Dungeons & Dragons 5e Archive

  • Advantageous Abilities: Charismatic Abilities (5e) This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/foreword, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 1 page of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? In short, we get abilities you can add to specific NPCs to grant them a more unique flavor, some tricks to set them apart, if you will. Distracting Allure, for example, lets you add your Charisma modifier to Dexterity (sleight of hand) checks. As a minor nitpick, rules-language, while functional, is not 100% according to the standards. Additionally, it does imply attraction and lacks a caveat to represent other critters – RAW, […]

    Advantageous Abilities: Charismatic Abilities (5e)

    Advantageous Abilities: Charismatic Abilities (5e) This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/foreword, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 1 page of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? In short, we get abilities you can add to specific NPCs to grant them a more unique flavor, some tricks to set them apart, if you will. Distracting Allure, for example, lets you add your Charisma modifier to Dexterity (sleight of hand) checks. As a minor nitpick, rules-language, while functional, is not 100% according to the standards. Additionally, it does imply attraction and lacks a caveat to represent other critters – RAW, […]

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  • Advantageous Abilities: Humanoid Special Abilities (5e) This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/foreword, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 1 page of content, so let’s take a look!   Dire Rugrat Publishing’s 5e-conversions are a joy to behold in that they add unique abilities to the respective NPCs. A total of 14 such abilities are included herein for your convenience. Barroom Brawler lets you ignore difficult terrain generated by bars. Below the Belt nets advantage on attacks versus foes that suffer from a variety of negative conditions…and it is here things get a bit weird – you see, the ability explicitly works for incapacitated, restrained and […]

    Advantageous Abilities: Humanoid Special Abilities (5e)

    Advantageous Abilities: Humanoid Special Abilities (5e) This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/foreword, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 1 page of content, so let’s take a look!   Dire Rugrat Publishing’s 5e-conversions are a joy to behold in that they add unique abilities to the respective NPCs. A total of 14 such abilities are included herein for your convenience. Barroom Brawler lets you ignore difficult terrain generated by bars. Below the Belt nets advantage on attacks versus foes that suffer from a variety of negative conditions…and it is here things get a bit weird – you see, the ability explicitly works for incapacitated, restrained and […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Ashford (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Ashford, so let’s take a look!   Ashford may once have been a place brimming with the quiet, simple life of small towns – but no longer. Reduced to a shadow of its former state, Ashford is ravaged by the bubonic plague and the empty shells of houses stand  among sad remnants that are inhabited by survivors of the plague – people with broken spirits and […]

    Village Backdrop: Ashford (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Ashford (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Ashford, so let’s take a look!   Ashford may once have been a place brimming with the quiet, simple life of small towns – but no longer. Reduced to a shadow of its former state, Ashford is ravaged by the bubonic plague and the empty shells of houses stand  among sad remnants that are inhabited by survivors of the plague – people with broken spirits and […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Coldwater (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Coldwater, so let’s take a look!   Coldwater is perched upon an inhospitable, mud-drenched coast, with one access by land, its harbor is in the delta of a miserably stream that empties its contents into the sea – and if that does not reflect a place you’d like to visit, then that’s pretty much a representation of how most folks see this place. Nearby caverns sport […]

    Village Backdrop: Coldwater (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Coldwater (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Coldwater, so let’s take a look!   Coldwater is perched upon an inhospitable, mud-drenched coast, with one access by land, its harbor is in the delta of a miserably stream that empties its contents into the sea – and if that does not reflect a place you’d like to visit, then that’s pretty much a representation of how most folks see this place. Nearby caverns sport […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Longbridge (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Longbridge, so let’s take a look!   Longbridge is, much like famous Riverrun, crucial to the crossing of a particular river – only that a) it’s smaller and b) its leadership is divided – claimed by both Wido Gall and Hilduin Lorsch, two sets of taxes, laws and regulations have made Longbridge a hotbed of intrigue and a powder keg whose fuse has been lit – […]

    Village Backdrop: Longbridge (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Longbridge (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Longbridge, so let’s take a look!   Longbridge is, much like famous Riverrun, crucial to the crossing of a particular river – only that a) it’s smaller and b) its leadership is divided – claimed by both Wido Gall and Hilduin Lorsch, two sets of taxes, laws and regulations have made Longbridge a hotbed of intrigue and a powder keg whose fuse has been lit – […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Wellswood (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Wellswood, so let’s take a look!   In this installment of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed series, we travel to the village of Wellswood – which is aptly-named: Situated in the midst of a gorgeous forest, the settlement sports numerous wells – both natural ones and those crafted by dwarven hands, for the settlement sports a significant dwarven population, who faithfully serves the local dour and […]

