Phil Shea

Phil was a world-traveler, writing, playing games, and exploring. Now he lives in Toronto and plays D&D, Root, and Terraforming Mars online. Most recently, he has been exploring the asymmetric games by Leder Games. Links to Other Writing: Persuasive Writing; Coffee Website.
5e: Calculating Carrying Capacity

5e: Calculating Carrying Capacity

Have you ever wondered how much your character can carry and how strength affects or size it? Does your DM ask you to keep track of weight? Here’s a simple breakdown.

5e: Taking 10

5e: Taking 10

Do you feel like your D&D games have been held back by pointless dice rolls? Let us introduce you to the concept of Taking 10.

5E: Why Is Necromancy Evil?

5E: Why Is Necromancy Evil?

“Necromancy”—it’s a word weighed down with centuries of moral preconceptions, even in D&D. It drips with cultural memories of medieval satanism and wicked witches. Why would Wizards of the Coast devote an entire school of magic to such an utterly evil pursuit?

5e: How to Get Feats

5e: How to Get Feats

As a new 5e player, you may have heard about feats. But how can you get them and which ones are worth considering?

Are DnD Monks Religious?

Are DnD Monks Religious?

Unlike in D&D, when you envision a real-world monk, you probably imagine one of two things: a portly Friar Tuck-like fellow or a lean, bald Buddhist in a saffron one. In both cases, they appear to be deeply religious. But what about D&D monks – are they religious?

How to use Legendary Actions

How to use Legendary Actions

Legendary actions can dramatically improve the difficulty, fun, and excitement of an encounter when used properly. How can a DM incorporate legendary attacks?

Spells that Resurrect the Dead in D&D 5e

Spells that Resurrect the Dead in D&D 5e

Dying in D&D is easy – anything from a stray arrow to dragon’s breath can end your life as an adventurer. Thankfully, there are ways to bring you back from the afterlife!

5e: How Does Passive Perception Work?

5e: How Does Passive Perception Work?

5e gamers who own the Player’s Handbook (PHB) tend to overlook the details of how passive perception works. Properly used, it can speed up your game, cut down on the monotony of constant active perception checks, and maintain the drama of ambushes and avoiding detection.