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Roll for initiative!

Mr. Machine and I have a blast playing D&D 4th edition, but our group doesn't get together as often as we'd like. Please recommend games we can play to fill the terrible void. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Aug 6, 2014 - 14 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

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. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Elves. In. Spaaace.

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to space! Help it get there. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Mordernkainen's Eleven

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to have a heist coming up and I'm in a bit over my head. If anyone has good reference materials, interesting mechanics and just anything else to make this be both fun and workable, it would help a lot. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

He's got the index cards out again.

What are some creative and cinematic DM scenarios/tools I can use in my D&D 3.5 game? They do not have to be D20-compatible or even necessarily from tabletop RPGs. I just want to spice the game up a little past the rules and the setting. The examples inside should illustrate what I mean better than I am explaining it. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 28, 2013 - 9 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

RPG-filter - Looking for software to help with Pathfinder

A group of friends are starting a Pathfinder RPG campaign. Pathfinder is a 'fork' of D&D. We spent 3 hours last night with the DM creating characters, flipping lots of pages, and writing on character sheets. By the end of the night, we were wondering if there was software or sites that helped players keep track and calculate the bonuses of characters online or in software. Can anyone one point us in the direction of good tech to help us spend more time bashing monsters and less time erasing & re-writing. Google shows a variety, but not what's the best stuff. Thanks!
posted by Argyle on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

New DM needs help running his first one-shot D&D/Pathfinder session.

Calling all Dungeon Masters! Help a clueless new DM run a one-shot Pathfinder session. I have a series of questions inside about basic story-pacing, motivating player action, and game creation. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Jun 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Tips on tabletop RP mastering.

Game masters, dungeon masters, et. al. - lend me your wisdom and experience in constructing a cohesive and dynamic campaign storyline. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me be a great DM!

Help a somewhat disorganized dude be the best D&D 3.5 GM he can (hella long inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

D&D Campaigns for a single player?

Can anyone recommend some simple Dungeons & Dragons campaigns specifically designed for two people (one DM and one player)? [more inside]
posted by notmydesk on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD?

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Mar 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Literature similar to IDW's Dungeons and Dragons?

What are some comics, novels or non-fiction with a similar sense of humor and adventure to the new John Rogers-penned Dungeons and Dragons comic being put out by IDW? (Sample inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Which Ones Are "Essential"?

I'm trying to get my teenage niece into D&D from scratch but I'm bewildered by the range of Essential products. Which products are absolutely essential to get a beginners campaign up and running? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Nov 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Geek Part III: The Homebrew

Help on building an investigation-based, long-form D&D Homebrew campaign. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

I need a crash course in Dungeons and Dragons!

I got invited to play D&D with a couple folks I really like. Help me not embarrass myself! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 17, 2011 - 22 answers

I need an easy campaign for total D&D n00bs.

I'm being asked to DM a D&D game for a bunch of completely new players. These are people who aren't even really into gaming. This could be fun! But we have 2 roadblocks: One, I haven't DMed in like 10 years. Two, I need a pretty set campaign to run. Is there a resource somewhere for easy to run, complete scenarious/campaigns for total n00bs?
posted by GilloD on Feb 24, 2011 - 17 answers

What is "roll for initiative" and should I do it?

I have never played D&D before, but last week's Community looked super fun and interesting (not to mention, what a great episode) I've hit up some friends who used to play and there's some interest about getting a game going. But I literally know nothing, and don't know if I'm going to like it. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Cool storylines involving Eberron's industries/politics/economic disparities?

Eberron veterans! Help a DM (new to Eberron, not to DMing) out. I'm looking for intriguing plot hooks that specifically exploit two of the setting's distinctive characteristics: the treatment of magic as everyday technology, and the huge rich/poor gap (i.e., the extent to which the dragonmarked houses dominate). Share your stories, unused campaign hooks, or idle musings. Our preferred focus is role-playing, not roll-playing. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Feb 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Making D&D happen when Party A is in Canada and Party B is in Texas

My husband says: "I am looking for a virtual game table or some way to play D&D 4e online. There seem to be a multitude of software (both free and not) and I was wondering which were the best (free or not) in people's experience." [more inside]
posted by Neofelis on Apr 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me plan a D&D Campaign

Dungeon Masters: Help me start planning and preparing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for a group of seasoned players who've been a while between rolls of the dice... [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jul 30, 2009 - 17 answers

How to put on robe and wizard hat?

What should I expect at a Dungeons & Dragons game session? [more inside]
posted by Hlewagast on Jun 5, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me get my d20 on.

RPG filter: Where can I hook up with RPG gamers (that is to say the proper sort: pencils and paper and dice and too much Mountain Dew) in Toronto? I'm looking for AD&D preferably, Rifts as a distant second choice.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Mar 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Hopefully the geekiest question I will ever ask

Help me build a D&D 3.5 Character [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me remember a mid-90s adventure game

I'm trying to remember a DOS game I used to play. It was an adventure type game where each level you had a task to complete in a dungeons-and-dragons type setting, so mages, archers, skeletons, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by fvw on Dec 17, 2008 - 21 answers

NerdFilter: Should I buy the 4th Edition D&D Rules Books?

NerdFilter: Should I buy the 4th Edition D&D Rules Books? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Nov 3, 2008 - 29 answers

Better games than D&D?

What RPGs are there that are better than D&D? [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist on Mar 29, 2008 - 36 answers

Simple puzzles that require time travel to solve?

Can you think of time-travel puzzle rooms for my D&D mini-campaign? (2 other categories of puzzles I'd like are described inside) [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Jan 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Looking for an online D&D client.

I'm looking for a program that will simulate the experience of playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons, but allow online play. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 16, 2007 - 22 answers

How do I get rid of these Dragon magazines?

A few years ago I acquired, through a weird set of circumstances, about 400 issues of Dragon magazine from the early 80s. I have no use for them at all, and am trying to figure out the best way to get rid of them (for profit). [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Jan 15, 2007 - 10 answers

Ever heard of a podcast of a Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying session?

It's been a long time since I did any role playing games (pen and paper). But I liked the "examples of play" that were included in the rulebooks, like on page 8 of the Dugeonmaster's Guide (v.3.5). Granted these are idealized sessions, but I am curious if there are any podcasts where folks record their role-playing events. [more inside]
posted by squink on Sep 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Girls can roll dice too!

How do I find a roleplaying group in my area (general question, not a particular locale) for a beginner to D & D? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jun 22, 2006 - 16 answers

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