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A Lurkers First Post (A Series); Dastardly Villains and How to Use Them

Welcome. You’re probably wondering who I am. Or perhaps not. Maybe you're thinking you'd rather skip the autobiographical crap and get to the good bit, the reason you're here, the guidance on running villains in your campaigns. In that case, skip the next three paragraphs and start from there.

If you're still here, it beats me as to why. I'd have skipped along to paragraph four already, but maybe you want to know why I have the audacity to claim to know how to run a campaign, or create a villain, or tell a story.

Well, it all began some seven or eight years ago… My first foray into DMing when me and my two best friends decided to play the starter set adventure. After reading the introduction, I decided I could do better, and took it upon myself to improvise the whole thing. It quickly devolved into the characters fighting a giant constrictor snake and a panther in the jungle, and we abandoned the pursuit soon thereafter.

Fast forward a few years and I’m currently running four campaigns while attending university and writing a novel, having played dozens of campaigns and hundreds of sessions - I think it’s safe to say I’m somewhat obsessed with the hobby. So I decided it was about time I share some knowledge I’ve learned along the way, rather than jealously hoarding it to myself.

So, why begin with villains? Well, because villains are the true heroes of the story. Sounds paradoxical, I know, but let me explain. First, what do I mean by a "villain"? Well, when I refer to the "villain", I don’t mean just any old bandit. Batman’s villains aren’t the goons and thugs he fights, but the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler. A real Villain gives the hero drive, motive, forces them to develop as a character. Take, for example, Voldemort in ‘Harry Potter’, Sauron in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’. None of these stories would be the same without the villain at their heart.

In order for your players to be heroes, there must be a villain. And so designing the right villain is as essential to your campaign as creating a memorable start, or a fun encounter – without a good villain, your campaign will lack flair and style. With the right villain, your players will be slavering at the mouth to take them down.

The heroes should face hardship and suffer torment as they seek to defeat the villain. Tease them by allowing them to almost defeat the villain before he slips through their fingers at the last second. But remember, they must never lose so harshly that they give up hope of bringing the villain to their knees. Allow the players to thwart the villain’s plans and plots, even if they do not bring the villain to justice. And once the players have grown to hate the villain, grown to despise them for their actions and grown to lust for the day they finally defeat their foe, then you can set up the villain’s downfall.

I remember the satisfaction on my player’s faces when they captured the Black Spider at the end of ‘Lost Mine of Phandelver’, having pursued him for months of real, out-of-game time. The villain exists for no other reason than to eventually fall to the Player Characters, because in the end, the players must always win. Every villain’s raison d’etre is to be defeated.

The key to creating a really memorable villain, one that the players will loathe and pray for the downfall of, is to make them the antithesis of everything the players love. If your players are heroes first and foremost, the ‘save the world’ types, make the villain harsh and cruel, willing to go to any lengths to achieve their goals. Of course, many D&D parties will not fall easily into any category, but they will have a core philosophy, an inherent similarity. Find it, and you will find the inspiration for your villain.

In short, you know your table better than anyone. Prepare your villain with your players in mind, and they will love (or possibly hate) you for it.

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2024/02/18
23:43 UTC

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Session prep / note taking app

Hello all! I am looking for an app that you All use for your session prep, lore tracking, story boarding and all the other things that go into making a great dnd campaign. What are you using, how do you use it and why do you use it?!!

Thanks!!

17 Comments
2024/02/14
02:17 UTC

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D&D Audio Resources - Battle/Combat Music and Ambience

Just posting this to follow up on my post a couple of weeks ago!

