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DragonCon 2014

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:08

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DragonCon 2014

The Dungeon Master

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Terra clips Museum.

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Terra clips Museum.

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Campaign building with the Monster Manual

Newbie DM - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:46

“This bestiary is for storytellers and world-builders.” – Monster Manual introduction

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The D&D 5th Ed. Monster Manual releases on September 19th for those stores that take part in the WOTC WPN program, and on September 30th for everyone else. A few Monster Manuals saw the light of day at Gencon, and we’ve seen some bits of it come out here or there. For example, there was @geekylindsay‘s excellent article on worldbuilding using the MM (btw this article will have some overlap with hers), while Jerry from Dread Gazebo showed off a bit of what the book will offer.

I’ll have a full review of the book later, but I wanted to write a bit on one of my favorite parts of the Monster Manual, and something I think I’ll be using plenty of for the next few years, the Legendary Creatures and their regional effects.  Legendary Creatures are those special solo monsters that make up epic encounters, like the dragons, beholders, vampires, and so on. They are special, have slightly different combat rules, and affect both their immediate environment (Lair Actions) but also the world around them (Regional Effects), and that’s the part that caught my eye.

You see, I’ve always had trouble coming up with big fantasy plot ideas. Sure, raiding an orc camp or dungeon crawling a crypt is easy enough to come up with, but the big over-arching plots are a challenge for me to imagine. So as soon as I read these regional effects entries in the book, it’s like a light bulb went off in my head. These effects right there are prime material for campaign ideas. Why? Because they are big deals that mean something to the world, and only the heroic PCs can fix them. And that right there is what adventures are made out of. So let’s look at an example from the book, the Red Dragon.

The region where a red dragon makes its lair is warped by the dragon’s magic, affecting the land around it in several ways. For example:

  • Small earthquakes are  felt as far as 6 miles from the lair
  • Water sources 1 mile of the lair are tainted by sulfur and are supernaturally warm
  • Portals to the elemental plane of fire open near the lair, allowing elemental creatures to come into the world

So as DM’s, what can we do with that information? Well, you can certainly create adventures and scenarios that don’t directly deal with the problem of the dragon itself (because likely 1st level PCs wouldn’t have a clue it involves a dragon anyway), but deal with the complications brought on by these effects.

So, earthquakes. What can happen? Towns in the area may see some destruction, which may lead to looting from bandits, or bands of humanoids looking to cause trouble. The earthquakes may be large enough to cause openings in the ground leading to the Underdark, where things may crawl out to the surface from. Bands of slaver drows? How about a wizard’s tower collapses and she may need adventurers to help her find x or y thing that she lost in the earthquake.

Water sources tainted by sulfur? Water is a precious commodity, and if people’s water supplies are affected, you can bet that trouble will ensue. Generally sulfur in the water isn’t unhealthy, but if people and animals are getting diarreah, and the water stinks, well, that’s an issue. Plus. Who says that the dragon’s presence isn’t causing hte sulfur levels to rise so much that it is in fact unhealthy? Also, water scarcity affects the environment, which can lead to side adventures for the PCs to tackle. Warm waters? All the fish are dying in the normally cold lake. These things are important. 

And portals to the elemental planes of fire? Well, that’s self explanatory. That should tip off the players that something larger is afoot.

Perhaps there’s enough with these hooks to take you on a 1-20 campaign, or perhaps not, maybe shorter episodic mini-campaigns would work better. The point is that looking for high concept ideas is probably easier than you think, and wracking your brain is unnecessary.

This all may seem like old news for old timers in the DMing business, but for newbies jumping behind the screen for the first time, my advice is to start small, and work your way out. Want to end your big campaign with the PCs fighting an epic red dragon? That’s great. Make sure they deal with the bandits taking advantage of the earthquakes in the area first.

I’ll have more of the Monster Manual next week.

 

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D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook [Day 2077]

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:42

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D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook [Day 2077]

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 251 – Total Days: 2,077

Fuji X100S | ISO 800 | 23 mm | f/2.0 | 1/30 sec

I have been thoroughly enjoying the new Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. I've been running a game for over a month now and even though I started before the Player's Handbook was actually out (been running the Starter Set) it's so nice to actually have the PH. It's a really fantastic book, with production values that are second-to-none.

For this photo, I used the Fuji X100S's "Toy Camera" processing mode, which was extra fun.

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Siri - All the Enchantment of the Great Mother Goddess - Di Undici Foglie © Dino Olivieri (low res)

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:55

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Siri - All the Enchantment of the Great Mother Goddess - Di Undici Foglie © Dino Olivieri (low res)

Sketch from ebook "Di Undici Foglie" by Dino Olivieri
Siri (after death) - Di Undici Foglie © Dino Olivieri (low res)
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More amazing stories on www.onyrix.com

there's also a Deep House SONG (free to download) with this image as cover:
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Bringing back the NewbieDM.com Minicast for 5e

Newbie DM - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 08:37

So 5th Ed. launched and it’s a thing, and I want to get back to doing what I like with D&D, which is talking with and helping DMs with their games. So I’m bringing back my old (and ENnie nominated) NewbieDM Minicast. It’s been far too long. 

