A Handful of Magic Items 17

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Picture credit: Matthew Manard

We’re back with the seventeenth installment of A Handful of Magic Items! I went for a trio of consumables for a few reasons this time around. First and foremost, balance is less of an issue with consumables. Even if your players have access to something maybe a little beyond their level, if you only give them one, once they use it its gone. Second, and building off of the first, it should feel great when they use it! They will accomplish some tough task, say “it’s a good thing we found that item!”, and be thrilled. And then it’s no longer a problem for you as a DM! So without further ado, here’s our items:

Phial of Ice
A Phial of Ice can be used in different ways. However it is used, the phial empties and is no longer magical. As an action, you can use the phial to do one of the following:

  • A creature can drink the contents and then exhale, causing those in front of them to feel the effects of a magical blizzard. All creatures in a 15 foot cone in front of them must make a DC 12 Constitution saving throw, taking 4d6 Cold damage on a failed save and half as much on a successful save.
  • Starting with a space within 5 feet of them, a creature can splash out the contents in a 15 foot line, causing the ground to become slick with ice. For one minute, this area is considered difficult terrain, and creatures who enter into or end their turn on a space with ice must take a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw, falling prone on a failed save.
  • A creature may pour the contents onto a melee weapon or 10 pieces of ammunition. For the next minute, the first time each turn that that weapon or ammunition deals damage, it deals an additional 1d6 Cold damage.

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Persuasion Check: Unearthed Arcana 2020 – Subclasses Revisited

Today we get a special treat as Wizards of the Coast have gone back and made changes some of the previously seen subclasses with updated names and abilities! The Revived Rogue becomes a Phantom, the Noble Genie subclass for Warlocks is now just Genie, and the Artificer’s Archivist is now the Wizard’s Order of Scribes! Let’s take a look at how these subclasses have changed and how they stack up in their current state.

As always, our Persuasion Check articles are less hardcore analysis and more commentary drawing insights and some direct analysis where needed. If you want a more flavorful approach to opinions on playtest content backed up with some insights, this is the place for you! Now, follow along and let’s dig into these subclasses!
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This Month In Minis – April 2020

We’re back again with This Month In Minis! Robb takes you through what he finished in April as well as what he’s looking forward to working on in May! Tell us what you’re working on down in the comments and link to where we can see your work!

Parallel Thoughts: Premodern Brawl Q&A (and debut of Rules v.1.1) – 04.16.2020

It’s been a little over a week since we released an initial set of rules for Premodern Brawl and the community engagement has been nothing short of incredible!  We definitely did not expect such a quick, passionate, and welcoming response.  Since then, we’ve received a lot of questions, comments, and suggestions and we’d like to share them with you.  Today, we’re here to let you know that our friends at the Raven Guild have been working around the clock to intercept your thoughts and that we have some new rules and errata for Premodern Brawl that come directly from you: the players!

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[Premodern Brawl]: Rules, Bans, Errata, and Commanders

Many of you know that I love Singleton formats.  I’ve written extensively on the subject of Old School 93/94 Brawl, and I’m still pretty sure nobody else but me has played since Hartfordfestivalen.  However, you may not know that I also wrote a series of primers on Premodern.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much motivation to play Premodern lately.  That was, of course, until The Hartford Old School Magic Festival was announced.  Oh happy day!  I was pumped for Hartford.  Jason Dorman, Peter Lankering, and I, collectively The Band of the Falcon (our team name at Mobstercon 2019), spent weeks bouncing ideas off of eachother.  Then, something complete unforeseeable occurred: “The Sky split, and the air crackled and rolled.  The Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria had finally begin.”

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“Planar Portal” by Mark Tedin

In all seriousness, it was something much, much worse: a global pandemic.  Determined to make the best of a bad situation, The Band of the Falcon spent an entire weekend (socially distant, of course) developing a new format that would bring good cheer to our nation and perhaps the entire World.

We present to you:  Premodern Brawl!

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This Month In Minis – March 2020

Another month, another This Month In Minis! Robb takes you through what he built and painted in March as well as what he’s looking forward to working on in April! Tell us what you’re working on down in the comments and link to where we can see your work!

Persuasion Check: Unearthed Arcana 2020 – Spells and Magic Tattoos

I would have thought for sure that right now I’d be writing about Part 4 of the recent subclasses that have featured on Unearthed Arcana in 2020, but instead I’m pleasantly surprised to take a look at some new spells and magic tattoos!

As always, our Persuasion Check articles are less hardcore analysis and more commentary drawing insights and some direct analysis where needed. If you want a more flavorful approach to opinions on playtest content backed up with some insights, this is the place for you! Now, follow along and let’s dig into this edition of Unearthed Arcana!
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