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Title: Home-Field Advantage

Home-Field Advantage is an extensive compendium of lair actions, featuring 250 new and unique lairs covering over 320 of your favorite creatures from the 5e Monster Manual, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and Volo's Guide to Monsters.

There’s nothing like entering the lair of a boss monster who's been built up as an antagonist for several sessions. Lair actions are the tool D&D 5th Edition provides you, the Dungeon Master, to make sure that this battle lives up to the hype and anticipation. D&D truly shines when a boss battle is not just a slugfest, but involves the environment and unique obstacles for the player characters to overcome in creative ways. Our goal with Home-Field Advantage is to produce the kind of fun experience your players will still be talking about for years to come.

Run lair actions at every tier of play. Until now, Lair Actions were treated as something only legendary creatures, usually in the 3rd and 4th tier of play, should have. But in practice, adventurers tend to fight bosses in their lair at every tier of play, and most campaigns end before reaching this legendary stage. With over 170 lairs (almost 70% of the book) for the first two tiers of play, Home-Field Advantage puts the spotlight on the parts of the game people love and experience the most, making them shine even brighter than before.

Breathe new life into old favorites. There are creatures without whom D&D wouldn't be what it is: mages, hags, genies, mind flayers, vampires, or even the mighty Tarrasque. You've probably used at least a couple of them in every single one of your campaigns, and you know their stat blocks like the back of your hand. With Home-Field Advantage, you'll find an excuse to bring back some of those fond memories, and make them fresh (and deadly) all over again.

Still not sure? Check out the full preview, below the cover in the top left of the page. It contains the first 50 lairs in the book, and it is completely free. Judge them for yourself, and let us and others know what you think!

What people are saying about Home-Field Advantage:

Rogue Watson's profile pictureRogueWatson: "Home-Field Advantage deserves a coveted place up next to Monster Manual Expanded as a good-looking, well-designed, and incredibly useful monster supplement, and a must-have for every Dungeon Master."

Sly Flourish' profile pictureSlyFlourish: "I love this book - I think it's fantastic. It is currently the number 1 best seller on DMsGuild and with good reason. [...] As a Lazy DM, I think it's fantastic because if I want to run a boss fight, I can just run and grab this, I don't have to come up with my own mechanics."

Bob's profile pictureBob World Builder: "I really like it for including so many low CR monsters that I love to use, and now have all of these new actions to throw at my players"

GmBen's profile pictureGmBen of NevernotDM"Homefield Advantage is a fantastic way to bring dynamic combat to your tables. You get hundreds of flavorful lair actions in a well organized, high-quality supplement. Frankly, I was stunned at the production quality of this supplement."

DCS' profile pictureDicecreamsandwich: "So sometimes when you're DMing a campaign it can be hard to get experienced players to be excited about low level encounters. When it comes to players who've been playing this game for a long time, and they come up against a group of kobolds, a group of goblins, etc... It can be kinda hard to make it feel like they're in for a challenge. [Home-Field Advantage is] an amazing supplement that helps with this very problem."

The Cleric Corner's profile pictureThe Cleric Corner: "As a DM, you want things to be impactful, but at the same time to be easy on you. And dropping these lair actions into the most mundane encounters will really just add an experience and a story that your players and you will remember for years."

A preview of what can be found in the book: the deathlocks have 4 lair actions. The first one deals damage to undead creatures and grants temporary hit points to non-undead creatures in an area. The second one creates a wall, and any creature going through the wall summons a shadow which tries to kill it. The third curses creatures to prevent them from regaining hit points. The last one makes the deathlock regain an expended spell slot.The ettin has four lair actions, and must roll a d4 to randomly select which lair action it takes. On a 1, it hits itself as its two heads bicker with one another. On a 2, the foul stench of the lair poisons intruders. On a 3, the ettin's voices reverberates through the lair, deafening and frightening intruders. On a 4, the two heads agree for a change, and the ettin gets to move and attack once as a lair action.

The Remorhaz has 3 lair actions. The first one creates a column on steam which bursts from the ground, deals fire damage, and pushes intruders around. The second creates a pit which is difficult to climb out of. The third one creates a cloud of smoke which obscures the Remorhaz.The hydra has 3 lair actions. The first one creates areas of quicksand throughout the lair. The second one makes swarms of carnivorous fish appear within the water of the lair.  The third one coats the hydra in mucky water to give it resistance to fire damage.

