Campaign Trail

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

Campaign TrailClassesD&D 5e

Cardslinger – Sorcerous Origin for D&D 5e

This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m sharing a new sorcerous origin that I created for a weird west/fantasy mix campaign I am planning to run later this year. Sorcerers are those rare individuals who are naturally connected to the ...
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Maverick – Roguish Archetype for D&D 5e

This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m sharing a new roguish archetype that I created for a weird west/fantasy mix campaign I am planning to run later this year. Rogues use skill, stealth, and precision over brute force to overcome ...
Campaign TrailClassesD&D 5e

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

Monks channel ki, the magical energy that flows through all living bodies. In combination with martial training, ki can be harnessed to far exceed the capabilities of their physical body. I thought it would be interesting to create an old-timey ...
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Wrangler – Fighter Martial Archetype D&D 5e

This week on the campaign trail I present a new fighter archetype that would fit well in a wild west flavored D&D fantasy adventure or any campaign where mounted combat or overland travel is a focus. Design Notes I thought ...
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Social Combat (5e)

The following are some optional rules I have been working on for goal based social battles for Fifth Edition. I wanted something that would not take much work to learn, so I followed the framework of regular combat. Let me ...
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Tips and Rules for Gambling

The following are some tips and rules for running a gambling session. Gambling can be fun and found in a variety of formats in campaign worlds. This article provides quick tips and four detailed options to get you started running ...
Campaign TrailClassesD&D 5eSwashbuckling

Scoundrel – A Rogue Archetype (5e)

I wanted to share another subclass concept I’ve been working on that encourages pulp action and swashbuckling gameplay. The following subclass let’s you play a PC who uses their smile, quick wits, and the odd dirty trick to find their ...
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Mask – A Rogue Archetype (5e)

I wanted to share another experiential subclass concept I’ve been working on that encourages pulp action and swashbuckling gameplay. The following subclass let’s you play a PC who can change into a masked hero, allowing for a Zorro or comic ...
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Cannoneer – Fighter Archetype for 5e

I have been busy with the Vodari Kickstarter and it’s been a while since I had time to post on the Campaign Trail. I wanted to share this experiential subclass concept I’ve been toying with for seafaring campaigns. The following ...
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Avians – Racial Option for 5e

I came up with the avians race when we were looking at racial options to put into the Seas of Vodari book (fully funded on Kickstarter). While it looks like we’re going with other racial options in the book, I ...