DMs Guild Review – The Art of War for D&D Players

A comprehensive rules guide and reference for D&D players.

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A review copy of “The Art of War for D&D Players” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by: M. T. Black

The Art of War is one of those classic books that everyone knows about but few have actually read (me included!). The Art of War for D&D Players is organized similarly to the original text on warfare and battlefield management, including quotes from Sun Tzu, providing a highlight reel of rules and information on rule, combat tactics, and recommended player builds.

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DMs Guild Review – That Sinking Feeling

Investigate mysterious shipwrecks that lead to a crooked mining operation in this mini-adventure for 9th level.

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Designed by: Peter “Zombie Pete” Aperlo

That Sinking Feeling” stands out as one of the higher level adventures I’ve reviewed. Designed for a party of 9th level characters, it’s set in the port city of Murran, where the party offers to investigate a recent spat of mysterious shipwrecks. It’s a solid mini-adventure with multiple dungeons, though the plain layout (and grid maps) and minimal presentation are a major step backward.

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DMs Guild Review – The Slayer Class

The Slayer is a monster hunting ranger-rogue player class with five subclass specialties.

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Designed by: Jacob S. Kellogg

Another new player class, and another attempt to remake the oft-lamented ranger. “The Slayer Class” adds a new hunter class that follows the typical route of combining fighter, ranger, and rogue into a single monster-hunting class. Including five subclasses is impressive, but they’re all a bit too short and simple.

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DMs Guild Review – Down Came a Blackbird

Investigate a series of avian-related murders with this level 3 adventure centered around the port village of Saltmarsh.

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Designed by: Stacey Allan

As a film student in college, I took a whole class on Alfred Hitchock, and one of Hitchock’s biggest films was The Birds, where a New England town is seemingly taken over by murderous swarms of birds for no apparent reason, leading to one of the most stupefying Don’t Go In There moments in horror cinema history.

Down Came a Blackbird,” an adventure designed for 3rd level, clearly draws its inspiration from the infamous Hitchcock film, as the residents of the port town of Saltmarsh have become victims to the increasingly erratic and violent behavior of the local birds. Since this is D&D, it involves a sea hag’s obsession, a violent peryton, and a town in need of some heroes.

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DMs Guild Review – Caverns of Slime

Search for hidden magical eggs around town and in a nearby dungeon in this level 1-3 adventure.

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Designed by: Scott McClintock

An Easter Egg Hunt is a time-honored seasonal tradition for many, but admittedly I’ve never seen it applied to a D&D adventure, until now.

Caverns of Slime” is one part county fair and one part ooze-themed dungeon crawl for levels 1-3. The PCs are invited to take part in a festival to gather magical eggs by helping NPCs, searching the town, participating in games, and exploring the nearby caverns, providing a solid balance of exploration, role-playing, and combat.

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DMs Guild Review – 52 New Class Options

Dozens of new subclasses for every class in Dungeons & Dragons.

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Designed by: Alex Ilyinskii

Between the Player’s Handbook and Xanather’s Guide to Everything, most classes in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition have five or six different options for subclass archetypes. But players are always wanting more. “52 New Class Options” offers way more than anyone would ever need. Not everything works well and there are more than a few eyebrow-raising abilities, but with dozens of options you’ll definitely find something to like for each class.

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DMs Guild Review – The Frozen Forge

A mini-adventure that combines frozen undead, warring elemental cults, and an opportunistic frost giant.

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Designed by: Dustin Martens

In many ways “The Frozen Forge” is exactly what I want out of a DM’s Guild product, a succinct dungeon crawl adventure with a solid theme, easy ties to published adventures, and some neat new ideas. “The Frozen Forge” falls a bit short in its execution but it has all the right pieces for a memorable side trek.

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