If you’ve never heard of the minicast, it was a 5-6 minute long podcast where a DM from the #dnd community and I would answer a listener’s voicemail with a question about his game. It was fun to do, and it was well received. 

I can’t do it without community involvement though, so here’s the number to call in: 305-349-3026

Help me get the minicast back online. Feel free to repost, share and let others know! Thanks. 

newbiedmpodcast


Blue Dragon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:15

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Blue Dragon

These massive desert dwellers breathe lightning that can turn sand to glass.

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Silver Dragon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:15

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Silver Dragon

Noble, kindly, and good-hearted, Silver Dragons still breathe an icy breath that will chill you to the bone.

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Solonavi Tormentor

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Solonavi Tormentor

As one of the enforcers of her kind, the Solonavi Tormentor is passionless, yet cruel.

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Ainur - Lay of Leithian - CD Cover © by Dino Olivieri

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 03:08

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Ainur - Lay of Leithian - CD Cover © by Dino Olivieri

i've realized this cover for the amazing Ainur's album "Lay of Leithian".
Lay of Leithian collects Rock Progressive + Symphonic Ensembles with music and lyrics inspired to J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Silmarillion".
If you want to go and explore more directly ARDA and Middle Earth, this is the right soundtrack to do it..

You can buy "Lay of Leithian" here: www.amazon.com/Lay-Leithian-Ainur/dp/B0030KSXQ0/ref=sr_1_...

If you want to know about their works and concerts, the Ainur official web site is here:
www.ainur.it

© by Dino Olivieri - www.onyrix.com

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Orcus

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:15

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Orcus

The undead demon-god, Orcus's power and might only grows... who will stop him for good?

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Vrock

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:15

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Vrock

Also known as Wrath Demons, these vulture fiends can spread poisonous spores at will. Three or more Vrocks can also take part in a special Dance of Ruin that will wreak havoc on everything nearby.

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Winter Wolf

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Winter Wolf

Winter is coming...

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Tyranny of Dragons: Online Comic #2

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:36
Type: FeaturesSubtitle: A First EncounterBanner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: 

The biggest and most exciting year for Dungeons & Dragons hits a pivotal moment as the Tyranny of Dragons storyline kicks off. This rich new narrative challenges players to rise up against hoards of evil dragons, including Tiamat, the most fearsome dragon in D&D’s history!

For years, the evil Cult of the Dragon has devoted itself to creating undead dragons in a vain attempt to fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, the cultists were misguided. They misunderstood. But now, under new leadership, the cult believes that the prophecy does not speak of undead dragons, but of a dragon empire that’s been extinct for 25,000 years. Tiamat, the queen of evil dragons, has languished in the Nine Hells for millennia. The cult believes that the time of her return is at hand.

The cult has a new face and a new mission. It seeks to free Tiamat from the Nine Hells and bring her into the Forgotten Realms. To accomplish its goal, the cult needs five ancient dragon masks and the support of evil dragons everywhere. The cult leaders—each one a "dragon whisperer"—have reached out to the evil dragons of the Sword Coast and earned their allegiance....

The situation is dire. However, the Sword Coast is far from defenseless. Powerful factions are ready to rise up and put an end to the tyranny of dragons. Adventurers throughout the Realms must join forces to face Tiamat, destroy the Cult of the Dragon, and prevent the rise of a new dragon empire. The Harpers have since shared their intelligence with the remaining factions. To combat the Cult of the Dragon, Lord Dagult Neverember of Neverwinter proposes that adventurers representing each of the five factions be sent north to investigate—and to report back with haste.

In their hands, the future lies.

Find out more on the Tyranny of Dragons current story pages!

Credits:

Story: Chris Perkins/Wizards R&D
Script: Bart Carroll
Artist: David Baldeon
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Neil Uyetake

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Demogorgon

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:01

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Demogorgon

One of the great rulers of Hell, Demogorgon is literally of two minds.

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Critical effects on 20/20 rolls with Advantage

Newbie DM - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:34

Back in the old days, we played D&D with the Loremaster Critical Hit/Fumble charts. They added some nasty effects to the game, making it really deadly. Like, sever someone’s spine and leave them paralyzed for the rest of their lives deadly… I thought that it would be cool to introduce something similar to my game and see if the players bite. The idea is that on an attack roll made with Advantage that results in a double 20 roll, a critical effect is triggered. The player would then roll a percentage roll and the chart would generate the result. A double 20 on Advantage has a 1 in 400 chance of happening, so this is not very game breaking, btw. I wrote it so that it is easy to narrate for both spell effects and martial attacks. I may come up with a Fumble chart later, but I wanted to put this out there before my next home game.

