D&D 5E – Combat Cheat Sheet

What an amazing tool for D&D Combat.

Dungeon Master Assistance

A thanks to seddonym over at reddit for his original post HERE, and to mikr_ack for putting it in this very useful format HERE.

And a big thanks to Nicholas for turning me on to this. He also wanted me to share these sites that he found useful:
https://orcpub2.com/
http://hardcodex.ru/

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Tag the Sam in your life!

This came up on my Facebook feed as a memory. I wrote almost 7 years ago but it still relevant today. Thought I would share it here.

Thought of the Day!

It has been a really busy week with driving around trying to make it to Karate class, getting the kids on time, or trying to make a meeting at church. Sometimes we rush around and forget about slowing down to take things in.

Last night once again I was rushing from Karate to church for a meeting and wham! I get stuck with a train. This of course irritated me to no end. But after a minute or so I calmed down enough to sit back and relax. I had a piece of music from the Lord of the Rings sound track playing. This got me thinking about the book/movie and all the wonderful things it can teach us about life. After all, it looked like a 10 minute train.

It was not just a grand tale about hobbits and adventure but a tale of fellowship and hope. Each one of us needs hope to get us through the day and the storms that life brings. Each one of us has a ring to bear or we know someone who has one. As Frodo climbs the mountain at the end of the story the ring has slowly taken away his will to carry on. The ring which has to be destroyed has weighed him down for his entire journey and Frodo falls to the ground and gives up hope. His good friend Sam with strength greater than his own picks up Frodo. Sam can not carry the Ring but he can carry his friend.

Take the time today to thank the Sam in your life that carries you and in return be the Sam for someone else who needs you. Hope can be restored one Sam at a time.

Happy New Year

Wanted to acknowledge this huge social community that it out there. From the Facebook game pages, discord channels and the family of folks on Twitter.

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You are all amazing and have enriched my life this past year. Through you podcasts, blogs, art, streamed games, and friendships. Your creative talents and kindness have made this last year beautiful. Not to mention the thousands of dollars raised this year for various charities.

Some of you I’ve had the chance to play with this year, and if life calms down, I’ll get the chance to play with more of you in the next year.

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With the new year coming in fast, I want to thank each of you for everything you do. Through the struggles and bad days, a lot of you have stood up for each other and supported those around you even when you down yourselves.

You bring joy and laughter to the world through everything you do.

With the New Year upon us I look forward to everything you will accomplish and share.

Happy New Year and all the best to you!

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D&D 5e spells by level

Ronny linked donjon’s amazing spells tables with clickable links to your favorite spells.

Dungeon Master Assistance

donjon.bin.sh is an online collection of random generators and other tools for pen-and-paper role-playing games. Check out all of these excellent generators. The reason for this post is to recommend their fifth edition spell list that can be accessed here:

5e Spell Sheet

You can quickly sort by class, level, which book it is in, etc. Also, if you click on the spell name you get a pop-up with the spells Casting Time, Range, Components, Duration, and (if it is in the SRD) a description. I find it easy to use and very helpful.

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Women in DnD: Changing the Face of Gaming

Woman make a group some much better.

Emily Smith

“The release of Dungeons & Dragons 5e has ushered in a renaissance in tabletop gaming, resulting in an explosion of diverse new players rushing to the hobby, seeking an immersive storytelling experience. As women flood into gaming stores across the country, we need to reflect on how the DnD experience is evolving and how we can work together to shape the future of DnD.”

Read more at DiceEnvy.com:

https://diceenvy.com/blogs/news/dnd-is-for-women

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Disconnected

There are so many reasons why I still gather a group of friends around a table and play games.  It’s a way to socialize in a way some people have forgotten.  Interacting in collective story telling fosters my relationships with so many of my friends that other activities miss.

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I feel that everyone in their lifetime has some sort of mystical revelation that happens to them.  Either it be the moment you realize that your parents were right, or you reach that crossroad in life and finally understand what Robert Frosts “A Road not Taken” was all about.

