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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Frog God Games and Kobold Press pdf's on Humble Bundle!

    Two of my favorite third party publishers have a 5e bundle up right now filled to the brim with goodies! Best $17 I've spent all year!

    Check it out!

    Anyone run the Quests of Doom before? I'm really curious, I've got a group that'd be perfect for a series of one-offs.

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    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Devil

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    Can you detail the stuff inside. Not going to shell out on stuff like that without a review and spoiler of stuff.

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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Re: Frog God Games and Kobold Press pdf's on Humble Bundle!

    Sure, I did the full purchase.

    Starting with FGG, there's-

    Adventures
    Adventures in the Borderland Provinces
    Bard's Gate- the Riot Act
    Chuck's Dragons
    Quests of Doom
    Quests of Doom 2
    Quests of Doom 3
    Quests of Doom 4
    Rogues in Remballo

    Setting Material
    Bard's Gate
    Borderland Provinces
    Borderland Provinces Player's Gazeteer
    Borderland Provinces Player's Guide

    Player Options
    Book of Lost Spells

    Monsters
    Fifth Edition Foes

    DM Tools
    The Mother of All Encounter Tables

    Maps
    Akados Region Map
    Sinnar Coast Region Map

    From Kobold Press-

    Adventures
    Book of Lairs
    Cat and Mouse
    Last Gasp
    Raven's Call
    Sanctuary of Belches

    Player Options
    Beyond Damage Dice
    Deep Magic: Angelic Seals and Wards
    Deep Magic: Battle Magic
    Deep Magic: Clockwork Magic
    Deep Magic: Illumination Magic
    Deep Magic: Rune Magic
    Midgard Heroes
    Southland Heroes

    Monsters
    Tome of Beasts

    Maps
    Book of Lairs Maps

    FGG stuff is very throwback oriented, and focused more on adventures. The Book of Lost Spells is absolutely massive, containing 121 pages worth of spells from older editions made playable in 5e. The Borderland Provinces and the adventures that revolve around it are great for anyone looking for hyper lethal gaming with a loose narrative structure but a rather stunning level of detail. There's a complex sociopolitical atmosphere to the world that is almost certainly unnecessary for your average adventure, but interesting for any DM that wants to dive into it. You could probably use the Mother of All Encounter Tables to plan an entire campaign from start to finish if you're really drawing a blank on ideas.

    Kobold Press is very professionally rendered, something that stands out almost immediately, with gorgeous art and high quality all around. They've got a lot more in terms of player options, and I'm particularly fond of the Beyond Damage Dice (gives almost all weapons unique actions) and Rune Magic (feat-based and more like mystic disciplines, doesn't require caster levels) options. The Tome of Beasts is well-known for the many, many interesting creatures in it, and are *mostly* well balanced. Their adventures look top-knotch, with a more modern appeal than FGG's stuff. There aren't as many of them by far, but they've got some great complex narratives and are fairly interesting.

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    Dwarf in the Playground
     
    MindFlayer

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    I've read through most of those inclusions. Worthwhile price point. Quests of Doom are handy to have on hand for those one shot nights.

    Book of Lost Spells is fascinating for a wizard. Most of the spells do not merit the competition for spells known by classes other than wizard when compared to the PHB/SCAG/Xanathars options. If you ever wanted to make a wizard who has a ton of nautical travel spells, then it is a great resource. The Ferment cantrip is awesome. Transfom any drink to be alcoholic without changing the taste, color, or smell. That one is worth a Magic Initiate feat.

    Kobold press options of Clockwork & Rune magic were well written. Would have been nice to include Blood & Doom with that set.

    Fifth Edition Foes and Tome of Beasts? You will never be lacking for enemies again. I really like the Lovecraftian entries from ToB.

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    I actually picked up Tome of Beasts awhile back. Worthwhile pickup, if for no better reason than the sheer scale of options available. Went out rather early in 5es run, though, so a lot of it makes some less-than-perfect assumptions about game balance.

    I wonder if their Humble Bundle inclusion has anything to do with Kobold Press starting up a new Kickstarter for a Tome of Beasts follow-up?
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    PaladinGuy

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    I mean if you only pay 17 USD you gain over 300 USD worth of PDFs. Which you can then use for at a minimum inspiration for future campaigns/characters. Probably would only recommend for someone who DMs though. And if it turns out terrible at least you can set it so all the money goes to charity...
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    That moment when every player except one in CoS joins Strahd and doesn't realize it...

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    Ettin in the Playground
     
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    It's not 300 dollars worth of stuff, if I would never use that stuff, though.

    What mechanical things are there in it? Feats, Archetypes (new classes, even) Magic Items, Spells, etc?

    Tome of Beasts was reviewed with very rose tinted glasses, given my experience of playing and having read through it.
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    Dwarf in the Playground
     
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    The Kobold Press submissions will have most of the player mechanics.

    Beyond Battle Dice: Steps on BattleMaster's toes slightly with weapon specific maneuvers available to everyone with no resource investment. A little bit of power creep there, but in a sensible way. For example - you can crack a Whip to scare beasts with INT 2 or less or disarm/restrain other opponents.

    Deep Magic offerings will have lackluster Wizard schools but also a few fun spells. Clockwork also has a Cleric and a Warlock archetype. (Warlock one is broken. It has a pseudo-Action Surge at level 1) Rune Magic is excellent. It offers feats for Rune Magic access to other classes and power wise is on par with the UA publication. The Battle Magic publication has spellcaster feats that can lead to some interesting EK or Hexblade builds, but some of the spells are a bit overpowered (such as Instant Fortress: 5th level Wizard spell with 1 action casting time or as a ritual to create a permanent 10x10 stone fort for 250gp).

    Midgard Heroes has a lot of entries that have either been UA or Volo's races, but also has some unique backgrounds with worthwhile features for any player. Other races such as Centaur and Darakhul Ghoul feel like they should be on dandwiki.

    From Frog God/Necromancer games, the Book of Lost Spells has a few gems, but it was written early on in 5e and it shows. Hundreds of spells are included. If you were a huge fan of 1st and 2nd editions DnD, the nostalgia value is priceless.

    If you are a DM, then this package is definitely worth your time and money. As a player, you might get your money's worth with a permissive DM.

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