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Hoard of the Dragon Queen - Seek the Keep


At last we have begun the first adventure of the Adventurer's League! I prepared like a maniac. I took four pages of handwritten notes on the opening episode, two pages on rules notes, and one page on league rules.

Last week, I thought I had settled this weird issue with the store owner. He suddenly wanted to do two weeks of character generation, but I'd already given the players a start date (start date = tonight). I talked it over with him last week and I thought we'd settled it.. only to find a mass email today again [...]

5E Sellswords of Punjar - Areas 2-5 and 2-6

Area 2-4 Slaver Greathall

Orliss the GoatMedium Humanoid, Neutral EvilArmor Class 16 (Chainmail) Hit Points  45 (6d10+12)
Speed
 30_____________________________________  STR     DEX    CON      INT      WIS    CHA18(+4)  10(+0)  14 (+2)   11(+0)  12(+1)  15 (+2) _____________________________________Saving Throws: Strength +7, Constitution +5
Skills Athletics +7, Intimidation +5
Damage Resistance fire
Senses  passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Draconic Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Combat Leader: Orliss the Goat and his allies have advantage on initiative rolls.

Great Weapon Fighting. When Orliss the Goat rolls a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack he makes witha  two handed melee weapon, he cana reroll the die and must use the new [...]

Examining the Newest of the Oldest RPG

I did an exclusive review of the newest rpg for Dungeons and Dragons on Bring Your A Game!



Review of the Newest of the Oldest RPG

Latest eBay Pick-ups - The Strategic Review #6 and The Dragon #22


I grabbed The Strategic Review # 6 and The Dragon #22 for about $26 shipped.

While SR #6 has a coffee stain on the back cover, Dragon #22 has very white and crisp pages. This is the issue with the DMG preview, and I suspect you could have survived without the DMG for a good long time with the preview alone.

Very cool pieces of history.


Nerd Rage News Cosplay Contest

Nerd Rage News is hosting it’s first contest. From now until December 21st, 2014 we shall be accepting photos of you in your best Cosplay costume. The contest is open both amateur and professional Cosplayers. Winners shall be announced on January 1st, 2015.

Grand Prize: $100 + various sponsored gifts to be announced

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3rd Place: $25 + various sponsored gifts to be announced

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All entries must be submitted with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • The Name of the Character and Series you are representing
  • A brief story telling us about your character
  • Photo credit: Who took the photo and permission for Nerd Rage News and Blasphemy Press to use the photo. Photo credit should also include the date and location of the photo.
  • Photo should be submitted in JPEG format and no larger than 1MB in size
  • Photo should only include on character/person. No group shots
  • One picture per entrant so make it count
  • Photo entries should not have been published in any physical publication including but not limited to newspaper, magazine, and newsletter, nor entered in any contest prior to the Nerd Rage News Cosplay Contest.

 

All photos shall be judged by the Nerd Rage News Judging Team. We shall look at the costume, props, background, pose, originality, and overall creativity. We will not hold it against any contestant for simplified props and or store bought ones. This contest is about having fun so have fun and be creative.


Note: Judges reserve the right to refuse or disqualify entries as they see fit. Such a decision shall require three judges to agree to refuse or disqualify the submission. All submissions become property of Blasphemy Press and Nerd Rage News. All rights reserved. All rules and regulations are subject to change.

 

Skorne: Warlock Makeda

Also from the CinciCon Mega-lot comes another warlock for Skorne.

This miniature I really liked for a long time. She looks like a samurai and thus could be used for L5R events or even in Pathfinder. Though I keep hoping against hope that I might get to play a game of Kaidan. (*wink* *wink* to Jon-McA)

JP

YALP Ep. 19 "Star Wars: Age of Rebellion -- The Clanker Trail, Part III"

Having successfully rescued the prisoners from a low security holding facility, the Squad heads to Sims headquaters to try to warn him about a possible security breach.

Almost immediately they find themselves in trouble, if only they weren’t missing a member of the team, perhaps things would be different.

But they are down a man. Or rather, a Selonian. Puncture has been out of contact for a few weeks now and not even Alliance Command knows where he is or what he’s been up to.

Perhaps it is time to find out.

A prime example of one on one game play in FFG Star [...]