I am starting to upload all of the battle/combat music, ambient sounds, and situational audio to YouTube as I've made it all for my party over the years and wanted to share the love. All are at least an hour long with transitions between music so it's not as jarring as a playlist. Details for each are below:

Battle Music:

Boss Battle: https://youtu.be/_nWzelDsN80?si=sub4ZzyJsFsA8Dgd

Battle Music: https://youtu.be/gssSE8-emWw?si=tNTO9LirdMNmpKtO

Ambience:

Eerie & Creepy Ambience: https://youtu.be/iKghuoOLxds?si=UhpEmu_aTcRUyabT

Sailing Ship: https://youtu.be/Lr65B2o5VxY?si=6g1GEH4TIaB-8QQ-

Thunderstorm: https://youtu.be/fHetsmxQcLg?si=ffi9QBy5ROEiEsPI (yes I've slept to this)

Rainsounds: https://youtu.be/eFR6oPJZzDc?si=yQOBo08Ly82Qz_8S (this too lol)

Nightime Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDjteQFCeDY&t=1201s

Background/Situational:

Happy Dancing Tavern Music: https://youtu.be/ZyHy8qun6TE?si=U5kRNOkQ1uhKLaxf

Creepy/Horror Music: https://youtu.be/nc-tSIPJW6o?si=79sJO10x6hsmqTFV

Going on an Adventure/First Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9qyKTpnqoo&t=32s

Wasteland Exploration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtJpQATy6LY&t=3580s

Ambiance:ath/TPK (Posting tomorrow at 9:00 GMT): https://youtu.be/VBjfJBmkM7c?si=QmKA4ydi0upQJbD_

As I said last time, I have a lot of content so feel free to use and abuse all of these videos for your own games and if you want more feel free to subscribe too.

0 Comments
2024/02/08
18:47 UTC

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Make your NPCs 1000% Better with the GUPP System!

Hey all!

I put together a little video where I explain how to improve NPCs through a system I call GUPP

https://youtu.be/arDYI0Byiko

It stands for...

Get Specific

Unique Aspect

Personality

Purpose

If you're interested please check it out and let me know if you found it helpful at all :) thank you

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2024/02/08
05:06 UTC

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How many maps per session do you personally like to have prepared?

I'm wondering how much is sufficient to create breathe for my players. I typically have one "sandbox" map, like a village with NPCs. And then 5 or so battlemaps that players can participate more deeply in. My question is, how many maps do you think you need for your sessions?

1 Comment
2024/02/07
20:56 UTC

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We created a completely free, ready to use tool to generate background ambiances for D&D sessions!

We wanted fully customized audio backgrounds for our sessions, so we came up with a solution. We created a tool to mix soundscapes, basically audio backgrounds created by combining several dozen location-specific sounds, blending them to create a constantly changing atmospheric ambiance. The timing and properties of the different samples are randomized in a way to create the feeling of a constantly changing setting. Timed events control the flow of each soundscape to bring changes in weather, day/night time and such conditions to life and to make these ambiences fit the mood and conditions of the scene. All of our soundscapes are 5.1 surround sounds.

We create soundscapes specificly for our adventure modules, but they can be used in any setting. New updates with more free soundscapes will be continuously released for our past and future adventure modules.

We released the tool under the name "Elderbrain Soundscapes". The apps are free and will stay free. You can try them out in your browser (no downloads needed), and you can use the Android, iOS, or Windows application to generate and play the constantly changing, dynamic background ambiances:
https://elderbrain.com/pages/soundscapes

4 Comments
2024/02/05
14:44 UTC

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Advent's Amazing Advice: The Delian Tomb, A Beginner One-Shot fully prepped and ready to go!

Welcome back to Advent's Amazing Advice! The series where I take popular One-Shots, Adventures, Campaigns, etc. and fully prep them for both New and Busy DMs. This prep includes music, ambiance, encounter sheets, handouts, battle maps, tweaks, and more so you can run the best sessions possible with the least stress possible!

The results are in and I'm excited to announce that Nyx and Alanna (AJ) are the 1st and 2nd place winners of Advent's One-Shot Challenge! The goal was simple, to find people who could prep in a style similar to mine so that I could work with them and expand Advent's Amazing Advice! I was blown away with the results and I'm proud to show you what they've come up with!

The Delian Tomb is a Level 1 Introductory One-Shot based on Matt Colville's first episode of his Running the Game series on YouTube.

