Adventure Hooks: Warrior Needs Food, Badly!

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 7, 2014

a-to-z-2014-fVery few games I’ve ever played in or run spend much time worrying about what PCs eat, how frequently they eat, or where they get the food that sustains them. It’s not usually an interesting part of the game so we gloss over it. Obviously every living creature eats, but we just assume that meals happen behind the scenes. Food is not usually an important part of D&D. But it can be if we make it so.

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today “F” is for Food as we share some adventure hooks to satisfy your hunger for ideas.

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Adventure Hooks: Elf Quest

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 5, 2014

a-to-z-2014-eWhen I first got into comic books back in the early 80s I couldn’t get enough Spider-man and Batman. As far as my 10-year-old self knew, Marvel and DC were the only companies making comics. So when I first saw a copy of Elf Quest in my cousin’s comic collection I was curious. Here was this black and white comic that was the same size as a magazine. It didn’t feature superheroes but it was full of fantasy creatures like the ones I’d read about in the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. Could it be that I’d discovered an overlapping of my two geekiest hobbies? Absolutely!

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will be provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today “E” is for Elf Quest as we draw inspiration from one of my favourite comics to come up with today’s adventure hooks.

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3,000,000 Page Views

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 4, 2014

We did it. Today Dungeon’s Master hit 3 million pages views. Every day when I log into the blog’s back end I review our stats to see how we’re doing. I knew we were getting close to the 3 million mark and today, between the time I left work and the time I got home, we crossed that threshold. I’m blown away by this milestone.

We started Dungeon’s Master on February 1, 2009. It took us 31 months to reach 1 million page views. It took us another 17 months to reach 2 million page views. And it only took another 15 months to reach 3 million. Here we are 1,888 days since we first launched this little gaming blog and we’ve still here and still going strong.

We couldn’t have come this far without you, the readers. So today I’d like to say a very special thank you to everyone who’s ever visited Dungeon’s Master, especially those who visit regularly and comment often. Your feedback and support are a big part of what keeps us motivated to continue writing for this blog. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.

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Adventure Hooks: Here Be Dragons

by The Average Joe (Joe Lastowski) on April 4, 2014

a-to-z-2014-dDragons have always been an iconic monster in D&D, but far too often they get turned into boring quantities. They are the elemental-themed bosses that you make sure you have resistances against before confronting. They are the fighter planes of the D&D movie, big and damaging but ultimately forgettable. They are monsters whose stats fail to convey their majesty. But they don’t have to be.

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today Joe Lastowski helps out the Dungeon’s Master team by sharing some great adventure hooks about Dragons.

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Adventure Hooks: Coins

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 3, 2014

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When civilized societies do away with the bartering system they turn to currency to make transactions easier. In D&D and most fantasy settings the currency of the land is coins. Gold pieces, silver pieces, and copper pieces are the traditional staples from which coins are cast, but each fantasy world will have coins made from whatever materials make sense. For example in Athas, the world of Dark Sun, metals are extremely rare so coins are made of ceramics.

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today “C” is for coins as all the adventure hooks focus on currency.

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D&D Encounters: Scourge of the Sword Coast (Week 7)

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 3, 2014

scourge-of-the-sword-coast-coverWhen we left our heroes they had just managed to get inside Harpshield Castle. A band of Orcs were currently camped in the castle and were likely to defend their position if challenged. The Half-Orcs in the party and the Drow took the direct approach and walked right up to the front door asking for admittance. The rest of the party’s sneaky members climbed over the wall and into the pig pen.

We ran three tables this week at Harry T North in Toronto. The 4e table and D&D Next table were both full, as usual. I’ve given up calling the group Craig and I are running two tables because it’s not anymore. This week I ran both tables by myself as Craig was unable to make it. However, we only had seven players so it was certainly manageable.

We had two new players this week; one brand new to D&D Next and the other a regular who’d missed a few weeks. The party I ran ended up with the following members: Half-Orc Cleric, Half-Orc Barbarian, Drow Paladin, Halfling Rogue, Elf Ranger, Elf Cleric/Rogue, and Human Monk/Barbarian.

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Adventure Hooks: Oh Baby

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 2, 2014

a-to-z-2014-bIn all the years I’ve been playing D&D very few characters in any of my adventuring parties have ever had kids. Even the PCs who live long and fruitful lives, adventuring into their old age and accumulating incredible amounts of wealth still don’t stop to settle down and have a family. It’s as if having kids in-game is a sign of weakness, or even a curse to your favourite PC. I suppose it’s because as soon as you say your character has people he cares about in his life the DM will use that against you.

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today’s “B” adventure hooks all center around a baby in one way or another.

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Adventure Hooks: It Came From the Abyss!

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 1, 2014

a-to-z-2014-aIn D&D the Abyss is the place where Demons dwell. Some of the most fearsome, powerful, and iconic monsters in D&D call the Abyss home – Orcus, Demogorgon, and Lolth, for example (coincidentally all depicted on the covers of the 4e Monster Manuals). But for every named entity who’s managed to carve out a piece of the Abyss for themselves there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lesser beings that make up the vast majority of denizens.

Throughout April Dungeon’s Master is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. This year we’ve decided that every article will provide our readers with new adventure hooks. Today’s “A” article features adventure hooks that tie in to the Abyss.

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Preview

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on April 1, 2014

a-to-z-2014-badgeWhen the Blogging from A to Z Challenge is over each participant does a round-up posting where they list all the articles they wrote during the previous month. It’s a way to let your readers know what you did just in case they missed any articles. Since all my articles will be about Adventure Hooks this year I decided to share the list ahead of time, this way you know which days you should visit Dungeon’s Master and which days you can skip (although I hope you don’t skip any).

We will still do the post-challenge round-up at which time all the titles will be linked back to the original articles. We hope you enjoy this preview. Let us know in the comments below which day you’re most looking forward to.
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Dungeon’s Master joins the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge

by Ameron (Derek Myers) on March 31, 2014

a-to-z-2014-badgeIt’s that time of year again; time for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge is to write a new article ever day in April, excluding Sundays. That’s 26 articles over the course of the month. To make things even more interesting the title or theme of each article will begin with a different letter of the alphabet. So on April 1 the article will begins with A, on April 2 it will begin with B, and so on all the way to the Z article on April 30.

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