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Form-Fillable PDF D&D Character Sheet

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , on September 8, 2019 by boccobsblog

I’ve added a fillable PDF character sheet to the 5e Resource page. Download it for free.

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20 D&D Fighter Quests

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

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Today’s quest hooks come from the Kind DM:

Fighters may be misunderstood as simple, especially in a world where magic is abundant and mystical and dangerous creatures roam the land. However, that is far from true, because through that simplicity rises versatility. Fighters can find themselves in all sorts of situations and still be able to pull through.

1. Your keep has been taken over by a necromancer and your servants are now an undead force under his command

2. You are conscripted by a paladin task force to assist them with purging a demon hiding in a city

3. Your old retired guard mates have convinced you to go on a dungeon delve with them

4. A meteor was spotted falling deep in the northern steppes. An armorsmith is promising a reward to anyone who can bring to him any metal found in the impact crater so he can experiment.

5. You are tasked with training a squad of rookies and have them hunt down a troll that’s been terrorizing the farmlands as their first mission

6. Once every a thousand years, a demon trapped in ice manages to get free.Your bloodline is dedicated to making sure the demon is kept in check. There are signs that the demon will attempt to free itself soon.

7. You have been requested to represent a noble as their champion in a tournament or a duel.

8. A rich noble’s children have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom. He suspects the kidnappers are not going to hold up their end of the bargain, and requests you to come up with a plan to rescue them.

9. A group of halfling entertainers have been attacked and kidnapped by orcs while going to a city that has hired them for their annual celebration of the city’s founding. The mayor of the city hires you to go to the abandoned tower not far from the city where the halflings may be held.

10. Someone is killing ex members of the mercenary guild you used to be a member of…

11. You receive a parcel that contains a sword hilt and a map.

12. A gang of wererats is terrorizing the city. There is a bounty for their capture but you will have to go into the sewers…

13. A noble has made arrangements that, after their unavoidable assassination, she would be resurrected at the local temple. However, the cleric that has taken the task to resurrect them must reach the temple alive, because the assassin is still on the hunt.

14. A prisoner’s last request before the execution is to talk to you. They tell you they are innocent and are being framed by the captain of the guard.

15. A magical storm has rendered all the magical defenses of the city useless and the wizards sitting on their hands. Now the city is under siege and you have to escape and find the source of the storm.

16. A wizard and a sorcerer have a disagreement on whose magic is “better”, so they want to conscript someone who doesn’t know magic as an impartial judge

17. The rite of passage for a league of adventurers is to pass through a dangerous mechanical gauntlet filled with traps and puzzles, meant to hone both the mental and
physical abilities of the trainees. However, something went wrong and the gauntlet’s already high difficulty has been “cranked up to 11”

18. You have been hired by a conclave of very old and grumpy wizards as their bodyguard, luggage carrier, and gopher while they have their centennial reunion. One of the events during the reunion is to “visit” an old associate’s home, that turn out to be a lich and a tomb respectively. However, at this point you are not sure whether the lich is more dangerous than the crazy old wizards.

19. You take up a job of investigating a fishing village that has gone silent. When you arrive there are no signs of life. Searching the houses you find a journal talking about a whaling ship anchoring to the harbor with a fresh catch, and a series of disturbing events that follow. The last entry reads “Everyone else has boarded the ship. I can hear that voice in my head again asking me to join them. I can’t stand it anymore. Tonight I return to my family.”

20. A gnome couple hire almost every adventurer in town. They then reveal themselves to be bronze dragons that wants to move their eggs to another lair but are afraid an old nemesis will interfere.

About the Author
My name is Chris and I’m from Greece. I started playing tabletop RPGs in 2014. I mostly play Dungeons and Dragons at the moment but I want to try more RPGs in the future. Most of the time I’m the Dungeon Master because I really enjoy it. You can find me at: https://thekindgm.wordpress.com/

 

20 Dwarf Quest Ideas

Posted in D&D 3.5, D&D 5e, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2019 by boccobsblog

Dwarf D&D Quest Ideas

Today’s 20 D&D dwarf quest ideas comes from Twitch streamer, Amishman:

1. There is a dispute among the blacksmiths, someone is stealing their tools, all of them are blaming each other rather then look for real evidence.

