3 Wicked and Wonderful Side Quests

You know what are great? Hags. There is so much lore and complexity to hags that frequently gets overlooked in TTRPGs. But just think how many great hags there are throughout history! Baba Yagas, Wicked Witches of Cardinal Directions, me… So, to share my love of hags and hopefully convince you of their potential as […]

Continue reading
horror in ttrpgs

4 Tips for Running Horror TTRPG Games

I love horror. Ask any player in a campaign of mine and they’ll tell you that even when I try to stay light and fluffy, horror creeps in. I’m even running a survival horror campaign set in the Bioshock universe.  With the release of the new Ravenloft book horror is on the mind of a […]

Continue reading
Theatre of the Mind

What is Theatre of the Mind?

With TTRPGs at the peak of their popularity, and the available systems seemingly limitless, it is easier than ever to find a group of people to play with. However, maybe it feels like there are a few things standing in your way of actually getting a game going. Maybe you don’t know what to do […]

Continue reading
tavern encounters

3 Unusual 5e Tavern Encounters

The door swings open and you are met with a blast of warm air and the rich scent of a stout potato stew. Mugs clink against the bartop as Keshif, the half-orc bartender, pulls you an ale. Sliding the mugs over to you she nods her head toward the far corner where a cloaked figure […]

Continue reading
rogue with birds

The Art of the Steal

Today I’m here to talk about one of my favorite topics to discuss about GMing (and playing) RPGs: stealing ideas from literally everywhere! STEALING!? Isn’t that unethical? Why thanks for asking! And it’s a good point. Stealing someone’s work is not a cool move. If someone is creating things and putting hard work, blood, sweat, […]

Continue reading
how to prep a d&d session

How to Prep a D&D Session

Welcome to the post of The Arcanery Lab Notes! I went back and forth on what to write about here. Since it’s the first post should I start with a post about session zeroes? Should I go earlier and do a post on campaign creation? So many options! And then I realized that what I […]

Continue reading