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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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How a Poll Created a D&D Character – #NerdyProject

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The cover of the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide illustrates a diverse group of D&D characters. [Art by Tyler Jacobson]
In the video above from the Nerdarchy YouTube channel, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted build and add flavor to a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons character. The character specifics – race, class and background – were chosen by the Nerdarchy Twitter community through a series of blind polls.

The #NerdyProject was a series of 11 polls. Each one narrowed down the field of possibilities for each of the three D&D character aspects. Creating and administering the polls was a lot of fun. Based on the video content and comments the fun continued for the Nerdarchists and community, too.

Now that the polls and D&D character build are complete, I thought it might be interesting to peel the curtain aside and give people a peek at how each poll was put together. The polls were blind – answer choices were purposely vague – and the reasoning behind answer options might be of interest to those who participated or anyone who watched the video. Continue reading How a Poll Created a D&D Character – #NerdyProject

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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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E67 YR1- Nerdarchy’s First Look at the 5E D&D Druid Podcast

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Episode 67 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is our first druid discussion. It so happens that is during our review of 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons.

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5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes| Wild shaping with Druids in 5e
It’s time to revisit D&D 5e character classes Nerdarchy is discussing each class one by one from the Barbarian to the Wizard and this week we are doing the Druid.

Druids in D&D 5E are really looking to be a fun a class to play. The druid archetypes seem to split the druid’s abilities in half from the previous editions of dungeons and dragons.

You are either going to be really good at wild shaping or more of a spell caster type. One of the key things about the D&D druid of 5th is their innate ability to be tanky after they get wild shape at 2nd level. Even the druid archetype that focuses on more spell casting and getting along in nature is far more tanky then in earlier editions of Dungeons and Dragons.

So what do you guys think about the druid in 5e? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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E65 YR1- Playing Backgrounds & Equipment with D&D 5E Podcast

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Episode 65 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Double episode with a deep dive into the players handbook of the newest edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game. This time we will look at the background and equipment section from the PHB.

Nerdarchy Breaks Down Backgrounds For 5E Dungeons & Dragons| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition| Nerdarchy Breaks Down Backgrounds For 5E Dungeons and Dragons
Nerdarchy assembles to discuss the upcoming D&D 5E. In this episode of Nerdarchy Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition we focus on background from the D&D Starter Set.

Backgrounds is one of the biggest innovations to come to this dungeons and dragons edition. What do you think of D&D 5E backgrounds? Love them, hate them, or indifferent towards them let us know in the comments.

Let us know if you feel we missed anything when it come to 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons backgrounds or perhaps you’d like us to do video on a specific topic of 5E D&D just put it in the comments below.

Equipment- Gearing Up And Heading Out For Adventure With D&D 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons| Equipment- Gearing Up And Heading Out For Adventure With D&D 5E
You know what they say an adventurer is only as good as his gear. This holds true for 5th edition dungeons and dragons just like every other edition of D&D.

In D&D 5E the equipment rules are very streamlined in two different ways .

First is how you get your starting equipment. Gear comes prepackaged with your character class and also via your character background. You do have the option to roll your starting gold and buy it out of the book though.

Nerdarchist Ryan did the math in 5th edition dungeons and dragons they reward you for taking the prepackaged equipment by giving you way more than the average if you rolled for it.

Second in this edition of D&D armor and weapon rules feel much more intuitive. For instance there isn’t equipment by size like in Pathfinder and 3.5 edition D&D. If you are small and you want to use a long sword it’s two handed weapon for you.

Also the weapon descriptors tell you what you need to know here’s a list of some of them in D&D 5E-
Finesse- Use dex to hit and damage instead of str
Versatile- Using this weapon two handed increases the damage die
Light- Can be used as an off hand weapon
Heavy- -2 if used by a small character

Armor comes in three flavors for 5th edition dungeons and dragon light, medium, and heavy. You are either proficient in a class of armor or you aren’t. If you wear armor you aren’t proficient in you will suck at every thing you attempt.

Light Armor- Allows you to use your dex.
Medium Armor- Allows you to use up to a +2 dex mod.
Heavy Armor- No dex bonus or penalty applied to AC. All but one have str requirement. If you don’t meet it -10 to movement.

Some armors cause to be disadvantage when attempting stealth checks. Armor check penalties in 5E are a thing of the past. Also in 5th edition if you are proficient in armor you can cast arcane spells in it.

