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History of the Classes

The Warlock Class, Part Three

I can’t believe we’re already to the last article on the Warlock class. Sure, there was a two-article bit on Sha’ir as a gratuitous lead-in. Sure, I’ve also bolted on studies of the Binder class along the way. But here ...
Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder: Campaign Continuity

When you sit down at a table to play a pen and paper RPG as a dungeon master, you are there because you want to tell a story. The best dungeon masters are not necessarily gifted with encyclopedic knowledge of ...
Role Initiative

5 Uses for Intelligent Weapons

One of the most infamous entries in the D&D magical item catalog is the intelligent weapon. Most frequently a sword or dagger; these items have been imbued with personality, understanding, the ability to think and reason, and even magical powers. ...
NewsUnearthed Arcana

WotC Unearthed Arcana – Variant Rules

The next installment of Unearthed Arcana is out today.  With variant rules for Players Make all the Rolls, Vitality, and Custom Alignments.
D&D 5eDark SunPlayer ResourcesRacesThe Game Room

Aarakocra (Circle of Air, Storm Lord, Oath of the Winds, ...

The aarakocra were one of my favorite monsters from the original Fiend Folio. They, along with the bizarre and oft-mocked flumph, were one of the only good races in the book and seemed ripe for heroic storytelling. Unfortunately, they weren’t ...
Campaign TrailGM ResourcesPodcasts

Running a Fantasy Heist – Tribality Writer Shawn on Dungeon ...

I had an awesome time returning as a guest to talk about running heists with DM Mitch and DM Chris on the Dungeon Master’s Block podcast. We discussed what to steal, exotic locations, plot twists and more. “This week we ...
Campaign TrailFATE

Fate for d20 Dummies & Being a Better GM

Michael recently wrote about his experience jumping into a Fate game. I love D&D and I really can’t see myself running a full campaign in anything else right now. Over the last year, I’ve run a little bit of Fate ...
System Agnostic

System Agnostic: The City of Salt in Wounds is Back ...

Hey all you tribality peeps. If you regularly follow this (much neglected) column then you might know about my setting The City of Salt in Wounds that I was writing about regularly before taking a break. If you’re unfamiliar, Salt ...
D&D 5eThoughts & Things

Level 0 Characters for a Dungeon Crawl

After being introduced to Dungeon Crawl Classics, I decided to add some of that Old School flavor to our Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Apprentice Character Program (ACP). But these Level 0’s aren’t exactly apprentice characters. They don’t have a ...
ColumnsD&D 4eHistory of the Classes

The Warlock Class, Part Two

Last time in History of the Classes, I looked at the 3.5 Warlock and Binder classes, as two different approaches to a practice of creepy, forbidden, occult power. Both classes allow and encourage the character to surprise foes with unusual ...