August 23, 2019

Keeping Score | Physical Ability Score Names

Article
Comments from the Finger: Another article kindly written by Grand Moff

Here is the follow up to the previous iteration where we assigned names to the various levels of mental ability scores. This article will detail some options for the three physical abilities, Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution.

August 21, 2019

Rift Rats!

Just a quick announcement that Hero Club is running a new series, Rift Rats, using our very own Dark Matter book! This podcast is always excellent, so I'm wiggling-in-my-seat excited. If you want to steal any ideas from their podcast to use in your home game (as I often do), you can use the coupon code RIFTRATS on the Mage Hand Press store to get 15% off Dark Matter!

August 19, 2019

Warden

Base Class
Comments from the Finger: The warden is an iconic tank/control class for 5th edition. Its complement of features is at once easy to learn, perfectly cohesive with the rest of 5th edition, and utterly unique. The warden lets you take control of the battlefield and shelter your flimsy allies from harm, while marking and eliminating a single target at a time and absorbing any punishment your foes throw your way. 

We've given this class a huge rework -- not quite a redux, but an overhaul with a brand new PDF nonetheless. To see the full fruits of our labor, with more sublcasses and class options than you can shake a stick at, check out the Complete Warden!

Warden

An immense goblinoid army stretches from the horizon to the castle walls. In the breach, a single knight holds back the horde, eviscerating all comers, and allowing none to pass.
     Blood dripping from his blade, a scarred half orc gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint, his eyes alight with bestial fury.
     Advancing slowly, an elf brandishing a green scimitar emerges from the foliage before two poachers. Startled, they turn to run, but find their feet bound fast by leaves and vines.
     Wardens are vigilant guardians, and unbreakable defenders of the weak. They are nature’s shield, and the watchers of the realms of men. When the world cries out for a champion, wardens heed the call.

August 15, 2019

Keeping Score | Mental Ability Score Names

Article
Comments from the Finger: Kindly written by old friend of Vecna, Grand Moff Xela.

Something that has always intrigued me about D&D is the representation of a character’s capabilities through their ability scores. It's a system that offers a simple and intuitive way to understand exactly what a character is capable of at a glance, and has remained much the same throughout various editions of the game. But what if you could get more from your score? What if your abilities weren’t just numbers on a sheet, but offered a little more flavor, a word of description to help describe how skilled or inept your character is at that ability? Here are the first three charts detailing words you can use to spice up your descriptions of your ability scores. We’ll start with the mental abilities, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

August 13, 2019

Three Goblins in a Trenchcoat

Race
Comments from the Finger: Sorry for last week being pretty dead. Starting now, we're going back to regular two posts a week!
"You're clearly three goblins in a trench coat. I can see the eyes poking out of the pants."
"Boygle, he knows too much!"
"Shh! Nobody suspects anything. We just take him to the back room and cut his humie throat."
"I can still hear you..."
Three Goblins in a Trench Coat 

You're definitely just a normal person, and not three goblins in a trench coat. You like normal tall person things, like seeing over crowds and reaching tall shelves. Even the assertion that you're three goblins in a trench coat is frankly insulting, as a matter of fact. You're just a regular tall person wearing a lumpy trench coat, walking awkwardly. Definitely nothing weird about that.

August 1, 2019

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Monsters
Comments from the Finger: We're at GenCon this week! So this post is something of a GenCon interlude provided by whistlehunter.

Godzilla

Awoken by the fury of a devastating weapon, Godzilla is the apex predator of an ancient race of colossal beings, known as the titans.