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Welcome to July’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; 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.
This month was a big one for the Guild as a whole, with the release of the Wayfinder’s Guide To Eberron unleashing a torrent of Eberron-specific creations onto the site. Unfortunately I know next to nothing about Eberron, so most of that material was lost on me. If you’re looking for picks of the best new Eberron releases, I’m afraid you won’t find them here! Not this month, at least.
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Loot The Room’s latest release, the College of Cadence. I’m obviously wildly biased, but I really love this new bard college that Matt Sanders and Cody Faulk have put together, and I’d love it if you checked it out. It’s only $1.95, so really you’ve got no excuse (unless you hate bards. But you don’t, right?)
That’s enough from me. Let’s get to the roundup!
|Title||Author||Price||Suggested Price (if PWYW)||What I Paid|
|I, Tyrant: 7 Beholders||The Grumbleputty||$2.95||—–||$2.95|
|Objects at Rest||Travis Legge||PWYW||$0.50||$2.00|
|Heroes: Pack 6||Trash Mob Minis||$2.45||—–||$2.45*|
|Elminster Takes Initiative||Bejmain Eastman & Matt Dunn||PWYW||$1.00||$2.00|
|The Drowning Deep||Janet Neilson||PWYW||$0.99||$2.00|
|Hoard of the Dragon Queen Papercraft Trophies & Minis||Art of Karthik||PWYW||$1.00||$2.00|
* I received a complimentary copy of this product, but paid for it after reviewing it.
Heroes: Pack 6
It's been a while since Trash Mob Minis showed up here, and I genuinely feel pretty bad about that. I've made no secret over the past year or two about how much I love these things, and that hasn't changed at all. If you're struggling to come up with a character concept, you can do a lot worse than to download one of these Heroes packs and simply pick your favourite mini as a starting point. I'm obviously biased - and even moreso since this pack contains a mini of Tag, one of the pregenerated characters from 'Breaker of Chains' - but the consistent quality of the work Trash Mobs put out makes it hard for me to care about flagrant bias. I can't recommend these highly enough.
Hoard of the Dragon Queen Papercraft Trophies & Minis
I've never thought of giving players trophies for killing notable enemies, but it's a nice idea and this selection of gorgeously illustrated papercraft figures will definitely make for fun, memorable handouts. The fact that they can also double as minis makes them even better. Although the title specifies that these minis are for Hoard of the Dragon Queen, they're generic enough enemy types that you could easily use them in other campaigns. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more paper minis from Art of Karthik.
Objects at Rest
Resting is an integral part of any adventure, but at the table it often comes down to little more than players making a couple of rolls while the DM moves on with the action. This collection of new magical items adds a little more depth to the act of resting, with items designed to buff and aid the party in various ways that go beyond simple healing. This is a really nice little selection of well-designed items, and I absolutely recommend it.
I, Tyrant: 7 Beholders
Not to be confused with the series of Monstrous Arcana adventures from 2nd Edition (which I happen to love), "I, Tyrant" presents 7 detailed beholder enemies for you to use in your games. This is a really creative release that contains 7 unusual, interesting, and varied NPCs, each with their own distinct character and mannerisms. Alongside the in-depth descriptions of their personality, history, and motivations, you also get character background-style Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws for each enemy, plus custom statblocks and lair actions for each of the beholders. Personally I love the weird floating eye-things, and I forsee myself using this a lot in future games.
Elminster Takes Initiative
I'm one of those people who's never really had an issue with the D&D initiative system, so I went into this not really expecting to have a use for it. Once I read it, though, I was a convert. There are some really interesting alternative initiative systems presented here, and I can definitely see situations where I'd want to use them to enhance the narrative of the game using something beyond the random number generator that is the standard iniative system. Definitely worth a look.
The Drowning Deep
I really love underwater adventures. The terrain makes most parties distinctly uncomfortable, and the weird creatures that dwell beneath the waves are some of my favourite monsters in gaming. Unfortunately there aren't many of them compared to other terrain types and, as Neilson points out in the introduction to this small monster manual, there are even fewer amphibious monsters at our disposal. That's the niche The Drowning Deep aims to fill, and the 8 new monsters presented here do a good job of filling it. Mechanically these seem sound, if a little weak compared to their stated CR, and I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with them.