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Reining in Dexterity: Initiative House Rule Option #3

Michael Long has posted two articles on interesting ways to make Initiative faster and more fluid in 5e. Those articles, plus an ongoing conversation with J.M. Perkins about Strength vs Dexterity in D&D (and roleplaying games in general), inspired the ...
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The Lore of Lost Mine of Phandelver

“Lost Mine of Phandelver” is, at least right now, probably the most widely played adventure in 5th edition D&D. As the adventure promises, you don’t need to be a Forgotten Realms expert to run it – but maybe some of this will ...
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5 Ideas on How to Run a Heist

A heist is a theft with a focus on planning, execution and the aftermath. Heists are a classic scenario that is common in movies, television and books, but they’re a scenario that’s rarely seen in tabletop RPG games. We all ...
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Comic Book Characters like RPG Players?

Could you take some ideas from this video for your role-playing game?  I think Mike Rugnetta has a lot of great ideas on how to treat the characters in your games.  And also how players should be looking at their ...
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Waves of Enchantment: Marine Magic for 5th edition

Even the early days of roleplaying were seeded with aquatic magic items, from the helmet of underwater action to the Apparatus of Kwalish. Almost all of these items were designed for surface races to spend time beneath the waves. In “Waves of Enchantment” I’ll ...
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System Agnostic: Fisher Binding (Epic Spell)

This epic level magic binds a specific office (a kingship, mayoral office, or other… although lesser offices can usually not afford the incredibly steep material costs of the spell) with a specific land. While this spell is in effect, the ...
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Paizo’s “The Emerald Spire” for 5th edition, Part 3

Late last year, Paizo Kickstarted a superdungeon called “The Emerald Spire“. Along with the characteristicly beautiful production value and stunning art, each of the 16 levels of this detailed module has its own fold-out map in the style of Paizo’s other ...
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Character Creation: Background Stories

A guest post by Ben J. Latham My character is a first level wizard. I met my fellow adventurers a bar. Sometimes, as a DM, you will encounter characters who have written the previous line as a background story. They ...
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World Building – Part 7: Letting Your Players into the ...

Intro | History | Religion | Working Worlds | Geography | Filling Your World | Your Players | Player Options Now that we’ve examined creating a world by giving it history, religion, geography, technology, magic, people and places, the really ...
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System Agnostic: The Ring of Vainglory (Magical Item)

The Ring of Vainglory (usually -falsely- referred to as a Ring of Courage) is a intricate, looping band of platinum set with beautiful obsidian inserts. Even without knowledge of its magical nature, the ring is an stunning work of art ...