I am thrilled to see that Wizards and the D&D team are posting content to the official site again. There has been a bit of an article drought while we waited for 5e. A new monthly series entitled,”Unearthed Arcana“, will, in R&D’s Mike Mearls words,”range from mechanics that we expect one day to publish in a supplement to house rules from our home campaigns that we want to share, from core system options such as mass combat to setting-specific material”.
The first installment Mearls converts some beloved Eberron material, specifically rules for adding:
- Changeling as a playable race
- Shifter as a playable race
- Warforged as a playable race
- Artificer as a wizard tradition
- Action Points
While I was never a big fan of Eberron, (I met Keith Baker at Gen Con two years ago and told him that his world appeared to have been designed by drunk twelve-year-olds with its dinosaurs and magic-monorails) Unearthed Arcana is exactly the rich, free content we were seeing before Fourth edition made the baby Jesus cry and forsake mankind. I suggest you download and save these free PDF’s while you can because as we saw with 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, Wizards is notorious for removing archived materials. That said, we will start our own archive in the Pages section of B3 to house as many of the 5e PDF’s as we can (not just links to their current spot on Wizards.com).