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Latest Freebies

Future Player's Companion - Future Pharma

Latest version posted on December 5, 2005.
Your first taste of our new drug rules is free. Future Pharma is a collection of new rules from Future Player's Companion: Tomorrows' Evolution. Inside, you get the Pharmer advanced class, basic rules for defining pharmaceuticals in d20 System campaigns, sample drugs, and several feats that deal with these chemicals.
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Future Player's Companion - Sample Material from Tomorrows' Hero

Latest version posted on September 21, 2005.
From the pages of the second Future Player's Companion PDF come new rules for creating robotic PCs. Robots are a staple of science fiction, and the opportunity to portray one in a futuristic d20 System campaign is appealing to many players. They are ultimately more configurable than their human counterparts, and with a few attachments or modifications, this can provide a welcome distinction between different robotic player characters and their functions within the adventuring party. Aside from their versatility, robot characters possess several benefits that organic characters lack, such as increased hit dice, resilience, and the ability to be repaired or "resurrected" by transferring the robot's processor into another frame.
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The Green Dragon

Latest version posted on September 19, 2005.
Initiative Cards: Monster Set 1 and Monster Set 2 include cards for unique dragons created by the Mechanics. Here, you can download full stat blocks for Rich Redman's green dragon in each of its twelve age categories, as well as sample Initiative Cards for using them in combat. See below for additional dragon cards, too!
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Product Samples and Support

Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook - Rituals and Ceremonies

Latest version posted on August 1, 2005.
Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook is the second in our award-winning series. This document presents new mechanics for the high rituals and ceremonies of religious orders, as well as several examples from the Liberty pantheon, which appear in Temple Quarter. These ceremonies grant certain spell-like effects to those who participate, and those who wish to partake of the benefits must actively worship.
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Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook - The Temple and Sanctuary of Osai

Latest version posted on July 18, 2005.
Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook is the second in our award-winning series. This publication includes four pages from the print edition. At the Temple of Osai, the clergy practice the healing arts--for mind as well as body. Of all the temples in Liberty, Osai's is the most open-minded. Healers and even clerics from other churches come to the Temple of Osai to study the latest healing techniques, and the temple staff turn away no one--not even the most contagious disease victim. The temple charges nothing for its services. As a result, the square in front the temple is packed from dawn until dusk every day with the injured and the ailing, all awaiting their chance to be healed.
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Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook - The Temple of Ur-Argo

Latest version posted on October 18, 2005.
Temple Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook is the second in our award-winning series. This publication includes sample material from Temple Quarter. The Church of the Deified Dragon worships the youngest of the gods of Liberty: Ur-Argo, who had aided the Hundred Heroes in the battle against the vile dragon Uladon. Over the centuries, Ur-Argo has taken on divine status, and when the people of Liberty learned that the bronze dragon that dwells near their city was a direct descendant of the noble beast, it was only a matter of time before a temple sprang up in his name.
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Artifacts of the Ages: Legendary Weapons - Gamaliel, Keeper of the White Blade

Latest version posted on October 18, 2004.
Legendary Weapons is the latest in the Artifacts of the Ages Series, covering weapons that grow in power as wielders advance in level. This lets GMs put artifact-caliber items in the hands of characters while maintaining balanced game play throughout a heroic campaign. Gamaliel is a free legendary weapon from the virtual pages of Legendary Weapons--a weapon housing the last fragment of an ancient sword of power.
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Artifacts of the Ages: Rings - Preview

Latest version posted on August 13, 2004.
Artifacts of the Ages: Rings introduces magic rings, gems, and jewelry that grow in power as wielders advance in level, allowing you to put artifact-caliber items in the hands of characters while maintaining balanced game play throughout a heroic campaign. These two pages of the book detail Zehir, the Poison Ring, one of the legendary swiftrings.
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Modern Magic - DXM CDs

Latest version posted on June 14, 2004.
Additional material we wish we could have included in Modern Magic! Compact discs with the Deus Ex Machina (or DXM) label offer more than just the hottest underground music. The CDs themselves are magical, and playing them creates magical effects that affect one or more listeners.
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Modern Magic - Preview

