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The Arcana Check is a splatbook series by Bartholomew Klick, with illustration by Zach Stoppel and editing by Lynn Caldwell.

Lost Minis of Phandelver 2.0

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So, Zach and I are going to start back on making paper minis, but on a more relaxed schedule and with some more wiggle room about how we do it. Before we started in any public sort of way, however, we wanted to bring our most popular pack up-to-date. My previous blog post outlined how we’re doing this, but by the time you read this, the new version will be live and you’ll just be able to check out the new version yourself.

The long and short of the update is that it has:

  1. New hero skins
  2. New easy-to-cut layout
  3. New version of the file with high quality backgrounds
  4. New tokens for online play

On another kinda confusing note – without much warning at all, my store stopped working and I had to rebuild it. So those of you who bought this file on the old TC store won’t be able to go pick up the new version very easily. This is 100% not my intention. If you bought the old Minis and want the update, tweet me @yesthievescan and I’ll make sure you get the updates. I’m doing this on the honor system, so don’t worry about providing a proof-of-purchase. I’m not convinced the old system was actually giving those anyway.

The new store is going to be on Gumroad. We have to give them a small cut of each purchase (5%, which is WAY better than the DM guild, which keeps 50%) but I also never have to worry about whether or not the store will work.

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Masterwork Update

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Masterwork is with Lynn for editing, and with some testers for sanity checks. I’m pumped.

Let me tell you a bit about the system, which is the first part of my own RPG that is being sort of… grown out of 5e.

The 5e works right now, players pick their weapon from a list of somewhat limited options, and then usually stick with that weapon until such time as they find a magic version of it.

In Masterwork, there are three tiers of weapons, with each tier capable of dealing more damage and having various collected effects. The tiers should sound a bit familiar: simple, martial, and specialized. These represent how many properties (which we call Mechanics Tags) each weapon can have and the size of the damage die, with specialized weapons getting the best of both worlds.

Separate from Mechanics Tags are the weapon’s intrinsic Style Tag, which determines damage type and the stat used to attack and damage enemies. These most drastically affect gish classes, with kensai monks and hexblade warlocks getting the shorter end of the stick, so Masterwork is shipping with some special rules adjustments to help them out.

This tag system lets players and DMs build custom weapons that don’t exist in the PHB and that aren’t necessarily well-represented by the items that exist. It also allows players to create objectives for their equipment as a form of character progression, and gives them a way of quickly expressing their desires to crafter NPCs should they decide to commission a weapon.

This is necessarily a bit crunchier of a system for managing equipment than D&D 5e players are perhaps used to, so it’ll also come with some printable tools for helping players keep track of their equipment and what it does.