Welcome to December’s DMs Guild roundup! Every month I gather together some of the best new releases from the DMs Guild. You won’t find many bestsellers here (though some do slip through); the huge amount of new content appearing daily means that lots of great work slips through the cracks. It’s my aim to shed some light on those undiscovered gems, and to give you some fun new things to use in your games that you might not otherwise be aware of.
As always, if you just want to see the products I’m recommending, all you need is the table below. Otherwise, scroll down for the reviews and to look at the cover art.
|Title||Price||(Suggested Price if PWYW)||What I Paid|
|Grung Tribe Paper Miniatures & Jungle Tomb Battlemap by Printable Heroes||$3.99||—–||$3.99|
|Codex of the Infinite Planes Vol 2: Plane of Water by Dave Coulson||$2.99||—–||$2.99|
|Fantasy Art Pack by Arcana Games||PWYW||$5.00||$5.00|
|Spells from Kara-Tur by R P Davis||$2.95||—–||$2.95|
|Targeted Point Build & Back-story by Gadget Blanchard||PWYW||$2.00||$2.00|
|Warrior Skald by David Adams||PWYW||$0.99||$0.99|
|From Dungeon to Dinner by Nicholas Martignago||$3.95||—–||$3.95|
Warrior Skald by David Adams
It seems I'm becoming a big fan of Adams' work, having previously enjoyed his 'Uncommon Devotion' and 'Heroes of the Planes'. This is a nicely designed prestige class designed for bard/barbarian builds (one of which I'm currently playing). The abilities are nice and flavourful, fitting the theme of viking skalds really well, and seem to be decently balanced (though I haven't playtested it). The only thing it's missing is an explanation of what prestige classes are and how they work, for those who don't know.
Codex of the Infinite Planes Vol 2: Plane of Water
Another great planar guide by Dave Coulson (his first being the Plane of Fire), providing a ton of information and resources for running adventures on the plane of water. There are some nice new monsters here, as well as a host of interesting locations and adventure hooks. It's also very well written, which is nice.
Spells from Kara-Tur
I was always a fan of AD&D's Oriental Adventures book back in the day, and I've run a ton of games in Kara-Tur. This provides a 5e update to some of the classic spells from that book, allowing you to bring a taste of Kara-Tur to your game (or some Wire Fu, depending on your tastes and how often you let people cast Air Walk). The only thing I wish this did would be to provide guidance for which spell lists these should be added to, rather than suggesting that DMs do it themselves, but I understand why that decision was made. All in all this is a great product with a ton of new spells that I'll definitely get a lot of use out of.
Grung Tribe Paper Miniatures & Jungle Tomb Battlemap
I included Printable Heroes' Grung miniatures in October's roundup, but this new release absolutely deserves a place here regardless of that. Along with the fantastic miniatures, this pack also gives you a beautiful jungle tomb battle map. As with most (if not all) Printable Heroes releases, this is also an interactive PDF that lets you customise the minis a little bit, providing tons of variety in just a few different minis. Highly recommended.
From Dungeon to Dinner
This is one of those things that I didn't know I needed until I got it. My players are always asking to carve up monsters that they've killed, leading to me having to come up with random monster bits that they might recover and having to arbitrate potential uses for said monster bits. 'From Dungeon to Dinner' provides not only a host of different monster parts, but also new uses for them - namely, in the form of food. My only criticism is that I feel the ability check to butcher monsters should be a Dexterity check rather than Wisdom, just to vary things a little, but that's nitpicky as hell. I like this a lot and intend to put it to use ASAP.
Targeted Point Build & Back-story
This is an interesting product that retools the point buy system of character generation to facilitate building a specific character concept. Rather than determining stats, then building the rest of the character, Blanchard has built a system that uses the proficincies granted by class and background to determine ability scores, helping to build a character whose abilities match their origins. If you're someone who really gets into the backstory of their character, you'll get a lot out of this.
Fantasy Art Pack
I don't think I've ever included something in these roundups that was aimed solely at creators, rather than GMs or players, but this is too good to ignore - a Pay What You Want art release with 14 really high quality illustrations that you can use in your DMs Guild adventures. I really like a lot of these, and I'm already envisioning the kinds of supplements I might write to go with them. If you're publishing on DMs Guild, you should snap these up.