UA: A Trio of Subclasses Breakdown

Mon 27 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

This week’s Unearthed Arcana wasn’t the downtime actions/ways to spend cash post that Mearls has intermittently teased for months now, but that’s okay. Instead, we get three more subclasses – a monastic tradition, an oath, and a ranger archetype – that have no superficial connection, but on closer inspection reveal a through-line that may signal a shift in the D&D 5e metagame. The short version is, do you want to irritate the crap out of the DM? If so, these subclasses are ideal!


Unearthed Arcana – A Trio of Subclasses

Mon 27 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week’s edition of Unearthed Arcana gives us new looks at subclasses for the Monk, Paladin and Ranger. We’re also asked for feedback on the wizard options from last week. “Three classes each receive a playtest option this week. The monk gets the Way of the Drunken Master ...

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Five Strange, but True Facts to Inspire Your Game

Thu 23 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

Every now and then, I run across something strange and think, “that can’t possibly be true.” I spend some time researching it, reading about it, and falling down a rabbit hole of various traditions to come to a conclusion about this surprising piece of information. To my complete astonishment ...

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Eleven Different Factions

Wed 22 March 2017 by Jesse Cohoon from Tribality

Factions are groups within a fictional universe that are vying for control. This control can be a thing of politics, religion, magic, or other ideology. Some factions tend to get along, while others seek to destroy one another. Some factions wish to do things within the constraints of the law ...

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Creating Engaging Random Encounters

Tue 21 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

Your group of adventurers are traveling from point A to point B. A random monster jumps out of the bushes! The Gamemaster (GM) rolled on a random table and you encounter a hungry owlbear who roars and attacks. You fight and defeat the monster and eventually arrive at your destination ...

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Unearthed Arcana: Wizard Revisited

Tue 21 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week’s Unearthed Arcana PDF gives us two new arcane traditions for the Wizard, Theurgy and War Magic. At 2 pages, it is much, much shorter than last week’s Mystic. This pass on Theurgy is an interesting blend of arcane magic and religious devotion, opening up cleric spell ...

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Unearthed Arcana: Wizard Revisited Breakdown

Tue 21 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

After last week’s release of the third mystic iteration, and given that the week before that had one wizard subclass shoved into an article mostly on warlocks, I thought Unearthed Arcana might give this week a miss. I was, of course, mistaken! Today we have two new wizard traditions ...

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The Watch

Thu 16 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

I spend a lot of time here analyzing game design, and today I’m studying a new game, still in its Kickstarter run, called The Watch. It is part of the Powered by the Apocalypse family, but the core story of The Watch is so sympathetic to D&D that ...

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D&D 5e – Tales from the Yawning Portal Previews

Wed 15 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

We are starting to see quite a few previews available now for Tales from the Yawning Portal which will be out in stores on April 4, 2017 Cover (,jpg) Intro (.pdf) The Sunless Citadel (.pdf) Tomb of Horrors (.pdf) Other Stuff Yawning Portal – Phylacteries Feedback Form “We’re asking for ...

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D&D Beyond – Q&A with Curse’s Senior Product Manager Adam Bradford

Wed 15 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

I have had the great pleasure of corresponding with Adam Bradford, the D&D Beyond product lead for Curse. We had a Q&A conversation about the upcoming D&D Beyond product for Wizards of the Coast. I see a lot of positive features from this application for my personal ...

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Aging Adventurers and Bubba Ho-Tep

Wed 15 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

A look at how the cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep can provide inspiration for running games with aging adventurers.

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UA: The Mystic Class Breakdown, Part Three

Tue 14 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

The new Unearthed Arcana document dropped toward the end of the West Coast working day yesterday, so getting an article up on the same day, while my perpetual goal, was a non-starter. It is a doozy of a release, weighing in at 28 pages and carrying all the context of ...

