Happy birthday, Scroll for Initiative: three years today!

Thanks for joining me along the way. Here are my top ten most read articles in reverse order!

10. How to run time travel in D&D

This was one of the most ambitious and daunting sessions I’ve ever run, because time travel introduces all sorts of complications! In this article, I unpick some of the challenges of running time travel scenarios and offer some advice for how to get it right.

9. D&D pronunciation guide

Duergar . . . erinyes . . . sahuagin . . . D&D has some tricky vocabulary. This was a fun research project, and there were at least a couple of words on this list that I had been mispronouncing for years!

8. The perfect D&D party

Probably the oldest article on this list. People can get a bit obsessed about party composition, so I’m not surprised it still gets Googled a lot. In this article, I approach the topic from a narrative standpoint and a more ‘gamist’ approach. There’s more overlap than you’d think.

7. Tools for better improv

I imagine a lot of us want to be better at improv: it’s such a big part of the game, and it’s intimidating to those of us who like everything planned out and prewritten. I hope you find these tips useful.

6. Where do D&D monsters come from?

Probably my favourite post. I really enjoyed researching this. It taught me just how much of a melting pot you can find in the Monster Manual, and how many of the game’s monsters are inventions of the game itself.

5. How to fix 4d6 drop lowest

Quite a technical post, this one, so I’m always a bit surprised by how well it did. I thought it was super nerdy! In it, I look at the pitfalls of 4d6 drop lowest and propose a simple alternative.

4. Holiday gift guide

I do one of these every year, and I’m always on the lookout for new suggestions to include. If you think I’ve missed something, let me know in the comments!

3. The best 5e adventures: ranked!

The Internet loves a listicle . . . This post is probably due an update, frankly, as Dungeon of the Mad Mage deserves to be much higher. I also need to think about some of the newer adventures like Wild beyond the Witchlight and Call of the Netherdeep, which probably deserve to be ranked highly.

2. Size in D&D

I’m always surprised by how popular this post was! It was kind of a silly idea that I fleshed out one afternoon, but it’s a fun thing to think about. If you’ve ever wondered what a roc, a red dragon, and a tarrasque really look like, this article might help you imagine it.

1. Deeper character creation: the game of 20 questions

The most read page on my site! I’ve thought about fleshing it out into a complete product – a whole guide to character creation. Maybe I still will. It’s amazing how just a little bit of extra thought can flesh out a character at the table. You are more than just a class + species!

What have been your favourite posts over the last three years? Let me know in the comments below!

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