This adventure begins in the backwaters of a small kingdom, it's a quiet place...most of the time. Recently, there has been an influx of goblins in the region and some of the foul creatures have even begun attacking the farms in the outskirts of the village. Your players are all friends, just traveling through, in search of adventure. It isn't long before they find themselves mixed up in the business of Goblins and pursuing a kidnapped child into the depths of a long-forgotten tomb. This is their opportunity to prove themselves, and to rescue someone in need...if they can survive the perils of The Delian Tomb!

Below you'll find the winner's notes updated by me with all the tweaks and formatting you've come to know and love.

Without further ado:

Included in The AAA Collection is:

  • A Word document with all my notes, including links to music tracks for ambiance and fights
  • Special PDF for all encounters. This includes the enemy stat blocks organized neatly, along with an initiative tracker and a spot to mark HP
  • Spellsheet Handout for the Goblin Shaman
  • Custom Maps (Credits: u/sladank, uchideshi34 (Jon), grant1derlin, CragtheLAD)

Index:

Other One Shots, Adventures, and Campaigns:

It was such a fantastic experience working with others on this! You'll see plenty more of Nyx and Alanna in the future!

As always, if you see something you think I can improve, add, change, etc. please let me know. I want this to be an amazing resource for all DMs and plan to keep it constantly updated! If you'd like to support me, shape future releases, and get content early feel free to check out my Patreon!

Cheers,
Advent

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2024/02/04
17:55 UTC

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GameBlasterAlpha is releasing the back catalog! 20+ Free Maps

What's up everybody!? Some buddies and I have been working hard at building a TTRPG company up from scratch and we're having a blast! In the coming months we'll be ready to release our first huge Patreon drop and then an entire adventure module after that, both with professional artwork and options for fully prepared FoundryVTT modules. Blah blah blah, sales pitch sales pitch sales pitch.

I very much dislike the need to get in people's faces about content and charm them into wanting to pay for it. Advertising has become such an annoyance. Let's cut to the chase:

We want to give you a bunch of free maps, and in return we'd just like you to remember we're out there... existing. GameBlasterAlpha, I mean. Just file it away in that noggin. GameBlasterAlpha. Let it sink in.

As we've been growing, our collaborative partner Lazarus Cartography has accumulated a number of maps he threw together for his home games. These maps range from large cities or towns to small graveyards and hag's lairs. There's a little bit of everything.

The goal is to always offer some free stuff each month, but provide enhanced options such as full FoundryVTT packages with all maps, monsters, and items, pre set up. Watch out Mr. Wiki!

Anyway, here's a handful of my favorite maps from the free stuff.

If you're interested in 20 or so more maps or you'd just like to follow to see what GBA is up to, follow us on Patreon(where the maps live), join the Discord, or come stop by the Twitch channel while we stream various games!

0 Comments
2024/02/01
20:27 UTC

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Making a calendar

Hi folks!!

I am currently running Waterdeep Dragon Heist, and my players want an interactive calendar where they can see festival days, invitations etc. What programs do you guys use for calendars?

Many thanks!!

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2024/02/01
16:18 UTC

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A New, Free Platform for Homebrewers and Worldbuilders [ Mod Approved ]

Tabletop Mirror is a free platform designed to handle homebrew and system building without any programming on your side.

Hi everyone. I made https://tabletopmirror.com, a platform based around the idea of having a single place for everything Tabletop-RPG. We have tools for:

  • Making custom homebrew modules, items, feats, and whatever else for systems you already love
  • Building entirely new RPG systems from scratch
  • Built-in Advanced Searching Features for every bit of content -- no matter what system
  • Managing Worldbuilding content like maps, calendars, and wiki pages
  • Custom Plug-N-Play Character Sheets, so you can customize your look and feel entirely
  • Campaign management and (Coming Soon) a Session Runner with Built-in Notetaking
  • [ Coming Soon ] Let GMs legalize content for just their own table, making it easy to homebrew

Tabletop Mirror is all about customizability. Everything was designed with the idea that every GM, every table, has their own little homebrew in some way. So, everything on the site is about making it yours. And all of our future updates will keep doing just that!

It’s absolutely free to give it a try, no sign-in required (unless you want to make your own content)!

We just started our open beta and are really just looking to get some feedback to build a better tool. So please take a look, join r/TabletopMirror, and tell us what you think!

