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┬ácubic 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…