Preparing and Running the Game
Logistics of Long Campaigns – Ominosity
: Things to think about when running a game; lasting ones.
The Dungeon Master's Handbook Podcast
Advice and Various Other Unsorted Links
Beyond Fomalhaut: [BLOG
Great Tables of D&D History]: A list of great random tables, but also an essay on the power of the oracular dice
Goblin Punch: Advice for OSR DMs
: Excellent simple things to keep in mind for Old Style GMing
4d20 Adventure Hooks & How To Use Them
Repetitive battles in dnd « Blog of Holding
: Twenty ways to make a goblin encounter different (works for any monster)
Dungeons & Dutch Ovens: Sandboxes and Quagmires
: Common pitfalls in sandbox game sand what to do about it
Against The Wicked City: OSR aesthetics of ruin
: Why it makes sense to run your campaign amidst ruins
The Alexandrian » Opening Your Game Table
Open Game Table
is also discussed in a three part series:
Goblin Punch: Building Houses for Murderhoboes
: Some thoughts for people unhappy with the party playing a bunch of murderous do-no-gooders
Hack & Slash: On Campaign Design Patterns
: Linear structure, a safe base for the party
The Alexandrian » The Railroading Manifesto
: What is railroading?
The Alexandrian » Thought of the Day – Juggling Scenario Hooks in a Sandbox
: a sandbox will have many hooks; the trick is preparing
I'll See It When I Believe It: Making Knowledge Valuable
: How to make sure that gathering information is a useful activity.
Goblin Punch: 4 Legs of the Table Mimic: Where Interesting Combat Comes From
Roles, Rules, and Rolls: The Mediocrity of Improvisation
Roles, Rules, and Rolls: Endless Bag of Tricks (Download)
: The download link is in the sidebar!
RENFIELD'S CAT: Advice for the Newly Afflicted
The Alexandrian » Thought of the Day – Bloat in Extended Narratives
: Keep an eye on the pace at which new arc-plots are introduced.
Bat in the Attic: The Rise and Fall of Roleplaying campaigns.
: List of the most common reasons that end sandbox campaigns.
Monsters and Manuals: Hack and Slash vs. Titanic Struggles, or the Goblin Massacre and Giant Slaying Approaches
: decide! Will your game be about killing a lot of weaker enemies or about killing one incredibly strong opponent?
Telecanter's Receding Rules: 5 OSR Table Types
: Several different types of tables and strengths thereof
Hack & Slash: On a Guide for New Dungeon Masters
Hack & Slash: Techniques to increase player agency
Dreams in the Lich House: Say Yes; Skill Checks in a Rules-Lite-System
The Architect DM: How real life locations can be applied to a D&D game
Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Making your campaign METAL!
Beyond the Black Gate: High Fantasy Campaigns
Jeff's Gameblog: how to Awesome-Up Your Players
Kellri's Old School Encounter Reference
Gorgonmilk: Boiling Down Your Campaign To Its Essential Salts
Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Guide to Adventure Writing
Grognardia: Locale and Plot
Sham's Grog 'n' Blog: OD&D Cover to Cover
Sham's Grog 'n' Blog: The Empty Room Principle
Cyclopeatron: Simple Multi-Ability Checks in Classic D&D
Check For Traps - Foundations of Gamemastering
Check For Traps - Judging the Game
Check For Traps - It's Not Your Story
Check For Traps - The Gamemaster As Satan
Check For Traps - Adversaries Are Made of People
Check For Traps - Managing Problems and Players
Check For Traps - How to Host an RPG Session
Check For Traps - Violence and Viscera
Tales of the Rambling Bumblers: Sandbox Play
Tales of the Rambling Bumblers: Welcome to the Jungle!
Jeffs Gameblog: Triple Secret Random Dungeon Fate Chart of Very Probable Doom
B/X Blackrazor A to Z Series: Making your Campaign Kick Ass
"The Oat-Bran Rule": Inter-player social skills
Grognardia: Picaro and the 'Story' of D&D
argues D&D is a picaresque
Check For Traps - The Challenge of Campaigning
Character-Based Sandbox Campaigns
At the Beginning
Treasure Hunters HQ: What To Do When you Referee - Session (-1)
: Things for to think about and communicate to the players and yourself as GM BEFORE the game even starts!
Jeffs Gameblog: Old Schoolin': How To Get Started
Jeff's Gameblog: 20 Quick questions for your Campaign Setting
Grand Experiments: West Marches
, how to run a game for a changing cast of players
How to Create a Campaign in a Few Hours
: Example Campaign Creation with many cool tools linked therein!
From the Sorcerer's Skull: From the Catalog of Worlds
: Interesting ideas in describing worlds.
Mazirian's Garden: World Building and Old School Games
: Explains how you can engage in snowflake worldbuilding consistent with running an old school style, challenge based, open world game
Questions to Ask Yourself After a Session | Papers and Pencils
Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque: World-Building: When is Enough Too Much?
: Nobody wants to read more than the bare basics.
"Top Down, Zoom In" approach to world-building
Check For Traps: Putting Your World in Motion
discusses adding event triggers and NPCs to your world
Jeffs Gameblog: Make your own List of Kings
Town name generator
: A stand-alone Perl script that is simple enough to be easy to adapt to your campaign. Based on syllables.
THE LAST DAY DAWNED: That Old Time Religion Part 2: Cults
: Guidance on homebrew Cults.
THE LAST DAY DAWNED: That Old Time Religion (Part 1: Movement)
: Advice on creating religions
Random God Generator, or Who Dat God?
Mazirian's Garden: Dreams and Reality
: Recursive dreaming.
Qadhi, He Who Felled the First Tree
: God of death and healing
Dungeons and Digressions: The Mysteries of a Religious Order
Old School Psionics: God embedded in the natural world
Caffeine Symposium: Religion in D&D
Apotheosis of the Invisible City - Starting From Scratch: Faith Manages
Vaults of Nagoh: Memestorms and Ideocults
Dwarven Automata - An AD&D/OSR Blog
: Many Perl based generators
2D6 + 19-Hex Power Flower | Goblin's Henchman
: Interesting method for random-ish tables using Hexes.
Dungeons & Dutch Ovens: An Exercise in Improvisation, Procedural Generation, and Small Scale Adventuring
M. A. Packer 1001 Fantasy Adventures
Lies I Love To Believe: Tarot Card Sandbox Toys
B-X Quick Reference Sheet - Infinite Dragons
Abulafia Random Generators
: Abulafia is a collection of user-contributed random generators housed within a special kind of wiki. That means you can use the pages here to get interesting random names, treasure, plots, and anything else you need.
Blessings of the Dice Gods: Dungeon Dozen Fan Index
: An index to another blog with a gazillion inspirational, random tables.
is a collection of links to old school adventures in the blogosphere
Choose a Scenario (Setting!)
Elfmaids & Octopi: d100 low level village mysteries or Goat Quest Missions
Goblin Punch: Bardic Services
Roles, Rules, and Rolls: genres
: Simple 3d20 tables for various inspiration on various genres. Be sure to click “older posts” to get all of them!
Men & Magic of Middle Earth | Original D&D Discussion
Jeff's Gameblog: Epic Sandboxery