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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    For hook, I meant once the players are already in Barovia. The hook in the AL modules is basically the same: mist roll in, poof you're in Barovia. I plan to use the CoS hardcover for the introduction where Barovia is the first stop once they arrive. After that, I would need to add leads so the players learn about Orasnou and have reason to go there.
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  • Gardens & Goblins's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 PM
    I'm holding out until we get so, 'Survivors monetary treasure - THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!' - with the choice between Platinum, Gold, Electrum, Silver, and Copper pieces!:D
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  • Slit518's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 PM
    I am getting the shovel ready to dig a really large hole into the earth. I am going to start becoming the Gibberling. I've already practiced not showering. Soon I will infest my body with the bugs of a million swarms! And then I will find a cow bone as my primary weapon of choice. The sun has set on me, I will become Gibberling!
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 03:56 PM
    How do you see this example as relating to the thread topic? To me, it seems broadly consistent with the OP claim.
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  • MacConnell's Avatar
    Today, 03:54 PM
    Taylar: 16(fury) + 14(impetus) + 14(readiness) + 65(d100) = 115 - 100(weapon) = 15 Spider: 36(impetus) + 30(readiness) + 95(d100) = 161 The spider continues to try to launch itself onto Taylar to sink in its fangs. Assault: 36(precision) + 20(attack) + 92(d100) = 148 Taylar: 14(konokoro) + 14(preservation) + 14(defend) + 72(d100) = 123 Damage: 148 - 123 = 25% * 5 = 1 - 5(pants) = -4...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 PM
    As a player: to make choices that will express one's character and shape the outcome of whatever it is that is at stake in play. As a GM: to work with the players to establish whatever it is that is at stake in play, and then push the players (and thereby their PCs) in respect of it. Some people would rather have outcomes be determined by action resolution rather than dictated by the GM's...
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  • Imaro's Avatar
    Today, 03:48 PM
    Anecdote time... Whereas I actually lost a player during our time playing 4e (and saw quite a few bewildered first time players trying to get a handle on their powers at the encounters sessions I attended during that time period)... I've been able to introduce 3 new players to D&D that have joined our group and continue to play IMO 5e is a simpler edition than 4e (especially when one doesn't...
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  • Man in the Funny Hat's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 PM
    Well looking at the text I have at hand here, which is not the black cover edition, it does not mention yards at all. I think it's safe to say this would be an error in the black cover text, not a rule. With D&D in particular one should never assume intent if aberrations in the books are more easily explained by bad writing or crappy editing. 2E does, it seems, still retain different...
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Today, 03:28 PM
    Anuire 6 Baldur’s Gate 20 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 21 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 24 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • OB1's Avatar
    Today, 03:28 PM
    Baldur's Gate 20 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 21 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26-2=24 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21 Lankhmar 22
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  • Raith5's Avatar
    Today, 03:28 PM
    Raith5 replied to 40 years...
    36 years here since I started with the Moldvay basic set and have since played all the editions since. Like others in this thread, I have a learnt a lot through this game, made great friends and made some very lame characters over the years. It is a long time but I dont feel like a Grognard, as I interested most in current and future editions of the game. I havent got attached to any edition in...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    I'm not sure how else to put this. If the check succeeds, the players goal for his/her PC is realised. If the aura-reading succeeds, the feather has a trait that is suitable for dealing with a balrog (from memory, I think the PC was looking for Resistant to Fire). If the scavenging check in the tower succeeds, the PC finds the mace he is searching for. If the Circles check succeeds, the PC meets...
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  • darkbard's Avatar
    Today, 03:14 PM
    I can only speak for myself on this matter, but this may be why your posts sometimes come across to me as simply argumentation for argumentation's sake, no matter how twisted the logic to get there. This is why, at times, I have chosen to disengage with you: as I say somewhere upthread (or in the other worldbuilding thread), I don't feel this technique proceeds with intellectual honesty. You say...
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  • shidaku's Avatar
    Today, 03:13 PM
    Everyone has Wild Shape as long as you've touched the animal and don't stay in it for more than 2 hours (It's been easily a decade since I've read anything Animorphs, I can't believe I remember this) and it takes 2 minutes(2 rounds?) to change. You also gain telepathy (doesn't say how far) while morphed. I just went and read through the wiki on it, and I'm fairly certain you could duplicate it...
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  • Derek Von Zarovich's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Hello, friends, supporters, Denizens of the Tower, and random internet people. This is going to be my entry for this year's One-Page-Dungeon Contest. I should have posted about it a while ago. The deadline is May 1st so there's still time for you guys to participate. You can read about the contest here. https://www.dungeoncontest.com/
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  • khanvslogr's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 PM
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  • shidaku's Avatar
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  • gyor's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    Honestly I enjoy a fleshed out fantasy cosmology, this is just for fun.
