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Game Mastering

The Art of Pacing: Using Up and Down Beats

As a Dungeon Master, an essential function of your responsibilities include maintaining an engaging pacing. Moment by moment, the players travel through a...

How to Play

5 Ways to get advantage on attack rolls

In combat, getting advantage on attack rolls could be the difference between claiming the dragon’s horde or rolling death saves.   I have been...

Mechanical Design

The Environment: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

By its nature, adventuring involves delving into places that are dark, dangerous, and full of mysteries to be explored. The rules in this...

Mechanical Design

Activating an Item

Activating some magic items requires a user to do something special, such as holding the item and uttering a command word. The description...

Mechanical Design

Sentient Magic Items

Some magic items possess sentience and personality. Such an item might be possessed, haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or self-aware...

Mechanical Design

Movement: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

Movement in Dungeons & Dragons Swimming across a rushing river, sneaking down a dungeon corridor, scaling a treacherous mountain slope–all sorts of movement...

Mechanical Design

Time: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

The Passage of Time In situations where keeping track of the passage of time is important, the GM determines the time a task...

Mechanical Design

Tiefling Traits: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

  Tiefling Traits Tieflings share certain racial traits.   Ability Score Increase Your Intelligence score increases by 1, and your Charisma score increases...

Mechanical Design

Human Traits: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

  Human Traits It’s hard to make generalizations about humans, but your human character has these traits.   Ability Score Increase Your ability...

Mechanical Design

Halfling Traits: Dungeons & Dragons System Reference Document

  Halfling Traits Your halfling character has a number of traits in common with all other halflings.   Ability Score Increase Your Dexterity...

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