Critical Effects

On a 20/20 Attack Roll made with Advantage, resolve all damage and effects due to the attack, then roll percentage dice and consult this chart to generate a Critical Effect:

01-10 Your attack knocks your target prone.

11-20 Your attack severely slows down your target. Its speed is halved for the duration of the encounter.

21-25 Your attack severely injures your target, causing it to suffer 3HP of damage at the start of its turn for the duration of the encounter.

26-30 Your attack causes your target to become exhausted (level 1). Any further successful attacks agains this creature will increase its exhaustion level by 1.

31-35 Your powerful attack frightens your target for the duration of the encounter.

36-40 Your potent attack severely impairs your target, its speed is halved and it is blinded for the duration of the encounter.

41-45 What a hit! You stun your target for 2 rounds!

46-50 Your attack destroys your target’s weapon arm (or if natural weapons, it’s main attack limb). It’s pain causes it to suffer Disadvantage on all attack rolls for the duration of the encounter.

51-55 Your attack disarms your target, sending its weapon flying 10 feet in a direction of your choice. If your target had no weapons, you push it back 10 feet in a direction of your choice instead.

56-60 You sever your target’s spine. It immediately falls prone and is paralyzed. If your target has no spine, the same effects apply. Narrate accordingly.

61-65 Your attack causes permanent mobility damage to your target. Its speed is reduced to 5 feet.

66-70 Your attack is so powerful it affects your target as if it were affected by a Confusion spell (PHB pg 224).

71-75 Your vicious attack rips through your target’s defenses, causing it to suffer  -5 to its Armor Class  for the duration of the encounter.

76-80 Your attack blinds your opponent and also causes it to become deafened for the duration of the encounter.

81-85 Your attack damages your opponent’s nervous system. It suffers disadvantage on any saving throw for the duration of the encounter.

86-90 Your attack severely dazes your opponent. It suffers disadvantage on any roll for the duration of the encounter.

91-98 You go in for the kill. Your opponent suffers vulnerability to all damage types you inflict on it for the rest of the encounter.

99 You instantly kill your opponent. No questions asked. Where did this burst of strength come from?

100 Your frightfully powerful attack instantly kills your opponent. If another hostile creature is within 5′ of it, your attack kills that creature as well. Your incredible victory will be spoken about for years to come.

thoughts?

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A quick note for new D&D players

Newbie DM - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:49

Public service announcement time:  You may be curious about D&D, you may be starting out with the game, as there has been a lot of press lately about it. There’s a new edition, the game is celebrating its 40th anniversary, so there is a lot of D&D noise being made.

I wanted to help you out, because you might run into a situation if you go to a big box bookstore  like Barnes and Noble to look for D&D in  that you may find a lot of books on the shelf and be a little confused about what exactly you need to buy for the game.

If you see these books on the shelf (and chances are you will), do not buy them. They are the unsupported previous edition books and are incompatible with the new 5th Edition you are probably looking for.

4E Players HandbookDungeonMastersGuide

 

The shelves on some big box stores can be a bit messy, so just be aware of what you are picking up. The current version looks like this:

phb

This may be a silly post to write, but i have seen people at my local B&N stare at the bookshelf and wonder what to get. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine…. :)

 


My homebrew 5e DM Screen

Newbie DM - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:03

Since WOTC has yet to release a screen, I decided to make my own. I bought a customizable GM Screen from Amazon recently, and printed out some charts and stuff I found online.  One thing I did add to my screen now that 5e’s Bounded Accuracy makes monsters more threatening to PCs on a wider range of levels, is monster stats. I thought of a few generic enemies, like cultists, bandits, orcs, trolls, hobgoblins, etc, and added their stat blocks to one of the panels. In a pinch, it can come in handy. Random encounter during a night’s rest? I have a few stats handy in front of me.

Here’s where I got the charts I used. Keep in mind I screen grabbed, manipulated, resized, etc. to come up with my layout. I am not going to make it available because  the works weren’t originally mine. I will link to where I got the charts from instead.

DM David

Erydin’s post on Reddit

For the player’s side, I went old school and found some of my favorite older D&D art.

The charts I used, in case the pics aren’t clear, are the following:

  • Generic rules (adv/dis, Inspiration, starting wealth, carrying capacity… that sort of thing)
  • Monster stats (Bandit, Guard, Troll, Cultist, Hobgoblin, Orc)
  • DC numbers
  • Movement types
  • Actions
  • Cover
  • Conditions
  • Light ranges

 

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I also made a mini version of a DM Screen using CD Cases, based on a post I saw on G+.  But I don’t think that I’ll use it as much. I love the idea of a smaller screen, but my 42 year old eyes don’t. :)

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So there you go. 5e is getting me motivated to create for D&D again. I think that’s a good sign. :)

 

 


Death Giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 22:48

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Death Giant

These fearsome giants siphon the power of lost souls to further their evil Shadowfell schemes.

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Crone Queen

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 22:48

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Crone Queen

This is the eventual fate of the daughters of Baba Yaga.

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