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  1. BrassDragon

    D&D General Your quick post-it-note DM reminder

    "When an attempt fails, something changes." I need to remind myself to use failure as a catalyst to make scenes more interesting, dramatic or complicated instead of just telling the player they don't succeed. The Apocalypse World system introduced me to the concept of using a player's failure...
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    D&D 5E Raiders of the Serpent Sea Is A Preview of 5E Norse Mythology For Free!

    The Kickstarter is now live: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcanumworldscanada/raidersoftheserpentsea
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    D&D 5E Raiders of the Serpent Sea Is A Preview of 5E Norse Mythology For Free!

    Arcanum Worlds, a Canada-based RPG publisher formed by ex Bioware / EA videogame developers, is preparing for a new Kickstarter-funded adventure path/campaign setting. Their previous outing was the dense and successful Greek mythology-inspired Odyssey of the Dragonlords, notable for having some...
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    D&D 5E WotC Is Designing Adventures With Shorter Content Chunks

    There is some truly excellent design in the independent/OSR scene that gets close to this ideal. Two examples that come to mind are Winter's Daughter by Gavin Norman and The Black Wyrm of Brandonsford by Chance Dudinack.
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    D&D 5E WotC Is Designing Adventures With Shorter Content Chunks

    This is probably for the best. I've found the overall narrative design of their big 5E campaign books severely lacking... the individual setpieces / encounters / dungeons are great but the overarching plots are often inconsistent, convoluted, invisible to players or poorly structured requiring...
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    Gamemastering advice on preparing adventures for Sword & Sorcery campaigns

    No offense but that's a nothingburger of a premise. Surely you have more of a sense of place and conflict? It's the GM's job to come up with interesting, evocative questions to pose and discover the answers through play. These characters didn't just spawn into a videogame. How did they get in...
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    D&D General Win The Title of D&D's Best DM

    Yeah, data protection shouldn't be a hurdle if they accept entries from France and Germany - other EU countries have the same protections under GDPR. I can't imagine which law or regulation applies to prizes in this context... I live in the Netherlands and the limitations only apply to...
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    D&D General Win The Title of D&D's Best DM

    Not open to entries from my country... weird that they only allow a few EU countries to participate, wonder what the reasoning behind that is.
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    Playtest (A5E) Level Up Playtest Document #17: Journeys

    Agreed, military marching speed is around 15 miles on passable terrain and maybe one and a half times that for a forced march. But then again, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas distance run after an army of urukhai so maybe heroes can push harder than real world soldiers.
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    D&D General The mentality of being a DM

    My job as a DM is to offer my players interesting, agonizing or exciting choices. They can pour all their creativity into picking the option that's right for them and I'll channel mine into rolling seamlessly with whatever they come up with or what the dice dictate.
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    D&D 5E What Single Thing Would You Add

    Incremental advances from 13th Age: you can pick a feature from your next level up as a DM-sanctioned reward. This way, you don't suddenly have a bunch of new powers, skills and hit points blinking into existence at level-up like it's a videogame and players can get used to having more options...
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    D&D General Are lockpicking tools legal in your fantasy world?

    Until recent advances, locks didn't have perfectly engineered tight fitting microscopic components so I imagine thieves would just carry tools that looked like carpenters, iron workers or maybe clockmaker tools. That would suffice to attack most locks, hinges, bolts or even mountings effectively...
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    D&D 5E Are we at, or close, to peak D&D? Again?

    I was thinking about some features that are already lowkey implemented in telepresence software, like AI-assisted direction e.g. when I bend over the table to point at a token, the viewport knows where I'm pointing and puts it in focus. Or features AR-like features where we can look at the same...
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    D&D 5E Are we at, or close, to peak D&D? Again?

    I wasn't thinking of 3D graphics or VR and such but I'm just observing that we're not very successful in emulating the 'feel' of a face-to-face game with our current generation of VTTs (or remote conferencing solutions for that matter.) I just have a hunch that we'll soon look back on this era...
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    Coming 5e Symbaroum coming to Kickstarter

    Such an evocative setting. I'd really love to run Symbaroum but haven't been able to pitch it successfully... maybe this conversion will give it the mindshare it deserves. Treating the wilderness as if it were as weird, unpredictable and terrifying as the Underdark in tradtional settings is a...
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    D&D 5E Are we at, or close, to peak D&D? Again?

    I expect we'll get another peak/bump/renaissance when someone makes an accesible VTT that's not just iterating on the concept of miniatures/tokens and sheets of paper (or god forbid, 300+ page books) moving on a tabletop but aims a little higher with a new design paradigm. I can't describe...
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    D&D General A good introduction to 5e for experienced RPGers?

    Sure, The Honey Queen is a gonzo dungeon crawl in a giant bee hive with a morally grey adversary and Challenge of the Fang plays with the themes of Little Red Riding Hood and pagan religion. These adventures stand or fall with how much they engage the imagination of the players - running them...
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    D&D General A good introduction to 5e for experienced RPGers?

    If you don't mind exploring a new setting, I recommend you take a look at Kobold Press's offerings, particularly Tales of the Old Margreve for short adventures. Their Eastern-European/grim fairy tale flavored world is good for experienced players because most of the tropes and familiar creatures...
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    D&D General Advancing the Plot when the PCs don't take the bait. . .

    One trick I've used to have someone else save the day / mitigate the threat / deal with the fallout of the player's choice. That makes the world feel 'bigger' because it shows not every problem relies on the player characters showing up. It also lets me (re-)introduce some characters from the...
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    D&D General DM with too High Expectations - Advice?

    We're only hearing one side but let's say the situation is as described: A DM only has one audience: his players. If he's not helping them to have fun, he doesn't belong behind the screen. If that somehow evolves into 'building a brand' (gag) while growing an audience of onlookers, cool - but...
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