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  • Published: 13 December 2019
  • Joe Manganiello reveals his advice and tips for Dungeon Masters. From creating epic moments and scenes, to preparing for games and improvising in the moment.

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Comments • 66

  • Paul 1970
    Paul 1970  2 days back

    Be prepared to pull it out of your ass. Truth! LOL

    • Eric Blancho
      Eric Blancho  1 weeks back

      bend them where ever its cooler... Well said

      • IDIOTANK
        IDIOTANK  1 weeks back

        Actor/ Writer/ Director/ ARKHAN

        • ken84
          ken84  1 weeks back

          Nice info bro

          • Alchemical Games
            Alchemical Games  2 weeks back

            One of the most important things to remember as a dm, is that the books and rules aren't really "rules", but guidelines and suggestions for things that could work, and can provide a base at which to start with, but can then be modified or even completely changed to whatever you want it to be. This flexibility is incredibly important to have as a dm, and it'll help you to create and tell the stories the you want to tell, so you and your players have unforgettable fun for years or decades to come.

            • Welther47
              Welther47  2 weeks back

              "reveals" advice - not just gives it - how arrogant it sounds.

              • Benjamin Frost
                Benjamin Frost  2 weeks back

                Have to be careful with the advice to make your movie your cinematic story as a DM. D&D is a collaborative story telling with your players. Lots of DMs or future DMs could hear that advice and take their story and just expect the players to ride along. Most tables that won't work out well.

                • SirThinks2Much
                  SirThinks2Much  5 hours back

                  Happened to my group. Our solution has been to move cutscenes/backstory/etc to our Discord or post-game chat if it slows down the flow of the game

              • Konrad Dziurzynski
                Konrad Dziurzynski  3 weeks back

                do you also dont like this host ?

                • André Schneider
                  André Schneider  1 months back

                  The pulling out of your ass advice is so true. You never truly know what players will do, and so you have to improvise SO OFTEN hahaha but he is definitely right: preparing is key. Creating a living breathing world FIRST and then dropping the players into it allows you to still have confidence in complete improvisation because you’ve created a world and have a sense of how things play out in it regardless of how insanely spontaneous players can sometimes be

                  • GOGOgomes
                    GOGOgomes  1 months back

                    "be ready to pull out of your ass" words to live by.

                    • John Ciarfuglia
                      John Ciarfuglia  1 months back

                      Writing complex cinematic stories and railroad the players?...Is that fun?

                      • RiderShinden
                        RiderShinden  1 months back

                        I think what Joe means is do not build the railroad on your own as the DM, give the players that rail tracks and let them put it themselves, then build the scenery where the rail tracks would lead right ahead as much as you can, or pull it out of your ass.

                      • Nordic Moose
                        Nordic Moose  1 months back

                        You can get epic scale and complex stories without railroading its harder, but perfectly doable

                    • Mike
                      Mike  1 months back

                      Don't railroad the players, they will railroad themselves. Just have the materials for the rails on hand for them to place.

                      • Mikhail Galatinov
                        Mikhail Galatinov  1 months back

                        This isn't the first time I have seen that chair, and each time I want it more.

                        • TheSwamper
                          TheSwamper  1 months back

                          It's comforting to hear that even Joe gets nervous before DM'ing.

                          • Ethan Vargas
                            Ethan Vargas  1 months back

                            "Pull it out of your ass"

                            • Mindartis
                              Mindartis  1 months back

                              Great advice

                              • Mike McKinney
                                Mike McKinney  1 months back

                                Pulling stuff out of yur butt on a monents notice AKA Improv. Because you never know when one of the PC's are going to go off "chasing squirrels" in the middle of a game, with no warnig.

                                • zom bich
                                  zom bich  1 months back

                                  I would love to see Joe dm for both Matt's.

                                  • Jimalcoatl
                                    Jimalcoatl  1 months back

                                    I've been DMing for over 20 years and I also still get nervous when I run a game for a new group.

                                    • jkeohan
                                      jkeohan  1 months back

                                      That ghost thing at the end got me. Played a whole campaign once. Where the stoic silent Dwarven NPC who had traveling with our group since the beginning.Turned out to be nine cats in a suit of armor. we found out like 2/3 of the way through

                                      • Micah Amey
                                        Micah Amey  1 months back

                                        Man, this always is the best way to get something going. People don't know what the next city or town or cave is.

