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Fantasy Weapons for d&d 5e Races | d&d 5e Homebrew

Fantasy Weapons and Equipment for d&d 5e races

So over the years, I have written various bits of lore that pertain to the d&d 5e races as well as several campaigns.

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mithrodin sword by rstovall CC -BY-ND 3.0 License.

That being said, the part that I see missing from Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition is the specific equipment that each race has at its disposal.

To this end, I did a bit of thinking and propose the following items and racial trait for your campaign. Now one could ask why one would even need or want more choices when choosing a weapon for your character.

The reason is that it adds a depth and flavor to the world, enhances roleplay, and adds mechanics to back the craftsmanship that is spoken of so often in lore.

From fine Elven blades to sturdy Dwarven axes and brutal Orcish weaponry these weapons are famous and iconic when one thinks of these d&d 5th edition races. Continue reading Fantasy Weapons for d&d 5e Races | d&d 5e Homebrew

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E70 YR1- 5E D&D Bard our First look Podcast

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Episode 70 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Another look at one of our first look vids. This time we are going over the bard in 5e D&D.

Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes Bard Performing Their Way Through D&D 5E

Nerdarchy sits down to discuss yet another class out out of the player’s handbook of D&D 5e. This time we are looking at the bard and how they hold up in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. Bards could very well be the least used class at our table.

I suspect that may begin to change though. The bard in 5e is far different than any iteration of the game to date. It feels like it’s own thing like never before. They are full on spell casters and the best skill monkeys in the game far exceeding what the rogue can do.

They also spells that are unique to them while at the same time they are able to dip into everyone elses spell list. Depending what archetype you go with determines if you’ll be more spell caster like or more fighter like. Bards what you guys think of them?

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E69 YR1- D&D 5E Ranger Our 1st LOOK Podcast

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Episode 69 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

In this episode we go back to the first time we looked at the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons ranger. We examine the two archetypes. They will be later remained conclaves and a revised ranger will appear featuring an all new beast master.

Ranger surviving the wilds of D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes Ranger surviving the wilds of D&D 5E

Nerdarchy delves into 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons with the ranger. We also compare rangers throughout the editions of dungeons and dragons.

We universally enjoy the ranger in D&D 5e with only a couple glaring spots we don’t. House rules to the rescue. Let us know what you think about the ranger in the newest edition of D&D.

 

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E68 Yr1- Uncommon D&D Races- Half-Elf Podcast

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Episode 68 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

The deep dive through the Players Handbook for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons continues with the half-elf from the uncommon races section of the book. Half-elves have been one of the worst races throughout the editions of the game.

But in 5E they really come into their own. Do seem to get the best of both worlds with 5th.

The Uncommon Races Half-Elf| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Races

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Races| The Uncommon Races- Half-Elf
Nerdarchy dissects the 5th edition uncommon race the Half-Elf. We talk both the good and the bad of 5e half-elves.

Unfortunately this race is one of the most bland of all the races when it comes to the fluff. Now when it comes to the mechanics of 5th edition dungeons and dragons the half-elf they is amazing.

Of all the races in this edition of dungeons and dragons half-elves are the most versatile of all the races aside from the human. Feel free to weigh in on your thoughts on the D&D Next half-elf down in the comments below.

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E66 YR1- Skill Proficiencies in D&D 5E Podcast

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Episode 66 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is another one of our early vids when 1st started talking bout 5e. At this point we were just going through the player’s handbook.

Getting Proficient with Proficiencies In D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Getting Proficient with Proficiencies In D&D 5E

The Nerdarchy crew sits down to discuss some of the new rules in up coming 5th edition dungeons and dragons. In this case we are delving into proficiencies and how they work in this version of D&D.

Proficiencies aren’t new to the game but they evolve quite a bit of the years from edition edition of dungeons and dragons. This approach harkens back to AD&D when proficiencies were added on to the game in a supplement and were referred to as non-weapon proficiencies.

3.0 D&D, 3.5 D&D, and Pathfinder really made non-weapon proficiencies a main stay of the game under the name of skills. When 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons was released the skill system was still there, but simplified.

Even Pathfinder took some ques from this and combined some of the skills to stream line them. That is where D&D 4E and Pathfinder part ways. 4E went with this idea you were either trained in a skill or you weren’t.

You no longer put skill points in a skill it just advanced as you did went up in level. Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition kind of moves in this direction as well. I like it.

You are thinking more about what’s going on the game than trying to solve some kind of mathematical equation. Any way let us know in the comments what you think of D&D 5E proficiencies.

 

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EP 61 YR 1- From the DMG We make a NPC and Look Magic- Items Podcast

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Episode 61 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Another dive into the DMG for 5E. This time we take a look at making a NPC from the random generation charts as well an overview of the 5th Edition D&D magic items. Yes it’s another double sized episode.

