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Last Stand - A Worthy Death

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Shouldn't a game that combines epic fantasy combat with high-stakes lethality have some set of rules and options to ensure a dying player character goes out on their shield? Last Stand - A Worthy Death is a character option supplement that answers that question with a resounding "YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT IT SHOULD!"

Included in this Pay What You Want PDF, you'll find over 40 options spread across 15 classes from Dungeons & Dragons 5E that give player characters the mechanical means to make their final hour their finest. Last Stands run the gamut from spectacular attacks, to villain-confounding gambits, to rule-bending remixes of spells and class features. These options provide a sort of "epicness insurance," invoked only when a player character is facing their ultimate demise.

Every table is different, and this supplement is written with that in mind. Last Stand includes variant rules and design guidelines to help ensure that these unique, impactful options fit into your particular D&D adventure. Each Last Stand can be elegantly implemented in a high-power or medium-power version, depending on the tone of the campaign. Methods for creating your own Last Stand options are also included, as well as advice on how best to deal with the social aspects of implementation.

If you've ever had the experience of wanting to go out with a bang, only for the rules to provide you with a whimper - or if you want to create a play experience in which high-risk behavior is rewarded despite a gritty approach towards death - this is the supplement you've been waiting for. Last Stand is setting-agnostic and easily introduced to a campaign already in progress.

FREE SILVER EXPANSION UPDATE! - Salutations again Last Standers! Since this supplement has managed over 1000 downloads and 100 paid sales, I have added the Artificer, Mystic, and Blood Hunter classes - in addition to an option for Gunslinger Fighters - as a free expansion. That’s ten new Last Stands! I’m so proud and flattered to have made it to Silver on the DM’s Guild with my very first outing, and I couldn’t have done it without your support. I hope that many of you have started implementing Last Stands at your table...

So if you die, die well!

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Joshua F February 11, 2019 10:02 am UTC
This supplement provides DM's with a GREAT framework for creating last stands and character deaths that just feel more meaningful to the players at your table.
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Vi F October 23, 2018 9:45 am UTC
I got emotional reading some of these...the flavor text is very good
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Anthony T July 29, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
This is incredible! I think I actually cried manly tears while reading this.

My one point of feedback: True Smite seems underwhelming. Now, paladin is my favorite class since 3rd Edition, so I might be biased, but when I compare True Smite to the Monk's Empty Sun Technique, I just end up feeling envious. Now, criting twice doesn't feel right for True Smite, since I love the flavor of one final overwhelming attack, so here's my suggestion:

Make True Smite a critical Divine Smite, as if you expended a spell slot of your highest spell level and as if the target was a fiend or undead.

There's also the fact that I feel like the monk's imprisonment effect is better than the paladin's banish. It's potentially permanent, where the paladin's heroic final desperation attack, at best, buys time.

Perhaps make the banishment permanent, so long as the weapon used to banish the target remains unbroken?
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Jake H July 25, 2018 1:02 am UTC
If possible, do you think you could ever make last stands for the Pugilist?
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David P July 25, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Interestingly, I messaged with the Pugilist's creator about the possibility and arrived at the conclusion that he could add his own options at his leisure and we would cross-link if he ever did. My free expansion had already ballooned fairly big, unfortunately :p

Really appreciate the interest in such a project though! If ever I revisit this product again, those popular DM's Guild classes will be at the top of the docket for additions.
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Jake H July 27, 2018 5:13 am UTC
Understandable! I've decided to mix and match fitting last stands from other classes. Namely the Fighters Die by the Sword, the Barbarians Last Laugh, and the Fighters Finest Hour except Second Wind is replaced with the Pugilists Dig Deep for 1 minute. Also, great product! You have a way of writing that inspires. The prose is a joy to read. Very epic!
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Benjamin H May 29, 2018 2:44 am UTC
As a DM's Guild author I'm no longer allowed to submit reviews for products so let me say this here: buy this now. Not for $0.00. Give this man his money. This is an awesome rules expansion and, while relatively brief, is incredibly innovative and easy to plug into any campaign.
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David P May 29, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Woah! That's the most generous review I've received thus far! (can we not give ratings either, or just no reviews? I understand the ethics but I'm new to this!)
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Benjamin H May 29, 2018 3:42 am UTC
This is a relatively new change so I'm not sure if it's actually enforced by not allowing us to provide reviews & ratings or with sanctions if we do provide reviews & ratings. If you aren't part of the Dungeon Master's Guild Creator's Circle on facebook I recommend joining it as much of the news that affects authors here is, for some reason, announced there instead of via direct messaging to us through this website.

And the praise is so well deserved. This is a fantastic product and, as a first product, it bodes very well for your future on the DM's Guild!
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David P May 29, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Huh, that is odd. I'm applying to join now. The group doesn't say if it's official, so maybe it's a temporary channel? I hope to publish more on DMG later this year, so thanks again!
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Benjamin H May 29, 2018 4:25 am UTC
I don't think it is official. My understanding is that with DM's Guild, OneBookShelf kind of blew up and is now trying to hire up the necessary staff to keep up with its audience / authorship and there are some serious growing pains. Congrats on a really great first product - I've messaged you on twitter & reddit and look forward to discussing this and other projects with you.
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