Category Archives: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition 3rd Party Reviews

What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 11

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that Arcadia has published 11 issues in one year, in addition to delivering the Kingdoms and Warfare PDF, the Illrigger class, and the Beastheart class. That’s a pretty impressive years’ worth of material. Now that we stopped to think about how much we’ve already seen in 2021, let’s take a look at

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Vault of Magic (5e OGL)

It’s magic time! Or more specifically, it’s time to write a first impression article for Vault of Magic, the D&D 5e supplement from Kobold Press that introduces an entire volume of new magic items to the game. Why is this a first impression instead of a review? Mainly because any book that has a ton of individual entries on a

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Beastheart and Monstrous Companions (5e OGL)

While working on the reviews and first impressions I was going to post on the blog, a quiet, stalking presence crept into my email inbox. When I wasn’t looking, it sprung itself on me, pinning me to the keyboard. Then I realized that James Introcaso had sprung his monstrous ally upon me. So, yeah, sit back and enjoy this first

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 10 (5e OGL)

I’m a little late looking at this issue. I think there was some kind of holiday, and there was food. It’s kind of confusing. At any rate, I’m going to pass along some thoughts on MCDM’s Arcadia Issue 10. Ten issues already, that really snuck up on us. Disclaimer While I am a member of the MCDM Patreon, I was

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 9 (5E OGL)

Nine issues of Arcadia already? I remember when this magazine was just a single issue with a dream. At any rate, let’s get ready to look at the latest issue of MCDM’s D&D 5e focused magazine. Between the Covers This issue is forty-nine pages, including a page of links to supporting material, a map for the included adventure, a page

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 8 (5e OGL)

It’s that time again. I’ve got a review copy of Arcadia to look at, Issue 8, and I wanted to run down what we’re seeing this month. As always, if you haven’t read some of my previous articles about Arcadia, I’m a patron, but I also get a preview copy for review, so I get to look at it a

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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? Arcadia Issues 6 & 7 (5e OGL)

When Arcadia Issue 6 came out, I was a little busy, diving into Kingdoms and Warfare. Since I’ve been taking on a lot of longer reviews lately (several of which aren’t out yet), Arcadia Issue 7 snuck up on me. Because of this, I’m going to look at both issues in one article. Both issues adhere to the usual three-article

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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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