Having more than one big bad enemy at the end-game?

We unpack whether you need more than one nemesis, more than one big bad end-game (BBEG) and why you should or shouldn’t do so in this how to dm guide in our quest on how to be a good dm.

We look at three key aspects, the idea of ‘someone wants something and is having difficulty getting it’ scenario, the more is more, and micro vs macro.

Essentially, you have to weigh up your skills as a dungeon master but also the impact having multiple big bad enemies will have on your game. Will it dilute what you have achieved, or will it add to the adventures you are creating.


Key Points

  • More than one:
    • Someone wants something and is having difficulty getting it
    • More is more
    • Micro vs Macro
  • One BBEG
  • GM Skill level
  • Story Focus
  • Many Fires
  • One Source
  • Many Villains
  • Overwhelm
  • Forgotten
  • Endless
  • Smaller 
  • One-shot
  • Faster Conclusion
  • Punctuation
  • Opportunity


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