seriously go to this website

truthteaserum  asked:

Hey I just that evil smiling picture of you playing dnd. I was wondering what you did to become a good dm, I've been curious about playing the game for a while and I think I have to be the dm if I want people to play with lol. Thanks for any help

I promise I didn’t ignore you! I’ve been real busy this week, and wanted to treat this question with the respect it deserves. Thanks for asking me…and assuming I’m a good DM, lol. I try to be good by following the cardinal rule: if you and your players have fun, you win! It’s easy to think it’s you v. the players as a DM, but really it’s a story you’re all making together, you help keep it going smoothly but it belongs to all of you. Once you look at it all from that perspective it gets less stressful, for me at least. Now I know it’s kinda weird since I did kill my players in that picture you saw going around… But that was a one shot. And there were ample opportunities for them to reverse the tide, but the dice were not on their side.

Anyway. I’m sure you’re looking for more concrete answers. Here are the most important things I did in learning to DM.

1. Watch D&D games
I watched Critical Role for a few weeks. After years of being afraid to DM, Matthew Mercer made it look easy and fun. He told fun stories and had varied characters and his players were so invested! The more I watched the more I wanted to play. And the best part about watching Critical Role is that there are 102 episodes and counting. Tons of material to mine for ideas. Another good one is The Adventure Zone podcast. It starts out a little slow for my tastes but once you get into it it’s AMAZING. I love the story in this one, it’s a great way to show you don’t have to stick to typical fantasy tropes to have a great game. Any genre can be a fun game.

While watching, I paid attention to what kinds of rolls the DM called for in situations, how many monsters you could throw before combat gets hazy, how hard it is to DM for lots of people, how long combat takes, how to describe effects based on dice roll, and most importantly, when to stone face your players and when to laugh like the evil genius you are.

2. Get tips from experts
Okay, so, now you think you could probably do the thing, but you don’t want to screw it up right out of the gate. I spent years too scared to DM because it seemed like there was too much to know. I went looking for words of wisdom and found the aforementioned Matt Mercer’s GM Tips. It’s a great series of videos that are short and helpful, split up by topic. Another great series of videos is anything from Matthew Colville, whose Running the Game videos are probably the second largest influence on my work as a Dungeon Master (after Matt Mercer). I also read tons of articles from the official D&D website, like the Sage Advice column. I read every Unearthed Arcana article and thought about how those adjustments compared to the Player’s Handbook. I signed up for the Roleplaying Tips mailing list run by Johnn Four, whose advice is probably the third largest influence on my DMing. I heavily recommend it also because it’s great to get a reminder to work on D&D every few days when a new tip arrives in your inbox. Seriously the best mailing list I’ve ever been on. He also answers questions and solicits answers from the community, so he’s a great resource for obscure wonders.

3. Join a community
This kind of follows from the previous point about advice from Johnn directly. If you’re really struggling with the density of the Core Rulebooks and are daunted by the many columns and tables, a community can help explain things. For instance, I had a lot of trouble parsing how exactly XP adjusted values work. I asked online, and someone helpfully pointed out the reference and made an example so I’d get how to use it myself. Tumblr is good, but I prefer reddit for D&D things. Some great subreddits are r/DMAcademy, r/DMToolkit, r/DnDBehindtheScreen, r/mattcolville (yes, that same Matt Colville), r/UnearthedArcana, and r/worldbuilfing.

There are a number of other forums specifically for D&D that I have accounts for but never use, mostly because I am still recovering from my forum days… I won’t date myself and say how long ago.

4. Google is your friend!
I google everything I need for D&D. Sometimes, even though I know the information I want is in my PHB, the book is on my shelf and I’d have to search for the info. The internet can tell me what I need to know NOW. So! Here’s my advice for googling D&D stuff, along with some of my favourite links.

Rules: Include ‘5e’ or ‘fifth edition’ along with the keyword you’re looking for. This will reduce your chances of ending up on a site intended for players of another edition.
Spells: Don’t google them, go to dnd-spells.com. Seriously. This website saves my life every time I play D&D. You can also make spellbooks for your characters and then generate pdfs before your game! It’s MAGICAL!
Monsters: Homebrew monsters can be fun but be careful when implementing them in your game. If you need help building encounters (like I do), use Kobold Fight Club.
Images: Google image search can get you really general or really specific stuff. If you want random images to inspire you you’re better off looking at something like The MET.
Names: There is one site to end all sites for this. For all other generators, see donjon.

