Monday, November 23, 2015

D&D Dungeon Postmortem: Thanar's Ruin

We just finished a pretty important side-quest in my D&D campaign and the session went really well, so I want to talk about some of the things that I did to prepare for it and how it all worked out. Special thanks go to Stands-in-Fire, who normally plays in this campaign but is still out on new-baby hiatus. He was instrumental in planning and building the main battlefield of the adventure.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

D&D 5e Playtest: Light, Dark, Underdark

I'm a little late to the party on this, but at the beginning of this month, WotC released a new Unearthed Arcana, with subclasses and fighting styles particularly targeted at Underdark campaigns. The good news is, nothing in them requires the Underdark - their conditions just come up more often there. Let's see what they've given us here.

A Fifth Year of Blogging

It's five years now that I've been writing this blog. Each year has had slightly fewer posts than the year before it, though if you add in all of the articles I've written for Tribality, I'm well above the writing output of my first year. It's been a busy year; I've also written an article for ENWorld, I'm working on a piece of freelance writing for Green Ronin, and Dust to Dust needs as much or more writing now as it did when we began.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

D&D 5e: Nightgaunt Rogue Archetype

It's funny, I don't normally go in for seasonally-themed game content. Halloween gets a pass, though, because creepy stuff and gaming go together like a good ribeye and liquid fucking awesome. In this vein, here's the Nightgaunt rogue archetype: they wear masks and thrive on the terror of their enemies.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

D&D 5e: The Gnomish Personality

Welcome back to my occasional series of posts with personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws specific to D&D races. This time I'm tackling gnomes, but it's harder than you'd think thanks to their low center of mass. Er. Actually it's harder because they're not found in Middle-Earth, so I don't have Tolkien's or Jackson's works to draw upon as inspiration. Every race varies by setting, but some more than others - I personally don't care for the comic incompetence of Krynn's tinker gnomes any more than I like the "comic relief" gully dwarves. As a result, what I've presented here is a blend of the few times I've played gnomes, or had someone play one in a game I ran, and the gnomish writeup in the Player's Handbook.

Monday, October 5, 2015

D&D 5e Playtest: Prestige Classes and Rune Magic

There's a new Unearthed Arcana feature in town, and it's kind of a double feature: both prestige classes in concept and the Rune Scribe prestige class in particular. As I start this article, I haven't even read the whole thing yet - the Rune Scribe is a dense read, since it has a freestanding "spell list" - so we'll experience this together.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

D&D 5e: Lantern-Bearer Ranger Archetype

My mental image. What if this guy were, you know, a protagonist?

I've always liked heroes that have the courage and ability to wander in dark places. This ranger archetype focuses on that thematic element. (I've just this moment learned that there's a group in the Pathfinder setting called the Lantern Bearers. This is unrelated to that group.) At the same time, I'm also interested in addressing, in a piecemeal way, some of the mechanical shortcomings of the Ranger class. Whether I've addressed thematic shortcomings is more a matter of personal taste. Also, you probably know by now that I'm not shy about references to Tolkien; Aragorn fighting with sword and torch at Weathertop is another point of reference in my imagination here.