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How to run a D&D session zero

Dungeons and Dragons is a collaborative storytelling game that relies on the cooperation and creativity of both the players and the Dungeon Master (DM). It can be an incredibly rewarding experience, full of memorable moments and exciting twists and turns. However, a successful game requires a solid foundation that starts before the first dice roll: the session zero.

A session zero is a pre-game meeting where the DM and players get together to discuss the upcoming campaign, create characters, and set expectations for the game. It's a chance to align everyone's vision for the campaign and ensure that everyone is on the same page. Without a session zero, players might come in with wildly different expectations, leading to conflicts and confusion down the line. The session zero is particularly important if you have brand new players who have never played an RPG before.

In this blog post, we'll walk through the process of creating a successful session zero for your D&D game. We'll cover everything from character creation to party dynamics to safety tools, giving you the tools you need to set up your campaign for success. Whether you're a first-time DM or a seasoned veteran, this guide will help you create a solid foundation for your game that will pay off in the long run. So, let's dive in and start creating your session zero!