Writing by Jessica Marcrum

Fantasy & Feminism

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” 
― Maya Angelou

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Published Work

Adventures and Adventure Compilations

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April, 2020

EXIT PURSUED BY OWLBEAR is a collection of five adventures inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.

Five stories, told throughout the ages. Five plays, written and rewritten for every medium under the radiant sun. Five new adventures, each waiting for you to join the table and play out their action like actors upon the storied stage, exploring their worlds from angles heretofore unseen.

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April, 2020

he Princess Project anthology is a collection of adventures focusing on retelling the stories of fairy tale and mythological princesses, upturning the tropes that surround princesses, and dethroning the patriarchy. 


Princess Project princesses are inspired by the likes of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and the Odyssey.

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March, 2020

UNBRIDLED is a book of 19 adventures for D&D 5th edition featuring hags and unicorns, each of which provides a unique and bizarre take on the theme handpicked from pitches by a unnerving array of enthusiastic (and almost entirely unvetted) authors.

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March, 2020

Every season has its rituals, each celebration its deeper mysteries...

Book of Seasons: Equinoxes features 20 original adventures for Tiers 1-4, each featuring unique art, from the creators of the Uncaged Anthology, Eat the Rich, and Friends, Foes, and Other Fine Folk. Equinoxes features adventures based on Spring and Autumn themes. 

Book of Seasons: Equinoxes includes multiple new monsters, NPCs, magical items, and more. Statblocks and handouts are included in each adventure as well as in their own appendix. 

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February, 2020

The final volume in the bestselling, critically acclaimed series


Every creature in the multiverse has a story to tell — even the monsters.



Uncaged is a collection of myth- and folklore-themed adventures written for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Each original adventure subverts tropes around a female mythological creature or monster including hags, harpies, medusas, and much, much more. 

Volume IV is available as both a digital file with a hardcover print version. 

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February, 2020

Encounters in the Savage Underdark is a 150-page supplement containing mini-adventures, NPCs, locations, and magic items. In all, the writers have produced 24 unique encounters, NPCs, and locations for you to add to any subterranean campaign. 

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Book of Seasons: Solstices

December, 2019

Every season has its rituals, each celebration its deeper mysteries...

Book of Seasons: Solstices features 20 original ENnies nominated adventures for Tiers 1-4, each featuring unique art, from the creators of the Uncaged Anthology, Eat the Rich, and Friends, Foes, and Other Fine Folk.

Solstices features adventures based on Summer and Winter themes. 

Book of Seasons: Solstices includes multiple new monsters, NPCs, magical items, and weird magic available in PDF and Premium Color hardcover. 

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Midwinter Ghost Stories

December, 2019

In the bleak midwinter

Frosty wind made moan

Winter is a terrifying time. The Victorians knew this, and told ghost stories around roaring fires to revel in the sense of safety and warmth in the face of the bitter cold outside… and whatever lurked in winter’s long shadows.

Continue the tradition with a series of eight short (1-2 hours) adventures set in Gothic Earth, a version of our own world in the nineteenth century, claimed and corrupted by the Mists of Ravenloft. 

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A Day with the Fey

October, 2019

It all begins with the dryad's funeral...

Suddenly, your party is (quite possibly accurately) blamed for her death and forced to pay recompense by undergoing three trials under the watchful eye of of her dearest friends. The penalty for failure? Well, let's just say no one in the Feywild takes kindly to oathbreakers. 

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Grimm Encounters III

October, 2019

Fear the Ten

If you need some horrifying and grotesque encounters for your table, look no further. This supplement is filled with 10 haunting encounters based on classic fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers and their contemporaries. These encounters are perfect for dropping into horror themed games, those set in Ravenloft or the Shadowfell, or for your yearly Halloween Special!

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Beyond the Basics

September, 2019

Beyond the Basics is a companion book to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules created by Wizards of the Coast and includes 76 encounters featuring some of D&D's most recognizable and beloved creatures across 237 pages.

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Hope and Despair are Both Stars

July, 2019

A Scarred Lands Adventure for 4-6 players of APL 6-9

Political factions threaten to destroy an orc trading caravan and the fate of the Shumosh wolf-riders may be determined over a celebratory hearth. Tradition has guided the caravan for decades, though the younger generation struggles against its constraints, and something altogether more insidious may be at work. 

