D&D 5e – Vampire Class and Custom Backgrounds

Vampire

A handsome nobleman with angular features commands his three brides to attack a young man. The man stands paralyzed with fear as the three vampire women surround him and begin to eviscerate him with their sharp claws. By the time he realizes what is happening, it is too late to stop them and he collapses into a bloody heap on the ground as his life force leaves his body.

Dragonlance in 5th Edition – Campaign World & Adventures

This week on the Campaign Trail I wanted to take a look at what support is available to run the Dragonlance saga in Fifth Edition. Since the launch of D&D 5e, Wizards of the Coast has been very focused on supporting D&D storylines set in the Forgotten Realms. For those of us hoping to see official support for Dragonlance or another setting, we have only been provided with limited resources. I’ve been doing an inventory of what I would need to run a Dragonlance campaign using 5th edition rules and it looks like everything needed is out there, you just have to know where to look. People are playing Dragonlance campaigns using 5th edition rules, but for those of us on the sidelines, here’s my collection of annotated resources to get you started running adventures in Krynn.

The Ranger Class, Part Six

Thus far in this series we’ve occasionally seen big shifts in the ranger, as in 2e to 3.0 and 3.0 to 3.5. Those are peanuts compared to the shift to 4e. Every class underwent radical change. Having to strip the ranger down to either Martial or Primal powers forces this kind of change – while there were variant 3.x rangers that dropped spellcasting for other features (the scout, and a lot of third-party publishers), 4e is the only edition in which the core ranger does not cast spells of any kind. As a result, the ranger is a midpoint between the fighter and the rogue, without much focus on nature. WotC later introduced a Primal spellcasting archer (also with a thrown weapon option), the Seeker, in the Player’s Handbook 3 – they always interested me, but I won’t be covering them in this article. The short version is: archery-based Primal controller, and the Primal source does a lot of heavy lifting for rationales.

The Mini-Game Within The Game

As a player or as a DM, I’m sure that you’ve encountered a time when you needed to step out of character a bit and play a mini game. What do I mean by this? Well the classic examples are a game of chess or hand of cards. Maybe your character is playing for money in a tavern, maybe you’re playing for your life against a dragon, or maybe someone has set up a diabolical trap in a dungeon and you need to play to set yourselves free. There are lots of reasons and situations where mini games can pop up and, as a DM, you should have a few tricks up your sleeve to accommodate your players.

D&D 5e Character Optimization – Barbarian

There are a lot of character builds that are going to be lost on Wizards of the Coast’s community page this week (or was that last week?). One of my favorite is the Gentleman’s Guide to Proper Barbarism, and there is another that can be found on http://www.giantitp.com, I’ll Never Die! I’ve pulled together the two Barbarian build posts (mainly from the Gentleman’s guide), kept the standard Build formatting colors, build structure, and put together a compilation of those two optimization & decision building guides. There are some navigation links that will let you jump around the guide, and I hope you find all of this information useful.

Playable Halloween Monster Races for D&D 5th Edition – Part 2

Are you looking to run a Halloween one-shot? This week on the Campaign Trail you’ll find another batch of homebrew monsters to create evil, overpowered PCs to go with the 3 from last week. Crawling an old mansion and throwing Halloween monsters can provide a great one-shot, but maybe letting your players be the monsters could be even more fun. Imagine a game where your players have to scare the teenagers out of the mansion, stop the villagers from storming the keep or get revenge on those that dare enter their tomb.

Take a peek at these homebrew Halloween themed racial builds for Scarecrow, Frankenstein and Swamp Monster… if you dare.