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20 D&D Sorcerer Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , , , , on April 12, 2019 by boccobsblog

Sorcerer Quest Ideas

This week our guest writer is Dan Abbott, and he has crafted 20 D&D sorcerer quest ideas.

The sorcerer, imbued by fate with powers beyond the ken of mortals, inspires envy and suspicion in equal measure. Their strange, intrinsic connection with arcane force can be a blessing or a curse, and each sorcerer must come to grips with the fact that they are fundamentally different from everyone else they know, whether they like it or not. Whether they learn to accept their curse or embrace their gift, sorcerers can tap into the power of the multiverse and shape it to their will. Yet another reason to not pick on the weird kid at lunch….

1. Racial tensions rise when the beornings raise the price of honey at market day, blaming the human village for a mysterious illness among the bees.

2. A boy with unexplained powers is blamed for the village’s misfortune, and will be burned at the stake at first light if no one intervenes.

3. An important bridge across a misty ravine has collapsed, and the work crew sent to rebuild it has disappeared, leaving grisly clues behind.

4. A bitter nobleman hires the party to help spy on his romantic rival, who has dark secrets he will do anything to conceal.

5. At an orc-dwarf treaty signing brokered by humans, a high-ranking officer of the dwarvish iron mining guild is found murdered, threatening a fragile peace.

6. A wealthy merchant’s impetuous and spoiled son craves adventure, and wants to investigate an abandoned keep rumored to be haunted. The merchant will pay the party handsomely to see that the boy stays out of trouble.

7. A rash of unexplained murders at the university is causing panic, as construction begins on a new campus library.

8. Dark dreams plague an aging duke, even as, one by one, his rivals die mysteriously in the night. The duchess hires the party to watch over him, in case he is next to be killed.

9. The old hermit in the hills was once a renowned healer, they say. Perhaps he will know how to stop the strange fever that began near the crypts.

10. A dangerous relic of the Old People is found in a tunnel, awakening an eons-old evil that could end the world a second time.

11. During a lightning storm, a castaway from another world appears, wielding strange weapons and arcane powers. But her troubles have followed her to your world, and sending her back requires the party to make some dark choices.

12. A new prophet has arisen among the human population, preaching a fanatical religion of blood and fire. But who… or what… are they really worshiping?

13. Passing by an ancient circle of standing stones, you are stricken by excruciating pain, and the knowledge that something terrible is slowly clawing its way into your world.

14. The newly pious king outlaws magic and other “heresies”, upon pain of death. Help smuggle a small group of elderly wizards out of the kingdom before the king’s inquisitors can find them.

15. You are approached by an old adventurer who says they are your future self, and asks you to commit a seemingly horrific crime to change future events for the better.

16. One of the king’s most trusted advisors is discovered to be a vampire, revealing a terrifying plot centuries in the planning.

17. When an artificer is arrested by the crown’s inquisitors, a device which detects beings of magical nature falls into the hands of the authorities.

18. A powerful wizard from the Academy challenges you to a magical duel, seeking to prove once and for all the superiority of academic magic over sorcery.

19. An old friend of the party, who retired from adventuring after losing a hand, is framed for a murder he could not have committed.

20. The recent crop blight and plague of strange monsters is traced back to a glowing object, which exudes magical energy too deadly for mortals to approach. The local baron is determined to possess it for himself.

About the author:
Dan Abbott is an author, musician, performer and real-life adventurer with over 20 years experience behind a DM screen, and even more on The Endless Road. Gaming and music frequently melded together in his bands, Thee Hobo Gobbelins and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, and as the co-founder of the Geekfest punk festivals of the mid-90s. Trained in anthropology and journalism, Dan toured with the 999 Eyes Freak Show and was story editor for the definitive punk rock documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. He is a professional Dungeon Master serving the West Coast with Random Encounters Metadimensional Travel Agency. You can follow him on Twitter and see his latest creations on Patreon.

