Monday, September 16, 2019

Music Monday - Legends Never Die

League of Legends has the best trailers/music videos.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

New 5E Sidekick - Chitter the Spider

This week I picked up the D&D Essentials Kit. I love it and it is hands down the best of the three boxed sets out right now. I'll try to do a review next week. One of my favorite aspect of the boxed set is a small part, but in some ways is a codified game changer for 5e. There are official rules for followers (called sidekicks). They're pretty generic (Spellcaster, Expert, and Warrior). There are stat blocks (with customization) and rules for how to adjust them as the character levels up. The set also has cards that feature artwork on one side and description, personality, ideal, bond, and flaw for sample followers.

I talked with Josh about taking this idea and making it our own versions of these. They will be specific characters, with stats, and rules for increasing their abilities as characters level up. Here's a sample of what I'd like to do with this in our format. I've also made tied it into Dragon of Icespire Peak (the Essentials Kit adventure). Also like the sidekicks in the boxed set, he only goes up to level 6, though for our planned Companions book they will go up to level 20.

You might be hard-pressed to find an adventuring companion more unusual than Chitter. Hailing from Neverwinter Woods, Chitter is a medium sized spider more intelligent than the rest of his cluster. When they were destroyed by the dragon Cryovain, Chitter hid and bid his time. It saw an opportunity to destroyer the bringer of the dreaded cold in the form of the man-things. These beings show great strength that belies their soft fleshy bodies. Chitter will aid them in their goals if they help him defeat Cryovain.

Introduction: Chitter will quietly stalk the adventurer(s) to gauge their abilities. When it decides they can be of use, he will aid them in content, perhaps preventing an ambush, while speaking of an alliance in a halting raspy sounding common.

Goals: Destroy the dragon menace known as Cryovain, learn more about man-things

Likes: Drinking warm blood, music

Dislikes: The cold, strong perfume/cologne

Quirks: Doesn't understand humanoids (especially their emotions)


Chitter (1st Level Companion)
Medium beast, neutral
Armor Class 13
Hit Points 11 (2d8+2)
Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.
    STR     DEX         CON       INT       WIS      CHA
12 (+1)   16 (+3)      10 (+0)    8 (-1)     12 (+1)   4 (-3)
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +7
Senses blindsight 10’, darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common
Spider Climb. Chitter can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without need to make an ability check.

Web Sense. While in contact with a web, Chitter knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.

Web Walker. Chitter ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+3) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one. If the poison reduces the target to 0 hit points, the target is stable but poisoned for one hour, even after regaining hit points, and is paralyzed while poisoned this way.

Chitter Beyond 1st Level
2nd Level - 16 Hit Points (3d8+3) - Hunter. On Chitter's turn in combat, it can take a Hide action as a bonus.

3rd Level - 22 Hit Points (4d8+4) - Agile. Chitter becomes proficient in Dexterity saving throws. This grants him an additional +2 to Dex saving throws.

4th Level - 27 Hit Points (5d8+5) - Ability Score Improvement. Chitter's Dex. score is increased by 2, raising the modifier by 1, so incease the following numbers by 1. the saving saving throw bonus, the Stealth bonus, and the bonus to hit and damage with its bite attack.

5th Level - 33 Hit Points (6d8+6) - Web (Recharge 5-6).  Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30/60 ft., one creature. Hit. The target is restrained by webbing. As an action, the restrained target can make a DC 12 Strength check, bursting the webbing on a success. The webbing can also be attacked and destroyed (AC 10; hp 5; vulnerability to fire; immunity bludgeoning, poison, and psychic damage).

6th Level - 38 Hit Points (7d8+3) - Extra Attack. Chitter can attack twice, instead of once, whenever it takes the Attack action on its turn.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thank God It's Friday (Free PDF)

Because it's Friday the 13th and I love that movie franchise, I've compiled a short pdf for use with Dark Places & Demogorgons and Vigilante City that contains stats for all of the villains from the flicks.

Also, enjoy this Friday the 13th themed video by one of my favorite bands, Ice Nine Kills.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Beard or No Beard

Thanks to my good friend, Tim Knight, I've recently discovered Northumbrian Tin Soldier. While looking at their site, I noticed they have several bearded dwarven lady miniatures.

What are you feelings about dwarven women and beards? While it's not common to see in mainstream D&D artwork, I've always imagined traditional dwarven women with facial hair (or at least a nice thick set of muttonchops). Dwarven ladies that shave are beards are rebels (much like Violet in Rat Queens) or those that spend more time with non-dwarves than their kin.

What are you thoughts? Do your female dwarves typically have facial hair?

Warlock Is Jericho!

@DrewDwarves has created a hellafun new Warlock patron for wrestling fans. Now your 5e warlocks can serve a patron that's truly worthy: singer, entertainer, and wrestling god Chris Jericho! You can get high quality images of the content via the tweet embedded below.

A Quick Primer to Yugoloths

While going through some older issues of Dragon+, I came across a few comics that could really be handy for anyone who's going to run Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus.  In issue issue 22, Jason Thompson presents a couple of comic pages with descriptions of the fiendish mercenaries. There's a pdf download link that contains the two panels below and a collection of really cool Yugoloth magic items for 5e.