Beyond Damage Dice Now Available

A Weapon is Much More than Just the Damage It Deals… Down to 5 hp and fighting for your life against trolls, dragons, werebeasts, or worse? You’ll need to use your weapons to their fullest potential: to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage your enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice offers unique maneuvers for specific weapons found in the core Fifth Edition rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting—giving them a distinct...

Beyond Damage Dice: Weapon Talents and Properties for AGE System

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. What follows is a translation of the previous Beyond Damage Dice mechanics to the AGE System—with the...

Beyond Damage Dice: Hammers and Bludgeons

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Beyond Damage Dice: Bows

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Real Steel: Shadow Bane, A Benefit Roll Off

Once in a while, I get asked to make a piece for a benefit raffle or auction. A few months ago, I was contacted about doing a piece to benefit Ernie Gygax, the eldest child of Gary Gygax. Ernie has had some medical issues, and the bills have been piling up. Ernie and I conspired, and we decided on a short sword, with the design left mostly up to me. Shadow Bane: A Work in Progress There are fewer pictures as when I did the Cthulhu cutlass to...

Beyond Damage Dice: Southlands Weapons

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Milton & Magic: Mythical Items from English Literature

  In his tragic closet drama Samson Agonistes, John Milton, renowned author of Paradise Lost, narrates the sorrowful life of Samson, the archetypal barbarian of the ancient tradition. Some mythical items are described in that text. Here we detail them with 5E stats. The Sword of Bone Weapon (greatclub), rare (requires attunement by a barbarian with a Strength score of 20 or greater) “Then with what trivial weapon came to hand, The...

Beyond Damage Dice: Midgard Weapons

  A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Beyond Damage Dice: Thrown Weapons

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Beyond Damage Dice: Polearms and Axes

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Beyond Damage Dice: Swords

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. The following maneuvers can be used by any character as long as they are wielding and proficient with the...

Real Steel: Blade of Ancient Visions

And the winner is… Anthony Jennings! His Blade of Ancient Visions has stolen the hearts—and minds!—of all that would look upon it. And now this blade crafted by the hands of Todd Gdula can go on to speak to a new wielder with its wondrous visions and whispers. (Well, when you’re paranoid, you’re never alone, right?) Congratulations to all of the finalists for a stupendous series of squamous swords. May you all prosper under...

Swords of Hell: Items from Dante’s Inferno

Dante Alighieri cited various magic items in his masterwork opera Divine Comedy. In this article, 5E stats for two powerful swords appearing in the first part of the epic poem, Inferno, are provided. The Sword of Homer Weapon (shortsword), very rare (requires attunement by a character with a Charisma score equal to or greater than 12) “The good Master began to say, ‘Look at him with that sword in hand who cometh before the three,...

Real Steel: Short Sword

The many types of short swords have origins from almost everywhere in the old world. Indonesia has an amazing variety of big knives and short swords. The Indian region and Africa offer some of the more unusual types. Asia has a number of entries into the category, while Europe offers the small sword and the gladius, among others. I think the gladius is probably the closest thing to what we, as gamers, think of as a short sword: the classic...

Old Hat Monsters: Signature Weapons

A good gaming session has a few of the same elements as some traditional wedding receptions. Both are a gathering of friends in a festive atmosphere, likely with food at some point. As with one wedding tradition I could name, each session could feature “something old” and “something new.” Those familiar with my series here at Kobold Press know my favorite way to make nostalgic classic monsters new is to use templates to create an unexpected...


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