Writers/Bloggers Wanted

Nerd Rage News is looking for novice and experienced writers and bloggers to report on all things in the lands of geekdom and beyond. We are looking for motivated people who can commit to two or more posts a week that are at least 300 words long and at least a basic understanding of wordpress. Your work will go up as is and you will be responsible for its content. We shall only edit when we see numerous spelling and grammatical errors or if we discover that your pieces are plagiarized or slanderous.

Subjects can include movie and television reviews, comic books, video games, tabletop games, book reviews, science, technology, apps, gadgets, convention reports, politics (any party or viewpoint), conspiracy theory, contentious and controversial subjects of any sort, and interviews of interesting people. We are even looking for health writers to start a section on improving the health of the Earthbound Nerd.

This is a great way to stretch your wings and see if you have what it takes to be a good writer. It is also a great way to build a portfolio of your writing for getting an actual job in the land of literary exploration. Our goal is to recruit at least one hundred writers by the end of the year. Would you like to be one of those writers? If so send a sample of your work along with your contact information to sw.nrn@aol.com

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The Evil GM - Fantasy Grounds..$9.99 monthly fee for ultimate license? Watch out Roll20.net!


I just saw this at the fantasy grounds website, after seeing a posting from the Savage Bloggers network that Fantasy Grounds, the Virtual tabletop is now offering their ultimate license, which allows a GM to host and players don't have to pay, for a monthly fee of $9.99!
Yes you do have to download software, but the software is simply amazing, and blows away Roll20.net's web based program. You are only limited by your connection speed for how many players you can have connect and they don't need to buy the anything. 
Sure, in the long, long run, if [...]

Can a 2D Shooter be Scary?

 

A Lovecraftian inspired 2D horror game may be just the ticket if they can pull off the horror. This intriguing kickstarter has potential but we will never get to see if they can pull it off unless the kickstarter succeeds. The modest goal of $22,000 will accelerate completion of this twin-stick shooter toward release on Windows, OSX, and Linux.

 

Do whatever you must to protect your survivor's only life as you traverse the desolate landscape, observing the game world through a high contrast thermal imaging satellite. The haunting, atmospheric score and accompanying sounds by Wordclock (Pedro Pimentel) complete the immersion into the post-apocalyptic world.

Noct was introduced on Steam Greenlight on August 11th, and has already reached half of its goal. Pledges for the Kickstarter campaign begin at $5 for the standalone soundtrack, with multiple reward increments available up to $1500.

Noctis a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements. You are a survivor of the apocalyptic purge that formed the desolate wasteland now known as Noct.

The game world is viewed through a thermal imaging satellite observing the aftermath of an apocalypse. Accompanied by an eerie and engaging musical score, your journey through the desolate world is filled with terrifying roaming monsters, intense combat, and perilous situations.

  • SurviveNoct by maintaining your three key vital systems while you explore. Find unique weapons and items to increase your chances of survival against the elements and unknown horrors awaiting you.
  • Find other survivorsin multiplayer procedurally generated worlds, or journey solo and on your own terms.
  • Explorevast wastelands of relentless carnage, destroyed and ruined cities, and treacherous, claustrophobic environments, all rendered in a unique art style utilizing a high contrast thermal camera viewpoint of the world.

Destroy and annihilateyour way through multitudes of unique and highly dangerous monsters found inhabiting the landscape, each [...]

13th Age Options: The Druid

It's been a while since I've written a 13th Age Options article (or, uh, posted much in general), so I thought I'd kick off the 13 True Ways classes with the Druid.  Not surprising since it's one of my favorite fantasy classes, especially the shapeshifter archetype.  Back in my initial review of 13 True Ways I hinted that I'd be doing an in-depth breakdown of the Druid class.  This is not that article, because quite frankly the class is complicated enough that I don't yet feel that I've fully digested everything yet.  This is despite playing a Druid in one [...]

#RPGaDay 27 - Game you'd like to see a New Improved/Edition of...

I have honestly never thought about a game like this. If I come across a game that I like, I play it: if it has any issues that need improving I'll typically fix it with house rules but I don't think I've ever sat with a game and thought "This needs a new version!". I think on the few times I've come across a game that seems broken or impractical I just dont play it and move on.
I'd like to see the light of day on Avarice Industries however. Avarice Industries is a game that I backed on Kickstarter [...]

Post Apocalyptic Storybook Character (Take 2)

The story takes place in the world of "Walkabout". The premise behind this character is a scavenger of non-descript gender who does steretypically "male" things, like rescuing the "macho soldier in distress", it's only at the end of the book that we see this character is in fact female.
So we need the twist at the end not to be pre-empted too much by the shapeliness of the figure...
...the following are some more concept sketches.

