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May 21, 2022
Make Up Their Mind: Limits Of Mind-Spells 'Phantasmal Force' & 'Suggestion'.

The 2nd level spells Phantasmal Force & Suggestion have a lot of uses and abuses - what can their owner-possessor do with someone who succumbs? Notes: 'RAW / RAI / RAF' --> 'Rules As - Written // Intended // Fun' PhB = Player's Handbook (5e). DMG = Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) Summary of 2nd lvl Suggestion spell (RAW […]

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February 2, 2022
You Are All Dead: Party Wipes Are Just The Beginning

Everyone Died? Now What? Dungeons & Dragons (and the vast majority of both table top &/or role-playing games) use dice to advance the plot. In competitive games this levels the playing field a bit: skill in poker tends to guarantee a win, but the luck makes a difference. In D&D, the better your game-master is […]

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December 17, 2021
Awakened Beasts - Powerful, Fresh and Smart Additions To Your World.

So you have some Awakened animals & plants! What do they do with their new-found smarts? In previous publications there has been some mention of what an Awakened tree may do if you first shape them into anything that is both really large and made of wood. But what about beasts? You make them average […]

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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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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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