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 Aberrant Mind Sorcerer Handbook
    Do you long for the days of psionics in D&D? Do you wish that Aklo had made its way out of Pathfinder and into 5e? Or do you perhaps just want to break your enemies minds as yours was voluntarily broken by contact with beings beyond our comprehension? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do I have the Sorcerer subclass for you. While it’s a slower start than some builds (the level 1 ability doesn’t meaningfully contribute to the class), when you hit level 6 you turn on in ways few things can keep up with. In due time you’ll have everyone wondering what bizarre thing you’ll do, say, or turn into next.
  • dScryb’s David Shulman returns to talk about The Sonic Library – RPGBOT.News S3E22
    is episode of the RPGBOT.News, we talk to David Shulman from dScryb about everything dScryb has been working on for the past year. We discuss dScryb’s growing scene library, character art, area maps, and the newly-released Sonic Library.
  • DnD 5e – New Tal’Dorei Path of the Juggernaut Barbarian Handbook
    I always enjoy martial characters that get cool options which go beyond “hit stuff good”, and Path of the Juggernaut combines the jou of hitting stuff good with the ability to move enemies around in combat. With a bit of effort, you can live the fantasy of bringing a Home Run Bat to the table.