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  • outsider's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 AM
    Basically, if you're going to permanently modify my character in a major way like that without my input, expect me to do one of 3 things. 1: leave the character dead 2: roll a new character 3: leave the group I don't want to play a character my dm feels is amusing. I want to play a character -I- feel is fun. I had a DM once that thought I should be "thankful" when he said "oh, you can't...
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  • Carthum One-Tusk's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 AM
    Carthum nearly winced. "The council would brand your tongue for speaking like that. All's well. Go home," he instructed his sister. He imagined his stay would be short. Metea would have a much harder time, and not just because of her tongue.
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  • shidaku's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 AM
    I think I wrote about this a while back: while things like Plot Points increase player agency, allowing (as some people call it) "stage setting" by the players, they are at least in 5E, an optional part of the game and therefore subject to DM approval. Which is sort of the "trick" to player agency, (and always has been, in D&D at least) that D&D provides very little hard-coded player agency. ...
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  • NotRussellCrowe's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 AM
    Yes, thank you for your hard work, ForgedAnvil, your sheet has made it easy for my wife and I to enjoy our games. I hope that your hard work can continue in the future, having XGtE would be the icing on the cake too! Thank you and good luck!
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  • ccs's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 AM
    I'd ask for a survival check. Depending on the result they may or may not get lost/head in the general right direction/etc
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  • Lachlan Mann's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 AM
    How do you actually use it?!
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  • MarkB's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    Sorry if it came across that way - it wasn't my intention. It's a gameworld assumption that makes me uncomfortable, but that's about me, not you. Don't let my baggage bring you down.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    That would be an example of what I would call a lack of player agency. The GM decides what is best for the story.
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    I think I'm agreeing with you, but it's hard to tell. The game world is not like the real world. Most paladin problems occur when there's a misunderstanding about how the world works. It's not fair to judge the paladin by the standards of our real world, because their world is a different place where absolute evil is a known fact. If any particular game world lacks the concept of Good and...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    I'm going to illustrate what I mean by using an example. We can stick to 5e and incorporate the Plot Points from the DMG which, if you agree, essentially provide this DM agency you refer to. Your character wishes to seek an audience with a rather recluse noble-person. As a player you can come up with a wild number of possibilities for your character to achieve that goal. With a Plot Point (DM...
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  • Gardens & Goblins's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 AM
    TIL: If it looks like an attack, sounds like an attack and moves like attack it is not an attack because the text doesn't specifically state it is an attack. BRB - Dragon breath'ing a few more villages. Cease fire? Truce? Ha! It is was it is - and that's not an attack! It's just well calculate collateral damage! BUUUUUURRRNNN!:D
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 AM
    Good sir (or madam). You think I jest? You think I am kidding? I must assure you that I am most certainly not. Behold, and see the light! http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?601209-Move-over-Fireball-and-Spirit-Guardians-there-is-a-new-best-3rd-level-spell-sheriff-in-town!
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  • Dausuul's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 AM
    If the sun is visible and they know the season and time of day: They go north... ish. Otherwise, make a Nature check. Also make a Nature check if it's important to go precisely north, instead of ...ish. If the check fails, or if there is no possible way for them to know which way is north, roll dice in secret to see which way they go.
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 AM
    If the outcome of their action declaration is uncertain, I ask for an ability check appropriate to the approach they used to try to achieve the goal.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    ADVENTURE 10: HOME INVASION PC Roster: Daleth Stormsea, elf wizard 2 Galen Thorne, human paladin 4 Kaspar Hardstrike, elf monk 4 Orion Nightsky, halfling rogue 3 Syngaard, human fighter 4 Game Session Date: 21 February 2018
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  • Prakriti's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 AM
    Ask them, "What do you mean by 'north?'" If they genuinely mean the cardinal direction (and not just "up" on a dungeon map), then, "How do you know which way is north? How are you getting your bearings?" Depending on the answer, I might ask for a Survival or Nature check to see if they can get their bearings.
