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Warlock’s Apprentice: The Bloodstone Gargoyle of Bratislor Pass

A hulking effigy carved from solid bloodstone clings to the sanctuary steeple. A closer look reveals a sinister winged creature of elemental earth that bears the loathsome likeness of a demonic statue with long, curving horns and a prodigiously wicked grin. The sound of grinding stone and the blinking of two luminous crimson eyes precede the gargoyle’s lightning-swift assault. The Bloodstone Gargoyle of Bratislor Pass Large elemental, chaotic...

Safer at Home Freebies: Sanctuary of Belches

Never Gonna Stop Adventurin’ Who wants something a little less serious and a little more… gross? Well then, my friend, step this way for our next freebie, Sanctuary of Belches for 5th Edition, now free to download. To get yours, just sign up for the newsletter below to have the coupon code sent to you, and then adventure galore! This special offer will be available through Sunday, July 12. Sanctuary of Belches for 5th Edition…...

The Amber Bazaar: Double-Edged Magic III

More bargains than you bargained for! If you can’t trust your magic items, well, then you may have bought them at the Amber Bazaar. These items come with a price, raising the stakes at the table and putting some wonder back into wondrous items. Agartha’s Astounding Acid Wondrous item, legendary This glass beaker of watery green liquid features several prominent labels warning against usage, particularly consumption. If one fails to heed...

The 4th Pillar: Focusing on Fun

When it comes to the 4th pillar of your game, which if you haven’t figured out by now is fun, there are lots of alternative options to traditional XP. We all know that, when players earn XP for the NPCs and monsters they defeat, “defeat” doesn’t necessarily always spell death, but it usually does, hence ye olde Murderhobo stereotype. So when it comes to focusing on fun at your table, you should also consider the following...

Safer at Home Freebies: Prepared 2

More one-shot adventures, you say? Sure! We got just the thing with our next freebie, Prepared 2 for 5th Edition, now free to download. To get yours, just sign up for the newsletter below to have the coupon code sent to you, and then adventure galore! This special offer will be available through Sunday, July 5. Prepared 2 for 5th Edition… So, your players went off on a tangent—AGAIN? A Dozen 5th Edition One-Shot Adventures for Levels 1 to...

Inbar’s Guide to the Northlands: Björnrike and the Bearfolk

Dearest Mother and Father, I will not chill your loving hearts with tales of the things I have seen in the Kingdom of the Wolf. Know I remain whole and uninjured. I have once again joined with other stout souls and have moved from the Vargrike, a region of howling wolves and blood, into Björnrike, the kingdom of the bearfolk! The Lands of Fenris The Vargrike is a land of unending horror and fear. This wild and uncivilized place is the homeland...

Midgard Icons: The First Duke-Admiral

In this post we’ll get to know another of the 13 Midgard icons: Cadua, the First Duke-Admiral of Triolo! There’s an overview of the 13 Midgard icons here, along with storytelling mechanics you can use to connect player characters with their world more powerfully in 13th Age, D&D, Pathfinder, and many other RPGs. FIRST DUKE-ADMIRAL The first minotaur to serve as First Duke-Admiral of Triolo, Cadua is a polarizing figure even after 18 years...

Safer at Home Freebies: Fowl Play, Part 3

Gotta get all of Fowl Play! The next adventure in the series is now available as our weekly freebie. So go get your copy of Warlock Lair 37: Birds of a Feather (Fowl Play, Part 3), free to download. To get yours, just sign up to the newsletter below to have the coupon sent to you, and then adventure! This special offer will be available through Sunday, June 28. Warlock Lair 37: Birds of a Feather (Fowl Play, Part 3)… An Adventure Most...

Empire of the Ghouls Wallpapers

It’s June, and everyone’s gaming! So here’s an undying set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month, to celebrate that the hardcovers are printing, we’ve got a piece from the Empire of the Ghouls (artist William O’Brien). Let’s find us some undead, adventurers! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a...

Creature Codex Pocket Edition

Monsters for Your Pocket The monsters you love but way more portable! The Creature Codex Pocket Edition is now available. It’s paperback, pocket-sized, and plentifully packed with monsters.   A Horde of New 5th Edition Monsters! Whether you need scuttling dungeon denizens, alien horrors, or sentient avatars of the World Tree, the Creature Codex Pocket Edition has you covered! More than 400 new foes for your 5th Edition...

Safer at Home Freebies: Fowl Play, Part 2

Fowl Play was fun, so let’s keep it up! The next adventure in the series is now available as our weekly freebie. So go get your copy of Warlock Lair 35: Rumble in the Henhouse (Fowl Play, Part 2), free to download. To get yours, just sign up to the newsletter below to have the coupon sent to you, and then adventure! This special offer will be available through Sunday, June 21. Warlock Lair 35: Rumble in the Henhouse (Fowl Play, Part...

Midgard Ley Magic: Tapping Ley Lines

In this third installment of our series on Midgard Ley Magic, we take a closer look at what happens when ley initiates and geomancers manage to harness the power of ley lines. If you haven’t had a chance to read prior entries in the series, the first article discussed the different types of ley magic spellcasters and their impact on game preparation for a GM. The second article featured randomization tables to assist GMs in placing ley lines on...

Warlock’s Apprentice: The Band of the Twice Damned

Six infamous outriders in the service of King Lucan and Emperor Nicoforus the Pale. The following serves as a grim dossier, detailing six unique non-player characters (NPCs) who prowl the shadow-haunted realms of Midgard’s Blood Kingdom. These villainous outriders are united by their allegiance to a sinister mercenary company known as the Band of the Twice Damned, a cruel and cunning cadre of elite vampire spawn and other denizens of the night...

Safer at Home Freebies: Fowl Play

I need a knew adventure! (One that won’t hurt my head!) You too? We’re in luck…! This week, everyone needs more adventure, so Warlock Lair 33: Fowl Play is free to download, a most excellent 1st-level adventure for 5th edition. To get yours, just sign up to the newsletter below to have the coupon sent to you, and then adventure! This special offer will be available through Sunday, June 14. Warlock Lair 33: Fowl Play… An...

Tools of War: Design Principles for Massive Combat

5th edition isn’t designed for massive combats. One of the most powerful things you can do in 5th edition and its derivatives is to either get more actions or deny people theirs. As the game is simulationist, adding more people into a combat becomes a brute-force way to make this happen, be that hordes of opponents, summoned allied minions, or simply lots of players or allied NPCs. Additionally, each combatant makes every round of combat take...

The Sorcery Stop: The Khar Khul

The centaur tribes who inhabit the Rothenian plains have no shortage of threats, but few are as troubling as the recent outbreak of the black strangles. Once a disease confined to livestock and cattle, the affliction’s jump to centaurs has spread fear, confusion, and near panic. Despite the resources centaur leaders are pouring into developing a cure, the black strangles continues to spread. While most of the tribes seek a cure for the...

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