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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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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.

Wild shaping with Druids in 5e| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Classes

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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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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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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No Campaign for Old Men: Shout Out to Older Protagonists

Hey, nerds. Today we’re going to talk about character ages. Most people go for younger protagonists, younger D&D characters. Twenty-somethings tend to be the staple in most games I’ve been involved in, and that makes sense to a degree. Part of the allure is wanting to watch a character mature, play them from an early age and see them grow into someone else, especially if you’re starting at Level 1 and don’t have a lot of room for back story.

But not every campaign starts at Level 1 and that’s to say nothing for NPCs and other works of fiction. There’s a place for older characters; it’s something I don’t see done often, but I’d like to see it done more. Continue reading No Campaign for Old Men: Shout Out to Older Protagonists

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E62 YR1- From Madness to Spell Points Another Dive into the 5E DMG Podcast

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Episode 62 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

We continue our delve into the Dungeon Masters Guide for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. Yup we are going right in order so we end up with madness paired with the option rule for spell points.

Madness in D&D Straight from the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide

Madness in D&D Straight from the 5th Edition Dungeons Masters Guide
This one has been request several times so far madness in 5th edition dungeons and dragons. Nerdarchy plunges right into the depths of madness that awaiting us in the DMG.

We talk about how to use it as a game master or how it can effect you as a player in the game. No discussion from the new dungeon master’s guide would be complete without talking plot points for any dungeon masters looking for another spin on things.

Has madness creeped into your games? Has anyone had one of their characters driven mad by the wild schemes of their DM?

D&D Optional Rules Spell Points|Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dungeon Masters Guide

D&D Optional Rules Spell Points| 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide
PG- 288 DMG Variant Spell Options

Nerdarchy tears once more into the DMG of 5e to talk optional rules for 5th edition dungeons and dragons. I didn’t think I’d see this one but here it is- Spell Points.

It’s really nice that wizards of the coast put this one in here. Especially for the 5e D&D sorcerer this pretty awesome it completely fixes what I see as being the sorcerer’s problems in this edition of dungeons and dragons.

Things get a little complex when you start to add multi-class spell casting into the mix. So spell points what you guys think?

 

 

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A Little Rant About Stupid Armor

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Hey, nerds, today we’re going to talk about something stupid. Specifically, stupid armor.

There are a few quick ways to get my jimmies rustled, and putting a character in a skimpy outfit and trying to claim it’s somehow battle armor is one of the big ones. There is a time and a place for drawing something kind of outrageous and enticing, and what is supposed to be full plate is not that. Continue reading A Little Rant About Stupid Armor

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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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E50 YR1- Finding a Character Vs Character Development in a Tabletop RPG Game| VR to SR2Joker and Juce Podcast

Episode 50 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

This episode of the podcast is actually a video response to two of the different other YouTube Channels we made friends with early on.

Both still have plenty of content up for you to check out and enjoy. The links to both channels and be found below. Back in those days Nerdarchy did way more video responses. We still do one from time to time, but not as often as we used to in the past.

Finding a Character Vs Character Development in a Tabletop RPG Game| VR to SR2Joker and Juce

Finding a Character Vs Character Development in a Tabletop RPG Game| VR to SR2Joker and Juce

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Nerdarchy delves into another discussion sparked by some great RPG YouTubers SR2Joker and Tabeletop Gaming with Juce. So the discussion is on how to best create or develop a character for a role-playing game?

Do you create their back story whole clothe right from the get go or do you just do a bare bones outline and fill in the blanks during game play. Even if you create the whole story is there room for character growth or is it basically done?

We tear into our methodology of character development and our opinion of static characterizations versus character growth over the course of a campaign arc in a RPG Game.

 

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Gaming Elitism Isn’t Dead

gaming tableThis probably isn’t news to you, but no matter how many times we sit down and have the discussion of “this is a game and there isn’t a wrong way to play it,” there are still going to be people who will be glad to tell you exactly how you’re having fun wrong. Most of what I end up seeing personally are hardcore roll players getting upset because people aren’t min-maxed. Continue reading Gaming Elitism Isn’t Dead

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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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E17 YR 1- Nerdarchy Get’s Down Right Combative With D&D 5E Combat| Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Podcast

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Time for another episode of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. This time we delve into 5e Dungeons and Dragons combat. Our opinions may of changed and evolved since we did this video. It is snapshot in time of where we were with D&D 5E at the time. We are now into our third year of playing 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons with it still being our favorite edition of the game.

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5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons| Nerdarchy Get’s Down Right Combative With D&D 5E Combat
Once again Nerdarchy has assembled to discuss the up coming dungeons and dragons 5th edition release which is rapidly approaching. This go around Nerdarchy is specifically talking D&D 5E combat.
This episode is all about show casing what is the same and what has changed when it comes to the combat rules of 5th edition dungeons and dragons. We also go over the things we like and dislike. At this point the only 5e D&D starter set section to go over is the magic and adventuring sections.
What is your opinion of the newest edition of dungeons and dragons? Has 5th lived up to your expectations or has it fallen short? Will this be your D&D Next or will you pass on it? Feel free weigh in with your comments.