Plagued by Disease

One of the bad and good parts of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is the uniqueness of diseases. Poisons occupy a weird place where it is a damage type, a condition, and then also competes against acid as a damage type. Poisons used in combat are unique things, and the Dungeon Master’s Guide has a list of really…

Old King Heus

Today’s entry is once again inspired by the OGL cantrips I released some time ago. This time, I am attempting to hit a legendary creature with a lair around Challenge 8. If you have seen my previous attempts, or looked at printed creatures like the Aboleth, Solar, and Tarrasque, you know it’s something of an…

Misread Magic Items: Whelk

I love me a good sentient magic item. The conflict and tension that arises between object and bearer can be nothing short of gripping when told correctly. As with all other things, it can be the stuff of nightmares when told poorly. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is tell a largely…

Archfey and Planescape

I hear a lot of hate for Wizards of the Coast reprinting various materials in new forms. People complain about Curse of Strahd and everything else that was updated, compiled, and released for 5th Edition. My argument has always been the majority of players have not ever experienced this content in any meaningful way. The amount of…

Erru, the Great Phoenix

A while back I took the text of one of the cantrips I had created, and built a creature and a lair around the information provided therein. It was a fun little project and I think the results were pretty interesting. It’s hard to judge the efficacy of the encounter design, being that it’s meant…

Misread Magic Items: Armor of the Resistance

One of the tropes that gets a lot of play in fantasy and sci-fi games is having an underground resistance fighting against a tyrant or dictator. The hopelessly outmatched and untrained citizens band together, led by a few nobles, knights, or otherwise socially and militarily prominent figures. There is usually some sort of symbol to…

The Hot Mess of the Arcane Hybrid

Like so many lasagnas fresh from the oven strewn about the floor, the state of the arcane-martial hybrid in D&D 5e is a hot mess. I am sure this statement comes as a surprise to many people, but I firmly believe it to be the truth. What follows is a discussion of the existing arcane-martial…

Misread Magic Items: Gloves of Swarming and Clawing

The gloves of swimming and climbing are classic must-have magic items for many adventurers. Without them, your undoubtedly stylish full plate armor will be on display at a museum, after your untimely death from falling off a mountain into a lake. You’ll be a fully armored juggernaut in no time, with those bad boys! Of course,…

The Sadness of Louise Belcher

I love Bob’s Burgers. I know a lot of people don’t like the show, but it’s a house favorite around these parts. A lot of people who do like the show name Louise, the youngest daughter, as their favorite character. It’s easy to see why. She’s the psychopath with a heart of gold. A little…

The Temple of Nelangsa

One of reasons I included flavor text in all of the cantrips was to serve as potential setting information, lore reveals, and hooks for the players. Personally, I wanted to write them to serve as design fodder for myself, particularly for areas I haven’t explored much in a structured (written down to easily share) way….

Zarovich v. Pixies: A Case Study

In an online community the other day, it was asked what a druid could summon with conjure fey that was “worth a crap” against Strahd von Zarovich, Count of Barovia. I mean, a fey mammoth is always a good choice if you are going to stick with that particular spell. However, the hilariously broken conjure…

Misread Magic Items: Weapon of Warming

The original magical item is fresh in my mind, as I just handed out one last night! An assassin had a sickle that was a weapon of warning. It’s a short mishearing from warning to warming. Either way you slice it, such a weapon is probably a great thing to have. You either get an…