Sunday, January 24, 2021

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 1.24.21

 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 will keep proclaiming the greatness of the Green Bird team from every mountaintop, hill, and dale until the world listens. Great table to add flavor and unpredictability to your underground adventures.



Camp Deep Lake from Samantha Conklin


This is perfect one-shot material. The PCs are camp counselors attempting to solve the murder of the camp director. Good adventures start with good hooks, and as a huge fan of 80s horror, this immediately appealed to me. Has a really good twist. I would actually really love to run this.



Fantasy Battlemaps from Adela Quiles


MORE MAPS! MORRRRE MAPS!!!! I don't have a problem. I can stop any time I want. 





Aside from being a nice little sidequest for Rime of the Frostmaiden, this is a tour de force in great layout. There is an astonishing amount of content jammed into fifteen pages, with no filler. Even has a helpful flowchart. Bynoe knows what they are doing.



Mike's Free Encounter Collection #7 from Michael LaBossiere


One of the most prolific designers on the Guild, LaBossiere has been pumping out free encounters for years now. In this, the seventh collection, you get more handy encounters to sprinkle into your sessions, along with a zip file of maps for VTT play. 


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Friday, January 22, 2021

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: A Cool Way to Run Mystery Games

Happy Friday! On this week's Humpday RPG Show, I touched on a great blog post from Prismatic Wasteland. I don't feel like I spent enough time talking about their awesome idea for running mystery games, so here we are. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Humpday RPG Show 1.20.21 with Special Guest Logan Dean of The Company RPG

Aside from the actual PLAYING of games, my favorite things about this wonderful hobby are those two bastions of DIY creativity, zines and blogs. Join me each week on the Thought Eater podcast as I share the blogs, zines, and RPG bric-a-brac that caught my eye.

Have you started a new blog recently? Are you working on a zine? Are you a content creator that would like to be considered for an interview on the show? Want to send me review copies of what you're working on? I want to hear from you! Email me at frothsof at gmail or use the contact form on my blog (visible in desktop mode in the right-hand column).

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MAPS


https://dungeoneering.blogspot.com/2021/01/apom-adventure-design-diary-21-mapping.html









https://www.patreon.com/novaworlds



ZINE CLUB (SPECIAL GUEST: LOGAN DEAN)










RANDOM TABLES








HUMPDAY BLOG-O-RAMA






















FREE STUFF















THE FINAL TOPIC: RULE ZERO

http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-origins-of-rule-zero.html



OUTRO





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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 1.17.21

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.



Battlemaps: Lightning Rail from Andrew Clark



This is an absolutely must-have map pack if you are running an Eberron campaign. Also great for any pseudo-historical game. Really good maps.



Silverymoon Visitor's Guide from Arcane Impact



This is just one page, but I really love the format. It comes with an extra editable pdf, so you can use it to make your own guides for other campaign locales. 





Flavorful collection of hellish random encounters along the Styx for your Avernus game.



Advanced Skill System from Mattia Festa


This is an inspired collection of new uses for skills. While it offers a proficiency/expertise rule to unlock them, some of them might be things you can just port straight into your game so long as the player passes a check. For example, there is an intimidation feature where if your character kills an enemy in especially brutal fashion, enemy combatants that witness it have to save or become frightened. Don't skip this one, there are lots of good ideas here.



Temple of the Nightwind from Benedikt Stronski


This is pretty straightforward and a tad generic, but then it is meant to be. A short rescue adventure designed for new DMs and players.


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Friday, January 15, 2021

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: Enworld's Ten Most Anticipated Games of 2021

Hey everybody, it is time for another Five Minute Friday podcast. Today I am taking a look at the ten most anticipated games for 2021 as voted on by members of the Enworld RPG forum. 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Humpday RPG Show 1.13.21

Aside from the actual PLAYING of games, my favorite things about this wonderful hobby are those two bastions of DIY creativity, zines and blogs. Join me each week on the Thought Eater podcast as I share the blogs, zines, and RPG bric-a-brac that caught my eye.

Have you started a new blog recently? Are you working on a zine? Are you a content creator that would like to be considered for an interview on the show? Want to send me review copies of what you're working on? I want to hear from you! Email me at frothsof at gmail or use the contact form on my blog (visible in desktop mode in the right-hand column).

You can join the show by calling in at anchor.fm/thoughteater or via the Anchor app!

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MAPS OF THE WEEK















STAR WARS









ZINE CLUB
























HUMPDAY BLOG-O-RAMA






















RANDOM TABLES










FREE STUFF









THE FINAL TOPIC: PLEASE KILL ME







OUTRO








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