The newest version of DnD, 5e is a throwback to the best bits of AD&D 2e and 3e, with many of the best parts of 4e, but with simplified, streamlined mechanics that are easy for new players to learn, familiar for veterans, and enjoyable for players of all experience levels.

Book Abbreviations Guide

Alphabetized list of abbreviations used to indicate source material throughout my other articles.

How to play

New to DnD 5e? Having trouble with the rules? I’m here to help. In this article series, I’ll provide a full walkthrough of the rules in simple, approachable terms, as well as general advice and insight on how to get started with the game.

Character Optimization

A comprehensive guide to character optimization including feedback, guidance, and example builds, detailing every aspect of building your character.

Player Resources

General resources for players looking to play better or to get more out of their games.

Dungeon Master Resources

Support for Dungeon Masters hoping to improve their games, including detailed analysis on complex, mechanical aspects of the game.

Tools

Automated tools to improve your game.

DMsGuild

An article on how to write for DMsGuild and links to my own DMsGuild content.

Recent Blog Posts

  • DnD 5e Minotaur Handbook – Updated assessments and improved advice
    Selected in last month’s Patreon Poll as the next 5e race handbook to receive an update, I’ve given the Minotaur Handbook the usual post-Tasha’s updates. Because the Minotaur’s signature traits, Goring Rush and Hammering Horns, are both heavily dependent on Strength, the Minotaur is still mostly locked into Strength builds. You can get around it a little
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 9 – Death
    Show Notes In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss character death in tabletop RPGs with special guest Wolf. We discuss preparing for planned deaths, handling unplanned deaths, and how to come back from both (both literally and figuratively). Wolf also gives us some insight into the world of Live Action Roleplaying (LARP). Special thanks
  • DnD 5e Dwarf Handbook – Updated assessments and improved advice
    Selected in last month’s Patreon Poll as the next 5e race handbook to receive an update, I’ve given the Dwarf Handbook the usual post-Tasha’s updates. A lot of people figured this out early, but the Mountain Dwarf’s combination of medium armor proficiency and two +2 increases makes it a very powerful and versatile race option. For MAD