Category Archives: Encounters

A 4e DM Question–Random Encounters and the XP Budget

In the grand scheme of things, I haven’t really DM’d that much.  I’ve been playing some kind of D&D since 1984 (27 yrs? wow.)  I used to only play.  I tried DM’ing in 2nd Edition and I didn’t feel that … Continue reading

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A Little More about Matt’s Pathfinder Post…

I want to follow up on Matt’s previous post – I had fun playing his game last week.  Now, since taking a well deserved and longer than expected break from running (I still ‘organize’) D&D Encounters (“DNDENC”) at one of … Continue reading

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Effective Communication with your Players

This post isn’t just for DMs but also for you game organizers.  Sometimes that’s the same person but in the case of D&D Encounters, it might not be. I’m going to spoil the end of this post – I am … Continue reading

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Fortune or Despair

I was working on this long article on how I’ve been cardified – I was making my own DM cards for NPCs and Monsters and running my D&D Encounters combat with them.  I was even going to post some examples … Continue reading

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Essential Encounters of Fortune

Last week season 3 of the D&D Encounters organized play dealio came to an end.  It was my first turn at DM’ing with any sense of regularity with people who weren’t people I had known for a very long time … Continue reading

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D&D Encounters–a local announcement

Following is an email broadcast I sent to our local player community.  Our FLGS gaming group has blossomed from barely making a single table to overflowing two and threatening three full tables.  We’re excited about Season 4 and the thriving … Continue reading

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Pimping is Ridiculously Easy

(apologies to Big Daddy Kane, Dave Chappelle, and lesser pimps) In February, WotC will be releasing the updated DM screen.  Because I’m a sucker, I’ll pay $10 for what is essentially (see what I did there?) errata.  Oh, I could just … Continue reading

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Yes, Another List.

Spoiler warning: there’s (kinda) a picture of the map for tonight’s D&D Encounters in this.  If you’re a player and that kinda thing will ruin your evening, come back tomorrow. One or two “about me” sentences before I get to … Continue reading

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D&D Encounters: I Really Like It

One thing that might be useful to know about your contributors here is that we’re both into regular organized play.  Matt does Living Forgotten Realms and I organize and run the D&D Encounters games at our local gaming store.  I’ve … Continue reading

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The Law of Fives is Never Wrong.

Quite happy with the response from my last post.  Well, mostly.  Debate is good, and I can handle being called a dickwad from people I respect and an asshole by people I don’t. (If you’re wondering, Jason called me an … Continue reading

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