March 20, 2018

It Never Sleeps Premiere!

Gosh, I love Lovecraft. I also love 1920s detective thrillers and everything pulp. And I love D&D, which I why I beseeched the Maimed Lord Vecna (praise be) to create this site in the first place.

That's the reason why I'm do damn excited about this season of Hero Club -- they've used our very own Lovecraft Handbook to create a 1920s detective thriller called It Never Sleeps! Even if you're not regularly a podcast person, you should give this a listen: it's slickly-presented and entertaining as hell. Plus, the monster that shows up in this episode is legitimately scary -- I'm genuinely jealous that I didn't write this myself.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the main character is playing an Investigator rogue, so we've redone that whole PDF with a fresh coat of paint. Enjoy!

March 19, 2018


Martial Archetype
Comments from the Palm: Next up in our variant eldritch knights: this one's sorcerer-y.  Say that five times fast. Sorcerer-y, sorcerer-y, sorcerer-y, sorcererere-- 


Similar to an eldritch knight, the archetypal Magus blends offensive arcane power with martial prowess. Unlike an eldritch knight, however, the Magus’s power comes from magic inherent to his blood, instead of rigorous study and research. While most who discover this sort of power make the choice to become full sorcerers, those who become magi find that they are more than capable of holding their own against their more magical brethren.

March 16, 2018

Dirty Player

Roguish Archetype
Comments from the Finger: More Siegeball stuff? You got it. For easy reference, this one uses the Other Actions in Siegeball section, found here.

Dirty Player

Not everyone in siegeball plays fair. In fact, some players are known for their propensity for rules breaking. When a slide-tackle or direct attack goes unpunished, a player sneaks a shiv into a game, or some other disreputable act gets past a referee's watch, you can be certain that the offending player is a Dirty Player. Such players are valued for their ability to bruise the opposing team, taking the punishment for illegal plays while the rest of their team profits off their misdeeds. Though dirty players are loathed by fans, they are nonetheless a vital part of the highest and lowest levels of strategy in the game.

March 14, 2018

It Never Sleeps and Why You Should Play D&D!

Guys, guys, guys. Guise.

The new season of Hero Club is coming out on the 20th! Less than a week! It's called It Never Sleeps: A Hank Blackstone Mystery and it's going to be using pieces from our Lovecraft Update. I've never been this excited to listen to a podcast. So, if you're looking for a slick podcast, with some of our content thrown in to boot, you need to check it out.

Don't wait: subscribe here or find it here!

5 Reasons You Should Play D&D

Our new YouTube video is for you if A) you like having your opinions validated by YouTube videos or B) you like sending videos to people to convince them of things. In this video, we discuss the unique aspects which makes 5th edition a hell of a system to get started on (and we're not at all biased). Give it a watch!

March 12, 2018

Grove Knight

Martial Archetype
Comments from the Palm: This is the first of a batch of variant eldritch knights we've written to adapt the basic gish with the flavors of other base spellcasters. 

Grove Knight

While seemingly similar to rangers, the grove knights are far less concerned with foraging and trailblazing and much more interested in protecting the woods at all costs. Often found taking down clearcutters, poachers, and  those who destroy natural wilderness with casual disregard, grove knights are never to be taken lightly.

March 9, 2018

College of the Forbidden Play

Bardic College
Comments from the Finger:

I listen to a lot of podcasts -- it’s part of my daily routine and honestly my writing process. I've always believed that you have to consume good writing to output good writing, whether you're reading or listening. That's why I'm so damn excited to get to listen to Hero Club again!
     HERO CLUB is a D&D podcast that has loads of production value poured into it, giving it the same appeal of a high-quality radio drama. If you're not normally into D&D podcasts (or you're just a snob who wants the very best of them) this one is for you.
     Hero Club's new season comes out on March 20th, so mark your calendars! I don't know much yet, but I know it involves Lovecraftian horror, which is very much something we enjoy around here. 

Subscribe now on iTunes and check out their previous season, the Fight Before Christmas. (Also, you can find them HERE, if you're not an iTunes person.)
     This bard should get you in the mood to listen to some Lovecraftian horror:

College of the Forbidden Play

How can you describe that masterful stage play? Its compelling characters, its engrossing setting, and its enigmatic motifs wormed their way into your brain as soon as you read them. You only read an excerpt―little more than a fragmentary passage on decaying parchment―but its effect on you was none the lesser. For weeks afterward, you dreamed of the enigma at the center of the play, the dreaded King in Yellow, and strained your mind to imagine the play's conclusion and the secrets left untold in its earlier acts.
     Soon you had resolved yourself: the play should be made complete. Donning a yellow mask and clutching tightly to your carcosan page, you took the first of many steps to join the College of the Forbidden Play. This college, very much a disparate troupe of actors, seeks to compile the play in its entirety and act out its scenes, no matter what horrors they might entail.