Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Market Ward

Wotcha sirrah. Still want that tour then?OK, we'll start with and easy one. Let's go shopping. You've been here a little while I take it? Good, then I'll skip the talk about the dabus, sedan chairs, jink and razorvine wine.This here is the centre of the multiverse. I know, I know. Maybe "everyone and everything … Continue reading Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Market Ward

Satchel’s Bag of Tricks

I've recently released my second product on DMsGuild - Satchel's Bag of Tricks.This is an item supplement for Six-guns and Sorcery adventures, so an ideal accompaniment to my first product A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine. And you can even get them both together in a bundle for the price of just my adventure. … Continue reading Satchel’s Bag of Tricks

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VIII – Berserker

I messed up and scheduled this for the wrong date - this should have gone up on Saturday 9th but I'm just going to enjoy taking a day of time to relax a bit and work on other projects instead of stress and try and scrabble something together to get ahead again! I think it's … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VIII – Berserker

Out West and the Haunted Mine

As I've mentioned a few times now, I participated in the RPG Writer Workshop back in November, writing and publishing an adventure to DMsGuild.(You can still get the adventure as part of a bundle with other products from other creators, and save yourself a bunch of jink by buying it all at once.) The Haunted … Continue reading Out West and the Haunted Mine

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VIIa – Ranger Again

So the good folks at LevelUp 5e have issued another playtest for the ranger. I presume this is because of spells? Let's take a look. Yup, spells. Because there are ranger subclasses that have spells, and LevelUp is supposed to be compatible with based D&D 5e, someone had to add a ruling on this.Seems like … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VIIa – Ranger Again

How to DM II – a quick overview

My last post focused on the Why of DMing, so let's make a start on the How of doing it. There's a bunch of places you can go to pick up some quick tips for starting out. Run to YouTube, watch people run games in person and virtually. Watch videos of people giving advice for … Continue reading How to DM II – a quick overview

A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine

I've recently released my first DMsGuild product, an adventure called A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine. (You can get it for even cheaper if you pick it up as part of this RPG Writer Workshop bundle!)It's a Six-guns & Sorcery adventure for D&D 5e. That means there's a Wild West vibe to the whole … Continue reading A Town Called Mud: The Haunted Mine

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VII – Ranger

Time for the Ranger to get the LevelUp 5e treatment. I mentioned in the Druid post that I'll be looking at similarities between some of the abilities, since thematically a few of them seemed good to cross over. Things that stay the same up to level 10:Natural Explorer and Favoured Enemy at level 1 (though … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VII – Ranger

Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Welcome to the Cage

Sigil. Yes with a hard G.City of Doors, on account of all the portals.The Cage, on account of... well, most people have a theory. Welcome, you poor Clueless sod, to this grand city of mine, this jewel in the crown of the multiverse, this little slice of heaven and hell of your choosing .Mind out … Continue reading Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Welcome to the Cage

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VI – Sorcerer

Due to my various commitments during November (check my adventure out, on half-price sale now!), this one is a bit late, and the next playtest packet, the Ranger, is out as well. I'll have my review of that up shortly. So what's going on with the Sorcerer? Things that stay the same up to level … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VI – Sorcerer

How to DM

At the end of November, I ran across this tweet by Alyssa Visscher. This is, I think, exactly the reason it took me years to pick up the Dungeon Master's Guide - I already knew the contents after years of playing these games, so why bother with this product? In the end, the main reasons … Continue reading How to DM

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Every year, I buy myself a gift for my birthday, and this year I picked up Tasha's Guide as a pre-order. Little did I know when I clicked the button to pay that I would have to wait an extra two-ish weeks for my book to arrive - apparently this is a thing that happens … Continue reading Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Dungeons & Dragons & Discord

As part of the RPG Writer Workshop, I had to playtest my adventure to see if it survived contact with the enemy players.I also didn't want to spend money and time learning a new system, when I have other things to be getting on with - writing and parenting and so forth. That ruled out … Continue reading Dungeons & Dragons & Discord

Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Doomguard

The Doomguard, also known as the Sinkers, are warriors of entropy, seeking to speed up inevitable collapse into chaos or ruin. They represent an ideology of the Negative Energy Plane and it's quasi-planes Ash, Dust, Salt and Vacuum - whilst focus on causing entropy in all forms, others seek to protect its cause and will … Continue reading Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Doomguard

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest V – Inspiration and destiny

Basically a way to redo the Inspiration mechanic, this also gives a crunchy outcome to fulfilling a roleplaying goal throughout a game, as well as an easier way to adjudicate the gaining of Inspiration. First of all, let's take a quick look at how Inspiration is flavoured here - you can use it to give … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest V – Inspiration and destiny

RPGs that influenced me III – D&D 3e/3.5e

Oh boy, here comes a potentially long post... D&D 3e is the RPG I cut my teeth on.I played this during school lunch breaks, during weekends and after school with friends, playing marathon sessions over the holidays, in the tabletop gaming club at university, into well after 4th edition was released.It's probably what I base … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me III – D&D 3e/3.5e

Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Getting started

Following on from a couple of different posts a while ago on building Sigil's Factions in to D&D 5e, I'm going to take another crack at it as an ongoing series, this time with a bit of an overview of each Faction but focusing much more on the new rules I've built than the old … Continue reading Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Getting started

State of Republic

So, a long, long time ago, when I lived in a different country that's not so far away, I wrote a post about running a D&D game in a Roman-style Republic. I've referenced it a few times in recent months. That last one is probably where this new idea was formed. There, and with my … Continue reading State of Republic

FantasyCraft and DM advice

So I just discovered the gem that is FantasyCraft and... Wow, yeah. This is how I wanted to play D&D back during 3rd edition. It really is my dungeon, my dragon, my way with this book.Damn. Now if only I'd owned this fifteen years ago. I think I even saw one in the wild once, … Continue reading FantasyCraft and DM advice

On nonsensical magical snakes and other creatures

I'm told there's a new monster in the Tome of Beasts 2 from Kobold Press called a 'Snake with a Hundred Mage Hands'.And now there's got to be at least one of these creatures in all of my homebrew settings, right? After Eberron's Living Spell monsters, that idea for a snake is hands down my … Continue reading On nonsensical magical snakes and other creatures