                                        Like the team is at (A) they need to get to (C). Instead of going to (B) first they skip to (F). Well, they don't know what (B) looks like, they don't know what (F) looks like. So instead of panic prepping (F) just sub it out and put (B) out there and call it (F). No one knows the wiser and you look like some good level DM, all you might have to do is change a couple background things, like enemies locations, description of the surrounding, that sort of thing. But the meat of it is still there and they think they've gone off tracks.

                                    • mrunderhill40
                                      mrunderhill40  1 months back

                                      You hear that DM's ? Preparation is the key !

                                      • Connor Hennessey
                                        Connor Hennessey  1 months back

                                        Okay... I LOVE Joe's chair WAY TO MUCH!

                                        • Hunter Gienapp
                                          Hunter Gienapp  1 months back

                                          Woohoo! More content from Joe! Thanks DnD beyond

                                          • e-chuck
                                            e-chuck  1 months back

                                            I love the railroad track analogy...

                                            • boomfyer89
                                              boomfyer89  1 months back

                                              I love the connective tissue statement quite accurate

                                              • Numbskull2602
                                                Numbskull2602  1 months back

                                                Recapping the combat sounds cool as hell, mate! I’ll definitely try that as I describe the player hitting the finishing blow. See if the players dig it.

                                                • Ghadrack Potato
                                                  Ghadrack Potato  1 months back

                                                  My advice is build a few back pocket villains. Creating characters is fun, when you have down time make a couple characters build them up to epic and go through levelling them up so if you get to spot in your campaign and you need a trick you can introduce something at any level you can build on and already know about.

                                                  Running a good game is hard but really rewarding. Keep playing forever!!!!!

                                                  • Ghadrack Potato
                                                    Ghadrack Potato  1 months back

                                                    And getting even more long winded....

                                                    If you run a game using tabletop miniatures, giving players a small in game reward for painting their own miniatures, or for artwork in a non mini game gets players a little more invested in their characters sometimes. Use their art for inspiration on the reward, thing like a colored sword, cloak, boots, etc. You can give a level appropriate item based on their effort regardless of art skill :)

                                                  • Ghadrack Potato
                                                    Ghadrack Potato  1 months back

                                                    Without getting too long winded, I was also going to suggest creating a few parallel heros for your campaign. If you have a higher level mentor or "friend of a freind" type bad ass character to help your players avoid a TPK once, you can use them later to nemesis / arch your villain / sacrifice, whatever suits your story, but introducing them early in a campaign with new or low level players as a hero in your world can be a great tool to build story around.

                                                • Scott Maresh
                                                  Scott Maresh  1 months back

                                                  Please, please, please if you can, make something cool happen with Dragonlance. Now is the time and you are the man to make it happen!

                                                  • Your Conscience
                                                    Your Conscience  1 months back

                                                    ​@Swirvin' Birds Thats Hollywood :/ But I think 2020 is the time for another try. Now we can present:
                                                    A kickstarter that broke ALL records
                                                    F....ing Amazon bought the Critical Role season 1 animation and ordered the season 2 animation
                                                    Hollywood Allstars, plus other famous people have their comeout by the week

                                                    It will happen and it will be epic

                                                  • Swirvin' Birds
                                                    Swirvin' Birds  1 months back

                                                    This^. He teased us a couple years ago and since then... Nothing.

                                                • Gabe Miller
                                                  Gabe Miller  1 months back

                                                  What I wouldn't give to play with someone like Joe Manganiello

                                                  • Michael Smith
                                                    Michael Smith  1 months back

                                                    Gabe Miller I love seeing a guy like Joe being such a D&D nerd because I identify with his type a lot. I’m a burly concrete guy that loves hunting and fishing and football and trucks and I’m married to a terrific woman but my secret passion is D&D.

                                                    I played D&D back in the ‘80s where you’d literally get beaten up for playing it. I was often ostracised by my fellow jocks for sticking up for my nerdy friends. I had girls dump me when they found out I played D&D. It was hard to love this game back then.

                                                  • Mikhail Galatinov
                                                    Mikhail Galatinov  1 months back

                                                    If I were in the same country, and have the means of travel, I would definitely reach out and ask if I could play with them. Unfortunately I have neither.

                                                • Heitor Gundim
                                                  Heitor Gundim  1 months back

                                                  I love Joe

                                                  • PepicWalrus
                                                    PepicWalrus  1 months back

                                                    Mad Lad Arkhan always with the good advice.

