Category Archives: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Reviews

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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What Do I Know About Reviews? Journeys Beyond the Radiant Citadel (D&D 5e)

There is so much going on in the RPG hobby right now. Between supply chain issues and fewer conventions happening over the last few years, I had forgotten what it was like for companies to make all their big announcements at one time. In addition, there is a lot going on just in D&D, and a lot going on just

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 18 (5e OGL)

I’m a little late on my look at this month’s Arcadia, but there is a lot going on in Arcadia-ville. Not only do we have a new issue, but you can find VTT support on Roll20 for the first three issues of Arcadia. That includes monsters, mounts, subclasses, and adventures. So, if you are interested in the content of those

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Incantations (5e OGL)

The Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Unearthed Arcana was a treasure trove of ideas. While it blighted my existence with the concept of gestalt characters, it also introduced concepts like the skill challenge, with became of staple of 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons. In addition to the broader concept of skill challenges, Unearthed Arcana also introduced Incantations. Incantations were extended

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Unearthed Arcana 2022 Wonders of the Multiverse (D&D 5e)

“Oh my gosh, Jared, you haven’t written anything to post this week on the blog. Ah well, I guess we’ll just go without any CONTENT(!) this week.” “What’s this . . . an Unearthed Arcana article? About the Wonders of the Multiverse? Why . . . this . . . THIS is something I could write about!” Yeah, I’m being

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