Tag Archives: DM

May of the Dead: Character Death & Player Grief

I was asked by the fine folks at The Going Last Podcast to participate in their May of the Dead Carnival. The blog carnival features a wealth of articles devoted to the undead. Realizing that many other talented writers would … Continue reading

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Dungeon Mastering: Theory & Practice

Several moons ago, I posed the following question on Twitter, “What is your biggest flaw as a DM?” I also asked, “What is your biggest strength as a DM?” It should come as little surprise that more DMs responded to … Continue reading

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Power Options, Status Effects & Mutual Assured Destruction

Last week’s Legends & Lore column by Monte Cook discussed issues related to rule complexity. Many have suggested in that past that 4th Edition is too complex, which is one of the primary reasons for combat encounters grinding to a … Continue reading

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Roleplaying Failure

“I missed again? Uh! Sonnofa . . . !” Failure in the form of rolling poorly is unpleasant. It can lead to irrational behavior, such as conducting research to determine if a specific d20 is faulty. It can drain the … Continue reading

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Scarcity! When The Loot’s All Gone But You Must Go On, It’s Scarcity.

The title is much more effective if you start singing Tragedy by Bee Gees. And you are quite welcome since the song will likely stay in your mind for the better portion of the day! The good folks that brew and … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Andy Aiken, Creator of Masterplan

When I returned to the saddle for my first DM session in over 15 years, I was more than a bit anxious about the endeavor. I have previously discussed preparing music for the campaign and buying terrain to add bells … Continue reading

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Player Characters Are Gods

I was offline for the past week or two on vaction and busy with work. During that time, my brain was stewing on several upcoming posts related to experiences playing First Edition D&D last month. After some interesting discussion with my … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Scott Rehm of The Angry DM (Part II)

If you missed it earlier in the week, I posted Part I of my interview with Scott Rehm of The Angry DM. Today I present Part II of the interview. I’m going to preface this half of the interview with … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Scott Rehm of The Angry DM (Part I)

I have mentioned a few times that one of the first blogs I started reading when I turned online for DMing advice was The Angry DM. The articles made a big impression on me because they did not only offer … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Mike Shea of Sly Flourish

Before starting The Id DM, I spent many months reading articles from other gaming websites, and one of my most frequent stops was to Sly Flourish. When I started this blog, I had very modest expectations for how it would … Continue reading

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