Hey there, Scribblers! In case you missed it at the end of Tools of the Trade, I wanted to share the Beginner's Character Sheet in a separate post, for easy access! As I mentioned before, this a simplified version of the 5e character sheet, perfect for new players! To be honest, I would have preferred something… Continue reading Scriv’s Scribbler’s Character Sheet!
One of my core philosophies is that the rules are meant to be adapted to your players and the unique story you wish to tell. I suppose this leads to my more flexible DM style, in which I will often bend the guidelines in the Player's Handbook and the Dungeon Master's Guide in favor of… Continue reading Workshop Notes: How to Avoid Metagaming
As I've gotten older, I've realized I have a thing for "kits". It's oddly satisfying, gathering a collection of carefully curated items that share a common purpose...whether it's your camping gear, a first-aid kit, your go-to stash of snacks and sweets you keep in your desk drawer at work (I know I'm not the only… Continue reading Tools of the Trade
You've done it!! You've spent hours, days, weeks even, preparing for your campaign. You've created an intricate story to seduce your players with the promise of adventure. You've developed lively towns and masterfully-written NPCs with motivations and objectives of their own. Every clue, hook, and plotline is detailed in your notes. You're ready, from the… Continue reading Roll With It!
It's Story Time! This is my first post in a series of things I find interesting, entertaining, or just outright wonderful...and what better way to begin than to talk about a place that is near and dear not only to my own heart, but the collective heart of Cambridge as a whole: Heffers Bookshop! When… Continue reading A Story about a Bookshop
In "What I Learned from DMing for Children", I talk about running a D&D adventure for kids. In this post, we will explore some of the things that take place before you get to the table when writing the adventure. While there will be some overlap, I recommend reading that first post before you continue… Continue reading Four Tips for Writing Family-Friendly Adventures
The first series of the D&D Storytelling Workshops came to a close last weekend, with a fully customized, Scene-by-Scene one-shot in which the children had the chance to take turns acting as the DM. The adventure was inspired by the students themselves, using their ideas from the first two Workshops. In Workshop One, they created a… Continue reading Workshop Notes: Passing the DM Screen
Why do we do the things we do? What guides us to believe the things we believe? Each of us is shaped by our own unique blend of experiences, which creates a lens of perspective, through which we observe and interact with the world around us. For example: whenever I got sick as a child,… Continue reading Workshop Notes: It’s All About Perspective
"Old books smell weird." The child stated, his face screwed into a distasteful expression as he put the book back on the table. We were in the middle of our "Five Senses" activity, which opened with observations about the bookstore hosting our workshop. It must have been a strange sight, the small group of adults… Continue reading Workshop Notes: Old Books Smell Weird (a.k.a. Plot and Elements of Story)
The first session of our D&D Storytelling Workshop Series was a hit!! In case you missed it, a bit of background: I have created a three-workshop series for local children, focused on developing the storytelling skills that will help them become Dungeon Masters for their own games at home. Workshop One focused on setting a foundation… Continue reading D&D Workshops: Creating Immersive Descriptions…Even if you Don’t Read Fantasy