Alignment Alternatives

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about D&D 5e. I love the edition and, of course, Dungeons & Dragons is a pinnacle of the hobby but there are somethings about it that I just don’t love. One of those is the alignment system which I find a little strained and not something that actually achieves what it means to. I don’t ever think it’s in the way of the game (Lawful Stupid and Chaotic Dumb situations aside) but there are definitely ways it could be improved. Here are some brainstorming efforts at achieving just that!

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Ongoing Kickstarters to Jump On

Today I’m going to do something slightly self-serving, but also to spread the word about some awesome projects. There are always tons of Kickstarter projects going on and I know that I hate it when I miss out on ones that I would have loved to back. Today I’m going to tell you about three that I’m currently backing and why. Maybe you’ll jump on too!

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Journey to Ragnarok Review, Part 2

I’m returning to Journey to Ragnarok to take a look at the campaign arc and setting. Last time, I looked at what player options were in the book and concluded that there was a fair spread. Now I’m looking at whether the campaign holds up and whether you can use this as a full campaign setting independent of the adventure series.

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Spaceships & Starwyrms Review, Part 1

I’ve been excited by the possibilities in the prospects of Spaceships & Starwyrms for a while. As a matter of fact, I’ve written repeatedly about sci-fi adaptations of D&D and about Esper Genesis in detail. So when I got the chance to examine a copy of the latest addition to this category, I eagerly opened it up. It’s a setting of technology and magic, busy planets and empty space, and… well, spaceships and starwyrms.

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Journey to Ragnarok Review, Part 1

I’ve been eyeing Journey to Ragnarok by Mana Project Studio for some time. With all the games on my shelves already waiting for more time and an ongoing and firmly-established Adventures in Middle-earth campaign underway I just couldn’t justify it. The reviews and reaction, though, have kept this product firmly in my mind and I recently used up some of my earned credit to purchase it. Let’s see what’s inside!

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Review of the Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica

The newest campaign setting for D&D 5e is out and it’s an old setting! Confusing? Yeah, for me too. There are tons of settings for D&D that haven’t been updated to 5e including Dragonlance, Brighright, Spelljammer, Dark Sun, and my favorite setting of Planescape. But for some reason Wizards decided to go with a setting borrowed from Magic: the Gathering. The weirdest part? I don’t hate it.

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Esper Genesis, Part 2

Hoo, it’s been awhile! When I took my brief hiatus following the birth of Baby Grue I had promised a second look at the rest of the Esper Genesis core rulebook. An attentive reader pointed out that I didn’t come back to this, so today I’m coming back to it! If you missed it, last time we looked at races, classes, and backgrounds in this game. Today we’re looking at setting, stuff, and aliens!

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Hellscapes Review

Ryan Chaddock has been a subject on this blog since its very beginning. Mostly of the time that has been because of his Cypher System products, but today I want to talk about his second foray into adapting D&D 5e to a different genre. With his gaming label, Scrivened LLC, Chaddock has taken on cinematic spacetravel with Hyperlanes but now he’s coming out with a new book all about the apocalypse.

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Collaborative Worldbuilding in D&D

Being a Dungeon Master is hard work, especially if you want to create a deep and engaging setting for your players. There’s no need to do it all yourself, though, you can get your players to help you with the worldbuilding. Not only does this help you with your workload for the game, but it builds buy-in from the players. Win-win!

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Sci-Fi D&D FTW

I’m going to call it: we’re living through an epidemic. Since the debut of Dungeons & Dragons 5e there have been several products adding advanced technology to your campaign. In the past year we’ve gotten Ultramodern5 and Hyperlanes and the Pathfinder world has responded with last spring’s Aethera Campaign Setting, the dystopian Hypercorps 2099, and the much-hyped Starfinder that just released. It’s starting to feel crowded!

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