Hipsters & Dragons

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There’s A Missing Condition in 5e….

…at least in my eyes. I’ve had the vague feeling about this for a while, but it became concrete after a session I DM’ed led to two characters being stunned by the psychic screech of a deep scion (from Volo’s Guide to Monsters). Deep scions are one of the coolest monsters from Volo’s Guide, in […]

Path of the Berserker: Feel The Fury!

There are a couple of archetypes that really got it bad in 5th edition, much to the chagrin of their fanboys and girls. I must confess that I didn’t shed a single tear for either of the edition’s two biggest victims: the ranger Beast Master and the barbarian Berserker. The former breaks the Hipsters’ no. […]

Exceptional Weapons (from 2nd to 5th edition!)

There was a mechanic I loved from 2nd edition that concerned ‘Weapon Quality’ and it was introduced in the Complete Fighter’s Handbook, a wonderful splat book that had rules for every martial aspect of the game from weapon specialisation and combat maneuvers (possibly giving rise to 5e’s Battle Master maneuvers) to warrior ‘kits’ that look […]

The Polearm Master Feat is Crazy Good!

The halberd, glaive and pike: the legendary choice of arms used by heroes such as… erm…. wait…. no, just hang on a minute…. let me think… Ok, nobody. I can remember, even decades ago, looking at the weapons table of my 2nd edition Player’s Handbook and thinking: “What’s the point of these ugly, impractical weapons […]

Blade Ward: The Remix(es)

Hey guys, so I want to introduce a new “REMIXED” series of posts, which may or may not become a regular feature of this blog. The idea is to take a look at spells and abilities that, as players, we want to like and take, but they just don’t stack up next to comparable options. […]

The Shield Master Feat: Bossing It!

I absolutely love the Shield Master feat… it offers a great boost to both offense and defense, with plenty of cool flavour and some nice tactical flexibility. A quick flick in the Player’s Handbook reveals the following: You use shields not just for protection but also for offense. You gain the following benefits while you […]

Size Matters: Let’s Buff The Big Fellas

One thing that has bothered me, almost since day 1 of playing 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons, is how little size matters in combat, and how the prodigious Strength of monsters such as ogres, trolls and dragons is barely reflected in the game’s mechanics. Now, I get that D&D is a fantasy game, in which […]

Strength vs Dexterity: It’s Time to Punish Weaklings!

I read a fair few Dungeons & Dragons blogs and stumble upon umpteen D&D discussions a week, in various corners of the web, and one comment I notice pretty often is someone bemoaning how powerful Dexterity is in 5th edition compared to Strength. It’s hard not to agree with those grumppots. After all, the Dexterity-based […]

Jumping (Beyond The Rules)

It’s a core feature of any action movie… the moment(s) when the hero has to jump across the river, rooftop, lava, chasm, pile of bad guys they just sent flying, viper pit, vat of acid, or whatever other obstacle stands in between them and their goal. Often the consequence of failing these jumps would be […]

The Harder They Fall: Revising Falling Damage for 5e

So I was thinking about falling damage recently, and specifically about how little danger falling represents to characters of a certain level, no matter how high the drop. The rules given on p.183 of the Player’s Handbook simply state that a character 1d6 bludgeoning damage for every 10 feet it falls, to a maximum of […]

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