9 Pieces of origional character art to be used in any Dungeon Master's Guild products.


Veil Down Conquered (Free Preview Edition)

Fri 23 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Veil Down Conquered is a free preview of the full-length adventure KOBOLDS VS. OGRES, coming in late 2018! Veil Down is an affluent halfling village known for its vintners and farmers. But recent problems in the region have forced gangs of monsters closer and closer to civilized land, and this ...

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Whispers of the Dead

Fri 23 June 2017 by jameseck from Mind Weave Role-Playing Platform

Early readers of this blog will know that I favor undead as a monster type, largely due to their psychological versatility. I also like that—even more so than still corpses—their mere presence and nature can go a long way to …

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Fleamarket Friday: CRIT HAPPENS!!!

Fri 23 June 2017 by Tim Knight from HeroPress

Following on from his wonderful weather dice and mood dice, Andy 'Cosmo-Joe' Watkins of 6d6 Studio is running another Kickstarter for funky dice - this time twenty-siders with a skull for a 20 (indicating a "crit") and a pile of poo for a "1".

The campaign, which runs until July 22 ...

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ICON 2017 Recap and Monthly News

Fri 23 June 2017 by Rodney from Rising Phoenix Games

ICON 2017 South Africa’s longest running comics and games convention, ICON, celebrated it’s 25th year this year. We were there running demo games of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, as well as to attend workshops by Paizo’s own James L Sutter, who spoke about the industry and, most ...

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Wolfgang Baur on Tome of Beasts 2: Electric Beastaloo

Thu 22 June 2017 by Aaron Penfold from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

Mr. Wolfgang Baur (@MonkeyKing) drops by the office after picking up a new shipment of Tome of Beasts to talk about what Kobold Press (@KoboldPress) is doing next. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays at 2pm PT! Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@sernett) and Chris ...

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Mourning Glory: The Annotated History of Brand Talandro, Part Three

Thu 22 June 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

I interviewed I-Hsien and Shane from Total Party Thrill over a year ago and have been listening to the podcast since early 2016. I-Hsien reached out to me last week about teaming up with Tribality to help celebrate their 100th episode. I jumped at the idea and this is the ...

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Review: D&D Character Sheets

Wed 21 June 2017 by Grand DM from Ultanya

So, this past weekend I decided to pick up new Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets. Even though I can print character sheets to my heart’s content, it just seemed like a fun thing to do. Part of me was hoping to stir up old nostalgia, back when character sheets were ...

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Finding a Concept for an Adventure

Wed 21 June 2017 by Gothridge Manor from Gothridge Manor

Last night I was writing. As I often do, I draw a batch of maps, put them in a folder and then when I want to write I chose a map that is inspiring me at that moment. Last night this simple grid map screamed it wanted my attention.

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Ultimate Toolbox – Sean’s Pick, 062117

Wed 21 June 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

No GM Toolkit Week would be right without bringing out AEG‘s Ultimate Toolbox. This one really is system-agnostic, meant to help GMs running any game with a fantasy motif. Based on the award-winning RPG book Toolbox, the Ultimate Toolbox starts off where the original stopped. Focusing on inspiration, the ...

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Challenging Your Players’ Skill Without Risking Frustration

Wed 21 June 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

The Zork II computer game from 1981 includes a locked door that you can open by solving a clever puzzle. The door has the old-fashioned sort of lock that lets you look through the keyhole and see the other side. …

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FR8 Cities of Mystery (2e)

Wed 21 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Dungeon Delving can be delightful. Wandering in the wilderness is a wonderful way to pass the time. But for the ultimate in opportunity, intrigue, and unexpected danger, try visiting the nearest village, town, or city. A city is much more than a rest stop, a watering hole, or a placee ...

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A Darkness Gathering (2e)

Wed 21 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

"Put out the Sun; Darken the Light!" -Illithid aphorism I watched the early morning sun dribble above the horizon, only to have my worst fears realized. As I looked on, something vast and unseen took a monstrous bite out of the sun, leaving gaping teeth marks. The bloated red disc ...

