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Book of Secrets

Every Tuesday explore worldbuilding, roleplay, character & setting development with Kevin Victor Rae

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Using Rumors to Create a Living World

As a DM it’s my goal to create a believable world for my players to explore, interact with, and change. Their actions shape the campaign as much as the NPCs and encounters that I built. One way you can add ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Undead

In our final article of this series, we’ll take a look at a group of monsters so varied and vast that many campaigns have been made to solely fight the scourge that is the undead. Undead are so versatile because ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Oozes

The evil shampoos of the Dungeons and Dragons multiverse, oozes are classic monsters that no dungeon worth its treasure would be without. While the monsters with the Ooze type only have a handful of entries, each has potential to test ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Monstrosities

This week we take a look at one of the broadest categories of monsters in Dungeons and Dragons 5e: Monstrosities. The introduction to the Monster Manual defines monsters as being “frightening creatures that are not ordinary, not truly natural, and ...
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Finding the Big Bad: Giants

Today we’ll take a look at the Giant monster type. We’ve previously looked at using giants beyond their stat block, so today we’ll look at potential monsters to use either for a single session or as a campaign long villain ...
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Finding a Big Bad: Dragons

Iconic and feared throughout the multiverse, Dragons represent some of the hardest challenges that a player in Dungeons & Dragons can expect to come up against. With all the Unearthed Arcana about dragons coming out, we are sure to see ...
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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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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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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 ...