Scratching the DM itch

Apologies for my lack of regular updates recently, I've been a bit all over with time management for a few weeks. I'm staring down a big chunk of empty evenings to fill, so there will be a return to more regular content here soon. I've been thinking recently that it's about time to jump back … Continue reading Scratching the DM itch

Fuelling the craft of Gamemastery

For the last little while, my desire to run a game again has been slowly rising. I have to assume it's due to watching a lot of videos on YouTube and listening to podcasts on running games (GMing and DMing), and paying attention to discussion in various forums and discord channels. I ran a playtest … Continue reading Fuelling the craft of Gamemastery

Late to A-Z April 2021 Part I

As usual, by the time I realise what time of year it is, I've almost missed it!Here's an A-Z of stuff I want to think about/write about/read about/play with in the next year. A - Awakened!I'm thinking up some ideas for a D&D character that's been awakened by the spell. I haven't decided yet if … Continue reading Late to A-Z April 2021 Part I

How to DM V – Dream big

Last time, I talked about the bottom up setting creation method, or starting small. This time, I'm going to go the opposite way, the top down method, or starting big. As you might be aware of if you've checked into the campaign settings here on the blog, I tend to start big. I try to … Continue reading How to DM V – Dream big

How to DM III – What are we playing?

I'm going to cheat a little bit with this post, but we'll circle back later on and hopefully make it right!I've called this series How to DM, so we're going to start by looking at Dungeon Masters - which means we're playing Dungeons and Dragons, since it's super popular and a known gateway to playing … Continue reading How to DM III – What are we playing?

Notion and Dragons

I wrote a little while ago about my experience with Microsoft OneNote for organising my D&D notes. I wasn't a huge fan. I started hearing about Notion around the start of lockdown (I think, maybe earlier) but didn't get a chance to give much of a look at it.My first real introduction was just before … Continue reading Notion and Dragons

How to DM II – a quick overview

My last post focused on the Why of DMing, so let's make a start on the How of doing it. There's a bunch of places you can go to pick up some quick tips for starting out. Run to YouTube, watch people run games in person and virtually. Watch videos of people giving advice for … Continue reading How to DM II – a quick overview

OneNote and Dragons

I've been trying out a couple of different digital options to organise my ideas. I started writing this post back in September and now I'm not so sure about using OneNote going forward.However, here's my current thoughts and feelings. First of all, Microsoft OneNote was very easy to dip into and try out, unlike a … Continue reading OneNote and Dragons

How to DM

At the end of November, I ran across this tweet by Alyssa Visscher. This is, I think, exactly the reason it took me years to pick up the Dungeon Master's Guide - I already knew the contents after years of playing these games, so why bother with this product? In the end, the main reasons … Continue reading How to DM

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Every year, I buy myself a gift for my birthday, and this year I picked up Tasha's Guide as a pre-order. Little did I know when I clicked the button to pay that I would have to wait an extra two-ish weeks for my book to arrive - apparently this is a thing that happens … Continue reading Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

As a sort of follow up to my post reviewing 5e after half a decade in print, this is a series that takes a look at parts of the DMG in 2020. I cracked open my physical copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide recently. It doesn't see a lot of use - I'd been running … Continue reading Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 24

"Triumph" I love finishing a quest and reaping the rewards, or barely surviving an encounter with a boss.Sometimes though I feel like I have trouble doing this for players in my games. I've started to think more now about micro-goals though, or how to make stories more player-driven, and give better rewards for them.Basically, I … Continue reading Late to the party: RPGaDay 2019 prompt 24