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Welcome to March’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.
There are a couple of releases this month that I want to draw your attention to, though they’ve done well enough already that I didn’t want to bump anything from the main list to make space for these. Think of these as Honourable Mentions, of a sort.
First there’s Monsters Without Borders, a Pay What You Want title that serves as a preview for the upcoming Monsters of the Guild project that I’m very excited about. This is a selection of some of the bost monsters in that larger book, with the added incentive that all the creators involved in this one are donating their royalties to Doctors Without Borders.
Second up is The Mines of Chult by Jeff C. Stevens, Shawn Merwin, and Tony Petrecca. Jeff essentially invented to Encounters format on the DMs Guild, and he’s teamed up with two of the best adventure writers around to present a host of encounters you can drop into any adventure that journeys down into the mines. I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I was happy to pay the $6.95 asking price after I’d looked through it. It’s already a Silver Bestseller, and for good reason.
|Title||Author||Price||Suggested Price (if PWYW)||What I Paid|
|Raiders & Dinosaurs||Tobias Beis||$5.00||—–||$5.00|
|Codex of the Infinite Planes Collected 1: The Inner Planes||Dave Coulson||$9.95||—–||$9.95|
|Goblin Warbands||Christopher Dornan||PWYW||$1.00||$1.00|
|Paper Miniatures: Goblinoid Pack I||Bert drawsstuff||PWYW||$0.99||$1.00|
|The Mistwood Bestiary & Treasure Trove||Zeke Gonzalez||$PWYW||$0.50||$1.00|
|Brick Monsters: Aboleth||Identical Games||$1.25||—–||$1.25|
|5e Orcs & Goblins: Paper Miniatures||David Okum||$3.25||—–||$3.25|
* I received a complimentary copy of this product, but paid for it after reviewing it.
Raiders & Dinosaurs
This new collection from the creator of the Creature Compendium is a must-have for anyone running a Tomb of Annihilation campaign, or any game where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures take centre stage. As well as more than 50 well designed monsters, this also provides you with a host of player options including new races and subclasses. The whole thing is well written and presented, with good art choices and a nice clear layout. Definitely recommended.
Codex of the Infinite Planes Collected 1: The Inner Planes
I've really enjoyed the individual entries in this series so far and highly recommend any of them if you're planning to take your game out into the planes. If you haven't already got these separately you should definitely consider picking up this bundle. It's a really exhaustive treatise on the inner planes that contains enough information and resources for you to run an entire planes-based campaign using this book alone. The monsters and adventure hooks presented are great and are supported brilliantly by extensive, well-written lore, and the new backgrounds are a nice addition to the product.
The fey don't get a ton of attention in 5e, and it's nice to see a good quality addition to the minimal treatment the core rulebookes give these creatures and the feywild. Fundead presents an interesting twist on traditional fey creatures, giving us an interesting NPC obsessed with fey creatures and a good system for creating fey undead. The sample creatures presented here and unique, interesting, and well built, and should provide you with a ton of inspiration for adding a touch of weird to your games. At $0.95 you'd be a fool not to pick this up.
I'm a sucker for anything that fills a gap in the core rulebooks, and Goblin Warbands fills a gap that I'm a particular fan of - Goblins. The 13 new goblinoid monsters presented here are solidly built and oozing with character, each different enough that you'll easily find a unique place for them in your game but thematic enough that they still feel like goblins. Definitely recommended, especially at Pay What You Want.
Paper Miniatures: Goblinoid Pack I
There's not much to say about this other than that I really like it and it's worth your money. These are really nicely designed paper miniatures (complete with front and back sides) depicting a variety of goblinoid enemies. The included terrain features are a nice touch, too, and I'll definitely be making use of them. I do wish they came with printable stands, too, but that's a minor criticism that isn't enough to stop me recommending these highly.
The Mistwood Bestiary & Treasure Trove
This is somewhere between a monster manual and a sourcebook for a weird, fey-tinged forest setting. Inside the Mistwood Bestiary you'll find 5 new creatures inspired by Lewis Carroll and traditional fairy tales, as well as a handful of new magic items and 20 encounters that you can drop into your games. The monsters sit on the higher end of their CR, but they're not unbalanced enough that using them will ruin your game. All in all it's a solid piece of work that I really enjoyed and will definitely get a lot of use out of.
Brick Monsters: Aboleth
This is one of the most creative, unique things I've ever seen - instructions for building monsters out of LEGO. The instructions are presented in classic LEGO format and are nice and easy to follow resulting in some really impressive figures that you could definitely use as minis if you wanted to scare the pants off your group.
5e Orcs & Goblins: Paper Miniatures
David Okum makes some of the best paper miniatures around, and this pack of orcs and goblins is no exception. As well as gorgeous art with front and back views, you also get a ton of customisation options included in the layered PDF that allow you to change skin tones and the colour of clothing. Okum's printable bases are also really easy to put together and work nicely. Well worth the asking price.