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  • monsterworkbench's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    Hey everyone, I just finished my Latest Dungeon Master Tools Software. “Monster Workbench 3”. It’s now in open beta and would love any constructive feedback so I can improve upon it! It is for Windows only. This app only uses SRD and custom made content, so it will not get shut down by WoTC per the OGL Guidelines. Because it only uses SRD content, some spells, monsters and content are missing....
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    It absolute is the case that they are getting you to make up stuff. They are just getting you to make up stuff related to their goal. You're still making up stuff.
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  • Jacob Lewis's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    For half a second, I thought this was going to be the scenario for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 game.
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  • ExploderWizard's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    Abiding by the dice isn't required to have a good time by any means. Technically you can play games without them. It all depends on player expectations and what they want out of the experience. If the players are happy being the stars of their own drama series and don't care how that happens then everything is fine. If players are expecting a game that is theirs to either successfully conquer or...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    It does make more sense. I also don't have as much time to prepare as I used to. Back in the day, I created my own worlds with maps, history, etc. These days I'm so busy that it's all I can do to do a bit of prep on adventures now and then. That's the main reason I run my games in the Forgotten Realms. It already has all the prep work I need done and allows me to focus on adventures within...
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  • hero4hire's Avatar
    Today, 02:37 PM
    I would also rather try to ambush the Drow then risk getting further lost. The check is per hour which increasingly gets tougher. Chances are likely a third of us will fail the check. We have our armor and our weapons and they probably expect us to run and not an ambush.
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  • Vymair's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    Vymair replied to 40 years...
    39 years here. My first character was a wizard named Gandalf. He died several times in Search for the Unknown but more powerful character had him resurrected and held his debt. I played regularly through junior high, high school and college. I moved away and only briefly during a short hiatus back in my home town until I moved away again. I moved back for good 18 years ago and have been...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 PM
    So? I'd rather deal with a hunting party then make mistakes that get us further lost.
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  • RogueJK's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 PM
    Baldur's Gate 20 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 21 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21 Lankhmar 22
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  • NMC's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 PM
    Tying into the previous short story, here is the layout for a lizardfolk village, along with suggestions for incorporating them into campaigns. http://d20pirates.blogspot.com/2018/04/lizardfolk-of-great-river-delta.html -Nate
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  • Vymair's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 PM
    Baldur's Gate 20 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 21 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21 Lankhmar 22
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    Once there are stakes to the action declaration, it's not the case that the purpose of the move is to get the GM to relate some of the content of a fiction that s/he has made up. The player will have established some goal for his/her action - similar to the example of Aura Reading the feather. So the goal of the action declaration is to establish that whatever this is obtains. That's the...
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  • Vymair's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 PM
    I've never read a single Drizz't book, so I'm indifferent. If forced to choose, I'll vote love as some have really enjoyed those books and it enhances their D&D experience.
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  • Irennan's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    I don't particularly care for Drizzt. I liked the Dark Elf trilogy, but I didn't feel compelled to go further. I also generally don't like the kind of society that the drow have in the books about him. it's very, *very*, cliché/cartoonish villain. I mean, if even the very sourcebooks tell you that the drow society would collapse if Lolth wasn't there breathing in their necks, and that Lolth is an...
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 PM
    In that case I'll wait to see if Freyar has any preferences for the next Dragon magazine conversion.
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    Cleon replied to Kraken Variants
    It's already got Great Cleave and Combat Reflexes to add to its attack opportunities but I do approve of the idea of improving its ability to tentacle-attack while grappling. I propose adding Expert Grappler, as in: Expert Grappler (Ex) A grell that chooses to grapple with one tentacle and remain ungrappled itself takes only a –10 penalty on its grapple checks instead of the normal –20...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    Can you give me an example of a GM-worldbuilding game that uses "kickers" to start the action? I've never come across one.
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 PM
    Clearly players do care, and quite a bit, or it wouldn't keep being brought up here in these threads. YOU may not care, and the players YOU play with may not care, but other players very obviously do care about exploring the setting.
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    So through in stakes and it still changes nothing. He's still getting you to say stuff by performing an action.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    It's not an example of "story now" play at all. There's no stakes in the action declaration, for a start.
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 01:52 PM
    No that was just a mistake. Let's keep it the desk. I was visualizing a small traditional writing desk about the same dimensions as a TV dinner tray - see here or here, but reading the description it says "a large mahogany table". I'd give it the same Break DC of 30 as the General's Sword rest (which would make it supernaturally tough going by the break DC) since it does have the same...
