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How to Keep Your 5e Party on Track Without Railroading

How to Keep Your 5e Party on Track Without Railroading

In Episode 4 of Fables: Citadel of the Unseen Sun, the characters finally break free of the City Below beneath Ostoya and drag themselves to the surface. With fresh air comes freedom, not only from...

An Update on our Pre-Orders!

An Update on our Pre-Orders!

Hey everyone The current global shipping situation sure has been an interesting time for anyone and everyone trying to ship anything from Point A to Point B. We have been no exception to the...

How to Run an Open World Adventure & World Anvil!

How to Run an Open World Adventure & World Anvil!

Need advice on how to get started on world building? Open world games are incredible because of how immersive they are our freedom of exploration within them! Our wonderful friends at World Anvil...

The Downcast the Heavens Sent

The Downcast the Heavens Sent

"Dearest and brightest angel, Before the gods died, you performed faithful service in their name. Your existence was purposeful and your light was so radiant that I am glad we never met in battle....

Monsters from Irish Mythology for 5e Adventures

Monsters from Irish Mythology for 5e Adventures

Whenever a holiday or celebration comes up, it’s fun to think about related world mythologies and how one might make a 5e adventure of the creatures found within. With St. Patrick’s Day upon us,...

The History of Halflings in a Realm of Giants

The History of Halflings in a Realm of Giants

In a grim world of fallen gods and fading hope, a halfling is a rare candle of good cheer. Not known for their might or ferocity, they are heroes of a different sort, quietly enduring and taking the...

Navigating the Labyrinth – Environmental 5e Combat

Navigating the Labyrinth – Environmental 5e Combat

Here we are, at the final session of our series on using Classical mythology to strengthen your TTRPG encounters. From subconscious expectations inherited from ancient narrative conventions, to...

Creating and Running Duet-Style 5e Adventures

Creating and Running Duet-Style 5e Adventures

Have you ever wanted to play a tabletop roleplaying game that requires three or more players, but you’re unable to coordinate a time that works for all your friends? Or are you searching for a fun...

Solving the Mystery – How to Run Mysteries in 5e

Solving the Mystery – How to Run Mysteries in 5e

During Episode 2 of Fables: Citadel of the Unseen Sun, the party must spend a night in an Ostoyan keep with a small group of knights. The keep is locked, the night is long, and one of the knights is...

The Heritage of the Half-Orcs

The Heritage of the Half-Orcs

Before the elves or dwarves, Etharis was ruled by orcs. From north to south, east to west, they built a nomadic empire of diverse tribes. After dominating the land for centuries they left the...

Factions of Grim Hollow

Factions of Grim Hollow

Many factions vie for control of the realms of Grim Hollow. Today we’ll consider what makes each of them a good patron, dastardly foe, or even a group that player characters may seek to join. The...

Tabletop Roleplaying Games are Good for You

Tabletop Roleplaying Games are Good for You

Who knew gaming could bring so much good to one’s life? Seriously, the thought of doing something fun that also benefits your lifestyle is a rare thing indeed! Usually, you need to run ten miles or...

The Sphinx and the Riddle of Non-Combat Encounters

The Sphinx and the Riddle of Non-Combat Encounters

Welcome back to this blog series on how Classical mythology can offer guidance to our TTRPG encounter design! So far, we’ve talked about the power in conforming to or defying ancient narrative...

Glimpse Inside Fables: Citadel of the Unseen Sun

Glimpse Inside Fables: Citadel of the Unseen Sun

Friends and fans of Grim Hollow, and honored newcomers to the worlds of Ghostfire Gaming, the time has come to begin a brand-new adventure! I’d like to officially introduce, the first ever...

The Filth Grazer – Creating a Grim Hollow Monster

The Filth Grazer – Creating a Grim Hollow Monster

There’s an old saying in RPG game design: Don’t create a stat block for creatures that you don’t want players to kill. One of the most popular books of an earlier roleplaying era was Deities and...

Yule Better Be Good – A Christmas 5e Adventure

Yule Better Be Good – A Christmas 5e Adventure

The season of giving is upon us and what better way to celebrate it with your players than with a Christmas-themed adventure? There are plenty of 5th Edition games that feature a jolly gift-giving...

Villains of Grim Hollow – Naedre

Villains of Grim Hollow – Naedre

The evils that haunt Etharis are many, though few can stand against a party of grizzled adventurers alone. In this series, Villains of Grim Hollow, I’ll draw back the curtain on some of those...

The Hydra and the Many Heads of Dynamic Combat

The Hydra and the Many Heads of Dynamic Combat

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed the idea that the memories of ancient stories are still embedded in the stories we tell today, whether intentional or otherwise. I also said that...

Grim Hollow – Hag Transformation

Grim Hollow – Hag Transformation

The transformation rules presented in Grim Hollow: The Campaign Guide and Grim Hollow: The Players Guide allow you to add a level of psychological dread and body horror to your campaign as one or...

Shipping Update for EU and UK Customers

Shipping Update for EU and UK Customers

Hey Everyone, The recent past has been an interesting time to be in the business of sending products around the world. The worldwide pandemic has placed unfathomable amounts of pressure on global...

The Sage Advice of the Ogresh

The Sage Advice of the Ogresh

In gambling dens, among those dealing the cards, there’s only one maxim the outfit heeds: The house always wins, unless an ogresh plays. While those words may be an exaggeration, they’re certainly...

Discovering the Races of Grim Hollow

Discovering the Races of Grim Hollow

The Grim Hollow setting is home to a handful of unique races that populate the world of Etharis. The wechselkind, ogresh, and others provide evocative roleplaying opportunities in addition to...

Running an Evil Campaign: Maintaining Your Game

Running an Evil Campaign: Maintaining Your Game

Welcome back to this dangerously diabolical blog series! Over the course of five articles, we've been chatting about the need-to-knows of building and running evil campaigns for 5th Edition! So,...

Legacy of the Legendary on TTRPGs

Legacy of the Legendary on TTRPGs

Find the story, Granny Weatherwax always said. She believed that the world was full of story shapes. If you let them, they controlled you. But if you studied them, if you found out about them… you...

Villains of Grim Hollow – Captain Grey Fin

Villains of Grim Hollow – Captain Grey Fin

The evils that haunt Etharis are many, though few can stand against a party of grizzled adventurers alone. In this series, Villains of Grim Hollow, I’ll draw back the curtain on some of those...

Halloween Adventures – Monster Mash

Halloween Adventures – Monster Mash

It’s that time of year again—at least in some parts of the world—where spooky décor crawls out from storage to haunt lawns with plaster grave markers, oversized cobwebs, and perhaps even a...

Storybuilding: Rumors and Story Hooks

Storybuilding: Rumors and Story Hooks

Central to many adventures are the investigations. In addition to searching a scene, researching ancient tomes, or casting divinations; characters frequently need to ask around town to find the next...

Exploring the Realms of Grim Hollow

Exploring the Realms of Grim Hollow

The Grim Hollow setting takes place in the world of Etharis. Etharis is an evocative and dangerous backdrop for your campaign, and a place where compelling character backstories can take place. With...

Laneshi & Tales of Twin Death

Laneshi & Tales of Twin Death

The Mysterious Laneshi Empire Sea cultists from a sacrificial caste system. The unconquered sea folk. Ritualistic murderers. Monsters from the oceans. However you choose to describe the laneshi,...