DMs Guild Review – Attack on Coppercoil

Rescue a gnomish community in their giant tree stump home from an invasion of duergar in this highly thematic 3rd level adventure.

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A review copy of “Attack on Coppercoil” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by: Tel Aviezer

dms guild reviewGnomes are probably the most overlooked race in Dungeons & Dragons, and no I’m not trying to make a size joke. They’re often portrayed as an in-between combination of the pragmatic, stoic dwarves and free-wheeling halflings. Are they nature-loving hippies or industrious artificers? No one race should boil down to any single profession or trait, but it makes gnomes a bit trickier to pin down, and I don’t see them used very often in adventures.

Enter “Attack on Coppercoil,” which satisfies my gnome curiosity. The titular community, which resides inside a massive hollowed-out tree stump in a forest, is under attack by a sudden raiding party of Duergar who have tunneled up from underneath, and it’s up to the PCs to rescue them.

It’s designed for a party around 3rd level, with adjustments for levels 1-4, and should take about one or two sessions.

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DMs Guild Review – Versatile NPCs II

Over 60 miscellaneous humanoid statblocks and samples to fill out all your NPC needs.

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Designed by: Darrin Scott

dms guild reviewThe Monster Manual provides a solid list of monster types found in swamps, dungeons, caves, and volcanic fortresses. But what if you need to outfit a caravan? Or an NPC adventuring group? Or an entire town comes under attack and you want something more than just Commoners and Guards?

Versatile NPCs II” provides over 60 miscellaneous humanoid statblocks, effectively translating many player character archetypes into NPCs, making it an incredibly helpful resource for almost every campaign.

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DMs Guild Review – Minotaur’s Bane

Battle through an eternal batlefield, survive an unforgiving maze, and take on Baphomet himself in this thrilling conclusion to the Minotaur Trilogy.

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Designed by: JVC Parry and Phil Beckwith

dms guild reviewThe conclusion to P.B. Publishing’s Minotaur Trilogy, “Minotaur’s Bane,” is easily the best of the bunch, and one of the best (and bloodiest) adventures I’ve read in quite some time.

Designed for a party of 8th level heroes who have completed the first two adventures, it drops the party into an abyssal battlefield filled with spectral orcs and minotaurs locked in eternal combat. Demons are the real threat, and the party must journey into a challenging and intriguing maze, then further into the depths of a blood-soaked demon-lair to stop the Prince of Beasts himself.

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DMs Guild Review – Creature Feature Quarterly Vol. 1

A collection of otherworldly and demonic creatures presented in a black and white zine format.

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Designed by: Jeremy Hart

dms guild reviewCreature Feature Quarterly volume 1” is a compendium of 13 monstrosities (and otherwise) in a black and white zine style. I’m not normally a fan of that style, but the monster artwork is very well done, and the black ink fits the theme of the grotesque monsters.

Out of the 13 monsters, 10 of them are between CR 5-10, making this a solidly Tier 2 compendium. There’s a decent amount of variety to be found, though it relies too much on the hulking brute archetype. Continue reading “DMs Guild Review – Creature Feature Quarterly Vol. 1”

DMs Guild Review – Sharn: The Missing Schema

An introductory, urban-based adventure set within the high-powered fantasy world of Eberron.

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Designed by: Elven Tower (Derek Ruiz)

dms guild reviewAs awesome as Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition has been, Wizards has relied almost exclusively on the Forgotten Realms setting. This has the advantage of creating an ongoing, shared universe that people have come to associate with D&D, but at the expense of many of their other worlds, including Eberon.

Eberron was created around 3rd edition as a hyper-magical, technologically advanced fantasy world. Think arcane steampunk, with magic trains and sentient golems. It was explored again in Fourth Edition, but sadly, as with other fantasy worlds, it has been noticeably absent from any official support in Fifth Edition.

Sharn: The Missing Schema” is an introductory adventure for levels 1-5 built around Eberron, specifically the city of Sharn. It serves as an excellent starting point for this intriguing fantasy universe while providing a classic, action-packed adventure that nicely shows off Eberron’s unique flavors.

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DMs Guild Review – Widow’s Peak

Explore a witch’s curse, a creepy carnival, a haunted lighthouse and much more in this Ravenloft adventure by the sea.

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Designed by: Oliver Clegg

dms guild reviewWidow’s Peak” is a horror-themed adventure for 5th to 10th level characters. It takes place in its own demiplane within Ravenloft, which means you can get your party there by the usual misty teleportations – or even better, a misty teleportation when they’re on a boat.

The horror theme combines with the fear of the sea quite well, and while there are lots of interesting, well-written locations to explore, the adventure lacks a solid overarching narrative. Continue reading “DMs Guild Review – Widow’s Peak”

DMs Guild Review – Calpurnia’s 101 Lesser Magical Items

A cornucopia of well-designed magical items that won’t upset the game balance.

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Designed by: Joel Kelley

dms guild reviewI like almost everything about Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition with one exception. In making player characters more inherently powerful, magic items took a major step backward. They still exist but the game is much less loot-based than it used to be. And I love loot!

The Dungeon Master’s Guide has a bunch of great loot to choose from, but one of the most requested features are more items that are less powerful. Since PCs are so strong, giving them any magic items in the lower levels can be a huge power boost that can wildly swing the level of balance.

Calpurnia’s 101 Lesser Magical Items” offers a nice solution by presenting dozens of magic items that are interesting and fun without upsetting the balance of low-level gameplay. Continue reading “DMs Guild Review – Calpurnia’s 101 Lesser Magical Items”