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Frontispiece to chapter 12 of 1905 edition of J. Allen St. John's The Face in the Pool. - Knight on mounted on a horse fighting a dragon

Mounted Combat 5e — Saddle Up, Gang. It’s Time For a Ride-By Stabbing

This is a guest article written by Harry Menear of Black Citadel RPG. Whether you’re a noble paladin charging headfirst at a rampaging dragon astride her faithful warhorse, a wizard slinging spells from the back of a soaring griffon, or a halfling trotting along on the back of their pet dog, here’s the basics of …

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How Drowning Works in D&D 5e, Woman releasing air bubbles underwater

An Easy Guide to How How Drowning Works in D&D 5e

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition often presents magical and fantastical dangers to player characters. But sometimes, the more mundane hazards are the more dangerous. Drowning is one such hazard that can even challenge higher level player characters. That said, the rules around drowning can be a bit confusing.   How does drowning work in 5e? …

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A Guide to Ball Bearings in 5e, Group of metal ball bearings

A Complete Player’s Guide to Using Ball Bearings in D&D 5e

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition has a myriad of pieces of equipment available to player characters outside of armor and weapons. Some more useful than others, but each with some idea for helping adventurers during their travels. One such item is a bag of ball bearings; tiny metal balls meant to trip up creatures, but …

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A Guide to Nonlethal Damage in 5e, Knight holding the tip of their sword to a supine foe

A Beginner’s Guide to Dealing Nonlethal Damage in D&D 5e

Typically, most combats in Dungeons & Dragons are to the death. But, player characters and Game Master-controlled creatures don’t have to kill each other whenever they fight. Both sides have the option of doing nonlethal damage against their targets for whatever reason with a few caveats.   What is nonlethal damage in 5e? How does …

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Random Tavern Name Tables for D&D 5e & Other TTRPGs

A tavern is the classic starter to many a Dungeons & Dragons (or other fantasy tabletop roleplaying) game. It provides an easy explanation for how the player characters meet each other and an easy way to introduce a starting quest with different non-player characters coming and going. More than that, adventurers in D&D and fantasy …

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A Guide to Difficult Terrain in 5e, Swamp river and forest

A Complete Guide to Moving Across Difficult Terrain in D&D 5e

At its surface, movement in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is fairly straightforward. However, certain rulesets complicate things. One such ruleset is how difficult terrain works.   What does difficult terrain mean? What counts as difficult terrain? How useful is difficult terrain for adding tension to your game?   This guide to difficult terrain in …

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