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  • Paul Farquhar's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 PM
    Baldur's Gate 20 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21 Lankhmar 22
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    I have never understood why a monster's stats always need to be kept a secret.
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    Baldur's Gate 20 - Classic Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21 Lankhmar 22
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  • abe ray's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    It’s a request
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  • Gavin O.'s Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    I thought I'd have a go at making a water-focused druid. In 5e, you can easily shoot fire, lightning, ice, or arrows, but your options for a water-based character is more limited outside of refluffing another build or begging your DM to let you use pre-errata water whip from the 4 elements monk. In addition, there are a lot of interesting beasts that you can't really wild shape into because...
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  • JonnyP71's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Anuire 6 Baldur's Gate 19 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 26 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    The Worry-Wart is in Dragon #259 not 294. Do you fancy joining in the conversion or is this just a request? So far the CC only has the Skullcap Ivy converted from that issue's Symbiotes and Parasites article so we have three left to do. If you and/or Freyar fancy working on those for the next Dragon Magazine monsters I'm game. There are plenty of other choices though. I have a bunch of...
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    That'd give it: Skills: Concentration +20, Knowledge (religion) +21, Knowledge (the planes) +21, Listen +20, Spellcraft +21 (+23 decyphering scrolls), Spot +20 Hmm… I'm tempted to give it some ranks in Use Magic Device as well. Maybe trim down the Knowledge skills to 11 ranks to pay for it? Let's see, that'd make it…
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  • rczarnec's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    Anuire 6 Baldur's Gate 19 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 20 City State of the Invincible Overlord 22 Fallcrest 18 Free City of Greyhawk 25 Glantri City 20 Huzuz 21
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 PM
    I don't think it would work for D&D, specifically, but Animorphs would be a great concept for an RPG campaign.
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    That is a fair way to look at it. If you read the rest of my post in this thread, that is the basic point I was making. We don't have the ability to optimize to the fullest. But that is not just execution on our part, their are psychological and social and environmental factors which play into - which are typically ignored in Game. I don't know if it is reasonable for adventures, but...
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 PM
    To was one of my points. We don't truly ask our Players to make decisions like their Characters would because we conveniently allow them to forget the real world things that would pull their Characters in different directions. Ugh, I don't have the desire to explain - sorry. I understand what your saying (base line optimization), but that is not what I feel we are talking about ...
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 11:54 AM
    Erechel, do you realize I am using a game specific jargon when I say "Deadly?" Note the capital "D" i used to denote the game rule term. The encounter guidelines in the DMG use the terms Easy, Medium, Hard, and Deadly to describe a type of combat encounter. Of the game definitions for those terms, the definition (in the game) for Deadly is the only one that constitutes anything close to an...
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    If you want an escalating sense of awareness about the hive mind you could escalate the displays of intelligence and cooperation. Consider these stages for instance... Stage One: Have spiders act in ways that spiders would not normally do... perhaps in ways that aren’t in their own self interest. Examples could include a large spider watching the party for a time then scuttling away, only to...
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  • Cleon's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    Fine by me. Would you like to take a stab at it or shall I. Let's hope so!
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    page 13 Turns out, the first ability is the best, at least in a campaign like mine where you can't long rest any time you want. Also allows the Sorcerer to prioritize slots over hit dice when the rest of the party short rests. Design intent obviously to get around the hard limits on spell scroll use. For its price requiring attunement was a no-brainer but as you might imagine this makes...
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  • hawkeyefan's Avatar
    Today, 11:32 AM
    How about “over predetermining” then? Yes, it’s a bit hyperbolic to say “all details”, but do you really not get what’s being said? A world isn’t needed before a town. Or whatever other smaller location might be in order. Now, I understand the value of preparation, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t overdo it. I used to do exactly that....maps and elaborate histories describing dynasties and...
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  • Derren's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    What updated science? The science here is as silly as ever.
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  • Gavin O.'s Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    Hold Person and Hold Monster are not defensive "remove someone from the fight" spells, they're damage buff spells. They're at their best when the initiative order reads: You -> Your melee-focused allies -> The target. If the targets fails the first save, it should die before it makes its second. Attacking a paralyzed target grants you not only grants advantage to hit, but also an...
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  • Jeovanna's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    The shouting was getting louder! Was that Carthum? Impressive! Jeovanna dashed ahead; they were close enough, now, that there was no reason to sneak any longer. But she would not attack. Not yet. Let this horny devil know that she could've! Oh, she certainly could've. And... really? Rats *and* spiders? At least they were bigger ones! She could pretend it was just... dogs or something....
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