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Shemhazian Battle

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:13

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Shemhazian Battle

Can the heroes slay this titanic fiend?

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Shemhazian's Eyes

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:13

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Shemhazian's Eyes

He has so many eyes. He can see everything!

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Shemhazian's Claws

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:13

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Shemhazian's Claws

Easily mistaken for wings, the Shemhazian'sscythe-like mantis claws are deadly!

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Shemhazian Demon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:13

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Shemhazian Demon

This enormous, bestial demon combines the worst aspects of a bear, a mantis, a wolf, and a reptilian humanoid.

Although nearly all the horrors of the Abyss prey upon one another in an endless, eternal bloodbath, shemhazians are predators among predators. They are more intimidating and physically powerful than most demons, combining the features of numerous insectile and bestial hunters into one massive, deadly form. Although they don’t require sustenance, shemhazians take perverse delight in mutilating and eating their victims.

A shemhazian stands 35 feet tall and weighs 12,000 pounds. They form from the sinful souls of torturers and those who enjoyed mutilating living victims to death.

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Stonehaven Elf Archer

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:18

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Stonehaven Elf Archer

Nice pose but legs are a bit odd

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Games Workshop Harradrim

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:18

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Games Workshop Harradrim

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Games Workshop Easterling

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:18

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Games Workshop Easterling

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more kick-ass quotes from House of Cards’ 1st season

dungeonmastering.com - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 20:54
Last time we looked at various phrases of dialogue from Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards that could be used by those NPCs who are benign to the players and want to actually try to...

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kick-ass quotes from House of Cards’ 1st season for your NPCs to say

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:58
House of Cards is to political dramas what Breaking Bad is to shows about teachers. Kevin Spacey in easily the greatest role of his career transforms into a ruthless politician who will stop at...

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Nerull

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:48

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Nerull

The god of murder sometimes makes personal appearances. Those are never pretty.

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Khatogon: A Dungeons and Dragons Pilot Campaign

dungeonmastering.com - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:06
Hello Everyone, My team and I here at Revenant are proud to announce the release of our pilot campaign for 5th Edition, Khatogon. Our core team consists of myself, the chief director and content...

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The 5e Overland Travel Montage

Newbie DM - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:55

One of the things I’ve had to deal with in the 5e game that takes place in the 2nd Ed. era of the Forgotten Realms is overland travel. That map is huge! And there are quite a few empty spots along the way (one of the reasons why I’m switching to the 3e map actually, but I digress). Overland travel can be a tricky thing to navigate through when you’re a new DM, and the DMG sort of tells you to hand wave it and make it a quick, but evocative couple of lines and move on to the destination. Older version of the game asked for tons of random encounter rolls, something that can be interesting if used sporadically, but ultimately work as filler to do something while you travel. That’s to say, it’s not very rewarding, but it will give you necessary XP. That’s not to say that they all have to be this way, you can come up with a list of interesting and useful things the players learn or find in these random encounters, but that requires a bit more planning.

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I want to take a different approach. Page 106 of the 5e DMG talks about the Travel-Montage approach of exploring the wilderness, and basically it boils down to describing and hand-waving the trek quickly to get to the desired destination. The fantastic D&D variant 13th Age, takes this approach one step further in its organized play adventures, putting the task of narrating the montage in the hands of the players. I like that! i want to play with that and maybe add a bit of 5e mechanics along the way. Here’s what I’m thinking:

The way 13th Age does it (in a system devised by author Ash Law), the DM will describe the area the players are trekking through, and then ask a player to come up and narrate an obstacle that the party faced along the way. Then that player picks another player to determine how and what his or her character did to defeat the obstacle, and hopefully that player will make his or her character look like a complete badass in the process. It’s a neat reprieve from having to roll charts for wandering monsters and other random encounters, and allows players to get their creative juices flowing.

While I like the narrative approach, I want to add a bit of 5e’s new mechanics to it, namely Advantage/Disadvantage and Inspiration to give it just a bit of crunchiness to it. So it would go something like this:

GM: “Your journey across the barren, rocky wastelands of the Plain of Standing Stones in Anauroch will take you a few weeks,  The occasional vulture flies overhead, waiting for your demise, and it may just come, given how this land is frequented by hill giants, hobgoblins, and even the occasional blue dragon.  Ahkek, what obstacles did you and your companions come across the first few days of your journey?”

Ahkek: “Well, we’re in the desert, right? Rocky and barren? Lets tell the tale of how we fought that giant scorpion.”

GM: “Oh yeah? You mean the one that got a good couple of stings on you and your companions. Clarity how did you defeat this scorpion, what did you do?”

Clarity: “The giant scorpion had me locked in it’s claw, it was clamping down hard, stung me with the poison stinger. I prayed to Lothander, thinking I was slipping away, and from the heavens it rained down flames and killed the scorpion with my Flame Strike.”

GM: “Awesome. So it explodes in a flash of fire, with poison and scorpion flesh raining down on you, Now you all got hit with a nasty poisonous sting. Ahkek, give me a Constitution saving throw. You guys went head to head with a giant scorpion and got stung in the process while trekking through a harsh environment and I want to see what happens.”

Ahkek: “9. D’oh”

GM: So for three days you guys feel the effects of the poison. You’re sluggish, weak…..”

At this point the GM would ask another player to describe what other obstacle they faced along the way, and perhaps apply Disadvantage to the roll due to the lingering effects of the terrain and poisons…

By the end of the overland journey, each player would have narrated an obstacle, a way out of an obstacle, and the GM did minimal work in making the scenes come alive, as it would all be in the hands of the players.

If the situation warrants it, you can add Inspiration, you can take into account Bonds, Flaws, Ideals, etc, and apply Advantage or Disadvantage as you see fit. You can also award loot if it went well for them, so maybe had they faced bandits they could have found some coin, but if they would have failed the STR check to represent the fight, their weapons may have gotten damaged instead, or they might have lost some gold.

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Di Undici Foglie - an ekpirotic illustrated novel by Dino Olivieri

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:27

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Di Undici Foglie - an ekpirotic illustrated novel by Dino Olivieri

This is my book, it will be available from september 2015.
It is in italian, it has about 250 pages and more than 30 beautiful bw illustrations.

You can order a quality printed copy or you can support me at:

www.kapipal.com/di-undici-foglie

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DM’s MBA: Commerce and Trade in Roleplaying Games

dungeonmastering.com - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 01:57
This column proposes some new ideas regarding trade and commerce in fantasy roleplaying games. Admittedly, I play Pathfinder almost exclusively so I’m using that ruleset but you’ll be able to...

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Sphinx

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:22

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Sphinx

Will you answer its riddle?

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Void Slaad

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:22

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Void Slaad

Void Slaadi transcend mere chaos to become something akin to a living black hole.

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Brass Dragon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:22

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Brass Dragon

Brass dragons love to talk, and are among the friendliest of their species.

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Guard Drake

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:18

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Guard Drake

Although related, Drakes are not quite on the sae level as proper dragons.

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 15:37

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

This is custom digital artwork by me, based upon original black-and-white line art by James Koebel.

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 15:37

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"Rust Monster Selfie"

This is custom digital artwork by me, based upon original black-and-white line art by James Koebel.

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