Reddit GM Advice: Daydreaming, Failing Forward and Failure, & Module as Menu

Reddit GM Advice: Daydreaming, Failing Forward and Failure, & Module as Menu

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Reddit GM Advice: Balanced Encounters, Kraken vs. Green Dragon, & DMing Style

Reddit GM Advice: Balanced Encounters, Kraken vs. Green Dragon, & DMing Style

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Reddit GM Advice: Sun-Killers, Skillshare with Strahd, & the B-Game

Reddit GM Advice: Sun-Killers, Skillshare with Strahd, & the B-Game

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Reddit GM Advice: Pattern of Consequences, Downtime Help, & an Outburst

Reddit GM Advice: Pattern of Consequences, Downtime Help, & an Outburst

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Reddit GM Advice: Wizard, Librarians & Pirates, and a Devil’s Fire

Reddit GM Advice: Wizard, Librarians & Pirates, and a Devil’s Fire

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Reddit GM Advice: Lore, Start Small, & Endings

Reddit GM Advice: Lore, Start Small, & Endings

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Reddit GM Advice: STORY, Zany, & Players Taking Initiative

Reddit GM Advice: STORY, Zany, & Players Taking Initiative

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Reddit GM Advice: Travel Time, Githyanki! and Old Valyrian

Reddit GM Advice: Travel Time, Githyanki! and Old Valyrian

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Sometimes travel is going to go quickly at the table and that is fine. Maybe have some details about the places they pass as they pass them. Little things they might notice about the different people or how the horizon changes.

Questions can be a great way to note the time by fleshing out something about the character.

What do the others notice about you during the journey?

What habit of your character might the others find annoying or endearing?

What do you take the time to learn during the journey?

Is there something you practice at every day? Who in the party do you ask to join you?

Out of game time doesn’t have to equal in-game time. It is the details and the little things that make it interesting.

Good luck!

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I’d make steps each side wants, little Astral/magic equivalents of the bridge in Saving Private Ryan that each side is going to want to claim in order to set up a larger victory.

I’d throw the players in the deep end right away, have the war well underway but no real idea of what is really going on.

I have a PDF on the DM’s Guild that is about this kind of thing called Silver Swords of the Lich Queen. If you think it’ll be helpful, drop me a private message and I’ll send you a free copy if you think it’ll help.

Good luck!

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In Old Valyrian:

ñuha morghon iksis aōha vējes

My death is your doom.

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Reddit GM Advice: Dragon Disease, Extra-Legal Opportunities & Real Grief at the Table

Reddit GM Advice: Dragon Disease, Extra-Legal Opportunities & Real Grief at the Table

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Maybe Tiamat and a disease deity are feuding and so a disease is raging through dragonkind.

I’m daydreaming/brainstorming about a similar black dragon looking into dracolichdom in the game I’m DMing.

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Word might get around that they don’t talk to the law. Opportunities for less than legal missions might open up. I’d have the guards just be pissed, maybe look into them a bit and see if they were involved in the killing.

But…Thieves’ Guilds are fun.

“I hear from around the way that when the City Guard shows up you all know how to stay quiet. Want a job?”

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This happened to me recently – same situation – an old friend died.

We decided to continue with the campaign. The character had been wounded and so we decided that the character died in their sleep. That might sound harsh but I thought it was what the player would’ve wanted and playing the character felt ghoulish to me.

Continuing the campaign and remembering the amazing things the character had done and even having characters/players being inspired by that character’s actions was a really nice thing.

I’m not saying this is the right thing for you and your friends to do. Grief is a strange thing with stages that can leave us in very different emotional states. Good luck sorting it out and make sure you set up easy methods for people to jump out of game and process those feelings.

Good luck. Strength and warmth to everyone at the gaming table with you.

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Reddit GM Advice: Stars & Wishes, Friends of My Enemies & Dead God Hints

Reddit GM Advice: Stars & Wishes, Friends of My Enemies & Dead God Hints

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In your post-game meditations, don’t think of them as screw ups. Think of those moments as things you want to do better next time. Write them down. But also write down things you did well. Maybe 3 things you did well and 1 thing you want to do better next time each session.

You could do stars and wishes after the game – with everyone saying STARS (things they loved) and WISHES (things they’d like to see more or less of next time). Here’s a link to me and my friends doing our post-game Stars & Wishes if that is helpful.

People are busy. If they are showing up, odds are the game is going well. I’ve been doing this glorious hobby for more than 30 years and there are still things I’m trying to do better. Get 1% better every game and you’ll do fine. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

I hope this was helpful. Have fun!

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Who are the power guy’s enemies, people who might enjoy having a group of adventurers as catspaws, people who can annoy the powerful guy without being traced to them?

Maybe one of those folks reaches out through an intermediary and the social problem becomes a dangerous opportunity.

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All of the statues are gone. The clerics say that the deity no longer wants to have their glory shown in mortal art.

Statues of saints ordained by that deity are crying blood.

The clerics can no longer cast spells but are making deals with devils to gain other powers to cover it up and also pushing their military holy orders to be more aggressive so that folks don’t notice.

Dead angels that have flung themselves to earth in agony and despair.

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