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A compiled listing of Proficiencies from 2nd edition books & handbooks.Fileauthor: Roy Random OS: Document License: Freeware Homepage: Homepage

3rd Edition DM's Cheat Sheets

This 7-page "DM's Screen" is a series of tables with critical hits & misses, spell info, attack info, etc. Nice to have around.OS: Document License: Freeware Fileauthor: Roy Random

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The most common co-GMing arrangement is for two game masters to sit behind the screen at once to help each other run sessions. There are many benefits to this approach, such as shared planning and preparation, a higher GM-per-player ratio to better serve ...
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- Provide Mid-Combat Descriptive Summaries - Let Players Provide Combat Descriptions For You - Gently Apply Rules To Descriptions - Tactical Initiative-Based Descriptions - Introduction Descriptions - Encourage Character Re-D

Examples from Shadowrun's paranoia-creating techniques and my own.

3D pieces bring your dungeons, buildings, and scenes to life. They help bring the vertical back into the equation. They help the group establish a shared vision of the map and environment. And 3D models bring a new layer of fun and physicality to the tabl ...
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Running an effective and enjoyable campaign requires a lot of organization. Many GMs have volumes of information about the campaign they're running--maps, NPCs, histories, cultures, the list goes on. Unfortunately, all that information can be unwieldy whe ...
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AD&D Record Sheets

This 11-page document includes a 2-page character record sheet w/ S&P, a player session sheet, a DM session sheet, spellbook, and psionics power list, all with complete documentation. OS: Document License: Freeware Fileauthor: JENS & XL Homepage: ...
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What's a DM to do when the players prefer evil characters who just want to pillage and burn and aren't interested in the adventure hooks he uses for his scenarios? This installment of Save My Game examines ways to ensure that evil characters have enough m ...
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It's a common GMing standard that running the best combat encounters involves having the most epic monsters. GMs will pair up different kinds, give them nifty magic items, and devise the most malicious tactics out there. However, there is often one aspect ...
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This installment of Save My Game continues to examine what happens when players bring out-of-character knowledge into the game. What's a DM to do when player knowledge of the Monster Manual takes all the surprise out of encounters?

This series of Word document templates can be printed and filled out before a battle to organize battle statistics such as hp, initiative, and saves. Fileauthor: Douglas Malcolm OS: Document License: Freeware

Becoming a better GM would mean having even more fun at each game. I still think these things are true. Improvement requires feedback though. What things should you continue doing because they add to game's enjoyment? What things should you stop doing? Wh ...
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I tend to have a staggering array of NPCs in games I run. Sometimes my players have a hard time remembering all the names (or spelling them!), so I help them out by creating a Dramatis Personae list.

In this article, I hope to give you some ideas on motivation based on upbringing, and give a few ideas on what to consider before deciding why a character, NPC and PC, is disposed to act a certain way. It may help to add more depth to the game as whole pe ...
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A collection of d100 tables for determining either critical hits or fumbles for the three main weapon types. Also included is a critical and fumble table for wrestling and punching attacks. A complete collection for those DMs who want to instill a variety ...
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This file contains tons of tables from the various books arranged onto 6 pages, sort of like the DM's screen, but more packed, with different info, including some custom house rules information. OS: Document License: Freeware Fileauthor: David Conroy F ...
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DM Genie

DM Genie automates hundreds of tasks for playing D&D 3.0 or 3.5 (versions are available for both). it imports and creates characters, manages combat, helps keep track of modifiers and spells, has an adventure creator/manager, a calendaring function, w ...
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