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The Campaign Launch Pad

Written by Expy - Published on June 8, 2008

The easy way to start a campaign

Being a Dungeon Master doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right tools and the right attitude everyone can lay the foundation for an exciting campaign without losing any sleep.

2 free PDF resources for Dungeon Masters

Right-click and “save as”:

  • Start a campaign… Now! is a short document containing 4 articles focusing on getting a campaign started with virtually no preparation.
  • The Instant Campaign Builder is a 38 pages document containing 10 articles tackling everything you want to know about starting, running, and ending a great campaign with a minimum of preparation.

Original articles

Don’t like PDFs? Can’t read them on your cellphone? Read the articles online:

Start A Campaign… Now!

  1. Start A Campaign – Part 1: The first game
  2. Start A Campaign – Part 2: Before the second game
  3. Start A Campaign – Part 3: The second game
  4. Start A Campaign – Part 4: How to prepare a great game in 30 minutes or less

Instant Campaign Builder

  1. Instant Campaign Builder #1: Knowledge
  2. Instant Campaign Builder #2: Props
  3. Instant Campaign Builder #3: Improvization
  4. Instant Campaign Builder #4: Campaign Outline
  5. Instant Campaign Builder #5: LOCKing scenes
  6. Instant Campaign Builder #6: Hype
  7. Instant Campaign Builder #7: Planting
  8. Instant Campaign Builder #8: The Beginning
  9. Instant Campaign Builder #9: The End
  10. Instant Campaign Builder #10: D&D superstars

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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41 Responses to “The Campaign Launch Pad”

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  1. Bevan Gilliand Says:

    That Instant Campaign Builder is a life saver. I use to have to do it the hard way but this method you have created makes it a lot faster and less of an headache.

  2. Yax Says:

    Sweet! I’m always happy to hear that the PDFs are being used.

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  5. SavageWhitey Says:

    Yax, i don’t usually post comments, but it was needed here. Great job on your PDF’s! This is very useful information, and I am very grateful that you posted these for free. I would really like to see you keep up the good work on this site so i have to ask, do you take donations? Great job again and thanks!

  6. Yax Says:

    We don’t take donations. I’m lucky enough to get a little money from advertising. Thanks for the offer though.

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    Love the PDFs. Anyone find it hard to run campaigns for evil characters?

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