An Ecology of Ambush Predators: Populating the Underdark to Set Up for Encounters

Intro This is an old post of mine from r/dndbehindthescreen. A few years ago they did an ‘Underdark Month’, and this was the contribution I made to it. This post was originally going to be followed up with another that went into further detail on how to design encounters using the possibilities this post created. … Continue reading An Ecology of Ambush Predators: Populating the Underdark to Set Up for Encounters

How to Keep Medicine Relevant in a World Where Magic Exists

IntroSo unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve no doubt heard of the Combat Wheelchair homebrew that’s been knocking about. Look, I’m not here to get into a discussion about that, but there was one thing I noticed some detractors saying. Go into any thread about said Wheelchair and you’ll see someone say something … Continue reading How to Keep Medicine Relevant in a World Where Magic Exists

Maintaining Technological Realism: The Industrial Pocket

Intro Hello again everyone. Today I’ve got a write-up that deals with maintaining a sense of realism when we include more technologically advanced and pseudo-industrial societies in our DnD settings. This is born from a desire by many DMs to have a mixture of early to mid industrial style technologies (like electric circuits, or pneumatic … Continue reading Maintaining Technological Realism: The Industrial Pocket

Building Better Campaigns Using Puzzle Game Design: Lesson 1

Intro Hello again fine folks! I hinted at this already, but I’m following up my series on taking lessons from puzzle games for dungeon design with a series on doing the same thing with campaign and setting design. First, Some Definitions I’m using ‘campaign’ here pretty loosely, as really these lessons can be applied pretty … Continue reading Building Better Campaigns Using Puzzle Game Design: Lesson 1

In-Universe Burnout and the 3rd Rest State: ‘Standard Grit’, the Rest Variant Compromise

Intro Hi everyone, I’m back again with a continuation of my series on Rest Variants. Once again this post is building on the foundational concept outlined in the first post. You can read it Here. There are other posts in this series too, and I would implore you to check them all out, but reading … Continue reading In-Universe Burnout and the 3rd Rest State: ‘Standard Grit’, the Rest Variant Compromise