Monster Manual A-Z: Aboleth

Monster Manual A-Z is a series of quick looks at each and every monster presented in the Monster Manual for Dungeons & Dragons 5e. New monsters go up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in alphabetical order, touching on lore, mechanics, and ways to use them in your campaign. To search for all Monster Manual A-Z articles, search MMAZ in the search bar as we’ve excluded them from our Roleplaying Games tag to keep things tidy.

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Monster Manual A-Z: Aarakocra

Monster Manual A-Z is a series of quick looks at each and every monster presented in the Monster Manual for Dungeons & Dragons 5e. New monsters go up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in alphabetical order, touching on lore, mechanics, and ways to use them in your campaign. To search for all Monster Manual A-Z articles, search MMAZ in the search bar as we’ve excluded them from our Roleplaying Games tag to keep things tidy.

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Our 5 Favorite Tabletop Entities of 2017

It’s the last day of 2017 so welcome to the inaugural look back at the year in tabletop gaming where I name my top 5 companies or people from that year! This list is based entirely on my opinions, as well as the games I play. I know there are so many amazing companies, both big and single-person deals, putting out great tabletop contents of all types throughout the year, but unfortunately I can only rate what I know. Read More

A Handful of Magic Items 5

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Picture Credit: Etrelley

Before we enter the new year, we wanted to present you with yet another handful of magic items! This brings the total number up to fifteen, and I’m pretty pleased with this bunch. The items presented here are a mixed bag; a ring of cantrips, a weapon designed to slaughter the weak, and a staff of travelling in style. I’m toying with the idea of including some of them in my D&D campaign, set to resume in the new year, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Staff of the Traveling Mage (requires attunement)
This staff contains 7 charges, and regains 1d6+1 expended charges daily at dawn. If you expend the last charge, roll a d20. On a 1, the staff teleports out of your hand to an unknown location, possibly on another plane of existence. You can cast the following spells by expending the corresponding number of charges.

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25 Urban City Adventure Seeds

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Artist: lingxiang1982

Here we are with yet another Adventure Seeds, likely the last of the year! We head back to the city, but this time rather than focus on a city specific to a race or location, I picked events that could happen in a large, sprawling city, filled with people of different races, backgrounds, and walks of life.

The challenge for me here was not having a crutch such as “pick something that dwarves would do”, as well as trying to figure out more civil type adventures and conflicts. It was a fun challenge and a good stretch of my muscles as I plan to resume my campaign at the start of the new year. As usual, there are some assumptions I made about the city that you should be able to easily change as you wish:

  • There is a royal family, that acts more as a figure head than a ruling body,
  • The city is run by a council in conjunction with the royal family,
  • The city is divided into different districts based on function, or in the case of domestic districts, lifestyle, and
  • People of all walks of life, race, background, and creed are allowed in. The city doesn’t do much discriminating as all coin is welcome.

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[Standard][Budget][Pauper] Rakdos Aggro ($6.50 Paper/0.75 MTGO TIX)

Originally, this deck was a Budget Rakdos (B/R) Treasure deck because I was daydreaming about how Fleetwheel Cruiser could be a Budget replacement for Hazoret the Fervent.  The deck had all sorts of goodies like Unlicensed Disintegration, Captain Lannery Storm, and Inventor’s Apprentice.  After some more thought, I decided to challenge myself with a Pauper deck that gives a taste of what it’s like to pilot Rakdos Aggro at the mere price of building it out of a friend’s draft chaff.  The MTGGoldish decklist can be found HERE, but I have also embedded it below:

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[Standard] Market Watch: Kopala, Warden of Waves and a U/G “Fish” decklist

 

Our irregularly recurring Market Watch segment has returned!  However, since the last segment, Andrew has ditched Star Wars: Destiny entirely to return to Magic: the Gathering.  This time, based upon all currently available information, we are pressing BUY on a speculation (“spec”)  for a possible Standard “Fish” centerpiece: Kopala, Warden of Waves.

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