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Fountain in Verona (original photographer Photographer: Riccardo Speziari)

Prepared!: Dungeon Props

You’ve made a great dungeon. It has riveting plot hooks, compelling challenges, custom-made traps, and all the atmosphere of an ’80s goth music video. All it needs are a few flavorful bits to finish it off. Prepared! is here to help with worthy dungeon props ready to drop into your spelunking masterpiece. The Broken Fountain …

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Claude-Joseph Vernet - A Calm at a Mediterranean Port

Prepared!: On the Water

Inevitably adventurers will be on a boat. Your party cannot be bound to land forever, and whether traveling by sturdy merchant ship or hastily constructed raft, you’ll need to fill some gaps. Prepared! has two water-logged scenarios ready to emerge from the rising waves and strong currents of your watery settings. The Big One That …

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Thomas Gainsborough, The Blue Boy, 1770

Prepared!: Snuff-Box-Sized Adventure

The party’s sorcerer just rolled maximum damage on that magma cloud spell, and the barbarian followed up with a barrage of critical hits—your big bad fight just turned into a speed bump. There’s still an hour to go before your session is done and you are staring blankly at your notes. Prepared! has your back …

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Battle of Grunwald by Jan Matejko (1878)

Prepared!: Battle Expressions

As GMs, we often craft dialogue and monologues for our beloved NPCs as they guide our party through the world. We give them life through these exchanges and strive to maintain consistency when the party interacts with them. It can be hard maintaining the right flavor in conversations that go off script. The most rousing …

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Francisco de Goya: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Prepared!: Not-Quite-Right Magical Treasures

For every successfully enchanted sword, there are a score sputtering failures. A ring of great power must have several nearly mundane cousins—more suited to a smelter than a wizard’s finger. Sometimes your party’s actions deserve a reward that is heavy in flavor but light in power. Today, Prepared! brings you two items from the catalog …

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran


So your players went off on a tangent… We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s unavoidable; you’re staring at ten single-spaced pages of adventure you wrote last week and your party just walked… right… by. Prepared! offers you solutions to player tangents while you figure out your next move. Unexpected traveling can be a stressful situation …

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