Only Hibernating

Jeez, has it really been since August that I last made an update? Well, I did in fact move from New York City to New Jersey, caught COVID for a second time, and have taken on a second (real) job in addition to my day job. I have no complaints, but it has left pitifully little time for working on RPG supplements.

I do still have my last major project in the hopper, although I’m not sure when I’ll be able to return to it. (Six weeks indeed. Ha!) Best case scenario, I’ll be able to release one or two smaller projects in the near future. Problem is, my small projects tend to balloon into big ones.

I’m incredibly grateful to those of you who’ve now managed to push Magical Mishaps to be a Platinum Bestseller on the DM’s Guild! It really does mean the world to me.

Until next time, ye brave souls, whenever that may be. In the meantime, if you’d like to hear more frequent updates from me — albeit unrelated to gaming — please do check out The Episodic Table of Elements, my podcast about the fascinating true stories behind each element on the periodic table.

A Preview of Things to Come

Things have been quiet around here lately, but behind the scenes, I’ve been hard at work. I wanted to share the briefest of previews of what I’m working on right now:

What could it be? What could it all mean?! (There’s a good chance that you could guess correctly, or close to correctly.)

This has become a much larger project than I anticipated at first, so it might be a while before this comes to light. But I hope you’ll look forward to it as I am.

In the meantime, I might try to produce the second volume of pregenerated characters. This one will be Angels & Demons, featuring all sorts of characters who are aasimar and tieflings.

Let me know if you like what you see!

I’m Not Dead Yet!

Hello to you! I trust that if you’re visiting this website, then you’ve downloaded one of my products from The DM’s Guild. (If not, then I hope you will!)

You might have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve published anything. Perhaps you’re wondering if there will be any future additions, or if this is the end of the road.

I’m happy to say that I do have several publications in the works, with topics ranging from interesting ways to convey exposition; to character headquarters; to more packs of pregenerated characters. However, they probably won’t be ready until sometime in 2020. Currently, most of my time is spent working on The Episodic Table Of Elements, a podcast about the fascinating true stories behind every element on the periodic table.

If you would like to be notified when these new publications are available, I hope you’ll enter your email address using this form. I won’t flood your inbox — you can expect anywhere from a week to several months in between updates, and I’ll never share your information with anyone else or use your email for any other purpose.

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In the meantime, thank you so much for taking a look at my products. I hope you enjoy them. Until next time, may all your attack rolls be critical hits!

Copper Bestseller

Just a quick note to crow a bit: My first product on the DM’s Guild is now a Copper Bestseller! This is extremely exciting to me, and I’m grateful to everyone who purchased a copy — even if you only paid a nickel!

To pull the curtain back a little, all of my titles are available as Pay-What-You-Want (for now). That means you can even pay nothing at all to download these PDFs; and in fact, I encourage you to! Nearly a thousand people have done just that so far.

However, if you pay any amount whatsoever, the DM’s Guild counts that as a sale — not just a download. And if you “sell” 51 or more copies, you’re officially a Copper Bestseller. You can climb up the ranks after that, but this is the first tier that lets people know, “Hey, this is actually something people liked.”

I’m flattered and delighted that over 51 people have spent money on this product. I hope I can continue producing PDFs that the community enjoys for a long time!

Magical Mishaps: 100 New Wild Magic Surges is available on the DM’s Guild as a PWYW title.

Review by Rich da Lich

I was flattered and delighted over the weekend to see that prolific gamer and vlogger Rich da Lich reviewed Feats for Ravnicans over the weekend! It’s an incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and fair critique.

I’m currently working on layout and design of my next release, which should come out within the next week. My next priority after that will be releasing a revision of Feats for Ravnicans, which will address the issues Rich brings up in this video, as well as tidy up the layout a bit. In the meantime, check out this video to get a good idea of which feats are ready for prime time, and which still need a little finagling.

Subscribe to Rich’s channel while you’re at it! He’s putting out new videos six times a week, which is an impressive feat in its own right!

Roll For Initiative

The 1983 revision of the D&D Basic Rules Player’s Manual, featuring iconic artwork by Larry Elmore.

Welcome! I’m T. R. Appleton, and this is my blog dedicated to publishing original content for Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop role-playing games.

I’ve been playing these games ever since the early ’90s, when I found a copy of the now-classic D&D Basic Rulebook sandwiched in between well-worn copies of MAD Magazine in my older brother’s bedroom.

For the past several years, I’ve compiled a handful of resources that other players have found helpful, and now I’d like to start publishing my own material, primarily for distribution on the DM’s Guild. Since that storefront can be kind of dizzying to approach, this website will serve as my directory for whatever I wind up publishing there.

I don’t plan on publishing on any regular schedule, but I already have several items ready for publication, so check back soon.