Sacred Oath: Oath of Clarity

In a couple weeks, we’ll be releasing an article that is the sum of an enriching interview I had with James Haeck, lead writer for D&D Beyond. As is custom for my collaborations, as a thank you, I asked James what he’d like to see as far as a theme for a subclass. His answer…

The Mage College: The Reckoning

We’re back from our hiatus! However, we’re bringing a long some new changes that will be pretty important. We’re making these changes to better fit our needs and goals as creators while trying to “level up” our game as far as the TTRPG writing and publishing sphere goes. First, The Mage College’s articles here on…

Charting a New Course: Summer Holiday and New Directions

Running a website by yourself is hard, and when you do it for long enough, you really only know how to do just that – run it by yourself. Add in a mix of sudden design work in the form of commissions and design work while trying to acclimate new team members into the mix.…

From the Archives: Re-skinning and Roleplaying Part 1

This article was written by a younger Archmage Derek back when the Mage College was still on Blogspot.  Take it away past Derek! (Art: Alhammerret’s Archive by Richard Write, Wizards of the Coast) Blast from the Past You’ve decided to play a Battle Master Fighter. Kevin, your table’s optimizer says, “Oh, well at least isn’t…

Magical Musings: Psychic Damage

You’re drifting off to sleep in your bed, when suddenly you startle and get the sensation of falling. Your eyes shoot open, and and your heart is pounding. You’ve just experienced a hypnic jerk, but whether or not you realize it, your body just experienced what might be considered the real world precursor to psychic…

Otter-luke’s Irresistible Cuteness: Otters in 5e

Otters are huge. Well, they’re pretty small. Unless, they’re a giant otter, then they can be about 1.8 meters (approx. 6 feet) long. That’s neither here nor there, what we mean to say is, otters are a popular critter on the internet, and our friend Ky, a talented artist and streamer in the D&D community,…

Ascended Tiefling Subrace

The other day, the magically talented Critical Bard pointed out that if there are fallen aasimar shouldn’t there be some sort of celestial tiefling subrace? Well, who are we to not deliver on the possibility, especially as tieflings are one of the favored race options at the Mage College. So we present to you the…

Spring into DMing – How to Get Into Running a Game

I see a lot of posts on Twitter lately along the lines of people who are new to D&D, been playing for a little bit, want to try their hand at being a DM (Dungeon Master) but aren’t sure how, or if they’re good enough. Especially in the rise of the TTRPG culture, with celebrity…

Can You Play a TTRPG Wrong?

The answer to this question is a complicated one. We have to look at what “playing wrong” means. Unfortunately, the English language doesn’t like being very exact in its use of adjectives, so we have to make do with specifics. There’s a few different directions this question can go, so let’s be specific. You can…