How to DM

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In D&D, one person takes on the role of Dungeon Master. Provided below are resources to help make the incredible jump behind the DM screen!

Download Sample Encounter


In Dungeons & Dragons, one person serves as the Dungeon Master (or "DM"), the game’s lead storyteller and referee. The DM runs the adventure for the players, who navigate its hazards and decide which paths to explore.

Dungeons & DragonsThe DM describes the locations and creatures in an adventure, and the players decide what they want their characters to do. Then the DM, using imagination and the game's rules, determine the results of their actions and narrates what they experience.

Because the DM can improvise to react to anything the players attempt, D&D is infinitely flexible, and each adventure can be exciting and unexpected.

Ready to try your hand at becoming the Dungeon Master? Let's get you started!

Sample Encounter: Drowned Sailors

New to Dungeon Mastering? Download the first encounter from the D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle.

For DMs only as this encounter and supporting video includes adventure spoilers!

How to Prep for Stormwreck!

Ready to continue as Dungeon Master? In the following video, we'll walk you through the steps needed to run your first game!

For DMs only as this video includes adventure spoilers!

Continuing the Adventure

So your group survived the 'Drowned Sailors' encounter? Fortunately, the Dragons of Stormwreck Isle adventure is just beginning. When you’re ready to continue the journey, this video walks you through the rest of the story and provides tips for how to handle what's coming next!

For DMs only as this video includes adventure spoilers!

Further Resources

How to Roleplay?

We talk through what roleplaying can be—and how you can get the most out of your D&D experience.

Continue Your Journey

The following products will help you start playing the game and guide where to explore next in your Dungeons & Dragons experience.

Starter Set

Contains the rules of the game, plus everything needed to play heroic characters as they explore the secrets of the Dragons of Stormwreck Isle adventure.

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Essentials Kit

Continues the introductory experience, which further teaches players how to make characters and includes the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure.

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Core Rulebooks

The Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual provide all the rules and reference to create and play adventures of your own.

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