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A handful of relics for your campaign from the friendly folks at the #DMSupportGroup :

Players don’t only kill monsters and save towns for the glory, they also can’t wait to get their greedy little hands on that sweet, ever-sought-after loot. Even the Lawful Good Paladin loves taking a look at the pile of treasures recently uncovered, even…

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One #DMSupportGroup member's take on the perennial question.

Death in the family What happens when a PC dies, or is about to? Do you pull punches to let them get out without a scratch? Do you kill PCs at will, and if they might survive you add another Dragon to the fight? Regardless of how you choose to handle it,…

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Personal Prep Series #4: Organization & Being Ready

Preparing for a game session can sound like a lot of work, but I have learned that if you treat it like work then that is exactly what it becomes. Of course prep always takes time, just look at all the things you may need for the session: maps, monsters,…

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Ask a DM #2: PC Death, Non-Combat Encounters, and Taking Up the Mantle

For our second article in this series, we asked a new set of DMs a new set of questions. This time we discuss the ever-debated topic of PC death, favorite things to do in game (that aren’t orc slaying), and what it is that inspired each of our…

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The Essentials I’m still figuring out what works best for me in terms of prep. Ten years ago I mostly winged it or ran packaged modules, and I’ve only recently come back to the hobby. Mostly I start planning and generating ideas using good old pen and…

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Convention season is approaching quickly, which means it is time for those con games! Some of my favorite games I have ever run have been with a table full of complete strangers. While some see running games at cons daunting, or they don’t like the lack…

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There are only two types of games. There is the railroad-style game, in which the DM places the players on a plot track moving them from one scenario to the next to resolve the overlying conflict of the story. There is the sandbox-style game wherein the…

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Interested to know some DM Support Group members' take on things? Here's "Ask a DM #1: Themes, Reactions, and Must-Haves," your view into some of our opinions on a handful of questions. If there's a question you'd like us to address, leave a comment or drop us a line from the Contact Us page.

As a way to get to know each other, some of us here at DM Support Group settled on an initial few questions to answer: What are your favorite themes to include in the games you run? What player reaction do you most long for? What’s your favorite resource…

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Prepping the Game: What’s That? In a broad sense, that means preparing for your game, yes. But what does that really mean for you? Do you run test combat to see if it is too difficult? Are you practicing voices for your NPCs, or comparing words to find…

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Good Articles (And Good Sessions) Have Introductions Prep is something that few GM’s discuss openly for some reason. Partially I think that this has to do with the DM’s predilection for secrecy. It is much easier to err on the side of the clandestine if…
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