Unearthed Arcana

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Unearthed Arcana: Giant Soul Sorcerer Breakdown

For June’s Unearthed Arcana, we have a rework of a concept Mearls drafted in Happy Fun Hour, though the mechanics are entirely changed. On that note, I still love that Mike shows his process, and how radically things change through ...
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UA: Centaur and Minotaur Breakdown

For this month’s Unearthed Arcana, we have two new races, the centaur and the minotaur. As the document notes, this is their second run at the minotaur. The first was in the mist-shrouded reaches of 2015, when they also gave ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Order Domain Breakdown

As you may already know, Mearls has been livestreaming his rapid-fire game design efforts lately, in Happy Fun Hour. I’ve only seen a few of them myself, but his commentary on their design thinking as he works is great. Sometimes ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Into the Wild Breakdown

This month’s Unearthed Arcana takes us on a journey. That’s the, um, topic. Journeys? Anyway, this is a rules module for when hour-by-hour wandering through a wilderness region isn’t right for the situation. As Mearls explains in the intro, this ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses Breakdown

We’re off to the races for 2018 with a new Unearthed Arcana, this one offering one subclass each for druids, fighters, and wizards. It… feels kind of weird to even be commenting on UA subclasses with XGTE still so fresh ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Elf Subraces Breakdown

In keeping with the time-honored traditions of D&D, this week’s Unearthed Arcana brings us four more of the Baskin Robbins Thirty-One Flavors of Elf. Yes, I know that we have the good Professor to thank for elves coming in a ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Fiendish Options Breakdown

I don’t know about you, but my September 2017 felt like one of the longest months of my life – so it feels like it’s been ages since the last Unearthed Arcana came out. Today, however, we get a collection ...
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UA Race Options: Eladrin and Gith Breakdown

It’s the first non-holiday Monday in the month, so Unearthed Arcana is back with a new article. This time, Mearls and Crawford bring us one elf subrace, the Eladrin; and the gith race with its two subraces. It’s a comparatively ...
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Unearthed Arcana – Eladrin and Gith

In case you missed it earlier today, it’s time for September’s Unearthed Arcana. This month we get two new race options in a three-page PDF, the gith and the eladrin (which we first saw as an example subrace in the ...
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UA: Three-Pillar Experience Breakdown

The August Unearthed Arcana article addresses an alternate approach to awarding experience. In particular, it promises to promote exploration and palaver as primary providers of XP, to keep up with combat. I would love to see polling on the XP ...