DMing Archive



by Delos

Spoilers!

So last week I tried something new. Before we began I told the group the plot. Not just a little here or there. All of it. I sat them down and told them exactly what was going to happen, in what order, and who is doing what. Then the darnedest thing happened. They started adding…

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Event Leveling vs Instant Leveling

Currently I’m running/playing in three different systems, Dungeon World, Apocalypse World, and 13th Age. For AW and DW we’re doing instant leveling. If you get enough XP to let you level up, you gain your new abilities right then and there. 13th Age is event based. We’re doing a 10 level, 10 session game so…

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by Delos

Damage Is More Than A Number

It wasn’t until Dungeon World that I finally started noticing this. I played D&D almost exclusively for almost a decade and normally when you take a hit, you lose X number of HP and when you hit 0 you finally fall down. Some monsters were able to put conditions on you, like confusion or ongoing…

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by Delos

Side Quests

If your group is anything like mine (post college and married) you don’t get a lot of time each week to play. My group tries to stay very focused on the main story and the very idea of side quests are left out. We have a hard enough time dealing with finishing off the BBEG,…

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by Delos

PC Immortality

I have a bad habit. Real bad. I’ve had it since I started playing RPGs and I probably won’t break of it any time soon. Don’t tell my players. My secret is I don’t kill PCs if I can help it. Maybe it’s because I had a beloved character of my own that died to bad…

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by Delos

Failing Forward

Last time I wrote about what happens when a character almost makes a roll, a success with complications. Now I’d like to talk about when a character completely botches it. The example I used last time was a thief trying to sneak into an orc stronghold. Now regardless of system there is always the chance…

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Enviromental Damage

Something I noticed whilst playing a video game was the amount of crap I was breaking. Every time I swung my sword it seemed like I was breaking some part of the environment. Tables, chairs, bottles, pots, walls, and columns were no match for me. Then I realized that I don’t do this much at…

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by Delos

Breaking Campaign Settings

Something I have problems with from time to time is using premade settings. Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Dark Sun are classic D&D settings that many know. I have no problem letting the players play in the setting. I have no problems letting them make a bit of a mess, but I do have a…

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How to Screw With Your Players and Not Screw Your Players

A lot of my posts have been having to do with playing nice with each other and doing right by each other. I firmly believe you need to establish trust with your fellow gamers. If there is no trust there is no group. Now as a GM you are put in a huge position of…

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Making Monsters Memorable

How many goblins have you killed in your day? Can you recall each and every one of their faces? Can you still hear their screams? Probably not. They’re just goblins. Nothing to really remember. What about their leader? Can you remember his name? I know in my years of GMing and playing I can only…

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