Monday, July 27, 2015

RPG Blog Carnival: Weapons of Legend

The RPG Blog Carnival for July is about Weapons of Legend, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. In Dust to Dust, there are eleven living weapons of immense power. In D&D terms, you'd call them artifact-level weapons, and not wussy artifacts, either. There are also Named weapons, which are greater in number but less individually powerful. However, as the campaign is still ongoing, I can't talk about them without a mighty lot of spoilers. Instead, I'm going to talk about some techniques that we've used to make Living and Named weapons essential to the story, and some of the theory that went into our initial decision.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

D&D 5e Playtest: Awakened Mystic

The new playtest packet for the Mystic class - known in other editions as the Psionicist - went up on the Wizards of the Coast website today in Unearthed Arcana. Since I'm also working on an edition-by-edition exploration of psionics over in Tribality right now, I'm primed to be excited about this. The playtest packet offers the core class and two subclasses, from first to fifth level, as well as a few details on 5e's underlying story for psionics. (For an unofficial but very cool extrapolation of that story, see Blog of Holding's recent post on Catastrophic Psionics, which would also be a good name for a shoegaze remix of death metal.)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

D&D 5e: Three New Spells, One New Pact, One New Patron

In my campaign, I recently introduced warlocks serving the Nightwalker, my setting's version of the Grim Reaper. The PCs have known they would eventually run into such warlocks, but this is the first time it has happened. Obviously, that meant I had to write a new Patron option for the Warlock class, and in so doing I also wrote a new Pact and three new necromantic spells. The new spells are a patch on the extremely small number of low-level necromancy spells that I could assign to the Patron. Some of what I'm doing is also an attempt to stake out a fourth gameplay style for warlocks. In the comments below, feel free to tell me whether I've succeeded. As usual, there are Design Notes after each section discussing why I made the choices that I did.