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Kevin’s Spellbook: Shape Water

Welcome adventurer! Today I crack open my grimoire and tell you about another one of my favorite spells. This time we will take a look at a cantrip that often goes ignored for its more flashy cousins, Prestitgititaion, Mage Hand, ...
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Unearthed Arcana 2020: Subclasses, Part Five Breakdown

There aren’t a lot of things that could pull me away from my current freelancing work to get a weekly article out – sorry, beloved readers! – but Unearthed Arcana was that thing. Surprise! Today we’re getting two new subclasses: ...
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Save Your Campaign from the Holidays

It’s Halloween this week! My campaign is taking a week off from our main campaign and we’re planning to play a Halloween one-shot. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year are all right around the corner too. Holidays can create challenges ...
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Kevin’s Spellbook: Heat Metal

Welcome to a new series in which I explore and expound upon my favorite spells. In this series, we will tackle a new spell in each article, expounding on creative uses of my favorite part of any fantasy universe: *magic*. ...
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How to: Time traveling in RPGs – Timeline Changing

Thumbnail Image from Steins;Gate anime With the whole Do-Over part already out of the way, today is time to dive into probably one of the most complex ways to time travel. This time-traveling method shares many similarities with the Do-Over: ...
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Essentials of Character Backstory

Building a character backstory doesn’t have to be a lengthy or labor-intensive affair. And you don’t have to write beautiful fiction to create one that will be useful during play. Instead of character backstory as a story, think of your ...
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Advanced Character Backgrounds

Not all games start at level one. When this happens, the characters are leveled, and maybe, if the GM/ DM is lucky the player might add a sentence or two more to the background to flesh it out more. Unfortunately, ...
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How to Run A Tutorial One-Shot

So, you have a bunch of friends who want to play Dungeons & Dragons but none of them have played before. You might consider running a one-shot meant to serve as a kind of tutorial. In the session, you’ll want ...
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Storm Edge Campaign Setting 17: Gods of Eight Isles ‐ ...

Welcome back to the world of STORM EDGE: THE ADVENTURES IN EIGHT ISLES! This week, we are continuing to learn more about the Gods of The Eight Isles, from Archfeys of The Eight Isles. (Go here for Part 1, Go ...
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Improvising and Adjusting to Character Decisions

In any campaign that I have DM’d the players came up with some solution or go off toward some blank part of the map. That would send me scrambling to catch up to the player’s decisions, improvising my way to ...