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I wanted to show someone my notebook for my homebrew D&D campaign. I keep it in OneNote, which is perfect. You can organize info into tabs (chapters), pages and sub-pages, and headings and sub-headings on a page. And you can cross-link to other pages and sub-headings. I gather EverNote can work the same way. And Sly Flourish swears by Notion.so, which is (I gather) like a free version of OneNote. Details on Notion.so here (link).

Here’s my campaign notebook in OneNote:

Tabs for DM tools (like random tables, CR charts), session notes (shown), PCs, NPCs, custom monsters, scenarios (adventures), fronts, factions, a world almanac, and more. Each tab has several pages under it. I could never keep all this info organized in a word processor.

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A synopsis of last night’s session of Legends Of Bucktangle (D&D 5E homebrew campaign), by Tim Gunsinger @MrGunsinger. Thanks Tim!

Having entered what seemed to be the basement of the Tower of O’sha’med, the Defenders of Thornkeep (I forget what name we settled on) found themselves in a room with 12 sarcophagi, which upon opening one resulted in a game of undead whack-a-mole.

After controlling the undead attack they were met by a large orc wearing a pink hat. Haff quickly made friendly with this fellow before it spoke of waiting until nighttime to climb out of the tomb to feast on the surface dwellers. It was then that Gunzin began thinking out loud to piece together what everyone already had…this orc was a vampire.

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The appearance of a library in a fantasy RPG is always cause for excitement. Spell books, grimoires, and exposition surely lie in wait! But besides that one valuable or plot-relevant tome, what other books lade the dusty shelves of your typical medieval library?

Here is a list of mundane books to help you answer that question.

  1. Anecdotal – a book of brief stories & moral tales, meant to make the reader or listener think.
  2. Farmer’s Almanac – when to plant, harvest, hunt different animals, forage diff. plants & fungi, how to deal with diff. pests & weeds. Includes when to make offerings to the gods to prevent blight, famine, a harsh winter.
  3. The log book of a ship – cargoes, passengers, trips, sightings of other ships, storms, incidents on board
  4. The log book of a manor – annual records of field use, yield per field and per crop, counts of livestock young, records of insect plagues and blights and hail, local settlements & market days & travel times, members (people), small debts given and repaid, family births and deaths. The story of a land-owning family and its servants over a couple of centuries.
  5. An epic – the tale of a long war campaign. Halfway between a history and a novel.
  6. An epic – the tale of a legendary hero & how they defeated a great evil
  7. A book of folk songs and rhymes.
  8. An Augury – augury, charms, amulets, hedge magic, luck, curses, wards
  9. Manual of the martial arts – punching & wrestling, armed combat, armed & armoured combat
  10. Manual of blacksmithing – mining ore, smelting, forging various tools & weapons
  11. Recipe book of an artist – paper making, charcoal preparation, paint & ink formulae, brush making, etc..
  12. Recipe book of a noble’s chef – incl preserves, soap, lots of fanciful recipes
  13. Witchfinder manual – how to recognize witchcraft, witches, demons; protections; punishments
  14. Manual of worship of a certain god, incl. prayers, hymns, what and when to sacrifice, omens, enemies.
  15. A geographic survey of a distant land, including maps, sketches of landscapes, plants, animals, notes on inhabitants.
  16. Herbology & medicine – plants, drawings of, uses of
  17. Astrology
  18. Alchemistry
  19. Anatomy and physical medicine – broken bones, birth, primitive physiotherapies & surgeries, prosthetics
  20. History of the world – true history mixed with myths & legends

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Hello gamers, long time no post.  This blog isn’t dead, but it might be undead.

I’m grappling with the perennially unpopular grappling rules in D&D 5E.  They don’t seem to do what a character typically wants to accomplish when they tackle someone.

First, the rules as written.  This is from an email that I sent to some of my players who are new to 5E.  I will write a follow-up post about how I will house-rule grappling.

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