Articles By Author - John Pope

Faster Combat, Faster (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we explored some things you could do to speed up combat without adjusting the rules. The following are three simple ways to speed combats up by making rules modifications, and each one has an increasingly larger effect on the game system than the one before it. Two-Hit Minions One of the great things 4E brought to D&D was the minion. They are designed to take a hit and go down—never to be heard from again....

Faster Combat, Faster (Part 1)

You might have heard the following words said or written many times since June 2008, which is when 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons was released: “Combat takes forever.” No doubt you have also heard many solutions to this. In deciding what to do about the speed of 4E combat, it is important to know what everyone at the table is looking for out of the game. Each person’s perspective on the time it takes for combat will be influenced by how...

King of the Monsters 3 Finalist: Karguth, the Hill That Eats

It is time to return to Monster Island and see which five of the creatures remain standing. Our judges have poked, prodded, and challenged each monster adversary, and today we have the second of the five available for you, the voting public, to look over and determine if its creator is worthy of the crown! Take a look at the Karguth, which is presented to you in its unedited format! Karguth, the Hill That Eats In the haunted land of the giants...

Character Theme: Knight of Giri (Part 2 of 2)

We continue our look at the Knight of Giri character theme in this second part of two parts. You can read the first part here if you missed it! Optional Powers Level 2 Utility Power The honor of a knight of giri comes not just from within, but also from his or her desire to show respect for his or her ancestors. In return for honoring your ancestors, sometimes they come to your aid. Ancestral Blessing      Knight of Giri Utility 2 You feel the...

Character Theme: Knight of Giri (Part 1 of 2)

Honor is found in loyalty, courage, and sincerity of action. A knight of giri does not fear death—at least not death that is purposeful—so they do not fear battle. Instead these honorable men and women fear failing their superiors; their word is a bond that they will not break. That these knights never break promises is the common belief held about the honorable knights, but the truth is not always so glorious; even knights of giri stumble from...

Character Theme: Mountain Priest (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of the mountain priest character theme, you read about mountain priests and learned the rules benefits for using the theme with your character. We continue the theme by providing you with the optional utility powers available to you. We start with the 2nd-level utility power, and more are beyond the jump! Optional Powers Level 2 Utility Power The dangers of living in remote regions are many. You learned early that the spirits of water...

Character Theme: Mountain Priest (Part 1 of 2)

Mountain priests are spiritual and meditative people who are bound to the land in a way that few others understand. To a mountain priest, everything is infused with an elemental spirit that, for those who listen carefully, can be a powerful ally in most situations life conjures for them. Mountain priests believe that they can become better at hearing the spirits through discipline and the rigorous ritual trials they must undertake that test...

Character Theme: Gray Warrior (Part 2 of 2)

Illustration by Chris McFann The gray warriors are as much legend as fact in the eyes of the common people. Shadow warriors, assassins, and spies, gray warriors are sought by noble houses in times of war to assassinate enemy generals and sabotage enemy defenses. In times of peace, nobles employ them as spies and assassins to ensure that they always have the upper hand. In the first part of this article series, you read about the features of...

Character Theme: Gray Warrior (Part 1 of 2)

Illustration by Chris McFann The gray warriors are as much legend as fact in the eyes of the common people. Shadow warriors, assassins, and spies, gray warriors are sought by noble houses in times of war to assassinate enemy generals and sabotage enemy defenses. In times of peace, nobles employ them as spies and assassins to ensure that they always have the upper hand. You have been raised by a gray warrior clan, and although you might not have...

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