Lifepath System for D&D

I love lifepath generation. Similar to an active session zero, using lifepath generation lets you start a campaign with mechanics and a colorful backstory. In my experience it gives you a richer character whether you’re new to the game or a veteran. Lifepath generation hasn’t been an option for D&D before so I’m doing it myself! This is a preview of a product that I’m creating for The DM’s Guild. Let me know what you think!

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Esper Genesis, Threats Database Part 2

I’m back with more information about the Threats Database for Esper Genesis. Last time, I talked about some of the creatures featured in the book and how they stacked up to what’s already available and what you might need for an Esper Genesis campaign. Today I keep going and I delve into some of the weirder stuff in the Threat Database.

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Esper Genesis Threats Database, Part 1

Esper Genesis is a science-fiction D&D 5e game that I’ve been excited to see grow better and better since its launch. They have a series of adventures out and another on the way, plus pregenerated characters and a bunch of great digital resources. Today, though, I’m going to talk about their biggest and most recent supplement: the Threat Database.

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Fateforge, Part 4: Spellcasting

I’m back with another look at the Fateforge setting, this time with the magical sourcebok called Grimoire. While the other posts that I’ve made about this setting from Studio Agate have focused on the setting and characters, this post is about the metaphysics of Eana and the spellcasting ability of adventurers.

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Fateforge, Part 3: Backgrounds and Classes

I’m back with more about the fantastic 5e setting of Fateforge by Studio Agate. Last time I talked about character species and before that I gave a generalized introduction to the setting. Today, I want to talk about the other parts of the character equation: background and class.

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Fateforge, Part 2 – Character Species

Welcome to part two of my look at Studio Agate‘s new 5e setting, Fateforge. Last time I took a high-up view of the project and noted things that set it apart from other D&D 5e settings. Today, I’m getting a little more in the weeds to look at what character choices are opened up in Fateforge.

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Fateforge, Part 1 – Introduction

Right now on Kickstarter is a campaign by Studio Agate, the producers of my favorite grimdark RPG Shadows of Esteren, is a new D&D 5e setting called Fateforge. To say that the 5e marked is overcrowded is an understatement, but the folks at Studio Agate have produced some great games and settings. What will they do with this system? Let’s find out together.

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Arkadia Review

I was more than a little intrigued when I saw the Arkadia Kickstarter. Greco-Roman mythology is a rich vein and this setting promised a setting built from the ground up with this theme in mind instead of tacked on the top of D&D 5e. Now that the PDF is available I thought I’d give you all a look at what’s included!

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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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