Are you hesitant to start your one-on-one game? Or worried about accidentally killing your best friend’s carefully crafted PC when they’re only level two?
Today on the blog, I share my conversation with Mike Shea, aka Sly Flourish, and our advice for DMs of one-on-one D&D.
If you’re not familiar with Mike’s work, he is the amazing creator behind SlyFlourish.com, a site we love for practical, actionable D&D advice crafted especially for DMs, and he’s the author of Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master and Ruins of the Grindleroot.
In the episode, Mike and I discuss my top three tips for DMs of one-on-one D&D and delve into the mechanics and considerations of duet-style play.
You can follow this link to your favorite pod-catcher or search for DMs Deep Dive 27 on your app of choice. We’ve also linked to the YouTube recording below!
A few other questions we cover:
- Why are people hesitant to try out this play style?
- What do DMs need to be on the lookout for in their games?
- How can DMs set their player up for success and deal with unforeseen issues such as an off-kilter combat or near-TPKs?
We hope you enjoy!
In addition to our conversation, Mike has published an amazing article on balancing combat for duet-style play and, my personal favorite, “Playing D&D Can Save Your Life.” We highly recommend both of these as well!
You can follow Mike on Twitter @SlyFlourish for daily D&D advice!
We’d love to answer any of your questions about the episode or tips for one-on-one D&D in the comments below!
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