Saturday, May 18, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 5.18.19

Every week, talented creators upload products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve.

You can find previous posts in this series HERE.

Tomb of Annihilation: Port Nyanzaru Streamlined from The Insane Dump

This is a really helpful "cheat sheet" for DMs running the Port Nyanzaru portion of ToA, with key objectives, NPCs, important page references, and more all collected into one handy document.

What Lurks Beyond the Crags of Lyrm from Sethe Howell

21 new monsters of the weird variety, all fully illustrated in a very unique style. Some of these are more for the flavor rather than the danger, like the glowmaggot, which can be used to heal diseases (with a cost), and the harmless, disturbing/cute, many-eyed Orcui.

The Occult Archives from Studio Bunny

This is a collection of six new Warlock pacts and two new races. The flavor and mechanics are really nice. I especially like "The Glitch" pact; some unknown entity has chosen you...but what it wants is anyone's guess. You end up with weird reality-warping abilities like teleportation and "shifting form". Hard to describe...and based on the text, that is precisely the point. The spider-like Harvestman race is also really cool.

The Nameless Isle from Jonas Kraft

This is a nice little adventure (playable in a single session) with a great hook: a small island has mysteriously appeared off the coast of Neverwinter. I would run this in a second.

Bard College: The College of Illustration from Ben Jenkins

Love, love, love the flavor of this one. "Summon" creatures by drawing them in the air, disguise yourself through painting, and create magical portraits than evoke the tale of Dorian Gray. Very creative.

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  1. Is it just me, or do all the links take you to the monster book...

    1. Sometimes DriveThru is weird with cookies and mobile/desktop devices, the links are all correct but maybe right clicking and copy/pasting them will work.

    2. Yeah, I often have the same problem. Clearing the cache or opening the links on a different device or browser usually works for me.