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2024/01/30
17:52 UTC

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Introducing DMHelper VTT v3.1 - Unleash Your Creativity!

Attention all dungeon masters, storytellers, and world-builders! Get ready to take your tabletop adventures to the next level with the latest release of DMHelper - packed with exciting new features designed to supercharge your campaigns and ignite your imagination.

Here's what's new in version 3.1:

🎥 Video Effects: Dive deeper into immersive storytelling by adding semi-transparent, black-and-white, or green-screen effects to your videos. Elevate the ambiance and bring your world to life like never before!

🔍 Token Search: Say goodbye to the endless hunt for monster tokens! With our new token search feature, you can effortlessly find the perfect token for every creature added to your Bestiary, all without leaving the comfort of DMHelper.

🐉 Bestiary Token Fill: Need to populate your Bestiary with tokens in a flash? We've got you covered! With just a click, DMHelper VTT will scour the internet to find tokens for all your monsters missing a token, saving you precious time for crafting epic adventures.

✂️ Token Editor: Unleash your creativity by turning your own images into customized tokens. Add backgrounds, frames, and personal touches to bring your characters and creatures to life in stunning detail.

🖱️ Drag and Drop: It's time to get hands-on with your campaigns! With our intuitive drag-and-drop functionality, creating new entries, layers, and tokens is as easy as pie. Seamlessly organize your content and unleash your creativity with every click.

Don't miss out on the ultimate tool for crafting unforgettable tabletop experiences. Upgrade to DMHelper v3.1 today and embark on a journey where the only limit is your imagination!

Adventure awaits - are you ready to answer the call? Download DMHelper now and start creating magic at your fingertips: https://dm-helper.itch.io/dm-helper

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2024/01/27
23:12 UTC

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Music and Ambient Sounds

I’ve made a bunch of playlists and ambient music for my players over the years and m compiling them on a YouTube channel.

So far I’ve posted two:

Boss Battle: https://youtu.be/_nWzelDsN80?si=FkVIRyLhsK9gW_At

Ambient Sailing: https://youtu.be/Lr65B2o5VxY?si=eqNyJYZT4VKqXW8R

Feel free to use these or any future videos I post!

0 Comments
2024/01/26
10:59 UTC

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24 expertly curated Spotify playlists that will help you score 100% of your RPG sessions

Hey all, my name is Will Savino. I'm a professional composer for video games and TTRPGs. I've been working on these RPG playlists for years now. I think they're perfect for scoring your campaigns. Personally, I score all of my sessions by just putting one of these on shuffle at a time.

Hope you enjoy! Feedback is welcome.

If you've got any questions about scoring tabletop games, please reach out! It's kind of my whole thing.

6 Comments
2024/01/24
21:43 UTC

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Currency Expansion

If tracking currency is the kind of thing you are into: I have been reading old adventures/campaign settings and have come across different currency tables that intrigued me. I wrote up an expansion to the currency system for 5e.

Iron pieces (ip) [triangle shaped coins]
Brass (bp) [square coins] {10 ip}
Bronze (zp) [pentagon coins] {10 bp}
Copper (cp) [hexagon coins] {10 zp}
Silver (sp) [heptagon coins] {10 cp}
Electrum (ep) [octagon coins] {10 sp}
Gold (gp) [nonagon coins] {10 ep}
Platinum (pp) [decagon coins] {10 gp}
Astral diamonds (ad) [clear crystal] {10 pp}
Astral rubies (ar) [red crystal] {10 ad}
Astral emeralds (ae) [green crystal] {10 ar}

For my campaign, I am working on completely rebuilding the economy, so I decided that 1 cp was basically equivalent to $1 USD. This allows me to look at the cost of things and evaluate the price. For example, it make sense for $100 to be what a room at a small tavern where the meal is included in the price (so basically a B&B) costs, so it is 1 ep (or 10 sp, or 100 cp). Expanding the list of currency pieces also allows me to have a robust banking system. Will the small town tavern have change for 1 ad? Absolutely not, but the local credit union can give you a certificate of deposit and that allows you to write checks to various places in that small town, or maybe they have the coins to actually break it down into spendable currency. Probably they would break it into ep ($100 bills) as that is the largest coin a small establishment would reasonably have change for.