Mine came sitting on what we call in my home small couch.  I was blasting through some nameless social media site on my handheld computer which can also double as a mobile telecommunication device when a cartoon link came up.  Having a broad sense of humor, I can never resist a good cartoon.  This satirical single framed piece of imagery pictured a family of four.  It was the typical million-dollar family with a mom and a dad with two kids, a boy and a girl sitting around the living room with smiles of synergy that radiated on the mini viewing screen.   The whole scene in the frame was beginning to play out like an old Family Circus Cartoon created by Bil Keane.  The youngest boy, looking close to the preteen age sat on the large family sized couch holding a computer gaming controller and looking intensely at the unseen television. Next to him was the mother, like any average mother could be reading off some computer tablet, eyes fixed on the screen while her presumable teenage daughter curled up beside her was typing feverishly into her mobile telecommunication device.  The father, like some sort of late 1950’s portrait was sitting in the comfy chair staring blankly at the scene around him.   The thought bubble from the father reading something like “It’s this nice that we can spend some family time together”.   I quickly slammed on the brakes to my social media juggernaut and put the mobile device down to survey the environment around me.  “Great Scott!” my living room looked like the cartoon.    My life had become a cartoon, and presently not a very funny one.

Now if you think this is going to be about one father’s crusade to bring his family together and save them from the evil clutches of the ruthless internet of destruction you are wrong.    The internet wasn’t evil, though some of you, having being lured by its majestic Sirens call over and over again might disagree.  The problem lies in each of us that has allowed the internet, social media and all sort of electronic gadgets rule over us.  We have become slaves to our electronics and mobile devices.  The only thing missing is Big Brother watching over us which is another topic for debate will shall leave for another time.

The easy answer to the problem is just put the devices down.  Are you kidding me?  Might as well take away my morning coffee at the same time because if I cannot check to see if I got a response to my 140-character post I just sent 2 minutes ago, someone will surely perish in a fit of unparalleled rage.  Now you’ll have to excuse me and wait a second so I can take a selfie of that.   I don’t feel my satirical outburst are that far from the truth when we really take a look around us.  These roses smell nasty.

How can you prove this inconceivable claim that our fundamental way of life changed, and how we interact with our friends and family has made us slaves to an insufficient piece of equipment we keep in our pocket?  If you think this is rather preposterous, I suggest a trip to a place known in myth as a haven for mobile computing devices.  You will journey past the 42 rows of houses and through the village square to locate this temple of discovery.   There you might find a free-standing structure with a green hue that serves cups of rejuvenating liquid to keep you awake while you stream millions of data packets on their holy free Wi-Fi.  Seriously, take a trip to your local exclusive coffee shop and count how many people have their little devices out and at the ready.   While you are there you might want to take a picture of that glorious cup of goodness and use the free Wi-Fi to send it to all your friends and show them how awesome a time you are having sitting alone with your mobile computer.   You can make yourself believe you are not really alone because you are instantly connected electronically to everyone you know and millions of people you don’t know.  It is truly incredible how it feels to be surrounded virtually by so many humans and never really engage with them one on one.

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It wasn’t too long ago that checking your mail meant having to physically go outside and check in a metal or wooden box.  Oh, but there was catch to that.  You could only do it once a day and never on a weekend.  We lived in barbaric times back then.  The horror of not being able to check for a response to your lovely letter about your recent trip to the store written to that lovely mother in law for more than 10 minutes must have been outlandish.

This is not going to be an intervention where I suggest you give you mobile device to a friend and check yourself into your nearest addiction center.  This is more of a group of stories of how to reconnect to friends and more importantly your family on a personal level.   You will still be able to keep your electronics and mobile devices at the ready but perhaps learn that putting them down or shutting them off is OK and will bring some amazing results.

Now before you continue I’m going to recommend that you put that device of distraction away in another room with a timer and relax for 30 minutes and read or better yet, take your phone and call a bunch of friends over to gather around a table.   Baby steps, right?

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