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Lessons from Bond: Designing & Deploying Lieutenants

Last time I was in the UK, I picked up a 1958 edition yellow-leafed pocket-sized paperback of Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming, which I later read on various beaches of the Costa Brava over summer. I was impressed with Fleming’s punchy, authoritative prose and I enjoyed the gritty, down-to-earth plot of Bond exposing a […]

7 Haunting Horror Stories for Halloween

As the nights get darker and the days get colder (at least for those of us tuning in from the northern hemisphere!), it’s become a tradition at this time of the year for D&D players to embrace the scarier side of fantasy. Now, given that our favourite tales of horror are often rooted in helplessness […]

Keys from the Golden Vault: Reviews of All 13 Heists!

Dust off your crowbar, polish your lock picks and put on your padded slippers, because your expert handler, Hipsters & Dragons, is about to mission debrief you on a series of 13 sensational heists from the D&D multiverse. Yes, a mere 7.5 months after its release (I have a day job you know!) I’ve finally […]

The Incredible Balloon Bamboozle: A High Jinks Aerial Heist!

Earlier this year I bought Keys from the Golden Vault, and I effin loved it… my next Hipsters & Dragons post will be a 10,000 word review of the anthology, complete with rankings, and remixes to make the adventures even better. Naturally, delving into this fun and fast-paced anthology made me want to write my […]

Challenge Player Resources with ‘Adventurers Rests’

In my last post I complained that 5e spellcasters have too many spell slots. They almost never run out of the buggers. This can cause issues in all kinds of scenarios, and one of them, on my table, is during travel. I’m not one for hand-waving travel, nor do I want to make travel an […]

Stunning Metal, Sharp Edge & Gemstone Dice Sets

Cast your mind back to the first time you played Dungeons & Dragons. If your experience was anything like mine, then you were spellbound not only by the game itself but also by the mysterious and beautiful polyhedral dice, that came in all sorts of varieties of number of sides, shapes and colours. I was […]

Let’s Talk About Slots, Baby…

…let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be… 🎶 Well it’s mostly good things, let’s be honest, especially if you are full caster. Spells are freaky powerful in Dungeons & Dragons, and once you hit 5th level you basically never run out of slots to cast them with. At […]

Top D&D Kickstarters Happening Right Now

I absolutely love the DMs Guild, and it’s still my go-to place for additional 5e content, but it seems that more and more creators are turning to Kickstarters to fund and market their adventures, lore books and D&D related products. A quick search reveals nearly a 1,000 projects related to 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons […]

My New Exhaustion House Rules

I recently discussed the pros and cons of the current 5e exhaustion rules vs. those appearing on ‘One D&D’ playtests, and since then I’ve felt a bit frustrated with both systems. Is it too much to ask to have an easy to remember system, that affects both movement and spellcasting, is punitive enough to be […]

Isle of the Dreaded Accursed (& Other Adventures)

The adventure Isle of the Dreaded Accursed has been on my radar for a while, and I was lucky enough to be sent a review copy recently. Written by JVC Parry, Mr. Tarrasque and WallyDM, with a license to showcase the monsters of the Dreaded Accursed bestiary by Nord Games – all names with which […]

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