How to use DnD Beyond to run your campaign


Run a Dungeons & Dragons The game takes a lot of preparation, which often involves the dozens of campaign books and modules that Wizards of the Coast has published for Fifth edition. Flipping through actual pages for rules, mechanics, items, or monster stats takes time, but D&D Beyond makes that search much easier for Dungeon Masters with access to digital books. However, whether a DM is purchasing digital books, designing homebrew content, or integrating elements of physical books, D&D Beyond is a great tool for DMs and gamers.

Setting up a campaign on D&D Beyond is straightforward and keeps important information like character sheets, items, and homebrew content organized and easily accessible. With its various options, D&D Beyond has the potential to make gameplay much smoother for everyone at the table.

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Getting started with D&D Beyond

Before jumping into games, players and DMs will need to create individual D&D Beyond accounts. In addition to the website, there is also an iOS and Android app for mobile users, providing another easy way to access your account and information. Those who would prefer not to have to create another password to remember can register by connecting their Apple or Google account.

D&D Beyond offers three levels of membership, each offering different benefits. While players can manage multiple characters and campaigns on a single account, even with the free tier, there are limits to how many they can save at a time. Upgrading to Hero or Master level costs money, but it also offers special perks like the ability to publicly share homebrew content, unlimited character creation and dating, early access to new tools and the ability to share purchased content with those who participate in your campaign.

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Set up a campaign on D&D Beyond

To create a new campaign, click on “Collections” at the top left and select “My campaigns”. From that landing page, a blue button at the top right says “Create Campaign”. By clicking on it, you will launch the creation page, where the DM can enter the title and description of the campaign. After saving it, the newly created campaign will be visible on the “My campaigns” page. From there, the DM can start editing and tracking the details. There are four links at the top right. The latter two, Edit My Campaign and Create an Encounter, can be used to add additional details and encounters that players will face on their journey.

The campaign link is also important, which DMs should copy and send to their players. This allows everyone to add existing characters to the campaign or create new ones, making character sheets accessible to the DM. Other players will be able to see the pages of other characters, although things like story and stats are only visible to the player and the DM. D&D Beyond makes it easy to create characters and manage leveling up, removing a lot of the math and going through the rules that come with doing everything manually by hand.

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Master level MDs who purchase digital copies of source material can share their entire library with players. It also means that, upon creation, players have access to a wider range of choices when it comes to races, classes, subclasses, spells, and more. Without source material to expand the offerings, non-subscribers have access to a limited selection of ground rules.

DMs can also use the D&D Beyond character creation tools to create NPCs the party might encounter during the game by using the “Create Unassigned Character” tools at the bottom of the campaign page. There are also places to add private notes that only the DM can access, as well as public notes that players can view.

Use D&D Beyond tools to prepare and run sessions

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D&D Beyond makes it incredibly easy to access and use character sheets. With it, DMs have easy access to their players’ information, and players can track things like their health, spell locations, XP gain, and inventory. There is also an encounter generator which makes it easy for DMs to enter their campaign information and design combat encounters to use during sessions. It’s also a great tool for organizing these encounters, providing spaces to enter the initiative order of players and enemies, as well as other important information.

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All of these things make D&D Beyond incredibly useful for keeping things organized, especially for DM. Even after an epic adventure, they can go back and review where the party was and everyone they met along the way. This is especially useful for groups that don’t play regularly, as it allows everyone to refresh their memories before diving into the next adventure. DMs and players can even roll virtual dice in their character sheet sidebar, showing everyone the roll totals in real time.

Preparing and implementing a D&D campaign takes so much, making it easy to lose track of the details. Thankfully, D&D Beyond’s multitude of tools and options alleviates some of the more tedious elements of tabletop gaming while keeping everyone involved connected.

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