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.