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Dungeon Situational – My Warlock Pact

The Warlock draws his power from strange and terrible forces from beyond the world. Often evil in their own particular way, these are entities who cannot garner followers, and so must bargain for indentured servants to do their bidding. Cruel fiends, capricious fey, deranged elder things, and dead gods need things too.

Here I give some examples of how patrons may approach, co-opt, or otherwise bargain with their warlock servants. I’ll be referring to and utilising Dungeons & Dragons 5e rules, but I’ll leave it suitably ambiguous so that it can readily be adjusted for warlocks, shady spell casters, and dark cultists in any setting or edition.

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Kickstarter Highlight – Strongholds and Streaming by Matt Colville

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Kickstarter article, but here’s one that caught me by the eye and the wallet.

I may have mentioned that I am a fan of Matthew Colville, a writer, DM, and YouTuber and the writer of the Critical Role official comic book. I may have mentioned it repeatedly to anyone who will listen. So when I discover he has a Kickstarter in mind I was all kinds of ready to lay my money on the table, it would inevitably be Dungeons & Dragons oriented, and worth the money.

Strongholds and Streaming is a two-part project:

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Dungeon Situational – Unusual Traders

Any given group of players – when presented with a marketplace or new town – will ask for some fairly predictable things; blacksmiths, magic items, herbalists and alchemists, spell components (if you as a DM insist on such things) and some kind of transport like a horse and cart. But can you pull their eye with something else? Can you present them with something new, and memorable?

A good vendor, trader, or shopkeeper can really lend some memorable characterisation to a town or city. Those assembled below are presented using D&D 5th edition rules, but are readily adjusted for other systems and editions. (more…)


Dungeon Situational – Non-Combat Challenges

Most commonly Dungeons & Dragons tends to be sequences of role-play, exploration, broken up by combat situations and the occasional shopping trip. There’s variety in the proportions of course, but there are some very rare opportunities for the DM to call for initiative where an actual fight is unlikely because there are more important things to worry about.

I’ll be using rules and skills for D&D 5th edition (5th edition is best edition, all hail 5th edition) but will be left loose enough for you to modify the rules for different systems and editions to suit your campaign. (more…)


Dungeon Situational – Unusual Terrain

If you’re getting sick of fighting on flagstones, or the same old grassy fields every day, there are options aplenty in the great wild world and the myriad worlds beyond it to make your combat, or even just a day’s travel that much more interesting. Today’s Dungeon Situational presents terrain options to create more memorable moments in your campaign.

As usual any rules are written with D&D 5th edition in mind, but all are easily modified with your preferred rules, or adjusted to suit parties of varying levels. (more…)


Top 10 – Kleptomaniacs

GeekOut Top 10s

A kleptomaniac is someone who can’t help themselves, but to steal. Nevermind stealing your heart, these individuals will just take what they see. Really, it doesn’t matter to them – they know they need it, no matter what it is. They just have to have it. Well then, we’re going to have to tread carefully and lock all of our valuables away. Indeed, we’d better nail this Top 10 down, as this week we’re keeping an eye out for our Top 10 Kleptomaniacs.

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Dungeon Situational – Kobold Traps

Ever hear of Tucker’s Kobolds? If you have then you know that a half-dozen hit points does not mean an easy fight. In this week’s Dungeon Situational I’ll pitch a few ideas for the kinds of traps that kobolds may construct given their stature, disposition, and available resources.

As usual I’ll be using D&D 5e rules, but all rules and numbers can be adjusted to suit your campaign in other editions, systems, or for varying levels. (more…)


Finally Watching Critical Role

I do my best not to make two roleplay posts in the same week (the same rule applies to film, or internet culture, or video games and so forth) but this is just a very quick post while I hastily finish my preparations for GeekOut Shrewsbury, for which I should – as you read – already being attending, and the nub of the topic is fairly self explanatory:

After a couple of years of being badgered about it – pretty much since the first month the all-star D&D game headed by Matthew Mercer – I am finally watching Critical Role by Geek and Sundry. (more…)


Dungeon Situational – Magical Implements

Dungeon Situational is a new series for Dungeons & Dragons players easily modified for other editions and roleplaying systems that feature ideas for DMs and players that can (hopefully) help you make your characters and your campaigns uniquely yours. Spells, creatures, trinkets, encounters, rewards, and obstacles of any and all sorts.

For today, something I often find my spellcasters lacking, unique magical implements. These are no mere wands and staves, these trinkets are intrinsically magical in their own right, and have minor magical properties of their own that should not unbalance the game… certainly no worse than your average magic item. (more…)


Top 10 Role Playing Games

GeekOut Top 10s

Grand stories, lush landscapes and gripping character development – These are the three real key components for a successful Role Playing Game, of which all of our choices this week have in abundance. It’s time to equip the best gear, check our stats and see if we will get that legendary drop we’ve been grinding for hours for – So stick around and check out Timlah and Joel’s Top 10 Role Playing Games!

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