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The Scarlet Brotherhood

Wed 21 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A new faction for your Forgotten Realms campaign. The faction presented here use the “Renown” rules from the Dungeon Master’s Guide. With optional rules for faction perks and magic item recipes.

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Dice Masters: Tomb of Annihilation

Wed 21 June 2017 by Bart_admin from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

In Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Tomb of Annihilation, players will be able to collect a party of heroes or a horde of monsters to pit against their opponents. Players may recognize some of the art from the Tomb of Annihilation roleplaying game on the cards and dice. Players will also ...

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Axe of the Sun and Scimitar of the Moon

Wed 21 June 2017 by Mark from RPGKnights

Many suns and moons ago I created a free Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition adventure.  It is not often used from the statistics of the site but some wander there

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Random Encounters with a Troll Lord

Wed 21 June 2017 by Marty Walser from Raging Owlbear

Best SWAG from Origins this year

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Kilodungeons and Campaigns

Wed 21 June 2017 by Colin McLaughlin from Tribality

I admit that I’ve never been all that familiar with megadungeons. I am not opposed to the concept, but most campaigns I have played in are either dense political sagas – walking and talking is paramount – or are told in a more epic style – Gilgamesh, not dank purps. Thus, most ...

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Mourning Glory: The Annotated History of Brand Talandro, Part Two

Wed 21 June 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

I interviewed I-Hsien and Shane from Total Party Thrill over a year ago and have been listening to the podcast since early 2016. I-Hsien reached out to me last week about teaming up with Tribality to help celebrate their 100th episode. I jumped at the idea and this is the ...

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Free RPG Day 2017

Wed 21 June 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

This Saturday June 17th, 2017 is Free RPG Day and game stores across the world are participating in the event. Established in 2007, Free RPG Day works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of ...

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The Wize Wizard McBride

Wed 21 June 2017 by James Walls from Living for Crits

Jen described the character as "Danny McBride meets Dungeon Master from the old D&D Cartoon."  The character itself, ironically NOT a Wizard but instead a Cleric of Cthulhu, is always followed by his faithful ghoul companion Brock. I'll list the full stats in a moment.

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Adventures in Eberron – Return to Kobold Hall

Wed 21 June 2017 by Sean from Power Score

I busted out my 9th level sorcerer for some more 5th Edition Eberron stuff on Saturday. I love the staff of power that I have, but in the back of my head I worry that it’s making things difficult for the DM. We’ve been collecting gems. We needed ...

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Planescape - Blood War XV. The Endless Maze

Wed 21 June 2017 by Sean from Power Score

Planescape - Blood War XV. The Endless Maze I just put out the second adventure in my Litany of Arrows path, Warpath of Gruumsh. I put in a whole section of “downtime adventures” at the end that I think does a good job of simulating what I do in this campaign ...

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Pantheon of Chaos (Chapter 2), 28mm Old Skool Chaos Miniatures

Wed 21 June 2017 by grimace73 from The Grinning Skull

Ok, my apologies for missing yesterday’s post in this “post a day” month, but things were out of my control. I’ll make up for that today with two posts, the first being this really great looking retro “Realm of Chaos” inspired KS. For those of you old enough ...

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Intro and Dubious Quadgrams! (The Data of D&D 001)

Tue 20 June 2017 by TheTome from The Tome Show

Welcome to the 1st episode of newest show on the Tome Show Network! The Data of D&D is a show from Topher Kohan and Mike Shea that talks about the numbers in and around this hobby we love called Dungeons and Dragons. The first episode is all about the ...

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I AM The Game

Tue 20 June 2017 by JB from B/X BLACKRAZOR

Let me preface this post with the following: there have been a lot of ideas percolating (if not particularly "gelling") of late in my brain, and they are derived from a number of internet babblers. Here's the list (for interested folks):

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Dungeons & Dragons Doesn't Have to Follow the Traditional Foundation Laid by Tolkien.

