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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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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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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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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Today, I've decided to create a monster without nailing it down to a particular level or Challenge Rating. Instead, I'll set out guidelines for running that monster at any level.

Let's create a magma monster, a humanoid creature of intelligent lava that can serve as a simple guard or random encoun...

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Last week, I created a faction of rangers who watch over portals, a group that calls themselves Those Who Walk Between. Today, I'm going to stat up one of them as an enemy.

They're inspired by the Horizon Walker Rangers from Xanathar's Guide to Monsters, and I want to re-use several of the abili...

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Last week, I created a faction of Hell Knights, a radical organization that made a pact with devils, dedicated to the utter destruction of disorder and chaos. Today, I'm going to stat up a Hell Knight.

First, the concept. I want this to be powerful melee and ranged combatant with an infernal flavo...

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Last week, I laid out a faction of super-serious, heavily muscled monks, the Order of the Searing Sun. They devote themselves to harsh physical training, creating a sort of Fight Club aesthetic.

Today, let's stat up one of these monks. They're based on the Way of the Sun Soul monk from Xanath...

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