2021-10-07. Spooky collection released for All Hallows’ Evening.
2021-10-01. The October Giveaway has started!
2021-09-30. New scenes published this month (421), including Nessus, the Ninth Circle of Hell; Oath of the Ancients Paladin: Lay on Hands to Remove Poison; and Potion of Animal Friendship.
2021-09-17. dScryb wins an ENnie Award for Best Online Content!
2021-09-16. dScryb goes to Gen Con!
2021-09-13. New map released: Beneath the Temple of the Fallen.
2021-09-07. Items Collection released!
2021-09-01. New map released: Antlion Canyon.
2021-07-14. New scenes (21), including Ring of Three Wishes, Cursed: Disadvantage on Ability Checks and Saving Throws tied to Charisma, and God of Elemental Fire.
2021-07-11. New scenes (6), including Cursed: Disadvantage on Ability Checks and Saving Throws tied to Constitution, Arrival to the Elemental Plane of Fire, and Slaver’s Ship.
2021-06-25. dScryb Foundry VTT Module updated to Version 2.0.0; now compatible with Foundry VTT Version 0.8.X. New scenes (5), including Interior Decorator, Assassin’s Blood, and Approaching an Anxious Village.
2021-05-14. New scenes (134), including Farm Yard and House, Hiring the Player Characters To Deal With a Pack of Monsters, and Druidic Beastfolk Village.
A new giveaway to launch Way of the Word! by David
May 4, 2021
Dear dScryb Member,
It’s been a month since my last letter, but the time has flown by in an instant. For those of you that are new, welcome! My name is David. I created dScryb with my brother-in-law, Ben, and I tend to be the one to write these updates.
Way of the Word
We listened! Today, dScryb releases the most requested feature to date: Way of the Word. This feature allows those of you that enjoy writing your own boxed text, and who wish to share it with the world, to submit your finished drafts to our amazing team of editors. After receiving a professional edit and polish, your scenes will be published alongside dScryb’s growing collection of boxed text. Way of the Word scenes will always be free—never paywalled.
And to get those creative juices flowing, dScryb has published a collection of thoughts and suggestions about writing boxed text, titled, Thinking Inside the Box: How To Write Boxed Text for Your Favorite RPG.
Enter the May Giveaway!
To kick off the launch of Way of the Word, dScryb is giving away a treasure horde of goodies:
- Blue Yeti Nano Microphone
- Quill & Ink Set
- Limited Edition PDF Collection
- $40 Credit on DriveThruRPG
- dScryb Annual Hero Membership
It’s free to enter: dScryb Giveaway.
Congratulations to “Gooby26”!
dScryb congratulates the winner of last month’s giveaway, “Gooby26”!
Gooby26 wins a Foundry Virtual Tabletop License, The Forge Game Master Plan, and a dScryb Hero Membership (to use or gift to a friend).
We thank everyone who participated in the giveaway!
dScryb Releases Digital Titles
dScryb has published over 2,100 scenes—that’s 300 more scenes since my last letter! So far, those scenes have been available exclusively through the website. Today, dScryb is launching three, select digital titles on DriveThruRPG for readers to own: dScryb’s Chilling Scenes, Dreadful Manor, and Haunted House. (Don’t worry if PDFs are not your thing—all of these scenes are also available on the site.)
dScryb will expand this collection in the future: there are more amazing works to come!
dScryb Welcomes New Writers
In the past four weeks, two writers have joined the team: Kip and Megan. They’ve been hard at work crafting new, inspiring scenes, and are warmly welcomed.
Join Us on Discord!
This community is growing fast and spilling out of our inboxes and past our Twitter character limits. So, we’ve launched a Discord server so that we can all chat and share our creations and thoughts in one place, kind of like the local inn. Ben and I are there often, and our writers and editors occasionally pop by to say “hi!” We look forward to seeing you!
The enthusiasm and support that we’ve received from the community has been a tremendous motivation! For example, Ted from Nerd Immersion used some dScryb boxed text in one of his amazing Top Ten videos. Ted writes, “We all know that time is a limited resource, especially when preparing for your D&D sessions. dScryb allows me to utilize a team of talented writers to fill in the gaps and add immersion to my campaign. So if you’re like me and your players have a habit of taking things off the rails, having dScryb in your back pocket can be a real lifesaver.”
The past four months have been a blast, and we’re humbled that so many of you have been using dScryb to help enrich your adventures. We hope you enjoy these new releases, and we can’t wait to hear feedback from you about them, or anything else. You can always email me via firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, suggestions, or concerns, and I’ll get back to you.