 

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20 D&D Paladin Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , on February 22, 2019 by boccobsblog
Paladin Quest Ideas

Paladin Quest Ideas

Today’s 20 paladin quest ideas come from Andrew of Cawood Publishing. If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more like it, consider subscribing:

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  1. An orc war band has made camp near the capital city. You then learn the Chief of the Town is making a deal with them.
  2. An angel sends you to the Underdark to retrieve an ancient celestial tome.
  3. The Thieves’ Guild steals your mount from the stables. You realize you have to shut them down!
  4. After returning from an adventure, you find your castle is overrun by constructs.
  5. The king asks you to watch over his castle while he’s away. His floating castle!
  6. Undead creatures have overrun your hometown and your mother is missing.
  7. Your allies suspect a large ship in the harbor is being used by slavers.
  8. You must travel to Hell and rescue a stranded group of knights.
  9. You learn a vampire has secretly become the leader of a large city.
  10. The love of your life has made a deal with an arch fey. You must travel to the land of the fey to deal with the situation.
  11. You are tasked with protecting a caravan through an area overrun by undead.
  12. You must escort a dangerous prisoner to the king’s dungeon.
  13. Your child runs away and joins an evil knighthood.
  14. A silver dragon asks to be protected from an evil adventuring party.
  15. Your deity sends you on a journey to another plane to retrieve a legendary magical item.
  16. A priest at your temple disappears during the full moon.
  17. You find out a spy has infiltrated a local jousting competition.
  18. The local Fighters’ Guild is accused of working for an evil lord.
  19. Your deity has found the ‘chosen one’. You must escort the young apprentice across the kingdom to the Great Temple.
  20. Merchants complain that a cult of devil-worshippers are stealing their business.

Andrew Cawood is a storyteller, former teacher, and counselor. He runs Cawood Publishing, an Indie RPG company based in Vancouver, Canada. The company has made over 30 5E products, including 20 bestsellers for DriveThruRPG and the DMs Guild. Their product catalog includes the Monsters of Feyland handbook and the World of Myrr campaign setting.

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20 D&D Monk Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture with tags , , , , , on January 25, 2019 by boccobsblog

monk quest ideas

This week’s D&D Quest Ideas come from Don Caraco, of Philadelphia’s Drinks and Dragons. Don shares 20 D&D Monk quest hooks (plus a bonus hook).

  1. On your masters’ deathbed he tells you of a brother that still lives deep in hostile territory in the frozen north, to complete your training you must seek him out.
  2. You were placed as a bodyguard for a VIP at your temple, you failed and must prove that it was a set up by a jealous rival student to clear your name.
  3. (Every 80s kids favorite) you are bullied by bigger older students of a monk school, saved by an old gardener/maintenance worker and trained in the ancient ways of Ki to teach them a lesson. PS, they are blonde, wealthy, jerks, and good-looking so you know they are bad guys.
  4. Doing your chores one day you dig up an old amulet that is cursed with the spirit of a long-dead warrior. You put it on to admire yourself and are endowed with all the memories and skills of this warrior, what do you do now?
  5. Having sworn to never use your skills again after a tragic accident, you retire to a simple the life in a small town, only to find that your old shogun will stop at nothing to get you back. If the shogun can’t have you, then no one can.
  6. Having lost the use of your hands, you overhear a bard singing of a Dwarf blacksmith that has unlocked the secret of the Iron Fists, you believe that this is the key to get your self-worth back.
  7. You are hired to protect an orphanage from a marauding horde of hyenas, and gnolls, led by a vrock. All your years of training have prepared you for this.
  8. You stumble across a newborn baby floating down a river in a basket, with it is a pouch of 500 gold, and a note to please safeguard it till its 18th birthday; at that time, you are to see the child safely back to the kingdom to claim the child’s rightful place on the throne.
  9. You are a noble that got mixed up in the wrong crowd and find yourself buried alive, in your desperation, you discover your Ki and escape your grave now free to do what you will and to extract your revenge.
  10. Your family and village were raised in front of you by a warlord ransacking the countryside, you as a child then sold to slavery, as you grew you were trained to the art of hand to hand combat for others entertainment, now you are free what do you do?
  11. Having had passed all the levels of your training you are now ready to train a new generation, on a trip to visit your family your ship is lost in a storm you wake up in a strange land.
  12. All the leaders in the land have united against a shadowy threat forming and posed to take over the world, your destiny has been clear since your birth that you are the one to lead 4 great heroes to face and vanquish this evil.
  13. Growing up as an orphan on the streets you would often beg across from a monastery, growing up watching them train you to find that you to have learned the ways of the monks.
  14. You are part of a group of monks trained to protect and stop anyone from miss using an ancient portal, you discover there is a long-running plot almost ready to be completed be cultists that have infiltrated your order and seek to crack open this portal and unleash what is locked behind it.
  15. You retire to watch over your children after the loss of your spouse, when a bested but not vanquished foe from your past rears its ugly head and kidnaps your children.
  16. You live in a large lake town lead by a greedy Mayor, this person’s greed and lust for magic items has brought the eye and wrath of a group of Oni down upon your town and its children.
  17. You have been sent a letter that your master has been slain by a master of a rival school, you are the only one left that can stop the takeover of your school now.
  18. You have heard stories of a haunted Dojo in the swamps and that there are still many items of value left behind.
  19. A local drug gang has noticed your lack of respect for the local law and their rules and has invited you to a meeting, having broken up several of the gangs’ past dealings this may be a trap under the guise of an olive branch.
  20. Your sister has been commissioned to deliver ten barrels of rice wine the best in the land for the capitals winter fest, a rival maker will stop at nothing to stop the delivery and make her look bad.
  21. A magic staff has been planted in a large rock at the center of the capital, it is said that the warrior that can pull the rad from its resting place will be the ruler.

