campaigns RSS

campaigns, DM Tips, tools -

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...

Read more

campaigns, DM Tips, writing -

Where do ideas come from? Have you ever sat with a blank page and no ideas, desperately trying to think of a new adventure (or any adventure) for your next game?  There's seriously no stress like knowing people are getting ready to show up to your table and you have to have something ready. Maybe you’re out of ideas today, or maybe you’ll get stuck next week because honestly, it happens to everyone. I've got over 350 ideas on the  Critical Dice Instagram page, a ton of them from you, but I still get stuck when it's time to come up with a new one.Whatever...

Read more

campaigns, DM Tips -

Whether you are a player or a DM, you will eventually have a complaint about your group.Maybe your DM is railroading you. Or he is trying to kill your party (the TPK knuckle tattoos were the first clue). Perhaps your players love to derail your perfectly crafted story arc by fixating on a complete rando NPC. Or they constantly run off into the waiting arms of danger claiming it’s just them “playing their character.” I need to tell you something (Don’t skip this part because it may just save your game and your sanity): The goal of the game is to...

Read more

campaigns, DM Tips, writing -

Where do ideas come from? If you are like me, you struggle to think up interesting and challenging adventures for your gaming table. Even though there are over 100 ideas on the  Critical Dice Instagram page they had to come from somewhere. Honestly, I still get stuck sometimes. Maybe you’re out of ideas today, maybe not, or maybe you’ll get stuck next week. Whatever creative place you’re in, I hope you’ll love these 3 ways to get your creative juices flowing and get your gaming group jumping again.1) Books (non-fantasy)Yep. Books. Paper. E-books. Audio books. No matter how you read them, books are packed with ideas. My...

Read more

campaigns, DM Tips, tools, writing -

Game hooks are a great way to destroy writer's block and get your creative juices flowing! Having trouble creating your next adventure? Got writer's block that even a quad shot espresso won’t fix? This is the book for you.  This is a table of 100 short adventure ideas called game hooks. You can just pick one that tickles your fancy or roll 2d100 and combine the ideas as the framework of your next campaign.  For the last 6 months we've been creating these hooks on our Instagram page (@criticaldice) and now the list is finally complete. We complied all the posts into an...

Read more

Tags