Character Reference: Can even a fiend be redeemed?

The following bit of Lore dump and insanity was brought to you by BDC It was one of those classic moments. The DM takes a player to the side to roleplay an important scene. In this instance, a new character that had only had two sessions gets caught up in a regional conflict between valiantContinue reading “Character Reference: Can even a fiend be redeemed?”

Dread Elementals: The Pyre

A Pyre Elemental can be summoned only during a time of great mourning.  Celebrations like the Feast of the Moon are perfect times while the good people of the hosting city accept the grieving from many different kingdoms.  It is traditionally part of the Feast where the dead are remembered and celebrated.  But within thisContinue reading “Dread Elementals: The Pyre”

In a different class: Bards are more than a song

What comes to mind when I bring up the class: Bard? Most times we see an extrovert troubadour obnoxiously making time with anything that moves all the while playing the songs that not only make the girls cry, but inspires the party to fight harder and their enemies to wimp out and run in fear.Continue reading “In a different class: Bards are more than a song”

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.

Railroading vs Sandbox: DM Rant

It seems to be the debate of the ages. The argument between railroading and free choice. That difference between a linear adventure and an amazing open world campaign. The fact is that somewhere between these ideas is what we actually call Dungeons & Dragons or more widely, the RPG.

Forgotten Lore: Legacy of the Queen of Air and Darkness

What starts here will probably continue into a series of articles; laying out an investigation I did when studying the varying courts of the Fey. It was not my intention to get stuck down the rabbit hole of this particular Fey Goddess, but, as it is with most of my obsessive research, it was as inevitable as it was impossibly deep. This is the chronicles of a deep dive that I have not returned fully from yet.

Character Reference: Chug, the Drunken, Inquisitive Master

What started as a well-meant life as a monk, did not go as planned…I mean, the liquor was always good. And I became quite adept with my fists. But the best part was the illusion that I, my two compatriots and the master were just a pack of Kenku drunks.

Warlock Patron: Hags and Covens

After last weeks venture into storytelling and game suggestion (check out our article-Hags: Love, Nature and Destiny), we discussed the Mother of all Hags (literally), Cegilune, and mentioned that she would be a great patron for a warlock. As a part of developing The Magic Tavern’s next book, CONSTRUCTIVE CONSTRUCTS: SCARECROWS, I’ve done some extensiveContinue reading “Warlock Patron: Hags and Covens”

Way of the Hoof: Building a Centaur Monk

While perusing the various ‘guides’ for building Centaurs that have popped up since Mythic Odysseys of Theros was released earlier this year, one would simply pass on the notion of building one as a monk.  For each one of them simply dismisses the idea as frivolous and ‘non-optimal’.  Well, the gang at The Magic TavernContinue reading “Way of the Hoof: Building a Centaur Monk”

Goblinoids as PCs: fun builds and new options

Why play Goblinoids? That’s a very good question.  I’m sure a lot of us loved Sam Riegal’s Nott from Critical Role.  And some of us relish in playing the awkward, socially repulsive train wreck that the many of the goblinoids are.  But, after the appeal of the funny voices and scaring the commoners wears off,Continue reading “Goblinoids as PCs: fun builds and new options”