Latest version posted on May 24, 2004.
Latest revision: Updated to include spells and FX equipment from Modern Magic, Volume Two.
Sample spells and FX equipment from Modern Magic, Volume One and Modern Magic, Volume Two, including manual-focus binoculars, hypnitic screensaver, breath mints of smooth talking, and hand buzzer of voltage.
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Thieves' Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook - The Sea-Wolf Tavern

Latest version posted on February 13, 2004.
Latest revision: Updated to match the new name of the parent book.
In City Quarters: The Thievesí Quarter, The Game Mechanics presents a complete Thieves' Quarter for use in any urban fantasy setting. The material in The Thievesí Quarter can be used as a whole or mined for useful details. Every aspect of the city is created with the larger city setting in mind, but designed so that GMs can pick and choose elements for their own campaigns. The Sea-Wolf Tavern and its proprietor are two such elements. Thieves' Quarter is the winner of the 2004 Gen Con EN World RPG Awards for Best Setting Supplement (silver) and Best Cartography (gold), and now you can see what the buzz is all about!
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Thieves' Quarter: A City Quarters Sourcebook - The Lover's Quarrel

Latest version posted on February 17, 2004.
The Lover's Quarrel expands on an NPC from Thieves' Quarter: Serlic the Bowyer. In this PDF, you'll find more information on Serlic and his apprentice, as well as new rules for arrow variants available at his shop. Thieves' Quarter is the winner of the 2004 Gen Con EN World RPG Awards for Best Setting Supplement (silver) and Best Cartography (gold), and now you can see what the buzz is all about!
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Martial Arts Mayhem - Seven Sacred Mountains School

Latest version posted on February 15, 2004.
A new martial arts school, complete with secret techniques, not found in Martial Arts Mayhem or the Martial Arts Mayhem Preview. While the majority of the schools presented in Martial Arts Mayhem were inspired by real-world styles of martial arts, Seven Sacred Mountains School teaches a style of "divine martial arts" that might exist in a world where the devout can accomplish miraculous things through faith alone.
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Martial Arts Mayhem - Preview

Latest version posted on October 20, 2003.
These ten pages contain sample material from Martial Arts Mayhem, which started out as a series of free publications on this website. With the release of the Martial Arts Mayhem product PDFs, we've cleaned up the free material to match the final publications.
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Martial Arts Mayhem - Sample Pages

Latest version posted on January 26, 2004.
Three pages from the print version of Martial Arts Mayhem, including the Ballistic Fist, Barenuckle Brawling, and Clothyard Shaft martial arts schools .
Print Preview: No Web Page Available.
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Modern Player's Companion - Psionic Assassin and Silent Intruder

Latest version posted on October 13, 2003.
These three pages from the print version of Modern Player's Companion detail two prestige classes: The Psionic Assassin and the Silent Intruder.
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Modern Player's Companion, Volume Two - Modern Talents

Latest version posted on June 26, 2003.
Modern Player's Companion, Volume Two is a sourcebook for modern d20 System players and GMs, offering more options for modern characters. Modern Talents offers sample of the new talents available to each base class. Modern Talents includes "full alert," "stay in the game", and "logical," among other samples.
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Future Player's Companion - Complete Feats

Latest version posted on August 15, 2005.
Latest revision: Updated for d20 Future and Future Player's Companion: Tomorrows' Foundation.
Stan! and Marc Schmalz have compiled feats from several modern d20 System sourcebooks, including the core books, Modern Player's Companion and Future Player's Companion into one master chart. This makes feat choice much easier during character creation and advancement.
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Future Player's Companion - Sample Material from Tomorrows' Hero

Latest version posted on September 21, 2005.
From the pages of the second Future Player's Companion PDF come new rules for creating robotic PCs. Robots are a staple of science fiction, and the opportunity to portray one in a futuristic d20 System campaign is appealing to many players. They are ultimately more configurable than their human counterparts, and with a few attachments or modifications, this can provide a welcome distinction between different robotic player characters and their functions within the adventuring party. Aside from their versatility, robot characters possess several benefits that organic characters lack, such as increased hit dice, resilience, and the ability to be repaired or "resurrected" by transferring the robot's processor into another frame.
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Future Player's Companion - Future Pharma

