To Be Or Not To Be: 3WD Reveal The Top 2 Pros And Cons To Consider When Its Time To Kill A D&D Character
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by Tony
22h ago
Greetings gamers from all systems, places and timelines!  Spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077 and Avengers: Endgame, in case you were living somewhere without access to the internet. Recently, I completed Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation. While the game was enjoyable, I found it disappointing that the main character dies at the end – and not because there was an option to do something which was both awesome and reckless that shut down the antagonists forever. Nope, this was something that was just inescapable, as well as ironic . Early on in the game, it’s revealed that the main character is dyi ..read more
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You Say It’s Your Birthday – 3WD Reveals 7 Tips That Will Help You Build Your Own Very Special One-Shot D&D Game
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by Dave
1w ago
Birthday games. Several of our recent articles and episodes discuss our passion for running birthday games for our game group, whether it be D&D, the OSR, Avatar Legends, or the classic Marvel Super Heroes system; it’s become our thing. In this episode, Tony, Chris, and Dave discuss the recent Birthday Game they ran where The Doctor teamed up with the Sensational She-Hulk and members of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four to stop the impending Cyberman invasion orchestrated by the wielder of the Cosmic Control Rod, Annihilus, and do battle against the Brood in a giant Space Whale (believe ..read more
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I’m Ready For My Spotlight: 7 Tips To Help Your Character Find Their Voice In D&D and Other TTRPGS
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by Tony
2w ago
Greetings gamers from all systems, places, and timelines. Recently, we released a podcast from a listener’s question on how to handle a player that wants to be in every scene as if they were the star of the show. But, just as many times, we have encountered a wide range of equally reserved players, who can be anywhere from being somewhat uncomfortable with taking the lead in a scene to doing a five hour impersonation of Silent Bob. This could be for a number of reasons, such as that they are newer to the system or haven’t found their groove at the table.  Likewise, this can happen with ex ..read more
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Inspiration: How You Use It and 4 Ways You Can Improve It In Your D&D Game
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by Dave
3w ago
Inspiration. Along with Advantage and Disadvantage, its one of the most streamlined mechanics in 5e. However, we all love to try new or adjusted mechanics to continually improve our DMing. Fellow Wise DM Mike Shea over at Sly Flourish shared an article discussing the Luck System from Kobold Press’ Project Black Flag playtest. In this episode, Tony, Chris, and Dave discuss Inspiration; how we use it in our games and the changes we have made and are thinking of making to improve our games. For all those Inspiration dice, check out our affiliate link at FanRoll Dice to get 10% off your entire ord ..read more
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What’s In A Name? 5 Tips to Worldbuilding by Naming Magic Items in Your D&D and TTRPG Games
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by Chris
1M ago
Greetings, 3WD-verse! DM Chris here. From King Arthur’s Excalibur to the mighty hammer of Thor, Mjölnir, the history of fantasy is filled with iconic magic items. Their names take them from something simple, like a sword or hammer, and make them as much a part of the story as the characters who wield them.  I’d like to share a funny scene that has played out in my head numerous times over my years playing D&D… Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves have made their way to the Last Homely House at Rivendell after their escape from the goblins. Lord Elrond investigates the ancient runes that ad ..read more
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Share and Share Alike: 3WDs Top Tips For Dealing With D&D Players Who Won’t Share The Spotlight
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by Dave
1M ago
Sharing. It’s one of the first skills that we have to learn as kids and, as anyone who has gamed for long enough, some kids never quite learned how to do it. Our longtime listener, Jim Laubacker, posed a question regarding how to best deal with players that won’t share the spotlight. As a bonus, Jim is also trying to balance a group that is a hybrid of in-person and virtual players! In this episode, Tony, Chris, and Dave discuss the ways in which they’ve adjusted to turn the dominant and passive players weaknesses at the table into strengths. Additionally, they delve more into the difficulties ..read more
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How DM Chris Got His Groove Back: 5 Simple Concepts To Help Enhance Your D&D Combat Encounters
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by Chris
1M ago
Greetings, 3WD-verse! DM Chris here. If you’ve listened to the podcast, you’ve heard me talk often about how I feel my weakness at the table is combat. As funny as that seems, with D&D being spawned from wargames, I didn’t think my combat encounters had the verve or excitement that I experienced as a player in other campaigns. Roleplay, NPC interactions, exploration, description – those came more naturally for me. Truth be told, I’m not a very tactical guy.  Now, I could have pouted about it, but the more I’ve DM’d, the more I’ve come to discover that the learning never stops. Real wi ..read more
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The Breakup Game – How Constant Splitting of the Party Can Lead to DM Burnout and What to Do About It
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by Dave
1M ago
Happy New Year! Just in time for our 2024 Season, Johnny at For Monster Kids has designed our newest logo, a beautiful homage to the legendary Dave Trampier… let us know what you think! And for our first episode of 2024, we delve into a listener question regarding the players constantly Splitting the Party in their Curse of Strahd campaign and how that’s leading to DM Burnout. But, Splitting the Party is a gift to a DM, isn’t it? I mean, now you can really dial up the tension, right? In a dungeon, or a mansion, or a Keep, sure. But what about when the party is split up into three sections of ..read more
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Christmas One-Shots: 3 Wise DMs Top 8 Holiday D&D Plots To Give Your Party A Reason For The Season
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by Tony
2M ago
Greetings gamers from all systems, places and timelines! The holidays provide opportunities for many things. Like good food, visiting with friends, and running holiday-themed one-shot games. You know, the kind of games which have nothing to do with the plot of your campaign but are light hearted and fun as hell. And while this session should be memorable, odds are your schedule was pretty tight before any of the holiday madness even began. To help you make your own holiday-themed game we have put together a list of eight of our plots of Christmases Past which were very successful and ..read more
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Damage, Inc. – 3WD Discuss What Hit Points Represent And How To Improve Your D&D Game By Changing Your Perspective
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by Dave
2M ago
What do Hit Points represent? Who knew that this was a controversial question on par with asking about Alignment? Following our episode reviewing the Avatar Legends RPG and their use of Fatigue and Conditions, we posed the question regarding what hit points represent on our socials and the response was impressive. In this episode, Tony, Chris, and Dave take a deeper dive into what Hit Points represent in their games, how they describe the loss of them, and how other systems approach one of the oldest traditions of D&D. If the podcast player below fails to load, click here to listen to the ..read more
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