Misread Magic Items: Blame Tongue

The flame tongue is a D&D classic. A sword that bursts into flame upon command, what’s not to love? For all of its strengths, it’s not exactly a subtle weapon. What’s a good company rogue to do? Now, a sword willing to pass the buck for you? That’s more like it. Blame Tongue Weapon (any…

Fighting Style: Variants

Long ago, I was having a conversation about fighting styles. The discussion centered around protection and two-weapon fighting styles, and the nature of active styles vs. passive styles. I suggested that a passive and active version of fighting styles needed to exist to allow for better balance. This was not what was being looked for,…

OGL Spells, 1st and 2nd

It has been a long time coming, but here are the 1st-level and 2nd-level OGL compliant spells I have created. As before, these spells are meant to supplement the existing OGL spell list, and are not balanced to work with additional, proprietary, or other supplemental spell lists. While I believe the power-level is appropriate, all…

Misread Magic Item: Cubic Date

Back on the horse today, I take a look at the cubic gate. I wanted to keep the feel of the original item, but change it in both form and functionality enough to warrant instant lore inclusion. In this case, I instantly thought a legend of this fruit that would sometimes lead to adventure for those…

Color Blindness, Pattern Recognition, and Encounter Design: Part Two

Three years ago, I wrote this. In the intervening three years, I am sad to say shit hasn’t changed. I am moderately-strongly red-green color blind, but I exhibit some symptoms of blue-yellow colorblindness. Last year, I got a pair of EnChroma glasses as a present, and it has significantly improved my life. It’s a jarring…

Misread Magic Items: Cloak of the Bait

The cloak of the bat is one of those items I always look at and think, “that is a cool item, I should give that out at some point. Not right away, but when people are higher level,” and then I promptly never remember to do it. It’s totally rad. You turn into a cheesy movie vampire….

Sneak Preview: OGL 5e Fantasy 1st and 2nd Level Spells

I’ve been tremendously busy, and my free time has been filled the instant it appears, but I’ve been working on formatting and finalizing another large release of OGL spells for 5e Fantasy. As before, this is meant to supplement the OGL list, and while it can certainly be used for any campaign you’d like to…

Maneuverability

I have been discussing this off and on for a while in casual, unstructured settings (like in person, where there is no fear anyone will write anything down or remember it later), but it would serve me well to write it down. A few months back, I spent some time looking at the retiarius. These…

What’s My Motivation? Part Three

Here we are again, looking at more motivations of World of Warcraft villains. So far, we have covered the core game (I don’t like calling it Vanilla), The Burning Crusade, and The Wrath of the Lich King. I had planned on talking about Cataclysm last time, but apparently I was…verbose. Rather than make it 4k…

What’s My Motivation? Part Two

I had originally intended this to be a single post, but when I reached 2k words and hadn’t remotely finished, I knew it was time to break them up. As it turns out, having a lot of bosses means there is a lot to talk about. Who knew? Anyway, we soldier ever on, and move…

Shameless Self Promotion: Part One

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates this week, it’s been a busy one, both good and bad. I wanted to take a moment and mention that I got a standalone supplement for 5e published over at DriveThruRPG, thanks to the fine folks at Tribality. It’s a 20+ page work meant to serve as…

What’s My Motivation? Part One

With another expansion for World of Warcraft around the corner, I got to thinking about expansions past. Not in a nostalgia way, but rather in a contemplative way. This expansion, aptly named Legion, is all about the return of the Burning Legion. Alternate Past Gul’dan has been thrown into the current timestream and has been…