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Beyond the Sword Coast: Daerlun

January 21, 2022 by

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In this post we”ll visit the rich merchant kingdom of Sembia, and specifically the city of Daerlun. Sembia’s published origins are…interesting. Ready? in the first edition Forgotten Realms boxed set, much of Sembia was purposely left blank to allow DMs a clean slate to create their own cities and NPCs on. That idea went out […]

Beyond the Sword Coast: Westgate

January 20, 2022 by

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In this new series titled Beyond the Sword Coast, we’ll take a quick look at different locales throughout Faerun that campaigns can launch from or visit, outside of the all too familiar Sword Coast. We’ll start with the City of Westgate, one of my favorites in the setting, and how it can make for a […]

Talking with Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb

July 9, 2021 by

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I had the opportunity to speak with legendary D&D authors Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb on the debut episode of my new webshow, The NewbieDM Show. It was an interview I’ve wanted to do for a long time, as I am a big fan of their work. Jeff Grubb is one of those D&D designers […]

5e Eberron first look

November 14, 2019 by

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Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to provide a review copy of their newest release, “Eberron Rising from the Last War”, and I posted my first look at it on youtube and twitter. Check them out. Alright nerds. Ready to visit Eberron? Lets do this. #dnd pic.twitter.com/JVECTtb8CO — NewbieDM (@newbiedm) November 14, 2019 If […]

Thoughts on running the beginning of Descent into Avernus

October 11, 2019 by

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I’m a few sessions into Wizards of the Coast’s latest D&D hardcover, Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus for my home group, and I thought I’d put out some thoughts about my experiences running the beginning of the adventure. For those of you into this sort of thing, here’s my party’s makeup: Human Fighter Kobold Ranger […]

Descent into Avernus lore: The Hellriders

September 22, 2019 by

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WOTC’s latest release for 5th edition D&D, Descent into Avernus, spins a tale that spans from the fabled city of Baldur’s Gate in Faerun, to Avernus, the first level of hell. In it, we learn the story of Zariel, ruler of Avernus, a fallen angel who sought to destroy the very thing she became, an […]

NewbieDM Review: Descent into Avernus

September 10, 2019 by

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Dungeons and Dragons wants to send you to hell—and it wants to do so aboard a massive, soul powered, Infernal War Machine that’ll have you rumbling across the surface of the first layer of hell while doing your best Mad Max. Sound cool? Read on. Descent into Avernus‘ format should be familiar to veteran 5e […]

NewbieDM Review: D&D Essentials Kit

June 23, 2019 by

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I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the new D&D Essentials Kit at Target a few days before release date, and I unboxed and reviewed it on twitter. If you’re wondering how this compares with the other 5e box, the D&D Starter Set, my opinion would be that this is definitely the better […]

NewbieDM Review: Ghosts of Saltmarsh

June 1, 2019 by

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Let me just say it… Ghosts of Saltmarsh is the book Tales of Yawning Portal should have been. It’s a book filled with adventures that can be played independently of each other, or as a cohesive campaign that spans levels 1-12. It’s also a mini setting, a new rulebook, and a collection of adventuring sites […]

The many faces of Durnan the Wanderer

November 12, 2018 by

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Looking for danger and excitement, are you? Well don’t be so eager to hunt it down it often finds you soon enough in this city. If you ever want to ever live to see your first gray hair, you’ll learn to not rashly seek out peril at every opportunity. I don’t mean you should stop […]