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Happy 40th, AD&D 1e Player's Handbook!

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Just wanted to drop a little note that according to the history timeline of our little hobby, TSR released the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st edition Player's Handbook in 1978, June to be precise. Its now 40 years!

TheEvilDM's Sage Advice: Episode 14 - Why I changed the alignment system

In this video, I go over how I changed from the 9 point alignment system to a 3 point alignment system in my D&D 5e game, The World of Arkonis Actual Play podcast. 
1. Light Characters  Under this spectrum will follow the law to the best of their ability, and know they are being watched, thus do the right thing. They will help fellow mankind out when needed, but doesn't necessarily mean they will go out of the way to right the wrong all the time. Not all characters that fall under here will be Justice Warriors, unless they desire to be.
2. Dark Characters  Under this spectrum will follow good’s ultimate opposite, pure Evil. Which is demonic in nature, always trying to encourage the misery of others and taking pure joy at watching what they accomplished. Their actions are purely based on a whim, and diabolical in decision when possible. 3. Grey Indifferent is neither really light nor really dark and is normally the alignment associated with nature or the “go…

Why not try Milestone leveling instead of XP Leveling?

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In my previous posting, I talked about using Gold/Treasure as a way to reward XP, and help shifting focus away from just running around slaying things for experience points. But then the issue came up of "what about just skipping all that and just milestone level?"

TheEvilDM's Sage Advice: Episode 13 - Gold for XP in your Campaign

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In this episode I went over how you can take your 5e game in a different direction entire when you move the focus off killing for xp to gold for xp. When gold is the end result or goal in the game and that's what gets the characters experience, the player will start thinking differently.

TheEvilDM's "Roots of Evil": Episode 2 - Chatting Sword & Wizardry Ligh...

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In this episode I sit down with Erik and talk about life, things going on, how he got started in gaming, his blog and how S&W Light came about. Check it out!

TheEvilDM's Sage Advice: Episode 9 - Mundane Trap Ideas?

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In this episode, I try to spark a little fun and imagination in your minds by talking about regular mundane trap ideas that can be used in your game, not to hurt characters, but more so throw them off, cause weird things to happen.

D&D 5e Player's Handbook on the cheap, $21 on Amazon.

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If you haven't already picked up another copy because of price, or looking to pick up your first copy, now is your chance, as this book is at an all time (I believe) low for a hard copy of only $21.

This is a great time to grab a back up copy for yourself, or be that cool DM that buys copies to have at the table for your group. With Prime, shipping is free, so why not grab it? Right?!
Link to book:
https://amzn.to/2qCswLh


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Been playing a lot of Comic Book Hero: The Greatest Cape!

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So recently I stumbled upon an older game, made around the end of 2011, by Grey Dog Software, its called Comic Book Hero: The Greatest Cape. 

Campaigns designed around music, have you done this?

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I was driving today and was thinking, back to the days of when I was a kid, I listened to a lot of "heavy metal" music. One of my favorite groups to listen to during that time was Manowar! Not only did their music fall in line with what I loved, but also had amazing fantasy stories with them. I remember basing various AD&D 1e campaigns off of just listening to a story about monsters attacking a kingdom.
I remember creating this giant beast, a demonic beast with 4 heads, and 6 arms that was threatening the kingdom of the great Blood king. This king was a ruthless man, but loved by his people because he kept them safe. Since this beast was threatening the kingdom, that love took a nose dive and the people didn't care for him anymore.
I remember putting the players in a situation that they had to decide, do they help this ruthless King and reap the rewards of doing so? or help the people of the land, and just know they "did the right thing" for everyone and m…

New D&D 5e (Working) Cleric Weapon: Hammer of Blood

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Pulling open my DM Notebook of years past, I have this weapon from my AD&D 1e days that I am updating to 5e.
This was original for a Cleric that worships a God of war... Such as Tempus or Bane. It can be used for an evil character or carefully by a Good aligned character (as long as they are not Lawful Good).



Cleric Weapon: Hammer of Blood

This weapon appears to be a magical +2 to hit weapon, once identified or attuned the follow properties reveal themselves to you.

Drawing first Blood - When any enemy gets to 50% of their health (or Bloodied status) the hammer senses the blood of its enemy and increases to +3 weapon.The Blood of my Enemy, Feeds me - During any battle encounter, after drawing first blood you may declare one of those bloodied enemies as your chosen enemy, and upon a successful strike, you will do an additional 1d8 points of damage, and each round following that you stand alive, the chosen enemy will take that bleeding damage until they are healed. You may use this …

Low Level Mundane Trap Ideas!

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Was thinking this morning about traps, and how you could do the cheap, low effort, non elaborate traps that they are so mundane that the average person looking for them, wont even think about them, and then it hit me...

What's the first gaming book that made you fall in love?

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While most people who know me, know I am all about Dungeons and Dragons and I grew up playing this game like an obsessed mad-man! 

Random 2017 observations, let's make 2018 great! #GameOn

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I am glad 2017 is over.
In the past year I've seen things like so called friends turn into backstabbers, and do some dastardly things to me. What can we do as humans? move on and learn from the experience.

I have a lot going on these days, between the Pocket mimic podcast, the World of Arkonis actual play podcast, the Classic Faserip podcast and all the shows I run as a producer, I can't focus on the negative.

2018 is going to be a year of ignoring assholes and focus more on gaming with friends and family.

Loving the future I see, God bless everyone and those that don't believe in God, good luck and fortune to you in your life!

Let's get down to gaming.

First things on my agenda is creating some custom 5e weapons for my group.

So far I have:
Rafu's Blinding Justice Katana for my Samurai PlayerVianna's Shining Light for the Cleric playerNeed one for a Druid.Need one for a vanilla fighter.