It's clear she needs more belts, webbing, storage packs, and other padding to bulk out her frame and cover up the curves for this to work. On [...]

Hoard of the Dragon Queen: Session 2

The new season and format of encounters is upon us.  Dungeons and Dragons have officially released their new edition and Derek, Craig and I are back to talk about what happened at our table during the week.  Join us as we readjust to the new rules, the new public play rules and the rise of the Dragon Cult.

We are back for another season of Adventurer's League.
Click HERE for the podcast, or click on the bar below.  
If you like this article, head over to the site for more great articles, or just keep reading the feed. Cheers Alton [...]

Because It Amuses Me

There's no A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Game Store from Von this week; he's currently out of a job and finding gainful employment is more important than writing for my nerd blog.

Speaking of writing for my blog, last week I received quite the interesting email on the very topic of being a guest writer.  I responded, because it amused me so to do, and because I don't like leaving some of my better material unpublished I figure I ought to post it here where it can be admired.

Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:47:10 [...]

michonne ! macon, ga shall be free ! :D

a sketch of michonne from walking dead ! she is brawling with zombies in macon, ga ^^;…:D

michonne … battling zombies


Filed under: fan art, sci fi Tagged: character, fan art, fighter, michonne, walking dead

#RPGADAY: Game You'd Like to See a New/Improved Edition Of...

If you've been following this blog at all, then you know what I think of 5th Edition, but just in case you haven't here's a very succinct recap: 5th Edition is not only more than a few steps back from 4th, but they failed to address problems that have been plaguing Dungeons & Dragons from the start.

So, that's what I'd like to see a new and improved edition of: Dungeons & Dragons.

Something that allows for more meaningful customization than picking a race, picking a class, picking something at 1st- to 3rd-level, and then every now and then being able to [...]

Art -- The Conjuror


Primeval Thule Backgrounds for D&D 5th Edition: Beastfriend

Sasquatch Games Primeval Thule is a setting I was so interested in I ordered the Setting Guide in Print for 4E, Pathfinder, and 13th Age.

And while I'm not at all disappointed with the work that the Squatchs did, it's a shame there isn't an official OGL for 5E for them to use.

But that's why I have a blog right?

Backgrounds here are bases on the Narratives in Primeval Thule, so they will gain abilities as a character levels.

Also, some of the abilities require the expenditure of a resource, for this reason and [...]

On 5th edition Feats

This is a very short post on the  subject of feats in D&D 5th edition.

  • What I like. 
    • We NEVER have to use them.
    • There are only a hand full of them.
  • What I don't like
    • I read them  there's noting special going on there. I might do a breakdown of them sometime, but as a player they don't really grab me. 
Any way when My fighter hit level four, I  added two attribute points to Constitution to get me to a score of  twenty which makes my character feel like a total bad ass. *
My thought is this could all of those [...]

#RPGaDAY Day 6: Favourite RPG Never get to play

I have lots of games I’d love to play on my shelf but never had the chance to do so. If there was one game I’d love to play it would have to be All Flesh Must Be Eaten.  

7 new poisons for your Tunnels & Trolls game

Image: Kittymccourt at Deviantart
Poisons! Fun for the whole family. Mix them in you porridge, sneak them in your pudding. Now have ten new poisons for your T&T game, although you can simply convert them to your favourite system.


Milkweed: If you're on the digesting end of this flower then, well, you probably should start writing a will if you haven't already. Within 2 to 4 hours your throat will begin to feel like fire before you get severe abdominal pain and begin to vomit. If you don't succeed a level 7 SR on CON for three consecutive [...]

Checking in...

As an FYI, this blog has not died.  Neither have I.

I have, on the other hand, spent two weeks out of the state, backpacking in the Rockies.  I also have spent the last several months severely swamped with both work and personal concerns.  I am however, back in town.  My personal concerns have largely been resolved (they weren't problems, they were just things that kept me busy.)  And I can see a light at the end of the tunnel for work craziness as well.

When that happens, I'd like to get back into doing what I do; that [...]