NPCs for RPGs from the 5e DMG|Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

NPCs for RPGs from the 5e DMG| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons

Nerdarchy creates an npc from the new 5e dungeon masters guide in this video. We had some fun with the random Non Player Character generator. As fun as dropping the dice are it was even more fun to come up with the stories to go along with the rolls.

One of the awesome things about this edition of dungeons and dragons dungeon masters guide is all the random generator tables in the book. They are great for when you are stumped as the Dungeon Master working on your next adventure.

A couple quick rolls and your writer’s block is slain like an unruly dragon. Feel free to weigh in on 5e’s DMG and the NPC section.

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide

D&D 5e Magic-Item Over View| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeons Masters Guide

Nerdarchy gives their first impression of magic items in 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We touch on most the changes briefly and point out some of the things we really like.

We also go into some of the changes that are throw backs to previous edition of dungeons and dragons as well as point out the 5e D&D magic item changes.

 

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E60 YR1- Diseases, Tricks, and Hazards from the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 60 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Our first time combining three videos to create our podcast in our DMG deep dive.

Disease in Dungeons and Dragons 5e from the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E Dungeons and Dragons Disease in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide It’s time to delve back into the DMG.

This time we are talking disease. Diseases in the 5th edition dungeons and dragons dungeon masters guide are great as plot a device for your players.

Whether they are racing against the clock to cure disease spreading through the kingdom or maybe they’ve been infected and only have days to find a cure before they succumb this is a great way to add suspense your tabletop RPG.

This is a short section in the DMG, but reading it sparked a ton of ideas for adventures in my own campaign. Feel free to join the conversation and tell us what you think of disease in 5e D&D.

D&D Tricks to Befuddle Your Players Straight Out of the Dungeons and Dragons 5e DMG

D&D Tricks to Befuddle Your Players Straight Out of the 5e Dungeons and Dragons DMG

Nerdarchy continues to break down the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide. This time we are looking at D&D tricks.

This section of the DMG is less than three quarters of a page yet there are so many seeds for creating or enhancing an adventure. Just looking at these gave us ideas for unique encounters, dungeons, adventures, and even character concepts.

It also has that old school AD&D feel to it. You really need to comb through the sections of the 5e DMG carefully or you may just miss the golden nuggets contained within.

Hazards of the 5e Dungeon Masters Guide| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Hazards of the 5e Dungeon Masters Guide| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

Another jaunt into the D&D 5E dungeon masters guide this time to take a look at hazards. Hazards in the DMG are those threats that are sitting right there out in the open. The question is do you recognize them before it’s to late?

Whether it’s some harmless mold or a patch of quick sand does your adventurers have the knowledge or experience to recognize the danger. Hazards is another great little section of the DMG.

It gives you interesting ways challenge player characters in the game without using monsters or traps. It’s a place where any of the players at the table can shine by coming up with an interesting solution to the hazard at hand. Feel free to tell us about your experiences with hazards from the DMG or one’s you or your Dungeon Master has made up.

 

 

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E59 YR1- NPC’s and Poison from the 5E DMG Podcast

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Episode 59 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We continue with our deep dive into the 5e DMG. This is another double sized episode. Many of the Dungeon Master’s Guide videos we did were broken down into smaller vids. We would really drill down on the content.

Non Player Characters or NPC’s in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Non Player Characters in the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy discusses NPC’s in 5e D&D from the DMG. This an excellent section in the dungeon master’s guide describing eight different types of non-player characters and their roles in a role-playing world.

Even how a NPC can move through various roles through out an adventuring parties careers. There also some great non player character creation tables for creating fast npc’s on the fly. All valuable for any kind of RPG.

Poison in D&D More Talk From the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Poison in D&D More Talk From the 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy gathers to talk about poison in the newest edition of dungeons and dragons. We take look at the 5E poison list in the DMG.

Followed by a discussion about all of the different poisons in the game so far. What talk about poison would be complete without mentioning the poisoner’s kit and the crafting and harvesting of poison.

Also if you are in the market to buy poison we talk about the prices listed in the dungeon master’s guide as well. Also each of the Nerdarchist give their favorite poison as well.

 

 

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E58 YR1- DMG Deep Dive with the Aasimar and Traps Podcast

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Episode 58 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for another double feature podcast episode as we delve into the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters guide.

 

Aasimar Straight From The 5E Dungeon Masters Guide| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Races

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Races| Aasimar Straight From The 5E Dungeon Masters Guide
Flipping through the dungeon masters guide we came across something we’ve always felt should be side by side with it’s tiefling counter part and that is the Aasimar.

It is a little weird to put one of these plane touched races in the players handbook and the other in the DMG. All that aside the D&D race is perfect for your cleric, druid, and paladin classes.

The abilities will be useful to any class though. Playing as a celestial touched character will offer up a ton of Role-Playing opportunities as we. What is your opinion of the Aasimar in this edition of dungeons and dragons?

Traps in D&D 5E Reviewing the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

Traps in D&D 5E Reviewing the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide
Nerdarchy is breaking the DMG for 5th edition dungeons and dragons wide open.

