Each week I aim to publish a roundup of content related to 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, and tabletop roleplaying games in general. Here’s this week’s post:
For players and dungeon masters:
- Skum of the Stars Owlman Press via RPGNow – the core edition of Skum of the Stars, as well as the first issue of SkumMag have just been released. This looks like a very flexible sci-fantasy rule system, and I’m hoping to try it out soon. (I’m also working on illustrations for Owlman’s Phantasmagoria.)
- ‘A Guide to D&D Coins’ Dungeon Master’s Workshop – ever need to know how many coins it would take to fill a treasure chest?
- ‘State of Race in the Tabletop Gaming Hobby’ Youtube – Timothy Sherman talks about his experience of racism at the gaming table. People should not have to put up with slurs at the table.
- ‘Fey-touched Backgrounds’ Tribality – this post provides a couple of backgrounds you could use if you’re making a character who has been influenced by fey magic
- ‘Arachnoid Stalker’ Middle Finger of Vecna – here’s a rogueish archetype that seems to be inspired by Spiderman
For dungeon masters:
- ‘Dragonmarks: A Q’Barra Campaign’ Keith Baker – the creator of the Eberron setting discusses how one might run a campaign set in Eberron’s frontier of Q’Barra
- ‘Running Tomb of Annihilation in Eberron’s Xen’drik’ Tribality – this article goes into quite a bit of detail about how you might adapt Tomb of Annihilation to the Eberron setting
- ‘Tomb of Annihilation: Thoughts on Structure’ Skald’s Forge – this post gives a brief overview of the Tomb of Annihilation book, for DMs planning to run that adventure
- ‘The Changeling Barber of Windermere Parish’ Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque – here’s a pretty detailed adventure idea involving lots of hair
- ‘Inception Skill Challenge’ Sly Flourish – here are some suggestions that might help you create a skill challenge inspired by the film Inception
- ‘Shipwreck Golem’ Spilled Ale Studios – here’s a miniature and a stat block for a shipwreck golem and a goblin pirate
- ‘118 Tavern Names’ Dungeon’s Master – this listicle says it does matter what the name of the tavern is, and it provides 118 possible options
- ‘NPC Design’ J.S. Alexander – here you’ll find some suggestions for how to make memorable non-player characters for your game
- ‘Getting Better at D&D by Using Propp’s 31 Functions’ Nerds on Earth – A lot of us are aware of Joseph Campbell’s work on ‘the hero’s journey’, a structure that underpins all hero stories. This post introduces us to another structure that Vladimir Propp found in Russian folklore.