Latest version posted on December 5, 2005.
Your first taste of our new drug rules is free. Future Pharma is a collection of new rules from Future Player's Companion: Tomorrows' Evolution. Inside, you get the Pharmer advanced class, basic rules for defining pharmaceuticals in d20 System campaigns, sample drugs, and several feats that deal with these chemicals.
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Artifacts of the Ages: Swords and Staves - The Mind Scion

Latest version posted on August 27, 2004.
Latest revision:
Minor text changes. No reason to re-download this version. Rodney Thompson provides new psionic rules for use with Artifacts of the Ages: Swords and Staves, Swords of Our Fathers, and Staves of Ascendance, as well as two new legendary weapons.
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Artifacts of the Ages: Swords and Staves - Nyctophobos

Latest version posted on October 13, 2003.
A free legendary sword from Artifacts of the Ages: Swords and Staves and Swords of Our Fathers.
Forged from the essence of the darkest night, the slender black blade known as Nyctophobos grants its wielder powers drawn from the Plane of Shadows.
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Staves of Ascendance - Samadhi, the Staff of Transfiguration

Latest version posted on February 27, 2003.
A free legendary staff not found in the pages of Staves of Ascendance.
Through the centuries, simple men who stood up for their neighbors often seemed to possess a peculiar, bronze-shod staff which could be manipulates to form other weapons.
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Swords of Our Fathers - Mother's Venom

Latest version posted on February 6, 2003.
Latest revision: Fixed a pair of problems and made things more OGL compliant.
A free legendary sword not found in the pages of Swords of Our Fathers.
Driven by the Dawn Prince's determination and perverted by the hatred in the North Queen's poisoned heart, this blade has been the quest of countless murderers and assassins. Only those who know its secret can survive wielding it long enough to unlock its greatest powers.
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Swords of Our Fathers - Ruanaidh

Latest version posted on March 12, 2003.
Latest revision: Statistics now updated for 3.5.
A free battleblade scion, an NPC not found in the pages of Swords of Our Fathers.
The tale of the Glen-Blades, Swift and Sure, speaks of a young elf ranger named Ruanaidh. Ruanaidh wields the legendary sword Sure, the companion to Swift, and it is to Ruanaidh that Swift has been leading the hero who wields it.
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Come for the Reaping - Customizing the Reaping

Latest version posted on May 29, 2003.
Latest revision: OGL now present.
Come for the Reaping is a modern d20 System adventure for the Urban Arcana campaign setting. Customizing the Reaping provides setting options for a modern campaign, from alternatives for Urban Arcana to several optional settings.
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Cromagh's Guide to Goblinoids - Goblinoid NPCs

Latest version posted on May 9, 2003.
This free publication adds even more depth to the goblinoid NPCs found in the pages of Cromagh's Guide to Goblioids. Inside you'll find all brief description of all six NPCs, each fully statted out at a character level not included in Cromagh's Guide to Goblioids.
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Modern Freebies

From Rich's Home Campaign

Rich Redman has written up many of the rules he's created for his home modern d20 System campaign.

Ghosts of War

Latest version posted on October 30, 2004.
This is the first offering in Rich Redman's series of free modern d20 System material from my home campaign. Inside, you'll find some WWII background material and a small collection of creatures: one helpful, two malevolent.
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Flesh and Blood, Part I

Latest version posted on January 19, 2005.
Latest revision: Fixed a typo in the secondary effects of Good Blood.
Rich Redman offers up more of his modern d20 System house rules, this time from an adventure in which a diabolical cult discovered a way to use the blood of celestials and fiends to create a drug. Inside, you'll find basic rules for drugs and addiction, details of the drug the villains created, and templates for use with those rules.
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Flesh and Blood, Part II

Latest version posted on March 21, 2005.
Rich Redman continues detailing a diabolical cult which is using the blood of celestials and fiends to create a drug. Inside, you'll find stat blocks for cultists, members of an infernal gang, and a flock of tainted urban fowl.
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Attack of the Nazi Saucermen

