pieces. Obviously the video is not aimed at craft maniacs like myself but i liked the idea in terms of a smaller, portable set when I play away from home. I also saw Craft Nick’s videos on creating sci-fi terrain and although I don’t play any RPGs in sci-fi settings, I have played a lot of sci-fi tabletop in my time so I really…

August 31, 2019 scrollmaster

Ok, so I bought this miniature last year simply because it is super cool!… and, I’ve never actually had a Beholder miniature (yes, I do have Bebbie the Bartender Beholder, and I do have a Death Tyrant, buuuut…) However, this is a very popular miniature and there are so many cool paint jobs of it out there, which makes it a somewhat daunting task to paint… so I left it in the drawer. But when I was looking for this Bluefang Chieftain I stumbled across the Beholder mini and had an idea: What would a blind Beholder be like?  I…

August 17, 2019 scrollmaster

Been a while since I’ve created a gaming board set mainly because I have pretty much what I need. However, a recent game went completely sideways in a glorious unexpected way. To make a long story short, our lvl5 party decided to pick a fight with a young blue dragon, named Electrax Stormwing. 2 adventurers KOed, 1 failed 4 death saves and we lost our first character and last character, our dragonborn sorcerer standing yielded to the dragon. This was all totally unexpected for me, so I had to come up with a totally unforeseen encounter for the following game…

July 27, 2019 scrollmaster

I won’t lie, the previous game did not go in any shape or form the way I planned and the result was 2 KO’d characters, 1 dead wolf and 1 dead character (first in our so far 18 months long campaign) as a result of fighting a young blue dragon named Electrax Stormwing. However, it provided me with a fantastic challenge: Make next game completely from scratch as nothing I had in mind would fit! Super exciting challenge. I went into planning mode on this with the following brief in mind: Practically, the first encounter in the previous game was…

July 27, 2019 scrollmaster

When I picked up Dungeons & Dragons (and DMing) again last year after 20 years’ break, there was a surprising amount of great content online. I want to share the things I found most useful for encounter building, roughly in order of how I think they apply to new DMs. Overall I’ve found these two channels the most useful: Matt Colville’s “Running the Game” Runehammer’s “Key Mechanics” and “Room Design” A lot of people also recommend Matt Mercer’s GM Tips, but I didn’t find them all that useful maybe it is because I do have some experience DMing from the…

July 27, 2019 scrollmaster

In our latest D&D game, and a year and a half into our current campaign, our Drow Rogue, Lady Alfein died, cut down by the Blue Dragon Electrax’ breath. Next game, however, sees the introduction of a new hero to take up the mantle: Miss Valkaria, a Tiefling Rouge. I do think Tieflings are one of my fav races in D&D (next to Dragonborn) and this Demonkin from Darksword Miniatures was great fun to paint. Can’t wait to see what personality she will be in the game.    

July 24, 2019 scrollmaster

I picked up D&D in Jan, 2018 (last year at the time of writing this) after a 20 year break and one of the first (if not the first) youtube channel I found with advice was “Running the Game” by Matt Colville – A really great, to the point channel of advice for DMing. Matt often makes a point of saying that his channel runs without ads so when he launched the kickstarter for his D&D supplement “Strongholds & Followers”, I immediately decided to support it regardless of what it was, as a way to give back to Matt. However, when…

July 24, 2019 scrollmaster

As mentioned in the red batch, I think the Kobolds from Otherworld Miniatures are so full of character and great minis too. Since then, I have field the Kobolds and while our heroes didn’t enjoy the encounter so much (the players did), I had a blast as I decided to mimic the behaviour of the “Rumpenisser” (“Rumphobs” in English) from the movie “Ronja Røverdatter”… it’s recently been remade as a Netflix TV series called “Ronya Robberdaughter”. Basically, the Rumphobs do not talk directly to other people and they say “Whatfor?!?” a lot. My Kobolds do something similar in that they…