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  1. robus

    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    I follow Critical Role and Matt Mercer uses dreams very effectively to give adventure hooks to his players, or if not that then at least provide motivation to follow up on some part of their PCs backstory. It works very naturally (when he does it) and helps to keep the PCs goals and stories...
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    D&D 5E Another “Running for one player” thread...

    So as the coronavirus trudges on I’ve decided to run an in-person game for 1 player (tired of doing online games as I sit in front of a computer all day anyway). This is going to be a prequel ”early years” game for this players character (she loves this character who is a Ranger and a loner...
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    WIKI It pays to enrich your Exploration pillar

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    Critical Role Why Critical Role is so successful...

    Yeah it;‘s a click baity thread title but you know... :) Anyway, I recently watched this YouTube video that makes the interesting, and entirely reasonable, claim that the exploration pillar is really the foundation of the game and the other two pillars (combat & social interaction) play...
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    D&D General 8 kinds of fun & session zero

    I was just rereading this and it reminded me of the 8 kinds of fun and I wondered if anyone here has surveyed their players during session 0 to see what things the players find fun? I was thinking a survey might be a way to discover if the group might have a predilection for a certain kind of...
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    D&D 5E Is the map in the Theros book good?

    I finished up setting the last quest of my long running campaign in my version of Theros, so I’m naturally intrigued by the new Setting book. But I would like there to be an evocative map to go with it. Does the book include such a thing? If it does, is it possible to get it as a PDF for printing?
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    D&D General Campaign character focus tracking

    The next campaign I run I want to do a better job of weaving together character arcs with the greater campaign arc. Part of that, I think, is being able to visualize the threads in some way other than walis of text and the idea of some kind of line graph plot came to mind with perhaps call outs...
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    D&D 5E Melee combat on the run

    I imagine this has been discussed before, so apologies in advance. I had an interesting situation come up tonight which surprisingly hasn’t happened before in my game. A combat had been going on for a while and eventually the monster decided to make a break for it. It ran off, provoking...
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    D&D General Not enjoying the urban adventure I'm running

    I was worried about this before it started and it's actually worse than I feared. My worry was that, with an entire town of NPCs to pester, the PCs would be constantly talking to anyone and everyone making planning for an upcoming session quite hard. The worse part is that they (reasonably) keep...
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    WIKI Enhancing "Dragon of Icespire Peak"

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    WIKI This is a test

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    Not actually a wiki
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    D&D 5E Ways to tackle etherealness

    So my players are pretty high level and etherealness is an excellent way for them to glide through trouble. They’re going to be riding on a carpeting the next session and will encounter a massive dust storm (like they get in deserts, see Mad Max: Fury Road) and I would like this to be an...
  14. robus

    Ultimate Dungeon Terrain

    Just finished this crafting project in time for my next session. It took some time (and I made a few mistakes along the way) but pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s two sided so it can either be a traditional grid or zoned combat. It sits on a lazy susan so that players can rotate it to...
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    D&D 5E Limitations on Plane Shift?

    So my players are in search of a lost temple (the name of which they have) on another plane. The cleric wanted to plane shift right to the temple despite never having been there (and it's location has been deliberately forgotten because it contains a terrible secret). To my mind that was pushing...
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    D&D 5E In need of a particular magic item...

    My players are going to be given a quest to find a one-of-a-kind magic item that’s kind of like sensory deprivation tank but that basically separates a creature from time and space. It needs to have room for a couple of people at least. I’ve looked through the DMG and another magic item book I...
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    D&D 5E Simplified Character Sheet

    robus submitted a new resource: Simplified Character Sheet - Simplified character sheet with blank boxes for skills and saves Read more about this resource...
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    D&D General Populating a dungeon

    So now that I’ve ventured into the interesting times of creating my own adventure, I’m now grappling with the fine art of dungeon population. Dyson Logos maps are saving me a ton of time when coming up with an interesting layout, but there’s still the task of figuring out what goes where. So I...
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    D&D General School of magic related puzzles

    I've got this new plot trajectory which revolves around a missing wizard. The PCs have made it to his tower and what they'll find is the tower is in "defense" mode. To gain access to the real tower they will have to prove their magical adeptness by solving puzzles in each of the 8 schools of...
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    Not finding the headline font super legible.

    Perhaps it's just me - but this font/color choice is giving me a bit of a headache: