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DMsGuild Review: Archetypal Spell Compendium: Artificers & Arcanists

Archetypal Spell Compendium: Artificers & Arcanists

Archetypal Spell Compendium: Artificers & Arcanists is a mechanics-heavy supplement geared towards players, presenting 101 new spells and a handful of new archetypes for spellcasting classes (including the official and newly-released-to-the-DMsGuild class, the Artificer). The author’s mechanical knowledge of 5th edition is fantastically showcased, as is the amount of lore that enhances the Forgotten Realms setting as well as touches upon other campaign worlds through the origin notes on several spells. This book is jam-packed with well-balanced, well-researched gaming material you can immediately start using at your table.

Rating: Content 5/5 and Form 4/5.

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Veil Down Conquered Free Preview Edition now available at Dungeon Masters Guild

Veil Down Conquered!

Just added to the Dungeon Masters Guild: Veil Down Conquered (Free Preview Edition)!

Veil Down Conquered is a chapter from my forthcoming adventure Kobolds vs. Ogres, which should be released in the Fall 2018. This chapter, presented here as a standalone adventure site, gives three to five player characters of levels 2-4 a chance to explore a halfling village that has been conquered by ogres seeking a new home. Of course, such big monsters trying to fit into such little homes will bring about equal parts mischief and horror!

But there’s more…

Let’s take a look at what this adventure site has to offer!

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Review: Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 One Hour Game

Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 One Hour Game

Crimson Dragon Slayer 1.11 One Hour Game is a condensed and slightly revised version of the namesake game, cutting out the intentionally gonzo implied setting to instead create an incredibly quick-to-play, barebones D&D retroclone that can be taught and played in an hour or less. Unfortunately, it also ditches one of the coolest parts of the original Crimson Dragon Slayer game: the awesome and evocative level advancement table based on achievements. Still, you’re getting a fully realized shell of a game that you can tinker with and add to as you please, in about 10 pages, and that includes an adventure!

Rating: Content 4/5 and Form 4/5.

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Review: Crimson Dragon Slayer

Crimson Dragon Slayer by Kort'thalis Publishing

Crimson Dragon Slayer is an OSR game that turns the bog-standard mechanic “roll a d20 and add some stuff” into a fun d6 dice pool system that’s at once simple and also contains enough permutations for some awesome tricks. While the game and setting are a bit too barebones for immediate pick-up-and-play, the game is a fantastic beer & pretzels-style D&D clone that can easily leverage other OSR content and mix it with all the most gonzo elements of 80’s films like Conan (the R-rated one!), LegendKrull, and that ilk.

Rating: Content 4/5 and Form 3/5.

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Review: Live to Tell the Tale – An Introduction to Combat Tactics for Dungeons & Dragons Players

Live to Tell the Tale - An Introduction to Combat Tactics for Dungeons & Dragons Players

Live to Tell the Tale – An Introduction to Combat Tactics for Dungeons & Dragons Players by Keith Ammann — creator of the blog The Monsters Know What They’re Doing — is an in-depth study of the combat system of D&D, as well as the class- and ability-related features of characters and how they can optimize their tactics (rather than their stats) to fight smart and work as a team while still playing the characters they want. This isn’t about building a “perfect” character so much as it’s about how to play smart and have fun doing it with whatever character you roll up, build, or are handed as a pregen. It is a necessary read for understanding the consequences and permutations of the D&D 5th edition rules, and can strengthen the game of every player and DM!

Rating: Content 5/5 and Form 4/5.

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Dungeons & Dragons Adventures on the Horizon

Snippet of the Sword Coast Baldurs Gate region by Derek Von Zarovich

neuronphaser.com is proud to tease you with a handful of announcements: two adventure modules and two supplements (one a crazy revision/new edition) forthcoming at the Dungeon Masters Guild!

Let’s take a look.

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Limited Time Only: Receive a Free Copy of HEAD SHOT for a Review

HEAD SHOT! A Zombie Apocalypse Hack for Cortex Plus Action Roleplaying

For a limited time only, neuronphaser.com is giving away PDF and/or Print+PDF copies of HEAD SHOT! A Zombie Apocalypse Hack for Cortex Plus Action Roleplaying in exchange for a review!

What we want:

  • An honest review by an experienced RPG reviewer.
  • A reviewer vaguely (or better) experienced in Cortex system-based RPGs (Firefly, Smallville, Leverage, Marvel Heroic, etc.).
  • Playtest review is optional.

What you get:

  • A DriveThruRPG coupon that will cover the full cost of the PDF version of HEAD SHOT!, or the cost+shipping of the Print+PDF bundle!

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Head Shot Zombie Action Roleplaying Looks Better Than Ever

Zombies! (Pages from HEAD SHOT!)

UPDATED 4/21/17 – Back in June of 2016, neuronphaser.com released the zombie apocalypse action roleplaying game HEAD SHOT! for the Cortex Plus system, made famous by Margaret Weis’ Firefly RPG, Marvel Heroic RPG, Smallville, and Leverage. It received some good feedback, did respectable sales, and ultimately was a really fun project

…And it just got reanimated!

Craig Judd — creator of the PowerFrame RPG, layout & graphics guru on Fear the Living and Blade Bind, editor on titles like Golden Sky Stories, Tenra Bansho Zero, and others — just beautified the book and redesigned the character sheets! And it’s now available as a 32-page book in Print-on-Demand through DriveThruRPG.

Let’s take a look at what improved:

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Updating the 5th Edition Monster Spreadsheet

Work continues on the 5th edition D&D monster index!

Just a quick update: the 5th edition D&D Monster Spreadsheet (a Google Sheet) is being updated with all the terrain information contained in Kobold Press’ recent Monsters By Terrain PDF update for the Tome of Beasts.

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Factions of the Flanaess: Seekers of the Arcane

Seekers of the Arcane

In a short series of articles, I will detail six examples of Factions that are appropriate for the Greyhawk setting. Some of these might be old hat for setting purists, but are written up in the somewhat simplified, player-friendly manner of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition factions. Others are heavily modified or all-new creations, meant to provide a few more widespread organizations as options, but keeping them relatively loose-knit so their sudden appearance in the setting isn’t jarring if you’ve already spent a lot of time using the Greyhawk setting.

Remember, these are just examples. Use them to your own ends, whether it’s whole-cloth or as templates for your own factions!

This final article in the series (for now!) presents an all-new faction write-up for the Seekers of the Arcane. The bulk of this article draws directly from The Oerth Journal #25, 25th Anniversary Gary Gygax Tribute Issue, with only minor lore changes.

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