DMingDad: Family-Friendly Dungeons & Dragons Content

Flight of the Kipir (Kipine)

Flight of the Kipir (Kipine) A Family-friendly Halloween Themed Adventure This is a Halloween themed family-friendly adventure for D&D 5e. This adventure relies on role play, exploration, problem-solving. There are opportunities for combat due to random encounters of the Kipine or at the end of the adventure if the characters

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Homebrew Items: Pradlers Portable Room

D&D Homebrew Items: Pradler’s Portable Room When a Portable Hole Just Won’t Do… The portable room is actually made up of two magical items, which must be used together for the room to be accessible. The first is a tiny model door and the second is a gold key. When

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A Single Feather

A Single Feather A family-friendly adventure for characters 1st to 4th levels This adventure is intended for up to 4 characters of 1st to 4th level. This adventure relies on role play, exploration, problem-solving and a skill challenge. There is the opportunity for combat at several stages of the adventure.

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BBEG – Big Bad Evil Guy

BBEG: Big Bad Evil Guy Creation Making a compelling and memorable villain can be difficult, especially when DMing for younger players. Let’s take a few minutes to build a BBEG so you can see how it works.  The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides some quick NPC creation tables for you to

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Dungeon Crawls and Exploration in D&D 5e

Dungeon Crawls and Exploration in D&D 5e This is going to be a short how-to post on how to DM mega dungeons and wilderness exploration. I have participated as both a player and a DM in many dungeon crawls and wilderness exploration adventures. Many of them have been horrible slog

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Simplifying Dungeons & Dragons

Simplifying Dungeons & Dragons So, you watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and now you are even more confused than ever about how Dungeons & Dragons works. You feel like you have to memorize over a thousand pages of rules and then there is all of the roleplaying, world

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Homebrew Items: Ring of Wishes

D&D Homebrew Items: Ring of Wishes (Cursed) Rare Item, requires attunement. This ring of wishes does not use charges, it is powered by the life force of the user. The act of casting the first wish attunes this ring to the user, bonding it to the user for life. Only

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Tracking Initiative

Tracking Initiative in Dungeons & Dragons So, you watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and found lots of really complicated ways to track initiative in Dungeons & Dragons. Many of them require buying some plastic flag pole or printing character mini-sheets to hang on your DM screen. Others methods

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Tracking Spell Slots

Tracking Spell Points in Dungeons & Dragons So, your player wants to play a spell caster, but they still have problems keeping track of hit points. This could prove to be very challenging for both the player and the DM. Maybe you have players that are more interested in the

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Role Playing With ADHD

Role Playing with ADHD Kids This week I want to talk about playing Dungeons & Dragons with ADHD players. Our weekly game has grown to the point we have three rotating groups and we will soon move the gaming venue to accommodate more players. As the group has grown we

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Pinterest and Dungeons & Dragons

Pinterest and Dungeons & Dragons Maps, Character Art, and Homebrew Content Pinterest is a goldmine for Dungeons & Dragons players and dungeon masters alike. The D&D community is both extremely creative and generous. Here are a few ways you can use Pinterest to find and organize content for your game. 

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Removing Death from Dungeons & Dragons

Removing Death from Dungeons & Dragons Making a more family-friendly adventure. As a parent, I can tell you that I find it more than a little disturbing listening to kids talk about how they killed some bad guy or evil monster with a gleam in their eye as they describe

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Beauty and The Beast

Beauty and The Beast A family-friendly adventure for characters 1st to 4th levels This adventure is intended for up to 4 characters of 1st to 4th level. This adventure relies on role play, exploration, problem-solving and a skill challenge. There is the opportunity for combat at several stages of the

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Skeleton Dance

Skeleton Dance A family-friendly adventure for characters 1st to 4th levels This adventure is intended for up to 4 characters of 1st to 4th level. This adventure relies on role play, exploration and problem-solving. There is the opportunity for combat or creative avoidance of combat at the end of the

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Dryad Needs a Home

Dryad Needs a Home A family-friendly D&D adventure for charaters 1st to 4th level This adventure is intended for up to 4 characters of 1st to 4th level. This adventure relies heavily on exploration, role-playing, and has ample opportunity for combat. This is a wilderness survival adventure (i.e. hex crawl)

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Family Friendly D&D Miniatures Part 2

Family-Friendly D&D Miniatures – Part 2 So, the kids wanted to try playing D&D with miniatures. Our oldest is in his teens, but our youngest players are still in third grade. In an effort to keep the games family-friendly, we started looking for game tokens in our extensive collection of

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PseudoDragon Roundup

PseudoDragon Roundup This adventure is intended for up to 4 characters of 1st to 4th level. This adventure relies heavily on exploration and role-playing with major combat at the finally. This is a wilderness survival adventure with a race/chase to save the pseudodragon mating grounds from poachers. Numerous random encounters

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D&D Races: Human

Dungeons & Dragons Race: Human Humans are the youngest of the common races, late to arrive on the world scene and short-lived in comparison to dwarves, elves, and dragons. Perhaps it is because of their shorter lives that they strive to achieve as much as they can in the years

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Paladin: Cursed Warrior D&D 5E Sub-class

