Category Archives: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Reviews

What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 23 (5e OGL)

The veil of night draws close to the world. The howling cold winds blow over the plains, and the threat of deep snows loom over holiday plans. What better time to completely retreat into fantasy and ignore the real world. Let’s take a look at Arcadia Issue 23 from MCDM.DisclaimerI received a review copy of this issue, and I have

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse

This is going to be a dual-purpose post, looking at the last adventure of the Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse, Legends of the Seas, as well as a review of the overall Fables campaign. We’ll look at the adventure, how it unfolds, how it wraps up the campaign, and all of the elements that went into this setting. Disclaimer I

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 21 (5e OGL)

It’s October, and the leaves are turning colors and falling, dead, from the trees, sometimes creating a pool of crimson to mark their passing. The dying breath of Summer fades, and the cool embrace of the lifeless Winter beckons. Can you tell I’ve been watching horror movies all month long? We’re going to take a look at this month’s issue

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Lost to the Aether (Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse Episode 4, 5e OGL)

It’s taken me a few extra weeks to get back to this one, but before the month is up and the next installment is out, I wanted to take a look at this month’s installment of Fables from Ghostfire Gaming. We are up to episode four of the latest campaign, with only two more installments to go. Disclaimer I was

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 20 (5e OGL)

Let’s take a look at this month’s Arcadia magazine, issue number 20. This one has definitely outlived some other attempts at stepping into the “original fantasy d20 game’s magazine” shoes, and it appears to be going strong at this point. Disclaimer I’m subscribed to the MCDM Patreon, so I would get a copy of this magazine when it goes out

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What Do I Know about First Impressions? Fables: The Lost Constellation (5e OGL)

As we sail into September, it’s time to look at another installment of Ghostfire Gaming’s Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse campaign, Episode 3, The Lost Constellation. We’re halfway through this campaign with the publication of this adventure. Because I’m a mean wet blanket, I’ll be continuing to look at how adaptable this adventure is if you choose to run it

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What Do I Know About Reviews? In The Lair of the Night Thing (5e OGL)

Whenever I see a game or setting, I like to see an example adventure to show how the designers intended to see the setting used. Even if the consumer decides to use the product in a different way, it provides a baseline from which to make an informed deviation. When I wrote my review for The Star-Shaman’s Song of Planegea

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? One D&D and Unearthed Arcana 2022: Character Origins

This week saw some pretty big news out of WotC regarding the future of D&D. While I want to look at the first Unearthed Arcana debuting, it’s going to be hard to discuss this without touching on the context in which the UA exists. And yes, I know, most of you reading my blog have probably heard all this elsewhere,

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Come Sail Away (Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse, Episode 2, 5e OGL)

It’s taken me a little longer to get back to looking at this month’s Fables adventure, Come Sail Away. I’ve had some hearty reviews on the docket lately, plus, working for a school district, for some reason, it gets busy when students come back to school. Go figure. This month’s Fable continues the Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse storyline. The

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Adventures in Rokugan (5e OGL)

The history of Asian-themed roleplaying games is filled with pitfalls. Much of this can be encapsulated by realizing that Asian-themed RPGs showed up fairly early in the lifecycle of the roleplaying hobby, and at a time when a lot of the content of the hobby was produced by white male wargamers who wanted to represent what they saw in the

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