I've shared a lot of posts about the act of running the game from a mechanics and stylistic point of view, but now I'd like to spend a bit more time on the interpersonal aspects of D&D. By now, it's more widely understood that playing D&D can have profound impacts on someone's confidence, coping mechanisms,… Continue reading D&D for Kids: Personal Growth
Hey Scribblers! Just a quick update to tell you about the new D&D for Kids Resources page!! We now have a consolidated location for the Scriv's Scribbler's Character Sheets and the brand-new guide for the D&D Storytelling Workshop that started it all! Follow the link in The Library, or check it out here! In other… Continue reading Update Time: D&D for Kids Resources!
It's no secret (or surprise) that D&D is bigger now than it has ever been, reaching wider and more diverse audiences than ever before. Each week it seems as though I'm getting a new message from families who want to start playing this much loved pastime as a way to rekindle the joys of older… Continue reading D&D Workshops: Activities for Young Players
Ah yes, the One-Shot. The timed adventure that can so easily spiral into a second, third, sometimes even fourth session...or a new campaign all together! Now, my aversion to Railroading in D&D is pretty obvious, but even I must admit that there are times where you do want a bit more structure in your gameplay.… Continue reading Off the Tracks: Preserving Player Agency in a Timed Adventure
To introduce this topic, I'd like to first share the overview for Dungeons and Dragons from the Wizards of the Coast website: "The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the… Continue reading More than Fantasy: Going Beyond Genres
Hey Scribblers! Have you met my good friend Foot yet? No?!? Then you need to check out his stuff right now! He creates fantastic RPG maps, magic items (his latest enchanted creation is something called a Bloodhound Ring, which I plan on introducing to the Heroes of Iyastera campaigns), NPCs, and more! To celebrate his first 1000… Continue reading Foot of the Mountain Hits 1000!
Welcome to Iyastera. These lands were once lush and prosperous, inundated with a natural magic that graced fields, forests, and seas with an abundance that sustained its people for generations. As civilizations and kingdoms grew, treaties and political alliances became strained, eventually reaching a boiling point and erupting into a war now known as The Severing. Centuries have… Continue reading Welcome to Iyastera
Hey Scribblers! If you haven't seen it yet on my Twitter feed, I'm going to be releasing one of the two Scene-By-Scene Adventures once we hit 250 followers...and it'll be free for the first 24hrs! This adventure is titled "Sing No More"...a bank heist murder mystery created by the young DMs in our D&D Storytelling… Continue reading Sing No More: A Sneak Peek
Introducing the second half of the Heroes of Iyastera! While both adventuring parties began in the same village of Garran, they have already begun to explore different timelines and find a story all their own! You've met Group One, now here are the adventurers of Group Two! Iaw, the Tiefling Sorcerer: One of the few… Continue reading Heroes of Iyastera: Group Two Introductions
One of my favorite things about writing a D&D adventure is the opportunity to create a plethora of NPCs for my players to interact with. They are the primary conduit for helping the party learn about the world around them and communicate vital story elements. NPCs are also a fantastic tool for introducing players (young… Continue reading Creating Diverse NPCs