#RPGaDAY Day 5: Most Old School RPG owned

The classic red box D&D is the most old school game I have. This is the one that I really got to read and make my decisions about gaming. Sure I had the AD&D players handbook but there were all sorts of other books required whereas the red box had it all in one package. […]

How We Grow

This is Part 1 of 2 about coordinating organized play for D&D Adventurers League. Getting Rid of Bad Apples

Sifting the wheat from the chaff. Culling the herd. Not letting a bad apple spoil the barrel. There are different ways to say it, different ways to think about it. It's the reason why we have a Code of Conduct. There are bad players out there. At my store, we learned quickly how bad players influence new players and how to act on and remove such negative influences promptly to ensure the overall health of our organized play program.

We expect a lot of [...]

Back In Print and Pdf Dungeon Module: The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen by Mark Taormino For Your Old School Campaigns

Grab It Through
Drivethrurpg :
HERE
Or through their website right over
HERE
Back in print and now available in PDF the nasty and dangerous Vampire Queen module is back in print!


Mark Tarmino does a great job with this adventure, grab your copy before they vanish like the Vampire Queen in the sunlight. The basic plot goes something like this :
Death or freedom? The Vampire Queen has challenged a small band of her worst prisoners to escape from her wicked dungeon lair. With all of your original magic items, weapons and possessions, it is up to [...]

#RPGaDAY Day 27: Game You'd like to see a new / improved edition of...

I’d love to see a second edition of Torg, there was a promised Torg 2.0 announced a while ago but that never materialised which is a great shame. If I was to redo the game I’d probably look for a different resolution system but retain all the really cool stuff like the Drama Deck and […]

#RPGaDAY 26 & 27

Coolest Character Sheet?  The ones I made up for my own use.  No, I don't have them to show off.
My favorite was the DC Heroes sheet that used TORG's resolution chart.

Games you'd like to see a new/improved edition of?  Marvel FASERIP or Marvel SAGA system.

Sentinels Tactics: Building up the Terrain

There's a project going on right at the Sentinels Tactics forums on creating 3-D terrain for the game. The approach is to print intricate designs on card stock that can then be cut up, folded, and glued and taped together. Some of the preview shots look pretty good:
Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to capitalize on this work, for three reasons:
  1. I am terrible at cutting up, folding, and gluing cardstock shapes in such a way that they don't immediately spring apart and have to get taped down.
  2. I know from previous experience that even if I could make [...]

Traveller Tuesday: X-Boat Routes in the Marches, take two



Instead of doing any writing yesterday, I spent my productive hours updating a previous version of my Xboat route map for the Spinward Marches.  But hey, it's content!




Design notes:
  • The purple lines are for high-speed (J-5 and J-6) military and diplomatic channels. They are not usually available for commercial use, although an obscenely wealthy corporation could buy space on one -- but they likely have their own J-6 ships for that. 
  • I have no way to differentiate between a route that stops at a system and one that simply passes through it. Sorry. You'll have to [...]

Weird Wednesday (Destiny Derailed): Curse of the Revenants

The army of hellion revenants that were released as a result of the blast at Demon Pass have made their way to Steamtown. Using their inanimate possession special ability the vile wraiths begin to possess and curse random items throughout the city. Once per day a hellion revenant can possess an inanimate object within 10 […]

The post Weird Wednesday (Destiny Derailed): Curse of the Revenants appeared first on Adventureaweek.com.

Owl & Weasel Wednesday #7 August 1975

Owl & Weasel #7 comes to us from August 1975.  I guess according to the editorial they were experiencing some uncommon heat then.  That is at least a explanation for the cover art.

Topics covered are the British Monopoly Championships, a set of rules for playing Frisbee (must have been the 70s) and coverage of a couple older (older even then) board games.

There is a quite a bit on Stalingrad, a game I still see played every so often.
The interesting bit is a letter from Action Games and Toys Ltd. They took exception in a page [...]

Alternate Cylons: The Twelve

These are characters that are either tweaked from the reimagined show, or are specific to this campaign. The first thingI did was work from the hints of the first season and a half of the show, ditched the ancient Earth stuff, and concentrated on their link to the Blaze — the “angry god” from the cut scenes inKobol’s Last Gleaming.This allowed me to create a Twelve that was allegory for the Lords of Kobol, a lesser version of them, just as the Lords were supposedly a lesser version of the Titans. I kept some of the actors for the characters, [...]

