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Tome, Sweet Tome! Reviews of All 17 Candlekeep Mysteries

One summer’s day in 2021, feeling restless, I walked down the leafy Passeig de Sant Joan boulevard in Barcelona and popped into the Gigamesh fantasy bookstore. Half on a whim, and half with an adventure idea in the back of my mind, I picked up a copy of the (then) recently published Candlekeep Mysteries and […]

Running The Price of Beauty (Candlekeep Mysteries)

I’m currently about half way through penning an epic post reviewing each of the adventures in the Candlekeep Mysteries anthology (it’s now live!). So far, the adventure that has spoken to me the most is The Price of Beauty, a 5th level adventure written by Mark Hulmes. ***For DMs ONLY. Contains spoilers for The Price […]

Ed Greenwood Is A Legend!

I’m no D&D historian, but I think it’s fair to say that few, possibly none, have contributed more to the game’s lore than Ed Greenwood. The Canadian writer started writing novels set in his nascent Forgotten Realms as early as 1967 (aged 18 at the time), before developing the setting as the homebase for his […]

Merry Deadwinter To You All!

For some time I’ve been deliberating over designing a Name of the Rose-inspired murder mystery adventure for D&D. The imagery of weary travellers arriving at a remote monastery in the dead of winter has a certain romantic appeal, while the sinister atmosphere of a body count increasing in an isolated community feels like something that […]

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 […]

The Four Ways to Start An Adventure

A while ago, I proposed six alternatives to the overused trope of starting your D&D adventure in a tavern. When M.T. Black recently asked his Twitter followers what fun variations they had seen to the “you all meet in a tavern” adventure beginning, I shared my article and then condensed my six alternatives (plus the […]

Truly, Madly, Deeply: A Starter Adventure for Kids

I’ve recently been chatting to fellow D&D blogger, Patrick Higingbotham, and he told me about his latest project: a starter adventure designed to make introducing D&D to new and young players (from around 9 years old and above) a smoother, more immersive experience. It sounded really cool, and I thought who better to introduce it […]

The 11 Best Dragon Heist Supplements

Dragon Heist is my favourite official 5th edition storyline so far (read my review and running notes here), and one of the things that makes it so great is that it’s very easy to enhance and expand the material that’s presented in the book. In fact, you’ll be more or less obliged to add to […]

My New 5e Adventure DRAGONBOWL is Live!

This week marks a special week for me, because after 1.5 years of planning, writing, playtesting, rewriting, commissioning art and doing the layout I finally published my second 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragonbowl! Drawing on influences from some of my favourite 80s and 90s movies, as well as my favourite comic, the hardly-known […]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – The Ultimate Guide

The second I heard the news that Wizards of the Coast were dropping Waterdeep: Dragon Heist in 2018 I knew I had to run it for my group. Nothing gets me as excited as an urban adventure in Dungeons & Dragons. The intrigue, the politics, the skullduggery, the secret locations… city adventures are just so […]

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