Latest version posted on April 18, 2005.
Rich Redman continues sharing resources from his home game. This time, "frozen" Nazis wake to find the Third Reich has fallen and their experimental devices are working better than they'd ever hoped. Material includes WWII-era weaponry, experimental vehicles, and more than a dozen NPC stat blocks.
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ENnie Awards

Initiative Cards (Modern)

Latest version posted on June 27, 2003.
Latest revision: Initial release.
Initiative Cards is the winner if the 2003 (silver) and 2004 (gold) Gen Con EN World RPG Awards for Best Free Product or Web Enhancement, and are used by the RPGA! Initiative Cards are a GM tool that uses special 3x5 cards to track combat. They also serve as mini character sheets, holding all the information a GM regularly needs about the characters and monsters. This version of our most popular download has adjustments for modern d20 System games. After you try them out, please let us know what you think on our message boards. ALSO: Check out the version for fantasy d20 System games.
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Forensic Occultist

Latest version posted on August 9, 2004.
Modern Magic includes the Arcane Investigator, a class for non-casters who want to investigate magical crimes. Now Rich Redman introduces her magical sibling, the Forensic Occultist. You can choose this prestige class if you want your hero to dedicate himself to solving crimes that no one else can, either because he uses magic or because the criminals did.
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Modern Interludes

Interludes are opportunities for extraordinary people--the heroes--to tackle life's little problems in their own extraordinary way. These brief encounters can be dropped into an evening's adventure to give the heroes a little "slice of real life" diversion from the main excitement--and maybe just a chance to shine, in situations that, for a change, don't involve enemy agents, serial killers, alien conspiracies, or any of the campaign's grander themes.

Class Reunion

Latest version posted on May 12, 2004.
Class Reunion catches one of the heroes in an airport cocktail lounge while waiting for a connecting flight, and bumping into an old high school friend.
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Dinner and a Show

Latest version posted on May 6, 2004.
Dinner and a Show puts the heroes in an ordinary restaurant, and interrupts their meal with a loud and aggressive fellow patron who's had a few too many.
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Moving Violation

Latest version posted on May 12, 2004.
Interludes are opportunities for heroes to tackle life's little problems in their own extraordinary way. These brief encounters give the heroes a chance to shine in situations that don't involve a campaign's grander themes. Moving Violation puts the heroes in a situation no one enjoys: being stopped in their car by the police. In this case, though, itís the worst possible time--the heroes are on their way back from a combat encounter.
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Essential Modern Spellbook

Latest version posted on August 9, 2004.
Your modern spellcasting choices are growing, and we're here to help you keep organized. Stan! has compiled all the spells from the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game and the Urban Arcana Campaign Setting (published by Wizards of the Coast) as well as the those found in the supplements Modern Player's Companion and Modern Magic (published by The Game Mechanics and Green Ronin). ALSO: Check out our Modern Spell Sheets!
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Modern Spell Sheets

Latest version posted on April 5, 2004.
Modern Spell Sheets combines all the spells from Modern Player's Companion, Modern Magic, Urban Arcana, and the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game into a single tracking sheet for each modern spellcaster. ALSO: Check out our Essential Modern Spellbook!
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Anthropophagi

Latest version posted on October 31, 2003.
When we playtested Come for the Reaping, the inspiration from films like Resident Evil and Night of the Living Dead was obvious. The zombies, however, didn't feel quite right. Today's film zombies are much closer to old vampire lore than they are to the lurching, slow undead we experience in d20 System games. Their origins are also in pseudoscientific gobbledygook rather than in superstition or magic. This Halloween, The Game Mechanics give you "anthropophagi" (the name is Greek for "human flesh eater"), a template intended to update zombies. Download it now to learn more than man was ever meant to know....
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Creating NPCs (Modern)

Latest version posted on September 26, 2003.
Rich Redman and JD Wiker present a system for the intricate process of creating NPC stat blocks. It will help you track your numbers and, most importantly, developers can use it to stay in the good graces of their editors.
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Ammunition Variants

