Category Archives: Communication

I Am The Entertainer, And I Know Just Where I Stand

The players are at the table to win. The DM is at the table to entertain. The statements above seems stark and cold, but – for me – it rings more true than false. I have often wondered about the role … Continue reading

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Leveling the Party

During my last game as everyone’s favorite Dragonborn Rogue, J’hari Wrex, our group played for approximately 10 hours. As the session concluded around 3AM, I asked if we had enough experience to level up. My DM informed me that I just made it to … Continue reading

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Podcast, Podcast! Hear All About It!

A few links that I’d like to share today. Both of them are podcasts, and both of them discuss this site to a certain extent. The first is a recent interview conducted by Flagons & Dragons. You may recall my … Continue reading

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Fourthcore Is Dying. Save Ends?

The last couple of days have been quite interesting to me. I never read a Fourthcore adventure until this weekend, and never ran or played in a Fouthcore adventure until two nights ago. I had every intention of writing a blog … Continue reading

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Guest Post by The Ultimate DM: Power Gaming Insight & History

I enjoyed reading a recent article by Robert J. Schwalb on the effects of power gaming and optimization at the table. I responded to the article in the Comments with the following: My goal is to find a good balance of PCs … Continue reading

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Stages of Group Development

The topic of group development and dynamics has been at the forefront of my mind during the past week for two reasons. First, the group I DM has undergone some challenges this year. Two players had to drop out entirely because of … Continue reading

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Build A Better Arena

Strip away the rules and combat mechanics. Take away the character-build and monster-creation options. Stop rolling dice and moving miniatures around the table. Now, look around . . . What remains is you – the DM – sitting down with a … Continue reading

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