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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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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

The mayor of the small village is offering a reward to anyone that can remove the trolls from under the bridge on the road to Makersburg.

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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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Bolger the Halfling Ranger

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.

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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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Homebrew Items: Bow of Bunnies

Homebrew Items: Bow of Bunnies Crafted by the mad artificer Boragard, this bow is coated in a soft downy fur. Once per day, the bow can be used to fire an arrow of polymorph. Any creature struck by the arrow is polymorphed into a giant rabbit. An unwilling creature must

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Homebrew Items: Bow of Restoration

Homebrew Items: Bow of Restoration This bow was crafted by the Elven cleric Fayorlorn for his brother Castiver. Fayorlorn detested war and bid his brother to bring light to the darkness and final peace to the undead hordes invading their homeland. The bow is ornately carved with vines, leaves and

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Character Classes (Introduction)

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons Character Classes If you are going to go adventuring, you are going to need a job. In Dungeons & Dragons, jobs are call classes. Your class will determine your powers, weapons, armor, life points (HP) and much more. Nothing in the games shapes how you

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Hit Points Explained

Hit Points For Dummies Coming from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (first edition) and growing up playing video games I had a very hard time grasping how Hit Points (HP) work in D&D 5th Edition. If you have every played a game where characters had life points or hit points, I

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Family Friendly Modules (Part 1)

Family Friendly Dungeons & Dragons Adventures & Modules I understand how difficult it is to wade through the official Dungeons & Dragons published adventures looking for kid appropriate content. For the most part, I either use the maps and throw out the adventure text entirely or substantially rewrite their content

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Playing With Gods

Wielding Divine Power Turning divine beings into game characters (NPC’s) is something that many parents object to when discussing Dungeons & Dragons. There are many families that find it troubling because of their spiritual beliefs. I have heard adults call D&D profane and sacrilegious specifically because of the inclusion of

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Satan Worship?

The Satanic Panic! This is going to be a long blog post, so I am going to cut straight to the bottom line on this one. No, there is no link between Dungeons & Dragons and Satan worship, human sacrifice, cult murders or any thing else like that. D&D is

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Character Races

Dwarves and Elves and Halflings…Oh My! Being a fantasy game, Dungeons & Dragons has about every fantastical race you can think of to choose from as a player. This blog will not cover ALL of the character races because it is intended as an introduction to the game. All of

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Online Resources

Making the Most of What You’ve Got UPDATED: 05/30/2019 There are literally thousands of sites that will give you free stuff to help you play. Below are a few of my favorites. dungeonmastersvault.com – This is a very easy to use site that allows you to create, download, print and

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Words! What Are All These Words!?

An Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons Terms​ We’ve all been there. Hopelessly lost in jargon wishing someone would just speak English for a change. This is a few of the Dungeons & Dragons terms that seem to be most confusing to new players. Ability Scores In Dungeons & Dragons, characters

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Get Started Here

Playing D&D With Kids​ Most kids will jump at the opportunity to “play pretend” with their parents, siblings and friends. Dungeons and Dragons provides a framework, a ready made world a lot of fuel for the imagination. The challenge for both parents and children are the huge volumes filled with

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