Campaign Trail

Each Friday, Shawn shares monsters, traps, campaign settings, advice and other fun stuff for you to use in your campaign.

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Action Points Revisited – Hero & Villain Points (5e)

Back in October, I looked at three alternatives to Inspiration for D&D Fifth Edition. One of the three alternatives I looked at was Action Points (or Hero Points). This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m looking at tweaking Action Points ...
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5 Groundhog Day Ideas for Your D&D Game

Groundhog Day is a tradition celebrated in the both the United States and Canada on February 2nd. The roots of this day come from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees a shadow ...
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Naval Sea Chases & Complications

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Sea Chases & Complications Are you looking to run exciting, fast paced naval encounters where all your players have something to do each turn? Do you want to ...
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The Darkest Night – A D&D Christmas Adventure

The Darkest Night is a holiday themed adventure where players battle an ancient evil to save Krinklefest. This adventure can be used as an outline for any game system, but the specific details are for four 1st-level adventurers using the rules ...
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Tucker’s Kobolds & Running a Kobold One-Shot

According to Wikipedia, a kobold (occasionally cobold) is a sprite stemming from Germanic mythology and surviving into modern times in German folklore. D&D has traveled far away from the traditional kobold, creating their own iconic monster. Way back in 1974, ...
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Xanathar’s Expanded Backstories

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything has been selectively available since November 10th and is available everywhere on November 21st (previously covered with a preview and review). Over a third of the book focuses on character options, which includes 27 new subclasses that have ...
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Running a Kids on Bikes One-Shot Adventure

Since the release of Stranger Things back in July 2016, the Kids on Bikes sub-genre of sci-fi/horror, is pedaling at full speed!  This sub-genre was first popularized back in the 80s through the works of Spielberg and King, such as ...
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Not Feeling the Inspiration? 3 Alternatives for D&D Fifth Edition

We’re getting near the end of October and Tribality’s Triversary celebration is almost complete. Before the month ends, I wanted to embrace Tribality’s third birthday by looking at three alternatives to using Dungeons & Dragons 5e’s advantage mechanic. The Fifth ...
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Running Tomb of Annihilation in Eberron’s Xen’drik

I reviewed Tomb of Annihilation earlier this month and even before I read the book I wanted to run this adventure in Eberron. When Princes of the Apocalypse was released back in 2015, it contained an Appendix C: Adapting to ...
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Residuum and D&D 5th Edition – Enchanting and Disenchanting Magic ...

Oil, water, gems and metals are some of the most precious resources in our world – creating immense wealth for those who possess them. Crimes are committed, the environment is destroyed and even wars are fought to attain these resources ...