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Probably one of the best homebrewed books out there, especially for the massive amount of content here. I usually am very restrictive about homebrew with my players but I'll be allowing anything from Balasar's.

T.W.

Of all the D&D 5th edition products I have seen (including those published by WoTC), this is by far my favorite. It is presented in a similar style as Xanather's Guide, and excels in every aspect. It is professionally written and aesthetically pleasing. It includes truly unique subclasses, an excellent version of the Artificer class, interesting backgrounds, additional spells, and other tools useful for DMs. Whenever I am looking for something to add my campaign, for character options for my players, or for inspiration, I start by delving into Balasar's Guide to Exploration.

T.D

Let me start that this book is big. Like, massively huge, especially for free. The writers or team of writers must have been extremely busy the entire time. To have a dedicated source of people that could release it for little to nothing is surprising and gives me hope for the community.

Overall, if you are a dungeon master that has seen it all, this book adds a fresh new take on Dungeons and Dragons. If you are a new or old player, this can mix things up and bring back a new feeling of excitement, as it has done for me. This book is great for everyone and especially helps pass the time between new releases by Wizards of the Coast.

J.S.


You have found the journal of Balasar Turnuroth, a famous explorer! Inside this 127 page document contains all his notes to everything he has found so far! What might that be? Well, to list off a few things, 15 new playable races, 23 brand new archetypes, 4 new classes (one of which is the artificer), 60+ spells, new magical items, and much more!

Balasar's Guide to Exploration is a massive collaboration and collection of a few local Dungeon Masters which expands the options for players and dungeon masters.
This sourcebook acts as the journal of a famous explorer and adventurer, Balasar Turnuroth, who had lost it somewhere in Faerun and ended up in your hands. Presented as though it was written from his point of view, the documents are over 100 pages worth of content that he has observed throughout his years. It brings you new player options, including subclasses for every class, backgrounds, magic items, DM variant rules, and many spells!
Inside, you will find:
  • 15 New Races
  • 23 New Subclasses
  • 21 new warlock invocations
  • 10 new metamagic choices
  • 4 New Classes
  • 14 New Backgrounds
  • 17 new feats
  • Many new items for adventuring
  • A guide to making different traps
  • 17 premade magical traps
  • 19 new variant rules
  • Details of the dark ritual for lichdom
  • 50 New Magic Items that are uncommon to legendary in rarity
  • Over 70 new spells

Updates in this edition:

- Removed all of Chapter 1 (Half Breed Races). There were many people who found that it took away from the book, and wasn't needed.

- I added "speech dialogue" to the Artificer, Death Knight, Magus, and Oracle classes.

- I also added additional construct modifications to the Artificer.

- There are 4 feats removed (combat using Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma) as they were not up to our standard, and showed laziness. Instead, four different feats have been added (Counter Strike, Elementalist, Fearless Hero, and Power Nap).

- Altered Stronghold Plate armor. AC decreased from 22 to 20. Cannot take Dash action while wearing armor. Donning/doffing takes 20 minutes. No longer has a shield that can be attached or removed. Armor is too bulky to use a shield in one hand.

- Added boomerang description to special weapons

- Fixed the order of spell components (verbal, somatic, material)

- New footer design

- Altered the Diobolist Pact Leader feature. Can either be in your favored terrain, or tracking your favored enemy.

- Grammatical error fixes

First is Mindartis' Cards of Esoteric Knowledge, which is a deck of cards in Microsoft Publisher format for all magic items, spell cards, martial maneuvers, and more. They will list the source book, page, rarity/school of magic, and more. Mindartis is one of the characters I had played, an old human illusionist wizard that has gone crazy. His dungeon will be released after these releases, for character levels 11 - 14.

The other release will be Aoth's Grimoire of Aberrations, a monster manual of all the creatures I have made. This will include a massive compilation of all sorts of monsters, will new features that have never been seen before. Aoth Rein is another character I had used during the Horde of the Dragon Queen/Rise of Tiamat campaign, a dragon hunter ranger that finds portals (horizon walker) and attempts to close them, as he knows what lies on the other side.

