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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 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. Oh, and then there's the stellar artwork of Matthew Dobrich!

Every game 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 run a game 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.

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FREE EXPANSION! — When Last Stand: A Worthy Death first became a Silver best-seller, I 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 Electrum GOLD on the DM’s Guild with my very first outing, and I couldn’t have done it without your support.


If you're looking for something a bit more whimsical, check out my second supplemnent: Wild Magic for Every Class! It's bound to make life more lively, whether for players looking to spice their character up with 700 new random Wild Magic Surges, or Dungeon Masters looking to add a Wild Magic effect to an enchanted environment.

My latest-latest, Might vs. Magic, is my biggest and most ambitious supplement yet! It features over a dozen new class archetypes, over 20 new spells, and over 30 new magic items. It even features a counterspell expansion pack, not to mention spectacular new art, behind-the-scenes design, and variant rules to boot!

 
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Luke V October 18, 2020 11:23 pm UTC
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Looks like Blood Hunter needs some updates for the new version. Insult to Injury references using your Blood Hunter Strength or Wisdom, however the class was changed to use Intelligence and has playstyles for both Strength and Dexterity.
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David P October 19, 2020 3:41 am UTC
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Good catch! I have a spiritual successor supplement coming out next week, so I'll likely updoot Last Stand then.
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Luke V October 10, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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What was changed between version 2.2 and 2.3?
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David P October 10, 2020 10:10 pm UTC
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I made the formatting slightly more spacious, added information on my latest product (Might vs. Magic), linked to the artist's website, and advertised my mailing list. Overall, just a quality of life update!
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John B May 11, 2020 9:52 pm UTC
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This is my favorite supplement for 5e. Any campaign I DM or play in, I use it. Feels like it should be part of the core rules.
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Luke V May 06, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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Fyi, the version 2.1 update doesn't have bookmarks set up for the new classes you added. Also, the Artificer section refers users to the Unearthed Arcana version rather than the official version in Eberron: Rising from the Last War.
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David P May 06, 2020 8:31 pm UTC
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Thank you for pointing this out! I focused on language for this update, but will make a priority to change the old 2018 Artificer content as well.
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David P May 07, 2020 12:39 am UTC
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This actually clued me into a much larger issue with the bookmarks in my other product, so thanks again!
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JEREMY G August 27, 2019 1:00 am UTC
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Now this is a good idea.
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Lucas G August 27, 2019 12:09 am UTC
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Hey Dave, commenting here because I can't find another way to contact you. I really love this supplement. I'm producing a D&D 5e podcast launching in the coming months and I would love to use it, but I would like your permission first. We'll credit you of course!
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David P November 08, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
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Sounds great! Thank you for your kind words and review. Leave a link here when you launch (or if you already have).
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Joshua F February 11, 2019 10:02 am UTC
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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
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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
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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
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If possible, do you think you could ever make last stands for the Pugilist? http://www.dmsguild.com/product/184921/the-Pugilist-Class
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David P July 25, 2018 5:43 am UTC
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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