More Aquatic Magic Items 2

Aquatic magic items? Still a stretch goal from the Under the Seas of Vodari Kickstarter that I need to knock out, and this is the blog where I do that. Check out all of the Seas of Vodari content here on Harbinger of Doom. Narwhal’s Spiral Blade Weapon (longspike), rare […]


LARP Design: Five More Field Battle Models

Back in January, I wrote about five common field battle designs, and it sparked an interesting couple of days of conversation among my LARPing community. This time out, I’m talking about five much less common (but still highly reusable) models. Image by Christian Körtke from Pixabay 6. Long-Distance Escort If you also play […]


Five Magic Items from the Sea 1

Thanks to the backers of Under the Seas of Vodari’s Kickstarter knocking out a ton of stretch goals (yes you can still preorder! Click the link!), I get to write more magic items for the book. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I […]


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 […]


A red plastic dragon mini menaces a gray plastic warrior mini.

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 […]


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 […]