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Volo's Complete Subrace Handbook (Over 50 Subraces)

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A huge thanks to everyone who supported the initial release, making it a Gold Seller! Without you kind folks, the new subraces, variants and feats uncovered by Volo's journeys would remain undocumented.

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Now available for Fantasy Grounds

Fantasy Grounds

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Revisiting favorites from previous editions, this handbook is designed to give DMs and players a wealth of new options when it comes to character creation and advancement. Version 1.0 takes the handbook to the next level, with an incredible 50 subraces, 30 racial variants, and 32 racial feats for your 5e D&D adventures.

Subraces and variants for Aasimar, Bugbear, Dwarf, Dragonborn, Elf, Firbolg, Genasi, Gnome, Goblin, Goliath, Grung, Halfling, Hobgoblin, Human, Kenku, Kobold, Lizardfolk, Orc, Tabaxi, Tiefling, and Yuan-ti.

The subraces and revisions are designed to be about as powerful as half-elf, elf, or dwarf subraces.

This document is intended to be updated over time. The current version is 1.0

If you like this handbook, please leave a review, talk in the discussion, or send an animal messenger to me at CChralding@gmail.com. Likewise, if you see anything out of place or have suggestions on the material presented within, please mention it or message me.

Thanks for reading.

-Clan Crafter Hralding

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Thiago B September 11, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
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Are you guys thinking of making subraces for the tortle?
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Brian I September 12, 2018 1:57 am UTC
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Hello Thiago, thanks for the comment. I am not currently planning on adding tortle subraces. I am a one-man development team, so the handbook's contents are more-or-less finalized until I do a platinum update.

For your entertainment here's a couple quick variants, with the disclaimer that these ones have not been tested at all, will probably never see print, and will assuredly be more powerful than a vanilla tortle:

Dragon Tortle: Reduce AC by 1, Replace Claws with PHB Dragonborn Breath Weapon, reflavor the fire as steam
Hawkbill/Snapping Tortle: Replace Claws with 1d6 piercing natural weapon.
Spiny Tortle: Replace Claws with the following: While you are withdrawn into your shell and a creature misses you with a melee attack, the creature takes piercing damage equal to half your proficiency bonus.

Have fun with the handbook!

