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The Raconteur's Lexicon Volume One: Melee and Ranged Combat
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The Raconteur's Lexicon Volume One: Melee and Ranged Combat

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It’s the end of the session and you must’ve said “You hit with your sword” or “The kobold shoots but misses” at least a dozen times. Even if your delivery is top notch, those descriptions won’t do much for your players’ imaginations. When you sound boring, there’s a good chance that your players are bored.

“Heaving the maul above her head, the barbarian swings in a wide arc, clobbering the owlbear.” Now that’s action your everyone can see! But it takes a lot of energy to narrate dynamically. Fortunately, we’ve done a lot of the work for you.

Welcome to The Raconteur’s Lexicon Volume One. Here is a collection of descriptive words sorted according to damage and weapon type to help Dungeon Masters, players and homebrew authors expand their combat narrative vocabulary. Let these words serve as the building blocks for visual and immersive narration in your stories and sessions.

Volume One contains over 475 exciting words focused on melee and ranged combat.

Also available:
Volume Two: Spellcasting and Conditions
Volume Three: Weather, Terrain, Common Locales and more
Volume Four: Expanded NPC Options: roll tables to help you make memorable NPCs

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Shadow O July 26, 2020 5:47 pm UTC
I can't seem to figure out how to review this on mobile, but I'll to anyone reading this the product is 5 stay s does exactly what you would expect it to.
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Joel K July 26, 2020 6:22 pm UTC
Thanks Shadow!
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Alt A July 26, 2020 4:00 pm UTC
This is simply wonderful! How do I give you a glowing rating and review?
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Joel K July 26, 2020 4:19 pm UTC
Thanks Alt A! Here’s what the support page says: On the Reviews tab, just click on a star to rate the product. You can just leave a rating if you choose, but once done you will be prompted to leave a review as well and we encourage you to do so. Please note that the name on your order at the time of purchase will determine the name displayed on the review.

I hope that works!
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Simon T July 26, 2020 9:35 am UTC
I always find myself using the same three words to describe sword combat: slash, slice and whack.

This resource is well laid out to access at a glance, and I'm sure to use it in my next session to engage my players better! Excellently done
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Joel K July 26, 2020 1:29 pm UTC
Huzzah! Thanks
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Annabelle H July 26, 2020 8:18 am UTC
So well laid out that you can use it so easily within your sessions. Definitely recommend for new DM's
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Joel K July 26, 2020 1:28 pm UTC
Thanks! The layout and helping new DMs were my two main goals.
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Nick T July 25, 2020 9:54 pm UTC
I didn't expect to find much here that wasn't covered in other sources of creative storytelling for DnD. Wow was I surprised, the layout is fantastic and easy to use mid session if you have to, it's so well written, and it contains some of the best descriptions of boring events I could imagine.
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Joel K July 25, 2020 10:47 pm UTC
Thanks Nick! I'd love to hear how it gets used in a session sometime.
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Logan H July 25, 2020 9:36 pm UTC
Absolutely brilliant! I can’t wait to implement this into my campaigns, and hopefully my players will enjoy it too!
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Joel K July 25, 2020 10:50 pm UTC
Woohoo! Send copies to your players too if they're interested.
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Paul J July 22, 2020 5:38 am UTC
Fantastic layout and great ideas! A definite,,, wallop of a resource for the avid DM or player. Thank you!
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Joel K July 22, 2020 4:47 pm UTC
Woohoo! Thanks
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