I’m not the only gamer who strongly recommends Dael Kingsmill’s YouTube streams on D&D. Matt Colville also recommends her channel.
Kingsmill appears on Geek & Sundry vlogs, has a passion for ancient myths and fairy tales and in between those things puts YouTube videos together to discuss her wise-beyond-her-years thoughts on Dungeons & Dragons. The latest example is a great case.
These 20 minutes introduce the concept of Team Us and Team Them as a way to think about traps. If traps have one purpose – to support Team Us – then why would they cut Team Them any favours at all?
It makes no sense, and yet we see it in fiction often and all the time in D&D games. Make no sense? Watch the video, and the scales will fall from your eyes.
Yes, sadly, you might watch this video and conclude you’ve been doing traps all wrong. You might have been too kind.
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Streaming from the channel Monarch’s Factory, Kingsmill has built up a good catalogue of useful D&D tips. The common thread is that Dael needs things to make sense. The tips and tricks shared on Monarch’s Factory are well suited to smart gaming groups who ask questions like ‘Why?’. This is the single most dangerous world when it comes to undermining all the preparatory work a DM might have put into a session and therefore the most important gotcha to have thought through in advance.