Editorial Comments: Pristine City 5E D&D Conversion

Dave and Stacey collaborate using Google Drive and make liberal use of the commenting feature. This blog series pulls out some of those comment threads, either because they amused us or because we think they’re interesting from a game design back-and-forth perspective.


“A mohrg is using Marar’s body.”
Dave: This implies that Marar was a serial killer in life. Just so we’re aware…
Stacey: She was a war hero. Is that close enough? Surely killed lots of things. Or we could use something else.
Stacey: I feel like that’s information I maybe should have had a conversion ago.
David: Pathfinder said that “warmongering soldiers” can become mohrgs. D&D, not so much. I say let her be a serial killer; the proverbial “bad officer.”
Stacey: But she talks to the PCs and gives them cool info. How can she do that and be a huge dick?
David: “Let me tell you about the Thunderaxes, Clarice…”

“The walls in the great cavern that contains the city are smooth granite, difficult to climb (DC 20 Athletics check), and almost featureless.”
Dave: “Strength (Athletics)” and a possible parentheses nest.
Stacey: You said that you DIDN’T want to nest parentheses.
Dave: I don’t. For some reason I thought adding parentheses here would create a nesting situation. It doesn’t, though. I guess I have no idea what I was thinking.
Stacey: Well, it would have, but I reworded it because I assumed you were being crazy.

“Identifying the smoke as coming from a fire requires a DC @@ Wisdom (Perception) check.”
Dave: “Make a Wisdom (Perception) check.”
[Rolls.] “I get a 22.”
“The smoke is definitely coming from a fire.”
[Throws pizza at DM.]
Stacey: I learned it from watching Pathfinder.

“scorching ray”
Stacey: I didn’t see an equivalent for searing light (searing smite didn’t look quite right), so I changed it to also be scorching ray. Feel free to change it.
Dave: I want it to be typed damage, though, so there’s some way the PCs can mitigate it. Or a save. Or something. I’ll loop back on this.
Stacey: Isn’t it fire damage? I can just put it in there. The spell says fire damage.
Dave: Perfect.

“1 gp per laborer per day”
Dave: Another cost thing we’ll want to reality-check against the equipment chapter of the Player’s Handbook. I mean, not reality, but…

The Ultimate Fantasy Collection

The Ultimate Fantasy Collection

You may remember our flagship product, “The Pristine City,” an adventure we released for 13th Age, Pathfinder, and 5E D&D. Well, we’ve got a bit of news about it—Dreadful Dungeons has picked up the 5E version for a limited-time anthology, The Ultimate Fantasy Collection, which released today on the DM’s Guild!

In this anthology, you’ll get not just our adventure, but eight other adventures as well. The collection will only be available for a limited time, though, so if you want the chance to get nine great adventures at once, head over to the DM’s Guild and grab a copy! You and your adventuring party will be glad you did.

The Pristine City Released for 5e D&D

The Pristine City 5E D&DAfter working on this adventure for several months and then spending more time converting it to Pathfinder, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve finished the final conversion of The Pristine City, which is now released for 5E.

We think this great adventure works really well with 5th edition, and we’ve introduced a couple new monsters (one being the gaslight, which you may have already seen in the Monster Mausoleum). the collapse rules work largely the same as they do in 13th Age and Pathfinder, with the DM keeping track as the city slowly falls down around the players, and the players trying to accomplish all of their goals before it does.Treasures Cover

If you’re just learning about our company for the first time and would like to get a glimpse of our work before committing money to it, check out Treasures of the Pristine City. This is offered as a “pay what you want” title, so feel free to pick it up for free. It offers the ten magic items found in this adventure, and you can see a little bit of our design work as well as our layout. If you like it, leave a review and pick up The Pristine City (or any of our other 5th edition titles).

Thanks for checking us out!

Tome of Templates Released for 5e D&D

Tome of Templates

Cover art by Liz Green

We’re excited to announce that we’ve released Tome of Templates for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons! It’s available now over at the Dungeon Masters Guild.

Inside, you’ll find ten templates for 5e monsters, including clockwork, fiendish, krakenthrall, topiary, and zombified. We’ve even got some tips on how to make the templates work for you and your table—after all, you know your players better than we do.

Some templates increase a creature’s CR. All of them grant an ability or action that comes standard with the template, and most have a list of optional abilities or actions to make sure you can bring something truly unique to your table. Even the player who has memorized the Monster Manual won’t see the angelic half-orc coming! (Or the clocktopus, pictured on the cover, left.)

Meanwhile, we’re just about done with the 5e conversion of “The Pristine City.” We’re even including a sidebar to help you incorporate it into a Forgotten Realms setting so you can easily work it into your current ongoing campaign. We’re really excited to finally get this adventure converted to 5th edition, so expect to see that in the next few days!

Fifth Edition and Beyond

Now that we’ve published “The Pristine City” for both 13th Age and Pathfinder, we’re working on converting it over to fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. The conversion is going well, and we expect it to be a relatively smooth process all the way through. It shouldn’t be too long before we’re able to announce that the conversion is available for sale.

Speaking of fifth edition, we’re also starting in on some other projects; particularly, we’re working on a short, one-session adventure and a small monster project. These are both in very early development, but expect an update soon with more.

Don’t worry, though—we’re still hard at work on the 13th Age class books, and we expect the barbarian book to be out and available before too long. We’ve got a lot of stuff on our plates right now, but we’re doing our best to give each project the attention it deserves.

Keep checking back for more updates on what we’ve got in store!

The Pristine City Released for Pathfinder

Great neThe Pristine City Pathfinderws! We’ve been working hard on the conversion of our first adventure, and DASTOW Games is proud to announce that The Pristine City is now available for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game!

We’ve made a few changes from the 13th Age version, of course: Most of the icons have been removed (since they’re specific to 13th Age), and those that remain do so as key NPCs that you can either work into your adventure or use in your campaign as a way to get your players to the Pristine City in the first place—we kept any that had specific goals within the city. We didn’t take out anything central to the adventure itself, and players will still enjoy the same sandbox feel.

We’re really excited to get this version out the door, and we hope you have a great time playing through it!