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 AM
    So, I told myself... What about... NOT HEROES people? How much money do they have? Let's imagine a wealthy - or really motivated - collector who just wants to have that magical item. How much money does she have? THE ASSUMPTIONS: 1: This collector is 60 years old, and has been saving since she was 20, so 40 years of savings 2: This collector has managed to save 10% of their income...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 AM
    Nanette Fabray has died. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/missing-cdc-employee-left-sick-10-days-ago-221436037--abc-news-topstories.html
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  • LegionError121's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    As the title asks :) what do you when players ask to go a direction when their characters are unaware of which way said direction is? :)
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    The monster manual? The game world is not the real world. Orcs, as written in the monster manual, good and evil as defined in D&D doesn't exist in the real world. What's funny here is that this is supposed to be a thread about how people have a hard time with judgmental paladins. Yet I'm being judged for taking D&D at face value, that orcs are an evil race. That a presumption of many...
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  • TerraDave's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 AM
    (You can do a feat)
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 AM
    The role of DM is different than the role of player. It's the DM's job to create the campaign world, NPCs, etc. that become the backdrop for the collaborative story that is created through game play. Let's call it DM agency. The players aren't supposed to do things like that, other than to create the history of their PCs. Player agency isn't increased by giving players more authorial power. ...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 AM
    Good points, but let us not pigeon whole this, there are many factors at play besides tradition* such as the type of game and mechanics, genre, preferred style of play by the players, published AP or module or free-style play, published setting or homebrew world...etc *I believe tradition is probably the largest contributing factor and this might be due to the fact that D&D which promotes...
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  • TallIan's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 AM
    Does Comprehend languages not allow Fistan to understand the giants shouting at the dragon
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  • Jeovanna's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    Grimacing at the situation, Jeovanna would come to the same conclusion as Dain- it was best they move on from here. The promise of violence seemed to have passed, but that did not mean there were other, uglier things happening here. She'd nod to Dain- they'd walk together for a bit, but only a bit. Jeovanna emptied her wine skin down her throat. Well. Another trip to the tavern, then.
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  • User_Undefined's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 AM
    Aside from Eldritch Blast, my warlock used Hunger of Hadar up through level 10. Now at level 14, he's been using Synaptic Static a lot or Scorching Ray if something needs to die right now or its concentration has to be broken.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    And that is fine. But the only way people have to judge whether you understand it is by what you say about it. If what you say about it is coming across as not understanding or considering the options, particularly when it does so in a derogatory fashion, people are going to assume you don't and try to help you out.
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  • seriousmoonlight's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 AM
    Ordrar: Your tactics work and the choker snaps off. The wounded giant staggers to his feet, gasping for breath. The majordomo is terrified and begins shouting in an unfamiliar language towards the dragon. The younger giant whips around and yells alien orders too. It appears they are battling to command the beast and the Majordomo is winning. _: 1D20+3 = +3 = 14 _: 1D20+3 = +3 = 7 ...
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  • MasterYogurt's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 AM
    Sadly, Emrick, I cannot, myself. My friend was the one skilled with such tools. Since his disappearance I've been handicapped.
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  • Otiroth's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 AM
    Otiroth took a step back at the guard's dismissal, but did not outright leave. He was waiting for Metea, and seemed quite worried actually when she started talking back to the guard like that. Not a good idea, really! But Carthum had made his own bed- let him lie in it until Suru scooped him up. Otiroth had a shop to get back to, and potions to brew.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 AM
    My hamstring on the fly... power was designed to let a rogue harm and slow any enemy he is adjacent to during a move... ie a bunch. It may be the rogue is intrinsically the right flavor for some martial control.
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 AM
    If orcs were to really exist, in the real world, who is to say they would be more like humans than they would be like demons?
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 01:52 AM
    No take a step back from feats and abilities. As an author (DM) you can establish (create) history, relationships, allies, assign wealth, equipment, magical items even artifacts to your NPCs, nevermind secret backstory knowledge which should expand the options available to your NPCs over that of the PCs.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 AM
    Thus the (Battlemaster) sub-class. ;) I felt like the fighter would need new exploits to be controllery, while the rogue had a fair bit of off-control, already...