Again, thank you all with this! Dakota

 
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Brandon R August 09, 2019 8:54 pm UTC
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Great Book, The Arcane Armor Feat is insanely strong and I recommend DMs consider adjusting it before making it available in their games.
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Kai V May 02, 2019 2:55 am UTC
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I genuinely love this book! Although, some of the Magus stuff simply lacks detail. Soul Collection and Projected Harm don't have any range (and Power Swell seems a tad useless unless I'm missing something major. An extra 2d6 for a fireball at 4th or 5th level doesn't really seem like a 1/long rest thing). Genuine Illusion could use some extra text as well to expand on its capabilities.
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Samuel G April 30, 2019 3:46 am UTC
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Cool homebrew stuff. Especially the half race part. Enjoying what I've read through so far but there are a lot of typos.
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Ani M March 24, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
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I had a question about the 'Chorus' spell which is listed as an Enchantment cantrip in the Spell Descriptions. The spell doesn't isn't listed in the section that shows the spells by class (i.e. Arcane / Divine / Nature). Wasn't sure if there was a reason for it..or it was missed and thus not included? Thanks so much!
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Dakota N April 17, 2019 6:47 pm UTC
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It was a brand new spell, and is intended for the arcane list. Sorry about that!
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Ani M August 10, 2019 10:42 pm UTC
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No worries! We were torn on whether it was Divine or Arcane (since I agree with my DM, this spell felt like the perfect spell for a bard XD) Thanks for taking the time to respond. I like to read over spells and knowing the description/details help me understand the intricate web that is spellcasting for storytelling purposes, so the response is very much appreciated!
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Narciso A March 15, 2019 8:09 pm UTC
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Hello, one of the spells don’t have an accurate duration. Spite hava an instantaneos duration and is cast as a bonus action and the description refers the duration as if it lasted for more than an instant. There is even text that describes the early ending of the spell should the creature drop to 0 hit points. Am I right to presume the duration of the spell is one minute?
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Dakota N April 17, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
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You are correct, the duration should last only a minute. I forgot to change that part. Thank you for pointing it out!
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Nathan W November 03, 2018 3:35 pm UTC
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Has this been updated recently or something? I just downloaded, and it's basically unreadable. Tons of missing text, oversized fonts, wonky tables. Not sure if this is an artifact of Homebrewery rendering incorrectly or what. I'd love to take a good look at this before I give it a review - everybody else's reviews make it look promising.
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Dakota N November 05, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
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Can you provide a screen shot of this? I hate to be a bother and ask for that. I recently went through and edited the raw PDF from the Homebrewery in Adobe Acrobat DC. As far as I can tell on both Windows 10 and iPad (iOS 12). Sorry about that!
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Nathan W November 05, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
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Sure - what's the best way for me to get it/them to you? I don't see a way to upload images here, unless I'm missing something.
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Dakota N November 06, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
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Feel free to contact me through my email, nichols.dakota@gmail.com
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Nathan W December 13, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
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Any update on this? I just re-downloaded it to see if anything changed, and I still have the same problem.
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Christopher B November 02, 2018 10:44 am UTC
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Was there a text revision? The new file just seems to omit the cover.
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Dakota N November 02, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
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Yes, there was a text revision, fixing more grammatical, mechanical, and visual errors. I also changed some artwork placement (including footers), all so I could print a hardcover print. Would you prefer a copy with the covers on it by any chance?
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Christopher B November 04, 2018 10:15 am UTC
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Hi Dakota, Thank you. The cover is nice. Though, my question truly was just to clarify if there had been any text revisions. It was not easy to tell if there had been substantive changes and the update notification did not contain a change log. I really enjoy the product, and I appreciate your efforts.
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Dakota N November 05, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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There is no substantial text changed or revisions. It was merely placement of text so that nothing was cut off. I appreciate your feedback!
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Jacob F June 24, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
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Half of the Shift Reality Feature, as well as the entirety of the Rip the Fabric feature, of the Way of the Third Eye archetype are off the page. You can see a portion of the text in the upper right hand corner of the page (32).
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Dakota N June 26, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
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PDF has been fixed, along with the issues with the class tables
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Michael F May 25, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
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Question regarding Oracle's Empty the Catacombs. The last paragraph "The creature must take damage from either non-magical bludgeoning, piercing or slashing damage, or either necrotic or poison damage." Is this to say if you spent the Augur Point and the creature returns to 1 hp, the creature is immune to all damage except NON-magical bludgeoning, piercing, slashing, or necrotic or poison?