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Opaque Industries – Song of Swords RPG Kickstarter

Tue 14 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Song of Swords is a tabletop roleplaying game focused on taking combat to the next level. Perfect for historical and fantasy campaigns! Song of Swords is a dark low-fantasy tabletop roleplaying game that focuses on lethal, tactical combat, with a library of arms and armor inspired by real history. It ...

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16 Dangers of the Riftlands

Tue 14 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week we have another guest post from Jesse Cohoon looking at the Riftlands. The Riftlands are a new type of variable terrain that you can put into your game to give an added challenge, interest and intrigue to an already existing world. They are places of geologically unstability that ...

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Third Act Publishing – Satanic Panic RPG Kickstarter

Tue 14 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Third Act Publishing brings its next RPG to the hobby with a crowdfunding campaign for Satanic Panic, a game about fighting against the evils of tabletop. Third Act Publishing, the company that published Reflections: The Game of Dueling Samurai via Kickstarter last year, has launched a new crowd funding project ...

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Mystic Update – Unearthed Arcana

Mon 13 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week’s Unearthed Arcana gives us a third look at the Mystic for D&D 5e the comes in at a hefty 28 pages. This is a full 20 level class with pages and page of details to build a mystic character. “The mystic class, a master of psionics ...

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D&D Beyond – Official Digital Toolset for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition rules

Mon 13 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Wizards of the Coast has announced during PAX East that they are working with Curse to create a digital toolset that can be used with any digital device to manage your D&D 5th edition game: We are excited to announce development of D&D Beyond, an official digital toolset ...

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The Monk Class, Part Three

Mon 13 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

As we have another week without Unearthing any Arcana, I can at last return to our discussion of the monk class in D&D. Today I’m looking at AD&D, Second Edition, and like all even-numbered editions, the monk is not a core Player’s Handbook class. I’m ...

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Using Factions in Your Campaign

Mon 13 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week on the Campaign Trail I’m looking at factions and how to use them in your game. This article will look at how Forgotten Realms factions are used for D&D’s organized play, how I use factions in my game, example factions in settings and tips on ...

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LAZY RECALL: WEEK 3 SPL RESULTS, POWER RANKINGS, AND PREDICTIONS

Wed 08 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

It’s times like this week that remind me that while some professional teams are better than others, that skill differential is usually shown over a larger set of games. When there is a small set, anything can happen. It also reminds me that eSports need better governance. Without stricter ...

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Unearthed Arcana: Traps Revisited

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week’s Unearthed Arcana has arrived which revisits traps. We’re also are asked to provide feedback on last week’s mass combat. This is something I’m really happy to see as a DM and I hope we see some expanded hazards soon too. Traps “Traps—how to ...

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Tales from the Yawning Portal Available on Roll20 as Individual Add-Ons

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

On March 24, 2017, Tales from the Yawning Portal will release on Roll20, which each adventure being available as a standalone add-on. I think this is a great move to split it up. “Tales from the Yawning Portal is coming to Roll20! The latest upcoming release from Wizards of the ...

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Unearthed Arcana: Traps Breakdown

Mon 06 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

This week’s Unearthed Arcana comes to us from the office of Mearls, Crawford, and the Mon Calamari Admiralty. These rules expand on the trap rules found in the DMG, with considerably more guidance for creating new traps and providing new rules for Complex Traps. Complex traps are mentioned in ...

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Lazy Recall: Week 2 SPL Results, Power Rankings, and Predictions

Mon 06 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

A look back at the second week of the SPL Season 4 Spring Split, a decision of trends, heroes and goats of the week, and power rankings and predictions heading into week 3.

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A New Collection of Homebrewed Content

Mon 06 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

It's been a long time since my original "Fire Hose of Homebrewed Content" collection, so today I've collected links to a whole lot of blogs that have posted useful game content for free in the past few months. The OGL and DM's Guild have definitely changed things ...

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Crazyhead, Misfits, and Glorious Incompetence

Mon 06 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

Everyone wants to be awesome, but let’s consider - if even for just a moment - that being awesome at failing might be something to try out.

