1985 Arcana Blood Rituals

1985 Arcana Blood Rituals

1985 Arcana

Hello and welcome to 1985 Arcana! A place where I (Jeremiah) and some of my compatriots work on creating new and interesting rules for DnD 5e. Here we’ll release new playtest material for everyone to download and test out. If you like it, let us know in the comments. If you think we need to make any changes, where happy to hear them! This is meant to be a collaborative project between 1985 Games and our community.

Blood Rituals 1.1

Add darker more twisted type of magic into your game in this installment of 1985 Arcana. This playtest document presents a new type of magic made available to any full spell caster above 3rd level. This new set of powerful arcane ability's come at a cost to the caster and those around them.

We’ll release a playtest survey soon. When we do, please let us know what you think of these options. Your feedback can help us better the rules, and may end up in future products!

This Is Playtest Material

The DnD material in this article is presented for playtesting and to spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft form, usable in your DnD campaign but not refined by full game design and editing. They aren’t officially part of the game and aren’t created by the Wizards of the Coast team.


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I agree the cost to reward is way off. The rewards either need to be dramatically more powerful or the punishments need to be less severe. I can’t see any of my players wanting to use these as written.


Crimson Touch costs “(x) ounces of blood”, how much is “(x)” meant to be?

Graham Davey

I want to make a recommendation. The cost to reward is off on this idea. In order to make this better I recommend more items be added to the list with minor effects such as changes to body, like corruption, disfigurement. And/or that you can pay the penalty’s of the ritual/rite, by others. You classic sacrifice scenario. So for example you sacrifice the virgin but if interrupted the caster takes backlash effect. It’s a classic trope and would explain why cults always seem to want victims to use.

Jacob n.

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