Archive for August, 2014

5E: The Thing About Backgrounds

August 27, 2014

The thing about backgrounds in D&D 5E is this:  they’re strictly past-tense.

They’re not what you are — they’re what you were.  What you are, now, is an adventurer.

The most important question to ask about your background is what changed? Why did you stop doing whatever your background describes and start adventuring?  — Player’s Basic Rules, pg 36.

The official backgrounds, unsurprisingly, pretty much get this right.  Perhaps also unsurprisingly, a lot of fan-made backgrounds are starting to mess this up.  Just something to keep an eye out for.


The Death Dog, Illustrated

August 12, 2014

“A death dog is an ugly two-headed hound that roams plains, deserts, and the Underdark.”


Based on the most excellent silhouettes by Telecanter.

The Shortest 5E PHB Review in the Multiverse

August 11, 2014

5E is the “Yes you can!” edition.



Can I play a multiclass barbarian/monk/paladin?  Yes you can!

Can I cast magic missile in plate?  Yes you can!

Can I start off at level 1 playing Drizzt?  Yes you can!


Okay, there are still a few “no”s in here — no, you can’t wear chain maille as a druid, because druids honor nature by killing cows and wearing their skin, duh — but there’s fewer restrictions than any other edition that I can think of.