This is a collection of thoughts and ideas from 30+ years spent playing D&D and other tabletop RPGs as both player and referee. They’re things that have worked for me, made my games infinitely better. This is not to say I’m some Genius Wizard DM of Awesome. It’s just to say I’ve been doing this a long time. It’s to say that I was terrible at DMing when I started, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t, and if you can learn something from that, well, here you go. Maybe you try some. Maybe not. If any of this helps you be a better DM, we can call it a win. The biggest caveat is that this is stuff that works for me. It might not work for you. That’s okay!