We are are crawling through it section by section and dissecting all the information a dungeon master would need to run a game of the worlds most popular tabletop role-playing game.

This time D&D traps. We look at their mechanics and the flavor provided for the sample traps given in the 5e DMG. I greatly enjoy mechanics and design of all most everything 5th. With traps WOTC does not disappoint.

 

 

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E57 YR1- 5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 57 of Nerdarchy the podcast Year One

So the deep dive into the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide begins. We start with the darker side of player options and NPCs.

5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E D&D DMG Villainous Class Options| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

Nerdarchy has begun dissecting the new 5th edition DMG by wizards of the coast. We’ve already done our 1st impression video of the Dungeon Masters Guide now it is time to tear into the meat and potatoes of it.

This is a great looking D&D book full useful things for running the game whether you’re a new gamer or an experienced Game Master. In this video we look at the villainous options available for non player character, but would work just as easily for a player character.

 

 

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E56 YR1- 5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide Podcast

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Episode 56 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is our 1st impression vid and podcast of the 5E DMG. We spent quite a bit of time doing micro break downs of the DMG from here on out. We cover each section individually. Going forward I’ll probably combine two or more sections for the podcast.

5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

5E DMG Nerdarchy’s 1st Impression of the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide

We take a look at the D&D 5E Dungeon Masters Guide and give an over view about how we feel about it. Collectively we have looked at a lot DMG’s over the years. I must sat the 5th edition D&D dungeon masters guide is shaping uf to be one of my favorites. It contains a lot of the great stuff from all the previous editions of dungeons and dragons plus some new material as well. This book is essential to the new DM, but I feel more experienced Dungeon Masters and Game Masters will also find it a very useful RPG toolbox. Feel free to let us know down in the comments how this book is adding to your game.

 

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E55 YR1- We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Podcast

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Episode 55 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time for some more monster madness this podcast episode. We dig back into a favorite monster of the Nerdarchy Crew since AD&D.

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters

We’re Talking The Maze Marauding Minotaur |Dungeons and Dragons Monsters
The minotaur is a classic monster not only from the various editions of dungeons and dragons but greek mythology. I’ve always been draw to the brutish power of this D&D monster. It was one of the very first monstrous races I ever played in a RPG game. On Krynn the Dragonlance setting minotaurs were one of the player character races. Later in the humanoids handbook for 2nd edition AD&D the minotaurs would surface again. In 3.5 D&D they’d come back yet again with Savage Species another great D&D book about playing monster characters in the game. From behind the DM’s screen I’ve always enjoyed pitting these monsters against my players. Feel free to share your monster stories with us.

 

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E54 YR1- Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay Podcast

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Episode 54 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Monsters as player characters is a topic that has come up in our campaigns over the years. There something about breaking mold by playing the monster.

Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay

Monstrous D&D Player Characters In Your Campaign Setting Yay or Nay We are talking monstrous character in an adventuring party would you allow it as the dungeon master? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t allow races that aren’t in the players handbook.

Right now I’ve got two goblins along side all the the other races in the party. I know some game masters and players hate the idea of non standard races or monster races in their campaign worlds or settings. The question is how do you feel about it?

 

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E53 YR 1- Duergar Also Known As The Gray Dwarf Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Podcast

Episode 53 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Time us to delve back into some D&D monsters. This time plumb the depths of the underdark for this edition of the podcast.

Duergar Also Known As The Gray Dwarf Dungeons and Dragons Monsters

Duergar Also Known As The Gray Dwarf| Dungeons and Dragons Monsters We continue with are Dungeons and Dragons Monsters series.

This time we plumbing the depths of the underdark to discuss the Duergar also known as gray dwarves. Gray dwarves are very interesting in their path into the monster manual comes from them being regular dwarves that were enslave by mindflayers.

The duergars captivity twisted them into what they are today. From slaves to slavers and tyrants of the underdark. In a lot of ways the duergar are like their other dwarf cousins. Only far more evil and sinister.

What you think of gray dwarves? Would you allow a gray dwarf player character in your game? We got the drow in the PHB, should the duergar been included as well?

 

 

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E51 YR1- Gnome Monastery- Secret Order of the Chained Fist| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Organization Podcast

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Episode 51 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is a little something we created for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons on the fly. We built an organization and new monk tradition. It also lead us down the road of creating new threats and villains.

Gnome Monastery- Secret Order of the Chained Fist| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Organization

Gnome Monastery- Secret Order of the Chained Fist| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Organization
Nerdarchy dissects one of our secret organizations for our homebrew 5e D&D campaign.

Our monastery consists mostly of gnomes who have a secret they are keeping hidden deep in the forest. Our gnomish monks are protectors and wardens against something horrible.

We will at some point create a new monk tradition for monks in our campaign setting. What are the gnomes protecting or guarding? Is it an evil artifact, demon, or lost demi-god.

Our monks have been guarding their charge for centuries, but can they contain the evil forever? What you guys think about our gnomish monks?