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DM Laboratory

Here you will find a wealth of resources, links, ideas or short articles that you can use to improve your RPG experience. If there are any others you wish to add, please let me know!

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Life in the City isnt that pretty

Useful DM LinksPosted by Sir Keith Fri, April 04, 2014 12:10:08

City Encounter Generator

Need an encounter seed for urban adventures? Try these.

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NPC Generators

Useful DM LinksPosted by Sir Keith Fri, April 04, 2014 12:08:04

Building Better NPCs I: Extras, Walk-Ons, Bit Players, and Major Characters

"Not every NPC needs to be memorable. Some can be a barely-noticed presence in the PCs' lives, while others need to cast a shadow over everything the players do.

"By focusing on your NPCs' reasons for being in the game, you can determine how much effort you need to put into make each one.

"I divide my NPCs into levels based on game necessity. These levels are extras, walk-ons, bit players, and major characters."

Quick NPC Concept Generator

This site has several generators that can help to give quick flavour or ideas….

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Adventure Design

Useful DM LinksPosted by Sir Keith Sun, June 02, 2013 15:30:01
The Adventure Funnel

From the I Waste Buddha With My Crossbow blog, comes a simple adventure design template.

"When it's time to whip up an adventure that I'm probably not going to run because nobody shows up or something else goes wrong, The Adventure Funnel lends a hand."

Old School Generators

A site with a ton of fun 8 Bit GM tools, including:

  • Random Village Creator
  • Sewer Maps Generator
  • Random Books & Tomes
  • Random Potion Appearances
  • And more

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Useful DM LinksPosted by Sir Keith Sun, June 02, 2013 15:26:40
Dungeon Grind Online Comic

Hope you enjoy this one.


Deep characters, snarky humor, parallel storylines, ordinary people and wicked fantasy, all wrapped up into one.

The Order of the Stick

If you've ever even remotely heard of D&D, this is a must read.

DM of the Rings

You've probably heard of this one already - it's the story of The Lord of the Rings, told as if it were an RPG campaign run by a heavily railroading GM, using screencaps from the Peter Jackson movies as the visual element.

DMotR: Darths and Droids

The Star Wars movies told as an RPG using screencaps for visuals. The plot manages to develop its own originality even while being confined to the visuals from the films. It's hard to explain, but definitely give it a look. This is the comic that made Jar Jar Binks likeable.

Planescape Survival Guide

A comic that you've probably not heard of, but is well worth the read. Granted, the early art is not the best, but if you push through you'll find an amazing Planescape tale, based off one of the author's own campaigns.

NPC Comic


It's completed, and long (it ran for years), but it reads like a transcription of someone's Evil campaign.


Inspired by Order of the Stick.

Irregular WebComic

Different themes which are mostly RPG based.

Goblins Comic

D&D from the goblins perspective.

Guilded Age

It's a pretty awesome comic. It's been around for a year or so, and combines aspects of MMO gaming with aspects of RPG gaming.


Do not let this one pass you by! It might not have a lot to do with RPG, but it's one hell of an adventure, and is the kind of epic story most of us are trying for when we craft our games.

Do you know of any other great online RPG-ish comics? If so, drop me the link(s). Thanks!

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Mapping and Tiles

Useful DM LinksPosted by Sir Keith Sun, June 02, 2013 15:24:02
A (Mostly) Comprehensive List of Fantastic Terrain in 4E D&D

Here's a chart of interesting encounter terrains. Even if you don't play 4E, you might find some good inspiration.

Py Mapper: Free Tile Mapper Tool

Tile based mapping software makes creating floorplans fast and easy.

PyMapper is a great one because there are several tile sets available, some based on the official D&D tiles.

Dyson's Random Morph Map

This tool creates appealing random dungeon maps. A couple of configurable options should give you thousands of hours of dungeon play.

Custom Monster Tiles

"I couldn't see buying actual miniatures, so I made these little bad boys instead. I used the Fiery Dragon token packs and bought some 1"x1" and 2"x2" acrylic squares from Litko."

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