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

Tribality Publishing – Pirate Adventurers

Ahoy Lubber!

We are very excited to announce that have a new publication on this afternoon. This is the second product that we’ve released: Pirate Adventurers for 5th edition written by Shawn Ellsworth! Pirate Adventurers has player character options for 5th edition to create pirate themed characters. These options put together by Shawn can be used to play an entire campaign in a pirate setting, or just to provide a player with more pirate flavored options than provided by core 5th edition materials.


You can get a copy through our Publisher’s page or with this direct link: Pirate Adventurers. If you’ve been a Patreon with us for a while, we will be sending coupons out to you very soon. Thanks to everyone that has helped us to this point, and we are working on our next product by Rich Howard upcoming in a few weeks.