New Warlock Patron: Corruption in the Flame 6

This is a new draft of a warlock patron for Under the Seas of Vodari. It’s slightly changed from its initial appearance in my Patreon. Whether from above or below the waves, you have looked into the volcanic fires that flow from the beating heart of the world. What you […]


The Wizards Who Don’t Do Anything

Edited to Add: The incredible Aaron Good actually recorded a performance of this song. It is an unholy abomination and I am delighted beyond words. And now it’s time for “Silly Songs with Dalamar,” the part of the show where Dalamar comes out and sings a silly song. Joining Dalamar […]


Fifth Edition Power Creep? 2

This July marks seven years since the release of D&D 5e, though it feels like even longer than that since I’m still running the same campaign I started in D&D Next, with several original PCs still involved. That’s quite a respectable lifespan for a WotC edition of D&D, considering that […]

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The “Pious” Warlock, Part Three 1

Okay, we’ve moved out of the fey in this discussion of warlock patrons and the Piety mechanic. Sure, 5e canon indicates that some Archfey are outside the Summer and Gloaming Courts, but I’m more interested in covering a lot of different warlocks pretty well than in covering every Archfey warlock […]


LARP Design: Five Field Battle Models 2

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked LARP design. Quarantine has of course put games on hold for the last year, though as vaccines roll out, we might be stirring again from that long slumber. Anyway, in this post I’m talking about field battle models and implementation guidance for […]


The “Pious” Warlock, Part Two 1

Today I’m back to continue my series adapting the Piety and Iconoclast systems from Mythic Odysseys of Theros to the relationship between warlocks and their patrons. In the first article (linked below), I hashed out Seelie/Summer Court Archfey. This time, I’m giving Unseelie/Gloaming/Winter Court Archfey the same treatment. As a […]


New Wizard School: Bloodbinding 7

This is another rough draft of a subclass for Under the Seas of Vodari, the upcoming aquatic campaign setting that expands on the Seas of Vodari setting. Thanks to, you know, the whole spellbook thing, coming up with exciting and thematically relevant wizard concepts poses certain challenges. This is what […]


A Tenth Year of Blogging 4

Did you know that it’s been only one year since the last time I did one of these? That doesn’t sound right to me either. It’s been an incredibly rough year for me getting regular content into the Patreon and the blog – and the same for my Tribality column, […]


The “Pious” Warlock, Part One 8

A tweet by @jorphdan about adapting the Piety system from Mythic Odysseys of Theros into the Forgotten Realms sparked the idea of using the Piety system to reward warlocks for their loyalty to their Patrons. One of my narrative issues with the warlock class is that there aren’t any mechanical […]


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Five Gemstone Spells 2

Back in my Enchantment Under the Sea post, I created a spell called gemscribe. It got me thinking about other interesting things to do with crystals in spellcasting (as opposed to, say, making ioun stones with them). I haven’t figured out where any of these might get polished up (get […]