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5th edition

D&Dized – Avengers – What Would the Avengers Look Like in 5th Edition

5th editionHello and Welcome to Nerdarchy.  I am Nerdarchist Ted and today I am going to give you the ability to play your favorite Avengers in your game of Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

We started a new series where we take a popular fictional character and see what we think his levels would need to be in order to play and feel like the character you see in the comics and movies.

For this series we are fully going to the Epic levels which we have no rules for beyond boons.  So we wan to give them the class features of Dungeons and Dragons we see used on a regular basis.

D&Dized Thor in 5th edition

Books in review – Superpowered by James Schannep – Choose your own adventure

choose your own adventureHappy Memorial Day!  I hope this day finds you and yours well. Nerdarchist Ted here again.  Lets look back to the time we were kids.  Do you remember fondly watching and playing Super heroes?  Do you remember reading those choose your own adventure books?

Do you want to gain Super Powers?

Well I recently found that link to my childhood that covers both.  Superpowered by James Schannep  covers it quite awesomely.  It is a choose your own adventure book about an ordinary person who can get super powers and as you would guess there are loads of options.

Like any choose your own adventure book there are lots of options some the end the book quite quickly and others that can take you down the long reading road.  As an avid reader, one that has spent many an hour of reading these choose your way books, I knew the short roads early on and I experimented with those first to see where they would lead.

Path of the Primal – Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Custom path for Barbarian

Custom pathNerdarchist Ted here and last week I brought you an article talking about the circle of the swarm druid.  I did this because Dungeons and Dragons has lots of archetype options for other classes but Druid and Barbarian seem to get the short end of the stick.

So I took care of Druid last week so now I will take care of Barbarian, or at least give you another option for your barbarian character in Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

Primal barbarian for 5th edition

The primal barbarian is a weapon unto itself.  They rarely need the trappings of civilization to survive.  They thrive in the wilderness.  They are one with it and at the same time feel that they are above it and in some ways rule it.

Board Games in Review – Settlers of Catan – Dice Game

Settlers of CatanIt is yet another Monday so I guess that means, it is time for me to review another board game.  I recently picked up a copy of Setters of Catan Dice game.  If you are a fan of the original, and why wouldn’t you, you will love this one.
The original Settlers comes with complex strategy and no end of jokes about needing either sheep or wood.  And the fun does not stop there.

Settlers of Catan dice game

The dice game comes in a simple package.  You get 6 dice a rules page and a packet of double sided maps.  The rules cover 2 different games.  Or you can get the deluxe dice game and get a cool dice cup.

Circle of the Swarm – Dungeons and Dragons Custom circle for Druid in 5th Edition

Dungeons and DragonsHello fellow gamers, Nerds or nerdarchists.  However you deem to call yourself it is I, Nerdarchist Ted here and today I bring you some more class options for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

With all the free play test information that WOTC is putting out they are neglecting one of the coolest classes: Druids.  Druids throughout history have been wild and mysterious.  They have always been powerful in Dungeons and Dragons, and 5th edition is no exception.  While some of the cool abilities in 3rd have been neutered they still have a lot of power at their disposal.

But one thing they  lack is choice.  Most classes in Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition have 3 or more options to choose from when they have to pick an archetype, path, school or what have you.  But the druid only gets 2 choices.  The Sorcerer only has 2 as well but with the Unearthed Arcanna they have released 2 other choices:  Favored soul and Storm borne.

Custom classes in Dungeons and Dragons

Board Games in Review – Lego Build-able Board Games

Board gamesNerdarchist Ted here and today rather than try to break them all down I am going to review the series of games put out by Lego.  For those who know me, know that I am addicted to collecting and I probably have way to much Lego for my own good.

Clearly you can see in our videos the wall of board games behind us and that is only some of the board games I have.  So when Lego said that they were going to make Lego games I was quite enthused by the knowledge.

The lego games that are out there cover a wide arrange of themes and age ranges for their players.  But the really cool thing is they also have many licensed names as themes for their games.  The most notable are Star Wars, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Batman.  Because Lego games are not always released in all countries you may need to look hard to find all the titles you want.

The Star Wars game I had to buy from the UK.

