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Is Using Poison in D&D Evil?

In one of the recent videos on the Nerdarchy YouTube channel, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted discussed poison in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons, taking a look at the history of poison in earlier editions. Using poison in D&D has evolved over the decades for sure, and the conversation raised some interesting points. There are plenty of comments on the video too, offering lots of different perspectives. I’ve got my own thoughts on the subject, so let’s get into it and, at least from my point of view, answer the question if using poison in D&D is evil.

Roleplaying an Eladrin Like a Fey Trickster in D&D

Of all the new elf subraces in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, eladrin are the most mystical and mysterious. As a subrace of elves that make their home in the Feywild, the eladrin are the closest a player character can get to playing a fairy in D&D. They are described as being capricious and changeable, and their ability to change seasons reflects this. This can make roleplaying an eladrin a challenge. However, if one looks to the original lore that inspired the Feywild in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons, then roleplaying an eladrin as a fey trickster can be both fun and rewarding.

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Tilting on the Axis of Alignment in D&D 5E

Some would argue alignment no longer has a place in fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. No matter where you lie on alignment it has been and will be, for the foreseeable future, a part of D&D. We had better get used to it because it’s here to stay. Alignment is a moral reference point we as players use to guide our actions and make sure we are sticking to the concept we have laid out. As important as the Traits, Ideals, Bonds and Flaws are, the core concepts of law vs. chaos, good vs. evil and all of the gray area leaves room to play there within.

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On D&D Alignment and Behavior: Nubz Chimes In

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Where’s my grognards at? This classic diagram comes from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook.

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Alignment has been a part of gaming since it’s inception. Arguably, alignment has been a concept within society of the real world since society’s inception.

From the beginning, alignment could be used to describe the actions of every level of society from the humble serf who shares their bread to the despot who claims to have the best interests of the people at heart but lives upon the backs of their citizens through childish antics and hypocritical actions that fly in the face of their constituents.

Okay, I will step off my soap box against chaotic evil. So D&D alignment was brought up by Nerdarchy on the YouTube channel in the ArmorClass10.com-sponsored video above, and I would like to weigh in on what was said about alignment.

Postmodernism in Dungeons & Dragons

postmodernismRecently, Megan posted an article about how to reconsider evil characters the same day a video with Nate, Scott, and Kyle talking about whether the alignment system was still viable was uploaded. Along with a conversation I had with the Nerdarchy staff writers about postmodernism, I was inspired to write an article about applying postmodern principles into Dungeons & Dragons.

Nubz Knows Chapter 14: Aligning With Character Alignment Part 9: Chaotic Evil

This will be the ninth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various character alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder. 

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

Also I must apologize for the late release of this article as my personal life has been exceedingly active as of late.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Nubz Knows Chapter 13: Aligning with Character Alignment part 8: Neutral Evil

This will be the Eighth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various character alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Panting prolific powerful panic pulsed and pontificated my person as I trudged through shin deep snow in my exodus from the coming evil Deathless.

Nubz Knows Chapter 12: Aligning With Character Alignment Part 7: Lawful Evil

This will be the seventh part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

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Stepping up to the outer doors of a grand estate, the sharp point of a soldier’s blade in my back expressing the message that retreat is not an option.

Nubz Knows Chapter 11: Aligning with Character Alignment part 6: Chaotic Neutral

This will be the sixth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

HalflingTo this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Nubz Knows Chapter 10: Aligning With Character Alignment past 5: True Neutral

This will be the fifth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Nubz Knows Chapter 9: Aligning With Character Alignment part 4: Lawful Neutral

This will be the fourth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

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Looking out upon the open court before me, I see the crowd gathering to watch my sentencing and apparently inevitable hanging, I speak to myself quietly,

“Greetings and salutations loyal Nerdarchy readers. It appears that the court did not look favorably on my aiding a known assassin escape.

Nubz Knows Chapter 8:Aligning With Character Alignment part 3 – Chaotic Good

This will be the third part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

chaotic good

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Laying back on my bed of the night, I speak up to the sky as if it was listening, “Greetings and salutations lovely Nerdarchy readers, Nigel “Nubz” Sanford reporting in  from inside one of the King’s cells.

Nubz Knows Chapter 7:Aligning With Character Alignment part 2 – Neutral Good

This will be the second part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

Nubz Knows Chapter 5: Aligning With Character Alignment part 1 – Lawful Good

character alignment

This will be the first part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.

This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.

To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.

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