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#1 King Koi

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:34 PM

My friends and I are all fairly new to D&D. We've played about 5-8 sessions each. We decided to start an online campaign using roll20.net and I was chosen as the DM. I haven't been able to get my hands on a 5e DM's Guide, but I do have a PHB. Lately I've been trying to memorize all the rules of play (with the PHB) and designing the world in which our adventures will take place.

 

Do any, more experienced players have some advice for me? Do I need a DM's Guide? What mistakes can I avoid making? Basically, is there anything I should know before I start?



#2 Indecent_Adventures

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 11:32 PM

Dm guide is usefull but not needed it helps  with giveing people exp and loot plus theres alot of usefull info but you dont rlly need it


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Posted 05 October 2014 - 06:33 AM

My brother used to DM (probably still does), and here are some things that he did:

-If we got out of hand, he had a Dragon Die which he would roll to summon a dragon which we would fight and gain NO exp from (we used to squabble a bit).

-He was very adaptable and flowing, allowing the action to take its course without imposing his own will too strongly.

-He was good at reading the atmosphere and knowing his fellow campaigners.

-He was very knowledgeable and as such, very very few times had to stop to check rules.

-He would refrain from calling someone "stupid" even if that's exactly what they were being.

-He would offer suggestions if someone looked like they were stuck, but not too often.

-Most importantly, our campaigns were always fun. Too much seriousness is just... no fun.


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Posted 05 October 2014 - 09:22 AM

Thanks for all this help! I'm liking this forum.



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 03:11 PM

Don't railroad, number one DM rule imho.


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#6 Kirihime Natsuno

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 04:24 PM

Don't railroad, number one DM rule imho.

Don't be a prick*

 

Railroading can work depending on how the story is done. But being an asshole is the best way to get yourself a group of very angry adventurers.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 11:29 AM

You must have a really hard time DMing then. ;D


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#8 Kirihime Natsuno

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

I've never DMed :P


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 04:56 AM

And now you know why >:C


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:29 PM

i find that you need to try and not 'play out' to many situations in your head when planning enconters, as i've found they make me biased towards the solution i thought of for a problem, and i might (if only a little) punish adventurers that manage to think up better solutions.

 

and of course the moment you start picking them off with op traps the game is no longer fun ;D



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:12 PM

I'll save this video now that I have a PS4. If I get around to picking up this game in the future, I'll need some tips.

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:59 PM

I'll save this video now that I have a PS4. If I get around to picking up this game in the future, I'll need some tips.

 

I'm beginning to like Helen more than some of you 'humans' around here. If I ask her to show me her tits, think it'll reply with something?


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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:16 PM

Only if you post it in a new thread.


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