D&D Volo’s Guide to Monsters Previews Collection

Volo’s Guide to Monsters, a new hardcover book of monsters for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, is releasing very soon (November 15, 2016 or earlier in gaming stores). The book features new monsters for a Dungeon Master to unleash on his players, lore and lairs for classic monsters, and new playable races. Here are some previews to look at while you wait to get this book in your hands.

Tribality Publishing – Genies

SECRETS IN THE SANDS

Tribality Publishing has recently released a new publication on DriveThruRPG. This is the eighth product we’ve released: Genies, written by Colin McLaughlin. GENIES offers new options for genies and those that seek to serve or master them. Inside you will find what you need to challenge players with genies, and reward them for their victories or service.

The Naga: A History of Slithery Snakes in RPGs

This week we have a guest post by Clave Jones looking at the history of the Naga.

Indiana Jones famously hated snakes. But no one hates snakes more than my dad. Luckily, my dad has never ran across a Naga, or he’d absolutely flip his lid. Naga is sanskrit for snake, which already tells us a lot. But while we are at it, why don’t we dig into Naga lore a bit more deeply, exploring the origins of the Naga, a staple of many of our favorite RPGs.

Swashbuckling Enemies and Allies from the Three Musketeers

It’s not surprising The Three Musketeers has been filmed so often. Alexandre Dumas’ novel has action, intrigue, romance, comedy, tragedy and colorful characters right out of history. Last week I built 5 swashbuckling inspired PCs. This week on the Campaign Trail, I thought I would provide some ideas for NPCs villains and allies for your next swashbuckling adventure.

Fey Enchanters and Their Lairs

Two weeks ago in this series on the fey, I shot the moon for the Challenge Rating with the Eldest. This time I’m dialing it back a bit, and looking at the velvet glove of the Feywild: fey enchanters. They are courtiers, spies, diplomats, and weavers of magic – in short, they are the balance to the fey knights. The fey have a reputation for deceptive dealing without outright lying, and for their gifts of misdirection, and fey enchanters are one of the main sources of that ill repute. From another perspective, I hadn’t built any primary spellcasters or anything with lair effects, so I wanted to try it out.

Fey of the Elder Starlight

Last time in my series on the fey, I looked at goblin markets and ways that DMs can present them in-game. This time, I’m going to an upper end of the fey power-scale. The goal of this series from the beginning was to populate some of the Challenge Ratings that don’t feature fey. How about CR 30, and the kinds of fey that might make the Archfey nervous?

In a Goblin Market

Backwards up the mossy glen
Turn’d and troop’d the goblin men,
With their shrill repeated cry,
“Come buy, come buy.”

–“Goblin Market,” Christina Rosetti

 

In the last two articles in this series on the fey, I’ve talked about courtly fey and the terror of the Wild Hunt. Today I’m moving on to goblin markets and the fey penchant for temptation and trade. Now, you can get here using the stat block of the Monster Manual goblin, just rewriting every word of their theme and story, or you can adopt the new and juicier stat block blow for the kinds of goblins that frequent fey markets, or you can go for some new creature name entirely (but then it definitely isn’t a goblin market, and that seems a shame). To be fair, I think that the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famed Marrakech Night Market, is probably the most outstanding real-life example of an exotic, nearly-magical market in the popular imagination; I would be surprised if it were not the inspiration for a lot of goblin-market imagery and legends. With a name that might translate to “The Mosque at the End of the World,” well, awesome and legendary status is just going to happen. UNESCO agrees with me on this one.

A Visit to the Shadowfell – Shadar-kai & More

This week on the Campaign Trail we visit the Shadowfell to look at the Shadar-kai and other inhabitants of this plane. In my next campaign (which is about to start) we’re returning to the Nentir Vale, and I am allowing both Eladrin (elf like inhabitants of the Feywild) and Shadar-kai as playable racial options. The Shadar-kai are extraplanar human-like creatures with tattoos, scars and piercings. The Shadar-kai love to rejoice in battle and have shadowy abilities that are associated with the their home in the Shadowfell. Many, many monsters can be made to easily fit an encounter in the Shadowfell as well. Let’s take a quick trip to the Shadowfell.