Ethan

Ethan is a storyteller, GM, and all-around nerd. He spends his time introducing all of his friends to D&D and creating hard magic systems for upcoming novels.
5e: Best Magic Items for Each Class

5e: Best Magic Items for Each Class

One of the most exciting aspects of wandering and plundering the worlds of D&D is the loot that you find along the way. From ancient swords to cursed tomes, there’s plenty of treasure to find as you adventure. Though, some items are better than others depending on your class.

5e Movement: Becoming a Living Cannon

5e Movement: Becoming a Living Cannon

determined by race, though class features can improve it. To move further on one turn, the Dash action, certain magic items, epic boons, feats, or magic can help.

5e: Attacks of Opportunity

5e: Attacks of Opportunity

An opportunity attack is a melee attack you make against an enemy that you can see leaving your reach. You use your reaction to make this attack and must use whatever you have in your hand. Ranged attacks do not count, and some perks and subclasses can add extra utility to these attacks.

5e: Ability Checks vs Saving Throws

5e: Ability Checks vs Saving Throws

Ability checks and saving throws are both dice rolls used to decide your success or failure at certain tasks. Ability checks are for when you attempt a challenge; saving throws are for when you resist external factors—like spells, traps, or poisons. Though there’s slightly more to it than that.

5e: How Does DC Work

5e: How Does DC Work

When rolling an ability check or saving throw in D&D, success is determined by reaching a predecided number called a Difficulty Class (DC). Some DCs are already set by certain monster or character stats, while others are made by the DM at the table. But how do you set them?

5e: The Best Feats for Each Class

5e: The Best Feats for Each Class

Whenever a character reaches a level in D&D 5e where they would gain an Ability Score Improvement (ASI), they can instead take a feat. Many players are unsure of what their best options are or which ones are catered to their class. So which are the best feats and for which class?

5e Improvised Damage: Making Combat More Fun

5e Improvised Damage: Making Combat More Fun

The barbarian goes into a rage and charges through a campfire to attack. The DM doesn’t have a stat block for the fire. How much does it hurt when quantifying it in hit points? This is where we must improvise damage.

5e: How Does CR Work

5e: How Does CR Work

Your friends have made 1st level characters, and you want a vampire as a villain. You look it up; your friends wouldn’t last a second. How did you know?

5e: Concentration

5e: Concentration

The Wizard is holding you at bay with one of their spells, “Hold Person”. It seems the spell has no limit–until your teammate hits the wizard and breaks their focus. How does concentration work, and how can you maximize its usefulness?

5e: How Do Spell Slots Work?

5e: How Do Spell Slots Work?

If you’ve ever wanted to play a spellcaster in D&D, you’ve encountered the term ‘spell slots’. You’re definitely not the only one who has looked at them and wondered how they work.