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 3

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 […]

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 […]

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Dokahi’s Brood: Rhaluq the Many 4

For Under the Seas of Vodari, we’re creating several kaiju-like ultra-powerful monsters. They’re commonly known to exist, but to be bound in slumber by the bards of the College of Deep Dreamers. Their awakening is an ever-present threat in the setting. In this post, I’m creating lore and stats for […]

Aeon’s End Second Edition 3

Let me get something out of the way: this isn’t going to be a review, for two reasons. One, I’m so far behind in my review backlog on the tabletop RPG side that I obviously don’t have time to write a review for something in a whole other medium of […]

Three Planar Staves and a Very Special Dagger 2

As I was settling into bed the other night, the mental image of the staff of the planar tear popped into my mind and wouldn’t go away. I thought you might enjoy seeing stats for that, as well as two more staves. Since I love doing “and one more thing” […]