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Odyssey of the Dragonlords: Player's Guide

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Odyssey of the Dragonlords is an epic fantasy campaign for the fifth edition of the world’s greatest roleplaying game. The Player’s Guide is a 28-page companion booklet that will provide you with everything you need to begin your career as a prospective hero in the forgotten land of Thylea.

Inspired by ancient Greek mythology, Thylea is a brand new campaign setting—a lost continent that can be seamlessly added to any existing campaign setting.

The World of Thylea. Includes an overview of the history, factions, kingdoms, and laws of the forgotten continent. Learn about the gods, the titans, and the legendary Dragonlords.

Class Backstories. Includes guidance on the character creation process, including potential names and suggested backstories for each of the core player classes.

New Player Races. Includes rules for two new player races native to the forests and the northern steppes: the Thylean Centaur and the Thylean Satyr.

Choose Your Epic Path. Includes six epic paths for players to choose from. Epic paths provide powerful motivations for your hero, making you a central part of the story.

Note: The Odyssey of the Dragonlords campaign book has not yet been released. The expected launch date is sometime in May 2019.

 
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Brandon R August 13, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
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I missed the kickstarter, but I did make a late pledge. I have some confusion on the Epic Paths, in particular, the Haunted One. It says that the blessing for completing the path is magic resistance, but does not mention how that would interact with the Satyr's racial magic resistance. The flavor box underneath gives a story idea for Satyrs to take this path, but no alternate blessing.
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Vis S August 05, 2019 6:12 am UTC
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Any updates on when the Kickstarter digital rewards will be delivered (and when this player's guide will be updated accordingly)?
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Sara W August 06, 2019 3:41 pm UTC
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I wouldn't expect this guild to get updated being it's free. The player's guide is $10.

Treat this one like WotC's free PDF of the basic rules for 5e.
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Daniel P May 24, 2019 2:37 am UTC
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This looks awesome. I'm late to this, but when I heard about it on the webdm podcast, I had to check it out. Really looking forward to the finished project.
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Mark S May 16, 2019 3:41 am UTC
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So I grabbed this and backed the associated kickstarter, I have a critique on the Hoplite subclass.

1) On the shield wall for level 3 "The effect does not stack", does that mean...
A) If there is somehow more than one hoplite, the effects do not stack? Or...
B) If you have a shield and you're also next to someone else has a shield, you don't get both benefits or a extra +2 instead of just +1?

2) Optional fighting style: Hoplite.... so this is for your level 1 fighting style, correct?

3) Spear mastery is incredibly meh, it's great weapon fighting for spears/javelins, but at the end of the day it's messing around with just a D6, for true SPEAR MASTERY, why not also increase your spear to a 1D8? This is something people have talked about before, and wizards themselves once put out a UA with a spear mastery feat doing exactly that, I don't see an average of 1 damage increase or a max 2 damage increase is that much of a game breaker, do you? How about...See more
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Arcanum W May 16, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Hi Mark, thanks for your feedback! The Hoplite is currently undergoing revisions. Some quick answers: 1) It means A (one shield wall active at a time). 2) Yes, it's just to add to the list of fighting styles you can choose from. 3) Good suggestions. Though with Polearm Master now applying to spears, this starts to get very good. 4) It's not meant to require an action at all, as it was intended as a slightly-OP capstone. That feature may change to something more like the Hunter's Whirlwind Attack, though.
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Robert K May 08, 2019 11:13 am UTC
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I would advise that The Way of the Shield include the more technical language under its feature Aresian Technique:
'Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with shields, and wielding a shield does not impede [...]'

As currently listed, it does not impart proficiency, which means the Monk has disadvantage on ability checks, saving throws, or attack rolls that involve Strength or Dexterity, and they can't cast spells.


