D&D 5e: Five Relics for Beast Master Rangers

As I finished up that collection of druid relics a couple of months ago, I started thinking about relics for rangers and barbarians, especially Beast Master rangers. We talk a lot – like, a lot – about rangers and Beast Masters on these interwebs. Imagining for a moment that you agree […]

D&D 5e: Medium Armor

Ever since 5e came out, I’ve talked around how medium armor isn’t great. There are a few specific builds that are stuck with it, but its positioning feeds into the problems of Strength vs. Dexterity in 5e. To put that another way, any Strength-focused character that can’t wear heavy armor has […]

D&D 5e: Revisiting Eldritch Blast

I’ve commented on warlocks a lot in this blog, and some of those posts are among my most-viewed. I stand by the problems, but some of the solutions I’ve explored don’t quite suffice. In the past few years I’ve talked to Kainenchen and GFo about their experiences with the class. In […]

D&D 5e: Way of the Wild Monastic Tradition 4

Martial arts moves named for animals, especially in the form of a Three! Word! Attack!, are such a common concept in the source fiction and nonfiction that it’s the weirdest thing in the world to me that it’s unrepresented in 5e monk subclasses. For that matter, if it was a significant […]

Photo Friday: A Musket and a Brace of Pistols

You should definitely check out the history behind this image, brought to you today by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’m particularly interested in this one because of some work I’ve recently done over in Tribality, as well as how seamlessly this image fits into Aurikesh. (Yes, I know that […]

D&D 5e: Five Relics for Moon Druids 4

Over in that Twitter thread, we were talking about the function of totems as 4e magic items. I suggested that they could be intended for druids, especially the Circle of the Moon, and might boost the stats of lower-CR Wild Shapes, so that if shapeshifting to a wolf or panther is […]

D&D 5e: Five New Genasi Subraces 5

Posting over in Twitter about 4e, I happened to recall that 4e genasi had a lot more varieties than 5e genasi do. Their metagame position is also quite different; 4e genasi have unique offensive powers, while 5e genasi have spells that might be offense or utility, and are substantially varied […]

An Eighth Year of Blogging 5

I almost forgot to write this year’s blog-iversary post! I’m usually better about that, but I’ve been so preoccupied with some writing deadlines that I just now noticed that it’s That Day again. This has been a very different year in my freelance writing, as I’ve shifted away from a […]

Postmortem: The Angel Duma 3

Last weekend’s D&D game ended in the biggest boss fight of the campaign – a fight that has been coming since it started six years ago, and that the players learned was coming around two and a half years ago (36 sessions ago), and have been actively preparing to fight […]

Death in Roleplaying Games 6

This is one of those posts that I’ve talked about writing for awhile now, and I expect that a whole lot of people will disagree most vehemently with everything I say – in one direction or the other. It’s fine, folks. My comment section welcomes you as long as we all […]