We Who Are About to Die ...
by Robert J. Schwalb
Part one of Dragon #368's two-part series on gladiators kicks off with "We Who Are About to Die…" featuring new options for characters interested in battle in the gladiatorial arena. The article introduces a new feat series and new weapon options, plus gladiator character backgrounds for all classes.
One of the most thrilling aspects of the Dungeons & Dragons game is combat. Each character has a broad range of options to best dispatch the enemy. Whether blasting foes with lightning bolt or sweeping through them with giant's wake, all PCs can contribute to a battle's outcome in exciting ways.
In the D&D world, finding foes to oppose is rarely a problem. Within places from dungeons to dark forests, foul denizens are plentiful. Although taking the battle to such enemies is what the game is all about, only rarely do you have the opportunity to unleash all your capabilities.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb either wanders what used to be called the Prime Material Plane as a man, wearing no armor but using the black sword as a weapon, or as a golden amoeba with a man's brain in place of a nucleus. In either case he attacks as a monster. Robert lives in Tennessee with his wife Stacee and pride of fiendish gelatinous house cats. Robert would like to thank Dean Poisso for his article "Glory and Triumph" in Dragon Magazine #303.