Tabletop RPGs

I've been itching to write a fast assassin for a while, one that uses unusual mechanics.

Assassins tend to be very peculiar to a particular campaign, so I'm going with a popular name for this nasty fellow: Mack the Knife.

I want to do two things with this monster: make him deadly against his foe...

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For this week's faction, I want to start with a stereotype, then push past it.

Moralim leads a hardy tribe of dwarves who mine the crystal shafts near the coastal city of Blackcrag. Several dozen male and female dwarves work the mine each day, while their children (about twice as many in number) l...

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Some factions are summed up by their leader.

Durwin Darkweather rose to prominence as the most tenacious lawyer in the city of Blackcrag. As disagreements arose over inheritance and ownership of the increasingly crowded and prosperous city, Durwin found ever more work coming his way, and he took i...

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We've been creating monsters based on a gem mine that just so happens to sit on a ley line, which breathes simple life into the crystals there. Miners now have to contend with crystalline monsters that range from annoyance to grave danger.

After creating the crystal wasp and crystal wyrm, let's cr...

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I've been creating factions out of each class in Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Today we reach the final class, the wizard, where our options are severely limited. There's only one sub-class, the war mage. So let's do that!

If you're raising an army and need an edge, call on the Blue Flame. A r...

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Last week, we created a gem mine that just so happens to sit on a ley line, which has the unfortunate propensity to breathe simple life into the crystals there. Miners now have to contend with crystalline monsters that range from annoyance to grave danger.

Today's monster sits squarely in the cent...

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I've been creating a series of factions inspired by each class in the D&D book Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Today I reach the warlock, which has two new sub-classes: the Celestial Pact, and the Hexblade. I've already created a holy order last week inspired by the Divine Soul Sorcerer, so let'...

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Today's monster is a bit of a challenge. I want a tough creature that's size "tiny."

Most tiny creatures in D&D 5E feature very low Challenge Ratings (0 to 1). If we look at the more powerful ones, like older Faerie Dragons, Flameskulls, Demiliches, Imps, and Will-o'-Wisps, we see one prevailing t...

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