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2024/01/21
15:38 UTC

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[Collection] 100 paper printable NPCs from Seven Wonders revived

In my search for printable NPCs, I found some very good ones at Seven Wonders. Unfortunately, that site is closed a long time ago and the internet archive only contained low resolution versions of the content.

Luckily I found a slightly more reasonable quality at dmscraft and could enhance them further with the toolkit at zyro.com. I added them to imgur to share them with you; you can find them here: 100 printable NPCs.

0 Comments
2024/01/09
21:50 UTC

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Here’s 50 free maps to start off the new year with!

Here is a collection of 50 free battlemaps for the holidays.

These maps represent hundreds of hours of work which I am able to do thanks to every single one of my supporters. I never thought that I would be able to support myself by making maps and I am extremely grateful for all of this!!

If you enjoy my work then please consider supporting me on Patreon. Supporters will get access to all of my watermark-free maps, gridded variants, and other map variations in a VTT-friendly file format.

If you want to see the entirety of maps I've ever made, check out my map archive.

Enjoy your holidays and I hope these maps serve useful in your games!

4 Comments
2024/01/04
14:54 UTC

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Paper Road Maps?

I'm starting a game soon that was meant to take place in the city of Chicago. I bought a couple of the old foldable road maps and hung them up on cardboard so my players could note important locations, events, etc. But now they've decided they want to do Joliet instead. Which, cool, no problem, lots of history and cool locations around there. But I have no idea where to find a road map of it.

Any suggestions?

3 Comments
2024/01/03
17:53 UTC

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physical map beginner

this is kinda a stupid question, but I am completely lost on making maps! I've run a few campaigns for friends before (we play monster of the week if it's relevant), but we've only ever done games on discord because we live far apart. I wanted to make a campaign for my irl friends, but I've got no clue how to make physical maps. I've got our world map up on Inkarnate and figured I can just print out pictures of it for my players, but in terms of town maps/encounter places, I have no clue how to make them lol. Would love some suggestions for how to make a map! :D

1 Comment
2023/12/31
15:42 UTC

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Printable Token Sheet tool

Hi folks,

This past week I was looking for a tool to help make a bunch of printable tokens for my in-person D&D game. I couldn't find anything particularly easy to use, so I built one.

The Printable Token Sheet tool lets you select a set of images, then tell it how many copies you want of each. When you hit print, it automatically sizes them appropriately for 1" tokens, making them very easy to cut out.

I also wrote up an entire blog post about how I make these printed tokens into something nice looking and sturdy on a budget.

Hope you find this helpful!

3 Comments
2023/12/28
21:44 UTC

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NPC Cards

I was watching a video from Daddy Rolled a 1 on YouTube, and he pulled out a box of 3x5 cards that had NPCs on them, so that if he needed an NPC he could grab one quickly. I was thinking of doing something similar, and I wanted some tips on what I should include on the cards. So far I have:

Name:
Species:
What they love:
What they hate:
What they want right now:

Are there categories you think would also be good to include? I’m looking to create a resource so that if my players talk to an NPC, they are met with more than just a name.

1 Comment
2023/12/26
08:01 UTC

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It could be a great addition to your GM arsenal.

The tool offers five unique categories that provide specific sounds to suit different situations. The interface divides the effects into separate tabs that users can seamlessly switch and the volume of each individual sound can be stopped or adjusted independently, allowing for multiple layers of dynamic audio.

Hope it can be useful for you as well: https://tabletopy.com

1 Comment
2023/12/23
15:39 UTC

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Available equipment to buy

Hi! I have a list of equipment available for my PCs to buy, but I have been wondering about it lately and decided to test each item having random availability when the PCs go shopping (i.e., not all items will be available every time). Does any one know a tool I can use to randomly generate the list of available equipment based on the list of existing items I already have?

5 Comments
2023/12/18
01:49 UTC

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Advent's Amazing Advice: The Night Before Wintermas, A Holiday One-Shot fully prepped and ready to go! (Updated for 2023!)

