A sailor with the rage of the wilds in her heart and the power of the storm and sea at her beck and call. A bard blessed with the gifts of a fey, dangerously persuasive and beautiful. A cheerful cleric of the grave, devoted to keeping the dead at bay and the living on this side of a tombstone – unless it’s their time, of course. A druid wise in the ways of the Summer Court, healing and shielding his allies in the light of the fey. It’s been a busy few months for Unearthed Arcana, the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition column that presents new options for the community to playtest. There are loads of builds for lots of classes, and we’ve got some catching up to, so let’s Unearth some Arcana and Meet the Party!
It’s been a busy few months for Unearthed Arcana and Dungeons and Dragons. Rather than getting one release a month we’ve been getting an article almost every week aside from the holidays, with a glut of new character options for most of the classes. Recently, however, Mearls and Crawford took a left turn at Sharn and introduced an entirely new class: the Artificer! Rather than give the newest class the Meet the Party treatment, I’ve decided to review it in depth. Let’s see what the 5th Edition artificer has to offer so far, and I’ll let you know what I think of it. Continue reading Unearthing the D&D5E Artificer
In the small trading town of Devonshire, a small group of adventurers just getting their start had a simple job: go to the town, find the adventurer-turned-bandit calling himself Baron Dunbar, and bring him to justice alive or dead. Rumors had it that the Baron and his bandits were actually in the town itself, spending their nights at the Pachyderm & Palace tavern. The adventurers would have to get into the town, gain access to the tavern, and deal with Dunbar and his bandits.
For the old hands it’s sometimes difficult to remember what it was like when we first got started. You had whatever starter weapons you’d managed to hang on to or find in your previous life, a couple of gold pieces, a few spells at your fingertips if you were magically inclined, and the clothes on your back. Not for you, yet, were stories of grand heroism or dire villains. Instead there was the tavern in the bad part of town, with whatever work you could find that might pay enough for your next meal and maybe some better gear. So, for old times’ sake and for the truly new to the trade, let’s Meet the Party all the way back at Level 1 for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.
An acolyte of a deity of knowledge who has made a pact with their god, roaming the world in such of lore to add to the divine archives. A solitary believer in the power and nature of magic, growing closer to his deity with every spell he learns and masters, receiving even more spells in return. Every Meet the Party article gives you an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings. This time we’ve Unearthed some more Arcana to find a pair of spellcasters who put their faith in magic itself, for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition!
A paladin and hero, slain but brought back from the dead, relentless in the pursuit of his vengeance. An experienced monster hunter, skilled at tracking and destroying supernatural threats, adding some magic to his martial arsenal. A canny inquisitive with an ear for deceit and an eye for detail, equally skilled at finding clues as she is finding weak spots in her enemies’ defenses. A reformed grave-robber who still refuses to give up on necromancy, willing to do horrible things for the one he loves – even if that means his love will hate him. Every Meet the Party article gives you an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings. This time we’ve Unearthed some more Arcana for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, and we’ve found some Gothic Heroes that would be right at home in Ravenloft!
A mastermind from a far-off land, come to the Sword Coast of Faerûn to fulfill his ambitions. A craftsman and axe idiot determined to perfect the armor he creates, and willing to test it personally. A cleric of magic itself, putting her faith in the Art and in knowledge, vowing to master and spread both. The bladesinger student of a now-dead master, eager to prove their style to be superior. Every Meet the Party article gives you an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings. This time we’re heading to the Sword Coast of the Forgotten Realms, meeting new kinds of adventurers for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition! Don’t forget your copy of the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . except for the orcs, goblins, devils, demons, and assorted other hordes of monsters seeking to ruin the holiday. Thankfully, wherever evil creatures or spiteful naughty kids seek to overthrow the season of giving and good cheer, there are those who stand in their way. Every Meet the Party article gives you an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings. This time we’re using 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons to build a very special party for a very special adventure. After all, who else is going to defend Christmas besides Santa and his elves?
A former solider who has sworn an oath of vengeance in the name of his god, charging into the earth on the offensive. A ranger who stalks her prey through the shadows, ambushing her targets with point-blank shots. A sorcerer with shadows in her soul, disturbing to friends and foes alike. An acolyte who worships the raw stuff of life itself, determined to go into the darkest places of the world and cast the shadows out. Each Meet the Party article gives you an entire group of ready-to-play adventurers (maybe even some heroes) for your gaming needs for a variety of systems and settings. It’s time to bid the surface goodbye and travel where the light of the sun is a memory, as we explore the Underdark of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition!
It’s time for a very special Meet the Party, where we narrow our focus but broaden our range. The idea of the prestige class has returned to Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, and the playtesting goes on. Thanks to the Unearthed Arcana series, we get to once again be on the cutting edge as the first of the prestige classes is brought to light: the master of the magic of ancient runes, the Rune Scribe! So let’s meet one of these scribes, see what she can do, and talk about what the prestige class looks like so far!