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Awarding Noncombat Experience

“Dragons! Shall we slay them for XP rewards?” “Nay, establishing trade routes is all the reward we seek.”

A few months back I wrote a post about why you should switch over from awarding experience points to milestone leveling.  One of the comments on that post was “I love math so I want to still use XP leveling, but I’m also building a campaign with little to no combat in it. How can I award non-combat XP?” The Dungeon Master’s Guide does cover this subject briefly under Creating Encounters (pg. 80) and Noncombat Challenges (pg. 261), but I am more than happy to provide my take on the subject. Continue reading Awarding Noncombat Experience

Tome of Beasts From Kobold Press Review

Tome of Beasts

Look, we could go on all day about using Dungeons & Dragons as a means to collaborative storytelling and how combat detracts from the “roleplaying experience.” Or, we could just admit that we play D&D so that we can murder fantastical monsters and loot their rapidly cooling bodies for treasure. Unfortunately, sometimes killing the same old giant spiders and baboons available in the Monster Manual gets a little stale. Players and DMs need a little spice in their encounters.  Sure there are plenty of clever and original homebrew monsters on the internet (including some of mine), but occasionally I want a professional company to write up the stats for several hundred monsters, print them on paper along with illustrations, bind that paper together and mail it to my home in exchange for money. That’s why I bought Tome of Beasts from Kobold Press. Continue reading Tome of Beasts From Kobold Press Review

War of the Pirates: The History


The War of the Pirates campaign is set in a unique Crystal Sphere known as Mainspace. This single star system is made up of four planets, their moons and an asteroid belt called the God Smashed Cluster. All of the traditional fantasy races exist among the worlds of Mainspace along with other races such as the Minotaur, the Giff and the Githyanki. Here years of war between pirates and elves and war between pirates have finally reached an uneasy balance. Continue reading War of the Pirates: The History

Ship Armament: Spelljammer 5e Conversion


One of my favorite things about the original Spelljammer campaign setting was the inclusion of ship-to-ship combat. This combat is conducted using armament such as ballistae or catapults mounted on weapons decks. Hopefully you’ve already picked out the type of ship that your Spelljamming party is going to sail the stars on (I know my players have). Now you’re going to need to decide which weapons to equip that ship with. This post will convert the armaments from the Spelljammer boxed set for inclusion in a 5e campaign. Continue reading Ship Armament: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

More Ships!: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

In the last post I gave details for ten different types of Spelljammer ships. This post will cover the descriptions for the final nine. More detail on all nineteen of these ships can be found in the Spelljammer boxed set as well as deck plans for the ships. Continue reading More Ships!: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

Ships: Spelljammer 5e Conversion


Finally what everyone has been patiently waiting for from my Spelljammer 5e conversion. It’s time to go over ships! This post contains the updated stats for nineteen ships that originally appeared in the Spelljammer campaign box set. The conversion of ships from 2nd Edition AD&D rules to 5e was fairly straight forward with only a few modifications which I will explain as we go along. Since it’s a huge amount of information I’ve broken this post down into two parts.  Continue reading Ships: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

Maneuverability!: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

Welcome to what will hopefully be the last Spelljammer 5e conversion post covering movement. I covered long-range movement and Spelljammer Rating in the last few posts so the only thing left is tactical movement. Tactical movement will come into play if you plan to use ship-to-ship combat in your Spelljammer game. The rules for tactical movement in the original campaign setting boxed set were modified from existing aerial combat rules for the edition, but I couldn’t find any 5e rules for aerial combat. I think I came up with rules that are fairly straightforward, but I need to see how these rules run in a game scenario to know for sure. Continue reading Maneuverability!: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

More Movement: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

This post has been updated to correct another math error. That’s becoming a habit

Welcome back to my Spelljammer conversion for 5e. This post will cover a few more items related to ship movement that I missed in the first movement post. I may have underestimated just how much ship movement is a part of this campaign setting. However, traveling through space is what Spelljammer is all about so it all needs to be addressed.  Continue reading More Movement: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

Spelljamming Clarified: Spelljammer 5e Conversion

I want to thank everyone for the comments on the last post. It’s always nice to know that I’m not just shouting into the void. One of the comments was a question about the use of highest available spell slot for determining Spelljamming Rating in the last post. It made me realize that I didn’t do a very good job of explaining why I made this decision. That’s kind of the point of these posts, right?
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Spelljammer 5E Conversion Introduction


One of my constant worries over writing on this RPG blog is that I don’t usually have anything to say about running games that someone else isn’t already saying more eloquently or louder than I ever could. However, one thing that no one else (that I know of at least) is writing about is converting 2e Spelljammer rules and adventures over to 5e. I finally found my niche! To that end I have decided to document my conversion of a Spelljammer campaign over to fifth edition. Hopefully, riches and worldwide fame will follow.

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