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Truly, Madly, Deeply: A Starter Adventure for Kids

I’ve recently been chatting to fellow D&D blogger, Patrick Higingbotham, and he told me about his latest project: a starter adventure designed to make introducing D&D to new and young players (from around 9 years old and above) a smoother, more immersive experience. It sounded really cool, and I thought who better to introduce it […]

Sharpshooter Feat: Not On My Watch!

Things I like about Sharpshooter feat: It reminds me of my favourite drum’n’bass anthem from the mid 90s. Things I don’t like about Sharpshooter: Everything else. It feels like a while since I’ve had a good old moan about one of 5e’s little foibles, and if nothing else my negative posts on Divine Smite, Lucky […]

The Guidance Cantrip Is Not OP’ed. Here’s Why…

When I first starting playing 5e, guidance leapt out as an easily spammable cantrip that was almost certain to be abused on the D&D table. Guidance Divination cantrip Casting Time: 1 action Range: Touch Components: V, S Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute You touch one willing creature. Once before the spell ends, the target […]

Top D&D Kickstarters Happening Right Now

I absolutely love the DMs Guild, and it’s still my go-to place for additional 5e content, but it seems that more and more creators are turning to Kickstarters to fund and market their adventures, lore books and D&D related products. A quick search reveals nearly a 1,000 projects related to 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons […]

The 11 Best Dragon Heist Supplements

Dragon Heist is my favourite official 5th edition storyline so far (read my review and running notes here), and one of the things that makes it so great is that it’s very easy to enhance and expand the material that’s presented in the book. In fact, you’ll be more or less obliged to add to […]

Complete Guide to Sourcing Fantasy Stock Art

I recently published a 306-page Dungeons & Dragons adventure. As you can imagine, sourcing royalty free artwork for this epic endeavour was no mean task, and one that started in a very frustrating manner. After hours of scouring every corner of the website, I basically found ONE good source for D&D and RPG art and […]

Designing Unforgettable Combat Encounters for 5e D&D

I love a good ruck, and while I enjoy all the pillars of Dungeons & Dragons, combat is my favourite part of the game. The more you enjoy something however, the more you crave just the best of that thing. In the same way that a wine connoisseur turns their nose up at cheap plonk, […]

My New 5e Adventure DRAGONBOWL is Live!

This week marks a special week for me, because after 1.5 years of planning, writing, playtesting, rewriting, commissioning art and doing the layout I finally published my second 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragonbowl! Drawing on influences from some of my favourite 80s and 90s movies, as well as my favourite comic, the hardly-known […]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – The Ultimate Guide

The second I heard the news that Wizards of the Coast were dropping Waterdeep: Dragon Heist in 2018 I knew I had to run it for my group. Nothing gets me as excited as an urban adventure in Dungeons & Dragons. The intrigue, the politics, the skullduggery, the secret locations… city adventures are just so […]

31+ Time Pressures to Put in Your Adventure

The Boon of a Ticking Clock Most experienced DMs and adventure writers are familiar with the concept of time pressure in an adventure, and strive to include them in their storylines. Planting a ticking clock within the narrative really increases the urgency of the adventure (in theory at least… keep reading for when it doesn’t!), […]

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