Real Advice for Real DMs

Campaigns and Resources

We're gathering all the tools and resources that every DM needs. We're constantly curating the best of the best for you and putting it all in one place!

Learn the Rules

Brush up on the basics or learn something advanced. We've got articles to help even most seasoned DM improve their games!

Make Great Adventures

We're all about helping you impress your players! Use our resources to build amazing adventures that your players will remember.

Why Master the Dungeon

There's a ton of Dungeons and Dragons content online, so why read Master the Dungeon? Because we're focused on answering your questions as a DM. Our articles cover topics ranging from hosting D&D to setting up adventures. We talk about complex topics like player dynamics and inclusiveness in D&D without shying away from the controversial issues. Our writers understand what makes D&D fun, and we help you make better campaigns that your players will be talking about for years to come. Check out the blog and see what we've got for you!

dungeon masters

Our Team

Master the Dungeon's writers are a collection of DMs with more than 20 years of combined D&D experience. They've played through countless campaigns and guided players through all sorts of challenges. They're ready to answer your questions and tackle your D&D problems!

Our Latest Articles

DnD Without Combat

DnD Without Combat

By Jae | June 26, 2019

DnD is not all fighting monsters, but a great deal of the rules for the game are combat focused. While DnD is a role playing game, very few campaigns exist without combat encounters. It’s certainly possible to do, but there are a number of challenges presented when you look for rules for DnD without combat. […]

illusion traps

Illusion Traps That Really Work

By Jae | June 25, 2019

The party enters a large, well-lit room. On the far side of the room they see a cage on a raised platform. Upon entering the room, something in the cage moves: a person who’s clearly seen better days. “Help me!” she shouts. “I don’t have much time!” As the cry for help reaches our heroes’ […]

wave based encounters

How To Use Wave Based Encounters Step by Step

By Jae | June 24, 2019

In a previous quick tip article we mentioned wave based encounters as a method for handling issues with party balance. There were some questions about wave based encounters and it seemed people didn’t know how to set up or run them. This quick tip covers how to use wave based encounters step by step. Setting […]

the rise of tiamat

The Rise of Tiamat – Module Review

By Jae | June 21, 2019

The Rise of Tiamat is the second and final installment of the Tyranny of Dragons Adventure from the Wizards DND team. The adventure picks up following the events of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen module. This 96 page DnD module was also designed and built in part by Kobold Press. What’s in The Rise […]


Are Min-Maxers Ruining Your Game?

By Jae | June 20, 2019

Everyone who’s played a table top role playing game has come across a min-maxer in their time. These are the players who derive joy from milking the rules of a game for every advantage they can get. They often build their characters towards “optimal” power curves, attempting to make sure they are the strongest players […]

scheduling dnd

One Simple Fix for Scheduling DnD

By Jae | June 19, 2019

Scheduling DnD sessions can be a nightmare. This is one of the biggest complaints that Dungeon Masters have and easily one of the more regrettable. Even if you have a solid group of players who really want to spend time playing, making people’s schedules align is a difficult task. We’re not going to claim this […]

Ready for a new