Ezzat’s Catalogue of Magical Oddities

Ezzat’s Catalogue of Magical Oddities

Reading Time: 4 minutes I haven’t done a robust study, but my hunch is that magic items collections probably make up the bulk of all Dungeons & Dragons 5E third-party content. At least outside of adventures anyway. It makes sense actually. We play for the intrinsic fun, of course, … [continue reading]

The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee as a TTRPG Monster

The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee as a TTRPG Monster

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some time ago, I was browsing ArtStation and stumbled across “Children of the deeps” (pictured) by Maxence Burgel. I couldn’t help but envision this gang of miscreants as the ubiquitous itty bitty shitty committee. Speaking for anyone but myself would be folly, but I know what … [continue reading]

Darkvision

Darkvision

Reading Time: 4 minutes According to pages 183-185 of the Player’s Handbook, darkvision means a creature with this trait can: “see in darkness as if the darkness were dim light, so areas of darkness are only lightly obscured as far as that creature is concerned. However, the creature can’t discern … [continue reading]

Wailer’s Hold is Abandoned

Wailer’s Hold is Abandoned

Reading Time: 4 minutes Wailer’s Hold is abandoned. Or was. When I ran some Forbidden Lands RPG sessions earlier this year the players chose to journey towards Wailer’s Hold. Rather than let the abandoned site wallow in disepair and enshrouded in mystery, I decided an opportunistic entrepreneur would try … [continue reading]

5E Racial Stat Bonus Chart

5E Racial Stat Bonus Chart

Reading Time: < 1 minute If you’re looking to create a new character and your race selection is flexible, use this Stat Bonus Chart to help. Perhaps you’re just wanting to play to a stereotype of a brutish tank, a mouthy bard, or a sneaky rogue. If so, that’s great! … [continue reading]

Otik’s Spiced Potatoes Original Recipe Sucks

Otik’s Spiced Potatoes Original Recipe Sucks

Reading Time: 7 minutes Last year I wrote about my take on Otik’s Spiced Potatoes original recipe. That was before I realized that Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witwer would be publishing Heroes’ Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook. Even when I learned of its publication, Otik didn’t enter my … [continue reading]

Unrequited Love and Sméagol’s Doom

Unrequited Love and Sméagol’s Doom

Reading Time: 6 minutes On the toxicity of unrequited love In order to speak more about Gollum’s fall, I first want to bring up a poem by one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s contemporaries, W. H. Auden. (Tolkien and Auden died within a month of each other in September … [continue reading]

We missed Aesop’s point

We missed Aesop’s point

Reading Time: 2 minutes What if we missed Aesop’s point in The Fox and the Grapes? Convention holds that the titular fox of this fable walked away from his snack and declared the grapes sour only after he couldn’t reach them. I haven’t read every fable from Aesop that … [continue reading]