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Ghesh's Guide to Making Things - A System for Crafting and Modifying Equipment in 5th Edition D&D

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Craft legendary weapons and armor!

Ghesh's Guide to Making Things is a crafting and modification system designed to complement the 5th Edition rulesystem. The kobold inventor, Ghesh Fizzlebang, is an enigmatic character of some renown, known for his rather explosive ways of improving the equipment of his fellow adventurers. Though his background may cause some raised eyebrows as to the validity of his craft, Ghesh has thoroughly tested all of his inventions for imperfections before releasing it to the world—as is evident by the burns he's received and fingers he's lost. 

In this supplement you will find:

  • Guidelines on crafting every weapon and set of armor appearing in the Player's Handbook
  • Additional materials you can add to weapons and armor to grant them new, foe-crushing effects. Examples include adamantine, azurite, and cold iron. 
  • 90 modifications you can add to your equipment, such as the finned, glamoured, and hardened modifications for armor and the beast singer, uppercut, and lucky modifications for weapons. 
  • A system for using bombs and grenades, including special bombmaker's tools.
  • A new weapon: the grenade launcher
  • Over 20 unique bombs and grenades. Examples include the binding bomb, ram rockets, and the vortex grenade. 

With this supplement in hand, you can tailor your equipment to fit your character as they grow more powerful. The family greatsword you inherited can follow you from 1st to 20th level, growing in power as you enhance it using modifications and additional materials. The chain mail you found in an ancient dwelling can be improved to new levels of quality, elevating it from simple, protective steel to a legendary set of armor infused with arcane might. 

Every table can benefit from Ghesh's Guide to Making Things. Just don't tell Ghesh that. It'll go straight to his head and the last thing we need is a kobold with a superiority complex. 

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Anthony K April 13, 2021 3:51 am UTC
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Hey there! This is Sean from Home Brew Crew. We just wanted to let you know that we reviewed and featured this product on our most recent YouTube video. We liked it a lot and wanted to share it, and you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7nZHhmpilU
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Anne G April 13, 2021 4:40 am UTC
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Oh gosh! I just watched the video and you guys were so kind. Thank you so much for checking it out!
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Marcel R March 23, 2021 11:34 am UTC
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Hi, I'm a big fan giving tool proficiencies new purposes, so I'm planning to use this book together with the monster loot series in a monster hunter like campaign, where the PC's have to craft most of their own equipment. So far im only missing items for casters like wands and staffs, maybe also some kind of accessories. Did you already publish something like this or do you plan to this in the upcoming future?
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Anne G March 23, 2021 9:39 pm UTC
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I don't have any plans for that at the moment. I'm taking a break from most things publishing, so it's gonna be a bit quiet from my end for the next few weeks. Glad you're enjoying the content though!
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Leigh P March 11, 2021 4:07 pm UTC
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Hi I have a question regarding the bombs, I get for the Binding bomb that you make a roll against a NPCs AC because it targets them, but for bombs like Light Shell, Healing Grenade and Incendiary Grenade that target an area, do you just pick a spot and throw anywhere up to 60 feet, like a spell? Is there any roll involved?
Also does throwing one count as a part of the Attack action or Use Object action?
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Anne G March 11, 2021 9:08 pm UTC
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Good question! With bombs like the ones you mentioned, they can be thrown like an improvised weapon at a specific point of a character's choosing within range. I'd place the AC similar to the way DCs are calculated (5 is very easy, like placing the bomb at your feet. 10 is easy, like throwing it on a flat piece of ground. 20 is hard, like tossing it towards a small opening high up on a wall, etc.).

When throwing a bomb, follow the rules as described on page 33 (pasted below). In cases where the bomb affects an area instead of a single target, you can follow the rules suggested above to make the throwing of the bombs a bit more erratic.

"You can choose to toss or throw bombs at your opponents, in which case you treat the bomb as an improvised weapon with a range of 20/60 feet. If you miss, the bomb lands in a random spot within 5 feet of the target. It then goes off, unless stated otherwise in the bomb’s description."

Hope this helps!
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Leigh P March 12, 2021 4:54 am UTC
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Thanks a lot for getting back to me, this is really helpful and exactly what I need.

But just to clarify 100% throwing the grenade is a improve weapon so if I am playing a fighter or someone with Extra Attack, I can make multiple grenade attacks on my turn?
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Anne G March 12, 2021 11:49 am UTC
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Indeed. Just remember you are not proficient in these attacks unless you have the Tavern Brawler feat.
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Arno L February 26, 2021 6:58 pm UTC
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I love the upgrades and system in the book, but have a question regarding 2 armor upgrades: resistant (intermediate) and elemental affinity (advanced). As described in the book, elemental affinity seems to be a worse version of resistant, only it is of a higher tier and more expensive. Is this an error? Thanks!
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Anne G February 26, 2021 9:52 pm UTC
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It is not an error. Resistant is only offered as a single tier and cannot be upgraded. Elemental Affinity can be upgraded to give you immunity, making it a more lucrative option. You can also have both Resistant and Elemental Affinity on the same piece of armor, potentially giving you resistance to two different damage types.

Resistant is meant for lower-level play and to serve as a safe choice for people wanting an upgraded piece of armor. Elemental Affinity is for higher tier play and is more expensive because it can be upgraded and it can be stacked with Resistant. Hope that makes sense!

You are of course free to adjust costs and the like as you see fit. Your game, your rules.
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Arno L February 26, 2021 10:09 pm UTC
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Hi, thanks for the clarification! I may indeed adjust it a bit then to fit better in my world's economy, but in any case I'm enjoying your content :)
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Brandon D November 15, 2020 5:02 am UTC
Question about modification slots. If you have a basic weapon and go to intermediate, does the weapon keep its basic mod slot and gain two intermediate slots? Or does it just have two intermediate mod slots.