    Village Backdrop: Wellswood (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Wellswood (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Wellswood, so let’s take a look!   In this installment of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed series, we travel to the village of Wellswood – which is aptly-named: Situated in the midst of a gorgeous forest, the settlement sports numerous wells – both natural ones and those crafted by dwarven hands, for the settlement sports a significant dwarven population, who faithfully serves the local dour and […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Thornhill (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Thornhill, so let’s take a look!   The village of Thornhill is situated at the border of a vast marsh, to be more precise on an island encircled by deep, sluggish waters and surrounded by an ancient, yet formidable stockade of old timbers – the only access point to the village being one bridge. At least without access to boats!   We get 8 short entries […]

    Village Backdrop: Thornhill (5e)

    Village Backdrop: Thornhill (5e) This installment in Raging Swan’s Village backdrop-series, converted to 5e, is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 5 pages of content for the village of Thornhill, so let’s take a look!   The village of Thornhill is situated at the border of a vast marsh, to be more precise on an island encircled by deep, sluggish waters and surrounded by an ancient, yet formidable stockade of old timbers – the only access point to the village being one bridge. At least without access to boats!   We get 8 short entries […]

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  • 5th Edition Racial Options: Aasimar This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This is not the aasimar race from the DMG, just fyi – it’s its own take on the concept.   We begin this pdf with a pretty close reproduction of how races are depicted in the 5e Phb, i.e. with flavorful notes on playing the race and flavorful leitmotifs – from wanderlust to being trusting, but also verifying the statements and nomenclature. In a nice twist, elves, halflings and tieflings get their say and impressions of the […]

    5th Edition Racial Options: Aasimar

    5th Edition Racial Options: Aasimar This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This is not the aasimar race from the DMG, just fyi – it’s its own take on the concept.   We begin this pdf with a pretty close reproduction of how races are depicted in the 5e Phb, i.e. with flavorful notes on playing the race and flavorful leitmotifs – from wanderlust to being trusting, but also verifying the statements and nomenclature. In a nice twist, elves, halflings and tieflings get their say and impressions of the […]

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  • Tangible Taverns – Trio of Taverns (5e) This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we dive right into the first tavern of the trinity, the Angelic Imp: Dim, yet romantically lit, with red candles and vases of red and white roses, the tavern utilizes a romanticized aesthetic oscillating between the reds of passion (associated with blood and sin) and the purity of white – this is the place to go when you’re looking for a prime spot for a discrete candlelight dinner […]

    Tangible Taverns – Trio of Taverns (5e)

    Tangible Taverns – Trio of Taverns (5e) This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, 1 page advertisement leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we dive right into the first tavern of the trinity, the Angelic Imp: Dim, yet romantically lit, with red candles and vases of red and white roses, the tavern utilizes a romanticized aesthetic oscillating between the reds of passion (associated with blood and sin) and the purity of white – this is the place to go when you’re looking for a prime spot for a discrete candlelight dinner […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace (5e) This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 5e-version of Tuffy’s Good Time Palace is, fluff-wise, pretty identical to the Pathfinder-version: I.e. Tuffy’s is still a seedy dump of a bar with an eccentric, female, dwarven barkeep and a somewhat less-than-bright brute at the piano. Scantily-clad women dance here and shady groups, two to be precise, scuttle through the shadows, as a surprising amount of patrons seems to vanish behind a door behind the bar…the set-up of a seedy […]

    Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace (5e)

    Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace (5e) This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 5e-version of Tuffy’s Good Time Palace is, fluff-wise, pretty identical to the Pathfinder-version: I.e. Tuffy’s is still a seedy dump of a bar with an eccentric, female, dwarven barkeep and a somewhat less-than-bright brute at the piano. Scantily-clad women dance here and shady groups, two to be precise, scuttle through the shadows, as a surprising amount of patrons seems to vanish behind a door behind the bar…the set-up of a seedy […]

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  • Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e)

    Deadly Gardens: Blood Rose Swarm (5e) The 5th edition conversion of the Blood Rose Swarm Deadly Gardens-installment clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this installment with 4 different alchemical items: Calming pollen that can render plant creatures dormant for short periods, water purification drops and an oil that causes plant creatures to gain resistance to bludgeoning and piercing damage. (Erroneously called “damage resistance” in a minor nomenclature nitpick.) As something to keep in mind for GMs – with only a base price of 40 gp, this oil should not be available for campaigns featuring plant PCs – in the […]

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  • After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e) The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book […]

    After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e)

    After School Adventures – Adventures in Wonderland #1: Chasing the White Rabbit (5e) The first After School Adventure with an Alice in Wonderland-theme clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   First of all – this is the first of a series of 5 adventures that bring new players up to level 5; as written, it is intended to get PCs halfway to level 2. However, since the module as such is basically defined by its nature as a kind of minigame, this book […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e) The fourth free preview-pdf for Mists of Akuma clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of things to expect, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, one of which, as always, is devoted to the continent of Soburin, so let’s take a look!   After a gorgeous art and proverb, we dive into the wonderfully crafted prose that details the history and nature of Imperial dragons – and no, they’re not conveniently color-coded. The pdf’s crunchy meat supplementing this prose would be three sample dragons – the wyrmling underworld dragon (challenge 6) that gets a nasty multiattack, necrotic breath and frightful […]

