Long overdue, here is the finished character sheet for Jawri the Tabaxi Ranger, from the upcoming Heroes of Iyastera mini-campaign, Welcome to the Guild! This sailor-turned mercenary is one of the possible companions your party may meet as they work for the Indomitable Bastions, the newest Adventuring Guild in Iacosta. We created her story on-stream… Continue reading Community Creation: Jawri the Ranger
Time for another little lore drop from the Heroes of Iyastera campaigns! For those of you who don't know, Iyastera is the homebrewed setting I created for on-going family-friendly campaigns I run as well as the written adventures you can find in the Library. If you've read the Welcome to Iyastera article, you may remember… Continue reading Welcome to Iyastera: The Rebels
"Hey, let's play D&D this weekend!" Imagine getting that text on a Thursday night. If you're a player, this could be really exciting! But what if you're the "Designated DM" of your group? Are you ready to run a last-minute session? If not, that text can quickly change from exciting to anxiety-inducing in no time… Continue reading Homebrewed: One Shot Quick-Build
Remember the last D&D combat post? This week, we're expanding on those themes some more to talk about BOSS BATTLES! Here are a few things I use to augment the Heroes of Iyastera baddies and help my players feel like the epic heroes they are! Scene Setting Remember the final showdown in The Labyrinth? When… Continue reading Boss Fight
Time for another Worldbuiling post!! This time, we'll explore the theme of culture a bit more. We've already explored the things that will impact the evolution of different cultures and the way culture and language are interconnected...now we'll look at different ways you can show customs and practices through the behaviour of your characters! The… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Local Customs
Being a GM is a big job: you need to be familiar with the rules (or at least know where to find them in the reference books), create engaging challenges for your players to solve, and weave it all together in an interesting story that will capture the imagination. If you're lucky enough to be… Continue reading Homebrewed: Campaign Prep Guidelines
Animals are a common theme across the spectrum of folklore and fables, with many animals presented as embodiments of certain virtues: Foxes are clever Owls are wise Lions are proud There are positive and negative characteristics for most of the creatures...except for the Snake. In most western storytelling, our friend Snake is associated with qualities… Continue reading Serpent’s Redemption
We've had a few worldbuilding posts at this point, focused on things like language, culture, and just general tips...this time we're looking at ways to approach your worldbuilding at the onset, along with some pros and cons to both methods! Top-Down Have you ever used Google Earth? Or at least looked at a picture of… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?
In case you missed the news on my various social media accounts, we're celebrating the end of our first year since beginning this adventure!!! Exactly one year has passed since this site began with the first blog post: Adventures for the Family: What I learned from DMing for Children. Since then, I've released new articles… Continue reading Celebrating the First Anniversary with Scriv-tival 2019!
“You have a gift, child. The only ones who understand it are the Scribes here in the temple, it’s—” Derryn cut her grandmother off, anger flaring up once more. “And why do I still not understand it then?” she asked impatiently, voice elevating. “All I know at this point is how much I don’t know… Continue reading Child of the Serpent Part X