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

TheĀ 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….