-Clan Crafter Hralding
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Thiago B September 12, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
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thx
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Dale S August 17, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
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I'd really like to see this (and more titles in DMGuild) listed as Print on Demand... I may be one of the few, but I prefer a book in hand to anything electronic when I'm DMing. Basicly I find POD more economical for anything more than 50 pages if it doesn't have a background on the page, or about 20 pages if it does..(most DMGuild do have it, I'm afraid).
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Brian I August 18, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
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Hey Dale, thanks for the comment. I would also love to see this and my other works made into a PoD option, but the DMs Guild is not allowing most creators to submit products for print. My hope is that sometime in the future I'll be able to publish a compendium of my works and try to get a PoD option for that.
If you would like to help this happen, you can send a friendly message to DMs Guild through the "contact us" and say that it's something you'd like to see, as I understand they do listen to that sort of thing.
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Aaron M March 25, 2018 6:09 am UTC
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Can you please make a Fantasy Grounds version of this module?
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Brian I April 02, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
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It will be a lot of work to port my works over to Fantasy Grounds, as it's a manual replacement process for the data for some reason.
It's not a priority, but I can get it done eventually if there's more folks who'd like a FG version.
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Trevor A July 25, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
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Hello Aaron,
A Fantasy Grounds conversion for this product is currently underway (please watch for a link added to the description of the PDF version above). It will be released early next week, and sell for $8.95.
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Trevor A July 27, 2018 5:52 am UTC
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Hi Aaron,
This has now been released for Fantasy Grounds (and a few days early!): http://www.dmsguild.com/product/248351/Volos-Complete-Subrace-Handbook-Fantasy-Grounds
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Greg O March 11, 2018 2:30 am UTC
would yakara (yak men from Al-Qadim) be considered a variant on a minotaur
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Dylan T March 04, 2018 6:33 am UTC
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The wording in some of the features confuses me a bit. By "bloodied" as in the Bloodbear subrace for Firbolgs and the Brightnose Hobogoblin, does this refer to a creature below its HP Maximum as I can't recall any other official wording that refers to being "bloodied" except from other editions.
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Brian I March 05, 2018 6:48 am UTC
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That's interesting. I hadn't realized it wasn't a "technical term" anymore. It means the creature's hit points are equal to or less than one-half the creature's maximum hit points, rounded down.
I tend to think of bloodied as part of the lingo of general D&D play, but I may revise the wording in a later revision. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Mark W July 30, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
It's 4e language, but Chris Perkins uses it to describe the injury status of his monsters on Dice, Camera, Action! and Acquisitions Inc., so I use it too! :-)
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Brad L February 12, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
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Good stuff, you actually made the Yuan-Ti playable
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Stefen S February 10, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
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In the Dragon-wrought kobold section, the Hardened Scales ability: "armor, your Armor Class equals 7 + your Dexterity modifier + your Constitution modifier." Is that supposed to say 10 like the Barbarian, or is it intentionally 7?
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Brian I February 11, 2018 1:16 am UTC
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It's 7 intentionally.
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Brad L January 09, 2018 2:08 am UTC
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You asked about overpowered and underpowered Feats, I'll leave a list
-Ascending Claws (OP Feat for an OP class)
-Renewed Breath (On a lucky spree that's a free nuke every turn)
-Master of the Forge (Crazy in 5e where +1 items are a big deal)
-One with the Elements (Not too bad, but pretty op)
-Scrapyard Mayhem (Free vehicles whenever you want for the setback of a little gold and some garbage? Might need to up the cost)
-Worg Whisperer (WOW this one is powerful)
-Oversized Grip (It's a very good Feat for the small races)
-Giantkin Blood (That's on the levels of a Legendary item effect just for taking a Feat)
-Gnomish Transformation (This one actually feels underpowered. If they can't see, how do they ever know when is a good time to come out?)
-Tree Hopper (Basically you're never catching the Gnome with this Feat)
-Fury From Beyond (Orc/Half-Orc already have an effect similar to this. It seem weird they can't be healed, and it'd be op if they could....See more
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Brian I January 09, 2018 8:38 am UTC
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Thanks for the detailed response. I'll be editing several of these feats based on your comments and other's responses for the upcoming 0.4 update. Look out for it in the next few days.

Have you checked the latest 0.39 document? The text looks clear on the goblin and feat pages to me now.
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Brad L January 09, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
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I just redownloaded the only version available right now. The section on the Mountain Goblin (page 9) is still blurry. I'd be glad to go into more detail on these if you wanted
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Brian I January 10, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
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I went overboard on the clarity edits on the goblin pages for 0.4. it should be readable now, if a little dark. This is intended as a temporary fix until I figure out exactly what made the text screwy.
If you could look at the newest revisions of the feats, I find advice from others is valuable for figuring out what needs fixing.
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Brad L January 11, 2018 12:16 am UTC
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Renewed Breath- Let it only go on recharge if it works. Like it can only be SUCCESSFULLY used once per l/s rest.
Scrapyard Mayhem- 100g still seems REALLY cheap for something like a flying vehicle
Worg Whisperer- I think this one is still broken. Just the fact that you get a free flying mount.
Oversized Grip- It's still really overpowered that with this a human could grapple an adult dragon. Maybe lower the size by 1
Giantkin Blood- Still way too broken.
Fury From Beyond- I'd let them be stabilized. It can only be used once per long rest, so it wouldn't be broken
Commander's Shout- Still seems very weak. I'd make it a Bonus Action
Airborn Ambition- Still makes no sense to me
Piecing horns- Still very strong. Minotaur horns don't even do that much

The rest were fixed beautifully
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Brad L January 12, 2018 4:21 am UTC
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So I was wrong, Minotaur horns do 1d10 damage. So that feat is fine. Sorry about that
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Douglas B January 05, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Lizardfolk Subraces would be awesome. There are some in Return of the Lizard King which are really cool.
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Brian I January 06, 2018 5:18 am UTC
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Perhaps in a later revision, the races that are not featured will appear.

Thanks for reading
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Brian I January 10, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
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Two lizardfolk variants have been added in version 0.4.
Blackscale and Poison Dusk
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