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Bigby Presents: Glory of Giants (Dungeons & Dragons Expansion Book)

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Bigby, who is originally from the world of Greyhawk, is best known for his eponymous ‘hand’ spells, which in 5E are condensed into a single Bigby’s Hand spell with several modes (forceful hand, grasping hand, interposing hand, clenched fist). Glory of the Giants leaves me wanting to break out some of those pretty giant-sized miniatures I’ve got sitting on my shelf and get them back into the game. Stone Giants: Reclusive being who prefer to hide in the wilderness and are surprisingly gentle unless provoked.

Strike of the Giants comes in a number of types, allowing players to inflict damage correlating with their chosen variety once per turn when hitting a target with a weapon attack. Players will find a wealth of giant-themed character options: a subclass for barbarians, two backgrounds related to giants and their runic magic, and feat options that evoke the strength and primal magic of the giants.

Path of the Giant barbarians can also fool around out of combat, with the third-level ability to learn the druidcraft or thaumaturgy cantrip opening up creative possibilities that other DnD barbarians might not be able to access. The most interesting twist on the formula comes in the ability to invoke an inscribed rune without using a spell slot or material components with the side effect of locking out use of the spell until the next long rest.

The book offers advice on how to connect a character using any of these options to the lore of the giants, whether to draw a direct line of ancestry, draw power from an artifact, or worship the gods of the giants. An expert in countless areas of lore from the multiverse, for this upcoming book it seems Bigby will be offering his own unique take on the worlds of giants. Chapter 6: Bestiary: The final chapter of the book features over 70 new monster stat blocks, including death giants, gargantua, ettin variants, elemental hulks, undead giants and even kaiju.The 2024 Core Rulebooks provide new options for players and DMs along with updates and improvements to the classes, mechanics, items, and monsters of fifth edition. As part of the launch of Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants, Wizkids has released a new miniature lineup inspired by the book. The 2024 Core Rulebooks will provide new options for players and DMs along with updates and improvements to the classes, mechanics, items, and monsters of fifth edition. Chapter 1: Character Options: This will feature a variety of new player options, including the “path of the giant” Barbarians subclass and two new backgrounds (the Giant Foundling and Rune Carver). Discerning players can gain a lot from balancing the expenditure of spell slots and these invocations as long as they properly understand the risk of cutting off access to any specific spell.

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