Preparing and Running the Game
Advice and Various Other Unsorted Links
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?
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: Chokers And Chandlers
: a lot of territory
the total sandbox and the total railroad
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: A Method For Making A D&D Sandbox
: 25 steps to start and run a sandbox
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
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: Die-Drop Instadungeon + Continuing Adventures of Mandy, Zak & Raggi
: Using drop die charts to generate a lot of information at the same time.
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: Zak's EZ Adventure-Making Chart
: Write a little matrix describing the relations of all the parties in an adventure.
Roles, Rules, and Rolls: Endless Bag of Tricks (Download)
: The download link is in the sidebar!
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: The "One More Idea" Method
: Start simple and stupid, then go through everything, adding one thing. Then do it again. And again. Iteratively build something cool.
RENFIELD'S CAT: Advice for the Newly Afflicted
Jeffs Gameblog: Old Schoolin': How To Get Started
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
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: Songs Useful In D&D Games Renamed To Reflect The Situations Wherein I Have Used Or Plan To Use Said Music
Jeff's Gameblog: how to Awesome-Up Your Players
Kellri's Old School Encounter Reference
Grand Experiments: West Marches
Gorgonmilk: Boiling Down Your Campaign To Its Essential Salts
Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Guide to Adventure Writing
Grognardia: Locale and Plot
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: How Much Do You Want To Be A Wizard?
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!
Jeff's Gameblog: 20 Quick questions for your Campaign Setting
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
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: Conan Knew More About Cimmeria than Howard Did
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.
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
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!)
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!
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: 100 Problem & Puzzle Set-ups
: one-liners to help you make weird and puzzling stuff
Men & Magic of Middle Earth | Original D&D Discussion
Playing D&D With Porn Stars: The One True Table, First Draft + Reader Participation
Jeff's Gameblog: Epic Sandboxery
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