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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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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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