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College of Nightmares


While most Bards make a name for themselves singing songs of valor and telling stories of inspiration, there are some who find their magic in the macabre. Bards who study at the College of Nightmares bring to life horrors that haunt the night. Their words cause fear and alter reality, leaving their listeners broken and mad. They spread their stories in order that people remember there are horrors in the world to be feared.  Though when one spends their life learning of the horrors of the world, one often becomes like the terrors they warn against…

The College of Nightmares is a 5e supplement to be used in conjunction with the rules for Bards found in the Players Handbook, as well as rules found in the Dungeon Master's Guide.

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Jamie G October 09, 2019 12:52 am UTC
I've never really felt the urge to play a bard before, they've never really stuck out for me as a class i'd enjoy. But i do feel like i'm going to get some serious enjoyment out of this. Nice work!
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Stephen G October 09, 2019 1:32 am UTC
Thank you! I hope you get lots of terrifying tales from it!
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Rotimi A October 08, 2019 4:14 pm UTC
Bardic Desperation imposes disadvantage on the next attack roll/saving throw/skill check, but the target must save against the Desperation itself. Is that at disadvantage or does the disadvantage occur afterwards? The use of the Short-term Madness is an interesting one but for such a horrifying subclass, I was surprised to see that the Frightened condition wasn't used more often. Waking Nightmare seems really situational and almost require the target to roll at disadvantage for it to be effective. Overall I like this subclass, it feels a bit more social focused than the College of Whispers.
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Stephen G October 08, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Thank so much for the feedback!

The disadvantage granted by the bardic desperation is intended to occur afterward.

I tried to stay away from the frightened condition in part because of the college of whispers words of terror feature. I really wanted to make sure the colleges were different.
Waking Nightmares is definitely situational but luckily there are ways to give out disadvantage if necessary.

Thanks so much for purchasing and I really hope you get some good enjoyment out of the class!
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