Thanks again for your support! Be safe, and may your adventures be interesting!
An epic giveaway for a big update! by David
April 3, 2021
It’s been one month since my last letter, but it feels like much longer! For those of you that are new, my name is David. I created dScryb with my brother-in-law, Ben, and I’ll tend to be the one keeping all of you updated with what we’ve been working on and what’s to come.
dScryb Releases a Module for Foundry Virtual Tabletop!
Today, we also launch the dScryb module for Foundry VTT! For those who don’t know it, Foundry VTT is a rapidly growing virtual tabletop roleplaying platform. It’s beloved for being developer-friendly, standalone, feature-rich, and self-hosted. The dScryb module is developed by an experienced Foundry VTT developer, Iron Moose Development, and takes everything you love about dScryb and delivers it conveniently and completely within the virtual tabletop application. The module also works in conjunction with the new Cartography Collection by offering Foundry VTT-ready maps and illustrations with walls and lighting set up!
Enter the Giveaway!
To kick off the launch of this module, dScryb is giving away a lifetime license to Foundry VTT, a year of game hosting over at The Forge, and a dScryb Hero membership! It’s free to enter: dScryb Giveaway!
dScryb Releases the Cartographer’s Collection!
dScryb has published over 1,800 scenes—that’s 300 more since my last letter! But that’s not what excites us the most. Today, dScryb is launching the Cartographer’s Collection.
There’s no easy way to describe this feature, you’ve got to see it for yourself. There are two free maps and four additional maps for Hero members. The maps and illustrations are the work of talented artists, and they’re brought to life with specially crafted dScryb boxed text. dScryb will expand this collection regularly: there are more amazing works to come!
dScryb Welcomes New Editors!
In the past four weeks, two editors joined the team: Nicola and Davy. They’ve been hard at work keeping up with the amazing writers and are warmly welcomed.
The enthusiasm and support that we’ve received from the community has been a tremendous motivation! For example, Jorphdan has been using dScryb boxed text to introduce his amazing lore videos, and Hero members have been enjoying the Scene and Character request features: Søren writes, “Thank YOU GUYS! This scene is truly amazing, and exactly what I was looking for. Cheers to all and well done!”
The past four months have been such a joy for us, and we’re humbled that so many of you have been using dScryb to help enrich your adventures. We hope you enjoy these new releases, and we can’t wait to hear feedback from you about them, or anything else. You can always email me via email@example.com with your questions, suggestions, or concerns, and I’ll get back to you.
Thanks again for your support! Be safe, and may your adventures be interesting!
2021-04-02. New scene: Decanter of Endless Water.
2021-04-01. New scene: Dagger of Venom.
2021-03-31. New scene: Cube of Force.
2021-03-29. New scene: Crystal Ball of Telepathy.
2021-03-28. New scene: Crystal Ball.
2021-03-27. New scene: Cloak of the Bat.
2021-03-11. No new scenes today, but we’re polishing hundreds right now, and finishing up some really exciting new features and content. Thanks for your patience!
2021-03-05. New scenes (20), including Northern, Coastal Mining Outpost with Cheerful Voices, Tari’th Darkmoon the Tiefling Fiendish Warlock, and Berserker Axe.
2021-03-05. New scenes (10), including Frankkóttir the High Elf School of Evocation Wizard, Jesshann the Dragonborn Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer, and Tari’th Darkmoon the Tiefling Fiendish Warlock.
2021-03-02. New character scene: Amalae the Half-Elf College of Lore Bard.
The Scryb’s wish spell came true! by David
March 1, 2021
It’s my pleasure to welcome so many new members since my last letter! My name is David. I created dScryb with my partner, Ben, and I’ll be at the helm of our newsletters, providing regular updates of what we’ve been up to and where we’re going.
Over the weekend, dScryb welcomed a new editor, Dwayne Stange. He’s already been hard at work helping us play catch up with the amazing writing team. So, welcome Dwayne!
dScryb now has over 1,500 scenes published! I anticipate that the number of Character scenes will grow the fastest, and the collection will be released within six weeks. Of course, Hero members will have early access to those scenes, and any others, as they leave the editors’ desk.
Since the last letter, dScryb has released a new feature for Hero members: Character Request. In a nutshell, you tell us about a character, such as a character in the campaign that you DM, or your own, and dScryb’s writers and editors will distill the information into an evocative short description! We’ve received a bunch of great requests already. If I had to choose one to highlight, it might be His Lordship Sir Dale of the Dale Lands.
