Hello, readers! Thanks for visiting this new blog. As you could likely tell from the title, the focus of this blog will be on running Dungeons & Dragons games from the Dungeon Master’s point of view. The format of the typical post will include brief session recaps, but most importantly, what I learned from DMing that particular session.
A little background information about myself is in order. I am in my mid 30s, married, with two sons, aged 9 and 16, who are both players in my campaign. The other players are about my age, and range from zero to a few years of RPG experience. My own experience with D&D began at ten years old, when a friend ran the original Ravenloft adventure with me on the playground. Until I reached college age, D&D was a big part of my life. Recently, I picked up the Ravenloft board game and the new Essentials Red Box set, and now I am right back in the thick of things as a DM again.
But, oh, how things have changed! No longer do I have hours and hours to prepare and study heavy tomes about the details of each character class or minutiae about the campaign setting. Instead, I have to think on my feet, and learn by experience. Hopefully, by reflecting on what went right, and what went wrong, I will become a better DM. And, perhaps, by reading these reflections, you can be a better DM as well. The purpose is to make my campaign the best it can possibly be; I think this blog will be of great value in making that happen.