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Learn About Tasha and Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

The newest Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition book is Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything , an expansion of both the Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide . It’s a welcome sight after a slew of adventure modules and setting guides. The minds and mouths of D&D 5e Dungeon Masters and Players alike are salivating for new content, whatever form it might take, and Tasha’s Cauldron appears as if it’s prepared to deliver. Content inside the book will include: 22 new subclasses (and 5 reprinted ones), alternate features for every class, the artificer (de-Eberronized), novel spells & magic items, group patrons, exciting tools for Dungeon Masters, and the usual beautiful art that arrives with all D&D products. November 17, 2020, the book’s release date, cannot arrive soon enough. Wizards of the Coast took an interesting approach announcing this book’s release: influencers released tidbits of information across social media platforms like Twitter. It was a new strategy and I

How to Use One-Shots to Enhance D&D Campaigns

In Dungeons & Dragons , campaigns are stories told over the course of many months or years, comprised of multiple adventures and narratives and a diverse cast of characters. During campaigns, players usually portray a single character, unless their character dies or retires. These characters strike out into a wild frontier crawling with goblins and cave spiders, race against a vicious demon lord’s cult, and descend into the labyrinthine depths of the Underdark to retrieve primeval relics. They develop. They grow in power. They explore the world. The players might be having a swell time, you might be having a fantastic time… But all of you could use a break from those characters and their story sometimes and that doesn’t mean sacrificing the intensity or development of the campaign. In fact, you can build a brief adventure that enhances the campaign as a whole while giving the players and yourself the opportunity to build on the story in an interesting way. One-shots are a stellar

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RJD20 is home to a massive amount of content for D&D Dungeon Masters, Players and Worldbuilders. Started in 2018, it's grown immensely in size, helped numerous people improve at D&D, and inspired creators young and old. On RJD20, you can learn how to track your D&D campaign, the best way to hold a session zero, and why changing your lore is perfectly acceptable, among other concepts. From its beginnings with Legendary Lessons to the addition of Musing Over Monsters, Worldforge, and whatever the future brings, I hope that it continues to help novices and veterans of D&D for years to come. This page outlines the most useful RJD20 content. It was last updated on September 16, 2020. All RJD20 Articles in From Newest to Oldest RJD20 on Social Media Support RJD20 on Patreon RJD20 Weekly Newsletter RJD20 on Twitter RJD20 on Facebook RJD20 on YouTube RJD20 on Spotify About RJD20 RJD20 Supplements Villain Backgrounds Volume I RJD20 Article Series Legendary Lessons Musing Ove

See How Far You've Come, Explore Old D&D Notes!

I recently ventured into the recesses of my vault of Dungeons & Dragons memories. Determined to forge compendiums for each of the campaigns I’ve run in the past, I pored over old notes, read over player accounts, and deciphered scrawlings that resembled dungeon maps. I must say, it sobered me to witness my transformation as a Dungeon Master over the years. My writing style, notes, nonplayer characters, plots, everything evolved at a rapid rate and I hadn’t realized it. On RJD20, I constantly write about how we all need to improve as DMs and how it happens naturally. However, as with many other aspects of life, it’s difficult to judge yourself on how much you’ve improved.  Is your storytelling more dramatic? How do your notes of the present compare to three year old ramblings? Are your maps becoming clearer? Are your players having more fun? Delving into my notes from past campaigns helped me realize I am improving. My plots are more compelling. My notes are more concise or, when th