I’ve been extremely touched by the incredible enthusiasm and support that we’ve received from members of the community, both individuals and organizations, some of whom we’ve listed on a new Friends page. We’re honored and humbled whenever we’re recommended by one DM to another, no matter the platform or the audience. For example, on Friday, MrRhexx announced that he will be using dScryb boxed text to introduce his future lore videos!
In the past three months we’ve had the joy and privilege of providing boxed text to over 1,200 new dScryb members and over 10,000 guests. The experience has been almost as rewarding as when we first discovered the game. So, thank you, be safe, and may your adventures be interesting!
2021-02-27. New scene from Scene Request: A Tenday’s Travel by Boat on a River. New character from Character Request: His Lordship Sir Dale of the Dale Lands. Other new characters: Sorilae the Hill Dwarf Life Domain Cleric, Ilyena the Half-Elf College of Lore Bard, and Gnarg the Half-Orc Berserker.
2021-02-24. New scene: Flesh Cobbler.
2021-02-18. New character scenes: Tatu Searis the Human Way of the Open Hand Monk, Ghry Manqula the Half-Orc Champion Fighter, and Elmheer Mossbeard the Hill Dwarf Circle of the Land Druid.
2021-02-14. New scene: Invisible Dragon Breathing Fire.
2021-02-07. New scene: Urchin.
Latest Update by David
February 6, 2021
This is a brief update of what we’ve been up to and where we’re going.
Since dScryb’s launch on January 1, 2021, the team has been joined by a new editor, Michael, and a new writer, Puja. Michael and Puja are both amazing, and by now you’ve likely read scenes that they’ve worked on.
Hundreds of new scenes have been published, as well as some new ways to find them, including:
In addition to new scenes, dScryb has released a new collection: The Spells Collection. Items was going to come next, but we’ve heard loud and clear from podcast host DMs that Characters (NPCs and Commoners) absolutely must come next—and so it will. The team is not rushing it, but it’s currently the top priority.
Another matter that was rather unexpected has been the incredible enthusiasm and support that we’ve received from members of the community, both individuals and organizations, some of whom we’ve listed on a new Friends page. We’re honored and humbled whenever we’re recommended by one DM to another, no matter the platform or the audience. If we had to choose one endorsement to highlight, it might be Tyler’s from RPBGBOT.net, a resource that some of us have been using for years:
I’m really impressed by dScryb. They have tons of content already and everything I’ve seen is spectacular. They even take custom scene requests. Here’s one I requested: Dark Casting of Cure Wounds. Seriously, look at this and tell me that it doesn’t make you want to drop what you’re doing and play some games.
I promised myself that I’d keep this short, so I’ll end here: In the past 37 days we’ve had the joy and privilege of providing boxed text to over 300 new dScryb members and thousands of guests. The experience has been almost as rewarding as when we first discovered the game. So, for that: Thank you, be safe, and may your adventures be interesting!
2021-02-05. New collection coming soon: The Cartographer’s Collection.
2021-02-04. New collection coming soon: The Characters Collection. New Scene Request published: Dark Casting of Cure Wounds. There’s also a new Friends of dScryb page to recognize the growing number of fantastic friends that dScryb has made since January 1, 2021!
2021-01-29. New feature: Collections Indexes.
Update by David
January 21, 2021
Following our launch on January 1, 2021, we received tons of helpful feedback as well as hundreds of new members from this community. We are absolutely thrilled! The purpose of this post is to say THANK YOU and to provide an update.
In the past three weeks, we’ve implemented the following:
Site load times cut in half
Improved responsiveness on mobile
A New scenes page
An Updates page
We’ve also published 183 new scenes and welcomed a new editor.
The Spells Collection is about 60% complete and will be ready in 2-4 weeks (Hero members already have early access to those that are done). After that, we’ll begin prioritizing the Items Collection, while continuing to expand the existing collections.
I’ve extended the coupon codes from my New Year’s Day post, so feel free to use them.
I’ll be back in 2-4 weeks with another update.
Until then, happy adventuring!
TLDR: If you’ve ever found yourself behind the DM screen but at a loss for words, three professional fantasy writers have written a large collection of boxed text for your campaigns, and it’s all searchable. Enjoy!
2021-01-15. New feature: New Scenes page and corresponding gold badge flair on scenes published within the last 30 days.
2021-01-14. Site optimizations and bug fixes.
2021-01-10. Major site optimizations and bug fixes, including mobile; New scenes added (12), including The Sense of an Absence of the Weave, The Sense of a Harmony in the Weave, and The Sense of Disharmony in the Weave.
2021-01-03. New feature: browse all nearby tags.
2021-01-02. Various bug fixes and UI improvements.