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.


Automated tools to improve your game.


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

Recent Blog Posts

  • DnD 5e – New Evoker Wizard Handbook
    Do you like casting the big Evocation spells that do tons of damage, like Fireball, but can’t because your friends keep standing in the line of fire? Then perhaps you’ll be interested in the Evoker Wizard, whose mastery of such dangerous spells allows the Sculpting of safe pockets within the blast zone. This subclass, also
  • Battle Tactics for Dungeon Masters – RPGBOT.Podcast S2E62
    In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss how Dungeon Masters can handle tactical decisions for monsters in combat. We examine creatures’ stats and personalities, and use those to offer suggestions for how you as a DM/GM can make tactical decisions which make sense for the creatures and feel threatening without feeling like you’re abusing your players.
  • Forbidden Lands – A Review
    Published by Free League and lead designer Tomas Härenstam in 2021, Forbidden Lands is a fantasy RPG in which the players play adventurers carving out an existence in a cursed world full of danger of all sorts. Adventurers are very human, monsters are very monstrous, you still need to eat to live, and success is nowhere near guaranteed.