There is more, but this getting lengthy. Watch the video on 5th edition dungeons and dragons equipment and let us in the comments how you feel about the 5E rules on gear.

 

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E64 YR1- 5E D&D Cleric is the Best DnD Cleric Podcast

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Episode 64 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

Here is another from our early dive into the player’s handbook for 5E D&D. We go through and give our first impressions of each of the character classes. This time it’s the cleric.

Cleric Calling Down The Holy Wrath Down In 5E| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Classes| Cleric Calling Down The Holy Wrath Down In 5E
It’s time to revisit D&D 5e character classes Nerdarchy is discussing each class one by one from the Barbarian to the Wizard and this week we are doing the cleric.

We’ve discussed the cleric through out the editions of dungeons and dragons, but now we are going to break down just the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons cleric.

As a whole Nerdarchy is really enjoying all of the classes of D&D. This character class, in particular, offers up a ton of options through the domain feature. So what do you guys think about the d&d cleric in 5e? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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E48 YR1- About the Elves |How to Build a Campaign World| Game Master Tips Podcast

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Episode 48 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We jump back into this episode with a little world building. This time we look at D&D elves in our campaign world. We have some cool ideas for elven kingdoms that we’ve yet to really explore with in the game world.

We are really borrowing heavily from seelie and unseelie court myth and folklore for our versions of elves.

About the Elves |How to Build a Campaign World| Game Master Tips

About Our Elves |How to Build a Campaign World| Game Master Tips Nerdarchy discusses elves in our GryphonGaff Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition campaign setting. This How to Build a Campaign World we discuss how high elves, dark elves, wood elves, and eladrin interact in our fantasy setting.

We go over some of the lore of the courts of the sun and the moon and their eternal war. We discuss the possibility of fey creatures being the key maintaining balance in our world. It may even be an ancient order of druids that is charged with the sacred duty of maintaining this balance.

As always feel free to jump in let us know what think of our world building sessions as well as throwing your own ideas into the mix.

 

 

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E42 YR1- 10th Level Multi-Class Character Concepts |5e D&D Character Class Builds Podcast

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Episode 42 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We had a viewer suggest a video for us to do. They wanted to see us do a mid-high level multi-class character builds. So of course we’ve obliged them.

This is Nerdarchy’s first foray into creating a multi-class character build for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. We later go on to use those characters in a short campaign arc run by Dungeon Master Scott Garibay.

10th Level Multi-Class Character Concepts |5e D&D Character Class Builds

10th Level Multi-Class Character Concepts |5e D&D Character Class Builds One of the fellow nerdarchists out there requested Nerdarchy do a Multi-Class character Build video. So we did.

We didn’t tell each other what character classes, races. or feats we were going to be using. Surprisingly enough we each came up with vastly different character concepts.

There was a little overlap between Paladins and Fighters, but the end result was still quite different. Even with only the players handbook to work with. Races is another spot with a bit of overlap 1 half-elf and 3 humans.

I think that hardly counts with humans getting the most feats in game and feats being so amazing in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. So tell us what you think of our builds. Or if you’d like us to do a regular series on 5e D&D character builds let us know.

 

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E39 YR1- D&D 5E Gameplay Set in the Planescape Meat Grinder- Recap Podcast

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Episode 39 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. Here we recap a D&D 5E game we played in for the first Brigade Con. The game was run by Andrew Knapp of YouTube Channel SR2Joker.

It was set in Planescape and was designed to be a meat grinder of a game in the style of old school modules like Tomb of Horrors where you aren’t really intended to survive the adventure.

It’s more about how long you can last than anything. There were plenty of deaths and surprises in the game.

D&D 5E Gameplay Set in the Planescape Meat Grinder- Recap

D&D 5E Gameplay Set in the Planescape Meat Grinder- Recap
Nerdarchy sits back to reflect in SR2Jokers Brigade Con Planescape meat grinder game. It was the 1st for many of our Nerdarchists. First meat grinder, first online Google hangout game, and first online convention.

We had lot of fun and I highly recommend online RPG gaming to anyone that wants to get more gaming in. The one shot group on Facebook is great for this All of the online games aside from Brigade Con I’ve played in have been because of that group. Share you experience with gaming online with us in comments.

 

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E37 YR 1- Nerdarchy Presents Terrible Terrain at Brigade Con an Online RPG Convention Podcast

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Episode 37 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. This is our very first ever live stream with a questions and answers format. At this point we had streamed games using Google Hangouts. Most of which were Dungeons and Dragons, but we hadn’t ever did one of our talk about live videos at this point.