Tue 20 June 2017 by Charles Akins from DYVERS

As far as I am aware it has long been established that the game worlds of any Dungeons & Dragons game is essentially a quasi-Medieval world wherein the concepts of Arthurian and Tolkien fantasy hold sway over the possibilities available to the players. Knights, dragons, trolls, and whatnot rule the landscape ...

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Enhance your game. This time, with DOORS.

Tue 20 June 2017 by Michael Karr from STUFFER SHACK

Doors. Every dungeon has them. Rules governing traps and locks have made them an essential part of every dungeon crawl. Unfortunately, the narrative influence of doors on a given game’s events is a sadly underplayed phenomenon. Ask any adventurer about what they remember most in a campaign and it ...

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Have Spellbook, Will Travel – Behind the Scenes 25

Tue 20 June 2017 by James Introcaso from World Builder Blog

A new episode of the podcast Rudy Basso and I make, Have Spellbook, Will Travel, is up on the show’s site! Vin St. John – the voice of Rolf, Durant, and many others – joins Rudy and James to discuss his background in acting, Dungeons and Dragons, and the plight of ...

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Free GM Resource: Goblinist RPG Tools

Tue 20 June 2017 by Christopher Stogdill from Frugal GM

This week's Free GM Resource is almost a twofer. Goblinist RPG Tools has one "finished" tool that is the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Random Encounter Generator (I dare you to try to say that 5 times really fast) and another work-in-progress Procedural Fantasy Map Generator. Both are web-based tools.

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How Much World Building?

Tue 20 June 2017 by admin from Follow Me And Die!

I stumbled on a conversation over on Twitter about World Building between @SlyFlourish, @NewbieDM, @Chgowiz, @Bartoneus, @DnDJester, and others. It ranged between no world building/it’s a waste of time all the way to being an integral part of the game. In the course of writing this article, I ...

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Pointcrawling a Dungeons and Swamp?

Tue 20 June 2017 by Yora from Spriggan's Den

This is a problem that has been bothering me for a week now. A pointcrawl map is an excelent solution to dealing with navigation in two situations. When you want to go from one known point to another known point and there are only a few possible routes that make ...

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Wilderness Adventures for characters of level 4+?

Tue 20 June 2017 by Yora from Spriggan's Den

Common wisdom appears to have it that parties in B/X transition from pure dungeon adventures at 1st to 3rd level to the wider world of wilderness adventures after reaching 4th level. The Expert Set adds rules for characters of 4th to 14th level and rules for wilderness adventures. And ...

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11 illustrations that mock skimpy female armour

Tue 20 June 2017 by Andrew Girdwood from Geek Native

Is there a time and a place in RPGs or fantasy novels for chainmail bikinis? It’s a debate. We’re (should be) beyond objectification but if someone wants to dress their character in skimpy armour why shouldn’t they? Wherever there’s a heated debate there’s humour. The ...

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OSR Campaign Commentary With I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City: An Adventure for Character Levels 4-7 (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons)

I've lost count on the number of times I've talked about I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden  on this blog but its Saturday & I'm thumbing through this adventure again. This is one of those modules that has bit of everything awesome about AD&D first edition Sword & Sorcery ...

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Commentary On The Many Facets Of The Demon Prince Orcus In Original Dungeons & Dragons As Well As My Old School Campaigns

Tonight I busted out my copy of Eldritch Wizardry not because I was feeling nostalgic about psionics but because I wanted to stare into the face of one of demon lords of the Abyss. Lately, Demongorgon has been getting a ton of press because of the Netflix show 'Stranger Things ...

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OSR Commentary On The Use & Abuse of Funhouse Dungeons In Old School Campaigns

So I've been reading a lot about 'fun house' dungeons & how the OSR as a community is divided about them over the years. I personally don't give a fig what the community thinks. The fact is that the players & dungeon master are the final arbitrators over what's ...

