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Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep: Final! “Paladins”

Bright armor gleaming like the sun, and swinging holy swords to smite down the foes of all that is good and just, the Paladin is one of the greatest tropes in fantasy literature, and D&D lore. It is also one of the most maligned and oft abused classes, with more than a few parties dreading […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 90: “Wizards and Sorcerers”

Whether hunched over stacks of arcane tomes, or feeling the stirrings of unknown power from within their blood, the wizard and sorcerer are two of the most well known classes within D&D. Sharing many of the same spells in their repertoire, but handling them in very different ways, how they stand apart is often a […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 89: “Rangers”

Living amongst the wilderness, and traversing the myriad deadly terrains that make up the fantasy realms of D&D, few are as comfortable as the Ranger. Whether alone or in a group, these stalkers of the wilds are known to possess skills that allow them to survive and thrive in places that most others would perish […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 88: “Rogues”

Stalkers in the shadows claiming powerful talents among a myriad possible avenues of growth, the Rogue is a shifty, often maligned, lifestyle. However, as Adam and Jared discuss in this episode, being a rogue is more than SNEAK ATTACK and stealth, and they pull back the cloak of shadows that this class tends to so […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 87: “Urban Bounty Hunter/Mercenary Veteran”

Whether braving battlefields and clashing swords or skulking through the underbelly of the sprawling streets of a city in pursuit of the most dangerous game, there’s one primary factor that links the Bounty Hunter and the Mercenary: Coin. In this week’s episode, Leslie and Jared analyze these backgrounds and how using them effectively can add more […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 85: “Listener Emails!”

After having languished unanswered in our digital mail slot for weeks on end, at last, the messages sent to us by our beloved audience would finally come forward. Rather than be given simple answers of text, the hosts of the show bring forth the questions for all to benefit from the discussion on such matters […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 81: “Inheritor”

Inheritance is a complicated concept. It can carry many layers of context and subtext depending on who is giving and who is receiving, and what is being given in the first place. With the inheritor background, this act of receiving shapes your character’s life,  and will direct them going forward. In this episode, Leslie and […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 75: “Courtier”

Amid the political shifts and jockeying for power or position, the role of the courtier has many possibilities to fit into any given court. From the foppish hangers on, to those who play vital roles in the background, the courtier presents a very unique way for characters to have found their beginnings. In this episode, […]

Gaming in the Wild: “It’s Astounding…”

For the next three weeks, I will not be running games at our community gaming group. All of my bases are covered that way, so I am not worried. However, what shall I write about? How do I make my experiences over the next few articles relevant to the mission statement of this illustrious organisation […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 67: “Making Martial Characters More Interesting”

As characters grow in power and ability within D&D, there remains a simple truism, that the characters with magical prowess will have vastly more diverse arrays of said abilities at their disposal. As a result, sometimes when playing a martial character it can start to feel much more mundane in comparison. In this episode, Adam […]