A Look Back at Tribality’s Articles and Publications in 2020

2020 has been a long and difficult year. For our writers (and many of you out there too) tabletop RPGs have been a refuge and a welcome distraction. I thought I’d take a look back at our most important news and some popular articles on the site that we published in 2020.

Eberron: Rising from the Last War – Classes & Subclasses Cheatsheet

While Eberron: Rising from the Last War actually came out in late 2019, our most popular story was Tomas’ cheat sheet for the artificer class found in this book. This was the fourth entry in this popular series that many DMs and players have found helpful. You can find links to cheatsheets for all of the classes below.

Brief Description of 5e Classes and Subclasses (Ideal to Show to your Players), Part 4

  • BARD and PALADIN from Mythic Odysseys of Theros  – CLICK HERE
  • Subclasses from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – CLICK HERE

Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount – Official 5e Critical Role Book

Another set of popular stories was the initial announcement (back in January) and our review of the book in March by Brandes. The book is the second book for Exandria, the setting of Matthew Mercer’s Critical Role campaigns. This book focuses more on the continent of Wildemount and the Mighty Nein campaign than on Tal’Dorei and the Vox Machina campaign which the previous book focused on.

Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount Review

The Seas of Vodari Published

After a successful Kickstarter in 2019, we published The Seas of Vodari in PDF and hardcover. The book is available in both formats from the Tribality.com web store. The book is also available from Noble Knight Games and DriveThruRPG.

“The Seas of Vodari is a 268-page book that provides fifth edition material for both gamemasters and players to enjoy a single adventure or an entire campaign full of swashbuckling action and magical adventure.”

How to GM an Open World Campaign

Tomas’ article from earlier this month was another popular story. He looked at running open world campaigns and shares his own experiences and provides some how to advice.

How to GM an open world campaign

Unearthed Arcana 2020: Feats Breakdown

In the year leading up to the release of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, WotC released a bunch of Unearthed Arcana articles that provided playtest ready content for DM and player-facing content. While most UA articles provided were new subclasses, our coverage of the UA for feats was the most popular. All of the UA articles by Brandes are popular, but it looks like feats drummed up the most interest.

Unearthed Arcana 2020: Feats Breakdown

Under the Seas of Vodari

During our 2019 Vodari Kickstarter, we unlocked a stretch goal to release a PDF that expanded the brief undersea content provided in The Seas of Vodari. The interest in Under the Seas of Vodari was amazing and encouraging and we decided to expand this stretch goal add-on into a full book. We’ve already released a 126-page Quickstart Guide to our Kickstarter backers and now we’re focused on creating our Kickstarter campaign in early 2021 to release the book in hardcover format.

Under the Seas of Vodari will provide undersea player options, equipment, locations, and an adventure. You’ll have everything you need to run a  single session or an entire campaign set under the surface of Vodari’s vast ocean.

A Guide to Roleplaying Aasimar

Another popular series on the site has been Kevin’s Roleplaying Guides for Races/Classes. The most popular of the series was Aasimar followed by other less straightforward races such a Changlings and Tieflings.

A Guide to Roleplaying Aasimar

The Rime of the Frostmaiden Review

Icewind Dale: The Rime of the Frostmaiden was released back in September and it’s no surprise that Brandes’ review of the book was popular.

Rime of the Frostmaiden is designed to be a scary adventure filled with horror and secrets, taking inspiration from The Shining and The Thing. The book provides some mechanics to support players having secrets during character creation. Rime of the Frostmaiden is designed to be run as a full adventure or to have DMs take any quest and run it as a mini-adventure. The book also includes rules for running avalanche hazards, survival in a brutal frozen climate, and fishing.

Rime of the Frostmaiden Review

Way of the Pugilist – Monk Tradition for D&D 5e

As always, we released lots of our own homebrew monsters, players options, adventure scenarios, and more in 2020. The most popular of the bunch was a Monk concept I created to give players the option to play a PC inspired by the bare-knuckle boxers of yesteryear.

Way of the Pugilist – Monk Tradition for D&D 5e

That’s it for us in 2020. Have a safe and happy 2021 everyone!

Let us know in the comments below if we missed one of your favorite articles from this year.