Campaign Trail

Each Friday, Shawn shares monsters, traps, campaign settings, advice and other fun stuff for you to use in your campaign.

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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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Which 3 Classic D&D Settings are Coming out for 5th ...

Wizards of the Coast revealed some interesting news at D&D Celebration this past weekend. During Inside the D&D Studio with Liz Schuh and Ray Winninger, they shared that they’ll be focusing a lot more attention on settings. Three settings are ...
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Bardic College of the Sunlit Seas

This week on the Campaign Trail I wanted to share a subclass I am working on that is intended for our upcoming Under the Seas of Vodari. Back when we were writing the original Seas of Vodari book we looked ...
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Cardslinger – Sorcerous Origin for D&D 5e

This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m sharing a new sorcerous origin that I created for a weird west/fantasy mix campaign I am planning to run later this year. Sorcerers are those rare individuals who are naturally connected to the ...
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Maverick – Roguish Archetype for D&D 5e

This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m sharing a new roguish archetype that I created for a weird west/fantasy mix campaign I am planning to run later this year. Rogues use skill, stealth, and precision over brute force to overcome ...
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Way of the Pugilist – Monk Tradition for D&D 5e

Monks channel ki, the magical energy that flows through all living bodies. In combination with martial training, ki can be harnessed to far exceed the capabilities of their physical body. I thought it would be interesting to create an old-timey ...
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Wrangler – Fighter Martial Archetype D&D 5e

This week on the campaign trail I present a new fighter archetype that would fit well in a wild west flavored D&D fantasy adventure or any campaign where mounted combat or overland travel is a focus. Design Notes I thought ...
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Social Combat (5e)

The following are some optional rules I have been working on for goal based social battles for Fifth Edition. I wanted something that would not take much work to learn, so I followed the framework of regular combat. Let me ...
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Tips and Rules for Gambling

The following are some tips and rules for running a gambling session. Gambling can be fun and found in a variety of formats in campaign worlds. This article provides quick tips and four detailed options to get you started running ...
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Scoundrel – A Rogue Archetype (5e)

I wanted to share another subclass concept I’ve been working on that encourages pulp action and swashbuckling gameplay. The following subclass let’s you play a PC who uses their smile, quick wits, and the odd dirty trick to find their ...