A downloadable game

What is D&D Story Mode? 

  • Simpler Rules. Story Mode streamlines D&D 5th Edition so you can spend less time "rule-playing" and more time role-playing.
  • Cinematic. It add elements of cinematic storytelling to help you create sessions that feel more like movies and novels.
  • Beginner-Friendly. Using Story Mode, I have successfully introduced dozens of new players to D&D. In a single 4-hour session, you can create new characters, learn the basic rules, and complete a short adventure.

What’s Included:

  • Re-designed character sheet. Revised for clarity and ease of use.
  • Character creation guide. Easy, step-by-step character creation.
  • Spell Point system. A more straight-forward approach to spellcasting.
  • Gameplay variants.  Inspiration, Resting, Initiative, and more.
  • Reference sheets. Class features, cheat sheets, etc.
  • First session guide. How to run the first game, with intro adventure.

Why use Story Mode?

Compared to past editions, D&D 5th Edition does a good job of bringing back a simpler level of gameplay.

However, it is still a complicated game, and is especially intimidating to those who are new to D&D.

You should try Story Mode if:

  • You want to teach new players the basics of D&D and roleplaying, without overwhelming them.
  • You have a limited amount of time to play, and want to focus on the most entertaining parts of D&D.
  • You prefer to run D&D with more cinematic flavor.

How to Use It

Story Mode can be used with the free Basic D&D Rules, the D&D Starter Set, or the Player’s Handbook.

Of course, you’re free to use as much or as little of these ideas as you want for your own game.

Happy Adventuring!


D&D Story Mode - Rulebook 36 MB
D&D Story Mode - Character Creation Guide 4 MB
D&D Story Mode - Character Sheet 3 MB
D&D Story Mode - Character Sheet - Spells Add-On 1 MB