D&D 5e – A Review

When I heard that D&D 5th edition was being produced, I was understabdably skeptical. After all, 3.5e was doing the job just fine, and 4e was terrible. But then I started to hear good things on the interwebs, and one of our group members suggested trying it out. Last night was our first night of a new 5e campaign, and it was awesome. 

Highlights of 5th Edition


Proficiency is a new concept that tells you whether or not you are competent at a specific task. If you are, you can add your proficiency bonus to all rolls for that skill. If not, you don’t. Simple as that. 

Example: Croman the human barbarian is proficient at using a longsword. When he attacks, he adds both his Strength modifier (+3) and Proficiency bonus (+2) to his d20 roll. Croman is NOT proficient at using a scimitar. When he attacks, he adds only his Strength modifier. 

Advantage & Disadvantage

Instead of having all sorts of bonuses and penalties to your attack/skill/saving throw rolls, you are either at an advantage or a disadvantage in a given situation. For advantage, you roll two d20s and take the higher roll, for disadvantage you take the lower roll. 

Example: Kiryn the dragonborn cleric is pretty scary-looking, and bares her fangs to indimidate a petty street thief. When his friends attack, Kiryn gets advantage on her first roll (or they get disadvantage, it’s up to the DM).

Backgrounds & Personality

Your character is no longer just a “stat block”. For those players who have a hard time with RP, the personality traits and background section help them flesh out their character. Each character has a bond, a flaw, and an ideal that is connected to their background. 

Example: Kiryn’s background is “pirate”. Her ideal is the freedom of the sea, her bond is her first ship, and her flaw is a lack of trust in her companions due to previous experience with mutiny. She is also able to use her pirate background to get away with minor crimes and petty theft.

Bonus XP for Role-Playing

At the DM’s discretion, players can be awarded bonus experience for playing to their characters ideals, bonds, flaws, or other personality traits. I love this because it really encourages players to think their actions through, and not just attack everyone or everything they see. 

Example: Croman, the human barbarian, believes in never harming women or children. When Kiryn suggests using a child as bait for slavers, he refuses, and is given bonus experience for playing to his character’s ideals. 

Overall, 5th edition is awesome. We’re still learning and figuring out the kinks, but I really enjoy it so far and can’t wait to DM my first 5e campagin! 


Hip to your Jive

When I was seventeen, I was convinced that I didn’t want kids. They were loud, smelly, and kind of gross, and I figured I would always be too busy writing poetry and getting piercings and going to drum circles to ever be responsible for tiny humans. I thought kids would stifle my personality – “cramp my style”, as it were. Yet here I am, ten years later, a stay at home mom with two adorable boys.

I have my husband to thank for that, mostly. I met him online six years ago, when I was a hippie with a fauxhawk who worked in a coffee shop and lived in an attic decorated with Christmas lights. One day I looked up and there he was, smiling nervously, with an adorable little boy in tow wearing a tshirt that said “Chick Magnet”. That little boy, who is now almost done grade two, stole my heart and convinced me that I could, in fact, be a mother.

Fast forward six years. My boys are loud, smelly, and kind of gross. They play with their food and laugh at farts and the baby puts dog toys in his mouth. But they’re also a ton of fun and occasionally hilarious and they make me happier than I could have ever imagined being at seventeen. And no, I don’t write poetry or go to drum circles anymore. But I do have other hobbies – I cook and cross stitch and play games and yes, occasionally still get piercings. I like to think I’m a cool mom, although I’m sure my kids will disagree in a few years.

The best part of having kids is sharing what you love with them. So I’m off to teach the munchkin how to play D&D.


1×01 Pilot

My biggest fear is writing all this down and nobody gives a damn. This is the first time I’ve had a blog since Xanga, and let’s be honest, that didn’t really count. At least, I hope it didn’t. I have a stack of 30+ journals under my bed but I haven’t written in a while, so here goes.

So what is this blog going to be about? Anything and everything, really. D&D adventures, parenting moments (no gross stuff though, promise), crafts I make, board games, book reviews, thoughts about being a step-parent, insights on living with depression, food experiments, and of course coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Everyone always says that life is one big adventure – so here’s mine.