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 respondents to begin DMing in the first place. Continue reading Ask a DM #2: PC Death, Non-Combat Encounters, and Taking Up the Mantle

Ask a DM #1: Themes, Reactions, and Must-Haves

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 to have at the “table?”

Here’s a first batch of answers.

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Personal Prep Series #2 : Spreadsheets and Dice

My DM dice on the players' home base map.

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 the best one for your descriptions? Do you just use a name generator and wing it? In this article I take the baton as it is passed down by fellow DM Nicholas (from Nat One and The Notebook GM, as well as our first article in this series) and write about my preparation for a game with my players. The goal is to show existing and new DMs that there is no one way to prep. And that it is neither as scary nor as difficult as you might think. Continue reading Personal Prep Series #2 : Spreadsheets and Dice