DragnaCarta is a guest writer for FlutesLoot.com and a veteran DM with 12+ years of experience. He is the author of the popular "Curse of Strahd: Reloaded" campaign guide, a moderator of /r/CurseOfStrahd, and the Dungeon Master and director for the Curse of Strahd livestream "Twice Bitten." You can get his personal RPG mentoring plus early access to projects by joining his Patreon.

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How to Make a Great D&D Villain

Learn to make a memorable villain from one of the best DMs for villains! DragnaCarta is one of the authorities on how to use villains in D&D.

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3-Step Session Prep for Running D&D 5e Adventure Modules

In a perfect world, you have clear, concise information at your fingertips. But official campaign modules for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition are often written in a free-flowing, narrative style that’s difficult to quickly reference. Read tips from master DM DragnaCarta for preparing your sessions for adventure modules.

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D&D 5e Social Encounter Statblocks: How to Run NPCs Like a Pro

DMs running social encounters must often rely on paragraphs of bullet-pointed notes, creating a loop of forgetfulness, cross-referencing, and clumsy adjudication that can leave any DM frustrated. By contrast, while combat encounters also include many moving parts, the combat statblock helps organize our ability to operate enemies in combat, streamlining our efforts and reducing the mental load. How might we do the same for social encounters in D&D 5e?

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