Yew Lane Estate | Scalable Adventure Setting for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

A modest estate within the city, the Yew Lane Estate is a small walled estate with three buildings. The main building is the estate house proper – two-storied stone construction with a small (unmapped) attic and servant’s basement, topped with a gently sloped slate roof. Attached to the estate wall is a small gardener’s house … Continue reading Yew Lane Estate | Scalable Adventure Setting for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Currently, I'm working on a one-shot adventure that involves a retired deaconess living in an upscale, walled estate. The adventure is scalable, meaning that it will be available to any characters at any level. At early levels, the deaconess is a priest. But once the characters become 5th-level, a priest is no longer a reasonable … Continue reading High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Jack the 7-Year Old | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Happy Birthday, Jack!)

Tomorrow is the infamous DM Jack's 7th birthday! Woohoo! Hard to believe that little peanut that appeared way back in 2011 is now a crazy, flippin', reading', joke-telling machine. To celebrate Jack's birthday, I thought I might make a monster out of him. After all, he's my monster. #mushydadstuff Oh, and he's totally a monk/wizard. … Continue reading Jack the 7-Year Old | Monster for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (Happy Birthday, Jack!)

Tuuk the Thief of the Book | The Secret of Forsaken Peak

Yesterday, I held a contest on Instagram to name a goblin that's going to be one of the bosses of the first chunk of The Secret of Forsaken Peak adventure. Things got a little out of hand. I got a whopping 414 replies (and they keep coming)! But out of those 414 replies, I decided … Continue reading Tuuk the Thief of the Book | The Secret of Forsaken Peak

Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

As I continue to build out the Goblin Mine for Justin David Russell and mine's megadelve project, The Secret of Forsaken Peak, I keep coming up with cool, new challenges to throw at the characters. Case in point: Lamarr the Necrochef. A killer and a cannibal, Lamarr is evil personified. And if that wasn't bad … Continue reading Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The goblin mine is managed by a dragon priest named Rolfin who is a half-red dragon goblin. Rolfin is somewhat insane and feared by all in the mine, including the azer smith, Roez, and Lamarr the Necromancer. While Gurd and the other goblins try to keep him safe--after all, the goblins believe that Rolfin is … Continue reading Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Another quick one for my session today, I noticed that there is a serious lack of "cleric"-like NPCs in the monster books. We have the Priest in the Monster Manual with is a 5th-level caster and CR 2. And then we have the War Priest which is a huge jump up to 9th-level and CR … Continue reading Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Volo's Guide to Monsters generously introduces statistics for a variety of mages, each tied to a different arcane tradition. However, the one type of mage that's missing, it seems, are the war mages from Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Since I need a few war mages today, I thought I might stat them up. Not only … Continue reading War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave

Recently, I showed you all how to make a cool, new monster variant in 15 minutes or less. And many of you shared that enjoyed it. So thank you so much! This time, I'd like to dive into how to make an elite version of a monster. What is an elite monster? An elite monster … Continue reading How to Create an Elite Humanoid in Fifth Edition | Monster Workshop with DM Dave