June 2, 2020 scrollmaster

I had been playing roleplaying games since mid 80s, but stopped when I moved from Denmark to London in August 1999. However, in Feb 2018, I started the campaign War of the Triplets with 5 adults who barely knew each other or Dungeons & Dragons. In a few months I will move back to Denmark after 21 years in London and as such, I have now stopped playing Dungeons & Dragons in preparation of the move, so I want to share some thoughts from DMing for a group of adults over the last 2.5 years as it has been a…

April 29, 2020 scrollmaster

Image credit calumimaclean.blogspot.com Devil: “Sign this IOU contract and I will help your fallen comrade!” Paladin (pulls out a deck of cards): “I’ll play you for your help.” Devil (swoops down and sits): “Buahahaha! Deal the cards, mortal!” Dungeon Master (me) thinking: “Oh f*ck! How do I run this???” The above actually happened in a recent Dungeons & Dragons adventure and while I loved the initiative of the player (instant Inspiration right there), I had to come up with a battle plan really really quickly not to break the tension. As with all things, the simple idea is often the best and I…

April 18, 2020 scrollmaster

I picked up Dungeon Mastering in 2018 after a 20 year break and the amount of quality helpful videos on Youtube really took me by surprise. Fast forward to 2020 I regularly get asked what videos I recommend new Dungeon Masters should watch, so I went ahead and created a YouTube list of videos in the order I found them useful to watch. This point is important as they jump between different content creators. It’s also important as I don’t suggest you binge watch the whole list. Just start from the top and stop as soon as your writing finger starts…

March 26, 2020 scrollmaster

As we are facing a global pandemic, I find myself in self-isolation due to the government enforced lockdown. Not only does the lockdown mean we can no longer get together to play our monthly D&D game, which is a shame as the lockdown also means we have more time on our hands to play D&D. With that I took our game online, but I did it without losing the ability to use my terrain and miniatures following the 3 simple steps documented in this article. They are: (lo-)Technical set- up (connecting players and terrain). Simplifying the game. Remove complexity that doesn’t…

December 22, 2019 scrollmaster

I’ve been listening to Mainframe 53 – Binary Agency on the Runehammer Patreon, which I highly recommend you join if you are a Dungeon Master. I agree with Hankerin’s philosophy of only preparing one game session at a time to allow for the players action to influence how the story progresses, but his admission that he is sometimes struggling to stick to it made me think about how I actually do it, which I have captured below using our current campaign as example. What is a workshop and what is workshop facilitation? An important piece of background information is that…