Lego Game

Gaming with new players – Player/Game Master tips

game master tips role playing gamesGreetings Nerdarchist Ted here and if you are a regular visitor to our site you will know that today should be a Goblin comic.  But Nerdarchist Ryan celebrated Star Wars day with a great comic so we actually launched that one on Monday.

So that shifted my usual articles back a day.  So here we are with me on a Wednesday.

New players at your role playing game offer an assortment of challenges as well as an assortment of boon.  Now sadly I am not talking about Epic boons bestowed upon you when you reach 20th level but they are advantages never the less.

 Player tips for new players in a Role Playing game

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Board Games in Review – Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game

Star WarsGreetings fellow nerdarchists. Nerdarchist Ted here and if you know anything about me you will know that I am a Star Wars enthusiast.  From books to movies from toys to games I get involved in it all.

So what better way for me to celebrate the day after Star Wars day then with a board game review about a Star Wars Game.  So beware the Revenge of the 5th.

My background on miniature games is fairly extensive.  By no means have I covered them all but I was heavily engrossed in Mage Knight, Heroscape, Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Dreamblade, Monsterpocalypse,  Navai Drapt and Hero Clix.

Star Wars miniature game

Customized Races – Bullywugs| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

customized raceNerdarchsit Ted here and today we get to hop into a new customized race in tribute to the game run at Philly Games con by Nerdarchist Ryan.  His game went over so well that people wanted to know how to use a Bullywug as a playable race in Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

Bullywug – customized race in Dungeons and Dragons

Bullywugs have a rich culture presented in the Monster Manual.  They will grovel and debase themselves in the presence of their superiors and will use cunning and murder to try and climb up the political ladder of their community.

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Expanded Mageforge – Rune – Custom magic item Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition

customized magic itemsNerdarchist Ted here and thanks for checking this article out.  I am  going to go a little more in depth on the customized magic item that I presented to Daves character Uthen-Gar in my Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition game.

Customized magic items in 5th edition

Magic items are a large part of Dungeons and Dragons and it is important to have items that not only add a benefit to characters but have ones in your game that enrich the players, but your world as well.

When I created ‘Rune,’ a tiny elemental it was to have a role playing tool in the party that I controlled but to give Dave’s character a mechanical benefit.  He is playing a dwarven fighter wizard and thus will need coin for armor as well as magical research.  By giving him an item that reduces his cost I have lessened that burden of his character choice.

Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition

Expanded Mageforge – Bastion – Custom magic item Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition

customized magic itemNerdarchist Ted here and I am hear to expand on our video series Mage Forge making customized magic items for 5th edition.  Today we delve more into the magic item we created for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition; Bastion the Pact of the Ogre Magi.

Alex Maxwell gave us the inspiration for reskinning a magic item and making it something unique and interesting.  I feel that making new customized magic items makes the party more excited because it is not something out of the book and it enriches the world because someone had to have made it.

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Chimes of Discordia – Rise of the Mongrelfolk – Birth of a Race



Dungeons and DragonsHello loyal Nerdarchist and readers.  Nerdarchist Ted here and today I want to do something a little bit different.  Last week I brought you an article talking about how to use the Mongrelfolk in Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.  So today I want to talk about how they came to be in our home brew: Chimes of Discordia.

Far to the south of our lovely town of Griphongaff lies a swamp.  A place teeming with life of all sort.  Though everything living there needs to be hearty as it is a rough place to live.  Many dangerous creatures call this place home.

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Weapon Master – Customized Archetype for Fighter in D&D 5th Edition

Weapon Master

Nerdarchist Ted here and today I am breaking the mold. Normally I do a board game review on Mondays and instead today I am going to give you a Customized Archetype for your fighter for Dungeons and Dragons 5th ed.

New Archetype for fighter in Dungeons and Dragons

The fighter presented in thePlayers Handbook is an all around fighter, able to pick up any weapon and excel almost equally with it.   The Weapon Master is the opposite.  They have toiled long hours in hard disciplined practice to truly master a weapon of choice.

As this is an archetype the rest of the fighters skills apply to anything the fighter chooses to wield but the remainder of the benefits only work when they are wielding the weapon of choice.

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