Funny now because we do live chat videos 6 days a week. Sometimes just us Nerdarchy other time we have guests on. In this one we go through our creative process of designing encounters and adventures. We are also taking questions on the subject in the live chat as we go.

Nerdarchy Presents Terrible Terrain at Brigade Con an Online RPG Convention
Nerdarchy explores the art of creating encounters and locations that capture your player’s imagination. We will have a few villains created and go through the process of creating the lair in which adventurers would encounter them.
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E34 YR1- Dissecting the Adventurer’s Career Path In RPG Games Podcast

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Episode 34 of Nerdarchy the Podcast. Here is one of our early discussions delving into the nature of D&D terms like adventurer. Or at least the way they are used in tabletop rpgs. Adventure has become this weird medieval fantasy career path.

Role Playing Tips Dissecting the Adventurer’s Career Path In RPG Games

Role-Playing Tips- Dissecting the Adventurer’s Career Path In RPG Games What is like to be an adventurer in a fantasy tabletop RPG game is the question Nerdarchy dives into. The adventurer is an interesting concept to me and seems like a made up thing specific to games like dungeons and dragons. What do you guys think of the concept of the adventuring company or the adventurer for that matter. Is just a made of thing of RPG games and novels based of role-playing games. Join the discussion below in the comments below.

 

 

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E33 YR1- How to Build a Campaign World- Deities & Demigods Podcast

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Here we are at episode 33 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. Here is another one of our world building videos. Here we work on the Deities & Demigods in our campaign setting.

How to Build a Campaign World| Deities & DemiGods| Game Master Tips

Game Master Tips| How to Build a Campaign World| Deities & Demigods
Our  how to build a campaign world series continues. For this  Game Master tips with Nerdarchy we have Nate the Nerdarch joining us as well a list of ideas from our viewers and subscribers.

We are going to be expanding upon creating or building a campaign world from the ground up from our last video. Now we are going to be building our campaign world for the dungeons and dragons 5th edition game we are currently playing in, but that doesn’t mean our GM tips are specific to D&D exclusively.

We’ll always start with concepts that aren’t really specific fantasy or any other genre and then work towards the specific goal of fleshing out our fantasy campaign world. Our intent is to arm game masters and dungeon masters alike with tips for creating a better role-playing environment for their players and non-player characters. We start the discussion with the high concept. One to three sentences that describe the overall theme/themes and feel of your campaign world. Feel free to share your world building tips down below in the comments.

 

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E25 YR1- DnD 5th Edition Gameplay Wrap| Our Thoughts After The 2nd 5E D&D Session Podcast

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podcastEpisode 25 Nerdarchy the Podcast- We are doing one of the few gameplay wraps that we’ve done over the years. Not only did we have one guest for game, but two guests. Mark and Scott sit in as we digest the aftermath of our first character death in 5E D&D.

DnD 5th Edition Gameplay Wrap| Our Thoughts After The 2nd 5E D&D Session

DnD 5th Edition Gameplay Wrap| Our Thoughts After The 2nd 5E D&D Session
Nerdarchy has played their second game of 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons and we did a wrap video. On this Nerdarchy video we had a couple of special guests from our gameplay of dungeons and dragons game. After every game session we like to record a video of about our thoughts on what happened during the game. So far everyone us really enjoyed playing D&D 5E. We even had so new members join our game for a total 3 players that have never experienced 5th edition dungeons and dragons before. I think everyone had a really good time. The actual 5E game play video will be coming soon. Until then let us know what you thought the wrap video and 5th edition that matter. Do you like this version of D&D? Maybe you prefer an older edition of the game or Pathfinder. Let us know in the comments below.

 

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EP23 YR1- Allowing The Players To Guide Your Game (Examples from 5E and a Pathfinder Game)| Game Master Tips Podcast

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Episode 23 of Nerdarchy Year One Podcast is from one of our extremely long videos. I’m not surprised because during this game master tips vid we delve into games being played by us. It isn’t hard to get nerds to talk about the games they are playing in. Over a hour worth gaming content in this one.

