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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A review copy of “Sharn: The Missing Schema” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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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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Tomb of Annihilation Session 5 Recap

At the Thundering Lizard Inn we meet with the colorful guides of Port Nyanzaru, and gain several new quests.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 2 Human Rogue
Khaless, level 2 Half-Drow Rogue
Gillian, level 2 Triton Bard
George, level 2 Tortle Fighter
Therin, level 2 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

After a lengthy battle with a small horde of zombies in a sacrificial chamber last week, the team gets a much quieter aftermath. Returning to the Temple of Savras results in a sizable monetary award of 20gp each, as well as the opportunity to ask Savras for guidance on several different characters, locations, and objects that our party is searching for.

The Savras ritual takes head priest Zitembe a full 24 hours, however. With evening approaching, our party returned to the Thundering Lizard Inn, where they could properly interview all of the guides.
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DMs Guild Review – Calpurnia’s 101 Lesser Magical Items

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

A review copy of “Calpurnia’s 101 Lesser Magical Items” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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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”

Tomb of Annihilation Session 4 Recap

We journey through the trapped chambers of a ziggurat in Old City, and battle a horde of zombies.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 2 Human Rogue
Khaless, level 2 Half-Drow Rogue
Gillian, level 2 Triton Bard
George, level 2 Tortle Fighter
Therin, level 2 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

We’re back up to a full squad in our fourth session, which put our team in the middle of a mission, taking them deep into a dark, heavily trapped chamber full of zombies. Continue reading “Tomb of Annihilation Session 4 Recap”

Tomb of Annihilation Session 3 Recap

In the city we learn about the guides, obtain a racing dinosaur, visit the Temple of Savras, and save an innocent man from Executioner’s Run.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 2 Human Rogue
Khaless, level 2 Half-Drow Rogue
Therin, level 2 Hill Dwarf Druid

As the only major city in the entire campaign, Port Nyanzaru has a lot to offer. Shopping, hiring guides, racing dinosaurs, and lots of interesting quest hooks. I’ve read and seen many reports of players getting out of Port Nyanzaru as fast as possible to begin their jungle excursion, but I was ready to relish this unique city by throwing several major events and quest chains for my PCs.

In this week’s session we learned about the various guides the PCs can hire, teased the upcoming dinosaur race, and visited the Temple of Savras, which lead to multiple quest chains – including a rather thrilling rescue mission around Executioner’s Run.
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Crafting Annihilation 09/13

This week’s Crafting Annihilation is all about Port Nyanzaru and the many things I have planned.

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

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 2 Recap

The Brazen Pegasus endures pirates, a dragon turtle, and a half-dragon harbormaster to finally reach Port Nyanzaru.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 1 Human Rogue
Khaless, level 1 Half-Drow Rogue
Gillian, level 1 Triton Bard
George, level 1 Tortle Fighter
Therin, level 1 Hill Dwarf Druid

To conclude our mini-Odyssey journey to Chult, I had two more scripted events planned. Both of them went off according to plan, establishing more of Chult’s dangerous flavor, introducing some interesting NPCs, and getting our level 1 heroes into Port Nyanzaru with a healthy bit of wear and tear.  Continue reading “Tomb of Annihilation Session 2 Recap”