If you run a game at home (or at least somewhere it’ll actually work), here’s something to try for tense or dramatic scenes:
Make a playlist.
Seriously. Just pull up Spotify or iTunes or Soundcloud or whatever, make a playlist that fits the mood you want to create, and turn it on when the time is right.
It really can go a long way toward setting the mood.
The next four loot tables – Sage Advice
Beware the “Eyes” of March! – DnDBeyond
Matt Mercer: Way of the Cobalt Soul monk UPDATE! – Sage Advice
Wondrous Familiars (5e) – DMsGuild – $2.49
Mountain Table Rolls – DMsGuild – $1.00
Really Bad Eggs – DMsGuild – $1.00
Now get out there and tell a story!