Category Archives: Campaigns

An Attempt at Truly Improvisational DMing

Over the course of my DMing career, I’ve slowly moved from a rigid style to something looser. When I started off, I was one of those DMs who had to have every beat of the story planned, every NPC statted … Continue reading

Posted in Campaign Writeups, DMing, Pathfinder | 1 Comment

Wish

Some years ago, when I frequented the Wizards D&D message boards, there was a user whose signature said something to the effect of “the spiked chain exists to find the DMs brave enough to ban Core material”. That is, the … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, D&D 3.5, D&D 3rd Edition, DMing, Laws, Pathfinder | 3 Comments

Campaign Report – Monsters

The monsters for this campaign were weird. When I started in 4E, I wanted to make as many creatures as possible on my own. I didn’t trust the official monsters to be able to do all the things I needed, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaign Writeups, Campaigns, D&D 4th Edition, DMing | Leave a comment

Campaign Report – King Thistle

Dungeons and items are important to a Zelda campaign, but they aren’t enough. A D&D game with dungeons is just a typical D&D game, and even one with a Hookshot is a typical D&D game with an allusion. But if … Continue reading

Posted in Campaign Writeups, Campaigns, DMing | Leave a comment

Campaign Report – Feelies

Zelda games are about items, second only to dungeons. Without a vast inventory contained inside improbably spacious pants, a Zelda game is more like Mario, where you use a limited, static set of options to deal with ever-expanding problems. So … Continue reading

Posted in Campaign Writeups, Campaigns, DMing | Leave a comment