The D&D 30 day Challenge: Day 9

Five the barbarian ranger.

I think most DM’s have characters prepared they maybe one day want to play. I certainly do. For more than a year I have a character sitting on the shelf waiting to be played. Five.

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Favorite PC you’d like to play

Five is an orc who’s parents deemed unfitting and to weak to be part of there family. Instead of giving him a name the just called him five because he was their fifth child. The shunned him from the tribe keeping him in their tent to do small and unimportant tasks like washing their clothes.

When he got to old and big and they had to provide food for their failure of a son they abandoned Five in the woods and said to never come back.

Now 20 years of being mainly by himself and surviving in the wilds he has found a civilized land where he can life. He is now looking to prove his worth to the world and maybe find some a parent figure or mentor to hone his skill as a ranger/barbarian.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 7

I have watched a lot of 2e edition, played 5e for about 2 years now and have some 4e experience. I liked all of them but 5e is the one I love and adore.

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My Favorite Edition

As I said 5e is my favorite edition. I learned the game from watching 2e and to be honest I ever completely grasp those rules so I was a bit intimidated to start playing.

Those streams I watched also started playing 5e and after multiple sources saying how easy it was I had no choose but to also jump upon the bandwagon.

Dungeons and Dragons 5e was my first ever RPG so it will forever have a special place in my hearth and memories. My best and my worst stories come from that game and every week with every game we play new stories make me love it even more.

As a DM it’s also just very easy to homebrew. Don’t like the rules for long rest, exp or combat encounters? Just change them!

There is something to learn from every edition and RPG game and 5th edition makes its super easy to add or change the rules. That’s why 5e is my favorite edition!

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 4

My favorite setting, Collabris.

We all know Dungeons and Dragons is a great game. You know what can make your game even better? An awesome fantasy world to play in. The worlds I have played in are Ravenloft, Forgotten Realms, my own homebrew and Collabris (with a lot of my own stuff in it).

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Favorite Game World

For me it was a hard choice between Ravenloft and Collabris. Ravenloft has this great feeling of dread and horror which I really enjoyed when I was DM’ing it. But the first place will go to Collabris.

Collabris is a world created by Matt Colville and his community. There runs a big mountain range right through the continent dividing the world in two sides.

There are multiple countries, and places that all create some great tension. Almost all places are detailed but only in a few sentences so it’s so easy to adapt and do your own things with it. Combined with the PC’s background stories we are having an awesome time playing this world.

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The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 3

My favorite class is Paladin and it should be yours too!

After talking about favorite race it was inevitable that favorite class had to be discussed. Enjoy!

dd-30-day-challengeFavorite Player Character Class

I find it really hard to choose a favorite class I honestly enjoy them all. Often if I need to roll up a character I just roll a d12 to decide what to play. But there is one class I really love.

Paladin

Knights in shining armor, devoted to do the right thing. In my eyes this class comes the closest to being a real hero and for me Dungeons and Dragons is all about being hero’s.

They will stand against evil and against all odds they will succeed and make the world a better place, they are just freaking awesome.

If feel a lot of people think that to play a paladin you need to be Mr. Lawful Good, never do anything wrong or fun. That is just plainly wrong, there is so much room for nuance. In early editions you had to be LG but 5E has thrown that out of the window, for the better I think. Look at any superhero movie (or awesome anime like boku no hero) they all want to do the right thing but all have different reasons and motivations.

Paladins are great and we should all play them a bit more often!

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Art by Josh Corpuz

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 2

What is my favorite D&D race?

Day 2 of the Dungeons and Dragons 30 day challenge. This one will be a short one.

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Favorite Player Character Race

Spoiler alert, its human. But why? It’s because I’m a human and in my experience we can be rather great sometimes.

For me playing a human comes easiest. I don’t know what it feels like to be a Dragonborn, a Tiefling or Dwarf. But with humans I at least have part of an idea how they are supposed to feel and live.

An other reason is that there are less prejudices with humans. Dwarfs need to be sturdy and drink beer. Elves are fancy and sophisticated. Humans are just everything, we have the potential to be the worst or the best and that is why I love to play them!

Cheers!

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

Day 1 of the D&D challenge. How I started the hobby.

I have decided that during September I’ll be doing the D&D 30 day challenge. These will be small post about me and the game, enjoy.

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How you got started

Watching the game

On January 28 a YouTube channel called Node uploaded a video. D&D 5th Ed – Call of the Wild Ep.1 – Beast Within. In Belgium D&D doesn’t have a big following but I’ve heard of it via tv-shows. So the episode peeked my interest and I started watching my first RPG game.

I was hooked! Immediately after I wanted more. I searched on Youtube and eventually I found Rollplay. They had more then 100 episodes of playing D&D and for a few months that was all the D&D I got.

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Finally playing

After a few months of watching (and sometimes binging) I decided it was to to finally play the game myself. I went to reddit/r/lfg and made a post requesting a game. I did’t take long until I found someone who would be my DM. A guy from the Netherlands who wanted to run a 1 on 1 campaign. Happy I could play I agreed to it.

