DMs Guild Review – The Malady Chronicles

Nine disease-themed mini-adventures drawn from the plagues provided in The Malady Codex.

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Designed by: Jason Bakos, Themis Paraskevas, Tal Aviezer, Clan Crafter Hralding, Dylan Hyatt, Chad M. Lensch, GM Lent, Richard Malena-Webber, C M O’Halloran, John D. Parker, Blaise Wigglesworth.

When I reviewed The Malady Codex almost exactly a year ago, I was impressed with its deadly new diseases, based on all-too-real real-world diseases. The Malady Chronicles takes these diseases a step further, featuring nine adventures based on The Malady Codex – though you don’t need the codex as all the information is included here.

The adventures learn toward shorter one-shots and each features a disease-related theme, with emphases on investigating and combating these terrible and swift plagues.

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Let’s Play – The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut Episode 15

I help the goddess, cleanse the forest, and enter the dark lodge of the Sambra Dhu.

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DMs Guild Review – Auction Encounters

New rules for auctioning items, along with seven sample auction encounters and NPCs.

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Designed by: Tyson VanOverhill (Double Crescent Productions)

Buying and selling good and magic items is left largely up to the DM, at least until Xanathar’s Guide to Everything provided some more concrete rules and details for acquiring or crafting magic items. Auction Encounters attempts to inject a bit more interactivity into D&D Shopping Channel with skill challenges and rules for buying and selling goods at various kinds of auctions, including several sample encounters.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 55 Recap

We cross the volcanic valley towards Omu and meet a Frost Giant search party while the Steel Predator closes in.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 7 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 7 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 7 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 7 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 7 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Finally out of our extended underground excursion, it’s time to make our way toward Omu and catch up on major story developments.

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Let’s Play – The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut Episode 14

I backtrack to defeat the boss of the Sentry tower before returning to the forest.

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Goodreads Review – The Shepherd’s Crown

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fifth and final Tiffany Aching book and final Discworld novel is all too short due to the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett, my favorite author, in 2015. While it does tell a complete story, many elements are severely shortened and underdeveloped, leaving to an unfortunately underwhelming final tale.

Although I adored the first novel in the Tiffany Aching series, the rest of the series has been very up and down. I love Pratchett’s humorous and insightful writing style, but the series is less about Tiffany dealing with fun fantastical threats (as in the first novel), and more a series of coming-of-age teenage dramas.

The Shepherd’s Crown seems to even lack that, as by the fifth book Tiffany has come into her own as a witch of The Chalk. The passing of a major series character is a pivotal moment that’s done very well, but everything else falls a bit flat, including an all new side character who’s kind of pointless (yet given a lot of pages on his own), and the return of the elves which is resolved way too neatly. At under 300 pages it’s clear the book was left unfinished in many areas, and I suspect much of the novel’s praise was given due to the finality of the series and Prachett’s lifetime of amazing work.

Even so, I enjoyed The Shepherd’s Crown more than the second and third novels. Pratchett still makes me grin like nobody else, and finishing this book made me sad all over again that the world lost such a treasured soul.

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