A Vengeance of the Shunned Side Quest

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Uncaged Anthology: Volume 1

March, 2019

Every creature in the multiverse has a story to tell — even the monsters.


Uncaged is an ENnies nominated collection of myth- and folklore-themed adventures written for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Each original adventure subverts tropes around a female mythological creature or monster including hags, harpies, medusas, and much, much more. 

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Supplements

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June, 2020

All that glisters is not gold— Often have you heard that told.


These tables integrate a bit of everyday treasure into your role-playing. 

The Tables of Overlooked Treasure are compatible with 5e, WFRPG, Call of Cthulhu, PbtA, & more. 

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June, 2020

From the tiny sand cat to the massive cath palug, the Big Book of Cats contains 40 new felines plus several old friends to delight and devour you! It's the purrfect supplement for any table looking to evade danger by a whisker or just have a good time kitten around. 

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June 2020

A love of nature is intrinsic to any druid, but druids joining the Circle of Catnip love very particular aspects of nature. Namely, sunshine, the ability to transform and commune with great feline creatures, and the cultivation of catnip itself. A Catnip Druid is likely to be found basking for hours in the sunlight, only to suddenly sprint off to a random location with their claws drawn.

The Circle of Catnip goes particularly well with the Big Book of Cats

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May, 2020

For use with Whispers in the Dark

An invitation-only club for Chicago’s elite, the Delphine Society is nigh unrecognizable from the association started by Charles Avingdon Villieport in 1818. Ostensibly dedicated to preserving the business interests of Chicago’s wealthiest mercantile families, the lure of spiritualism has changed the society irreparably.

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April, 2020

Expand your game with this collection of 20 unique NPCs of various Challenge Ratings. Each NPC is designed so they can used as an ally, or as an enemy. We’ve even included several quest ideas for each of the NPCs, three of which have detailed mini adventures and a map.

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Path of the Stray

January 2020

While many tabaxi suppress the more animalistic aspects of their feline heritage, certain barbarians revel in tapping into a primal rage. These cats, and those who admire them, follow the Path of the Stray. While raging, they destroy anything they see, hissing at friend and foe alike.

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College of Trick or Treat

October, 2019

As seen on DMsGuild Design Dash

The College of Trick or Treat is a bardic subclass for those looking to terrify their friends with outrageous disguises and then take all their candy when they're not looking. It's trick-or-treating bardic style!

Unplaytested!

Unpolished!

Unbalanced!

ALL FUN!

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It's Dangerous to Go Alone

September, 2019

It's Dangerous to Go Alone is a collection of six non-playable characters (NPCs) and six trainable baby monsters to help protect you on your journey through the dangerous waters of the Blood Sea, plus three all-new monsters to threaten your journey.

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Villains & Lairs IV: Villains & Lairs IV - the Dead, Damned, & Decaying

September, 2019

Expand your game with this collection of 40 unique NPCs of various Challenge Ratings, ten of which include maps and details of their lairs. Add these NPCs as a side-quest, a main villain, a one-shot, a bounty for easy money, or however else you wish.

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Mistkickers: Sidekicks of Ravenloft

September, 2019

MISTKICKERS is a DMsguild community project of gothic horror sidekicks guaranteed to make your life a misery. 

With 20 archetypes, you need never be alone again.

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Bearthazar's House of Familiars

August, 2019

Welcome, one and all, to Bearthazar's House of Familiars

Over 50 new familiars, companions and critters for your 5th edition game. 

  • Find the perfect pet, from familiar animals like Sloths to bizarre new creatures like the Teacup Chimaera, the Rug Mule and the Man Drake

  • Haggle with Mr Bearthazar over the price (naturally) and purchase from his suggested upgrades (such as changes in colour, fluffy baskets, or other miscellanea)

  • Learn the secret formula to summon your familiar once more should it perish (or if you kick it off a cliff for eating all your rations)

  • New Ranger Companions, Wizarding Familiars, Pact of the Chain Beasties and Unique or Powerful Companions are all included inside

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Morty Corgi's Scroll of Mysteries

August, 2019

Morty Corgi’s Scroll of Mysteries is an expansion for Realms of Pugmire and includes:

• New Breeds, Callings and Houses
• New Backgrounds
• New Masterworks
• New Enemies and NPCs to populate your Realms of Pugmire campaign
• Dozens of new Tricks, Secrets, and Spells

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Cat Burglar

August, 2019

There is probably no race so suited for burglary as the tabaxi, and well-heeled tabaxi are embarrassed to admit it. Every family has their black cat, however, and many tabaxi have answered the nighttime call to criminality. Acrobats, assassins, appraisers, and thieves, they take to the roofs of cities to steal what they can and vanish into the night.

