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Is Playing DnD Online Better Than In Real Life?

A new game of Dungeons and Dragons is always a nerve-wracking event as a Dungeon Master. There is so much to do, especially if you want to write your own adventure. Then you have to consider your players, you never really know what they are going to do, or if the content you’ve written will be “enough”.

Well last night I embarked upon a new campaign, written in about a week, using a digital tabletop which I’d never used before (I also haven’t ran many campaigns online), with an entire party of players I didn’t know. I don’t think it’s possible to present a DM with more of a psychological or physical challenge.

And frankly it was one of the best sessions I’d ever had.

This article is an attempt to get more people into DnD online. As a DM, you invest so much time and effort that it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone, but this session reminded me why that’s important.

We used Roll20: the free virtual tabletop which provides an absolute ton of functionality and really brings you as close as you can possibly come to being around a table. The dice roller even lets you roll big 3D dice!

https://roll20.net

As the DM, I found that every little need I had was met: I could set up encounter tokens, NPCs, new maps, handouts and even track initiative on the tabletop. This allowed me to involve the players in every part of my preparation. They could see the gears in motion so the session never really stalled or lost pace when I was setting up the next encounter.

For tracking characters we used DnD Beyond. An amazing official website by Wizards Of The Coast, which basically gives you every tool and rule to set up a campaign and actually play it. The site requires an entire article of its own, but suffice it to say that as a DMs and character’s toolbox, this site has it all.

https://www.dndbeyond.com

Then lastly we come to my players. I was so nervous about these guys, I’d never met any of them before, we just set up the game on a discord server I frequent before christmas then last night, there we were, confronted by a whole slew of new experiences.

As a DM, you always hope that your players are going to “get” your game, and certainly I was worried that my game style wasn’t necessarily going to be compatible with how they wanted to play. My fears turned out to be completely unfounded, as they really got their teeth into my session in a way that made the effort totally worth it!

This proves to me, that playing DnD online, with strangers is not such a daunting task as it used to be. The free tools are so good these days that you hardly feel divorced from the table. It certainly opened my eyes and I hope you give it a chance too! Especially if you can’t give up the time and effort it takes to get together with people on a particular day. As a 29 year old who works odd hours, that’s become of great concern to me in recent years, so last night’s session was almost a weight off my mind:
As long as you have a computer, you can play DnD.

Until next time,

Fozzie.

Inktober Begins, Week One in Review

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Hello there! My name is Smidge and this is the first post I’m writing here on CreatorConsortium.com.

It’s Sunday afternoon, it’s the end of the week and the end of the first week of both October and Inktober. If you aren’t aware Inktober is a month long artistic challenge, created by Jake Parker. Basically, it’s a challenge to draw every day of October and, as the name suggests, use ink.

For this year, my third, I have attempted to do both traditional and digital. My reasoning is that I wish to improve, and what better way than with this community challenge.

Each year there’s an official prompt list, which is a list of words to give you a starting point and I think that it is fun to see what other people come up with for the same word. I haven’t followed it before nor any of the other prompt lists from other artists, but this year that has changed! I’m following two lists, the official one for traditional and one from an Instagram user called snowwhitekt for digital.

So far it has been both fun and frustrating! My art skills are fairly limited, having only been drawing for about four years now, and it’s showing when I come to draw things other that cute little bears.

For the digital prompt list I wanted to do lots of witches in fun and complicated places, but my skills are not up to that just yet. But I’m glad that it’s come to that; needing to push myself to get better and to do the art that is in my head!

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far this month and am excited for the rest of the month.

Here are a few from my week, for all of the others, check me out on Instagram: smidgedraws

First up, my favourite of the traditional set is my character LB gazing upon a rather nice looking cake. I love this one because it has some detail and because I think LB is very cute (I could be biased though).

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Next is something of an experiment, I tried doing an isometric room using Procreate’s drawing grid. It was really satisfying to fill the room, but I ran out of ideas and time before filling it completely. It’s something that I would like to build on in the future.

Witch_s Room

And last but not least is the first picture I put up for Inktober. It’s another of my favourites and it’s because of the details. I often have little patience and skip over details that I know would help the picture, however, as I progress through this challenge I’m learning to take my time, which is great!

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Are you taking part in Inktober? If so comment and let us know where to find you so we can cheer you on!

I’ll be back soon for a round up of the second week! I hope to see you then!

Tools used for Inktober-

Sakura Pigma Micron pens, sketchbook is a random one from supermarket: ASDA.

ipad pro 12.9 inch with apple pencil and Procreate app

-Smidge, of SmidgeDraws for CreatorConsortium.com