If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this
January 7, 2014 11:58 AM Subscribe
I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (40 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
My experience with D&D is pretty limited but I've got the basics down. I'm DMing mostly for people who have never played before so I'm not worried about playing into cliches or expanding their experiences, I just want to create a solid, basic but fun campaign for people who might not naturally be into D&D. What I am worried about is creating a monotonous adventure that's just fight-find treasure-fight-find treasure.
The main thing I'd like to avoid is having a campaign that settles into a dull pattern where the party meets someone, kills them, and then moves on and does it again; I'd like to have some problem-solving and role-playing and teamwork rather than just a series of combative encounters. I'd really appreciate strategies for doing this and creating scenarios that aren't just combat-based dice rolling (obviously there will be plenty of this, I just don't want it to be the only focus). Other first-time DM tips are great, but really suggestions for more complex scenarios with puzzles and whatnot would be great.
In case it matters, I'm planning to set my adventure in an Arabian Nights style world (kind of like Disney's Aladdin -- sorry Edward Said) and am perfectly willing to embroil my players in high level Djinn politics or trap them in a pyramid if that would be enjoyable.
Thank you so much for any help you can give me in making my campaign fun!