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Game Masters

Tax Tips & Tricks For Professional Dungeon Masters

Making a living playing Dungeons & Dragons sounds like a dream, and it often feels like one when you’ve got great support! Then tax season comes around, and suddenly the reality kicks in. There’s no W-2 to make things easy, you’re a self-employed individual now. Or would you be better off as a business? Can you write off your dice and energy drinks? Does your small corner of the living room count as a home office? We’re just as confused as you are, so we asked self-employment tax expert Liz Hanley for her sage advice. 
Encounter Ideas

5 Dragons Your D&D Players Should Face

It’s called Dungeons & Dragons, which means everyone expects to dungeon crawl and fight a dragon. That will only be more true in October, when Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons unleashes a trove of new dragon lore on 5E. Gem dragons will make their return, dragonborn players will get new options, and lairs will see expanded rules. But that doesn’t mean DMs need to wait until October to drop a dragon on their players. Here are five dragons you can find in the Monster Manual that will shock, awe, and burn your party to a crisp. 
Safety

Write Them Out by Aram Vartian

Aram Vartian shares how you can create meaningful game worlds that don't mimic real world discrimination.
Running the Game

What Makes a Great Dungeon Master

For those new to the hobby, Dungeon Mastering can seem mysterious. In this article, we will demystify the role and discuss what makes a good Dungeon Master by breaking it down into 4 "subclasses".
Running the Game

3 Chinese Dishes Your Fantasy Tavern Should Have - And How To Portray Them Respectfully

Connie Chang presents 3 unique Chinese dishes to use in your tabletop campaigns with recommendations on how to portray unfamiliar food to western audiences respectfully
Safety

Confronting Orientalism by Jacky Leung

Ennie Award winning RPG writer Jacky Leung challenges persistent stereotypes of Asian cultures in tabletop roleplaying games and provides best practices for incorporating influences from cultures outside your own into your campaigns.
Safety

Dear RK: Using Stars & Wishes

Dear RK is an advice column for tabletop roleplaying games that answers your questions about how to create a safe and comfortable environment in your games. In Today's article RK discusses the use of Stars & Wishes, a powerful safety tool that can help your group create a dynamic of trust and positivity.

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