Hey, First Time DMs!

Last weekend, my younger brother and I played a quick one-session campaign with two of my other friends over Skype. After we were done, he told me that he had really enjoyed our campaign and wanted to learn how to make his own dungeons, lore, and stories. I was happy to oblige. Here’s how I explained it to him, being a first time DM.

I hope you find this helpful!

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Creating a Character

Hey everyone, I wish you well. In this post, I’ll be guiding you through how to design your own character using the 4e character sheet. This is going to be quite long, so buckle down and get your polyhedral dice ready! Today, we’ll be using a Human Rogue as a base, since they’re what I suggest for every first-time adventurer.

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DIY Crafts For a Low Budget DM (Part 2)

Welcome to the second installation of this post series! Last time, I talked about cheap supplies for DMs that anyone is able to obtain in order to create an enthralling experience for their players. Today, I’ll be talking about how to create terrain that’s visually striking, cheap, and easy to make! This craft will require supplies listed in the previous post, and other easily obtained, cheap materials.

I did tell a little fib in my last post; however, and did not have the time to craft these items a second time before putting this up. I will explain in excruciating detail how to craft this item, so no fear.

[Part 1]

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Craft Supplies for a Low Budget DM (Part 1)

Not every DM has the ability to shell out hundreds of dollars per map on terrain supplies, miniatures, and especially not tiles or battle grids. These items can easily be found in your house, or purchased at a variety of places that aren’t out of your budget.  these are some tips and tricks I use personally to ensure my party has a fulfilling experience, and is inexpensive enough that I can pick these things up when I have pocket change! Continue reading

“DM Rhys, Which Edition Should I Play?”

In my five years of playing, I’ve managed to make my way through most of the Editions of the game. I’ve played AD&D 2nd Edition, 3.5, 4e, and a singular session of 5. Out of those, it’s 4e by quite a landslide, although that isn’t a popular opinion held by many other DMs online. I personally enjoy this Edition so much because of the sheer amount of resources available online for free, the ease of encounters (for the DM), as well as it was the Edition I was introduced to the Dungeons and Dragons franchise with.

However, due to not playing the Original D&D, as well as various expansions, 3.0, and more of 5 than I have; I had to do a little investigating amongst my friends, and online. Something to remember while reading this is that these games do not exist in a vacuum – the only way to choose which one is truly “the best” is to play it and experience it for yourself. Continue reading