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Finding a Big Bad: Fiends

The Fiend category of monsters offers a huge array of truly wicked monsters to throw at your party. These spawn of evil can present challenges for every tier of play and a number of adventures are set in the Abyss ...
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Unearthed Arcana 2021: Mages of Strixhaven Breakdown

Last weekend, Amazon leaked the titles of the next two D&D hardbacks: The Wild Beyond the Witchlight and Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos. Monday, WotC announced those books, and on Tuesday, we got a new Unearthed Arcana with five new ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Fey

Today we are going to take a look at what is perhaps my favorite group of monsters: Fey. They are able to be both allies and enemies, and could even oscillate between the two. Fey and their home plane of ...
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Finding A Big Bad: Celestials

This week we turn our gaze heavenward, exploring how divine messengers can serve as our main villain or as a monster of the week for a campaign. While all celestials are good-aligned, that doesn’t mean they won’t come into conflict ...
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Brief Description of 5e Classes and Subclasses (Ideal to Show ...

Thumbnail from Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft’s cover Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft came to spook us much earlier than Halloween, and it’s come with new character things to play with! This week we’ll be taking a look at the terrifying ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Beasts

The Beast class of monster is hugely varied from the common Frog to the monstrous Tyrannosaurus Rex. Beasts do cap out at a fairly low CR, with the highest ones being the Huge Giant Crab, the Sperm Whale and the ...
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Worldbuilding: Create your own Trinkets table

Thumbnail image from Pirates of the Caribbean While doing some worldbuilding of my own I found a note my past self has left for me detailing that I should create a trinkets table. I thought of them and what each ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Aberrations

Aberrations are a monster class that does not lack for iconic and terrifying baddies to throw against your party. From the mind-bending Aboleth to the reality-warping Beholder, it was hard to narrow down the list. So, this week we’ll take ...
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Finding A Big Bad: Constructs

Welcome back to this series where I explore different monster types, showcasing monsters that can be used as monsters of the week or as the big bad of your campaign. This week, we’ll be focusing on Constructs.  If you missed ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Elementals

Welcome to a new series I’ll be putting out over the next few weeks showcasing monsters from each of the monster types that can create fun and interesting main villains, or monsters of the week for your Dungeons and Dragons ...