The Hound Lord’s Faithful Animal Companions

As seen in the Oasis Down and Memory Grove one-shots, the Hound Lord’s followers have a strong dedication and relationship to both the natural world and the animals they coexist with. Often warriors and soldiers in the Hound Lord’s forces will form a strong bond with a dog or other domesticated beast. Together they work in tandem to support their…

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Mourning Star

By Jake Shultz Mourning Star is an undead incarnation of grief. It draws its power from the sorrow of the bereaved and the remorse of the survivor, as well as the regret, longing and unfinished business of the dead. Mourning Star is driven by fear and grief. Ultimately, it desires to reunite the dead and the living, but it’s methods…

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An Editorial on Minecraft Anarchy Servers (Part 2 of 3)

by @ianrandmckenzie For Part 1 of my Minecraft Anarchy Server editorials, please click on this link. Whenever you are starting on an anarchy server, it is critical to your reputation to be self-reliant, independent, and thick-skinned against the usual toxic banter that floods the chat. Asking for handouts and other favors will quickly tarnish your already weak reputation. Responding to…

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Some Sea Monsters

As careful listeners of the Oasis Down and Memory Grove one-shots have surmised, I have been slowly developing my own campaign setting. I frequently see advice online that campaign planning begins with a map. While I love maps of all shapes and sizes, I decided that was not how I wanted to start with this world. Everytime I sat down…

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How to Call Fiends and Influence Extraplanar Beings

By Jake Shultz Introduction I was always interested in the idea that summoning spells in D&D summoned specific creatures. Creatures with their own motives, ideals, and agendas, who were probably perfectly happy just hanging out in a lava river on the Elemental Plane of Fire before suddenly appearing in a sewer somewhere to fight a giant rat for you. Spells…

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An Editorial on Minecraft Anarchy Servers (Part 1 of 3)

by @ianrandmckenzie Minecraft gameplay largely consists of creative collaboration, a peaceful world where it's players vs. zombies and dragons. Where creativity thrives, and prosperous villages spring up, and fun may be had by all. In this post, I'll be bringing you to the underbelly of Minecraft servers. Anarchy Minecraft servers. A place where there are zero rules, people are free…

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Social Powers

By Jake Shultz I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my favourite abilities I’ve ever had in a TTRPG was during a game of Houses of the Blooded. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a game about squabbling nobles competing for social status, titles and renown, through whatever means necessary.  I was playing a young princess, just entering the world…

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The Grove of Memory

This is a short adventure for a party of four level 5 characters. It’s a well known fact that the night is dark and full of terrors. In certain places in the world, confrontations with the dark are inevitable and come about with alarming regularity. The further North your adventurers travel, the closer they come to being shrouded in perpetual…

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Cranston beats on the drum of war to a group of surrounding raptors

The Ballad of Cranston Thorne

Have you heard the solemn tale? The one of Cranstone Thorne? To the afterlife he did sail A bard our world's heroes do mourn On a noble quest our heroes did go To prevent a dreadful attack From the terror we would know As the lich lord Acererak A terror our Cranston would never face Through the jungles he did…

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Fame and Other Problems

As discussed last month, I draw heavily from film and television for inspiration when planning an RPG session. I like to think about how a scenario that forms a challenge for a single character can be expanded to a whole group, how a villain’s motivations and ethics can be used to create drama, and how to turn exciting setpieces into…

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How to be a Trans Ally in Tabletop Gaming — An Interview

Synopsis from Ian McKenzie I'm going to level with you. I am one of the worst types of bigots; the type of bigot that genuinely thinks they are not a bigot. That being said, after reading a book called Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton, I developed a skill that the world so desperately needs these days — the ability to…

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Hopeless (Nec)Romantic

By Jake Shultz Ever since Diablo II, the Necromancer has always been a favorite archetype of mine. I recently played a Death Cleric in 5th edition D&D and although the class features are excellent I definitely felt like the spell selection was a little meager, and missing a few classic necromancer tropes. To that end, here are a handful of…

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Enter the Dragon

Written by Shaun Enjoy this Spotify Playlist I made to accompany this article, it should get you in the Kung Fu mood!  Nothing is better than getting struck by inspiration for an adventure. You may be soaking in the tub, reading a comic, driving down the highway, or watching the climactic final confrontation of the A-Team movie (or even a…

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The Briarfen – 5E Location

Written by Jake shultz Introduction The Briarfen is a swamp that can be placed anywhere in your game world about a day out of any medium city or fort. We’ll call the city Rosewood for ease of reference in this document, but it can easily be substituted for any big settlement in your campaign. The Briarfen includes three points of…

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