I am very excited about this product following reading the player's guide!
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Arcanum W May 08, 2019 1:51 pm UTC
Hi Robert, great catch! After we published this version of the Player's Guide, we started working with an editor who caught this also. It will be fixed in the next version.
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Robert K May 09, 2019 8:36 am UTC
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Excellent initiative, I'm glad to hear that! :)
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Seán H April 24, 2019 9:03 am UTC
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Looks great. I've only skimmed the background so far but I'm excited to read more. The Epic paths are very cool.
Mechanically, Satyr's magic resistance seems a little powerful.
On the Hoplite archetype, Xiphos Mastery is great. But a free action seems kind of at odds with what I typically see in 5th. Should this be a reaction? Also, I get that Disciplined Defence is +2 because it's with a shield, but I can't help notice that a Paladin's Aura of Protection is based on CHA and has a wider reach, and thus gives more of a bonus. Maybe it would be better of based on a physical attribute modifier similar to the Paladin? Seeing as it's a higher level ability with a shorter range that doesn't feel like it would be too strong.
On the Way of the Shield tradition. Again, I get that Shell of the Dragon Turtle is +2 as it's based on a shield. But for 1 ki, should it not be closer to the strength of the spell shield? With +5 AC but no immunity to Force, it would be still weaker to that first level spell...See more
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Arcanum W April 24, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Hi Seán, thank you for the thoughtful feedback! We'll be making revisions to some of these features for the next edition of the Player's Guide. To address a couple of specifics: the Satyr's magic resistance is strong, but it has precedent in the Yuan-ti Pureblood. Satyrs have MR in the Monster Manual, so we felt that it was appropriate. Xiphos Mastery will probably be redesigned. Disciplined Defense is not intended to compete with Aura of Protection; it just gives this archetype some defensive utility. WotS gets more at 6th level to compensate. For Shell of the Dragon Turtle, we might increase the AC bonus, but monks are already pretty slippery. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!
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Seán H April 25, 2019 8:33 am UTC
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Thanks for replying! Really fascinating to hear your reasoning. I'd forgotten that the Yuan-Ti got MR too! Looking forward to reading more and seeing more of your work.
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Jef W April 19, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
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In the Legend of Creation of Thylea, the myths speak of seven pits, from six of which 6 gods are born, and from the last the two titans Sydon and Lutheria are born. These 6 gods are described as gods of strength (Pythor), beauty (Kyrah), wisdom (Vallus), craft (Volkan), prophecy (Mytros) and swiftness. However, earlier in the book only 5 gods are mentioned. Is this intentional, or is this missing god of swiftness an error?
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Arcanum W April 19, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
Hi Jef, the story you referenced describes the birth of the Titans. No one knows the whereabouts of the other six Titans; only the Twins have influence over the world today. The Five Gods are separate; they arrived in Thylea only 500 years ago. They have similar powers to the original Titans, but as to why, that's a mystery.
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Kate H April 18, 2019 7:57 pm UTC
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Hi, just wanted to let you know that you misspelled Leiber's name in the preface.

Also, the content looks really interesting! I'm a bit concerned about how the epic paths would work, given that there are only 4 of them and I'd probably have 5 players. I love the idea, but I think they either need to be more open ended or there needs to be about a dozen of them.
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Arcanum W April 19, 2019 2:31 pm UTC
Hi Kate, thanks for catching the typo! There are actually 6 epic paths - 2 of them are on the following page. The adventure book also contains guidance for creating your own epic paths.
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Julien M April 17, 2019 4:27 pm UTC
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It looks like you made a mixt of Greek mythology with some Targaryen stuff.
I love it :)
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Marie C April 17, 2019 7:19 am UTC
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I was looking for a greek setting for DD5. I found some, but none had the epic flavor of this one. I love the fact that the Gods still walk amongst mortals, and the Curses are exactly what I looked for. The Hoplite sublcass is great, and I like very much the epic paths, even if I don't intend to use them "wholly" since I have a scenario of my own. I backed the current Kickstarter in order to have the whole book, because I'm in love with your work, guys.
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Vis S April 16, 2019 10:50 pm UTC
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You guys said in a comment on the Kickstarter:

"we've actually just updated the player's guide with a handful of new pages, including revisions to the satyr and centaur player races and Thylean class archetypes for fighters and monks. Once the campaign finishes, we will update the player's guide again with any stretch goals that have been unlocked!"

It looks like this product was recently updated, if DriveThruRPG's listing is correct. Could you include version numbers in the filenames so we know when the file has been updated? You should add those version numbers somewhere in the document itself as well, and maybe include a changelog somewhere in the product page and/or on your website.
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Arcanum W April 17, 2019 2:12 am UTC
That's an excellent idea. I'll make sure that we do that with the next iteration. Thank you!
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Arcanum W April 16, 2019 5:19 pm UTC
Hi everyone,

Our Kickstarter has just launched, and to celebrate, we've updated the Player's Guide to Odyssey of the Dragonlords with several changes and new pages!