Sorry if this is obvious.
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Anne G November 18, 2020 2:50 am UTC
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The basic modification slot is replaced by the two intermediate slots. If the basic modification slot had a mod in it when it was upgraded, this mod stays there and fills up one of the two intermediate slots.

Hope this helps!
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Aleksander N September 29, 2020 11:54 am UTC
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When it says it requires 2 days to craft something, does it imply 48 hours or does it imply 16 hours?
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Anne G September 30, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
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It requires two work days, each of which is 8 hours.
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Joshua R August 30, 2020 4:15 pm UTC
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Your loot books are amazing. Do you have any plans to do this with Potions by chance?
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Anne G August 31, 2020 5:21 am UTC
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Not sure what you mean. Can you specify?
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Aleksander N September 29, 2020 11:55 am UTC
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For potions I think this one is a great start
https://www.gmbinder.com/share/-LZZ_rmIIa2wOfnTle6v
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Felix P June 10, 2020 12:11 am UTC
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There seems to be no guideline on how to adjust the price of bombs crafted at a higher quality.
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Anne G June 10, 2020 5:55 am UTC
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The price as listed is the same no matter the quality of the bomb. It's basically rewarding characters in higher tier play because their skills at crafting the bombs get better and thus the bomb gets better too. This rarely comes into play with vendors as they are mostly low-level NPCs who don't often get access to higher-level explosives.

Feel free to adjust the prices so they make sense for your game! The in-game economy is really hard to balance in a product like this since everyone plays the game differently.
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Greg O February 09, 2020 3:09 am UTC
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Couple of suggestions for common (non-magical) modifiers:

Chain (one handed weapons or spears/pole-arms no more than 7' long) Common modification in Kara-Taur, adds a weighted chain at the end of the weapon and gives the weapon properties: Martial and Entangle

Brutal (any) add small spikes and serrations to the weapon. Does critical damage on a natural 19 or 20 roll
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Jeffrey L November 17, 2019 7:53 pm UTC
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Anne, Would you be interested in having this converted to a Fantasy Grounds module? If so we can talk details. I have several conversions for sale if you want to see my quality. Most recently I produced the Hamunds Harvesting Handbook series by Jeffrey Yang and have done work for M.T. Black, Heath Harris and Jeremy Forbing. I would be most interested in converting this for use on the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop. If you wish I can be most easily reached at lovins.jeffrey@gmail.com or at facebook. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010067569617
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Anne G November 18, 2019 6:23 pm UTC
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Hi Jeffrey! This title has unfortunately already been converted to Fantasy Grounds. Otherwise I would be interested!
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Alejandro B November 14, 2019 3:55 pm UTC
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Hello, i have to say i am very interested in buying your book, but i have a question before buying....how do you balance this crafted items with the current items in the scales of rarity of magic items (uncommon, rare, etc)?, thanks and keep going with this projects :)
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Anne G November 15, 2019 9:38 am UTC
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Many of the modifications are made to replace the some of the magic items found in the DMG or other places. Generally, the rarity of magic items and the quality of equipment can be set up like this:

Common/Uncommon - Basic
Uncommon/Rare - Intermediate
Very Rare - Advanced
Legendary - Masterwork

Hope this helps!
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Mark O November 08, 2019 10:41 am UTC
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My party and I are enjoying this very so much its a work of art. While were discussing it a question arose: How do we determine the quality of a set of robes and how many upgrades it would be able to hold?
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Anne G November 08, 2019 7:19 pm UTC
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A set of robes function just as any other set of armor would (even if it isn't technically armor). Since robes are simply clothes, I suggest using traveler's clothes to figure out the basic price of the robe. Or perhaps fine clothes if your wizard or monk is feeling fancy :)
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Cameron P October 23, 2019 1:20 pm UTC
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Question regarding the wording for part of the description of Brutal upgrades:

"When you roll ... on any damage dice for this weapon, you may reroll the dice and must keep the second result."

This differs from the wording of the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style in that it specifies "dice" over "die"... For clarity, is this intentional? That you would choose on *any* rolled 1s to reroll EVERY damage die at once, taking the new result? Or is it meant to be read similarly to GWF, considering each damage die separately?
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Raymond K October 23, 2019 2:00 pm UTC
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Definitely looks more like the wording used on Savage Attacker, but you don't get to choose between them you must take the second roll.
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Anne G October 23, 2019 3:02 pm UTC
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Raymond's got it. Sorry for the confusion!
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Cameron P October 23, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
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No, it's alright! Thanks, Raymond, I knew there was another feature that was similar but I couldn't remember what it was off the top of my head. And I was just making sure I was reading it properly, according to the way it's meant to be interpreted!
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Brandon T October 22, 2019 2:31 am UTC
In the Sample File (not sure of the full pdf), under Weapon Tiers on page 7 the paragraph and chart are the Armor chart duplicated. Really liking what I see so far though.
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Rodney L October 19, 2020 12:24 am UTC
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I was just coming here to point out this typo-style error as well... a year later, and also from Australia. Yes, it is an error in v1.1 full pdf, page 7.
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Drew F October 21, 2019 9:28 pm UTC
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This is great! I was planning on making a crafting system for my home group using your Monster Loot books, but now I'm definitely incorporating this into it.
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T.J. B October 21, 2019 9:22 pm UTC
I think you want "complement" instead of "compliment" in the product description. Well, unless there's a lot of raving about how much Ghesh likes 5e
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