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This article was first broadcast in Episode Two Hundred and Twenty Three on 31st August 2022. Note: This article was adapted from an episode script, and so there may be parts that don’t flow well when read, because they were initially designed for broadcast. Genasi are one of the more esoteric playable races in D&D, which is saying something given that giant frog and tortoise people are options. Like a number of the more unusual racial options in D&D, the genasi came about once planar travel, and Planescape in particular, became a major fixture of D&D. Possibly due to the gender makeup of TSR in the late 80s and early 90s, it was apparently assumed that if people were able to find exotic beings from other planes, one of the first orders of business would be to…how shall I put this…test biological compatibility. In 2nd edition, if a human got…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 223rd entry into our chronicle, recorded on Sunday August 27th, and released Wednesday August 31st over at heroesrisepodcast.com. In this week’s Adventurer’s Pack, Ryu… OK, Ryu has clearly been rifling through my stuff… AGAIN! (Beneos Battlemaps, Beneos Battletokens) Next we check out some D&D News as we dissect and discuss the first entry into the One D&D Playtest: Character Origins After that we take a Short Rest and head into the Archives of Candlekeep as we bring the four elements together and learn all about the Genasi; before finally heading into the Scrying Pool to see what you [all] have to say. Community Questions The first official piece of the next evolution, or One D&D, is now live. What are your thoughts? Are criticals and failures ruined forever? How well will the feats fit into new character builds? What do you…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 222nd entry into our chronicle, recorded on Sunday August 21st, and released Wednesday August 24th over at heroesrisepodcast.com. In this week’s Adventurer’s Pack, Ostron plays with the market. Next we check out some D&D News as we take a look at the recently released Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, and tell you the One thing we learned at Wizards Presents With so much news we’re skipping the Short Rest segment, so after the news we’ll be heading into the Scrying Pool to see what you [all] have to say. Community Questions What are you most excited about from the announcements out of Wizards Presents? New Dragonlance adventure? Heists? Or are you biding your time for Planescape? Spelljammer’s here; Ostron could not stop it. So what do you think? Do you share his and Tony’s gripes about gravity, naming, and playing fast and…

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This article was first broadcast in Episode Two Hundred and Twenty One on 10th August 2022. Note: This article was adapted from an episode script, and so there may be parts that don’t flow well when read, because they were initially designed for broadcast. Demogorgon has gotten a lot of press lately and regularly promotes himself as the Prince of Demons and the strongest, baddest demon in the Abyss. But if you ask the being on the street it’s actually much more likely they’ll have heard of one of his main rivals. Orcus is opposite to Demogorgon in a lot of ways, both in the real world and in lore. He’s also a fascinating character to track through the history of the game because his star, or at least his skull-topped wand, has waxed and waned in popularity a lot through the years. Like Demogorgon, Orcus has the distinction of…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 221st entry into our chronicle, recorded on Saturday August 6th, and released Wednesday August 10th over at heroesrisepodcast.com. In this week’s Adventurer’s Pack, Lennon gets six different kinds of mappy Next we take gather around the campfire and engage in some Dissonant Whispers, reminiscing about our first times playing D&D After that we’ll take a Short Rest and head into the Archives of Candlekeep to get the low down on Orcus, the so very undead; before finally heading into the Scrying Pool to see what you have to say. Community Questions So what was your first fifth edition character? Did they joyfully climb to the heights of accomplishment and vanquish all their foes with friends aplenty. Or were they an abject failure, relegated to obscurity and death and replaced at the earliest opportunity? What’s your latest experience with the undead? Were…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 220th entry into our chronicle, recorded on Saturday July 31st, and released Wednesday August 3rd over at heroesrisepodcast.com. This week we’re going to wander into the Market of Minauros to see what mysterious and magical items have filtered up for sale. Druid Wild Shape Reference Deck Maps and Monstrum Compendium A Guide to Guilds Next we take a Long Rest and digging up some Unearthed Mundana as we discuss the Satanic Panic. And after that we’re heading straight into the Scrying Pool to see what you [all] have to say. Community Questions So Mrs. Pulling was convinced D&D was a gateway to demon worship and Satanism. How about you? What do you think D&D creates for the players? What organization will you create to make people aware of this? Wrong answers only. Heroes Rise are always on the lookout for new…

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This article was first broadcast in Episode Two Hundred and Twenty on 3rd August 2022. Note: This article was adapted from an episode script, and so there may be parts that don’t flow well when read, because they were initially designed for broadcast. A much as people whine about psionics or think that 4th edition was a tragic error on many levels, one of the largest impacts on D&D’s publication and future actually had very little to do with the mechanics of the game. Most people who either grew up in the 80s, played D&D, or watched some of the various media that touched on it, such as Season 4 of Stranger Things, are aware of a general event called the Satanic Panic. It was a moral movement and media phenomenon spanning the 80s and it had an irrevocable effect on the game and people’s perceptions of it. However if…

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This article was first broadcast in Episode Two Hundred and Nineteen on 27th July 2022. Note: This article was adapted from an episode script, and so there may be parts that don’t flow well when read, because they were initially designed for broadcast. Where the Nine Hells have the archdukes of The Hells, if you sail down the River Styx you’ll find a similar but different situation at the other end. That’s assuming you make it, of course; the River Styx is terrible and there are murderous demons on every side and sometimes floating by on other boats. Have we mentioned going to the underworld is a bad idea? Anyway, when you get to the Abyss you will find a much looser hierarchy, but there are several beings that fill much the same role as the archdukes. Those are the demon lords. Now practically speaking there is no demon lord…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 219th entry into our chronicle, recorded on Saturday July 22nd, and released Wednesday July 27th over at heroesrisepodcast.com. Unfortunately Ostron couldn’t be with us this week on account of the fact we’re covering Spelljammer stuff, so you have the honour of Tony’s company for this evening. In this week’s Adventurer’s Pack, Lennon shows us a new role he’s playing Next we check out some D&D News as we take a look at the recently released Spelljammer Academy from D&D Beyond, and take a look at the first trailer for the upcoming D&D movie Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves After that we take a Short Rest and head into the Archives of Candlekeep to discuss the duality of the Demogorgon; before finally heading into the Scrying Pool to see what you [all] have to say. Community Questions Demogorgon is a classic…

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Welcome, brave adventurers, to Heroes Rise. This is the 218th entry into our chronicle, recorded on Tuesday July 19th, and released Thursday July 21st over at heroesrisepodcast.com. In this week’s Adventurer’s Pack, Lennon gets fed up with gnomes and tells us all about a warlock’s workshop… Next we check out some D&D News as we bring you our first look at the latest hardcover adventure-slash-setting-book from Wizards of the Coast, Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel; and we take a peek at the latest Unearthed Arcana: Wonders of the Multiverse And because there’s so much to cover we’re going to be skipping the Short Rest and heading into the Scrying Pool to see what you have to say. Community Questions So there’s a new racial option from the UA. Do you think the glitching is overpowered? Should it be a Modron instead? The cleric is finally getting some love. Do you…

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