-Revised Satyr and Centaur races based on feedback.
-Added Thylean class archetypes for Fighters and Monks.
-Added Appendix: What is Mythic Heroism?
-Added a preview of one of the island maps

We hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into the world of Thylea, and we can't wait to share more with you. We would really appreciate your help to make the hardcover adventure book a reality. You can check out our Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcanumworlds/odyssey-of-the-dragonlords-5th-edition-adventure-b

-Jesse
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Vis S April 16, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
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It might be better to post this under your "Author" account on DriveThruRPG (assuming such a thing exists) so that the comment's marked as being made by an author of the product.

Thanks for sharing the news!
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Arcanum W April 17, 2019 2:11 am UTC
Hi Vis, thanks for the suggestion! We're partnered with Modiphius, our publisher, and we share the responsibility of posting updates. Unfortunately, there's no way for us to indicate our collaboration officially on DTRPG, to my knowledge.
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Vis S April 17, 2019 9:16 am UTC
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Ah, thanks for clarifying. Hopefully it's clear enough that your replies are official then :)
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Chris B April 17, 2019 9:40 am UTC
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Yes unfortunately unlike Kickstarter you can't give partner's 'collaborator' status on DriveThru, maybe it will be a feature they add one day.
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JOSUE B March 29, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
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Will be PDF available when kickstarter begins? need to hold it in my hands right noooow!! >_<
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Arcanum W March 30, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
Hi Josue. We're working to make the campaign book PDF available as soon as possible, but it will likely be at the end of the Kickstarter. Apologies for the wait! -AW
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Craig W March 27, 2019 11:05 am UTC
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Will this be a Kickstarter?
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Arcanum W March 28, 2019 3:26 am UTC
Hi Craig. Yes, we will be launching a Kickstarter for the hardcover campaign book in mid-April. At that time, we will also be releasing a revised version of the Player's Guide with some changes based on feedback. You can stay up to date on the book by following Arcanum Worlds or Modiphius on Twitter. -AW
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Craig W March 28, 2019 9:01 am UTC
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Hi Arcanum,

Good :) This PDF is excellent, very high-quality for a free sample, and I look forward to backing the rest of it!
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SA L February 27, 2019 7:12 pm UTC
Just a quick heads up for anyone who doesn't like sexist art direction in their D&D.
It does look like they tried to have a strong female presence in the art. They just didn't catch that a fair chunk of it is highly sexualized. Credit for the attempt
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Amanda R March 07, 2019 4:27 pm UTC
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"Why can’t we all Just get along" - Jack Nicholson, Mars Attacks
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Brett S March 08, 2019 4:06 pm UTC
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Methinks the problem is with your views as to what is sexist, and not with the art direction in this book. It is also possible that this product is "not for you." :)
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Darcy O March 11, 2019 3:18 pm UTC
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Hey! Thank you for providing the heads up. I didn't find much of the art in this particular book highly sexualized, however. One piece was for sure, with two art pieces being less so but still a little. Is it more of an issue in the other "Odyssey of the Dragonlord" books, or was the issue you voiced here mainly with this specific book?
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SA L March 11, 2019 4:12 pm UTC
People get along either by one side giving in or both sides meeting in the middle.
Let's actually aim for the middle!
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SA L March 11, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
I'm just looking for a little parity here. ;)

Give me a lady Satyr with a suggestive male harem, a centaur man who fights in... things I'm not sure are appropriate for this forum, and a basically naked 2 page spread of a dude with a scarf and some body paint, and we're good to go!

Still sexualized but not sexist!

Just to be clear-
The art is sexist because the male and female subjects are treated differently. Only the women are so exposed, and at least in the case of the lady satyrs- suggestive.
I don't have a problem with a product being 'not for me' but if the designer does not have that intent and yet is sending that message methinks they would like to know.
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SA L March 11, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
Hey! Just for a quick summary, my issues were with the nearly naked woman 2 page spread, the completely unnecessary boobplate on the centaur, and the male satyr's harem of otherwise naked women clad in fur blankets.

I do not have exposure to any of their other works and so can't assist you there unfortunately!

Like you, I've definitely seen worse, but I expect more from DND and I think we should hold 3rd party creators to the same standards. :)
Also, even if they weren't 'that bad' the men in the book are never drawn in similar states of suggestiveness/undress.
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Justin N February 24, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
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The new races seem a bit off, especially the walking speed of both and the magic resistance of the Satyrs. Other than that, looks well put together and I love the Epic Paths! I like that the Divine Blessing is nowhere near game breaking but is still a fantastic reward. I'm totally going to use them!
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