Crafting Annihilation 12/13

Behind-the-scenes DM-only live stream of building and preparing our ongoing Tomb of Annihilation series.

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DMs Guild Review – Enhanced Focuses

Over 60 magical items designed specifically for spellcasting classes, as well as a guide to make your own magic focuses.

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Designed by: Tyson VanOverhill (Double Crescent Productions)

dms guildPure spellcasters often get shafted when it comes to loot. Although D&D Fifth Edition is far less loot-focused than previous editions, martial fighters and hybrid spell-and-sword slingers rejoice when finding armor, weapons and trinkets. For spellcasters, much of their power reside in their spells, leaving them with a more limited selection of useful magical items.

Enhanced Focuses” is nice repository of magical trinkets and items designed specifically for spellcasters. Instead of granting new abilities, these class-specific magical items enhance existing spells and powers, making it a useful loot table for your spellcasting players.

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Goodreads Review – The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phenomenal. It’s been a long time since a book started out rather ho-hum, and by the end I had to devour the last 50 pages in a single sitting, desperately wanting more. Jemisin created not just an intriguing retrofuture world of extreme, apocalyptic weather but also a rich culture surrounding the caste-bound humans who survive these Seasons, including those special humans who can feel the Earth and control it.
The setting is a delicious mixture of X-Men, Dragon Age, and even some Horizon Zero Dawn, yet it’s not derivative at all but feels like a natural evolution for sci-fi/fantasy. And the multiple POV features some incredibly rewarding and satisfying twists, including a very bold second person narration. Highly recommended and I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

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Let’s Play – Darkest Dungeon Episode 16: Champion Quest Success!

Embarked on my first Level 5 Champion Quests since that ill-fated attempt several episodes ago. This time with a full party of level 6 adventurers and fully upgraded level 5 equipment, things went much more smoothly.
I only struggled in the Ruins due to not having nearly enough food or torches, while the Cove got a little dicey and stressful at the very end as one of my veterans hit Death’s Door. But we survived both runs and got a decent loot haul.
Although I still have several level 3 bosses to go, perhaps I’m nearing the point of tackling the titular level 6 darkest dungeon?
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Unlock Guide [Pixelkin]

Read the full guide on Pixelkin

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a massive crossover fighting game, featuring an enormous roster of over 70 fighters. However, when you first start the game you’re limited to the eight fighters who appeared on the original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64.

You’ll unlock more fighters just through playing, but it’s not as random as you think. There are multiple ways to unlock characters, and by adventuring through the World of Light single player mode or completing Classic Mode with certain fighters, you can be a bit more proactive and hunt for certain characters.

Tomb of Annihilation Session 14 Recap

Their path through the jungle leads into a horde of strange plant-zombies. Naturally our heroes charge right into the fray.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Mannix, level 3 Human Inquisitive Rogue
Khaless, level 3 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 3 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 3 Tortle Battle Master Fighter
Therin, level 3 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Even a hostile random encounter needn’t be an instant fight. Sneaking or persuading should always be reasonable options, depending on the foes. But what trumps everything is the character’s personalities.

I was imminently please when, upon reaching  a horde of zombies that the party could’ve easily sneaked through, our undead-hating druid shapeshifted into a bear and charged them. What followed was an epic battle that lasted nearly the entire session.

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