Saturday, January 18, 2020

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Two Weeks Ending 1.18.20

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons 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.

I was unable to post last week, so this installment features highlights from the last two weeks. 

The Tragedy of Portkrevin from Green Bird RPGs

The Green Bird RPG team consistently create some of the best "indie" products on the DMs Guild. Their latest, ostensibly for Saltmarsh, features village-turned-hag-lair Portkrevin, wonderful art and maps, and, perhaps most crucially, a catoblepas. We could all use more catoblepas. 

Fungi of the Underdark: An Illustrated Guide from James Houlcroft

This is more like an art zine or something than a sourcebook. A collection of different mushrooms, lovingly illustrated, with commentary and notes in the margins. Refreshingly different.

Alden Lascar's Guide to the Strange, Peculiar, and Irreverent from Multiple Authors

This is an inspired and substantial (161 pages!) GM sourcebook with page after page of puzzles, traps, items, and creatures. If you can't find something in here to use in your game, you just aren't trying. Free.

The Age of Flintlock: Firearms for D&D 5e from Ben Murray

Concise and well-balanced firearm supplement with clear rules and neat ideas. I loved the different ammunition options. There are a lot of firearm supplements out there, and this is easily one of the best that I have seen. 

The City of Auriga from Timothy Cuddles and Malady Whitecrow

Wow. This Stunning artwork and presentation highlight this gazetteer of a steampunk-inspired city setting. Clockwork creatures, new subclasses and gear, and a city map that has to be seen to be appreciated. Do not miss this one. Shockingly free. 

Coast of Despair from Babbling Wizard

This coastal/aquatic adventure would be right at home in a Saltmarsh campaign. Tidehaven is on the decline. The failing crops are one thing, but the sea hags and sahuagin are another. Nice package including a print-friendly option and separate map downloads. It would be cool to pair it with the Portkrevin product listed above.

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