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  1. Hjorimir

    The Blackgate Chronicles (Updated 11/15/21)

    Introduction Hi, my name is Clay and I go by the handle of Hjorimir (YOR-ih-meer) on the interwebs (@Hjorimir on the Twitters where I post often if you care to follow along). I started playing D&D at the wee age of 8 when I cried long and loud to my dad, so he’d force my brother to let me play...
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    Forbidden Lands free (today only)

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    Tenfold Dungeons

    Disclaimer: I don't know these guys or have anything to do with this Kickstarter. Just something I thought I'd share. Tenfold Dungeons are essential a series of chambers and corridors that build out a dungeon/scene made of cardboard boxes. The doors function as clips that holds everything together.
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    [Homebrew] Less may be more

    Taking a stab at homebrewing a setting? Less may be more. Consider limiting the types of monsters that you feature and try to give them more depth. Consider Tolkien’s Nazgul (wraiths) or Martin’s White Walkers (wights). Simple monsters with layered context. In my own campaign setting, I don't...
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    Anybody else excited for Esper Genesis?

    I'm pretty excited for Esper Genesis to arrive. When Paizo announced Starfinder, I instantly wished that WotC would do something similar (Star Fronties 5e please). Esper Genesis is scratching that itch for me. While I'm glad to hear that WotC is going to produce some campaign setting material...
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    Button Pusher, Lever Puller, Potion Taster (When players are absent)

    So a running joke at our table is that when a player misses a session that their character volunteers for all button pushing, lever pulling, and potion tasting activities. Honestly, we generally hand out the sheet to a different player to control in combat and the DM covers the RP for the absent...
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    Surprise for my group

    So, I'm a homebrewer. I love created worlds for my campaigns and my players. A thing that has always vexed me is not having a nice map for the table. So, I set out to finally pull a nice map together for my players. I ended up with something I like and had it printed out in 2' x 3' from...
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    Power is Relative

    As a DM, I find extreme character optimization efforts to be funny. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a player trying to make an effective character and I do it also when I’m the player, but not at the sacrifice of what I consider to be an interesting character to role-play. As a DM, it...
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    40 years...

    40 years ago, I started playing AD&D. I got to play because I cried to my dad that my older brother wasn’t being nice and allowing me to play with him and his friends. They gave me the cleric to play, naturally. The first character I actually made was my ranger. His name was Silver Arrow...
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    5e Tasks

    Mily was the first one to round the corner. Her breath was ragged and her lungs burned. “The Temple!” she called to the others. She bound across the cracked stone floor as quickly as her halfling feet could carry her and threw her shoulder into the gigantic stone doors. They didn’t budge...
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    Top Secret: New World Order

    I didn't see any other posts on this, but the Top Secret: New World Order Kickstarter went live today. I'm pretty hyped myself. What are your thoughts?
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    The Romance of Arasil

    UNDER THE VORINGIAN MOON Rated R for gross violence. An Introduction The Romance of Arasil is my homebrew setting – aptly named Arasil – in which my friends and I roll dice, try to role-play, and generally enjoy ourselves. Thematically, I tend to run campaigns on the darker side of things. I...
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    D&D 5E Getting your game on

    I love it when people post pictures of game sessions. Here's one of our from last night. The Dogmen of the Veldt (read: gnolls) were raiding the town of Traveler's Rest. Much of the town was put to the torch and there was a running battle in the streets as the gnolls were assaulting the town's...
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    [San Diego, CA] Looking to add 1 player, Santee Thursday nights, 5e

    We're looking for one more player for our weekly Thursday night game in Santee. We start around 6 to 6:30 and go until about 9 to 10 (usually closer to 9 than 10). We’re a group of working professionals (two managers, a director, a vp, and an English Prof), Christians and Atheists, Republicans...
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    D&D 5E XLS Encounter Builder

    I tossed together this XLS to determine experience and encounter difficulty while building encounters for 5e. Hopefully somebody else will find it of use. Good gaming!
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    Presentations for your game

    Over the years, I’ve started many a campaign. Usually, I would type up some campaign background and distribute the document to my players and hope they’d read it, but found that in practice the information didn’t really penetrate into my players. Frustrated with the results I went searching...
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    Breaking Away from the Traditional Setting Cultures

    So a friend of mine is starting a new game inspired in large by Conan books. He’s included an Asian part of the world called Lao-Shiang. Not able to resist anything resembling Oriental Adventures, I crafted a character (a ranger) and re-skinned him with pulpy-wuxia flavored awesomeness. As a...
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    VBA Character Sheet

    I lose at the interweb. :( Apparently a post I made back in June with a PDF attachment of a character sheet I use for 4e garnered some interest...and I got some private messages sent to me asking for copies of the original. I've never had Private Messages here before (not too popular, I guess)...
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    Warning: Devil's Due Publishing Trojan

    I was checking out some of the vendor's nominated for the ENnies and when I went to Devil's Due Publishing (Best Regalia: Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons, Vol. 2) my system started blocking Trojan attacks and I saw that the site was trying to install a Remote Desketop applet. I closed the site...
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    Can't recall movie name...

    Some while back (within the last year I want to say) I saw a preview for a movie which I think was Japanese. It involved a girl (14ish in age I think) running around with a katana (I think). Heh, anyway, if anybody knows what the heck I'm babbling about and can point me in the right direction...