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Inspiration for aquatic games set in fantasy, science fiction, modern, and superhero settings, including conversions, adventures and advice on running campaigns under the waves.

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Noisy Person Cards (aka NPC) from Paracosm Press

“Noisy Person Cards”, aka: NPC, is a “Cards Against Humanity”/”Apples to Apples” style game that offers a fun and funny game for everyone, while allowing improv actors, gamers, and just about any parent who reads to their child a place to ...
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Steam Lunar New Year Sale!

With the announcement of the 5e OGL/SRD and some potential changes in my work life, I’ll be taking a short hiatus from The Game Room and From the Depths. Look for announcements on new projects, PDFs, and more coming soon! ...
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Faerie Tales: Naiads, Pixies, and Sprites for 5e

A dear friend of mine asked me to run a 5e adventure for his kids over the holiday. It will be their first official D&D game, though since their dad is a video game designer they are more than familiar with ...
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Aquatic Allies: Karkinoi (aka What Makes a Race?)

There are a number of excellent blogs and podcasts about creating campaign worlds, from our own Shawn Ellsworth’s World Building series, to James Introcaso’s World Builder blog, and the Dungeon Master’s Block Creation and Inspiration episodes. Not long after joining Tribality I ...
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Novel Inspiration: Kaminoans for 5th edition

The kaminoan species in the Star Wars universe played an integral role in the fall of the Galactic Republic and rise of the Empire. The victims of a near-genocidal flood after their planet’s most-recent Ice Age, the kaminoans turned to highly ...
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Horrors of the Aboleth: Protoaboleth

I love the aboleth. As a villain for aquatic campaigns there are few better, but when building up to an epic invasion or major climax there are few creatures easily accessible to the DM. Below is the protoaboleth, a Challenge ...
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Novel Inspiration: Sendrians for 5th edition.

Sendrians are a sea lion-like sentient species from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU). An aquatic parallel to the centaur, the sendrians have a humanoid torso connected to a sea lion’s lower body. Effectively a marine mammal species, the most interesting aspect of ...
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Natural Lycanthropes in 5th ed – Wereshark

Whether an ancient race or the rare child of an inflicted parent, natural lycanthropes (as opposed to infected lycanthropes) can add a level of intrigue, fear, and drama to your campaign. Systems like Werewolf: The Apocalypse, settings like Kobold Press’ ...
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Aquatic Allies: Cnidarians for 5th edition

This week’s From the Depths is brought to you by the awesome supporters on Patreon! Huge thanks to Elliot Riddell and Nick Hoyt for inspiring, brainstorming, and play testing this new Aquatic Ally for 5th ed! Cnidarians are a semi-humanoid race from an aquatic ...
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Novel Inspiration: Chagrians for 5th edition

Chagrians are a Star Wars species seen in many of the films and Expanded Universe media, most notably as the assistant to the Emperor, and it’s one I only recently discovered has an aquatic origin. Though there are scores of aquatic sentient ...