The Hunter Class(T1 Playtest Draft)

Hello, everyone! Like a lot of 5E players, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth from the Beast Master ranger’s approach for designing a character focused on a partnership with some sort of beast companion. To me, the truly egregious part of the Beast Master is that there are so many characters…

Pump the Breaks

Octopath Traveler, a game released for the Nintendo Switch in July 2018, checked a lot of boxes for me as an RPG – Using a unique graphical style, HD2D, the developers threw players headfirst into a rich dynamically shaded world of pixel art. However, the innovative combat mechanics behind the JRPG were less scrutinized than…

Defying Death

Early adventuring can be a pain – with only 8 or so hit points at level one, a stiff breeze is as much a threat as a given monster, and players and GM’s (especially experienced ones, from my observations) overestimate how survivable a situation actually can be. A number of solutions for character survival at…

The War Gods’ Guide to Battle

Hello, everyone! For readers who have been around for a while, welcome back to TBM Games, and for those of you who are new, welcome to this distant corner of the planes. TBM Games is a blog devoted to new content for the Fifth Edition of the World’s Most Popular Role-Playing Game.  While there are…

Monstrous Races – Mephits

Hello, everyone! This week’s article is going to be a little different – instead of writing this week’s playtest draft, I’ve put on the editing hat and taken the back seat to a skilled designer and good friend of mine, Weylin Etra. Weylin has been kind enough to draft up a monstrous race for your…

Fighter Archetype: The Conqueror

Hello, everyone! Today’s playtest draft is the Conqueror, a fighter Archetype who uses bends their defeated foes to their will. Fighter Archetype Conqueror It takes a trained eye to distinguish between any given warrior and a true conqueror. Conquest has many forms, from the brutal warlord who relies on physical coercion, to the silver-tongued demagogue,…