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Friends, Foes, and Other Fine Folks

August, 2019

Friends, Foes and Other Fine Folks is a collection of 58 NPCs who represent the diverse community that plays 5th edition dungeons and dragons. This includes, but is not limited to, representations of various genders, races, physical characteristics, orientations, personalities and disabilities.

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Grandmother Crookbesom's Book of Hags

June, 2019

Wicked godmothers, canny predators or classic malicious crones, Grandmother Crookbesom’s Book of Hags has something for you.

With a diverse gaggle of 13 cackling witches, each with an array of plans from the petty to the momentous, we give you the gift of over 50 interactions to add a hag into your next adventure.

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College of Caterwauling

June, 2019

Designed to feature the unique assets of the tabaxi performer but open to all, he College of Caterwauling focuses primarily on the voice.


A graduate of the College of Cauterwauling can unsheathe their claws to strike fear into the bravest hearts, torment the most stalwart minds, and possess their enemies’ very souls. 


This subclass also contains 2 Caterwauling NPCs. 

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Villains & Lairs 2

April, 2019

Revolutionize your game with this collection of 28 villainous NPCs, from small fry to world-ender, eight of which include maps and details of their lairs. Sinister side-quests, terrifying overlords, bounties, one-shots and more lie in wait for you inside.

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Complete Games

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June, 2020

Created for WretchedJam, Operation: Cat Chat is a solo game you can play with your cat.  It is a game about loneliness, connection, and what goes on in your cat’s mind.

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April, 2020

Created for TrashJam 2020, Dumpster Fire is the perfect Lasers and Feelings hack for a socially isolated world. Play as either Trash Connoisseur, Panda, Screamer, or Lit.

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A Hero's Journey

November, 2019

Created for Galavant Jam, A Hero’s Journey is a role-playing game of fantasy, bravery, and song. Using a modified powered by the apocalypse system, 2-6 heroes and a director can befriend dragons, join a pirate crew, and find true love along the way.

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Dammit, Moon Moon

November, 2019

Howl, prance, and realize you're perfect, no matter how good of a wolf you are. Created for Moon Jam 2019.

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Erasure

August, 2019

Erasure is a social game of creeping horror and loss. It is a game of lies, truths, and the grey space between the two. Created for RainbowJam 2019, all donations go to the Trevor Project.

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Nekomancy

July, 2019

As many have often surmised, cats are the dominant species of this world. There is yet another world, far from this one, where cats walk upright and live in towers devoted to the study of spell craft. All cats have innate magic, but few choose to devote their life to studying it. These are the Nekomancers, and their world is one of sorcery and wonder. 

Welcome to the world of Nekomancy.

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Squad Goals

May, 2019

SQUAD GOALS is a Saturday morning cartoon styled game where a team of great women from world folklore and mythology combine their skills to solve a problem. Each Heroine is from a rich and vibrant culture, but they are all united by their powerful abilities and their sense of the greater good. Together, they are an unstoppable team.

 
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"Revolution is not a one-time event"

Audre Lorde

 

Upcoming Projects

Hints of Mystery and Mayhem

Image by Mikhail Vasilyev

Tabaxi Subclasses

Fall and Winter 2019

Cat-themed barbarians, druids, warlocks and more! Coming from the combined creative talents of Jessica Marcrum, Cat Evans, and David Markiwsky.

Uncaged Tarot

2020

A fully-illustrated tarot deck featuring Uncaged artists and Uncaged monsters. A must-have for tarot aficionados, art-lovers, and fantasy fans!

Fortune Telling Cards
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Eat the Rich, Volume 3

2020

Eat the Rich is an upcoming series of adventure anthologies for D&D 5th Edition, to be published on DMs' Guild in November-December of 2019. Produced by Alicia Furness and Catherine Evans. 


The books will feature completely new adventures from a diverse range of authors and artists, all inspired by one goal: to take a long, hard, look at capitalism - in the real world and in fantasy - and offer up a better set of solutions... or at least some wish-fulfilling, tear-it-down, anarchy.

Secret Adventures Project

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An adorable adventure collection is coming your way shortly!

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