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They can go up to, like, 17. Even 18!

Starfall, Page 9


Opportunity Attacks revisited

Opportunity attacks in 5e, in my humble opinion, make combat boring. Disengaging to avoid an Attack of Opportunity (AoO) sacrifices your own action but leaves the enemy’s in-tact, making it one of the worst trades in the game. While the mechanic can create tense...

Starfall Part 2, Page 7

Super Quick Combat Rules

Quick preamble: this is probably system agnostic on some level, but I designed it for 5e. 5e’s design assumes you’re having probably way, way more combat encounters than you actually are, and that you’re playing long enough and quickly enough to resolve those...

Free VTT Tokens

I have created a repository of about 1200 VTT tokens that you guys can use for free. If you don't want to read more, you can just go to this link and grab them: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54992126 Why Tokens? I like them. During 2020, all of my D&D came to a...

Pathfinder 2e on Foundry vtt

I am a huge fan of Foundry VTT. For my purposes, it is the perfect virtual tabletop system. It supports a ton of systems, including the two that I love the best, namely Dungeons & Dragons 5e (DD5E) and Pathfinder 2e (PF2E). A massive part of the appeal of a VTT...

Starfall Part 2, Page 6

oversized weapons

Okay, so we did an info-graphic this week. We like the idea of building a 5e character around over-sized weapons, but the oversized weapons rules in this edition of D&D are helter-skelter at best.This is not about game balance. At all. This is about throwing...

A One Shot

Hey guys, I am working on a major website overhaul, and then it'll be back into Starfall. In the meantime, have a golden oldie from the Patreon archive.

Better Know a Monster: The Mimic

I love the idea that mimics are cryptids to the rest of the world. Adventurers, at least with the players I've known, would be almost universally unpopular -- even when they save the world, they do it out of eyeshot of everyone else, and burn a lot of bridges to get...

The Hobgoblin (and you!)

It's been a hot minute since our last update because I've been dealing with a very sick pet rabbit, and it's leaving me absolutely drained. - This comic arose somewhat naturally out of my Red Hand of Doom group (retooled for 5e). Hobgoblins in 3.5 are just kind of...

The Trade – Page 5 (End)

To celebrate the release of Ricky's Guide to Spooptopia, we did a mini-arc about that setting's most infamous villain. We had fun making this, and it's based on, perhaps, the most dramatic character death I've ever had at a table. I always sub Candor and the gang out...

The Trade – Page 4

The Trade – Page 3

The Trade – Page 2

The Trade – Page 1


Starfall Part 2 – Murderlude

We cut quickly to Keelie, doin' her thing.

Get you that Fauci Ouchie

Seriously, y'all, I miss real dice. Get the vaccine. I got super lucky; I am on my first shot and get my second one in a few days. I'm working at the geological survey right now, and someone basically dropped from the rafters and jabbed my arm. (Well, it was more like...

Turns out that DCs can go past 16.

by | Nov 26, 2018 | Comics | 0 comments

Happy Monday, dungeon divers!

So this scenario is not a thing I have done to my players, but is a thing that I’ve had done to me. So you’re going along, dooping through the dungeon, and some obvious factor of your character that’s never come up before is suddenly hyper-critical. Like, everyone knows that the goliath in plate armor weighs in excess of 300 pounds *before* his backpack and other equipment are taken into account. This guy’s size has *had* to have been at least been worth a funny moment or something when he has to squeeze through a doorway that everyone else can just step through. But nope. It’s never come up, even incidentally, until this bridge, and it was some kind of DC 25-ass bullshit check for anyone in character or at the table to be like, “hey, wait, that bridge might not support the weight of our elementally massive friend.”

But hey, that’s cool, because fall damage + the spikes at the bottom still weren’t enough to kill him, because hitpoints are an inherently broken concept and we were having fun anyway.

Arcana Check Stuff

Up on the Patreon this week: I’ll be talking about the creation of the upcoming Arcana Check, which is a 15-or-so page monstrosity that takes the Dragonborn in the PHB, throws them in the trash where they belong, and starts over from scratch. And then once I’m done copy editing it, it’ll be a neat PDF for everyone who supports. One of our reader-friend… people — one of our Freaders (there we go) requested a dragonborn mod after we released Humanity Revisited. Also, I’m not sure what to call these. Mods feels right, because I’m modifying the game, and when I do that for Civ, I call the result a mod — but I don’t want to confuse people into thinking these are modules. “Hack” might be a better word, but that implies… like… coding. What would you guys call these things?

That’s it for now, folks. If you support us on Patreon, you’ll get access to this other stuff I’m doing and that’ll be cool. If you want to support us and money is a thing you just don’t have, (1 – never feel guilty about that, money is hard, and (2 – talk about us on social media to your other D&D friends, and tweet at us with #yesthievescan. We don’t have a way of paying for advertising (I want to sponsor an episode of The Animated Spellbook but I found out it’s like my entire budget for food for the year to do so, so nooope) so when you tell a friend about our stuff, it has a pretty big impact on us, and one that we always really appreciate.

Expect Kickstarter updates this week as well. Now that Zach’s family is healthy, well, and wise, we’re back in the saddle.

Ciao. Chow? Chou. One of those.