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DMing’s Reincarnation

Written by MythicParty - Published on February 17, 2013

"Image courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"Reincarnate is one of those spells that’s a blast to roll, like drawing from the Deck of Many Things–  it doesn’t come up very often, but when it eventually does, the whole table leans forward to witness the dice.  Afterward everyone remembers what happened & talks about it for years after the fact.  “Hey, remember that time Brian decided to have his Bard throw sand at the Beholder, thinking it’d ‘mess up’ the Eye Tyrant but he got disintegrated instead?  And we could only afford a Reincarnate so he came back as a Troglodyte?!  HA!

Reincarnation is basically a complete re-do & all its possible new directions are where DMing is at the moment.

There are a # of things we’re going to try, but like all new ideas, they could be a hit or they could be a miss, critically or otherwise.  So to elaborate with some of what we’re thinking in terms of actual articles:

  1. DM Dispatches: a recurring (mostly weekly) column by Darkwarren talking about the various lessons he’s learned from running a weekly Pathfinder campaign.  His games are Thursday nights, so look for his thoughts on Monday nights.
  2. Player’s Perspective: a recurring (mostly weekly) column by Yours Truly, where I’ll respond to what Darkwareen wrote, providing a player reaction to that same evening of gaming, but this time from the other side of the screen.  I need a night to think about what he came up with, so look for this Tuesdays.
  3. Design U: a semi-recurring (monthly) series about creating your own game, then bringing that game to actual publishing status.  Brought to you by a team of people (actual author to revolve depending upon schedule) who have done exactly that.
  4. WFRP Wednesday: regular (weekly) articles that look at the Warhammer Universe & how things from it can improve your game(s).  I’m admittedly a WFRP-fanatic & will be opening up my Smaug-sized collection of books to draw upon.
  5. Thursday Treasurepile: another regular (weekly) post where we look at an RPG book, pull out the good parts to share, then give away the book once there’s been at least 20 unique readers making comments on it.
  6. Something-something-Darkside: an as-yet untitled semi-recurring (monthly) series about boardgaming & how they aren’t ‘bored games’ but useful idea mines for roleplayers
  7. True Neutral: an almost rarely-recurring (every other month) series that is non edition, even non-game specific.


Alright, here’s some feedback for the feedback from the piece we did announcing our return.

  • ThomasE, thanks for the encouraging words.  New concepts can always use extra luck to help them along.
  • Liselle , while we love it when people pop by the site, we do have a way for you to automatically know when there’s been an update:  http://www.dungeonmastering.com/subscribe
  • Fenixius, those are some good suggestions for article subjects & we’ve got them on the To Do board
  • Jay, while DMing Tools are meant for 4E, other than Keith Baker, most of us still play 3.5/Pathfinder.  ‘Next’ will obviously be newsworthy, & while we’ll certainly take a look at the finished product, at the moment there’s plenty of other people guessing around the watercooler.
  • Mica, the easiest way to contribute is to post a comment under an article or at the very least, rate it by stars.  It also helps to buy things through the Amazon link (like the one for the Deck of Many Things) above.  And of course tell your friends/gaming group about us.  Lastly, feel free to send us any ideas via Expy’s email
  • Darkwarren, my character Lem The Magnificent, deserves more XP.  And more treasure.  That is all.
  • Danno, I agree with your assessment on Pathfinder’s fans being too exuberant, & that an Old School Renaissance = a good thing.  Thanks for the Warrior, Rogue & Mage heads up.
  • Waffledragon, (Mmm…waffles) we’ll try not to say ‘swag’ but FYI, its an official term in the gaming community for ‘free stuff.’  But maybe we’ll just call it ‘loot.’  As far as the articles being as game open as possible, we can try to keep the Edition Wars to a minimum, but the basis will largely be D&D.  Love to have the input from Tunnels & Trolls or even Shadowrun players, however the overall focus is definitely going to be fantasy.  That being said, taking a side trip into other genres is something we’ll occasionally do.


Well that’s the latest gang.  Look for the official new articles starting Monday night, & please keep up with the comments.  And as the Waffle Dragon commands, “May the dice stay with us all…”

Written by MythicParty

Dog-loving, movie-watching, pizza aficionado. Content Editor for DMing.com, Project Manager for AvatarArt.com, & player of the coolest characters in a weekly D&D game. Halflings are the real heroes.

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3 Responses to “DMing’s Reincarnation”
  1. Hermeticgamer says:

    I like the idea of a DM perspective and then player perspective article. I think that often DMs lose sight of what is important to the players and what works and doesn’t from that end, or develop intricate plots and twists and hooks that the players never really realize, see or engage. On the other hand as players, it might help us to see all that we miss that the DM puts into the game.

    I often compare gaming to my two other professions, therapist and teaching. In both of those venues what one party in the relationship thinks is critical, crucial, important or meaningful can be vastly different from what the other party thinks. So it is with gaming.

  2. MythicParty says:

    Hermeticgamer, please be sure to let us know how we did with the DM/Player perspective.

  3. Waffledragon says:

    Yes, waffles are delish, and thank you for pandering my request, I really do appreciate it.

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