5. Steal like an artist
I have a lot of fun watching, reading, and playing other types of media and thinking, “I’m going to steal that for my game.” I love comic books for example. Recently, I decided to put Iron Man into my game. Not for any reason, just because it would be fun. I didn’t simply put Tony Stark as a rich human noble into my game and wait for my player to meet him so I could do my best Robert Downey Jr. impression. I thought about what makes that character exciting and recognizable and transported it into the steampunk world of my campaign. I changed his name and race. I made him an Artificer, a Gunslinger protective of his prototypes (*waves at Taliesin*), who could also build Mech Suits that are as much works of art as they are feats of magical engineering. I gave him an assistant with a romantic love triangle and let him loose in my world. It was so much fun to watch my player figure out my inspiration! Not every NPC needs this level of detail, but all your choices should circle back to ‘How well would this work in MY world?’

By taking inspiration from the things you love, filling in the 'gaps’ to breathe life into your universe should come easily. I didn’t know Tran Intubi (Tony Stark) had a gallery of retired mech suits in his Tower but I described as such in-game. The description came naturally when I had a base inspiration to rely on.

I hope that was more helpful than long-winded!

Andy: I can do this

Andy: *douses himself in water*

Felix, Sam, Jake: Andy…

Andy: I KNOW HOW TO MAGIC

Felix, Sam, Jake: Andy no

Andy: *douses himself in water in public*

Andy: I’LL SHOW YOU

Felix, Sam, Jake: ANDY NO

Andy: *accidentally turns himself into water demon*

Felix, Sam, Jake: *facepalm*

this post is over TWO YEARS OLD so please stop reblogging it!!! the information in the post is incredibly inaccurate and honestly the entire post is flaming hot garbage

AND ANOTHER THING!!! please stop taking everything you see on tumblr so seriously. if you wanna learn more about asexuality, google it. go to websites dedicated to the information. do your own research. educate yourself. you’ll be thankful for it later trust me

Okay so I am supposed to be working on my comic and wound up getting distracted looking at cool pictures of ostriches, as you do. So here I am, looking up cool pictures of ostriches, and I decide to look up pictures of people riding ostriches, because that’s a thing. And then I find this picture:

Ah, yes, very cool! Ostrich running very fast. Wait, but what’s this…?

OTHER cool rideable animals?? Sure, let’s check this out!

Ah yes, a wonderfully clickbait-y title. Let’s see what we have in store!

A yak? Well, okay. Not the most incredible animal, but I’ve never seen someone using one as a mount before, so let’s–

What

Th-that’s not a yak

what

i-i–

HUH?????

NCT 127 having a showcase for their upcoming comeback really shows how many fans they’ve gained from the “Limitless” era. It also shows how serious SM is taking this comeback. I’m not saying they didn’t take their other debuts/comeback seriously but for SM to go out their way to make nct 127 website so creative and innovative, to having teasers and spoilers leaked when that has never really happened before, and to get a showcase, it just shows how much they have grown in such a short period of time. And they did all this from their hard work and us NCT stans who support them. 

I’m excited for this era and can’t wait to see what 127 has in stored for us^_^!

so i found this stupid little website that tells you how many people a celebrity has dated and who and im just searching along, putting in random people’s names and suddENLY 

I WH AT WHAT

U HM EXCUSE ME WEBSITE

i was really hoping the holgi thing was a lie or a rumour but it’s all there on bayern’s website… i’m angry? are you seriously going to let him go like that? i had that spark of hope that he went to schalke just to get gametime again after his injuries and he would return but? not a contract extension? nothing? just gonna let him be a free agent? and just an official five lines post about it? i don’t know how much he had a say on this but come on, he grew up in that club, he has been a bayern guy from start to finish and he deserved better than that. at this point i just hope he finds another club that he can get to play constantly and be loved and i’m really sorry to see him going, especially like that

Perlia Headcanons

So I’ve noticed that one of my favorite Heroes of Olympus ships has, what?…Eleven posts? Yeah. I want to fix that a little. So here are some headcanons for this by-the-way awesome ship:

(This is in an AU were Annabeth became the Lieutenant of Artemis and Thalia stayed at camp, so she didn’t break her oath or quit for Percy because that is just rude to her character to be honest.)