Allowing The Players To Guide Your Game (Examples from 5E and a Pathfinder Game)| Game Master Tips

Game Master Tips Allowing The Players To Guide Your Game
Nerdarchy discusses a couple of our on going games and how the GM can use that information to make his game better. Anytime as the dungeon master you can get your players to let you know what they want to do with their characters it’s going to take a huge chunk of the work out of your hands. You won’t need to figure out how to get them to take hook because they’ll throw themselves on it willingly. It won’t matter if you are playing an edition of dungeons and dragons, Pathfinder, or some other tabletop role-playing game this works every time. Why spend hours crafting a campaign or game session when you can just make the one your players already have shown interest in.
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A New Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Race – Vessel

While most deities are bound to a plane, Jika and Ukan have always existed free of this restriction. Free to view every plane at every moment from every vantage, Jika and Ukan spent their time marvelling at the beings that lived and died on the many planes. One day, Jika said to Ukan, “It brings me great joy to view these beings.” Ukan agreed and said, “Particularly the adventurers. Their questing and victories and defeats and sacrifices are exemplary.” Jika thought. “However, why do these many deities require these adventurers to die so quickly? 100, 300, 700 years. It is a shame that the glory of these adventurers shine only for a brief moment.” Ukan agreed. “We should allow these great creations to shine again in a new form for a time.” And so Jika and Ukan did. Thus was born the race, Vessel.

You can download the table ready one sheet by clicking this link.

Vessel

Vessel Traits: Highly unique, each Vessel has the following additional traits (Living Glass and Free Transform and Form Bind and Child of Jika and Ukan).

Ability Score Increase: Your Ability Scores each increase by 0.

Age: Vessels reach adulthood after 3 days and then receive their first Free Transform. Vessels do not age when they are in a Free Transform and they live for 107 days in their Living Glass form.

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Alignment: Vessels do not tend to one alignment over another.

Size: Determined by current Free Transform.

Speed: Determined by current Free Transform.

Languages: Determined by current Free Transform.

Living Glass: When a Vessel is not in a Free Transform they are 6 feet tall, 150 lbs (Medium) and are made of Living Glass. As Living Glass, Vessels have 1 HP, all attributes at a value of 8 and have a speed of 30 feet. Vessels receive new Free Transforms from Jika and Ukan. Vessels change from one Free Transform instantly to another Free Transform without changing to Living Glass. Vessels immediately change to Living Glass when they die. A Vessel may assume their Living Glass form any time they choose.

Free Transform: Once per session (and no more frequently) a player may choose for their Vessel to receive a Free Transform from Jika and Ukan. A Free Transform allows the player to immediately change their Character Sheet to a new Character Sheet that meets the criteria set in Form Bind. Players may not spend more than three consecutive sessions in the same Free Transform without choosing to receive a new one. Receiving a Free Transform is always done during play after a short rest (and at no other time). A Free Transform is a transformation that Jika and Ukan apply to the Vessel. When Jika and Ukan apply a Free Transform to a Vessel, what they are doing is copying an adventurer they have viewed in the past, present or future on one of the many planes. Jika creates the organics of the Free Transform (and Jika is capable of doing so as a 100% exact copy). Ukan creates all of the non-organic elements of a Free Transform (clothes, coins, mundane and magic items, and Ukan is capable of doing so as exact 100% copies). Jika and Ukan take great joy in this work and are thrilled when a Vessel requests a Free Transform. The Vessel has no control of what specific Free Transform they receive (but the Player has full control of what Character Sheet they bring forward to the table as long as the Character Sheet meets every criteria specified in Form Bind. Jika and Ukan also bless the Vessel with all aspects (Attributes, Skills, Feats, Racial Traits, Class Features and Memories) of the adventurer they copy. The Vessel has access to all memories of the Free Transform, but is completely free to act or not upon the emotions and thoughts of the Free Transform as they wish.

Form Bind: A Free Transform allows a player to play a Character Sheet that adheres exactly to every one of the following criteria –

  • Created by the Player.
  • Created with the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Player Handbook and/or any of the Wizards of the Coast Unearthed Arcana material.
  • Is 3 to 5 levels (player’s choice) higher than the last Free Transform (when a player reaches level 16 to 20, their next level Free Transform shoots the gap from 20 to 1 and goes to a level of 1 through 4 correspondingly).
  • Is not a Character Sheet the player has ever played previously in any game.

Child of Jika and Ukan: Vessels are the creation of Jika and Ukan. Vessels do not worship Jika and Ukan and they do not encourage anyone else to. Vessels view Jika and Ukan as benevolent parents. Vessels do not enjoy discussing Jika and Ukan with anyone (not even other Vessels), and not discussing Jika and Ukan is one of the few cultural traditions all Vessels adhere to.