I hope everyone is having a Fantastic December! With the Holidays in full swing, I wanted to give everyone here a present, by doing all the prep work for a fantastic Holiday One-Shot for you! Then, in turn, you can gift that experience to your players! And what better gift is there for players who have been so good, than an opportunity to let loose and be evil for a change! Yes, that's right, The Night before Wintermas is specifically designed for Level 5 Evil/Neutral aligned players.

Thanks to the creative mind of jmanc, you'll bring your players to The Town of Frosthold and join a morally bankrupt Toy and Tabacco company to put an end to Santa's charitable operations by Infiltrating his workshop and dealing with the problem for good!

Experience holiday music to fit every scene, face your favorite Christmas Characters...in a battle to the death, earn unique magic items to help you take on the fat man, and live vicariously through your newly evil characters! This is a One-Shot you won't want to miss!

Without further ado:

Included in The AAA Collection is:

  • A Word document with all my notes including links to music tracks for ambiance and fights
  • Special PDF for the encounter. This includes the enemy stat block organized neatly along with an initiative tracker and a spot to mark HP
  • An Alternate encounter PDF for Frosty and The Snowmen *(Updated 2023)
  • Custom Maps for Santa's Grotto
  • Custom Boss Fight Music
  • Handouts for the Scrolls of Haste and Invisibility
  • A Preview PDF of Flee Mortals

Other One Shots, Adventures, and Campaigns:

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! If you have any advice on how I can improve my notes further, please let me know either here or leave a comment on the Google doc itself! If you'd like to support me, shape future releases, and get content early, feel free to check out my Patreon!

Cheers,
Advent

0 Comments
2023/12/16
16:44 UTC

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Need help locating a product

Hello. I remember a product being sold similar to Tabletop Tokens. However this product had loads of token scenery and came in a box.

There was a Vampire Castle box, an Underworld box and that's all I can remember. I've tried to locate these but to no avail. Can someone help point me in the correct direction if they know what I'm describing?

3 Comments
2023/12/04
11:57 UTC

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Special December offer and free preview on my Patreon!

Hello fellow adventurers!

I'm DMSlash, a passionate D&D DM and content creator! Today I wanted to share here a special offer I'm running for my Patreon this December. The monthly content release, called "Surge of Magic", features an incredible amount of content revolving around the theme of magic (I know, that sounds pretty obvious, right?). It's a 76-page PDF containing both character options (in terms of 30 spells, 20 feats, and 3 subclasses) and DM resources (50 magic items, 30+ areas for encounters, and 11+ monsters). The real highlight of this month are the Magical Zones, areas where anomalies of magic cause different regional effects of various kinds (this could be anything you could think of, really - from amplified spells or dampened spells, to zones where the border between different planes is thin, or time is altered). Along with them come a list of new monsters that can be found within these zones, ranging from CR 1/2 to CR 30. Each monster is complete with handouts and description to run it, tables with random encounters and much more! A preview to the PDF can be found for free on my Patreon, in a 15-pages PDF accessible to anyone, while those interested in joining a paid tier will unlock all these wonders for as little as €5+VAT, while also receiving an exclusive gift at the end of the month, as a token of my gratitude for your early support!

Happy adventuring!

0 Comments
2023/12/02
13:54 UTC

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AI Character Sheet generation into HTML

Hi,

I have been using OpenAI to generate character sheets of my baddies but it puts it in such a terrible format that using it during games was horrific.

What I did was ask OpenAI to use a specific JSON format that I tweaked with the AI. Then I asked the AI to create a program that would take that JSON and turn it into an HTML document. I play exclusively on Roll20 with multiple screens so I always need to bring up baddies.

Every detail is outlined in the ReadMe on the Repo I linked below. From what exact commands are needed to set it up to use this template and then how to use the program.

https://github.com/coredweller/D-D_Character_Sheet_Parser/blob/master/README.md

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Thanks! This sub has helped me a ton of times so I am very happy to give back.