2. There is someone going around doing the most evil thing of all, going into nobleman’s houses… and shaving their beards off when they sleep. Many nobles are too afraid to show their disgusting and beardless faces.

3. After digging what the lesser races would call… too deep… the dwarf mines have found both a gold vein and a shrine to a demon lord. Go get rid of the shrine and cultists so they can get the mines reopen.

4. Clearing out the mines. Some goblins/bug things/dragon clawed into the tunnels and it needs to be sorted out.

5. Quick gather some wheat in order to make and forge legendary dwarvish bread weapons. Then quickly distribute them in order to defend against the mildly irritating rat king.

6. Rediscover a forgotten dwarven form of magic called Stone Singing. Need to find a race of friendly elementals long separated from the dwarven people, you could use Galeb Duhr instead of elementals.

7. A gnome entrepreneur has come to the dwarf halls with a small team of Apparatus of Kwalish that have been re-purposed for mining, the local miners want to hire the PCs to sabotage the machines and the Gnome wants to hire the PCs to protect the devices from saboteurs.

8. Dwarves have a fairly high mushroom intake in their diet. Their mushroom caverns have been poisoned and the PCs are tasked with finding out why. (Druids who hate mineral extraction from the earth, Myconoids trying to awaken their fodder cousins leaving them poisonous, Duergar plot to kill their kind-hearted cousins, the gnome from the last hook re-purposed his Apparatus to harvest mushrooms is leaving them inedible)

9. A dwarven Ale Meister hires the PCs to delve into a lost dwarven hall that legend says holds the recipe to some sort of ambrosia-beer so that he might win an upcoming competition and solidify his name as the greatest Ale Meister in all the halls. Why was the hall lost? Pick an underdark race (Duergar, Drow, Neogi, and Tsochar tend to make more sense than the more food-centric like Mind Flayers or alien like Grell and Aboleth…though pretty much anything will work)

10. The Dwarf mine in the volcano has been dug too deep and has freed an ancient demon.

11. The Dwarves throw a feast for the party at the end of a different adventure and at the party someone dies. To prevent the unknown murderer from escaping the Dwarves lock down the house/manor/keep and the players must help to solve the mystery since Dwarves don’t really make good detectives.

12. The Dwarves are besieged by a gigantic army from the Underdark, they have been guarding the only entrance to the Underdark in the area and if they fall the unprepared races/kingdoms they have been protecting for centuries will surely fall.

13. Old man Worcestershire at the bar has a map to a rumored treasure deep beneath the volcano, but doesn’t have funds or warriors willing to go after it as it is supposedly guarded by undead/demons.

14. The lord of the city is rumored to have been killed and replaced with a doppleganger. A local guard thought he saw the lord change skin, but he can’t be sure. He approaches the party for help with the matter.

15. A townswoman has been hearing strange rattling and moans coming from the abandoned house next door. She asks the party to investigate.

16. Two opposing tailors each have half of the finest pair of pants ever created. You have been hired to repair the pants and reunite the halves.

17. The library has been infested with small mimics disguised as books. Exterminate them.

18. Through less-than-reputable channels, the party hears about a plan to hunt a small roving group of purple worms. The local crime syndicate wants the precious and hard to obtain organs and blood from the worms. The local city guard wants the location of the nest discovered and reported and nothing more.

19. A noble requests that the party deliver a small package. Around ten minutes after the package is delivered, someone approaches the party and asks where their package is, providing valid identification.

20. A city watchman requests the party’s help in setting up a sting. If the party agrees, the operation begins, but when the target arrives, at least one member of the party recognizes the target and believes them to be innocent.

Amishman has been gaming since the early 80’s and once fought Danny DeVito in a K-Mart parking lot. He can be found at

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.

www.worldofmyrr.com

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

Build your ninja crime-fighting team:
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.