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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...

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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...

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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...

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Dice towers are a fun addition to any game. Here's how you can have your very own without leaving your house! Dice towers are made with various materials, shapes and styles but the construction typically follows the same pattern. Its basically a shaft with a few sloped planes inside that change the direction of the dice as they fall from the top. It’s a simple idea that helps you get a great roll every time. A few weeks ago my kids and I tried making our very own from Legos we had laying around the house (literally). After a few tweaks...

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Coming up with new campaign or story ideas can be difficult. But here is a simple way to get started! A 34-year-old Children’s book! I loved this book as a kid, and if you are not familiar with it here is a sample: Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away. Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane. Unfortunately, the motor exploded. Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane. Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute. What does this have to do with Dungeons & Dragons campaigns? You can use...

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