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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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 ...
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The 22 Rules of Storytelling

Storytelling is as old as any culture. Oral narrative acted as the primary way of passing along information, long before the written word even existed. A ton has changed since we told stories around the fire, but so much of ...
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Monsters & Hazards for a D&D 5e Arctic Adventure

Aquatic | Arctic | Cave or Underground | Desert | Forest | Grassland | Jungle | Mountain | Swamp Are your adventurers freezing to death on their way to a frozen temple? Did your party just escape a prison to ...
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Dungeoneer Background (D&D 5e) for Yawning Portal

In the past, I’ve looked at creating variant backgrounds such as the Castaway and Explorer for the Sailor and the Fortune Teller for the Charlatan. This week on the Campaign Trail I thought I’d look at creating a full background ...
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Creating Engaging Random Encounters

Your group of adventurers are traveling from point A to point B. A random monster jumps out of the bushes! The Gamemaster (GM) rolled on a random table and you encounter a hungry owlbear who roars and attacks. You fight ...
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Using Factions in Your Campaign

This week on the Campaign Trail I’m looking at factions and how to use them in your game. This article will look at how Forgotten Realms factions are used for D&D’s organized play, how I use factions in my game, ...