D&D 5th Edition: The Expended Property for Magic Items

Mon 28 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I've been contemplating using some magic items with finite charges per older editions of DnD. In thinking about this, I worked up a mechanic inspired by DnD 4E and 5E's Recharge ability used in monster design. Essentially, a magic item can have an Expended property with the number or numbers on a d6 that cause the item to become expended and run out of charges. As a reaction, you gain advantage on a saving throw against a spell or magical effect. After using this ability, roll a d6. On a 5-6 the item is expended and no longer works. I'm looking at this approach because as a DM it means I don't have to figure out how many charges an item has and track them.


DMing: Magic Items

Sun 27 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

My first DM was very concerned about running a Monty Haul campaign and magic items were few and far between. This was ADnD 2nd Edition and I realize now that not only did it make our character's lives harder, but it also reduced customization of characters.

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 26

Sat 26 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 25

Fri 25 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

a GM can't hear that enough. What is the best way to thank your GM? Tell them they are doing a good job,  a GM can't hear that enough. Additionally, ch...

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 24

Thu 24 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 23

Wed 23 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I spend quite a bit of time with my 3 Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Core books, while making posts here. I love PDFs, actually prefering ...

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D&D Beyond: An Unexpected Upside

Wed 23 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I spend quite a bit of time with my 3 Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Core books, while making posts here. I love PDFs, actually prefering them to print books these days, but I've had to confine myself to the print products for 5th Edition.

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 21 & 22

Tue 22 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes
 What RPG does the most with the least words? Dungeons and Dragons Holmes' Basic. What RPGs are the easiest for you to run? Dung...
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On Being a Game Master: Player Buy-In

Tue 22 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I have two gaming groups and absolutely zero drama, it's wonderful and very refreshing. However, one problem I've encountered a few times in the last year or two is the issue of Players buying-in to the game. I've mostly seen this from new players, but I'm ...

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D&D Beyond: The Beginning

Mon 21 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Last night I bought in. I paid for a year's worth of the DM tier, all 3 core books, Volo's Guide, and the SCAG Guide.

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 20

Sun 20 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Which is the best source for out-of-print RPGs?

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Oakhurst: Dungeon Mastering Session 13

Sun 20 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Oakhurst: Dungeon Mastering Session 13 This is an Actual Play report (with my DM notes for the session). The group headed to the Laughing Corpse to see Meegan and learn about Zeos the Necromancer (For continuity and to root the players to the setting I decided on the spot last ...

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 17, 18, & 19

Sat 19 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 16

Wed 16 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes
 Which RPG do you enjoy using as is? Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. It's pretty close to what I would have designed for ...
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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 15

Tue 15 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 14

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Since I began playtesting it, right before creating this blog, I've finished 4 campaigns. The first was a playtest of levels 6-12. The second started as a playtest of Out of the Abyss and evolved. The third was Princes of the Apocalypse. And the fourth we finished up a ...

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 10

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Where do you go for RPG Reviews?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 11

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Which dead game would you like to see reborn?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 12

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I'm playing Robert San Fernando, Bobby from the DnD Cartoon "all growed up". We made it to the Ziggurat and saw numerous sla...

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Oakhurst: DMing Session 12

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I'm going to try something new. I'm going to give insight into how I DM. Let me know what you think.

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 13

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

The pacing of the story was quite a bit like the infamous Fantasy Fucking Viet Nam, except you couldn't die.

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Thay Invictus: Session 2

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

I'm playing Robert San Fernando, Bobby from the DnD Cartoon "all growed up". We made it to the Ziggurat and saw numerous slaves and guards--orcs mostly, in buildings around the Ziggurat. The slaves were working with silk. We noted that hourly patrols were going into the woods we were ...

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 9

Wed 09 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?

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D&D 5th Edition: Terror Wolf

Tue 08 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

Sometimes a wolf pup is taken from it's mother by Night herself, her domain is one to be feared, that all who dwell within her are mere prey and it is only her charity that spares them.

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#RPGaDay 2017: Day 8

Tue 08 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hour or less?

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#RPGaDAY 2017: Day 7

Mon 07 August 2017 by Mark Craddock from Cross Planes

One evening we had very funny, very improvisational session that focused on their group interacting with monks. Characters got drunk, vomited profusely, stole pickles and tried to steal a pony. Once character enjoyed the pickles so much that they gave up their life as a samurai to join the monastery. 

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