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Pages from my DM notebook 2019-2021

14 Sept 2019 we held our wedding reception and a few days before, my wife bought me a notebook for D&D. I wrote my wedding speech on the first pages and since then it has been my DM notebook as we travelled from UK through Sweden to Denmark in the middle of the pandemic. The […]

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Getting your players back to the beginner’s mindset in D&D

Listening to the ever-awesome Runehammer talking about the value of beginner’s mindset in D&D. Having that awe and wonder, that sense of not expectations of oneself or the game, nothing to prove and that sense of immersion and gravity of the unknown. The chat is almost 2 hours, but it is absolutely worth it if […]

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Dungeons & Dragons – Gaming board set 9 – Mini set of classic scenery

My wife and I have relocated to Stockholm until next spring. All my D&D stuff, scenery, miniatures etc, has been put in storage until we return to Denmark. However, our London gaming group has decided to start up playing online again so with that in mind, I needed to “restock” starting with a set of […]

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The benefit of splitting the party for introvert players

As a DM I draw from my professional experience as a Workshop Facilitator, which means I know various techniques to encourage people engage with the topic at hand. Here is is one technique I use to help introvert people to speak up. There is a general view that splitting the party is a bad thing. […]

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Using Skill Challenge from 4e to make better Social Encounters

After I watched “Social Encounters: Decoded” by Runehammer, I’ve been thinking about how to apply the logic of changing social encounters from a situation where the NPC holds a single important piece of information that will only be revealed if the players ask the right question (s). I often do this and it ends up […]

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Making character death a memorable and magical event in Dungeons & Dragons

My wife got me a pretty awesome limited edition Grim Reaper miniature from Reaper miniatures and it really got me thinking about character deaths in Dungeons & Dragons an d how to make them more special and epic. The first character death we faced since I restarted my D&D hobby in 2018, was pretty epic. […]

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Starting from scratch with Dungeons & Dragons: What minis to paint, what scenery to build.

I saw a Youtube video by Jim Murphy where he want through all his stored hobby stuff. At the same time I’ve been packing away my own hobby collection in preparation for moving back to Denmark after 21 years in London. And the things got me thinking: If I had to start all over with […]

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6 tips for DMing for busy adults. (thoughts before I take a short rest from Dungeons & Dragons)

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 […]

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How to add an instant game mechanic to simulate gambling in Dungeons & Dragons

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 & […]

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New Dungeon Master? Start with these Youtube videos

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 […]

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Running remote Dungeons & Dragons games with terrain and/or miniatures

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. […]

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Dungeons & Dragons – How to use workshop techniques to structure your campaign

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 […]