DM Rant: Gatekeepers, Critters and the New Paradigm

It’s the state of D&D these days that we sit in the balance of vastly different views of what it all actually is. Nothing is more indicative of this than a recent tweet by Dragonlance tomeist, Tracy Hickman. The top pic is a portrait of the second season of the critical Role characters with the words ‘Reject Modernity’ plastered over it. Under it is a picture of Dragonlance characters with ‘Embrace Tradition’. Now, although he’s taken it down and made clear his love of all eras of D&D, it stands indicative of an undercurrent of malcontent between two sides of a great divide concerning our favorite RPG.

Search for the Splintered Goddess: Auril, the FrostMaiden

Welcome back to the archives in the depths of The Magic Tavern. Last week we deep dived into the lore of the Unseelie monarch, the Queen of Air and Darkness. In an unexpected trap, the unnamed Fey sister of Titania was corrupted by the mysterious Night Diamond. This strange artifact not only took her physical form, but it turned her against her sister and the Seelie Court and drove her to steal the ‘treasures of the Arcana’. She now holds court of her own in either another part of the Feywild or, as older editions state, in Pandemonium.

The Ghoul King’s Favorite: Warlock Patron

Through either a chance encounter in the night or a curse handed down your family for generations, you have been forever touched by the curse of the ghoul.  Without intervention, you will descend into no more than a ravenous, flesh devouring beast.  But you have a plan.  You have reached out to the origin ofContinue reading “The Ghoul King’s Favorite: Warlock Patron”

In a different class: Monks are more Than just Kung Fu?

BDC is responsible for the Insanity that follows. I have a limited in-game experience with monks.  I’m not sure if any other DMs have hada few of their players go the monk route or if it’s just me.  But the one example I had was a bad one.  He was an optimizer, which, in andContinue reading “In a different class: Monks are more Than just Kung Fu?”

In a different class: Behind every great Fighter…

When starting off new players who have no idea where to start with roleplaying, I usually suggest starting with a Fighter.  I mean, it’s a simple ‘point and click’ type of character.  What could be harder, right?  Give the guy a weapon and point him in the right direction.  The only problem is that, ifContinue reading “In a different class: Behind every great Fighter…”

Theros Beyond Magic the Gathering

Theros has always held a special place for me in the MTG multiverse. I have a deep love for ancient Greek mythology and Magic making it into its own theme for a plane was just amazing to me. Just like with Greek mythology, the more you dug into the cards and the lore behind them, the more questions you ended up having and wanting answers too…

CHARACTER REFERENCE: STITCHES (WARFORGED ROGUE ASSASSIN)

Today’s CHARACTER REFERENCE is an oddity. Warforged have been an interesting choice for a pc since they debuted in EBERRON. They were created for a specific task and, once the war was over, they found themselves lost…

A New Kind Of Character Customization: Our talk with NeverEnding

Well, help is on the way! For we are not the only lovers of RPG that has had this kind of dream. NO, someone has put this dream well on the way to being a reality. NEVERENDING is it’s name and it is an online character builder, scene builder and animation platform with an amazing library of customizable art to bring your campaigns to life.