Curse of Strahd: Haunted One Background

A preview of the Haunted One background and Monster Hunter’s Pack are found on this preview page. We’ve also been told there are no new spells, feats, or subclasses… but we do get a Gothic Trinkets Table.

You are haunted by something so terrible that you dare not speak of it. You’ve tried to bury it and run away from it, to no avail. Whatever this thing is that haunts you can’t be slain with a sword or banished with a spell. It might come to you as a shadow on the wall, a bloodcurdling nightmare, a memory that refuses to die, or a demonic whisper in the dark. The burden has taken its toll, isolating you from most people and making you question your sanity…


Chris Perkins AMA – Ravenloft, D&D Movie & More

Chris Perkins was on Reddit for the first time for an AMA. He also provided a preview link to a new background – Haunted One that comes with Curse of Strahd. Perkins also answered a ton of questions about anything and everything D&D. It was a really great AMA and you should check it out, but if you don’t have time, I have provided a summary with th juiciest details he provided.

Creating Variant Backgrounds for D&D 5e – Sailor

This week on the Campaign Trail I thought I’d look at variant backgrounds and share a couple of homebrew variant backgrounds I created back in 2014 (for my Vodari campaign) that I didn’t include in Pirate Adventurers. The Castaway background was used by one of my players who found himself stranded on an island of giants. The Explorer can provide an interesting option for a player who has a history of sailing across unknown seas and trekking through jungle filled islands.

Creating a variant background or tweaking existing backgrounds can save you the time you would need to create an entire new background. Most of the new backgrounds found in the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide save design time (and page count) by borrowing Traits, Ideals, Bonds and Flaws from the original backgrounds in the PHB. For example, the City Watch background refers to the Soldier background for suggested characteristics.

Charlatan Variant: Fortune Teller | Sailor Variants: Castaway & Explorer

Fey Chivalry

In the 5e Monster Manual, we find many of D&D’s traditional fey – pixies, satyrs, and sprites, among others. This… falls a little short of both the variety and threat level I would like to see for the fey. I mean, the Archfey are potent on a level with the Nine and the Great Old Ones, judging by their significance as warlock patrons. This article, which might become a series, introduces a variety of higher-ranking fey creatures. There is also a knightly order (intended to be one among several) for those who serve the Archfey. This is going to become real obvious, real fast, but: I love me some Changeling (Dreaming, Lost – both awesome.)

Fey Knight

Fey knights wander the Feywild, the Material Plane, and other places as they undertake quests for their lords, the Archfey. When not traveling, they defend their lord’s palace, or the halls of their lord’s vassals.

Pride drives fey knights to seek glory in battle; they rarely refuse any challenge that they have any hope of succeeding. They are the flower of fey chivalry, punctilious in manners and exquisitely refined in bearing.

Fey knights are quite similar to high elves in appearance, but with an otherworldly sheen to their skin and a palpable aura of majesty that few high elves can match.

A Lich for Every Class: The Paths of Transcendence (Part 2)

This is the second part of a multi-part series about the character classes developing until they become ‘lich-like;’ that is, following the path of their power until they become something more or less than human. You can read the first part here. To summarize:

The Path of the Lich – Wizards ‘kill’ their bodies and senses to free their mind in order to better study & master the arcane.

Tribality Publishing – By Flame, Storm, and Thorn


We have a new publication on DriveThruRPG today. This is the third product we’ve released: By Flame, Storm, and Thorn written by Brandes Stoddard. In The Lord of the Rings, a poem describes Aragorn with the lines “Not all those who wander are lost” and “From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring…” These lines inspire the following archetypes for the Ranger class, for characters who travel the wilds without fear – be they watchful guardian or cunning predator. Use the archetypes below to give your secretive wayfarers some tricks up their sleeves. Each offers a playstyle that suits melee or ranged combat, or shifting between the two, equally well.

These archetypes also make worthy and dangerous adversaries. A sinister Lantern-bearer lures travelers to their deaths with the promise of safety. Some Stormcloaks turn back to the destructive ways of the first of their kind. A Thornguard that gets to pick the field of battle is a terrible foe indeed.

You can get a copy through our Publisher’s page or with this direct link: By Flame, Storm, and Thorn. If you’ve been a Patreon with us for a while, we have sent out coupons to our Shaman, Hunter & Warrior supporters. Thanks to everyone that has helped us to this point!


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New D&D Movie Will Be Set in Forgotten Realms and Have ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tone

With both Warcraft (this year) and WB’s D&D movie (in development) both coming to theaters, it looks like fantasy could already be the next big franchise thing. Matt Goldberg just wrote an exclusive article on Collider about the upcoming D&D movie and it having a Guardians of the Galaxy tone. I loved GotG and think this is a really great direction to capture the feeling of a group of adventures coming together to save the day.