Game Master's Journey 147: D&D Beyond, Initiative Variants & Balancing House Rules

Game Master's Journey 147: D&D Beyond, Initiative Variants & Balancing House Rules

Lex discusses D&D Beyond, a new online tool for players and DMs. He also discusses how cutting words interacts with initiative rolls, a few initiative variants and using potions. He gives thoughts to consider when making house rules or rules variants—there’s more to it than what makes sense logically. Finally, he gives an update on his upcoming D&D adventure, The Trickster’s Labyrinth.

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Game Master's Journey 144: Teaching New Players & Tips for New GMs

Game Master's Journey 144: Teaching New Players & Tips for New GMs

Today I continue my series on the Roles of the GM. In this episode we discuss the GM as a teacher. As GMs we often find ourselves teaching players a new game, or even teaching players who’ve never played an RPG before.  I give you strategies to set yourself up for success and ensure your players come back for more. I also give some tips specific to teaching 5th edition D&D to new players, and finally I give some tips for new GMs preparing to run D&D for the first time. 

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Game Master's Journey 143: Food & Water, Descriptive & Interactive Roleplaying, Resting & Downtime

Game Master's Journey 143: Food & Water, Descriptive & Interactive Roleplaying, Resting & Downtime

I continue my discussion of chapter 8 of the PHB. We’ll talk about food & water, & interacting with objects. We’ll also discuss social interaction and the difference between descriptive and active roleplaying. I have some thoughts on how you can encourage more immersive active roleplaying from your players. Finally, we’ll go over resting and downtime activities.

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Game Master's Journey 140: D&D Ability Scores & When to Call for a Check

Game Master's Journey 140: D&D Ability Scores & When to Call for a Check

I dig into chapter 7 of the Player’s Handbook and discuss ability checks. I tell you how you can determine which ability and skill to use for a check and how to assign the DC for a check. I also touch on helping, group checks, encumbrance, and hiding in combat. Finally, I provide some insight on how to know when to ask for a roll, and when not to.

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