DM Laboratory

DM Laboratory

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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Tips for Great DMing....Posted by Sir Keith Fri, March 14, 2014 12:12:05

A Table For The Bad Guys

From the site:

"Sorcerer's make a good bad guy - they are always up to no good, and even though they are kind of wimpy they are up for a good brawl it seems. So here is a quick random table to represent what a sorcerer may come up with when the chips are down."

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Player Hooks

Player tipsPosted by Sir Keith Fri, March 14, 2014 11:51:00

When PCs have a certain type of hook, your adventures and campaigns get injected with something great, something urgent. And as I say in the foreword of the book, something to hang your sword belt on.

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DM game Aids

Tips for Great DMing....Posted by Sir Keith Wed, March 05, 2014 12:43:14
The World's Greatest Screen

A 4-panel vinyl GM screen you can customize with your own inserts.

Take a look and see if for yourself.

Tavern Generator

This handy tool from Chaotic Shiny gives you a fleshed-out tavern at the click of your mouse.

You'll know what the food is like, how crowded it is and whether the people are friendly. The tavern even has a name!

This generator will make those spontaneous travel stops a lot easier.

How to Deal with a Power Player

We have all had to deal with a Min/Maxer, but what if it is getting out of hand or the whole party is keyed that way. This is how to get the most out of a campaign and to turn the tables back to the GM:

Unique and Wonderful Treasure

Stuck on mundane treasure to hand out? Want to make it something different than a pet rock every time?

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20 Character Secrets

Tips for Great DMing....Posted by Sir Keith Sun, June 02, 2013 15:35:07

Use the following to inspire an interesting PC background element to add more gameplay depth.

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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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5 Ways to Breathe life into your campaign

Tips for Great DMing....Posted by Sir Keith Sun, June 02, 2013 15:12:29

By John Grigsby

Every DM has experienced it. Your idea well has about run dry and needs a recharge. Your players have just finished rescuing another captive princess for the umpteenth time and are complaining how adventures seem the same.

Here are five means to vex your players and breathe life back into your campaign.

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