Hello world! A few ideas have been floating around in my mind recently so I thought I would share them with all of you. Here are a few tips that I have found really help bring a campaign to life!
Branch out. Embrace other fantasy/science fiction channels. I have recently gotten very into reading fantasy novels. I love it! It’s a great hobby that has more benefits than sitting around playing video games (although I’m not opposed to that idea either 😉 ) For example, I am currently reading R.A. Salvatore’s series The Legend of Drizzt. (Catch my upcoming review of it at www.fantasyrock.wordpress.com )If you are not familiar with it, it’s about a drow named Drizzt from the Underdark. I know 1000 times more about the drow, their culture, and the Underdark after starting to read these novels. That will make my campaign so much more real and fun when my characters encounter any of those things. It broadens your imagination which drives every game of D&D. Try it.
My other biggest tip may catch some off guard. Get away from D&D. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Even when my group plays once a week for long enough, I feel overworked and burned out. The best thing to regenerate your passion and imagination for it is to take a break. This doesn’t need to be a long time. Even a week or two spent away from it will help. Embrace another hobby. Play some video games, get outside, workout, start cooking as a hobby. Do anything but D&D. When you feel like you’ve had enough time away then start thinking about your next session. I promise, if you do this right, you will feel great when you jump back in. As with anything, you and your players can get burnt out so take a break!
Just two tips today but I felt like I needed to share them. They have really helped me and I hope they can help you. Thanks for reading!
Any questions? Comments?