About

RJD20 is home to a massive amount of content for Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters, Players and Worldbuilders. Started in January 2018, it has 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.

Greetings, I'm RJ

RJD20 was created and is maintained by me: Richard "RJ" Compton. I am a human who lives on earth, shamelessly steals Chris Perkin's title Dungeon Master For Life, and loves Dungeons and Dragons. A few other mundane facts about me: I am in my twenties, married to the most wonderful woman in the world, I have a degree in Computer Science, and I work in marketing. As anyone reading this can probably tell, I am an advocate and sycophant of D&D, worldbuilding, and everything else in proximity to tabletop roleplaying games and fantasy.

In 2018, I decided to start writing weekly articles about my experience with this amazing hobby, inspired by Chris Perkin's The Dungeon Master Experience columns. Since then, I have experienced a few lulls and breaks, but those have made me more determined than ever before to build RJD20 into an evolving library of D&D information and advice for Dungeon Masters, Players, and Worldbuilders. Every week, I investigate my mind for compelling material and write about it for you all to read and ponder over. Some of it is good, some bad, some horrendous, but it all comes from the same place: a heart and mind dedicated to helping more people learn and love D&D.

D&D Origins

My premiere delve into D&D occurred when I was ten years old. My father, an avid D&D Player and Dungeon Master during the RPG's earliest years, ran a short adventure for my brother and I after we showed interest in the game: The Burning Plague. I played a kobold sorcerer named Meeko the Outcast, saved by my younger brother's wood elf ranger. Together, we saved an endangered village from a dastardly orc shaman who poisoned its water supply. The mini-quest hooked me.

There was a small stretch of time during which I did not play. During summer, my friends and their parents would come over and we would roll some dice, but we did not play consistently. I tried my hand behind the screen once or twice during that period, but never experienced a perfect storm of inspiration and insight. Instead, a sparse D&D schedule was the norm and I adventured in games like Neverwinter Nights and Dungeons & Dragons Online. On disconnected days, I read D&D sourcebooks older than I was.

Then, fifth edition D&D released and everything changed. The new edition's release conjured up the perfect storm I was searching for in years prior. As soon as the Player's Handbook hit the shelves, I rushed to buy it. Soon after, I purchased Hoard of the Dragon Queen. That very same day, I contacted all my childhood D&D pals and asked them to play D&D that night; they accepted my offer. We played that initial leg of Hoard of the Dragon Queen and almost every week since, I have played D&D.

In the present, I have a wealth of knowledge and a mountain of experience. Under my belt are multiple homebrew campaigns, hundreds of pages of lore & D&D scripture (sourcebooks!), and ever-changing opinions on the game. Right now, I am running two campaigns: one weekly for my friends & a few family members, one monthly for my close family. Over the years, I have introduced a plethora of new folks to D&D and even inspired them to build their own adventures, through RJD20 and my own campaigns.

A Final Note

The campaigns I create are of my own design, occurring in my homegrown world of Eldar. Of course, I borrow and steal the amazing content of Wizards of the Coast and other spectacular worldbuilders and Dungeon Masters, but molding the plots, characters, and locations on my own gives me an indescribable feeling. When I play in, write about, or build D&D content, this euphoric sensations amplifies tenfold. On RJD20.com and beyond, I hope to spread this feeling to Dungeon Masters, Players, and Worldbuilders across the globe.

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  1. Great stuff! Love all these ideas, especially how to change up an encounter.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy my musings.

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  2. Look forward to your articles and enjoy them very much, entertaining to say the least.

    This is a great idea to have a dedicated web page, almost like a portal into RJ's incredible imagination, complete with starters, tips and lessons learned that we can all use in our adventures.

    Sweetness indeed, never give up on your passions, and always use your imagination, it keeps you young even when you get old!

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    1. That warms my heart. I'm glad you continue to enjoy learning, reading, and playing D&D.

      I won't be stopping anytime soon.

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  3. I just found your site. I'm very happy to be here. I'm RJD2 and I'm a DM - so I think I'll be here often. (Rebeca Jean Dupre, named for my father Robert John Dupre, my kid is RJD3 - Ren Jace Dupre). I found the link on FaceBook today and I'm in need of many resources. Thank you for being here RJ. There needs to be more of us!

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    1. Wow, thanks for the comment. Let me know if there is anything in particular you'd like to see!

      As for you being RJD2, your kid being RJD3, and me being RJD20; that means I'm a distant descendent of your family line from the future who has plopped myself into the present to...write D&D articles! My memory is a tad hazy, but I think it was well worth the investment into a time machine :)

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