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How big is 5ft? That might seem like a simple question, but when comes to D&D measurements come with some complexities. In D&D everything is measured in increments of 5th—movement, spell effects, and weapon range are all in units of 5ft. It makes things easier on the DM but can create some interesting issues too. Imagine that a character takes up a 5ft square in in battle or while moving through a dungeon. That’s fine until you compare it to real life. If you’ve ever been in a 5 or 10 foot area in real life, you know a lot...

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I don’t know if its an end of summer thing, but everyone in my house has been sick this week. I decided to bear homage to the piles of tissues, cups of tea and bottles of vitamins, by creating 10 new diseases for you to use in D&D.  Some of my favorites are the giant dwarf, stones hunger, and the evil hand. You can download it right here and be sure to let me know which are your favorites! See you next Friday and until then, may the dice be ever in your favor.  Jason Recommended Article: A Tale of 3 (Professional) Dungeon...

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Professional DMs. Love the idea? Hate it? Let’s talk. Recently the concept of professional DMs, or paying to play Dungeons & Dragons has become a topic of debate (again). Each time the topic comes up, there are a lot of strong feelings and opinions about it. Some have accused it of being a type of gatekeeping, while others can’t imagine a world where they would charge their friends to run a game. And some think of it as offering help or a service someone can’t easily get any other way. As a way of exploring this trend, I want to...

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Ok, I have a confession to make. I love DMing, but I am terrible at giving out treasure. I don’t know why, but somehow it escapes me in the narrative. Sometimes I end up going two or three games without handing out any treasure. Or my players kill a tough foe and search the body and this happens: Player: What do I find? Me quickly panicking: Um… A gum wrapper and ::rolls random dice:: 1000 gp? Player: Really?! Me, now sweating: Why, is that too much, too little? You tell me?!? I think I’m bad at treasure as I play...

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D&D is all about the shared experience around the table. If we’re honest, it’s a massive, role-playing playdate. For better or worse, there are some things that happen at every table and those things are what unite this massive, role-playing family of ours.Role-playing can be the main love for some players, and we’ve all known people who have costumes, special voices, dice matched to their character and overly-detailed backstories. Then there are the players who are all about the battle and ignore the story to focus on weapons and destruction.And what about that one player who is always off-story and trying...

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