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20 Unique Spirits For Your Game

Mon 06 March 2017 by Guest Author from Tribality

This week on the Campaign Trail, we have a guest post from Jesse Cohoon looking at spirits from around the world for your game. Just roll a d20 to see what you get. Ghosts, demons, oni, natural and elemental forces, and the like are common foes in RPG games. Unfortunately ...

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John Wick and Mythology

Mon 06 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

A look at the repurposing of myths in the world of John Wick, and how to leverage them for your own games.

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Unearthed Arcana: Mass Combat Breakdown

Mon 06 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

If I had had to guess what we’d see in this week’s UA, I don’t think a new round of mass combat rules would have made the top 5, though probably the top 10. Not that you asked, but: the #1 spot easily would have gone to ...

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NEVERWINTER: THE CLOAKED ASCENDANCY NOW AVAILABLE ON PC

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

Neverwinter just got another release for PC called The Cloaked Ascendancy putting players against a group of mages. Players get a new campaign, adventure zone, re-vamped dungeon, skirmish and more. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases will follow later this year. Here is the Press Release… Explore Diverse New Zone ...

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Mass Combat – Unearthed Arcana

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

The Campaign Trail comes a little early this week. In this week’s Unearthed Arcana, we see a shift from character options to another look at mass combat rules for DMs, based on previous feedback. The last time we saw mass combat was back in March 2015. I wanted to ...

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Lazy Recall: Week 1 SPL Results and Power Rankings

Mon 06 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

A review of the first week of the Smite SPL Season 4 Spring Split, and a look forward to the week ahead.

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Plane Shift: Kaladesh Breakdown

Mon 06 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

It turns out that new Plane Shifts aren’t necessarily released in connection with Unearthed Arcana. News to me… but here we are! I’ve been out of touch with M:tG long enough that I’m coming into this without knowing one word about the plane of Kaladesh, but ...

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Monster Lab: Frost Witch Queen for D&D 5e

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This week on the Campaign Trail I wanted to share some monster stats for a Frost Witch Queen, that my players just battled against and won. If you’re looking for a powerful final boss witch or fey with lots of ice and snow powers, this might work for your ...

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Smite Pro League Season 4 for Dummies

Mon 06 March 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

Worlds/Settings Homebrews Worlds/Settings Welcome to the Smite: Battleground of the Gods Professional League’s (SPL) fourth season! I threatened last time around to start discussing this stuff regularly, and I am nothing if not someone who sometimes follows through on things until he forgets or decides not to ...

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Kobold Press – Midgard Campaign Setting: Dark Roads & Deep Magic Kickstater

Mon 06 March 2017 by Michael Long from Tribality

Have you seen the Midgard Campaign Setting Kickstater from Kobold Press? There are only 10 days left to become a backer. The kickstater campaign brings us an updated version of the original Midgard Setting. Midgard is a dark fantasy roleplaying setting that has been inspired by the myths and folklore ...

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Valentine’s Day – D&D Holiday Card 2017

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

In the past, D&D released some Valentine’s Day cards. They are back at it this year with an adorable Yuan-Ti pun. Download the 2017 Card | Download Past Cards | Read the Full Story at D&D

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Unearthed Arcana: Warlock and Wizard Breakdown

Mon 06 March 2017 by Brandes Stoddard from Tribality

Today’s Unearthed Arcana might qualify as the bombshell of the whole run through the classes, with the exception of the time they released a new base class. There are two new warlock patrons, twenty-five new warlock invocations, and one new wizard tradition. That’s a pile of content to ...

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Unearthed Arcana – Warlock and Wizard

Mon 06 March 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

As the team at WotC continues to release Unearthed Arcana content multiple time a month, this week we get a look at the warlock and the wizard. We also have a survey to complete and provide feedback on the sorcerer. Unearthed Arcana We get a chance to playtest the following ...

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