Don Caraco born in Alaska in 1974, the year of the great RPG awakening. He grew up in South Carolina, and moved to Philadelphia for college, and still resides there today.  I am an artist, general contractor, renovator and restorer of a single family home, home inspector and as of December of 2016, founder of Phillys’ first open TTRPG group Drinks and Dragons.

I, with help from the community, run multiple adults-only open TTRPG game nights. At great Philadelphia pubs like The American Sardine Bar , the Black Cat Tavern on 12th, Bourbon and Branch, Thirsty Dice, and our newest event the Abbaye. We run games for all level of players as time allows for on both sides of the screen.

You can check us out on Facebook, email us at drinksanddragons215@gmail.com, or find me on Twitter. Thanks for letting me share these hooks! I hope they are useful. Ideas for the 20 plus hooks came from myself and from members of Philadelphia’s original open TTRPG night, Drinks and Dragons.

Read more about Drinks and Dragons:

Gaming Trend
EnWorld
Philly.com

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Sweet Ass Nunchucks (Do you even chuck brah?!)
Stabby Sais (cuz Raph was the best turtle)
Kickass Katana (B3 is not responsible for any stabbings)
The Bo Staff Beatdown

 

Start Playing D&D (for free!)

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2019 by boccobsblog

Every day I hear/read people saying that they would like to learn to play D&D but don’t know where to start. Additionally, I’ve met several people who used to play D&D, but who didn’t know how to get back into Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve created a list of resources, some free, some not, that will allow new players to get started playing D&D, as well as aid returning players.

I’ve personally played D&D for the last 27 year, and have played every edition of the game, and I can honestly say 5th edition is the easiest rule set to learn. This is a great time to start playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Free Options

D&D Basic Rules (Free)
“The Basic Rules runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells,
5 backgrounds, and character sheets.” (WotC)

D&D SRD (Free)
The D&D Basic set has a lot of information to get you started, but it only contains a few character classes. When you’re ready to expand into more options, you can use a System Reference Document to access free (under the Open Game License) content legally. There are many SRDs online, I recommend 5thSRD.org as they run a clean site, free of ads. 5thSRD.org can also be downloaded for offline use.

Public Library (Free)
Believe or not, your public library likely has some gaming books, and even if they don’t, they will gladly do an intralibrary loan to borrow the core books from another library.

Character Sheet (Free)
You can get these anywhere, but here are the official WotC sheets.

Die Rollers
Another free option for digital players (those who like to use their phone or tablet at the table) is die rollers programs. You can find many free apps and programs to replace physical dice.

Paid Options

Starter Set (>$20)
“Containing everything you need to leap into a D&D adventure, this boxed set is designed for five to six players, with one of you taking on the role of the game’s lead storyteller, the Dungeon Master.” The starter set is available at your local game store, Walmart, and Target.” (WotC) The Starter Set comes with:

  • 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get started
  • 32-page rulebook for playing characters level 1-5
  • 5 pre-generated characters, with character sheet
  • 6 dice

Core Rulebooks ($25-$100)
If you decide to play D&D regularly, you’ll need to eventually pick up the core rulebooks. Players will need a Player’s Handbook (PHB), while a Dungeon Master will need the PHB, the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG), and the Monster Manual (MM).

