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Are your quest rewards rewarding enough?

Written by Daniel@DeepDark-Designs - Published on October 5, 2015

So our hero plumber has eaten some mushrooms, stomped a few goomba’s, and booted King Koopa himself into a lava pit. Only to be informed yet again that his princess is in another castle– leaving our poor Italian stereotype unfulfilled and trudging down the path towards the next castle. Why though? Just because he wasn’t […]

Putting the MAGIC back into ‘magical items’

Written by Daniel@DeepDark-Designs - Published on September 27, 2015

Imagine the scene– the players kill the big boss of the dungeon, bust down the door to his hidden vault, check for traps, unlock the chest, and open it to find a glowing magical longsword; only to then simply toss it in the Bag of Holding with all the other stuff.  Then they just offload […]

Racial heritage: more than skin-deep…

Written by Daniel@DeepDark-Designs - Published on September 20, 2015

I was reading the latest release in the current D&D Adventure’s League Season, Harried in Hillsfar, and one sentence leapt out at me: “Rampant xenophobia, steeped in years of misdirected fear and outrage, have led to not just a citizenry distrustful of any non-humans, but also to a series of laws outright forbidding anyone other […]

Have you tried other group sizes on for size? The results might just surprise you…

Written by Daniel@DeepDark-Designs - Published on September 14, 2015

For DMs getting the right sized group size can be a real headache. This is especially true when preparing for a new campaign where your options are often limited by the availability of players.  Or the opposite direction where not wishing to hurt anyone’s feelings by excluding them ultimately leads to party’s that are too […]

DMs should fear these things from Fear the Walking Dead

Written by MythicParty - Published on August 31, 2015

Movies and television are always a fertile source for ideas to use in D&D.  Especially horror.  You’ve probably heard that AMC’s the Walking Dead has a spinoff called (ugh) ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ Now this isn’t a prequel but rather about what’s happens on the West Coast, specifically Los Angeles.  Admittedly when I first heard […]

Crashing markets in the D&D world

Written by LovelyRotten - Published on August 28, 2015

Recent financial craziness from China illustrates how interwoven economies are in a modern world. But how would this play out in D&D and what affect would they have on the PCs?  Well as Master Of The Game you can use these ‘real world’ issues to inject a different challenge:  fiduciary.  Here are a few such scenarios. Shortages are […]

If Quentin Tarantino designed a D&D adventure

Written by LovelyRotten - Published on August 23, 2015

While we’re writing a piece on the Walking Dead spinoff, I thought I’d tie-in a few things cinema to D&D.  Because now that he’s finished creating another excuse for Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet to have ‘BMF’ on it, Quentin Tarantino could pitch his next cross-genre vision to the folks at Paizo, bringing his unique style to […]

The Journey As The Destination

Written by LovelyRotten - Published on August 15, 2015

Recently, the perfect storm of perspective had me experiencing, in short succession: A family driving trip 1,500 miles from Western, NY to Texas Reading a book on Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe, whose travels will make you realize complaining about driving on paved roads with air-conditioning makes you a weak little crybaby. the ending of […]