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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...

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Some things are meant to be. Like this…a new pizza/game store opened near my house. One of my good friends works there. They wanted to begin RPG nights. I run an RPG Instagram. She asked me to run a table. I said…YES please! The store posted that I would be running an RPG one-shot table. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I showed up, there was a full table of 6 waiting for me. I had recruited my kids to fill in space if needed, but they ended up playing other games and I honestly couldn’t have asked...

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Dice aren’t really “good” or “bad.” Rather, they’re balanced or unbalanced. This means that they can have internal flaws that are messing you up. How can you tell?

A saltwater balancing test.

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I have a confession: I always forget how conditions work when I’m running a game. There are fourteen conditions in 5th edition ; blinded, charmed, deafened, frightened, grappled, incapacitated, invisible, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, stunned, and unconscious. I lose game time looking up how restrained is different than grappled. Is it worse or basically the same? I never can remember. Recently I sat down and read through all the conditions in an effort to remember them, and I started to see a pattern. The reason I found them confusing was that many conditions where worded similarly with only small...

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Whats the Hardest Part of Being a DM?   Earlier this week, over on Instagram, I asked this question: What is the hardest part of being a DM? I got hundreds of responses and as I started to sift through and answer them, I realized something. I was seeing responses that could be basically organized into 5 broad categories.   Interpersonal Issues- things like out of character fights, people deliberately derailing the campaign or people acting like they are the central character. Preparation- not enough time and over thinking the prep. Scheduling- How do we all find the time to actually...

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