Last two weeks have been busy. I’ve relaunched this blog here with some updates to the layout and pages so people can find all the DMJAM stuff easily while also having a tab for my other projects.
The biggest update to the dungeon is probably the resources page I’ve made to support our contestants and other adventure writers. It took me some time to find some useful pages but I really feel we have a good basis list that we can now steadily increase in size. But so far it had been well received in the community.
The start of the month was also special, not only because it was my 23rd birthday but it was also the start of the second Dungeon Master Jam. The project is slowly growing outside its baby shoes and if all goes well the second edition will be a big improvement in quality but also in size. I’m also really happy with the result of the writing prompts the jam got. The Theme ‘Wedding Gone Wrong.’ offers so many possibilities and great ideas are being written down if I can believe my discord community.
The next two weeks I will be finishing up my exams and right after that I can start the judging process of the Jam. I’ve also decided on a new project I’m going to start around that time involving dungeon building so stay tuned for that.
Talk to you guys soon!
Where I’ve been and what comes next.
I have been gone here for a loooong time. But now I’m back! It’s only fair that I fill you in on what I’ve been up to so here it goes.
Trying to move my content
I was not really enthusiastic with the looks of this blog (and to be honest I’m still not convinced) so I tried some other places and layouts. Eventually I ended up using Wix for a while but after doing that for a few months I found it took a lot more time to write the same kind of posts I can make here.
Before I left I was also doing a D&D 30 day challenge. It started out fun but the later days were kind of boring to write and to read so I didn’t feel like finishing them.
Publishing my first adventure
During January and February I’ve run a lot of one-shot for my local game store. I did one for valentine’s day that I particularly liked so I write it all down and published it on the Dmsguild. I was really proud with the results and people seem to enjoy it. I learned a lot from it and I will be making more of them in the future.
Click here if you want to check it out, it’s PWYW.
The Dungeon Master Jam
After writing my first adventure I realised I’m not the only one trying to make these, but for a lot of people it’s a big leap to just start adventure writing. That’s why I decided to create the Dungeon Master Jam. A small competition where you create a module and some experienced people can help you with the progress, give feedback and help you improve. We are also creating some fun stuff for the D&D community so that’s also a big plus.
So yea I’m back now. Currently a lot of my spare time is going to organise the second DMJAM. The other time that I have is going to my exams that are starting next week until June 13th. I’m also looking for a small job so I can fund the artwork for my next adventure.
I also have some ideas for blog posts I want to make in the near future. Maybe a review for Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, a small mechanic that I’ve been testing for the past few months to increase roleplaying and once the exams are over I really want to do some encounter compendium posts!
Well see you guys soon!
Animals, insects and arachnid. I can’t say I just a lot of them. The arachnid I’ve used so far never had a real impact (maybe that’s just my fault). Animals are also not really the thing you use when you want an epic encounter, so most often the animals that come into play are the ones the druid changes into.
That is why my favorite comes out of the insect category.
The Ankheg. A gigantic bug that you do not want in your house, or on the road to the next village. Part of my love for the creature comes because I did some good researched on it when I wrote my first encounter compendium post “Ankheg: Dead From Below“.
In my head Ankheg’s are something like tarantulas in our world. They exist and as long they do not jump on you everything is fine.
I also really like the idea that they become smart or get a hive mind. The possibilities to use them are endless and that’s why I love them.
What does molds, ooze, and lawyers have in common?
They’re all slime.
Not so many to choose from today but in general Oozes are a lot of fun to use. In most of my campaigns they make a few appearances. They can be in a random hallway, drop from the ceiling or maybe inside a pit trap. All great and deadly.
Sometimes the classics are the best. In the case of oozes that is true. My favorite is the gelatinous cube. I think they are just an awesome invention to mess with dungeoneers and to make traps and rooms interesting.
The fun thin about these cubes is that you don’t see them coming. You can walk through a hallway and suddenly you are stuck in a colorless pudding who tries to eat you.
The best way to use them in later levels is in addition to traps. Or a creature that uses these cubes to guard things.
In a one-shot I once encountered a talking gelatinous cube and that was also a lot of fun!
Liches are the best undead.
We are halfway the thirty-day challenge now starts a series of favorite type of monsters. Starting with undead is a challenge in itself, there are so many. strong and weak to pick from. I reviewed most of them and in the end I had to pick between 3 monsters. So an honorable mention goes to the Dracolich and Dead Knight.
Living in isolation from the world the all-mighty wizard sits in his tower studying his newly acquired tomb of spells. He has all the time in the world since he can’t die, well unless you find his phylactery. My favorite undead is the Lich.
The Lich is a perfect big bad evil guy you can use as the end boss in your campaign. They are evil and want to gain power. To stay alive they need to sacrifice souls another reason to stop them.
Part of defeating the Lich is finding out what his phylactery is. Without destroying it the Lich will just come back to life. So you can create an interesting quest to find out what the phylactery is and how you can destroy it. After that an epic final battle with the party against the lich and his minions can be the perfect ending of a campaign.
There are a lot of possibilities a Lich can interfere with the parties plans (even from earlier levels) so the possibilities are endless.
Liches are awesome.
Ever had a boring NPC? Well I guess most DM’s and players have in the past. Creating a good NPC is a challenge every time and you never know how the players might react.
I think it would be rather pointless to talk about the favorite NPC of my own worlds since you won’t now him. But one of the best and most memorable NPC’s I’ve had in my game comes from Barovia. Strahd von Zarovich.
When Strahd is close he immediately brings a lot of emotion to the table. Fear, anger, sadness or maybe even a change to gain power. Depending on the players and how you play him the story can go a lot of different ways.
He is one of the most famous (and beloved) bad guys in Dungeons and Dragons history. The lore about him dates back to the early 90’s so he has a rich background you can use.
In the Curse of Strahd adventure he is a force you need to overcome. When the party first meets him they don’t stand a chance. But slowly the PC grow stronger and eventually visit his castle where they can finally slay him.
I enjoyed playing Strahd and every time my players had an encounter with him it was a moment to remember.