Packing Up: Moving My Campaigns to Roll20

Hi, everyone. Thank you for your patience during a drought of blog content. Wow, it’s certainly been a crazy few weeks. I’ve been engaging in social distancing for about a month and some change now, and it’s certainly been bizarre to see events unfold. I’m sure that I’m not the only one whose game group…

The Hunter Class(T2 Playtest Draft, Dragon Quarry)

Hello, everyone.  Sorry for the late article this week; the workflow involved in designing a class(and its subclasses) from the ground up is a little different than my typical article fare, so I needed to take some extra time to ensure that the class was functioning as I wanted it to. This week, I’ve expanded…

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…