The Ability Check – Jeremy Crawford

There is a new article on D&D Wizard’s of the Coast website by Jeremy Crawford. Jeremy answers questions about Ability checks & Spellcasting. “CHECK” it out here:

http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/ability-check

Also, you can send questions for future installments: sageadvice@wizards.com.

Bio: Jeremy Crawford is the co-lead designer of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the game’s managing editor. He was the lead designer of the new Player’s Handbook and one of the leads on the Dungeon Master’s Guide. He has worked on many other D&D books since coming to Wizards of the Coast in 2007. You can reach him on Twitter (@JeremyECrawford).

Oriental Adventures – Wu Jen

Wu Jen are the arcane spellcasters in my Wuxia campaign.  They are like wizards, but there are subtle differences. Normally, a Wu Jen’s power is drawn from the five elements (earth, fire, metal, water, and wood), and they can choose to master a single element which affords them additional powers. Also, a Wu Jen has the ability to manipulate their spells to change range, duration, effect, eliminating verbal or somatic components through permanent meta-magic effects.

The Paladin Class, Part Six

In last week’s article, I talked about the 4e Paladin, where magical power takes center stage in the class and distances Paladins from the strictly chivalric-warrior-on-horseback roots. I also covered the 4e Blackguard, a Paladin build for tormented anti-heroes, tragically flawed heroes, and outright villains. In 5e, we see theme take center stage over mechanical differentiation, and this extends to the Paladin; we also see a meaningful exploration of a new Paladin theme for the first time since… ever. I’ll also be contrasting the Paladin to a 5e multi-class Fighter/Cleric of various level ratios.

 

(Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five)

D&D March Survey Results & Another Survey

Another month brings another D&D feedback survey.

Wizards of the Coast has provided the results of the March survey and continues to ask for feedback on this edition with another feedback survey. I just completed this survey which asked questions about how you play (settings, which adventures, etc.), which races are more/less powerful and Adventurers League.

Mike Mearls has provided the results of the March 2015 survey:

“Society Unchained” – Pathfinder Unchained & Organized Play

On Monday, Paizo posted some details on how the introduction of Pathfinder Unchained will impact Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The good news is that they considered organized play early on in production of the book and have a plan.  The four Pathfinder Unchained classes—barbarian, monk, rogue, and summoner—will be legal for use in organized play.

Keith Baker Talks Phoenix: Dawn Command, Eberron and More

We had a chance to pull Keith Baker of Twogether Studios away from his work to ask some questions about Phoenix: Dawn Command (which we covered in a previous story), gaming, Eberron and his hat. Phoenix is “a game where death not only makes you stronger, it defines who you become“, has a Kickstarter that has already been funded and is starting to hit stretch goals with around a week to go.

RPG Bookmarks: Beautiful and Elegant

J.M. Perkins posted about this Kickstarter a few weeks ago, but I love this concept and needed to remind people that they have only 5 days to go. There isn’t much to say about this that J.M. and the Undead Viking review below doesn’t already, but there is something wonderful about a straightforward Kickstarter that is both inexpensive and incredibly useful. I can’t wait to get these on my table and they are cheap enough for you to buy full sets and give them as gifts to your players and/or DM!

NOTE: For some reason the widget HTML code isn’t working, so you can check out the project the old fashion way by clicking here, and/or watching the U.V. review below.

Undead Viking Review