    The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma – Imperial Dragons (5e) The fourth free preview-pdf for Mists of Akuma clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of things to expect, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, one of which, as always, is devoted to the continent of Soburin, so let’s take a look!   After a gorgeous art and proverb, we dive into the wonderfully crafted prose that details the history and nature of Imperial dragons – and no, they’re not conveniently color-coded. The pdf’s crunchy meat supplementing this prose would be three sample dragons – the wyrmling underworld dragon (challenge 6) that gets a nasty multiattack, necrotic breath and frightful […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e) This second of the FREE preview-pdfs for Mike Myler & Storm Bunny Studios’ cooperation clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page KS-summary, leaving us with 4 pages of content, though one of these is devoted to the nice maps of Soburin, the continent of Mists of Akuma.   So, what do we get in these pages? The reply is simple: 4 of the eponymous tsukumogani monstrosities! What are tsukumogami? Well, in case you didn’t know – on the 100th birthday of an item, there is a chance it may awaken to sentience – with sometimes, though not often, dire consequences. Hence rules for […]

    The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma – Tsukumogami (5e) This second of the FREE preview-pdfs for Mike Myler & Storm Bunny Studios’ cooperation clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page KS-summary, leaving us with 4 pages of content, though one of these is devoted to the nice maps of Soburin, the continent of Mists of Akuma.   So, what do we get in these pages? The reply is simple: 4 of the eponymous tsukumogani monstrosities! What are tsukumogami? Well, in case you didn’t know – on the 100th birthday of an item, there is a chance it may awaken to sentience – with sometimes, though not often, dire consequences. Hence rules for […]

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  • The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e)

    The Mists of Akuma Primer (5e) This primer for Mike Myler’s Mists of Akuma-setting clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page sales-pitch for the kickstarter – so what do we get in here?   Okay, this is pitched as eastern fantasy noir steampunk for 5th edition – basically what would happen if you took the eagerly anticipated Steampunk Musha and infused a hefty dose of Ravenloft with more emphasis on the fantastic. After a brief page of introductory prose, we get the one component that may alone very much justify downloading this primer: The Mists of Akuma. These would basically be a variant of the mists of Ravenloft crossed with […]

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  •   Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Dungeons & Dragons storyline and accompanying product offerings for both digital and tabletop RPG players. Coming off of the biggest and most exciting year yet for Dungeons & Dragons, the Elemental Evil storyline starts in March and runs through mid-summer. During that time, heroes are needed in the Forgotten Realms to discover and defeat secret cults that threaten to annihilate the Sword Coast by harnessing the powers of the elements of fire, water, air, and earth. The product line-up includes the release of a new downloadable module—Neverwinter: Elemental Evil—for the highly acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. Serving as an additional way for fans […]

    D&D: Elemental Evil announced!

      Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Dungeons & Dragons storyline and accompanying product offerings for both digital and tabletop RPG players. Coming off of the biggest and most exciting year yet for Dungeons & Dragons, the Elemental Evil storyline starts in March and runs through mid-summer. During that time, heroes are needed in the Forgotten Realms to discover and defeat secret cults that threaten to annihilate the Sword Coast by harnessing the powers of the elements of fire, water, air, and earth. The product line-up includes the release of a new downloadable module—Neverwinter: Elemental Evil—for the highly acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. Serving as an additional way for fans […]

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  •   Explore subterranean labyrinths! Plunder hoards of treasure! Battle legendary monsters!   The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is your gateway to action-packed stories of the imagination. This box contains the essential rules of the game plus everything you need to play heroic characters on perilous adventures in worlds of fantasy.   Ideal for a group of 4 – 6, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set includes a 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get started, a 32-page rulebook for playing characters level 1 – 5, 5 pregenerated characters, each with a character sheet and supporting reference material, and 6 dice. The first official product for the highly-anticipated fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop […]

    NEW D&D STARTER SET LAUNCHES!

      Explore subterranean labyrinths! Plunder hoards of treasure! Battle legendary monsters!   The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is your gateway to action-packed stories of the imagination. This box contains the essential rules of the game plus everything you need to play heroic characters on perilous adventures in worlds of fantasy.   Ideal for a group of 4 – 6, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set includes a 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get started, a 32-page rulebook for playing characters level 1 – 5, 5 pregenerated characters, each with a character sheet and supporting reference material, and 6 dice. The first official product for the highly-anticipated fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop […]

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