Paladin: Cursed Warrior D&D 5E Sub-class by Charles Holzler Great evil has touched your mind, body and soul. Seeing the darkness first hand, you have sworn to protect the light from the evil below; in so doing you seek to overcome the darkness that has tainted your soul. The Cursed

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Role Playing With Kids Part 2

Role Playing with Kids Part 2 Having spoken with other DM’s that play with young players, I thought it might be to expand on my previous post, Role Playing with Kids. Here are a few things that seem to crop up in our conversations. Ego and Speaking Out of Turn

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Almiraj – D&D’s Bunnycorn

Al-mi’raj (AKA Bunnycorn) The following is collected from numerous official and less than official sources and topped with a little DMingDad homebrew spice. Enjoy. The al-mi’raj is a Chaotic Neutral and intelligent rabbit. “Al-mi’raj” apparently means “experiment 72” in Gnome, suggesting that this creature was made by tinker gnomes. That

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D&D Easter Adventure

A Dungeons & Dragons Easter Adventure A family-friendly D&D adventure for characters of 1st to 5th level This is an adventure suitable for any level character. It relies on investigation, exploration and role playing to solve the mystery of the missing eggs. The player characters are awakened by the innkeeper

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Magic Items in D&D 5e

Magic Items in Dungeons & Dragons​ One of the most enjoyable moments in playing Dungeons & Dragons is when a player character receives a magical item. As a DM, part of my job is to make sure the magic items that players receive don’t break the game or make them

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Troll Bridge

Family Friendly D&D Adventure: Troll Bridge Based on the old fairytale, this adventure turns an old story trope on its head. This adventure can be adapted for any age or level characters. Joacob Potter, the mayor of the small village of Homlin, is offering a reward of 500 gold pieces

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Alignment in Dungeons & Dragons 5e

Alignment in Dungeons & Dragons 5e Before I delve into alignments for D&D 5e, lets first take a moment to acknowledge that alignment is one of the many controversial aspects of D&D and it is one of the primary reasons many parents object to the game. In short, any game

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TSR 9052 Amun-re’s Speech

Amun-re’s Speech from TSR’s Module I3 Pharoah Well here it is, our first YourTube video. As you should know by now, DM’ing for family is one of my great pleasures in life. I don’t usually use pre-made modules, but this one was one of my favorites when I was a

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Homebrew Items: Everclean Boots

D&D Homebrew Items: Everclean Boots Boots from a forgotten age, when magic was common and used in everyday life. A huge cache of these boots was found in the far western lands, near the ruined city Kalas. The boots have two magical properties that make them highly sought after. They

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Manny Gets a Pet

Dungeons & Dragons Adventure: Manny Gets a Pet Manny, the manticore guardian of the castle, has requested the player characters retrieve a valuable and rare giant rabbit and two giant rats from Bolger, the halfling. Goblins have been harassing Bolger in an attempt to steal her livestock. Before Bolger will

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Osver College of Acquisitions at Alestria University of Adventuring

Osver College of Acquisitions Acquiring the unique skills needed for locating and retrieving exotic and rare treasure can be difficult in a civilized society. Nevertheless, intrepid adventurers that wish to seek fame and fortune will find experienced acquisitions experts at Osver’s College of Acquisitions. Osver College specializes in acrobatics, athletics,

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Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheet

Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets Previous Next The official Dungeons & Dragons character sheet is in PDF format and can be filled out, saved and printed. The official character sheet can be daunting for young and first time players. For young players and DM’s looking for a character crib sheet,

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Homebrew Items: Backpack of Featherfall

D&D Homebrew Item: Backpack of Fetherfall This sturdy backpack can hold two cubic feet or 30 pounds of gear. You can also strap items, such as a Bedroll or a coil of rope, to the outside of a backpack. The backpack has a leather strap branded around a feather attached to

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Dungeons & Dragons Combat Mechanics for Beginners

Dungeons & Dragons Combat Mechanics for Beginners Compared to previous versions of D&D, combat in Dungeons & Dragons 5e has been simplified and streamlined a lot. Having said that, it is still time consuming and it can be very confusing. This is a beginner’s guide to combat in D&D 5e,

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Role Playing With Kids

Role Playing With Kids My wife and I have two kids of our own and we regularly invite their friends and neighborhood kids to play at our home. When it comes to roll playing games (RPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons, our kids could not be more different, but engaging them

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Introduction to Character Creation

Creating New Characters​ If you are new to Dungeons & Dragons and want to get started creating a character, here is a quick primer and a few tools to help you get things going as quick as possible.  I highly recommend OrdPub2.com for rolling up your character the first few

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Homebrew Items: Boomerang Pouch

Homebrew Items: Boomerang Pouch This sturdy leather pouch has an arcane symbol inscribed in the flap. As you draw items from it, arcs of magical energy flicker between the inside the bag and the item, causing them to glow with magical energy until the end of the character’s turn. The

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Homebrew Items: Cloak of Bees

Homebrew Items: Cloak of Bees Close examination of this cloak shows it to be ornately stitched and stitched with jeweled bees. The size and type of bees varies depending on the cloak. Once per day, the cloak grants the wearer the ability to dissolve into a pile of bees equal

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