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D&D x Troika! Backgrounds

Here's the first draft of the first phase of D&D backgrounds I'm making for a home Troika game. I've had players mention wanting to try something a little more vanilla and more in line with what they were used to after trying out Troika for the first time, so here's my attempt to bridge the gap. Some things I wanted to keep in mind when making these conversions:Making the items as flavorful and evocative as Troika backgroundsBlending skills from both gamesOnly use Spells from TroikaTaking a page from GLOG, and giving a template choice for Special Abilities to the player, with carry over from 5e abilities but translated into Troika rulesLet me know what you think, if you have any suggestions or recommendations, and how you feel I should continue on.First Draft of D&D x Troika! Backgrounds

Note: Art and flavor text is directly from the D&D PHB. I plan on replacing both in the future, this is just for my reference.
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Burning Books

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