7 Comments
2023/11/30
01:31 UTC

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Miniatures for Lending

I am DMing my first in-person session after nearly three years of virtual playing. I’m reluctant to invest in a full set of miniatures since I don’t know how often this group or others will be playing in-person after this. Is there a DM in the DelMarVa area that would be willing to lend me a set? Or is there another solution that I’m overlooking? Thanks!

12 Comments
2023/11/29
04:43 UTC

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Unraveling the mind of a 9 year DM (Part I)

I had the chance to talk to a fellow DM on my Podcast, where I had the chance to ask him about working with players new and experienced and how he approaches the game. We dived into the joyful moments of watching our players RP and what the hobby means to us.

https://youtu.be/TJxI6LKMslU

0 Comments
2023/11/14
23:56 UTC

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Advent's Amazing Advice: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle Fully Prepped for New and Busy DM's (The Complete Collection)

Welcome back to Advent's Amazing Advice! The series where I take popular One-Shots, Adventures, Campaigns, etc. and fully prep them for both New and Busy DMs. This prep includes fully fleshed-out notes, music, ambiance, encounter sheets, handouts, battle maps, tweaks, and more so you can run the best sessions possible with the least stress possible!

Dragons of Stormwreck Isle, is a level 1-3 Adventure, the most recent Starter Set, and successor to The Lost Mine of Phandelver released by WoTC. In it, your players will sail to the titular Stormwreck Isle, an island shaped by an age of conflict between Chromatic and Metallic Dragons. They'll be able to befriend kobolds, explore fungal grottos, fight those twisted by Orcus, and perhaps save the very island itself!

Have your players create their own characters or jump right in using the Pre-Gens that are built with backstories integrated into the plot!

If you've used my previous notes you'll know that I take Adventures such as these and do all the difficult and time-consuming book-to-session conversions so you don't have to! I do my best to include Ambiance for every scene, custom battle maps, handouts when needed, spell sheets, encounter sheets, and more!

This may all sound familiar, but seeing as this is a Starter Set, I think it's important to reiterate:

  • Read the Adventure: I know surprising, but It can be extremely confusing when you don't know where everything leads to.
  • Consider the needs of your group: As you've heard or are about to hear a million times, every table is different. If you plan on combining this with a campaign, you'll have to make tweaks here and there.
  • These notes aren't meant to be the end-all-be-all: Tweak to your heart's content, and don't consider any of what's written to be set in stone. For me having notes like this helps give me the confidence to go off the rails and follow along with what my players want. It helps me understand where things are meant to go and why. Having that understanding allows me to guide the players and create other new and interesting stories. These are all things that will come with experience, though, so don't freak out and enjoy the journey!

Without further ado:

Index & FAQ:

Dragons of Stormwreck Isle:

*Important Errata for Pre-Gens

  • The Rogue’s Investigation bonus should be +3, not zero.
  • The Wizard should have a +2 DEX save, not +3.
  • The High Elf should have longbow proficiency

Other One Shots, Adventures, and Campaigns:

If you see something you think I can improve, add, change, etc. please let me know. I want this to be an amazing resource for all DMs and plan to keep it constantly updated! If you'd like to support me, shape future releases, and get content early feel free to check out my Patreon!

Cheers,
Advent

2 Comments
2023/11/11
15:40 UTC

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Tool : Initiative Tracker that handles HP calculation and turn order tracking

This initiative tracker is for DMs that use a computer at the table. It's a simple page that resets every time it is refreshed.

It does a few cool things :

  • Setting up an encounters takes only seconds
  • Tracks character or monster health and handles the calculation (no more calculator at the table!)
  • Automatic Initiative sorting
  • Tracks the currently playing characters and handle ties and decimal tiebreakers for initiative value.
  • Tracks the number of rounds that passes in the encounter.

Here is a GIF to see it in action : https://s5.gifyu.com/images/S8PGh.gif

Here is the link : https://richardcqc.github.io/DnD-EncounterManager/

To anyone that is scared of clicking on random links, here's a bit more information on the hosting of the tracker : It is hosted on github pages. Github is a version management tool that has really strict guidelines about hosting potentially dangerous website.

6 Comments
2023/11/11
08:09 UTC

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