1. Percy was literally the only person who could say Thalia’s last name without being hit. Even Zeus didn’t have that privilege. After she meets Jason again she slowly started using her last name to be connected with him and Percy is a little sad he doesn’t have that anymore but glad Thalia’s opening up.

2. He likes calling her ‘Miss Jackson’ because that’s his favorite song. Thalia act’s like it annoys her but she actually likes the nickname and the song.

3. Thalia is actually naturally blonde like her brother. She died it black for a long time since she thought the light hair made her look like her mother. Percy found out because he caught her dying it one time but kept it secret and helped her dye it every now and then. After a while, much like her name, she started slowly letting it grow out because her mom is long gone and the only person it connects her to is Jason which she likes. Percy thinks she looks great with either hair color.

4. They cut each others hair for eachother because there basically the same and they like the choppy look they get from being messy with the scissors.

5. They have several matching ear piercings. Thalia has many on her face because of her puckishness and Percy has several on his ears because he likes playing with them. 

6. Thalia drags Percy to concerts of singers he has never even heard of but he likes it anyway because Thalia looks so cute when she’s that excited.

7. When they ever absolutely have to take a plane or other air transport they hold onto eachother for dear life.

8. Thalia calls Sally mom because she slipped up once and Sally insisted she was okay with it so she kept it up. She calls her birth mom beryl.

9. Percy has become immune to Thalia’s shield due to him being around it for so long.

10. Thalia is just barley half a centimeter taller than Percy. It’s more noticeable in her combat boots and Percy makes a point of buying thick shoes just to avoid her teasing.

Seriously this website needs more Perlia…so here you go.

Why is it so difficult for men to understand that catcalling is wrong?

It’s not a compliment, it’s harassment. It’s a daily reminder that men believe that my body doesn’t belong to me that it’s there for there enjoyment and that I should be grateful that they find it appealing.

anonymous asked:

Big Al is an Engloid, not a VOCALOID.

Oh my shit it’s 2014 and people still don’t realize Engloid is a fan-term that simply means English Vocaloid.

Perhaps that was a tad rude but seriously, just go to his company’s website. It’s literally a simple Google search away.

Or do I have to open up and screenshot my Vocaloid software with his voicebank loaded before people realize that Engloids are valid Vocaloids?

>Anti-harrasment site with unknown staff

>Comes directly to 8chan to give an ultimatum

>Claims to have doxx on many anons and pro gg folks

>Website setting off malware warnings

>Already theorized to be a website for data harvesting and gathering IPs

>One of the creators has claimed to know how to hack people

People are still going to take this shit seriously.

“Five o'clock Shadow” - Digital Oil Painting

In which I fail at capturing the stunning beauty that was in the original photo. Well, I tried… Seriously, though, go look at the original on the DT website. I think my mouth dropped open.

This is NOT a Photoshop filter, every stroke is painted by me.

Apparently Tumblr Can Just AutoPlay Music Whenever The Fuck It Wants As You’re Scrolling Through Your Dashboard

It’s really loud, too, and outta nowhere. Maybe don’t, @staff, sudden noises are not the thing I wanna hear when I’m scrolling through a website.

people, PLEASE

Instead of shitting on vixx and wishing they die and calling them racist and colorists, why don’t you take that energy into maybe trying to find a way to reach them and educate them in a polite way that what they are doing is wrong when they call N out bc of his skin? you aren’t doing anything productive by spewing your social justice rant in one corner and then doing nothing to change it. Nobody is non problematic, remember that. Fuck this website is seriously going to shits

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obviously i had to go watch this after today’s gmm.

i am seriously hoping that the tumblr staff is going to start deleting components of the website piece by piece before disposing of it entirely, kind of like how some people tear the head and limbs off of gummy bears before eating the torso whole.