Category: GM Tools

Request: Gnomish Haymaker | New Magic Item for Fifth Edition

Moving through my Patron requests for July, this one comes from a user I only know as “cmac”: Hi Dave, I am a Electrum Club member and I have a request for magical item. I call it the “Gnomish Haymaker” it’s a magic gauntlet that requires attuning by a member of a small race. Here […]

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 […]

Monster Hunting Squads | 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. Two human brothers race their ax-beak-drawn chariot down the long, dark road, hot on the trail of a ghostly specter […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Randomness of Limbo | New Resource for Fifth Edition (Bloody Bunch Spoilers)

My Saturday group is about to head (again) into Limbo. There, they will come across all manner of chaos. So I’m not rewriting the entirety of the 2nd Edition Planes of Chaos supplement, I’ve included the major notes on how the plane works. For more details on how Limbo works, its inhabitants and major locations, […]

Equipment and Currency in Athas (Dark Sun) | Player Guide for Fifth Edition

Continuing my series on Dark Sun, it’s time to dig into the currency and equipment of Athas. Since Athas has a limited supply of metal, equipment and coinage work very differently in a Dark Sun campaign as detailed below. In an effort to provide a complete ruleset, I’ve constructed the rules for equipment and coinage as concise […]

Martial Artists | New Scalable NPC for Fifth Edition

As a DM, I’m always on the lookout for good NPC challenges for my players. Unfortunately, most of the NPCs that are spread out among the three monster books (MM, VGtM, MToF) don’t always cover each and every challenge rating there is. And thematically, they can be a little all over the place. For example, […]

Dire Creature Template | New Template for Fifth Edition

A Huge or smaller beast can become a dire creature. It keeps its statistics except as follows. Size. The dire creature’s size increases by one size category. Natural Armor. The dire creature gains natural armor, giving it an AC equal to 12 plus its Dexterity modifier. If the creature already has natural armor, its base […]

Items of Legacy | New Player Option for Fifth Edition

“Weapon of legacy” describes all the items created using the rules in this article, even those that wouldn’t normally be described as weapons (such as rings or shields). Usually, this article uses the more general term “item of legacy” or “legacy item.” An item of legacy has the capacity to grow in power as its wielder advances in level. […]

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