Thanks.
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Dakota N June 01, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
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If a creature would fall to 0 hit points because of one of those damage types, you can spend 1 point and your reaction to drop the, to 0 instead. I will reword this feature so that it makes more sense. Thank you for your question, and be on the lookout for an updated version of this book in about a week! It will feature artwork and many more tables, along with better organization!
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David P April 18, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
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Did you forget to give the Fey'ri something? They're exceptionally weak. All they are is elves without any subrace bonuses, without a bonus proficiency in perception (or any skill at all), no trance, and different ability scores. The ability to see in magical darkness absolutely doesn't make up for cutting off all these things, as that rarely comes up, and there are ways to circumvent it even when it does. I'm hoping they'll be improved in a potential 2.9.
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Dakota N May 01, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
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I’m glad you did point this out. I usually type everything into a Word document, then copy and paste. I forgot to copy the additional spells that the Fey’ri learn. It’ll be included in version 2.9, along with a large portion of artwork in the book, grammatical changes, new magic items, NPC variants of the archetypes, and more.

Thank you!
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Sam D March 23, 2018 3:58 am UTC
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this is very well written I literally had to check to see if this was an official product or if you were one of there writters
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Dakota N April 02, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
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That is mighty kind, I really appreciate it! Look forward to another update, hopefully this week
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Austin P March 03, 2018 6:19 am UTC
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Also, since I'm not sure if you can respond to reviews, and in my review I left it open to your response, I'll post here in the Discussions tab in case you actually...uh... respond. Thanks if ya do!
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Austin P March 03, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
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Also, I'd pay premium for access to the original Homebrewery source-code, just so I could make it a bit more printer friendly. I plan on printing this out and binding it once I eventually purchase it formally.
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Dakota N March 03, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
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Hey I appreciate your feedback! I'm heavily editing it all right now, adding a chapter and rewording things. I've never been a greater writer haha. Thank you!
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Austin P March 03, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
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Oh trust me, I get it! Not everyone's adept at writing, and these things can slip through the cracks! But I'm super glad to hear you're still working on it. Hope you're able to fix what you set out to. Can't wait to see the next version, this whole thing is great.
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Anders E February 08, 2018 9:32 am UTC
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Magus Adaptive Properties requires no action?

Same question for Projected Harm
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Dakota N February 08, 2018 1:10 pm UTC
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I'll correct that with an updated release this weekend, thank you for bringing this to my attention!
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Savannah R February 07, 2018 1:08 am UTC
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I really love the scorched Earth patron and the chaos wizard. I'm going to use the chaos wizard as my next character!! And the college of origami for Bards is super cool and reminds me of Kubo and the two strings! Overall, this is some really dedicated home brew. It must've taken forever
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Savannah R February 07, 2018 1:06 am UTC
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Pedro C February 05, 2018 4:07 am UTC
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I'm reading through this and I love it so far, especially the ooze cleric!
Speaking of the ooze cleric, it says that your clone shares your initiative and copies your weapons. As worded, this essentially allows you two attacks per round. Is this intentional?

Thank you, and keep up the great work!
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Dakota N February 05, 2018 1:56 pm UTC
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Yes, this is intentional. Thank you for your comment!
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