The Portable Hole: An Interdimensional Tavern For Your Tabletop

When you play tabletop games for an appreciable length of time, you rack up a lot of dead ends. Whether you’re a player or a Game Master, it’s inevitable: there are games you never finish, plotlines you never develop, characters that you build and never get the chance to use. In my decade of play,Continue reading “The Portable Hole: An Interdimensional Tavern For Your Tabletop”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Behir

If you thought last week’s monster was intimidating, prepare yourself: this week we’re looking at Scary Lizard 2.0, the behir! The behir is bigger and badder than the basilisk could ever hope to be–and I mean that literally! This thing is huge-sized, which makes it the largest monster we’ve covered yet. It’s basically an enormousContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Behir”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Banshee

Look at that! We’re through the A’s and into the B’s of the Monster Manual. First up in this new segment, we’ve got a real treat–a classic beastie that’s a real scream: the banshee! Banshees fall into my favorite category of monsters: the undead. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loved using undead monstersContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Banshee”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Azer

Oh, thank God, it’s not a bug this time. This week we’re taking a look at the azer, a race of fire elementals. These guys have some pretty nifty lore: they are excellent blacksmiths who were responsible for the creation of the City of Brass, the legendary kingdom of the efreet in the Elemental PlaneContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Azer”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Ankheg

This edition of WKoMAY is going to be a tough one for me. See, I really, really don’t like bugs, and today we’re dealing with a great big one: the ankheg, a monstrous, burrowing, acid-spitting insect large enough to snarf down a cow. In fact, cows (and sheep and other pasture-dwelling animals) make perfect preyContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Ankheg”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Animated Objects

Crack open that Monster Manual, because it’s time for another deep dive into weird and wonderful world of D&D creatures! Our topic today: animated objects! Alright, so, this is another one of those situations where there are multiple stat blocks for variations on a given monster type. Unlike angels, though, I’m just going to coverContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Animated Objects”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Solar

Today marks the close of our discussion on Monster Manual angels! I’ve already covered a lot of angel info in the last few posts, so if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the breakdowns of devas and planetars. If devas are messengers and planetars are soldiers, then solars are generals. They are the angelicContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Solar”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Planetar

It’s monster time again! Today I’ll be covering the planetar. This is a sub-type of a larger classification of monsters: angels. I already talked about angels a bit in my last WKoMAY (boy, that’s not a very handy acronym, is it?), so if you are looking for ideas about angels in general, check out thatContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Planetar”

What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Deva

It’s time to talk monsters again! As we continue to work our way through the 5th Edition D&D Monster Manual, we reach our first monster that is part of a larger category–in this case, the category is Angels while the specific monster is the Deva. I debated a bit on how to handle this; shouldContinue reading “What Kind of Monster Are You?!: Deva”

D&D: Building a Sandbox

When I started this blog a few months ago, one of my first posts was about starting a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. That post dealt primarily with narrative-focused campaigns that followed a central story arc, but I said I’d do a follow-up at some point dealing with more open-ended, sandbox-style games. That time has finallyContinue reading “D&D: Building a Sandbox”