Critical Hits Podcast #30: Chris Sims and Mike Shea on Encounter Design

Mike Shea of Sly Flourish continues his interview series by talking to Chris Sims (author of many D&D products, as well as the Analysis Paralysis columnist) about designing encounters in D&D 4e. Learn about how a professional adventure writer comes up with his encounters (both for print and for his home game) and listen to two experienced DMs compare notes on effective encounters. Learn about how to handle such tricky situations as three way encounters, adding motivations to encounters to add more depth, and how to “cheat” to be ready for your players.

Encounter Design (63 minutes, 61MB)

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