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We believe in making games that are as easy to pick up and play as possible. With every product, we ask ourselves “how can we make this easier to run?” in an attempt to bring more people into the game and ensure that even the busiest people can get to the table come game night.

DM Resources

Here’s a collection of useful tools and other tricks of the trade for any aspiring DM. It includes affiliate links for all the campaign and rulebooks (which partially support us), as well as tools for generating free maps, level-appropriate encounters, and other useful stuff!

5e Skill Books: When, How, and Whether to Include Them

5e Skill Books: When, How, and Whether to Include Them

Skill books can provide short- or long-term benefits, but to avoid power differences between players, it’s best to provide short-term ones with limitations. One book per long rest; bonuses last 24h; avoid numerical bonuses, opting for advantage/proficiency in narrow areas. Read on for more detail.

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5e Fire Mechanics: How Much Damage Does NonMagical Fire Do?

5e Fire Mechanics: How Much Damage Does NonMagical Fire Do?

RAW, there is no official rules for how mundane fire acts or does damage. Currently, DMs either control the fire narratively or use homebrewed rules. Our suggestion: Embers have 50% to become small fires. Small fires become large after one round. Large fires are more complex. Read on!

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5e: Keeping Track of In-Game Time

5e: Keeping Track of In-Game Time

A round of 5e combat takes 6 in-game seconds; ten rounds make a minute. Outside combat, short rests take an hour; long rests, 8 hours. Chunking time into hours is useful for wilderness exploration and urban activities. For longer trips, days are best. Beyond that, narrative beats set the pace.

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5e Roleplay Guide: Tips and Tricks

5e Roleplay Guide: Tips and Tricks

Roleplaying is inhabiting a fictional world through a character, taking charge of their actions and expressing their personhood through action. D&D roleplay is a mix of freeform storytelling and mechanical gameplay (aka “rollplay”). Even freeform roleplay doesn’t necessarily equal acting.  

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5e: Madness and Sanity Scores

5e: Madness and Sanity Scores

D&D Madness isn’t about accurately portraying mental illness. It’s about a fantastical shattering of the mind by the uncanny, weird, or magical. This manifests as short or long-term Madness effects or more-or-less permanent character flaws. There are even variant rules concerning a Sanity Score.

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5E: Making Cursed Items

5E: Making Cursed Items

Cursed items are objects of power that negatively affect the user against their will. Sometimes a cursed item provides a tempting benefit along with the negative effect, or it influences the user’s mind to make them unwilling to part with it. Sometimes, the curse doesn’t bother the user at all or can be used to their benefit.

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5e: Best Magic Items for Each Class

5e: Best Magic Items for Each Class

One of the most exciting aspects of wandering and plundering the worlds of D&D is the loot that you find along the way. From ancient swords to cursed tomes, there’s plenty of treasure to find as you adventure. Though, some items are better than others depending on your class.

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