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Book of Secrets

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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to Map Your Campaign Setting

The feeling I get when I look down on a map I’ve created for my next homebrew campaign is like nothing else. Suddenly, the world that existed only in my head is now expressed in a physical (or digital) form.  ...
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Designing a Realistic Map For Your Campaign

When designing your map there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. These mostly have to do with how water moves across the land, and subsequently where life tends to be. Keep in mind that when breaking ...
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5 Tips For Outlining A TTRPG Session

If you are a new Dungeon Master or a player who is curious to try running a game, I want to welcome you to the glorious and wonderful world of Dungeon Mastering. This article is the summation of the advice ...
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Make a Quick Character Portrait with NeverEnding

I am always on the lookout for new tools to add to my tabletop RPG arsenal. So when I was contacted by the folks over at a new TTRPG company, NeverEnding, to take a look at their character portrait creation ...