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Monsters & Madness: The (DM) of Unknown Kadath

College of the Dark by Steve Ellis

Having seen things from the players’ perspective, it’s time now to consider the game of Monsters & Madness from the hidden side of the screen. The DM is in charge of atmosphere and story during a campaign and it may seem like a hard task to create a sense of horror over Funyuns and soda cans. There are tricks of the trade that can help: lowering the lights a little, putting on some eerie tracks by Mahler or Black Sabbath, and having a side room for secret conversations with players can all help create an air of mystery and paranoia. These are not for every DM, though, and I think we can go a bit deeper.

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