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How I Play D&D – and Why It’s Fun (Part Two)

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:39
Part Two: The Butt Kicking Begins – So, Too, Does the Fun I haaaaated (loathed) the DM and he wasn’t much of a fan of mine, either. He was boring, lackluster, couldn’t out act Tommy Wiseau, and never...

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How a Newbie Played D&D- and Why It’s Fun (Part One)

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:53
  Whenever I play Dungeons & Dragons, I always take it seriously, but that doesn’t mean that I never have fun. After all, F-U-N is precisely the whole point of playing this old school game,...

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Four Simple Questions for Dungeon Crawls

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:57
Four Simple Questions (A Play Dirty Look at Dungeon Crawls) Hello Dungeon Masters! My name’s John and I design games. Lots of ‘em. But more importantly, like you, I’m the guy who usually ends up...

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Behind the Gear-spun Curtain: A Purely Steampunk Look at Game Design

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:44
As the leaves turn and the skies grow cloudy, we turn our minds toward All Hallows’ Eve and things of an often creepier, spookier, or more macabre appeal. Let us turn our minds then toward a sweet...

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Early ‘treats’ for Halloween

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 19:43
Just to be clear, DungeonMastering.com is written to be as ‘System Neutral’ as possible to allow as broad a leadership as possible.  Certainly d20 design is hard to ignore, so apologies...

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D&D Lessons from The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 23:55
The new season of Walking Dead premiered spectacularly a short time ago, and then in typical AMC fashion the show was re-run before the newest episode.  Having seen it twice now, here are some...

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Mannegishi

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50
Welcome back to Pen & Pixels, where I share stories about of the the RPG images that I’ve created as a professional artist.  Here’s a Halloween-ish piece I illustrated for Four Winds...

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The 09-11 column we weren’t sure we we were going to run

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:59
Let’s just get this out of the way right from the start: this is not an attempt to write something ‘sensationalist’ or otherwise capitalize on a tragedy.  However a weird thing...

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Behind the Gear-spun Curtain: A Purely Steampunk Look at Game Design

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:09
Gamemastering at GenCon can be a blast. It’s a way to introduce people to a game you love, or even a game you’re trying to publish. It can also be a way to play obscure games that just don’t have a...

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FREE D&D Audiobook!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:36
Like free stuff?  Have an Amazon account?  Want to listen to a dozen voices you’ll (probably) recognize read an unabridged RA Salvatore collection?    In case you haven’t heard by now,...

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Bonus to your Save vs. HotDQ

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:02
WARNING: This is not a review.  In fact, I don’t own the product in question.  Haven’t even flipped through it.  What this is, instead, is an attempt to make a decision about said unowned...

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Save yourself & skip this D&D Next adventure

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:47
So in the last column I talked about how I was cautiously optimistic about the latest incarnation of D&D.  The 90ish Amazon reviews for the 5th Edition  PHB were overwhelmingly positive, & a...

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D&D Next Review Coming…

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:55
Zone of Truth style Confession.  Even though we’re a D&D-focused Blog, we here at DungeonMastering honestly had a hard time getting excited about D&D Next/What 4.0?/5th Edition.  Maybe...

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On Rewards and Balance

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:09
So I’ve talked a lot about the beginning and end of a campaign, from character and session creation to developing a villain to hate. What I haven’t covered with you is what to do at the end of a...

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Games within Games: The Shifting Tower

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:48
Everyone has their own kind of favorite dungeon. Some of my players prefer gauntlets of traps and monsters, while others prefer dungeons from the likes of Legend of Zelda, where puzzles appear...

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