I had a fun session but two days later he messaged me saying he didn’t want to be a dungeon master anymore and that I should do it.

The next week we started playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with me as the DM. Since that moment I haven’t stopped DM’ing. That campaign only lasted a few sessions since the guy who made me run the game was a rather toxic player and I had to look for a new group.

But that’s the small story of how I started D&D (and DM’ing)

 

 

Basilisk: A Stone Cold Killer

Basilisks, what are they and how to use them in your DnD game.

“All who behold its eyes, fall dead upon the spot”- Pliny the Elder’s Natural History

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Looks and behavior

Eight thick legs, a strong tail, a back full of spikes. Most of them have colors between the grey and orange range but other colors of the rainbow have been spotted as well. These monstrosities have a jaw strong enough to bite through stone and bones.

On average they are around 12 feet (3.5 meter) long. But their most notable feature are the eyes. Glowing with a pale green light it could be the last thing a person sees before he’s turned to stone?

The basilisk is a clumsy but cunning monster using underground caves, overgrown forests or just the desert sand to hide itself. When a prey comes close enough he relies on his powerful magical gaze, sometimes it even hisses to draw adventures towards him. By instinct they will avoid creatures without eyes or with a high magical power.

Basilisks are not highly social creatures, typically gathering only in small groups of three to five adults sharing a cave. Adult males are typically solitary hunters and opt to instead dig a burrow large enough for themselves and a potential mate. Larger colonies are not unheard of, and if conditions permit large broods in excess of 20+ adults can inhabit large cave systems.

Basilisks Variants

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Swamp Basilisk

Smaller and more agile in build than their common cousins. These creatures are slightly weaker and may be found in swamps, marshes, or river deltas. Their gaze paralyzes prey rather than petrify, and they drag their prey below water to drown the helpless victim.

Desert Basilisk

Known locally as “Sand Fangs”, this rare subspecies that has a radically different diet. It lies in ambush under the desert sands where it emerges to ambush prey with its gaze. It then sucks the fluids from the victim’s rocky body using two special fangs on its upper jaw. Once drained of fluids the corpse then breaks down into sand.

Crimson Basilisk

Crimson basilisk are subterranean carnivores with a voracious appetite that is only whetted when they get the thing they desire most, blood. They have an even more horrifying way of killing their prey. Instead of turning them into stone they start bleeding from the eyes, ear, nose and mouth. Once they smell blood they go into a frenzy, the only thing on their mind is kill kill kill.

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Adventurers that are looking for a new pet might find the basilisk interesting. Intelligence wise they are about the same as a dog. The only downside is their aggressive temper which makes them almost impossible to train. Instead of capturing an adult one they are better of looking for a basilisk egg and start training them as soon as they hatch.

When you are lucky enough to survive a basilisk fight you are well of collection their eyes, hide, bone and fangs since they are believed to hold magical powers useful for potent petrification magic and can fetch a high price if you fight a buyer.

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Low Tier (levels 1-4):

A local wizard/alchemist is looking for a set of basilisk eyes to brew a powerful potion. He is offering a fine reward and rumors say there are some basilisk roaming in the cave system in the south.

For a low tier party a basilisk can be a deadly foe. By knowing what they are looking for they can prepare themselves. If they don’t, well then they deserve to die.

Mid Tier (levels 5-10):

As the party is plowing through the mushy swamp, the 2 player with the lowest constitution hear a “Kssst” sound. If they look up they need to make a constitution saving throw against the basilisks paralyzing gaze. Roll for initiative.

For this encounter I used the swamp variant. You can always change the environment. Use normal ones in caves. Desert ones in… the desert. What makes it a bit more fun in the swamp is that they get dragged under water and if you are wearing heavy armor it can be hard to get out without help. Depending on how hard you want to make it for your players and how many of them got stunned you can add an extra basilisk in the second round.

High Tier (levels 11-16):

Recently a blind monk has appeared in town. He offers a map to a dragons lair if a hero can defeat him and his two basilisks. So far four challengers have been turned to stone and crushed by his strong fists.

For the monk you can use the martial arts adept from Volo’s guide or make a lvl 10 monk. If the PC is turned to stone the monk will smash his statue so he can’t be restored. The monk is not lying about the map. His monastery has been destroyed by a powerful dragon and he seeks allies to reclaim his mountain temple.

Most parties have at least one fighter who loves to duel, so this is an interesting option for those.

Epic Tier (levels 17-20):

As the hero’s enter the dragons lair they notice the first room is guarded. 13 basilisks are roaming this area. The only way to reach the dragon’s lair is through this room.

Players have a choice here. Do we fight and risk detection and lose resources or do we fight an other way through. Invisibility, flying or something else creative. If they don’t kill them they have to pass them again on the way back. In every case it will burn some of their resources.

Next time you use a dragon’s lair, use basilisks. Its sure is a hell of a lot better than the classic kobolds they have encountered a thousand times before.

 

So that’s all for the basilisk, enjoy! You can find more encounter compendium here.

Sources

Ecology of the basilisk

Basilisks – Forgotten Realms Wikia

Basilisk – Wikipedia

Crimson basilisk

Monster Manual p 24 Basilisk