One Die Short: A Tabletop Roleplaying Web Series

Hello lovely readers!  In case some of you don’t follow One Die Short as well, I just wanted to let everyone know that the full trailer is up, and the series is slated to air in February! Please help us spread the word! Huzzah!

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The Return of the DM

Well.  It’s been a long while since I wrote anything.  What, with the Kickstarter campaign, pre-production mayhem, and now the endless weekends of filming One Die Short (P.S: the full trailer should be out this week).  But as filming winds down, I’d like to start offering my ineffable advice once again, and I really couldn’t pass up this latest question from “Galadriel”.  It would be a disservice to the entire RPG community if I ignored it:

Dear Sir, (<—- I prefer your Lordship, but Sir works too I guess)

My dungeon master over-describes situations and forces our group into situations that aren’t very enjoyable. We often have to listen to him roleplaying more than 3 characters at a time, hence we have no chance to join in.

In battles, the NPCs help our characters (there are 3 of us) and this leads to the DM being at least two members of our party, and four or more enemies. This leads to very long fights.

We are frustrated because we seem to be voicing random speech to a massive novel that he’s written. (He also tells us when to speak or role plays out our characters actions in story situations)

Do you have any advice?

Holy crap do I ever have advice for you!  But before I get to that, let’s take a closer look at what’s going on here.  As I see it (and I see all), there are three distinct possibilities:

1. Your DM is new to this, and/or is totally clueless as to what he’s doing

2. Your DM is a terrible DM and always will be

3. Your DM is a king amongst Doucheloafs

First off, if he’s a new DM, he’s doing everything wrong.  Roleplaying IS storytelling, and if he has a great story to tell, that’s awesome!  It’ll make for a much more engaging and interesting campaign.  However, roleplaying must also be COLLABORATIVE storytelling.  Without the DM there is no game, and likewise, without the Players there’s only self-masturbatory nonsense.  Or possibly a really good novel, but more than likely it’s this novel:


Literally, EVERYTHING he is doing is bad.  It’s not that individually they’re bad techniques.  They all have there place at the game table, but when all of them are used all of the time, it’s terrible.  As you’ve seen, it frustrates players and makes for really boring gaming. I would argue (as I have before), that the Players are more important than the DM.  DMs like to think they’re indispensable, but they’re really not.

I wrote a three-part series a while back on the basics of being a good Dungeon Master.  Whether he’s new to the craft or not, he could probably stand to read it.  Sneak a link onto his FB page or something.  If he’s been DMing for a while, he might be hopeless, or clueless, or a selfish ego-maniacal turd blossom, but you won’t know any of this until you confront him.

So, my advice to you is have a goddamn intervention.  And I mean that literally.  The three of you need to sit down and forcefully tell this monkey biscuit what’s up, because if you don’t, you’re all just as responsible for the terrible games as he is.  Every DM should be able to tell you what each of their Players likes most about roleplaying, and enjoys the least.

Clearly, your DM has no intention of asking these questions, so it’s up to you three to speak up and tell him what you want. Some people might tell you to be nice about it, but whatever.  If he puts up a fuss and tells you all that you’re wrong, then here’s what you need to do:

Then go find a goddamn new Dungeon Master!

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One Die Short: A Web Series about Roleplaying

Well, this is a bit late coming, but I thought an update was warranted:  This blog has obviously fallen to the wayside, and one of the reasons for that was the success of our recent Kickstarter!

If you weren’t following along with it, we successfully funded a web series called One Die Short.  It’s about a group of friends that play a tabletop RPG.  It follows them through their lives as well as the lives of their in-game characters.  It’s about life, love and being a geek.  You can learn more here.


ODS is in production now, and as such, I have little time for anything else (film takes up ridiculously huge amounts of time.  Like, seriously.  You have no idea.  Unless you’ve done it).  ODS is scheduled to be released in January of 2014. Until then, I can’t do much else, though if you have any questions about the show, production, making a web series, Kickstarter, or anything of the sort, please toss them my way and I will do my best to find the time.

Thanks for all of your support over the years, and The Dungeon Master will return!


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The Home Stretch!

Hello lovely readers!

Sorry to tease you with a new page, but things have been very hectic trying to promote the kickstarter.  We’ve got 4 days left to go on it (it ends July 14th), and we’re now almost 80% funded!

It’s been tons of work and lots of fun, but we still need your help to make sure we hit our goal.  If you haven’t backed the project yet, please consider it; even a few bucks will help!

If you like the comic, you will absolutely love the web series.  We’ve got a ton of talent and support behind it, including Robin Thorsen, who played Clara on The Guild.  We’ve got a lot of awesome One Die Short merch as rewards, including a limited edition DVD of all of Season 1.

Help us reach our goal, and I promise you’ll be glad you did!

Thanks you, as always, for your continued support of One Die Short!




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One Die Short: Season 1 Kickstarter!

Hello friends!  It’s finally here: the One Die Short web series Kickstarter!  So, please, check it out, donate whatever you can (anything helps), and most importantly: spread the word!  Tell everyone about what we’re doing, because we can’t make it happen without your help!


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One Die Short: Season 1 Teaser Trailer

We did you guys!  The One Die Short web series Season 1 teaser trailer is finally here, and the Kickstarter will be coming at ya’ soon!  Spread the word!

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The One Die Short Web Show: Production Stills

Hey everyone!  Head on over to One Die Short and check out the production stills from the filming of our new trailer, coming out later this week.  (The picture will transport you to magic production land).


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