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Unearthed Arcana

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Unearthed Arcana: Artificer Breakdown, Part Two

The new artificer is here, just over two years since its last UA iteration. It’s more Eberron-focused than its predecessor, though a sidebar offers hints for how to incorporate it into other published settings. I appreciate that it includes Dragonlance, ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Sidekicks Breakdown

Oh hey, this month’s Unearthed Arcana covers something I’ve been asking for and working with in my own writing! That’s neat. It’s handled in a 1-20 class progression format, to make sure your favorite NPCs from the early game can ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Of Ships and the Sea Breakdown

This month’s UA article is an substantial 9-page document covering ships, sailing, crews, and ship-related downtime play. Now, obviously, you’ve already purchased Tribality Publishing’s “Naval Combat (5e): Running Sea Encounters for Ships and Monsters,” but I still encourage you to ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Dragonmarks Breakdown

Back when I wrote my breakdown of the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, I stayed fairly high-level on studying the dragonmarks. At the time, this was because WGtE is a big document and I wanted to cover it in a single ...
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UA: Races of Ravnica Breakdown

Like a lot of people, my money was on this month’s UA being the Artificer, but I guess that’s coming in September. Instead, we get four new races from the upcoming Ravnica setting. I’m excited about Ravnica overall, for virtue ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Races of Eberron Breakdown

Today was huge in the world of 5e D&D. Even if it wasn’t as hyped as the Stream of Many Eyes, today we got announcements of two settings – one new to D&D, and one returning champion. I don’t know ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Giant Soul Sorcerer Breakdown

For June’s Unearthed Arcana, we have a rework of a concept Mearls drafted in Happy Fun Hour, though the mechanics are entirely changed. On that note, I still love that Mike shows his process, and how radically things change through ...
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UA: Centaur and Minotaur Breakdown

For this month’s Unearthed Arcana, we have two new races, the centaur and the minotaur. As the document notes, this is their second run at the minotaur. The first was in the mist-shrouded reaches of 2015, when they also gave ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Order Domain Breakdown

As you may already know, Mearls has been livestreaming his rapid-fire game design efforts lately, in Happy Fun Hour. I’ve only seen a few of them myself, but his commentary on their design thinking as he works is great. Sometimes ...
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Unearthed Arcana: Into the Wild Breakdown

This month’s Unearthed Arcana takes us on a journey. That’s the, um, topic. Journeys? Anyway, this is a rules module for when hour-by-hour wandering through a wilderness region isn’t right for the situation. As Mearls explains in the intro, this ...