Dungeon Master For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 13, 2008 - Games & Activities - 408 pages
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If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons fan, you’ve surely thought of becoming a Dungeon Master. Learning to be a DM isn’t as hard as you might think, especially if you have Dungeon Master 4th Edition For Dummies tucked into your bag of tricks!

From organizing your first D&D game to dealing with difficult players, this book covers everything a DM needs to know. Written for the newest edition of D&D by the experts at Wizards of the Coast, creators of the game, it shows you how to:

  • Build challenging encounters, make reasonable rulings, and manage disagreements
  • Recognize all the common codes, tables, and spells
  • Understand the parts of a D&D adventure and how to create dungeon maps and craft monsters
  • Shape storylines and write your own adventures
  • Find your style as a DM and develop a game style that plays to your strengths
  • Script an encounter, vary the terrain and challenges, and establish rewards (experience points and treasure)
  • Decide whether to use published adventures
  • Use and follow the official Dungeon Master’s Guide
  • Develop a campaign with exciting themes, memorable villains, and plots that keep players entranced

If you’re getting the urge to lead the charge in a D&D game of your own, Dungeon Master 4th Edition For Dummies will introduce you to the DM’s many jobs. With the information you need to start your own game, craft exciting stories, and set up epic adventures, you’ll be on your way!

 

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An excellent resource for getting myself back into Dungeons and Dragons after a 15 year break in which all the rules changed twice (or more!). Mr. Slavicsek has created the first book in the "For Dummies" series that I can recommend without feeling like I'm being condescending. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Running a Great Game
9
Part II Advanced Dungeon Mastering
101
Part III Creating Adventures
165
Part IV Building a Campaign
253
Part V The Part of Tens
283
Index
369
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About the author (2008)

James Wyatt is Design Manager for D&D and a lead designer of D&D 4th Edition. Bill Slavicsek is Director of Roleplaying and Miniatures Game Design. Richard Baker is a senior game designer and bestselling author of Forgotten Realms novels. All are associates of Wizards of the Coast, publisher of the Dungeons & DragonsŪ game. Bill and Richard are coauthors of Dungeons & DragonsŪ For Dummies.

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