Apr 29, 2016

One Page Dungeon 2016 - Magic Shop Mayhem

This year has been the worst so far, at least as far as dithering over my One Page Dungeon Contest submission goes. It's the same story every year: I have a million ideas, but none of them really gel, and as the deadline looms I end up polishing the shiniest turd just so I can get something done.

Anyway, without further ado, I present Magic Shop Mayhem.

Apr 26, 2016

Tenkar's Tavern: Fundraiser for Charles "Chuck" Wright's Medical Expenses

I read over on Tenkar's Taven about a Fundraiser for Charles "Chuck" Wright's Medical Expenses (he's the Frog God Ganes Art / Layout Director). He's got diabetes (as do I) and as a result is having surgery to remove all or part of his foot (which is something that can happen to the best diabetics). As gaming companies are not exactly swimming in capital, his friends in the gaming industry have gotten together to create a GoFundMe page to cover the medical expenses, and have donated a lot of fine PDFs and product that will be given away to random donors.

As a fellow diabetic (albeit probably with better health insurance), I think this awesome, and I encourage anybody who feels like it to donate to the cause. You have a really good chance to get some free stuff (the list of "prizes" keeps getting bigger, which is awesome) and it's for a good cause.

Dec 15, 2015

Dungeons & Dragons 5E: Subclass -- Community Domain (Cleric)

One of the mainstays of the Eberron setting is the idea of communities, both inclusive/organic (settlements, cities, organized religions) and exclusive/artificial (secret societies, cults, criminal gangs). In the 3.5E rules, the Eberron Campaign Setting book introduced the Community domain for clerics, designed for a cleric to encourage group effort. The one saint in the canonical material that characters can actually meet is devoted to this domain.

This is my attempt to convert the essence of the 3.5 domain to 5E. There's not much too the 3.5E domain: just a list of spells, a diplomacy bonus, and calm emotions once per day. 5E domains are far more defining and grant far more power than that. I worked this one from the ground up, with some help from a few ENWorld commenters.

Nov 24, 2015

D&D 5th Edition Homebrew Resources

The new edition of D&D has inspired a large number of people to "roll their own," and with modern desktop publishing tools being available so cheaply (or even free), it should come as no surprise that a lot of it is really polished. Here are a few sites that I find particularly useful; I can't swear to the balance of all of their materials, but there are some great ideas in there and some very polished game elements I use myself.

Nov 12, 2015

Dungeons & Dragons 5E: Race -- Gnoll

I've been a fan of gnolls for years. Most recently, under 4th Edition, Keith Baker wrote an article about playing gnolls; since I'm a huge fan of his Eberron setting, as you can imagine, I'm very familiar with his work. I made the following conversion of gnolls into a playable race, informed by the Monster Manual, but not slavishly bound to it. It should be pretty well-balanced.

Nov 6, 2015

Eberron 5E: Magic Items, Part 2

I realize I never posted the follow-up to my earlier post on magic items in Eberron. Well, Real Life bogged me down for a while, but I intended to post a "shopping list" from my group when they made it to Sharn.

I'm still working on it. I've converted a bunch of the alchemical items and special substances from 3E and 3.5E, but it's taking a while to do minor magic items. I've stolen a few from this list to pepper my adventures, and I recommend checking it out. Below are the special items.

Nov 2, 2015

Inkwell Ideas' Geomorph Contest Relaunched

They snuck it up on me! They've restarted the biweekly Geomorph Contest over at Inkwell Ideas. They lost some momentum, I believe, when they put it on hold for GenCon (and I totally understand why -- they've got a lot on their plate for the Con, and I appreciated them putting it on hiatus over just not saying anything about it and leaving us in the dark). Therefore, they've extended the deadline for the current contest, which has the "building" theme.

I had been watching, but when they didn't restart it right after GenCon, I kind of lost track. I'm happy to throw my hat in the ring again, although my stuff pales in comparison to the artists that submit stuff.