BroadSword Magazine is LIVE on Kickstarter!

This is it! Today is the day! BroadSword Magazine launched at 10:17am CST on Kickstarter and already the backers are pouring in. At this rate, we should have it funded within the first two hours. Every issue comes with: 4 NEW and ORIGINAL Fifth-Edition compatible adventures. New magic items, spells, subclasses, and special rules for … Continue reading BroadSword Magazine is LIVE on Kickstarter!

Broadsword Magazine Kickstarter Page Up for Preview

It's finally here! Over the last couple weeks, I've been thinking a lot about The Secret of Forsaken Peak and decided that not only would we be releasing this awesome adventure on Kickstarter, but we'd make it part of a magazine series called Broadsword. What is Broadsword? Basically, Broadsword is a throwback to the RPG … Continue reading Broadsword Magazine Kickstarter Page Up for Preview

Creating Awesome NPC Dialogue on the Fly in D&D | the DM Lair [video]

Most dungeon masters are not actors or theater majors. So what can they do to improve the dialogue of the NPCs in their D&D games? More importantly, what can a DM do to get better at speaking in character for an NPC on the fly in Dungeons & Dragons? In this video, I discuss several … Continue reading Creating Awesome NPC Dialogue on the Fly in D&D | the DM Lair

Bloodstone Pass: Part 1 – The Circus of Doctor Trundles | Adventure for 15th-Level Characters (Spoilers)

I've been on a conversion kick lately. I thought I might tackle an old module set, the H's back from 1st edition, aka the Bloodstone Series. Bloodstone used rules from Battlesystem making the adventures into mass combat. Since I've got mass combat rules of my own, and the players in my current campaign are around … Continue reading Bloodstone Pass: Part 1 – The Circus of Doctor Trundles | Adventure for 15th-Level Characters (Spoilers)

Koroxon | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

If Jillian is a total bad-ass at CR 21 and she's the just lieutenant, then how bad-ass is the captain of the guard himself? My guess would be CR 24 or so. Koroxon Medium fiend (demon), chaotic evil Armor Class 21 (natural armor, floating shield +1) Hit Points 237 (25d8 + 125) Speed 40 ft. … Continue reading Koroxon | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

Mithral Golem | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

There comes a moment in every Dungeon Master's life when their players' characters grow up and become super powerful beings. That moment is quickly followed by the creation of super powerful monsters to knock 'em back down. Mithral Golem Huge construct, unaligned Armor Class 21 (natural armor) Hit Points 241 (21d12 + 105) Speed 40 … Continue reading Mithral Golem | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Abyssal Hydra | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Here's another interesting monster that I felt like tossing into the Bzallin's Blacksphere adventure. Basically, I needed another incredibly difficult creature for a solo encounter. This one needs to be Challenge Rating 3 in order for it to be a decent challenge. Abyssal Hydra Huge fiend (demon), chaotic evil Armor Class 19 (natural armor) Hit … Continue reading Abyssal Hydra | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Disciple of Bzallin | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The adventure Bzallin's Blacksphere has a lot of interesting characters in it, as well as a fair amount of NPCs. For a normal-sized group, it's a pretty challenging adventure. But my group has 6 characters and a shield guardian. So that means I need to scale it up considerably. This stat block for Bzallin's disciples … Continue reading Disciple of Bzallin | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Invisible Stalker Assassin | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

An invisible stalker is an air elemental that has been summoned from its native plane and transformed by powerful magic. Its sole purpose is to hunt down creatures and retrieve objects for its summoner. When it is defeated or the magic that binds it expires, an invisible stalker vanishes in a gust of wind. Some … Continue reading Invisible Stalker Assassin | New Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Jillian | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

Jillian is part of the Bzallin's Blacksphere adventure. The original Jillian was a CR 10 challenge, but I realized that I probably needed to beef her up a bit. Edit: I realize that I actually made her too low of a challenge at 16. So I had to beef her up even more to CR … Continue reading Jillian | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Spoilers)

Metal Spider | New Vehicle for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Metal spiders are vehicles which can be piloted by a Small creature such as a halfling or gnome. Metal Spider Huge vehicle (15 ft. by 15 ft.) Creature Capacity 1 crew Cargo Capacity none Travel Pace 40 ft., 8 miles per hour (192 miles per day) Abilities Str 20 (+5), Dex 14 (+2), Con 19 … Continue reading Metal Spider | New Vehicle for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition