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Legends and Lore:
Monster Creation in D&D Next

by Mike Mearls

In this system, a monster’s experience point value is the basic measure of its power. Tougher monsters are worth more XP. That’s the only number you have to worry about when building encounters and adventures. 

The monster design process boils down to creating a monster’s stats and abilities, and then using the system math to determine its XP value. I’ll use a monster I created for the playtest, the minotaur, as an example to walk you through the steps of monster design.

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Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter

Dungeon 204
The Ecology of the Swordwing

by Tim Eagon

Among the most bizarre denizens of the deep Underdark are an extremely powerful—and utterly evil—race of winged, insectlike humanoids that other races refer to as swordwings, because each one has an arm ending in an appendage that resembles a scimitar. They build extensive hives in the Deeps, the most dangerous and least accessible region of the Underdark.

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Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter

Epic Campaign
Web of the Spider Queen #7

by Aaron Williams

Epic Campain
is (usually, but not always) the tale of one Krozat the Mighty, as he strives for his place among the heroes of legend. The only problem is, he’s dead. Those who carry on his name (as well as carry around his bones) find their destinies entwined with his… even if he’s not fully around to appreciate it.

This time around, Krozat and company have engaged in events surrounding D&D Encounters: Web of the Spider Queen....

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Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter