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Factions of the Flanaess: The Scarlet Brotherhood

The Scarlet Brotherhood

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!

The Greyhawk Grognard already posted a faction writeup for The Scarlet Brotherhood, so this article explores a form of sub-faction within the Brotherhood, known as Cabals.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Old Faith

Holy Symbol of Beory, and insignia of The Old Faith

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 article looks at The Old Faith, using the Emerald Enclave as a template.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Knight Protectors

Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdom

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 third article covers The Knight Protectors, six orders of knighthood that have a common origin in the Knight Protectors of the Great Kingdom, but have varying motives and goals in their day-to-day activities. Much of the faction write-up is based on the Lord’s Alliance, and could easily be used to work for Greyhawk’s Iron League, as well, which we present as a variant at the end of the article.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Guild

Sample heraldry for The Guild (Original art: Colourbox)

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!

Article #2 brings us a play on the Zhentarim faction by way of the Thieves’ Guild of the Free City of Greyhawk. Here’s to the new mafia of the Flanaess: The Guild.

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Factions of the Flanaess: The Circle

Sample faction symbol (Original artwork: FMA: Tucker Circle Revamp by dazwolf)

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!

First up is an all-new one: The Circle.

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Tips for Using Published Campaign Settings

The DIY Attic D&D Gaming Room by Gregory Han

You’ve got the D&D 3rd Edition-era Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, or maybe the Eberron Campaign Setting. Maybe you’ve read every damn one of those Dragonlance novels. Ever check out how many publications exist for the prolific Savage Worlds fantasy setting, Hellfrost? Think of all the folks that have read Tolkien’s novels, all of his letters, own Karen Wynn Fonstad’s Atlas of Middle-Earth and can speak fluent Sindarin! Remember that guy who’s memorized every detail of Star Fleet command and the technical manuals for the various versions of the Enterprise?

Some folks have encyclopedic knowledge of a setting, and others own a campaign setting book that is as big as — and maybe reads as boring as — an entire set of Encyclopedia Brittanica.

How do you use these things? What is the actual value of the word count if you end up setting your game in just one region, covered in 4-5 pages of a 320 page tome? Let’s look at some options!

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Baby Bestiary Table Now Available for Free

Tables for Baby Bestiary Vol. 1 and 2

Metal Weave Games recently put out two volumes in the Baby Bestiary line, allowing us to Discover the Adorable! when it comes to the pups, kittens, foals, and kids of various monstrous races in our fantasy RPG campaigns. The books include tons of advice for training these monsters, world-building information, ecology, and more.

neuronphaser.com now brings you a Google Spreadsheet featuring a table of all the monstrous kiddos found in both volumes, but there’s more!

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Download the Brand New Monster Index for D&D 5th Edition

D&D 5th Edition Massive Monster Index

UPDATED 11/22/2016! We’ve added the monsters from Volo’s Guide to Monsters (Wizards of the Coast) and are currently working on adding Fifth Edition Foes (Frog God Games)!

We’ve just added a new 5E Monster Index to our Free Stuff section!

You can navigate to the continuously updated Google Spreadsheet version (click there, or on the image below, or on the Free Stuff page) and sort/download to your heart’s content, or you can click over to the Free Stuff page to download the PDF.

Please note that the PDF is rarely as up-to-date as the Google Sheet!

Whatever version you choose, the Monster Index contains all of the monsters and NPCs listed in the following sources:

Wizards of the Coast:

  • Curse of Strahd
  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen & Rise of Tiamat (AKA Tyranny of Dragons)
  • Monster Manual
  • Out of the Abyss
  • Princes of the Apocalypse
  • Storm King’s Thunder
  • Volo’s Guide to Monsters added!

3rd Party:

  • Tome of Beasts (by Kobold Press) added!
  • Adversaries & Allies (by Dan Layman-Kennedy, available at Dungeon Masters Guild)
  • Fifth Edition Foes (Frog God Games) coming soon!

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Ryuutama: Resources for the Natural Fantasy RPG

Ryuutama: Natural Fantasy RPG english cover

Updated from the original August 2016 article.

While the Ryuutama RPG’s creators run a fantastic website with a list of resources for the game, a small treasure trove of additional scenarios, add-on rules, and campaign world building advice exists on the internet. Let’s take a look at some of these, and I’ll try to update this as new things pop up!

(If you see something that should be included, shout out in the comments!)

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Cortex Plus finds a new home with designer Cam Banks

Margaret Weis Productions logo with the new Magic Vacuum logo

November 1, 2016 – Margaret Weis Productions has announced that Magic Vacuum Design Studio — Cortex Plus designer Cam Banks’ new RPG design house — will take over the design, development, and publishing of all Cortex Plus and Cortex Classic roleplaying games from here on out!

Read on and find out the sordid tale that has lead to what appears to be a new and brighter future for Cortex Plus!

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