Sly Flourish’s Lazy DM Prep

Running Great D&D Combat

February 24, 2021

Mike discusses tips for running awesome D&D combat.

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Podcast Contents

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:18 Run with four players.
  • 00:57 Run lower level games. Level 3 is the sweet spot.
  • 01:38 Use static monster damage.
  • 02:15 Run theater of the mind combat for small battles.
  • 03:02 Inject the story and fiction into large battles.
  • 04:49 Draw characters in off-turn with skill checks and info.
  • 05:36 Use abstract maps – break out of the grid.
  • 08:04 Ask for intent.
  • 09:13 Have alternative goals - Add a Combat Out.
  • 11:04 Don't say "Let's Call it Right Here".
  • 11:53 Adjusting the dials (HP, Damage, Number of Monsters, Number of Attacks).
  • 13:11 Offer Cinematic Advantage
  • 15:10 Randomly select targets
  • 16:06 Make boss fights interesting

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