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Win a book, discuss barbarians, but forget dire ferrets

Written by Expy - Published on March 28, 2008

A quick note on barbarians and their fashionable accessory hoarding

I had a blast reading everyone’s input on barbarian bling. Check out the comments on D&D bling: Barbarians if you haven’t done so yet.

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  1. You have 3 days left to enter the contest by writing short D&D tips.
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  3. You don’t have to read all 160+ tips before writing yours. I don’t mind duplicates – they’ll give everyone a good idea of what tools and concepts are widely used.
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One more DM tip by Yax

Here’s a last minute DM tip, from yours truly:

If you want your players to hate an NPC, make sure the NPC keeps referring to himself in the third person. It should really irritate your players… Or your players might start referring to themselves in the third person for one whole session which might make your head explode, but it’s unlikely.

How long can a
dire ferret survive in
a red dragon’s lair?

Expy, my young adult red dragon friend and mascot, wanted to share a DM tip with everyone. I’m always wary when Expy wants to share. Sharing is very unreddragonlike (new word!)

Anyhow, I begrudgingly accepted. Here goes nothing…

A DM tip by Expy

Fighting a dragon should always be special. Build hype for the combat scene and please, for the love of Tiamat, don’t litter the dragon’s lair with dire ferrets! (EDIT: I just realized the dire ferret is a reference to a yet unpublished article. I’m getting old.)

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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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4 Responses to “Win a book, discuss barbarians, but forget dire ferrets”
  1. argokirby says:

    I have very little experience with Dire Ferrets, but I did once fill every corner of a village with wereweasels. My players we terrified of open barrels, they checked under their sheets and beds every night. It was awesome. By the end they hated wereweasels.

    It was great!

  2. Yax says:

    I don’t know about wereweasels. They seem scary. can they top Fiendish Weasels?

  3. Tony says:

    On Dire Weasels.

    Never allow an alienist to summon dire weasels.

    Summon Monster V casted twice = 4d4+2 pseudonatural(aka true strike) weasels = a possible 10d4 automatic blood drain = DM banishment

    I don’t know how many of your npc’s have more than 40 con, but one super dead npc was enough for my DM.

  4. Tony says:

    As a Dm I like to create my own visuals. I draw all the important Npc’s, monsters and I even do portraits of the pcs. I do this even if I’m not dm’ing and everyone always enjoys it.

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