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Commentary & Review of 'His Flesh Becomes My Key' By Kort'thalis Publishing For Your Old School Horror Campaigns

One of the harder tricks to pull off is telling a modern  & engaging Neo noir/horror adventure with OSR overtones. Well, 'His Flesh Becomes My Key' is one part John Carpenter/Stephen King / mixed in with a simmering helping of Cliver Barkerish weirdness strained through the lens of Venger Satanis ...

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OSR Commentary On B5 Horror on The Hill By Douglas Niles For Your Old School Sword & Sorcery Campaigns

The end of the road. A lonely fort stands on the banks of a mighty river. It is here the hardy bands of adventurers gather to plan their conquests of The Hill, the hulking mass that looms over this tiny settlement.

The Hill is filled with monsters, they say, and ...

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Expanding The Campaign Frontier With B10 Night's Dark Terror by Jim Bambra, Graeme Morris, and Phil Gallagher For Your Old School Sword & Sorcery Campaigns

Barely one day's march from Kelven, the uncharted tracts of the Dymrak forest conceal horrors enough to freeze the blood of civilized folk. Those who have ventured there tell how death comes quick to the unwary - for the woods at night are far worse than any dungeon. But you ...

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OSR Commentary & Review Of The 'Pay What You Want' Adventure HS3 Incursion of the Chain Devils For Your Old School Campaigns

Three nights ago, strange lights and screams were heard from the local temple of Ishtar. Grotesque humanoids, wearing tattered clothes and wrapped with chains, emerged from the very walls, causing murder and mayhem within.Can the PCs save the temple of Ishtar from the incursion of the chain devils?I ...

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No Thank You, Evil! Won an Origins Award!

Mon 19 June 2017 by Sean Reynolds from Monte Cook Games

Every year, the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design announces the nominees for the Origins Awards, recognizing outstanding games in the hobby industry. This weekend, No Thank You, Evil! won the Origins Award in the roleplaying game category! We are incredibly honored to be recognized in this way, and ...

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Minotaur Race

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A new monstrous player race, the Minotaur.

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Tales from the Yawning Portal NPC/Monster Cards

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

All right all you wonderful DM's out there, we bring you Tales from the Yawning Portal NPC/Monster Cards! Tired of flipping between the back of the adventure to find a monster? Losing your place in the adventure book while searching for the NPC only to find out it ...

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Beasts: Vol.1 - Red Elk

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

These are three new beasts for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. The Red Elk was originally going to be just a riding animal but I thought I would give it a War, and Wild variant. They can be dropped into any campaign setting and make a nice alternative to horses ...

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RPG003 Girl in a Well

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A young girl has disappear without a trace, and the last place she was seen was by a community well. Her mother pleads with you to help find her. Did she fall down the well, or is something even more sinister afoot? This RPG Adventures™ scenario is a D&D ...

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Ye Olde Shop of Curios (Stock take #241)

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A collection of 10 unique magic items (Inspired from my Random Resource spreadsheet)

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June 15, 2017: Announcements For October

Mon 19 June 2017 by Unknown from Steve Jackson Games - Daily Illuminator
This October, we've got some highly anticipated heavy hitters coming your way! Munchkin gets a new entry point, as well as some Shakespearean accessories, and Dungeon Fantasy RPG gives players everything they need to get started, all in one box! All the monster-killing fun in an easy-to ...
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Icons of the Realms: Tomb of Annihilation

Mon 19 June 2017 by Bart_admin from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

Bring the heroes, villains, and monsters from the jungle of Chult, as well as the Tomb of the Nine Gods, to life in this latest series of fantasy miniatures! Collect all 44 figures from Tomb of Annihilation, the newest set of randomly sorted monsters and heroes in our exciting line ...

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Suzanne Wallace on Roll20

Mon 19 June 2017 by Aaron Penfold from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

Suzanne Wallace (@iamasnarkypants) is the Brand Manager of Roll20, an online tabletop platform you can use to play D&D adventures, and she stops by to talk about the Stream of Annihilation, Curse of Strahd coming to Roll20 and Danielle Steele novels. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv ...

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