The Year in Steampunk & Victoriana RPGs 2013 (Part Two: Pure Steam to World of Steamfortress Victory)

STEAM JUBILEEAs I said on the previous list, 2013 turned out to be a decent year for Steampunk and Victoriana rpgs. We saw several adaptations to existing systems, some new editions, and a few completely new games. So how did these genres look in other kinds of gaming?
In video gaming we saw a several new games with a steam theme: Bioshock Infinite,  Ironclad Tactics, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, and SteamWorld Digto cite a few examples. On the Victoriana side we saw Victoria II: Heart of Darkness. If we cast our net back further, say five years, [...]

#RPGaDay Part 3: 21 to 31

21) Favorite Licensed RPG - Perhaps Mouse Guard or the original Marvel Super Heroes.

22) Best Secondhand RPG Purchase - Dragonlance 5th Age, which is a great system which I picked up relatively inexpensively. I also purchased the Rules Cyclopedia well before it started to be hugely overpriced on Ebay.

23) Coolest Looking RPG Product/Book - I do not own The One Ring, but the artwork I've seen paging through it is gorgeous. I've also always really loved the starship artwork and schematics in Traveller... just because I like those kinds of deck plan drawings. Car Wars artwork [...]

Quinnspiracy, Integrity, & Yes More Inverse World

It was either fight their way through
undead-infested catacombs, or
give a 5-star rating to a shitty game.Ever since I got into the whole indie-publishing scene just over a year ago, it's always been my practice to write a draft of something, put out a call for anyone that wants to take a look at it, get feedback, and rinse and repeat until it's done. I do this because not everything that comes out of my head is awesome or even written in the best way (certainly not at first), and the only way to either confirm that it is [...]

After Action Report: Battlestar Galactica RPG

i noticed I hadn’t done one of these for almost four months! Between people being away on vacations, work travel, etc., and ourFirefly/SerenityA/B test, I’ve been concentrating on other types of posts. However, the group has been playing through a few episodes of the campaign. So — SITREP time!

The first few sessions were mostly “talk about our feelings” episodes where the characterswere coming to grips withthe loss of a main character, and the players with one of the group leaving for San Francisco, and the addition of a new player. The characters tracked down a group of Cylon “puppets” — [...]

The King is Dead: New Trapping -- Vehicle

One of the challenges I decided to tackle in The King is Dead was to find a way of allowing Weird Scientists to invent some honest-to-goodness new technologies without bolting on new rules to the sleek Arcane Backgrounds rules of Savage Worlds.  I finally cracked it.  The solution: trappings!


New Trapping
Vehicle 

One goal of the Zunft von Hohenheim is to bring mankind closer together by providing faster and safer means of transportation.  The vehicle trapping can only be applied to the powers burrow, environmental protection, fly, and speed.  The trapping allows a vehicle (boat, carriage, hot [...]

5e Encounter Calculator

After reading and joining a recent Twitter conversation about the complexity of the XP and CR system in 5th edition D&D, it dawned on me that I could throw together a quick Excel sheet to calculate XP for the encounter, XP per PC, and encounter difficulty, according to the current rules (Basic Rules for DMs v. 0.1).

Click here to download the Fifth Edition Encounter Calculator version 0.1.  It's designed for parties of 3-5 PCs.

Note:  This is an MS Excel document shared through Google Drive, so you have to download it to edit it.  It's shared for [...]

The Silver Economy

Not a post about numismatics.

My game will use a “silver piece economy.”

Some of you reading this will rejoice — this is for you. Some of you will scratch your heads, shrug your shoulders, and ask why. That’s okay, you don’t need to worry about it. This is for those other guys who are rejoicing.

But there’s more to this than that announcement.

Character advancement table.
Link: v.0 download


Hoo boy. There’s a lot to explain here.

Before I launch into “all this,” it’s important to remember I’m aiming for a “very old world,” much older than typically portrayed in fantasy roleplaying games.

We’re talking [...]

RPGaDay #27: Game You'd Like to See a New/Improved Edition Of

Not so much a game as a setting, I'd love to see World of Greyhawkget another fair shake as a campaign setting. Wizards of the Coast briefly and half-heartedly promoted it as a campaign world when it launched 3rd Edition. But it was quickly shunted aside for the more popular setting, Forgotten Realms.

Which is a shame, because Greyhawk was a world with a lot going on. It had a rich history, great epic villains, and a world rife with wrongs for adventurers to right. All the classic AD&D modules are set there. It's where we get the creators of our [...]