Latest version posted on January 5, 2003.
Latest revision: Now presented straight from the Modern Player's Companion appendix.
Rich Redman wrote the original combat and equipment rules for the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game and was also a contributor on Green Ronin's Ultramodern Firearms. Now you can get his personal take on rules for specialized ammunition.
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Fantasy Freebies

ENnie Awards

Initiative Cards (Fantasy)

Latest version posted on June 2, 2003.
Latest revision: Release of v2.0, including a graphic redesign and form fields.
Initiative Cards is the winner if the 2003 (silver) and 2004 (gold) Gen Con EN World RPG Awards for Best Free Product or Web Enhancement, and are used by the RPGA! Initiative Cards are a GM tool that uses special 3x5 cards to track combat. They also serve as mini character sheets, holding all the information a GM regularly needs about the characters and monsters. This version of our most popular download has adjustments for fantasy d20 System games. After you try them out, please let us know what you think on our message boards. ALSO: Check out the version for modern d20 System games.
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The Dragons

Initiative Cards: Monster Set 1 and Monster Set 2 include cards for unique dragons created by the Mechanics. Here, you can download full stat blocks for our dragons as well as sample Initiative Cards for using them in combat. Each file (more to come soon!) contains one stat block for each of the twelve age categories of the dragon's life.

The Black Dragon

Latest version posted on July 18, 2005.
Latest revision: Small tweaks.
Rich Redman created this unique black dragon.
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The Blue Dragon

Latest version posted on January 24, 2005.
JD Wiker created this unique blue dragon.
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The Bronze Dragon

Latest version posted on August 8, 2005.
Rich Redman created this unique brass dragon.
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The Brass Dragon

Latest version posted on June 27, 2005.
Marc Schmalz created this unique brass dragon.
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The Gold Dragon

Latest version posted on June 2, 2005.
Latest revision: Header typo fixed.
JD Wiker created this unique gold dragon.
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The Green Dragon

Latest version posted on September 19, 2005.
Rich Redman created this unique green dragon.
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The Red Dragon

Latest version posted on July 18, 2005.
Latest revision: Small tweaks.
JD Wiker created this unique red dragon.
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The Silver Dragon

Latest version posted on July 18, 2005.
Latest revision: Small tweaks.
JD Wiker created this unique gold dragon.
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The White Dragon

Latest version posted on July 18, 2005.
Latest revision: Small tweaks.
Marc Schmalz created this unique white dragon.
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Odds Breaker

Latest version posted on June 28, 2004.
One of the hardest things to simulate in a d20 System game is luck. This publication presents a new feat and a new prestige class for use in fantasy d20 System games, and then introduces Destiny Boudreau--a sample character made using these new features--for GMs to use as they see fit in their campaigns.
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Creating NPCs (Fantasy)

Latest version posted on September 26, 2003.
Latest revision: Fixed an omission with the Full Attack entry.
Rich Redman and JD Wiker present a system for the intricate process of creating NPC stat blocks. It will help you track your numbers and, most importantly, developers can use it to stay in the good graces of their editors.
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Goblin Fey Hunter

Latest version posted on July 19, 2003.
Gary Astleford contributed this prestige class to our Helpware page. Fey hunters are goblin experts in the fine art of fey elimination and extermination. Tasked with the destruction of pixies, dryads, and other fairy nuisances, fey hunters represent an elite cadre within the hierarchy of goblin tribes and clans. Fairies and their kin are a vindictive breed that possess powerful supernatural abilities, and successfully facing them in open combat requires skill, determination, and a good deal of luck.
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Dead Heroes Aren't Much Fun

Latest version posted on January 5, 2003.
Latest revision: Increased image compression, greatly reducing file size.
JD's players were feeling pretty defeated in The Heart of Nightfang Spire, the fifth adventure in Wizards of the Coast's Adventure Path series for Dungeons & Dragons. Rivaling the original Tomb of Horrors in its deadliness, Nightfang offers little recourse for those who lose levels due to an untimely death. How do you deal with a system that weakens your characters at the same time it expects them to increase in power? JD decided to revise the spells raise dead, resurrection, and true resurrection to help keep the Adventure Path campaign moving forward.
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