Back in August, I wrote a post about incorporating Animal Companions (AnC) into your D&D party. I enjoyed the topic so much, I wanted to explore it further! In our Heroes of Iyastera campaigns, each party has its own AnCs, whether through class-granted bonds (Ranger and Wizard), or through backstory. In an effort to elevate… Continue reading Animal Companions: Training Mechanics
Long overdue, here is the finished character sheet for Jawri the Tabaxi Ranger, from the upcoming Heroes of Iyastera mini-campaign, Welcome to the Guild! This sailor-turned mercenary is one of the possible companions your party may meet as they work for the Indomitable Bastions, the newest Adventuring Guild in Iacosta. We created her story on-stream… Continue reading Community Creation: Jawri the Ranger
"Hey, let's play D&D this weekend!" Imagine getting that text on a Thursday night. If you're a player, this could be really exciting! But what if you're the "Designated DM" of your group? Are you ready to run a last-minute session? If not, that text can quickly change from exciting to anxiety-inducing in no time… Continue reading Homebrewed: One Shot Quick-Build
Remember the last D&D combat post? This week, we're expanding on those themes some more to talk about BOSS BATTLES! Here are a few things I use to augment the Heroes of Iyastera baddies and help my players feel like the epic heroes they are! Scene Setting Remember the final showdown in The Labyrinth? When… Continue reading Boss Fight
Being a GM is a big job: you need to be familiar with the rules (or at least know where to find them in the reference books), create engaging challenges for your players to solve, and weave it all together in an interesting story that will capture the imagination. If you're lucky enough to be… Continue reading Homebrewed: Campaign Prep Guidelines
As you may have seen, I just recently started streaming RPG content on a shiny new Scriv the Bard Twitch channel! It's been an exciting new adventure that I look forward to continuing each week, though it certainly isn't without it's growing pains. A few people have asked me for advice/general tips for new streamers,… Continue reading Feeling Twitchy: Thoughts on Streaming
If you tuned into our first inaugural Scriv-tival Twitch stream last weekend, you'll have seen our Scribbler-built NPC, Bridget Boulderfall! Bridget is a Gnome Paladin who has trained all her life to become a dragonslayer and avenge the sacrifice of her eldest sister. She's determined, principled, and has a habit of jumping to conclusions...we had… Continue reading Bridget Boulderfall, Community-Built NPC
We've had a few worldbuilding posts at this point, focused on things like language, culture, and just general tips...this time we're looking at ways to approach your worldbuilding at the onset, along with some pros and cons to both methods! Top-Down Have you ever used Google Earth? Or at least looked at a picture of… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?
In case you missed the news on my various social media accounts, we're celebrating the end of our first year since beginning this adventure!!! Exactly one year has passed since this site began with the first blog post: Adventures for the Family: What I learned from DMing for Children. Since then, I've released new articles… Continue reading Celebrating the First Anniversary with Scriv-tival 2019!
Alright, raise your hand if you have more characters than you have campaigns to play in... ...yup. Me too >_> Can anyone blame us though? There's so much excitement in creating a brand new PC. A blank slate full of promise. The chance to create the hero you dream of being in a world of… Continue reading D&D for Kids: Character Building