I have some characters in my online game who just cant seem to hit! How about some love for our favorite losers?
Back to killing demons and devils in DnD!
You follow a warrior of renown, know for protecting the innocent and leading his clan. You have studied at the feet of masters of his clan and emerged as a top student. You are now learning techniques and receiving gifts that only the most prestigious of demon and evil slayers are granted.
Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you are gifted a flask of the purest ale from heaven. You can drink from the flask or throw a dose at a fiend within 30 feet by spending a ki point. If you drink from the flask, you gain the effects of haste for one turn. If you throw a dose at a fiend, that creature must make a constitution saving throw. On a failure, the fiend is stunned and loses it immunity to non-magic weapons and elemental damage till the end of your next turn. It is a bonus action to throw a dose at a creature but a free action to drink from the flask yourself.
At 6th level, you gain the helm of your master. From now on you gain immunity to critical hits unless the creature has advantage on the attack and scores two critical hits.
Beginning at 11th level, you are gifted Spider Slayer, a +2 fiend slaying katana. This counts as a monk weapon and makes all your attacks, including unarmed ones, count as +2 fiend slaying attacks. When you hit a fiend with any attack while wield the weapon, the fiend takes an extra 3d6 damage unless it succeeds a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or fall prone.
At 17th level, you gain the favor of heaven itself and are gifted champions from heaven. As an action, you may spend up to four ki points. For each ki point spent, you may cast guardian of faith summoning one guardian. These guardians last as normal per the spell.
How about a quick feat for the fighter?
SNAP STRIKE [REACTION] FEAT 1
Trigger An enemy enters an area you threaten.
Requirements You are wielding a light weapon.
You can instantly strike with the light weapon as soon as the creature enters your threatened range. You make this attack at your current multi-attack penalty.
How about a way for non-magic characters to hurt some creatures with some solid resistances?
You’re used to hitting the same place twice to really drive the point home and through. You gain the following benefits:
- Increase your Strength or Dexterity by 1, to a maximum of 20.
- When you hit a target more than once in a round, any resistances to your weapon’s bludgeoning, slashing, or piercing damage apply only to the first hit. Damage from other types of elements like fire damage are resisted as normally. This does not effect immunity to weapon damage.
Listening to the Bone and Sickle podcast and I had an idea!
Red Cap Tooth
Wonderous item, rare
You have a gnarled, decayed tooth of a vile recap. The tooth though fills you with the luck of the Fey. As a reaction, you can reroll a single d20 you just rolled and are forced to take the second result, even if worse. You may do this two times per day, but if you attempt this a third time, the tooth crumbles to dust.
Product– Esper Genesis Threat Database
System-Dungeons and Dragons 5e
Producer– Alligator Alley Entertainment
TL; DR-Solid world building in a monster manual! 95%
Basics-They have a multidimensional cave troll! Esper Genesis Threat Database is Esper Genesis’s Monster Manual, BUT it has so much more. Let’s dig into my thoughts on this.
Mechanics or Crunch-Ok, it’s a monster manual. You follow the basic rules put out by WotC and you get solid, well executed monsters. Alligator Alley Entertainment put in good effort and created good monsters to challenge your heroes. You will always have your favorites. I like Lovecraftian horrors and xenomorphs like the movie Alien. I have both those things, so I’m happy! You will find your own favorite monsters and organizations to throw at your players. The one thing I miss that this system needs to steal wholesale from Starfinder is the monster manual also being a second player guide by providing new races for players. Again, I’m asking for a solid thing to be more. However, since most of the bad guys are not horrible spider animals but humanoid-ish creatures, it fits that players could be them. It’s a small gripe on an otherwise well made crunch book. 4.5/5
Theme or Fluff– Honestly this is where things shine. One of my MAJOR complaints about the base book was who are the bad guys? This books delivers on that by not only having flushed out monsters but a WHOLE SECTION on alien threats and organization. Like all monster manuals you get a page per bad guy that has a picture, some crunch, and some words about the bad guy, but the cherry on top is the fact that this book adds universe to the universe not just by throwing all of that into the book, but also a section on organization that threaten the universe, making this a world building book as well. I love what’s here for the monster and world story! 5/5
Execution– PDF? Yep! Hyperlinked? Yep! Ok, all the things I want standard in a book! Aside from that its a well laid out easy to read monster manual. It’s got all the small issues I hate in a monster manual with the key one being when you have a monster group of things like a bunch of different robots, not all the robots get pictures. You know they exist and you get a picture of one or two of the five, but I need something to throw up on a tablet to show my players so they know what the heck is going on! That’s a pretty small thing in an otherwise amazing book. However, there is one thing this book does that really makes me happy and it’s honestly, quite literally the smallest thing. If there is a picture of the creature in the book, they took a small blue representation of it and set it next to a standard human for scale. That’s it. That right there fills me with with all the happy because if you show me a space cockroach and say this is the key threat to the galaxy I think that might be the size of a planet when you meant as a literal space cockroach and they just swarm their prey and are getting everywhere. I love that as its something again I can throw up on a tablet, show don’t tell my players, and have them get their heads into the fight! Fantastic work on the production of this book! 4.75/5
Summary-Esper Genesis is honestly a sleeper system with some real power in it. It’s got a new take on DnD 5e, and this book proves that Esper Genesis has a solid creative team in it. The Threat Database provides a ton of monsters to throw at your players, great world building, and an excellent example of how to build a book. My gripes are far and few with most of them being things this system needs based on other Sci-Fi systems and problems I see in all monster manuals. Overall, this is an amazing addition to the Esper Genesis universe. 95%
How about one of a pair of spells for the technomancer?