Category Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

The Future of D&D, Part Two: The Near Future

While we initially got to see some of the future design of “caster” stat blocks in The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, this doesn’t appear to be a one-time experiment. During the Future of D&D segment of D&D Celebration, new slipcase editions of books were announced, and they aren’t 100% reprints of the original versions of these books. This reissue is

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The Future of D&D, Part One: Spellcasting NPCs

There was a lot going on at D&D Celebration this year, especially regarding the final round of announcements at the Future of D&D segment. While I’m planning on getting to the discussion of 2024 and the “is it 5.5 or what” aura surrounding the 50th Anniversary edition of the core rulebooks, I wanted to start with something that’s already starting

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What Do I Know About Adventurers League? Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide (September 22nd, 2021)

On September 22nd, a new D&D Adventurers League Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide was released. Before I dive into this, I wanted to do a quick refresher on personal involvement in Adventurers League. I played a lot during the Rage of Demons season and dropped in and out during the Curse of Strahd, Storm King’s Thunder, and Tomb of Annihilation seasons.

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What Do I Know About Reviews? City of Cats (5e OGL)

The first campaign I ran in the Forgotten Realms was set in Waterdeep, after reading FR1 Waterdeep and the North. Before I even had a chance to read any of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories, the D&D supplement detailing Lankhmar let me know I had to explore Nehwon. The Roman-esque, minotaur-ruled city of Kristophan was one of

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Southlands Players Guide (5e OGL)

Last year was a huge year for Kobold Press Kickstarters, so this year is a huge year for Kobold Press Kickstarter fulfillment. In this case, I’m looking at one of the items from the Southlands 5e Kickstarter. This is a refresh and update of the Pathfinder era Southlands campaign book for Kobold Press’ Midgard setting. From this Kickstarter, I received

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? The Star-Shaman’s Song of Planegea First Look

I’ve seen at least a few ice age settings for roleplaying games. Often, these settings either attempt to recreate an ice age setting as a more “historical” setting, or when fantasy is involved, they add in subtle, less powerful magic. I know there are compelling stories to be had in that kind of setting, but fantasy pre-history can feel a

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What Do I Know About Timelines? D&D 5e OGL History

Year Month Product Notes Company Comparative Library from DriveThroughRPG 2014 July D&D Basic Rules Free WOTC 4% 2014 August Player’s Handbook WOTC 2014 August Fifth Edition Fantasy #1 Produced 3rd edition OGL and 4e D&D game material Goodman Games 2014 August The Murmuring Fountain Previously released Pathfinder game material Legendary Games 2014 September Monster Manual WOTC 2014 October Monster Template:

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What Do I Know About Houserules? The Hit Point Slider (D&D 5e)

This topic has come up a lot, and it’s not new to D&D 5e. Adjusting the number of hit points that an opponent has is one of the “difficulty sliders” that can be utilized in D&D, but the “permission” to do that has shifted a bit over time. For example, earlier editions of D&D strongly implied (if not directly stating)

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