Accessories

Dice (<$10)
Get can get some great dice anywhere, but if you want to outfit your whole table for less than $2 a player, I suggest these dice (5 sets).

A Buttload of Dice (<$25)
If you need a bunch of dice quick, the pound of dice from Chessex is a gamer standard.

DM Screen ($10)
A Dungeon Master’s Screen is not for everyone. They contain a lot of useful information and they can be useful in hiding your notes and miniatures, but some DMs choose to roll and act in the open, lest they be accused of cheating.

Grid Mats
I use a variety of battle mats, but the one that is always on my table is from Chessex. They come in three sizes: Battlemat (23.5 x 26), Megamat (34.5 x 48 inches), and the Mondomat (54 x 102 inches). The Battlemat is a bit small, but a good choice is your table is small. The Mondomat is too big for nearly all tables. I have an eight-foot-long game table and it wouldn’t fit well. My recommendation is the Megamat.

Note: regardless of the pens you use, or what you use to clean your map, they will stain over time. Invest in a piece of clear plexiglass to place over your mat. My Chessex Megamat has never been written on and looks pristine after 5-6 years of play.

Next time we’ll talk about finding a game or starting your own.

20 D&D Rogue Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , on January 11, 2019 by boccobsblog

d&amp;d rogue quest ideas

This week’s guest blogger is author, Thomas Biehl. He has prepared 20 quest ideas for the party’s rogue.

  1. An adventuring group asks you to open a chest for them, it’s empty, but they don’t believe you and think you stole its contents.
  2. The local magistrate wants someone to be gotten rid of ‘quietly’, so they hire you, but then you realize you are the intended target.
  3. You use Mage Hand to pickpocket a wizard’s spell book, which contains dark magic; you think nothing of it until someone close to you dies under mysterious circumstances.
  4. A local noble hires you to spy on his enemy who is gathering righteous forces; to do so you have to impersonate a paladin.
  5. A healer needs money; she asks you wound, but not kill, several people so that she can heal them and split the profits with you.
  6. A party hired you to deal with traps, then left you for dead; you escaped and are ready to get even.
  7. A ranger scout on an opposing side spots you alone in a thick forest, and a deadly game of hide and seek ensues.
  8. A party is auditioning for a thief; the task, steal the jeweled necklace of a local nobleman’s wife, which she never takes off.
  9. Members of your old guild are disappearing when a mysterious note appears in handwriting you recognize and asks you to meet.
  10. A fellow Rogue inadvertently tries out a new form of poison on you…
  11. You awake stripped of all your equipment and weapons; you must escape using only your skills.
  12. A lout at a bar challenges you to a dagger throwing contest, and you win his dagger only to find out that it is cursed.
  13. The only way to get to something you need to steal is by an opening only a child could fit through, what do you do?
  14. A man is certain that his wife is cheating on him and wants proof, he will only pay you for proof. You find out that she isn’t cheating, but is rather attractive…
  15. A dragon suspects a rogue stole from his hoard and tells you to find out who or he’ll roast you.
  16. A lord hires you to attend a dinner party for his noble. He wants you to steal something special from each one of the guests.
  17. You are hired to assassinate a local rabble-rouser; when you got to his home, he isn’t there, but his daughter catches you there.
  18. A member of your party finds things of theirs missing and blames you; you scoff, but the items are found among your belongings.
  19. An anonymous person hires you to test out the traps they set to protect their dungeon, but it turns out to be an old rival who is trying to trap you.
  20. You wake up, hung over, to find out several people were stabbed by daggers, a few died, in a tavern brawl and you are being blamed.

About the author:
Thomas Biehl is a writer, teacher, parent, and petty dabbler in theoretical physics, metaphysical philosophy, and abnormal psychology. Read more at biehlsnotebook.wordpress.com.

 

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20 D&D Bard Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , , on January 4, 2019 by boccobsblog

 

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Yeah, that’s a gelatinous cube in a thong. Art by Mia Johnson.

Today we have a guest blogger, Mia Johnson from Tipsy Badger. She has prepared 20 D&D Quest Ideas for bards.

