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  1. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Elite Monster Template

    Hey - you're right on the composition of an elite monster: -2x hit points -Elite Recovery (as a trait, action, bonus action) to prevent the monster from being locked down longterm -a way to increase its effectiveness by about 50% from the baseline for its Challenge Rating. This is the piece that...
  2. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: Meet the Team

    With the Dungeon Delver's Guide Kickstarter in its last few days, we want to go over the amazing contributions of some of its writers. William Fischer designed some of our most devious high-level traps, including the sinister Hourglass Room. He also did the Palace of the Amber Prince dungeon...
  3. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver's Guide: Sample Dungeon

    The Dungeon Delver’s Guide Kickstarter is coming into its last week! With over £150,000 pledged, we’ve unlocked several stretch goals. Let’s talk about those. Dungeon Delver’s Guide has a huge, 40-page section that lets you randomly create, tweak, and customize dungeons. But sometimes it’s 30...
  4. duneguy

    D&D 5E Dungeon Delver's Guide: High Level Play

    As campaigns reach mid to high levels, characters come into their own. A vast array of rare and legendary magic items await treasure hunters. Spellcasters gain access to varied and powerful spells. High-level class abilities offer game-breaking powers. On the other hand, at high levels, game...
  5. duneguy

    D&D 5E Dungeon Delver's Guide: Three Page Dungeons

    We’ve launched our Dungeon Delver’s Guide kickstarter, and we’re honored by your support! A day after launch, we’re at over £60K. Soon we’ll have stretch goals to announce. But right now, let’s preview another section of the book: our three-page dungeons. If you’re designing a dungeon adventure...
  6. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: Skeletal Hordes

    Welcome to Dungeon Delver’s Guide (coming to Kickstarter very soon!) Our skeletons are smart, have extra arms, are indestructible, and are on fire. I love designing Level Up monsters (you can check out a whole book of ‘em here), and I couldn’t resist writing lots of new subterranean beasts for...
  7. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver's Guide: Let’s Go Shopping

    I should have mentioned in the article... Peter N Martin was a driving force behind equipment and cultural equipment.
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    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver's Guide: Let’s Go Shopping

    A descent into a dungeon is not to be made without preparation. For players who love shopping-trip sessions, Dungeon Delver's Guide (coming to Kickstarter on August 30th) offers loads of new equipment, from the mundane (collapsible boats and underwater lanterns) to the spectacular (alchemical...
  9. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Resistance/Immunity and CR

    @lichmaster absolutely, polymorph should have a big impact on CR just like damage transference does! I probably didn't think of it because I don't give it out much - though I give out shapeshifting a lot. @dave2008 you and Morrus are both right on the question of saving throw proficiencies. And...
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    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: Welcome to Underland

    What’s below dungeons? According to fantasy trope, the depths of the earth harbor a vast network of caves. In Dungeon Delver’s Guide (coming to Kickstarter on August 30th), we include a gazetteer of Underland, a primordial cavern realm that is unsettling, unfamiliar—and best avoided by all but...
  11. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: The NODES System

    You’ve baited your story hooks. You’ve got your dungeon map. Now what do you put in all those rooms? Creating an adventure’s worth of interesting features at once can be challenging. You may encounter writer’s block, or find yourself filling each area with repetitive challenges. (A dungeon...
  12. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: It’s a Trap!

    Exactly! That's just what I'm going for.
  13. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Resistance/Immunity and CR

    Hi! I do have some thoughts taht have been cooking in my head on this, which I'd love your thoughts on. -Resistances and immunities - this is a tricky one: I do feel that they are relevant in CR at times, but most often their importance is much more negligible than you'd expect. I think I...
  14. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: It’s a Trap!

    In EN Publishing’s upcoming Dungeon Delver’s Guide, we’re giving you every tool you need to build story-driven, atmospheric dungeons. And that means we have got to get traps right. Today I want to share the book’s trap-building philosophy, along with a few of the more than a hundred traps you’ll...
  15. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Level Up’s Archlich: The Mouthless One

    Special thanks to Ryan Servis from 2C Gaming for a development pass and William Fischer for an edit pass. Any remaining mistakes are things I added after they did their excellent work.
  16. duneguy

    Blog (A5E) Level Up’s Archlich: The Mouthless One

    With millions of people watching Stranger Things this month, you might be curious what the Level Up version of an archlich might look like. Well, we’re working on one for an as-yet-unannounced project, and we thought we’d give you a preview. If you want a truly challenging end boss, give it a...
  17. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Dungeon Delver’s Guide: The Mycelial and the Ratling

    The A5E version of the ratling in the book is more complex and is one of my favorite heritages to play!
  18. duneguy

    D&D 5E What Are Your Favorite D&D Monsters (MM Edition)?

    Empyreans are great! Super-powerful godlings, capable of great good, great evil, and even, in a pinch, great moral complexity. In a high-level game, use them as thanos-style villains or as dangerous allies with temporarily aligned goals. Can also be used as the chassis for a divine avatar. The...
  19. duneguy

    D&D 5E What Are Your Favorite D&D Monsters (MM Edition)?

    Sure takes a while to click every monster except stirge.
  20. duneguy

    Level Up (A5E) Rogue Questions/Errors

    You are absolutely right! Defiant Mind should be Wisdom, and I'll take a look at the table errors.