                                                    • iBiZa02
                                                      iBiZa02  1 months back

                                                      I'll start DMing my first campaign tomorrow, with a group of friends who have never played dnd before. Hoping to look back to the first session, when the party defeats my bbeg after countless hours of play time ^^

                                                      • DarthSinistris
                                                        DarthSinistris  1 weeks back

                                                        update check

                                                      • Drakijy
                                                        Drakijy  1 months back

                                                        How did it go?

                                                      • PalleRasmussen
                                                        PalleRasmussen  1 months back

                                                        @Liaminator go watch Colville. You will understand that you do not need luck, it will be great. It truly will.

                                                      • Liaminator
                                                        Liaminator  1 months back

                                                        Same here, good luck to both of us!

                                                      • Mark Bedford
                                                        Mark Bedford  1 months back

                                                        @PalleRasmussen all solid advice from this man...google session 0. its a campaign intro/character creation setting, PCs can decide if they were siblings, soldiers in the same unit, etc. collaborative-world-building = they are invested in your world (more) because they helped in its creation, even in such a small way.

                                                    • Juiben Jan Viray
                                                      Juiben Jan Viray  1 months back

                                                      As a new dm, i will remember this , together with the wisdom of gary gygax,

                                                      • erwin elf
                                                        erwin elf  1 months back

                                                        From what I've seen with TFS and critical role, have memorable NPCs in your campaigns. That way you and the players are having fun.

                                                      • PalleRasmussen
                                                        PalleRasmussen  1 months back

                                                        Go watch what Matt Colville has to say, it is good. Mercer also has a series, and just watching Critical Role is good inspiration.

                                                    • Kyle Banks
                                                      Kyle Banks  1 months back

                                                      I'm DMing for the 5th time in...2 years of playing. This puts me at ease knowing veterans of the game still get nervous, and I'm definitely going go in with "go big or go home"✊

                                                      • PhyreI3ird
                                                        PhyreI3ird  1 months back

                                                        I'm new to gming for a group, so I know what you mean, lol. Seriously just yesterday I was getting super nervous because it was game day and it was going to be the last session of the adventure where they fight the "boss", but when I eventually discovered the real source of stress it was much easier to deal with and run a smoother game, and I'll share it here just on the off-chance it can relate to or maybe help someone else:


                                                        The entire reason that I will run a game is that I want to provide a quality experience to others, and every time I've gotten nervous it's been because I'm _terrified_ of messing it up and not being able to provide this quality experience for them. Couple that with social anxiety, and it's rough lol. But seeing as that level of nervousness only made it more likely to mess things up, once I was aware, I was able to effectively calm myself a lot by focusing on what I had prepared and not following those dumb, counter-productive trains of thought. We'll see if that approach works more than once for me, but it at least worked yesterday :3

                                                      • PhyreI3ird
                                                        PhyreI3ird  1 months back

                                                        @Diego López Peña Depending on the setting you could try playing as an automaton of some kind xD
                                                        Could maybe have a sort of Data situation where it's trying to understand mortal thoughts and feelings, or in a more fantasy sense, is developing a soul and learning how to express it, or something along those lines :p

                                                      • Diego López Peña
                                                        Diego López Peña  1 months back

                                                        @boomfyer89 i prefer DMing because Im very pragmatic and I find it difficult to roleplay if im not being efficient. So, most of the time, I end up thinking like a machine instead of thinking like my character, but Im getting better at it.

                                                      • boomfyer89
                                                        boomfyer89  1 months back

                                                        I have more fun dming than playing it took me awhile to realize that, I hope you find your groove with it!

                                                      • Diego López Peña
                                                        Diego López Peña  1 months back

                                                        You should always go for that. And remember the most impostant rule. The Rule of Cool

                                                    • Mark Bedford
                                                      Mark Bedford  1 months back

                                                      Oof, second; I'll take it...Just starting to DM and after watching him talk about the world-building/lore behind Avernus and Archon, I'm stoked to take notes from the master..well besides Perkins/Mercer that is ;)

                                                      • Kirrim Kerman
                                                        Kirrim Kerman  1 months back

                                                        @Mark Bedford he is indeed a wise sage, and a humorous one too.

                                                      • Mark Bedford
                                                        Mark Bedford  1 months back

                                                        @Kirrim Kerman oh dear god, no, I forgot MC!!!! I am currently watching his (80ish?) ep. on how to GM. Legit in awe of his sage-tier storytelling and DM prowess, no joke.

                                                      • Kirrim Kerman
                                                        Kirrim Kerman  1 months back

                                                        [sad colville noises]

                                                    • Augusts Kārklītis
                                                      Augusts Kārklītis  1 months back

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