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Jonathan C May 24, 2022 11:57 pm UTC
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I already have the pdf. I remember you saying there would be some kind of discount for people who had already purchased. Is that true or do I just buy the hardcover book at full price?
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jack J March 30, 2022 7:18 am UTC
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Paid full price for having access to Banderhobb lair actions and what do you know.. no Banderhobb..
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Valentin P March 30, 2022 2:44 pm UTC
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Hi, sorry we seem to have failed to meet your expectations for this book! Banderhobbs are established as tracker-type creatures, and their lore states they only exist for the duration of their hunt, which is why we didn't include them in this book. Similarly, we haven't given lairs to Revenants, Retrievers, or Slithering Trackers, for the same reason.
However, they *are* pretty cool monsters, blending themes of witchery with sneakery, and we can definitely see why you would want to give them a lair despite their lore. You could easily give them one by using lair actions from other monsters from the book - here's an example:
* (drow warband) The [banderhobb] snuffs out all non-magical lights within 60 feet of itself. Additionally, all spellcasters who maintain magical light sources produced by spells of 3rd level or lower must make a DC 15 Charisma saving throw. On a failed save, the magical light is dispelled.
* (shadow demon) An area of darkness the [banderhobb] can see takes form and grasps...See more
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Jay A March 17, 2022 5:06 pm UTC
I'll just join the chorus and say, once POD hits, I'm in.
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Valentin P May 24, 2022 1:44 pm UTC
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle linked above.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle.
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Luke V March 12, 2022 4:02 pm UTC
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The third lair action for the xorn reads "Those creatures are restrained until the xorn uses this ability again or casts earth tremor." Xorn don't have earth tremor or any spells. What's the intention here?
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Valentin P March 12, 2022 5:18 pm UTC
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Oh, that's an editing mistake, thank you for pointing it out. For context, the second lair action used to say "the xorn casts earth tremor", and we replaced that with the spell's text for ease of use, but then failed to reflect this change in the third lair action.

It should say "until the xorn uses another lair action"
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Miles M March 08, 2022 9:46 pm UTC
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Really excited for the POD!
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Valentin P May 24, 2022 1:45 pm UTC
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle
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Stefan C March 08, 2022 9:04 am UTC
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I have really been enjoying this title since purchasing it!

I saw that there were some very nice battle maps included in some of the entries. I just wanted to know if there was a map pack available for purchase anywhere. Thanks for your hard work!
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Valentin P March 08, 2022 11:24 am UTC
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No map pack is planned: CzePeku & Party of Two were kind enough to let us use some of their maps to illustrate the lairs, but as per their commercial licences, to download the maps in question, you must still go through their respective Patreons. A lot of them are available for free, but some of the variations, such as the blood altar version of the ice map used for the cult fanatic's lair, require being a patron to get the HD version:

CzePeku: https://www.patreon.com/czepeku
Party of Two: https://www.patreon.com/partyoftwo

The DysonLogos maps are all available for free on https://dysonlogos.blog, and the Dungeondraft maps can be found for free on https://trekiros.com/battlemaps
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Tim A March 03, 2022 9:08 am UTC
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Keen to purchase as soon as POD becomes available!
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Valentin P May 24, 2022 1:45 pm UTC
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle
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Jeff S February 25, 2022 3:43 am UTC
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As soon as this becomes available for POD I'll buy a copy.
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Valentin P May 24, 2022 1:45 pm UTC
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle
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David S February 24, 2022 8:19 pm UTC
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WOOHOOO! Blessed by the Platinum Dragon!! CONGRATZ!!!
Here we go PoD, right?
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Valentin P February 24, 2022 9:59 pm UTC
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Working on it!
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David S February 26, 2022 7:41 pm UTC
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Great news!!
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Valentin P May 24, 2022 1:45 pm UTC
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle
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David S February 21, 2022 9:41 pm UTC
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Is there anything comparable to this regarding Legendary (Action) Creatures?
If not: what about a Vol. 2?!?
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Valentin P February 21, 2022 10:36 pm UTC
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There is an Electrum Best Seller series called Legendary Bestiary which does just that, actually! Its existence is part of the reason we decided against including Legendary Actions in our book.

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/309930/Legendary-Bestiary-BUNDLE?src=hfadv&affiliate_id=2038543
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David S February 22, 2022 9:53 am UTC
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Thanks! So no hope for such an addition from you folks?
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Valentin P February 22, 2022 10:43 am UTC
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Not in our plans, no!
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J. F February 11, 2022 6:09 pm UTC
Print on demand would be great for this title. Please include the book and pdf in a bundle.
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Valentin P February 12, 2022 11:47 am UTC
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We'd love to! This book will be elligible for Print on Demand if and when it reaches Platinum Best Seller - until then, we can't make any promises. One option in the meantime, though it's not ideal, is to bring the digital copy to your local print shop
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If this ever does go PoD, I'll be buying it the day it happens.
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Hi! We've just released the POD for Home-Field Advantage today, so I thought I'd let you know!

If you already have the PDF, you can get $20 off of the hardcover by using the Hardcover+PDF bundle.
And if you don't already have the PDF, it's 30% off right now, so you get $6 off of the hardcover by buying the PDF first and then the bundle
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I came here via Bob World Builder but actually the review video you have included with the sales pitch it what has me really excited about this product.

Sadly I have spent my pocket money for this month but come march this will be my first purchase.
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Congrats on getting to gold so quickly after the initial release!
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Valentin P February 10, 2022 5:06 pm UTC
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Thank you!
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Wout T January 28, 2022 7:19 pm UTC
Will this be on VTTs?
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Valentin P January 28, 2022 7:26 pm UTC
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We are working on a Fantasy Grounds conversion. Other VTTs sur as Foundry and/or Roll20 might happen if and when DMsGuild's exclusivity contract with Fantasy Grounds stops, but I cannot make any promises at this time.
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Hello! This is something I've been waiting for for awhile now! I would love to review this on my channel! (@The Cleric Corner) Best way to get contact you?
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I am available either by mail trekiros.dmsguild@gmail.com, or on Twitter @Trekiros
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