One of my favorite parts of D&D is seeing the kinds of monsters DMs bring to the table to face off against the party. Sometimes, the monsters are foul undead, bent on sucking the life from any mortal they find. Sometimes, the monsters are maddening extraplanar creatures from another world, too alien to understand and too mind-shattering to behold. But, sometimes, it’s just:


#DICEBAE: TFW the rogue rolls for sneak attack damage…

I have no excuse for this. XD

Some players may struggle to speak up and fully participate in your RPGs, especially if they are shy or lacking in confidence

Originally posted by strangegirlalone

But your reward will be great if you can reach out to them and find a way to make them feel comfortable, included and important.

Originally posted by raicheando

These are the challenges I live for as a DM.

One of the players in my student group has started opening up and it’s the best thing ever.  

If your campaign's story is beginning to take shape before you have even met your Player Characters - You NEED to step back a little.

I just made this mistake myself. 

I’m potentially trying to get a monthly game together in the near future - I don’t even know who I’d be playing with yet. I began seeding a few adventure ideas involving a town overrun by bandits… Which, in my excitement, turned all the way into an epic quest to retrieve the sword of the Dwarven King, and return it to it’s rightful owner to lead a revolution in the mountain kingdoms.

Don’t get me wrong, I plan on keeping these leads in my back pocket… but this is how boring railroaded gaming begins. 

I need to step back, and think about what stories will effect the characters most.  

Just admit it...

Whenever an adventure hook is something along the lines of, “YOU MUST STOP THE LORD WRECKYOURSHITICUS FROM BEING RESURRECTED” there’s a substantial part of you that secretly wants the party to fail.

If you succeed, wouldn’t it be the most anticlimactic thing ever? “Yay! We avoided the final boss fight! I guess we go home now. *awkward pause* Why did I even bother acquiring the Sword of Ultimate Sharpness and the Meteor Apocalypse Spell anyway? I never got to use it…”