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With a 99 cent spiral notebook. No, I'm serious. Any campaign that's goign to take up more space than a spiral notebook is going to be too complicated for you to keep track of in the first place, and with a physical spiral notebook with campaign notes in-hand, you can refer to any campaign-based rule by reference with ease. Just as long as you keep the ...


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Not sure if you have looked at http://roll20.net but they have some great tools on that site.


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There is one thing you can do, as a DM, that will help you get a feel immediately for what type of game they're hoping to play. Build Their Characters With Them Regardless of the system you are using, it pays to be around when you're a new DM inviting new players into a new setting/system to be with them during their character creation. It allows you to ...


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I just learned of this today but feel like sharing it immediately: Metagame rewards survey http://d7.pipemaze.com/files/metagame-rewards-survey.pdf Created by member @SevenSidedDie inspired by this blog post (thanks for sharing!). I will definitely print a bunch of them and bring them to our next session. I feel our group can profit quite a bit by just ...


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This is a tougher choice than it looks at first. Sure camping breaks up the action and givesa quick break. Furthermore it will refresh spells/abilities/hp prepping the part back up near top fighting condition. I have had issues where a party realizes this and camps at every chance that they can. And I do mean every chance they could. I started enacting ...


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You've said it yourself: Go with the fiction If they decide they need to camp for a night then sure, ask them to mark off rations and decide their watch order. If they're spending the night in an inn and pay for food and lodgings (or earn them through heroic deeds), why would they consume rations or have to take watch? If they're in a situation where ...


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There is no answer for this; In fact, I'm not aware of any games where there IS an answer to "How many times in a 'session' should I expect the PCs to make camp?" It really depends on the content of the session, both in terms of 'density' (A session in which a lot of things are happening has a higher chance of the party making camp than a session in which ...


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Yes, it's fine to make it up as you go along. You'll get better at it the more you do it. I have two bits of advice. First, prepare in as modular a manner as you can. Prepare rooms more than dungeons, characters more than residents. That way if your PCs pass through the Catacombs of Despair without finding that one secret room, you can throw it into the ...



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