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Running White Plume Mountain

White Plume Mountain, which has been reprinted as part of Tales from the Yawning Portal, is one of my all-time favourite Dungeons & Dragons adventures. It’s not an adventure you can take too seriously. It’s got stuff in it like … Continue reading

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5E Adventure Review: Flames of Kythorn

Flames of Kythorn is one of the Elemental Evil series of D&D Adventurers League adventures. An adventure for 3-7 characters of levels 1-4, it presents the players with a fascinating situation, and then just can’t handle the landing. The basic … Continue reading

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5E Adventure Review: Struggle in Three Horn Valley

One of the earliest adventures I owned was The Isle of Dread, a Lost World adventure where the adventurers got to explore an island inhabited by dinosaurs. Phil Beckwith’s Struggle in Three Horn Valley is also set on an island … Continue reading

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5E Adventure Review: Halaster’s Maze of Madness

How do you design a maze in Dungeons & Dragons? The traditional way is to draw the map of the entire maze, and have the players explore it. Unfortunately, this tends to lead to your players getting more and more … Continue reading

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Problems with a New Initiative System

Last Friday, the participants of my D&D 5E Greyhawk game tried using a version of the variant D&D Initiative system that Mike Mearls described in a few short tweets. We ran into problems. But it was fascinating to see them … Continue reading

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Better Play of Dungeons & Dragons: Know Your Goals

As a player in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, one thing you should do at the beginning of every session is to work out what your goals are for the session. Yes, those things. What you want to accomplish. … Continue reading

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More on D&D Initiative: Weapon Speeds, Teamwork and Ranged Combat

As I’ve mentioned before, D&D combat is not really the most realistic of systems. This doesn’t matter much, because it’s fun! However, with Mike Mearls talking about providing an alternative initiative system, it’s revived my interest in the various initiative … Continue reading

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A Look at Initiative Systems in Dungeons & Dragons

Combat in Dungeons & Dragons is not particularly realistic. Its mechanics exist to make a good game rather than accurately relate what would happen in a real fight. The current initiative system can be described as a cyclical system. At … Continue reading

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Dungeon Exploration: Wandering Monsters and Tracking Time

Dungeons & Dragons began in the dungeon. It’s the form of the game that I keep returning to, because dungeons are cool. They provide an environment that allow the players to make interesting choices, whilst allowing the DM to easily … Continue reading

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5E Adventure Review: Volo’s Lost Encounters

Jean Lorber’s Volo’s Lost Encounters is a selection of five small adventures designed for a variety of levels, which are likely best employed to break the monotony of travel. I’d estimate most of the adventures shouldn’t take longer than a … Continue reading

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