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October 14, 2021
The 5e Hedge Wizard: Making It Work In Your World

A 'common' hedge wizard - within the Rules As Written. TL;DR: using feats to build lesser casters as well as 'simple' enchanters of common & uncommon magic items. About half a century ago Gary Gygax said heroic classes were about 1% of the general populace. Of these heroes, casters were rare. Getting the help of […]

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October 3, 2021
Getting Wild With The Staff Of Woodlands

Transform An Entire Realm With This One Item What Does This Wild Staff Do? This +2 staff has 10 charges (maximum) & gains 5-10 charges a day (1d6+4). Not just a staff - it can take a tree-shape or form (60'tall / trunk 5 ft. thick). Also, you and your friends can Pass Without Trace […]

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September 21, 2021
Your Warlock Pact And YOU - The Evolving Relationship

Handling 'life-long' contracts in-game. The other day my player character asked: 'what does my patron want?' - i had to admit, it was a good question. This triggered a cascade of yet other very valuable queries: What 'payment' does it / he / she get in return for giving a mortal heroic superpowers? How often […]

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September 6, 2021
Too Much Gold? Have A Heroic Fantasy Shopping List.

The point of heroic fantasy gaming is to have or do stuff you cannot do in ‘real’ life - this includes being rich. Would you like to be rich for a while? Really? What would you buy? Well my friend, D&D is your chance! You already figured out you can ‘pimp out’ your character. Good […]

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August 20, 2021
Where Did The Lich Go? Why Your World Is Not Overrun By Ultrapowerful Casters

The Problem: Most powerful casters (& their friends) are effectively 'Immortal' Say you are a clever DM. You discover that nearly any mage (or bard) gets Clone spell: not only do they re-gain their youth with each casting but now they can carefully place at least one (if not thousands) of long-term insurance-policy bodies. Such […]

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July 22, 2021
The Awakened Shrub: Awaken Your Game

The Little Plant That Could The Adorable & Faithful Awakened Shrub & Humble Beginnings These shrubs may be more clever than most - but they have the land speed of a gnome, no ability stat above 11 (average of 8!), and only one language (yes, it does talk) - there is little to say about […]

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July 17, 2021
Reincarnation: Your NeverEnding Story

That One Spell That Keeps Your Story Alive. Your average dungeon-grind: player's characters discover-hunt the Big Bad - they go to ground, a set of rooms within a building &/or dungeon. Players slaughter minions, super-minions, semi-bosses and finally they get to the key figure - usually in that order. Then these characters slaughter this big […]

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July 2, 2021
Zone Of Truth: Playing An 'Open' Game Of D&D

What To Do When Your Non-Players Know Too Much Say your players cast Zone of Truth and now everyone in this 15' radius is compelled to tell the truth. Sure someone might make a few charisma saving throws but eventually they will fail - if drunk they are often considered intoxicated or suffering the poisoned […]

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June 25, 2021
Dragon's Lairs: Two Thousand Years Of Fun

Dragons live for ages - just what are they up to when not sleeping? Regardless of age, kind or type of dragon they need a lairs - hopefully with treasure. Putting money into large, hidden spaces is just what they do. That 'home' may be abandoned caves, out of the way castles or great subterranean […]

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June 25, 2021
Flowers For Algernon: Getting A Mind Of Your Own

A Green Dragon Handing Out Headbands Of Intellect... For A Price. TL;DR: A dragon (Green) creates a set of Headbands of Intellect with a catch: the owners of these items must do whatever she asks or lose their (19 int) smarts. Creatures of 'low' intelligence (less than 8 int score) are the easiest targets and […]

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