  1. The children of the surround farmland have been disappearing, some say a satyr play his flute just on the edge of the woods, enticing them to join his dance.
  2. Despite the disappearing members and strange accidents happening around the traveling circus, the troupe seeks new headliners for this evening’s show.
  3. A haunting melody rouses the party from their sleep to see a ghostly veiled woman drifting towards a pond, beckoning the party with her hand before sinking below the water.
  4. Drunken revelry draws the party’s attention to  a crowd of townsfolk gathered round a fighting pit, the betting pot valuing a small fortune.
  5. The whole town decorated in fresh flowers and summer banners, many walls and posts are littered with fliers detailing a competition on the center stage, winner receives a hefty some of gold and a masterwork instrument by a local craftsman.
  6. Many musicians have been disappearing from town, rumor has it a devilish creature stalks through the streets at night with his corpse band chained to his side.
  7. A young red dragon with a belled collar around its neck comes bounding through the woods near the party, followed by an out of breath young elf singing an off-key lullaby in an attempt to soothe the beast .
  8. The thieves guild has got a big score lined up from a nobles manor, and they’re willing to give the party a cut if a big diversion is made in the market district.
  9. After a long evening of celebrating their latest victory, the party finds their pockets and sheaths empty with the vague memory of one of the tavern names that they had visited.
  10. The streets are littered with a variety of statues locked in expressions of fear, in the town square large stone beings gather up statues, dragging them towards the keep.
  11. A symphony of terrified screams bring the party’s attention to a large troll walking down the city street, peering through doorways and windows looking for someone.
  12. Desperate, a baron seeks local performers in an attempt to make his bride to be smile.
  13. A woman follows the party wherever they go, claiming to be the bard’s daughter.
  14. It is an annual tradition for a musician to enter the catacombs perform a song to soothe the restless dead, with a necromancer claiming the area as his own, no musicians have been willing to enter the dead infested underground, and the deadline is fast approaching.
  15. The party stumbles upon a slaughtered caravan, the only survivor, fast asleep among the carnage is a blood covered old man with scars over where his ears should be. As the party approaches, the old man opens his eyes, and a toothy grin spreads across  his face as he transforms into a hideous abomination.
  16. While building a new addition onto the lord’s manor, the workmen discovered a series of tunnels underneath the household as well as a gray cow-like beast with milky eyes guarding them, at least that’s what the surviving woman claimed to his lordship. A reward has been posted to all the surrounding towns for anyone who can slay the beast.
  17. In a run-down tavern, a huntsman recounts finding a carved door surrounded by small shards of glass and other found objects set into a hillside, he swears the door opened a crack when the birds were singing.
  18. A neatly written letter is delivered by courier detailing out a plea by a well-renowned songstress, believing someone is going to make an attempt on her life, asks the party to protect her or take her place on stage.
  19. When performing in a local tavern, a finely dressed heckler insults the bard’s performance. If confronted, it will be revealed that the heckler is in fact the duke that rules over the surrounding land, and will call for the arrest of the party, and will try to have them run out-of-town.
  20. In danger of losing his position as royal court jester, the old fool begs the party to help him perform a simple play of three old maids for his lord. In return, he promises to reward the party his grandfather’s prized possession.

About the Author:
The minute I could pick up a crayon, my parents had to cover the walls with paper to save the walls from my creations. I’ve been fascinated with art, story, film-making and of course Dungeons & Dragons all of my life. I’ve been attending Columbia College Chicago with a major in Cinema Arts & Sciences and minoring in animation to further my love and appreciation for both art and story. I founded the art page Tipsy Badger after finishing a piece for my own D&D game for some extra experience points from my dungeon master. One hairy dwarven maiden pin-up and I was hooked on this genre of art. The traditional hero type I have a harder time connecting with, you’re telling me those huge badonka-honkers don’t have stretch marks anywhere on them? I don’t think so. It’s important these little details, especially in art. Most everyone is going to have sagging bits, or folds, or stretch marks or hair (so much hair). It’s important to be proud of these features, both in-game, in art, and outside of it. If you’re looking for some naked hairy wizards you can find my work at any of the links below.

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5e Resource Page Updated

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast with tags , , , , on December 28, 2018 by boccobsblog

D&amp;D5e Resources

Last night I revised our D&D5e Resource page. I’ve updated the System Reference Document (5E SRD) document, the errata for the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and the Monster Manual. Additionally, I added several missing Unearthed Arcana articles. If you see an official WotC D&D5e resource I’ve missed, comment or send me an email. Thank you!

-Andy