Content of the article: "[OC] I’m a criminal lawyer, a DM, and a player, and when one of my murder trials was suspended this summer I began working with three former writers from Wizards on a COVID passion project, and now it’s ready!"
Most trial lawyers will tell you that they do about three hours of prep for every hour in court. That ratio is probably a bit extreme for most DMs, but I think for many a similar principle holds true. I personally like to do a lot of prep before each session (and before court!). One thing I've always done is sat down and written boxed text for important locations, monster and NPC descriptions, and so forth. I literally format the text with a box around it, just like an adventure book. I try to make it descriptive without being encyclopedic, to use a narrator's voice, to be pithy so as not to delay the roleplay (which is the core of d&d), to set a tone, and to build verisimilitude. Basically, I'm trying to enhance the "theatre of the mind" sensation for my players and myself.
In July I had an idea. I envisioned a large collection of boxed text, each one written so that it could be dropped into any campaign at the DM’s discretion. By August my trial was suspended due to COVID (jury selection is still suspended in my province), so I decided to give my idea a shot and began development. Long story short, I've been working with three wonderful, former D&D (Wizards) writers since September. We've written over 1000 “scenes” (what we’ve been calling boxed text), with an average length of 69 words, and we’re just getting started. It’s been an epic and gratifying undertaking, and yesterday we “finished” (got to the point where we were nervously ready for launch).
I would be humbled if you checked it out. The site is dscryb.com. I welcome all feedback. Indeed, critical feedback is more valuable to me than positive feedback, because I want to make this resource as amazing as possible, and development will continue ad infinitum. There are over 100 scenes available permanently for free to guest users (and that number is growing). As you are literally our first users, there are also coupons so that the first 100 registered users can access most of the scenes for free (the “Places Collection”) for 60 or 90 days: the coupon codes are “Freesixty” and “Freeninety”. If those coupons run out, please message me and I’ll send you another. Anyway, I hope everyone’s 2021 is filled with fun, adventure, and hopefully some in-person games!
TLDR: If you’ve ever found yourself behind the DM screen but at a loss for words, three professional fantasy writers have written a large collection of boxed text for your campaigns, and it’s all searchable. Enjoy!
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