RPGaDay #26: Favourite Character Sheet

While there are plenty of really good pre-printed character sheets out there, my tendency has always been to write mine out very neatly in some form of notebook. Usually this takes up the first 2-4 pages; the rest I then use for campaign notes, maps, sketches, and so on. I tend to play fantasy RPGs like Pathfinder, and I like the idea of my character keeping a journal of some kind. As much as possible I try to make journal entries as I think my character would, which makes it potentially fun and sometimes not very useful for remembering things [...]

Reading Around: The Theoi Project

  The previous Reading around was the awesome indie RPG octaNe by Jared A. Sorensen.   Today I have a different type of reading recommendation for you. The Theoi Project is an incredible website, and a highly useful resource for the world-building GM. The site describes itself as follows:   Welcome to the Theoi Project, …

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#RPGaDAY 27: Game You'd Like to See a New/Improved Edition Of...

The #RPGaDAY prompt was concocted by Dave Chapman of Autocratik. Grab the list and join in!

Northern Crown is a alternate fantasy history of the colonization of North America. There’s magic, quasi-magical natural philosophy, strange creatures and wondrous civilizations to meet and it’s generally an accessible, fun though not necessarily light combination of early American history with the tropes of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve written a bit more about Northern Crown previously.

The unfortunate part about Northern Crown is it hit the market after the d20 wave crested and began to roll back. It’d been in publishing development for a long time [...]

RPG-A-Day #27 - New Edition

Game I'd like to see improved/new edition! Well this is related to my dislike of the antiquated Palladium MDC system. I would really love to see RIFTS allow conversion books to other systems. Rifts has always been one of my favorite settings. But I like FAST combat, I also feel that having to stop and repair your armor after every encounter is not fun. The world is full of challenges, magic,

Pyrotech's Gen Con 2014 After Incident Report


‘Pyrotech’, a member of the Order of the Iron Crown went to this year’s GenCon (along with a couple of other members). Below he gives us a view of how his GenCon went, along with tips for those planning to attend next years.
 
Wednesday
 
I drove into downtown Indy and checked in to my hotel (the Hyatt) and was ready to go to the Convention Center by 5:00pm. In the convention center things were already hopping. The Will Call line was very busy and many people commented that Gen Con is one con where paying for shipping [...]

Let's Read Warhammer Fantasy Battle 3e: The Advanced Rules


This is the next installment in this series where I read Warhammer Fantasy Battles, 3rd Edition, for the first time. Those new to this series can find the first article at this link.

The key word here: Options. 


There's 62 pages of Advanced Rules for your games. This section reminds me of the old AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide, where every time you look through it you find something new.

If you're using many of these rules, I suggest you use game master to keep things all straight (and somewhat balanced). There's lots of ideas here. [...]

Korgaran's Megadungeon-Quudala's Basement (The Deep Darkness)

Quudala’s portion of Korgaran’s Successionlies in the space below theInterdungeon (Sphere).It is therefore sometimes called Quudala’s Basement, though her followers refer to it as the Deep Darkness.With virtually no light in the cavernous ritual ground, the Goblins, Drow, and Gnomes who worship there navigate by infrared vision or echo-location. Any light source entering the cavern is forbidden and will draw both the attention and the wrath of the inhabitants. ThoughKorgaran‘s decline has essentially cut off their access to the ritual ground through the Hall of Altars and the Sphere, followers of Quudala still make pilgrimages to the caverns through the [...]

Assumptions of a 5e World: Races, Part III: Halflings

Oh, Halflings...

A lot of people have some pretty strong ideas and criticisms about Halflings--and most of it valid. The evolution of the D&D Halfling has strayed far from its Tolkien roots.

1. Field Mice and Citizen Soldiers
There are two quotes in the PHB that strike me as interesting regarding the Halfling racial character. First:
The diminutive halflings survive in a world full of larger creatures by avoiding notice or, barring that, avoiding offense. (p. 26)And:
For them, adventuring is less a career than an opportunity or sometimes a necessity. (p. 27)This, along with the very pastoral [...]

Bonus Post - Encounter Calculator for Fifth Edition

After reading and joining a recent Twitter conversation about the complexity of the XP and CR system in 5th edition D&D, it dawned on me that I could throw together a quick Excel sheet to calculate XP for the encounter, XP per PC, and encounter difficulty, according to the current rules (Basic Rules for DMs v. 0.1).

Click here to download the Fifth Edition Encounter Calculator version 0.1.  It's designed for parties of 3-5 PCs.

Note:  This is an MS Excel document is shared through Google Drive, so you have to download it to edit it.  It's shared [...]
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