5e: Cegra’s Boomstick

In my home D&D 5e game, I have a rule: if you want something that is not in the books but is reasonable, the answer is, “sure.” Several of my players have taken me up on that so far. One has a longbow that uses Strength instead of Dexterity. Another wields a punching shield asContinue reading “5e: Cegra’s Boomstick”

Do You Run Holiday Game Sessions?

It is about this time of year that some GM’s run holiday-themed game sessions. That got me wondering, how many GM’s actually do that? Fantasy or science fiction, it doesn’t matter, holidays work in both. Does your star-travelling furry race celebrate Life Day? Do your dwarves celebrate the freezing of the ground? If you haveContinue reading “Do You Run Holiday Game Sessions?”

It Is Black Friday All Month

Let’s be honest: 2020 sucks. Make it suck a little less for you by grabbing for yourself one of JBE’s 2020 Black Friday Bundles, available all month long. That’s right, this month is Black Friday. I mean, it’s 2020, how can you tell which day of the week it is? Can you prove that todayContinue reading “It Is Black Friday All Month”

Poll: Where Do You Like Stat Blocks in Adventures

When you are reading and running an adventure, do you like the stat block right there? Would you rather not have to deal with the stat blocks until you are ready for them? Do you like the stat blocks right where the room and the encounter is described so you don’t have to flip pages?Continue reading “Poll: Where Do You Like Stat Blocks in Adventures”

Future JBE Print Books

For quite a while now JBE has used DriveThruRPG’s printer Lightning Source to print our books no matter where you bought it from (with Amazon being the exception). They are convenient and the price is competitive with other US printers, if not better. Recently, however, their color technical specs changed. I’m not going to goContinue reading “Future JBE Print Books”

5e/Pathfinder/13th Age: Guide to Evil Organizations

Last year we started our Guide to series with the Guide to Mini-Bosses and Guide to Minions. Today we are continuing the series with the Guide to Evil Organizations. Lets call our evil organization “Evil, Inc.” This doesn’t have to be a corporation; this works equally well for a dark religion, cruel governments and theContinue reading “5e/Pathfinder/13th Age: Guide to Evil Organizations”

Gen Con Online 2020

I hope you are having a fun Gen Con this year. No matter where in the world you are, you can play in Gen Con this year. I hope that more conventions have an online component even after we go back to the way things were. For this year, however, you can download JBE’s PathfinderContinue reading “Gen Con Online 2020”

Convention Games over Fantasy Grounds Classic

During the pandemic, I’ve been running a number of games online over Fantasy Ground Classic. Since many are new to the platform, I’ve been sending out instruction each time to help new players get connected. So instead of typing it out again and again, I’m just posting this once and will be pointing new playersContinue reading “Convention Games over Fantasy Grounds Classic”

3 Rules for Creating Compelling Fantasy Religions

Whether you are creating your own setting or just adding your own flare to an existing setting, creating your own fantasy religions can be fun for both you and your players. The gods and their religions is a way to emphasize something important in your campaign. Learning more about the god of stealth is importantContinue reading “3 Rules for Creating Compelling Fantasy Religions”

3 Rules for Plot Lines in a Long Term Campaign

This blog post is my latest in my 3 Rules series. Check out the others here. During COVID-19, I’ve been running two D&D 5e games over Fantasy Grounds: one is for my daughter and her cousins, the other is for my wife and a group of adults. Through it all, I have a number ofContinue reading “3 Rules for Plot Lines in a Long Term Campaign”