Diabolical Plans: Running Villains Like Badasses

(Waterdeep: Dragon Heist cover, Tyler Jacobson, Wizards of the Coast) Every so often on Twitter, you see the complaint get aired, “My villain got killed in the first act,” or something like, “My BBEG died in the second encounter! They were so cool though!” These grievances are shockingly common. Sadly, plot armor is not something that…

Base Class Basics: Building Your Own D&D Class

Base classes are difficult to design in 5e. In no way does it mean that it is impossible, but there are a few big hurdles to overcome if you decide that you want to design your own base class. If you have spent more than three minutes on DMsGuild, you probably have noticed that there…

Menu Magic – Enhancing Your Tavern, One Drink at a Time

Nearly every adventuring party ends up in a tavern at some point of time or another. Sometimes, they’re a place of great importance for a plotline or a quest, and sometimes the party just wants to celebrate/commiserate over recent events. Either way – there are times when you’ll need to come up with a tavern…

Sacred Oath: Oath of Nightsong

Today on the Mage College, we introduce a Sacred Oath designed specifically for followers of one of my favorite Forgotten Realms, Eilistraee. Though, to be more specific this Sacred Oath was created for my favorite follower of Eilistraee, Leoni, or as many know her, the fantastic GlossandGadgets, chairwoman, creator, artist, animator of Goldhart Gaming, who…

Treasures Untold: Patreon Content Preview!

Wondering what you’re missing out on by not being a patron of the Mage College’s Patreon? March’s benefits included play test material from the upcoming book “Goldeneye’s Guide to Warlocks”, three new subclasses, and a plethora of magical items for you to use. Curious as to what that all might look like? Lucky for you,…

Valentine’s Day Special – Revised Divine Domain: Love

A year ago, I was inspired by fantastic people in the community like my dear wife Kannah, my now friend and hero Ruty Rutenberg, and others like Matt Mercer, Krystina Arielle, Satine Phoenix, and many more who advocate for love and compassion into our D&D community. Love is central to community and the people in…

Crescent Blade – Goldeneye’s Guide to Warlock’s Preview

Today on the Mage College, we are previewing a spell from the first book in the Goldeneye’s Guide to Warlock’s series. This is a 5e revision of the spell Moon Blade last found in 3.5’s Spell Compendium. In volume 1 of the Goldeneye’s Guide series, you will come face to face with The Moon Otherworldly Patron,…

Arcane Tradition: Primeval Mystic

Ever have a hard time choosing between playing a druid or a wizard? Look no further. I think I may have solved that problem. I recently had a delightful experience being interviewed by FC3 Monkey Business podcast, and over the course of the show, turns out one of the hosts of the show, Chris had…

Hero in the Making – A Lesson in Character Creation

When I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, I was obsessed with creating the “perfect character.” To some degree, even years later, I try to get everything with this one character right. Which character you might ask? The handsome blue-clad swashbuckler looking elf you see here: Daerthalion Dawntracker. In the process of creating him, and in…

Multiclass Mastery: Tactician

Not everyone is known for their strength and fighting prowess – sometimes you need brilliance from behind the scenes to orchestrate something bigger into motion in order to ensure victory. Such is the role of a tactician. One of my favourite video game references of this is from Dragon Age: Inquisition – your council of…