Just in case you came here to see if my opinion was miraculously inverted through reading a set of finalized rules that, as far as I can tell are not at all different from the last playtest packet, I will save you the time: I still think that the game looks and plays like recycled, traditionalist shit that reeks of nostalgia (which apparently is precisely what some people were looking for).

I would say that I am surprised to see that after two years of what could laughably be described as development, the results are basically 3rd Edition with a few 4th Edition rules shoehorned in that I can only assume were deemed not too offensive to the grognards, but we already knew what the game was going to look like long before the public playtest had concluded…

As Mike Mearls explained in Legends & Lore: The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF (over 100 pages, in fact) that covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.

But the best part? The Basic Rules is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.

More symbols for your being pleasure. I took inspiration from many sources. Some are more noticeable than others.

8 am at work on a Saturday. What do I do? More symbols!!

8 am at work on a Saturday. What do I do? More symbols!!

Two new symbols: Brotherhood of the Seven and The Path. All done by me in Illustrator.



Cantatio is the language of the angels. It is a universal language, understandable by any sentient mind if the ‘speaker’ wishes it so (who are allowed to hear the words as if they were spoken in their own languages).The angels shared their language with humans, and demons speak a version of it as well. It is described as beautiful, yet alien in nature, since it developed among beings with thought patterns very unlike those of humanity. To the mortal ear, cantatio sounds like a continuous song being hummed, sometimes with traces of what sounds like instruments (some hear chimes or vocal sounds as if a choir was singing). Mortals are unable to learn the language completely, they can learn to hear it and understand it (even if the ‘speaker’ does not wish it so) but they cannot replicate the sounds, thus mortals are unable to use Cantatio to make themselves understood.
Cantatio has no written form, instead, those who are able to speak it have left behind humming crystals that reproduce the words spoken to it.
I was trying to figure out how Cantatio would sound and decided to download Audacity and a few voice samples from the internet and see what I could come up with. I am not sure if this is how I would imagine it, but its pretty close.
Its either this… or something similar to the wisp from warcraft 3
Faith of the Seven Musica Universalis

Holy symbols for the Faith of the Seven and the Church of Musica Universalis. All done by me in illustrator. What do you guys think?