DriveThruRPG Review – The Anatomy of Adventure

A collection of essays on game design from writer and designer M.T. Black.

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Designed by: M.T. Black Games

The Anatomy of Adventure looks like an academic journal, but it’s actually a collection of essays on adventure design, marketing, and the creative process, from one of the most well-known and successful creators in the DMs Guild, M.T. Black.

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DMs Guild Review – The Legacy of Zandrax Part 1 and Part 2

A dying beholder shows up at the door with a cursed amulet and an adventure.

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Designed by: Danny Kodicek

In this rare 2-for-1 review, I look at the first two parts of The Legacy of Zandrax, a D&D campaign that presumably starts at 1st level, and includes at least one additional part before concluding. I’m just as frustrated as you are by the vague structure and lack of organization, yet there are some undeniably amazing ideas found in these pages.

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DMs Guild Review – Manor of Dread

Discover the horrors of human experimentation in this mini horror adventure for levels 5-7.

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Designed by: Phil WeasleySebastian YūeWalter Srebalus

After reviewing Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft and its included Horror adventure, “The House of Lament,” it’s starting to fee like Haunted Manor has become its own subgenre of D&D Horror. On one hand Manor of Dread is Yet Another Haunted Manor Adventure, but it also includes a beautiful layout, full color map, and far bigger and more frequent combat encounters than the average haunted house.

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DMs Guild Review – Campfire Tales: In-Between Encounters

Eight drop-in, noncombat road encounters.

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Designed by: Angus BessaiPatrick Hoffmann

Traveling between more exciting locations is often left to a montage of descriptions in D&D, punctuated by the occasional random encounter battle. Encounter supplements are typically full of battles and mini-quests, but Campfire Tales specifically provides non-combat encounters that focus more on role-playing and world-building.

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DMs Guild Review – Might vs. Magic

Over a dozen new subclasses specializing in anti-magic, with new rules and spells for counter spelling.

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Designed by: Dave Panfilo

Might vs. Magic is an adaptation of the classic Might and Magic computer RPGs… — bah, I wish! It’s actually a player supplement featuring 14 new subclasses themed around high-magic worlds,  including martial classes with anti-magic traits and abilities, as well as expanded counter spell rules and spells, and new magic items.

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DMs Guild Review – Playing Dead

Class feature replacements, along with new subclasses, spells, and items for transforming and creating undead player characters.

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Designed by: Steve Fidler, with Alex TannerAndrew T. Ha (LeukuDnD)BornToDoStuffCaitlin Bradbury (NotTheSmoooze)Elias Garoufalias (Aevilok)heavyarmsIsrael MoreiraProphRain-JunkieRyan MillerRyan Rose (flashpointbrews)Yorviing

Death in D&D typically leads to one of two scenarios: revive them through magic, or roll up a new character. Playing Dead presents a third option: transforming the player character into a uniquely undead version, with brilliantly themed new subclasses, spells, and adventuring gear.

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DMs Guild Review – Encounters in Icewind Dale

Two dozen encounters and over a dozen unique battle maps for Icewind Dale.

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Designed by: Christian Zeuch,

After reviewing or previewing Encounters in Candlekeep, Encounters in Barovia, and Encounters in Saltmarsh, I’ve become very familiar with Christian Zeuch’s Encounters series. While Encounters in Icewind Dale offers the same high quality production value and 20+ regional encounters, it’s also the weakest of the bunch.

This review contains spoilers for Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden!

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DMs Guild Review – The Onomancer Class

A new 1-20 D&D spellcasting class that uses true names and Utterances in place of spell slots.

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Designed by: Micah Muldowney

The Onomancer is a 60+ page supplement that features a full level 1-20 class that introduces an all new way of casting spells. By learning and calling out the true names of people, places, and things, the Onomancer can invoke spell-like incantations at-will, creating a powerful and flexible spell-caster.

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DMs Guild Review – Weeping Walls

Explore a manor haunted by a vengeful ghost in this 4th level dungeon crawl.

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Designed by: Leonardo Andrade

For most of my life I wasn’t big into the horror genre, but in recent years I’ve grown to admire its creative storytelling – even if I still can’t muster the courage to play a horror video game. But horror is an excellent genre to explore with D&D, and Weeping Walls effectively checks all the right horror boxes to recreate a modern ghost story in under 20 pages.

The adventure includes the following content warnings: domestic violence, suicide, and body horror.

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DMs Guild Review – Legends of Frozenfar: An Icewind Dale Player’s Companion

13 new subclasses and a new runic invocation system linked to Icewind Dale.

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Designed by: Taron PoundsBenjamin HuffmanRoss LeiserAJ Pickett

With our own Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign firing up this week, I’m very interested in any content geared toward Icewind Dale. With its focus on Giant runes and an entire magic system of Runic Invocations, Legends of Frozenfar: An Icewind Dale Player’s Companion may be more suited to Storm King’s Thunder than Rime of the Frostmaiden, however.

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