How is it virtually the tip of February (time of this weblog put up)? Whereas I’ve been busy wanting via all the heists in Keys from the Golden Vault, one other subject of Arcadia has crept up on me. I’m going to strive not to consider how these points are actually sort of a countdown to the tip of the journal.


I obtained a overview copy of Arcadia 25 from MCDM, and I’ve obtained different overview copies of MCDM merchandise. That stated, I even have my very own subscription to the MCDM Patreon and would have obtained this on its launch date. Whereas I’ve not had the chance to make use of any of the fabric from this subject, I’m very conversant in D&D 5e each as a participant and as a DM.

Arcadia Concern 25

Managing Editor Hannah Rose
Authors Steve Fidler, Imogen Gingell, Sam Mannell
Editors Scott Fitzgerald Grey, Sadie Lowry
Sensitivity Marketing consultant James Mendez Hodes
Playtest Director Lars Bakke
Structure Jen McCleary
Title Brand Tom Schmuck
Accessibility Chris Hopper
Neighborhood Coordinator John Champion
Buyer Help Bobby McBride
Particular Thanks Kelli Butler, Laura Hirsbrunner
Artwork Administrators Nick De Spain, Hannah Rose
Cowl Artist Ernanda Souza
Inside Illustrators
“Legendary Inspiration”: Marcel Budde (Conceptopolis)
“Malevolent Forces”: Bruno Machado
“Fast, Take My Spellsled!”: Linda Lithén


This subject of Arcadia is 33 pages lengthy, together with the credit web page, desk of contents, a letter from the editor, a useful resource web page with hyperlinks, web page of writer bios, and a full-page OGL assertion. I’m nonetheless curious to see what it should seem like after I get via a third social gathering 5e product and run right into a Inventive Commons license.

It’s all the time slightly unfair as a result of when an organization persistently places out enticing materials, it turns into virtually too straightforward to take that without any consideration. Between the riotously colourful cowl, article paintings (together with new monster photographs), and the journey set piece photographs, the whole lot seems to be fantastic inside the difficulty.

The journal is (as all the time) effectively laid out, with articles with their very own shade palettes, attractively constructed tables, headers and sidebars, and an easy-to-reference two-column format. 

The Articles

This month’s Arcadia options the next articles:

  • Legendary Inspiration (Guidelines)
  • Malevolent Forces (Monsters)
  • Fast, Take My Spellsled! (Journey, Magic Merchandise)

Legendary Inspiration

I’ve completed a variety of conjecturing on easy methods to modify the inspiration guidelines, and I’m all the time to see how different individuals add to or contextualize these guidelines. I hate tossing or changing guidelines, even after I really feel like they’re lacking one thing, so I wish to see how individuals construct out guidelines parts from the within out, which is what this text does.

First, the article seems to be at different triggers for gaining inspiration, similar to exploring “elective” areas of an journey, rolling 20s, rolling 1s, and my favourite new addition, gaining inspiration when the finite useful resource of a category potential is used up.

The following part of the article seems to be at further methods to spend inspiration, together with a model which is just about what number of tables I’ve been at makes use of it relatively than how it’s worded, and different makes use of that permit for the introduction of narrative parts right into a scene, modifications to the motion economic system, or particular boosts to expertise, saves, or therapeutic.

Very like the inspiration set off for characters that burn up their class talents, there may be an fascinating use of Inspiration that particulars class talents and the way inspiration could be spent to get further makes use of of some talents. I like this addition about as a lot as I did the “out of assets set off,” as a result of it’s positively a component in a variety of heroic fantasy to see somebody try this one final thing that they didn’t have the vitality to carry out beforehand. There are guidelines for social gathering inspiration that set up an inexpensive cap on it, and create a logical, workable cut up between particular person inspiration and social gathering inspiration.

The ultimate part introduces banners, magic objects that work together with the inspiration guidelines. Banner, on this case, is a catch-all time period for one thing that may be seen and will urge gamers to push on. There are examples of literal banners, reliquary objects, and even helmets.

Total, it’s a strong article for those who need to push towards the boundaries of the Inspiration guidelines with out utterly scrapping them or changing them with a special system.

Malevolent Forces

The theme of this monster article are unusual monsters that aren’t instantly associated to the rest presently present in your monster guide of selection. That’s a tall order, particularly contemplating what number of bestiaries are on the market, however these are some fascinating creatures with a couple of twists to them.

  • Cranium Hound (Monstrosity, CR3)
  • Vespergriff (Monstrosity, CR 4)
  • Gravedigger (Plant, CR 4)
  • X’ek Drone (Monstrosity, CR 6)
  • Shard (Assemble, CR 7)
  • Coldshell (Monstrosity, CR 8)
  • X’ek Queen (Monstrosity, CR 8)
  • Dreameater (Fey, CR 11)

There are many enjoyable concepts on show right here. Cranium hounds are principally lizard canine with a skull-like head, a hive thoughts, and restricted psionic potential, and I’ve to confess I’ve a delicate spot for bizarre “virtually animals” in D&D settings. Vespergriffs are primarily bat-jaguar griffons. X’ek are sweet-smelling bugs that develop a gem-like carapace. Dreameaters are spider-like fey creatures that actually get into your head with psychic talents.

There’s a tie for my favourite monsters on this article. The gravedigger is a colony of fungus that grows on corpses that transport them to someplace to be fed upon, and the fungal plates across the physique resemble armor. The shard is an enigmatic creature that exists between realities, created to gather information for some unknown historical grasp, current to vivisect residing beings.

I’m a simple mark for monster articles, and I’m fairly proud of this one.

Fast, Take my Spellsled!

That is extra of an prolonged encounter that may serve to introduce magical skateboards into your recreation. The PCs run throughout somebody being harassed by a spellsled gang, and the sufferer asks the PCs to race towards the chief of the na’er do wells for pink slips.

There’s a chart used for resolving completely different legs of the race, and characters can try to take one another out, although outright killing somebody could be a horrendous escalation to what’s primarily a enjoyable diversion that additionally includes the ego of the native youths. 

The journey takes place in a city referred to as Silverside, which is house to the Universitas Arcanum, meant to be slotted into no matter world you need to use. As quickly as I learn in regards to the concentrate on youth tradition and the proximity to a faculty, in addition to curiosity in utilitarian magic objects, I assumed this may be an awesome prolonged encounter to make use of in a Strixhaven marketing campaign, particularly provided that journey additionally introduces its personal sporting occasion.

Ultimate Ideas

It is a strong and all-around enjoyable subject of Arcadia. It jogs my memory that I might like to see extra articles about utilizing current guidelines in new methods, with some further materials constructed round them (for example, I’m additionally a fan of the Journey guidelines launched in Adventures in Center-earth, in addition to the viewers guidelines in the identical). Between the exploration of utilizing Inspiration in several methods, and getting an prolonged motion sequence that isn’t predicated on lethal violence, it jogs my memory that I might like to see extra “sports activities” or contests that could possibly be slotted right into a marketing campaign earlier than monster slaying and villain deposing encounters.