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…

Ten Cantrips to Supplement the 5e OGL

I understand why the D&D 5e OGL is the way it is. Wizards of the Coast wants to avoid a repeat of their path being stolen. The downside is the amount of work it takes to create something fully playable. I further understand this is exactly the point. The workload is higher so that IP contribution…

Misread Magic Items: Bead of Farce

This week’s entry into Misread Magic Items is the bead of farce, obviously a spoof, perhaps a goof around, on the bead of force. First, farce is a great word. Farcical is even better, it sounds like fartsicle. It gets hot enough here in the summer that I’d probably resort to eating a fartsicle if it would cool…

Stinky Feats: A Few Feat Alternatives to the June 2016 UA

Today a new Unearthed Arcana was released. It’s a look inside their feat design thought process, which is cool. I’m always a big fan of behind-the-scenes features. A glimpse into someone’s thought process can go a long way towards things making sense, or seeing it from another perspective. Unfortunately, I don’t think this UA was…

Rise of the Rulelords: Squamous

Last time on the Good, the Bad, and the Aquatic, we found ourselves squaring off against the aquatic nightmare demon horse granted to the Oathbreaker Paladin by his dark god Dagon. None of us knew that, of course. When the horse came around the corner, we naturally assumed it was more devils due to the…

Misread Magic Items: Carpet of Frying

Even if no one else likes it, or cares, Misread Magic Items is probably my favorite thing I write. I end up looking at the existing magic items, and trying to alter them in name and function in interesting ways. It’s a good semi-improv effort, as I usually put myself on something of a time limit…