Take a Dip in the Pool…

Amazingly, I am on vacation this week. My goals are simple. Eat. Sleep. Relax. Read. And write, of course. So while sitting in a hot tub with my family, I began to wonder what in fact actually exists in some of those puddles you find in dungeons. Yes, in the bright sunshine I was pondering…

The Deep City

A month ago, Paul chimed in on “20 Dungeon Ideas to Explore” and suggested that I work up some sort of abandoned, underground city that was built by the dwarves and vacated when they dug just a little too deep and found something too vile to deal with… So I thought it was high time…

Who will you run into in your next dungeon?

As I work on a first level adventure for┬áMazes & Perils, I was struck by this odd thought… Why do we never seem to see NPCs in a lot of the dungeons we crawl? Sure, occasionally we have to rescue a damsel in distress or break a friend out of jail, but usually it’s just…

Exploring a Dungeon’s Atmosphere

As I wrote up the “Wolves in the Walls” article about crafting dungeons, I realized I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about next. I’d covered ceilings, floors, and walls. A year ago I wrote about staircases. And I have an entire book about doors. What was left? Turns out, there’s quite a…

August Blog Carnival: Contemplating Devious Dungeons

As I begin to start looking through the 5th Edition D&D Player’s Handbook and have played through a bit of the 5th Edition Starter Set, I wonder at all the various dungeons being conceived for upcoming games. (Yes, I have 5e on the brain.) But more than that, what kinds of dungeons are there? I…

Friday Links for October 9, 2009 (a day early)

Hi all! I’m going to be gone tomorrow, so I thought I’d post my Friday Links a day early. Yes, it might warp the time-space continuum, but oh well. No worse than the large hadron collider. ­čÖé Unique Tavern Encounters from the Bard of Valiant. You know when you read the first thing in a…

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