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

What Do I Know About Reviews? Empire of the Ghouls (5e OGL)

I’ve been a fan of Kobold Press’ setting of Midgard for a while now. Part of what makes me appreciate the setting is that it manages to walk the line between feeling just right for level-based fantasy RPGs and pushing into territory that many of the currently published settings don’t touch. There is just enough difference to make that difference

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

I have mentioned before that monster books are hard to review, because the rules are hard to evaluate before they are used, and stat block after stat block can numb the gamer brain and make it easy to miss cogent details. Everything that was true of monster books is also true of a book whose contents are primarily new spells.

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Scarred lands Creature Collections (5e OGL)

I have many weaknesses when it comes to RPG products, but one thing you will never hear me say is “there are too many monster books.” I love collections of various creatures from which I can draw inspiration. No, I don’t think I’ll ever use every single creature in one of these collections, but having access to them just kind

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What DO I Know About First Impressions? The Wagadu Chronicles (OGL 5E+)

A few months back, I saw the preview art for the Wagadu setting, an Afrofantasy setting by Twin Drums. The artwork was beautiful and evocative, so I signed up to get notification when the project went live. Apparently I wasn’t paying attention when I signed up, because the project is even more ambitious than I thought it was. Not only

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When You Want D&D Flavor In a Non-WOTC Container

I’ve got another article on the way that is going to dig a little bit deeper into some of the current issues with Wizards of the Coast and some of the missteps they have made recently, and what that could mean for D&D going forward. I’m not going to advocate for a boycott, and I’m not going to tell you

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Custom Ancestries and Cultures (5e OGL)

I moved my current review up the list, in part because it’s related to another recent review, and in part because I missed this product in the context of another review that I was writing, and it’s relevant to a point that I made in that review. I’m going to look at Custom Ancestries and Cultures from Arcanist Press, a

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What Do I Know About Reviews? The Underworld Player’s Guide (5e OGL)

It’s no secret that I’ve invested a lot of my gaming efforts to Kobold Press’ Midgard in recent years. I ran a campaign set in Zobeck, and am almost finished running the Tales of the Old Margreve adventure anthology. Because of that, it’s probably not a surprise that I backed the Kickstarter for the Empire of the Ghouls adventure, and

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Ancestry and Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e (5e OGL)

There has been a lot of discussion about race in Dungeons and Dragons, and what the mechanics and terminology says about the biases we have in the real world. There have been several passes at this concept so far, including James Haek’s article on D&D Beyond, and Grazilaxx’s Guide to Ancestry (which I reviewed at the link). This has become

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