How to Run a Fifth Edition Horror Campaign | Behind the Screen (BroadSword Preview)

This is a preview for BroadSword Monthly #2. Horror is one of the many types of settings available to gamemasters to run in Fifth Edition. But how can horror work in a world where epic heroes swing legendary magic swords,  dodge arrows, and walk off near-fatal wounds after a full night's rest? This article dives … Continue reading How to Run a Fifth Edition Horror Campaign | Behind the Screen (BroadSword Preview)

Mechanical Mindflayer Head | New Vehicle for Fifth Edition

The mindflayers of Shum'morak are an inventive lot, aiming their duergar slaves at special projects such as this unique vehicle. The mechanical mindflayer head takes the form of an oversized illithid, tentacles and all. The mindflayer pilots use viewing screens from within that access scrying sensors from around the head itself. The vehicle requires a … Continue reading Mechanical Mindflayer Head | New Vehicle for Fifth Edition

Monster Hunting Squad Roles | New Mechanics for Fifth Edition (BroadSword Preview)

This article is part of the Monster Hunters series that will appear in BroadSword Monthly. If you'd like a preview of additional content, be sure to check out the Monster Hunter material on my Patreon. Monster hunting requires incredible organizational skills and plenty of teamwork, especially when faced with challenges that are beyond-deadly. For this … Continue reading Monster Hunting Squad Roles | New Mechanics for Fifth Edition (BroadSword Preview)

Knights and Nerds Podcast | Behind The Screen: Campaign Planning Episode 6

In this Campaign Planning episode, we recap episodes 22-30. Were the rules for overland travel used effectively? Did the DM create a compelling moral dilemma? We also look ahead to anticipate what choices the players might make, and get into the mindset of our villains.  Don't forget - we're doing a KICKSTARTER! Help us get our … Continue reading Knights and Nerds Podcast | Behind The Screen: Campaign Planning Episode 6

How to Create Epic Encounters | New Resource for GMs (BroadSword Preview)

You're the GM and you want the characters in your game to go toe-to-toe with a single monster. Naturally, you pit the characters against a creature that the Encounter Difficulty XP per Character table would list as "Deadly." But they breeze right through it without a scratch! What's up with that? Now your players are … Continue reading How to Create Epic Encounters | New Resource for GMs (BroadSword Preview)

Tella – Female Doppelganger Assassin | New NPC for Fifth Edition

In the Bloody Bunch campaign which is soon wrapping up (they're at 19th-level now), Tella is probably the best--and most interesting--of all the NPCs the characters travel with. Originally the doppelganger servant of Nezznar (yes, the one from Phandelver), Tella has mostly turned good over the years. Now, she aims to take down the villainous … Continue reading Tella – Female Doppelganger Assassin | New NPC for Fifth Edition

Request: Blowgun Feats | New Player Options for Dungeons & Dragons

Still working my way through July patron requests, this one comes from Mauricio: What about a feat that gives Blowgun some love? Maybe it focuses on hitting specific body parts of creatures or focusing on something, idk just spit-balling. Spit-balling? "No pun intended, right?" 😛 Have a request? And want some FREE books, too? All … Continue reading Request: Blowgun Feats | New Player Options for Dungeons & Dragons

Request: Sentient Monster-Slaying Longsword | New Artifact for Fifth Edition

Continuing with Patron requests for July, this one comes from one of my favorite fans, Keith T: A chaotic good long sword that hungers for the blood of monsters. The 1st owner might have been a famed monster hunter (something like a witcher maybe) slaying many monsters resulting in the blade being soaked in the … Continue reading Request: Sentient Monster-Slaying Longsword | New Artifact for Fifth Edition

How to Play as Spider-Man in Fifth Edition (And Still Keep Things Balanced)

Something I've been stewing on for a while: how to bring superpowers into Fifth Edition. I've had ideas for creating new classes and a few other things, but nothing really stuck. The trick is keeping it balanced in the game without making things "cheap." In other words, I want to make a superhero that has … Continue reading How to Play as Spider-Man in Fifth Edition (And Still Keep Things Balanced)

Have a request? DMDave’s making monsters for the Halloween issue of BroadSword!

Fun news today! I'm opening up request levels for all patrons for a special monster focused section of the October/Halloween BroadSword Monthly. Patrons of all levels will get a chance to make a request for a monster. Here's how you can join in: Sign up for DMDave's Patreon. It's only $3 to become a Patron. … Continue reading Have a request? DMDave’s making monsters for the Halloween issue of BroadSword!