Dungeon Digest: titans, randomised monsters and alchemical labs

Dungeon Digest is my weekly roundup of new Dungeons & Dragons content. If there’s a publisher, blog or video channel that you think I should be following, tweet me and let me know.


Just recently there have been a couple of games launched on Kickstarter that I think are interesting.
Reach of Titan is a tabletop RPG where tiny humans fight to survive in a world populated by colossal monsters.
Icarus is a cooperative game where players create a world, then destroy it. Apparently you could then use the world you’ve created as your new D&D setting.


Wizards of the Coast have also released a couple of previews.
The upcoming seafaring D&D book is being referred to as Long Walk, Short Plank. (I get the impression that this is a working title). A two page spread featuring sahuagin has been previewed, and you can find it on Twitter here.
There’s also been news about a Stranger Things D&D starter set, which I first read about here at Tribality.

Making an alchemical lab

At Kobold Press, GM Lent has published some rules for building and operating an alchemical lab.


Beastlands is a software project that generates monsters, and each week they’ve been posting some on their Twitter – a poisonous dragon called Millyreigon and a creature called Pentiriaage which inhibits healing. There’s a Kickstarter campaign planned for March 5.
At D&D Beyond, James Haeck has posted an idea for a medusa encounter.
At Nerdarchy, Dave Friant has shared some ideas for using mounted kobolds in combat.

DM tools

At Tribality, Tomás Giménez talks about the pros and cons of using theatre of the mind in combat compared to grid maps. (Like Giménez, my preference is for grid maps because I know a lot of folks struggle to visualise the space without them.)
At Sly Flourish, Mike Shea writes about being open to trying new rules.
At World Builder Blog, James Introcaso suggests some alternative death rules you could experiment with.

Abuse in the D&D community

This week there have been a lot of reports about sexual abuse perpetrated by a member of the D&D community, someone who was involved to some extent in the development of 5th edition D&D. Unfortunately the public response from Wizards of the Coast has been limited. I don’t find this particularly surprising – it seems like most institutions go into lockdown mode when these kind of allegations receive publicity.

There is an account of abuse here from Mandy Morbid (on FB) and another from Vivka Grey (also on FB). BasiliskOnline (who gave me some pointers about where to read up on this) has written about why he is currently boycotting D&D. Jeff Healy has posted a roundup of the history of these allegations (on Google+).


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