Encounter balance is a big worry for lots of new DMs out there. Here’s my take on the subject.
How much of the Monster Manual can – and should – a DM make use of?
Most D&D campaigns begin at 1st level. Because of this, it can be hard to create an adventure that feels fresh and original. It is also the deadliest level of D&D, and a relatively ordinary enemy can kill an adventurer in a single blow. In this article, I look at how to plan a 1st-level adventure that is fun, exciting, original, and not too challenging.