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Welcome to DMing!

by Kim

If you’re reading this post, you’ve just begun your first step into an exciting new hobby: DMing. Whether you’re an experienced Dungeons and Dragons player who wants to take a turn in the DM’s chair, someone who has played several different types of tabletop RPGs, or a complete newbie to RPGs in general, we’re your source for everything a Dungeon Master could ever need.

Getting Started

If you’ve never been a DM before, it may seem like you’ve just volunteered for a supremely challenging task. You might be wondering how you’re going to come up with an engaging story, know the rules, balance combat, and manage multiple people’s expectations? And those jerks probably expect you to order pizza too.

Not to worry! We’ve got your back. We know DMing can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But we promise that if you stick with it, you’ll get better every session. To help you out, we’re compiling every resource and bits of advice you’ll need.

First things first though, a bit of advice. You may see the official playbooks from Wizards of the Coast, the numerous wikis, and tons of boards crammed full of information about the game. It’s possible that you might freak out a little.  The appearance of never-ending information tends to have that effect on people. Breathe.

For right now, all you really need to know are the basics: what do these stats mean and when to roll. We would recommend finding a module to run your first game from. An official module in Dungeons & Dragons is an adventure published by TSR, the publisher of Dungeons and Dragons. We suggest using the module in the 5e starters kit, The Lost Mine of Phandelver. In fact, the starter kit has basically everything you need to get started: a module, dice, pre-made character sheets. What it doesn’t come with is a DM. That’s you.

From Newbie to Veteran

We have resources for the needs of DMs of different experience types. Feel free to zero in on any specific topics of interest relevant to you. Some of these posts might be relevant to your current gaming table. If you have an idea for a post or are coming across a certain challenge during your gaming sessions, contact us and let us know.

Even if you’re a grizzled veteran of DMing (we see you out there, AD&Ders) you may come across a resource we’ve gathered or created that will make your job a little easier. And if you have any you think we should add, please let us know. We’d be happy to spread the knowledge around.

So roll those dice, send out those goblins, and curse that loot. Just remember to have fun!

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