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The Arcana Check

  • Lost Minis of Phandelver 2.0
    Loading… So, Zach and I are going to start back on making paper minis, but on a more relaxed schedule and with some more wiggle room about how we do it. Before we started in any public sort of way, however, we wanted to bring our most popular pack up-to-date. My previous blog post outlined how ...
  • Masterwork Update
    Masterwork is with Lynn for editing, and with some testers for sanity checks. I”m pumped. Let me tell you a bit about the system, which is the first part of my own RPG that is being sort of… grown out of 5e. The 5e works right now, players pick their weapon from a list of somewhat ...
  • In the Darkness
    Vision rules in 5e are often time-consuming to implement on the fly. Lights stretch out to x-number of feet in multiple states of brightness, and the areas revealed are changed as people move their characters. This is fantastic for a computer game – or as a feature of certain online tabletop ...
  • Spellswords
    In this edition of The Arcana Check, we explore the Spellsword, a fighter with casting abilities that takes its cues from the Warlock instead of the Wizard. Then we do the same thing, but with Druids, and add spellbook rules for the Eldritch Knight on top of it all. Click the cover to grab the PDF on our ...
  • A Price to Pay
    Inspired by The Animated Spellbook”s video about using hit dice in new way, this edition of The Arcana Check  offers a plethora of items that your players can use to unleash great power… for a price.
  • Enchanted Metals
    In this edition of The Arcana Check, we update the lore and rules for Mithril & Adamantine, as well as introduce two new magical metals. Click on the image to check it out on our Patreon.
  • Humanity Revisited
    In Humanity Revisited, humans gain a new racial feature known as “Determination” to set them apart as creatures living in a fantasy world. They also gain four new sub-races: Wanderers, Common Folk, Wasteland People, and Hill Folk. Click the image to check it out in The Arcana Check on Patreon.
  • Dragonborn Revisited
    This edition of The Arcana Check presents an overhaul of the Dragonborn race for Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Each color of dragon has its own draconic subrace, and all dragonborn choose modular racial features that define what their draconic heritage means. Click the image to check it out on our Patreon.
  • Yet Another Firearms Module
    Hey everyone, When I launched the Arcana Check a few months ago, I jumped the gun (pun intended.) I’ve got my ducks in a row now, and a clear image of what the Arcana Check is going to be. You can expect much more regular content (though an exact update schedule will not be laid out ...
  • Spell scroll cards
    I’ve decided that the Arcana Check is going to start including materials I make for myself to make DMing easier. First up, these are spell scroll index cards that I make to hand out as loot. Here’s a sample page: If you want the rest of the cards — one for each school of magic in ...

Community Showcase

  • Community Showcase: Benjamin Maier @ Extra Life
    This Community Showcase is a guest post written by Benjamin Maier. On November 3rd my friends and I get together, as we do on a yearly basis, and we play Dungeons & Dragons for 24 (technically 25!) hours straight. We do this to raise money for kids who need it. Every year we put the clarion ...
  • Community Showcase: Svilland
    With just six days to go for their Kickstarter, I want to put this beautifully made and deeply evoking campaign setting in front of you guys. I’ve always been enchanted by Norse mythos. Sweden and Norway are my among favorite civs in Civilization V, and Northrend (a Norse analogue) in World of Warcraft, and this campaign ...

News (…and whatever else)

  • Lost Minis of Phandelver 2.0
    Loading… So, Zach and I are going to start back on making paper minis, but on a more relaxed schedule and with some more wiggle room about how we do it. Before we started in any public sort of way, however, we wanted to bring our most popular pack up-to-date. My previous blog post outlined how ...
  • Feed Drop
    Hey everyone, This week, Thieves Can’t is doing a feed drop. Zach and I are retreating into our holes and working quietly – among other things. The protests are ongoing and important – and are making important progress. Pressure that originated from these protests is already forcing city councils and other government institutions to make important concessions ...
  • Extra Attack Rules for Social Distancing D&D 5e
    Extra Attack can be kind of a bummer for a table that doesn’t have blistering fast combat, especially over microphones as compared to a meatspace table. Here are some rules changes that bring martial classes’ action economy in-line with other classes (so that they don’t dominate the table during combat), while also not screwing them ...
  • Removing Google Adverts
    Hey everyone, A quick announcement that I am pulling all of the Google ads from the site. They get in the way, ugly up the site, and aren’t worth the $100 every 8 months they manage to generate.
  • Ch-ch-changes (to how we write)
    Let me tell you about our normal writing process – how the pork intestines of D&D turns into the breakfast sausage of our comics. Zach and I play separate games of D&D. He plays with his friends and I play with mine. Then we talk about D&D and what made it funny, and then one ...
  • Patreon Changes
    We are shifting gears on Patreon again, as Masterwork comes closer to being a final product and after we saw the reception to our paper minis. Free Splatbooks will still be a thing, but they”re going to be a community unlocked feature. I am still working on the mechanics of this, but essentially, our Patreon community ...
  • Masterwork Update
    Masterwork is with Lynn for editing, and with some testers for sanity checks. I”m pumped. Let me tell you a bit about the system, which is the first part of my own RPG that is being sort of… grown out of 5e. The 5e works right now, players pick their weapon from a list of somewhat ...
  • Late Comic
    The comic is going to be a a day or so late, due to a pairing of situations beyond our control.
  • Roll20 is Clueless about Social Justice
    Roll20 has made some awful mistakes and I think that they’re worth exploring. The clusterfuck of mismanaging their social media aside (seriously don’t do what they did), I want to talk about how they treated YouTuber DawnforgeCast, specifically when the incredibly lifelike NolanT said words to the effect of “we don’t need more white guys.” I assume ...
  • Move it! A time keeping module for 5e.
    The next arcana check will use this module. Download Link. Sources (I did not invent these things): https://theangrygm.com/hacking-time-in-dnd/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKQv4GC0N9Q