March 15, 2019

Carthin and Sariel | Rebinding

In this series, I'll be slowly tackling a rework of one of our favorite classes, the Binder. The class was originally a straight update of the class of the same name from D&D 3.5's Tome of Magic, including most of the original vestiges, but as we revisit this class, we'd like to examine its mechanics and its concepts with fresh eyes, improve upon them, and write a whole new list of vestiges.

Three vestiges this time! Carthin the Runebreaker completes the story that Korine began as a 8th-level mage-killer vestige, and Sariel the Fell Angel fills out some story gaps with Erebus and the First Sin as a 7th-level vestige all about flight and smiting. Lastly, I've got a rework of Vortirrackt that rethinks its approach completely.

March 13, 2019

The Trigger

Otherworldly Patron
Comments from the Knuckle: "This has been an oft requested patron on our Discord server. Lots of people wanted to combine being a gunslinger with eldritch power, and after binging campaign 1 of Critical Role, I gotta agree; it's peanut butter and chocolate. The only thing I'm currently uncertain about is the 14th level feature seems like it could potentially be too strong, so please chime in if with your thoughts in the comments! :)"

The Trigger

Creeping dread seizes the minds of many a tinkerer when the whispers start. First in dreams, then in their waking lives. If the whispers aren't answered; madness follows. After the completion of their hex gun, the mortal becomes an agent of their patron, the whispers that once emanated from their dreams now flow from the barrel of the gun itself. Provocateurs of destruction, these whispers almost always end in tragedy for the wielder of the hex gun, but not before they've left a trail of previously unimaginable violence in their wake.

March 8, 2019

The Immortal General's Spells

Spells
Notes from the Nails: just a few ideas that came to me in a flash of inspiration.

The Immortal General's Spells

The Immortal General was a legendary hero of ancient times, and is believed to have fought a thousand battles without suffering a single defeat. The title is, of course, a misnomer; the Immortal General is not alive today, though their writings on military strategy have survived to create an everlasting legacy. Among the most interesting aspects of the Immortal General's philosophy was the use of magic on the battlefield: they consistently advocated for the deployment of spellcasters in supportive and logistical roles rather than as frontline combatants, and popularized several spells that are still in use today.

Check out the Lasers and Liches Kickstarter!

I figure that since so many of you generously supported our Kickstarter, you'd appreciate a recommendation: Lasers and Liches! I could list all the reasons this book is worth a look, but I think the art speaks for itself:



March 5, 2019

College of Bartending

Bardic College
Comments from the Finger: Sorry for the late post! I didn't like my last draft, so I completely reworked it. Hopefully, the results are positive!

College of Bartending

Purveyors of the liquid arts and inspirers of the liver, bartenders lend a sympathetic ear and a full glass to those in need of such things. All bartenders are center points of the community and most are incorrigible gossips, offering rumors and information to any adventurers willing to buy a drink, but a rare few seek to elevate drinkmaking to an artform. Such bards create concoctions that are strong and sweet, bitter and bold, and all things in between. Expert bartenders are masters of mixology and connoisseurs of everything alcoholic.

March 1, 2019

Class Table and Capstone Conundrum | Rebinding

In this series, I'll be slowly tackling a rework of one of our favorite classes, the Binder. The class was originally a straight update of the class of the same name from D&D 3.5's Tome of Magic, including most of the original vestiges, but as we revisit this class, we'd like to examine its mechanics and its concepts with fresh eyes, improve upon them, and write a whole new list of vestiges.

We're rapidly approaching the final stages of writing this class, so it's time to zoom out and check in on the class chassis and look at possibilities on how we handle the capstone. That means it's time for another community design day: throw out some ideas for capstones in the comments!