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  • Lazybones's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 AM
    Chapter 126 Glori had an arrow out and fitted to her bowstring before the reverberations of the creatureís strike stopped echoing off the canyon walls, but she held her shot, perhaps doubting whether the mundane missile would have any effect against these beings. The two creatures blocked their way forward, but made no move to pursue them back into the narrower space of the cleft. ...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    This. While becoming a half-elf really isn't that bad, I almost without fail, ended up with goblin, kobold or another race that would be killed on sight in most of civilization. I hated the spell.
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    I agree ... like I said, orcs aren't humans with a skin condition. There are a lot of grand simplifications in D&D. Hit points, armor class, some creatures are born evil. I don't have a problem with the fact that an orc is no more redeemable than the creature from the Aliens movie, or the ebola virus. It's a game after all. Do I think a race of orcs could really exist? Do I think of...
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  • Chase Skylark's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    And excellent spells they are my friend. You are a Wizard of the School of Bicep Magic I presume?
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  • MarkB's Avatar
    Today, 01:42 AM
    Asmodeus isn't a race, he's a person - in fact, a personification of a concept. A race of living, thinking mortal people is another matter. I find the idea of conceptualising any group of people, even fictional ones with green skin and tusks, as "evil by nature" codifies a very unhealthy way of thinking. And no, it's probably not that harmful to do in small doses, in a fictional setting, in...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 AM
    That's probably not going to happen, as the other side has literally created a fictional definition for player agency and are using it to support their view on the topic. Hmm. If their definition is fiction, does that mean that their agency can't cause anything to happen? :devil: I don't give my NPCs fantastic abilities just because, and I allow players leeway to do things outside the...
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  • Foxydono's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 AM
    Before I knew of this thread, I made my own epic boons. This was partly because I thought the boons from the DMG were kinda limited. I know you already made your own boon system, but perhaps you can draw some inspiration from the boons I made. Boons: 1. Hit Me Baby: Gain an extra 40 hit points 2. Cause More is Better: Gain max hit points every level (reroll if already rolled) 3. High Magic:...
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  • shidaku's Avatar
    Today, 01:32 AM
    The Raven Queen is arguably one of my favorite deities. In part because it was nice to have a "death god" that wasn't all "MURDER THE LIVING MAWHAHAHAHA!!!!" and her association with winter brought back all those nice "Winter Fey" concepts where "dark fey" and "dark elves" weren't evil, just associated with a different season that people didn't like. I actually plan on using the Raven Queen...
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  • hawkeyefan's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Iím a big fan of Matt Colvilleís Youtube channel. I like the Acquisitions Inc. sessions. Iím not current on the C Team series, but Iíve watched some and itís entertaining. I like Dice, Camera, Action. Perkins is just a good DM, and those players have really grown on me. Iíll also second the mention of Roll Play. Adam Koebel usually makes for an interesting game. Iím havenít watched all...
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  • Adslahnit's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Zeitgeist is a very "scientific" setting. Technologists and martial scientists alike are studious folk who pick apart the "Why" and the "How" of machines and swordplay alike. I do not see why the same rigor should not be applied to magical power sources, such that characters are more well-equipped to discuss magic in-character. For example, what is the general consensus on whether or not there...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 AM
    This is fair, however it is painfully obvious that the two camps define player agency differently and this is what seems to be causing the disconnect in the debate. @Maxperson, @Lanefan @hawkeyefan and others (including myself) have not hidden the fact that player authorial control is limited in our games, we just do not equate player agency with authorial control over the setting. Step 0 is...
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  • Tonguez's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    didnt see the robot and in the future do people have random black children?
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  • Tonguez's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 AM
    thats certainly a good point and its notable that the directors in both cases are from ethnic minorities from countries with colonial histories. You could even tie in Iron Mans anti-imperialism arc (best demonstrated by the Maximoff twins hatred of Tony Stark and his change from weapons dealer to Hero). Marvel also has a big subplot concerning dysfunctional fathers - from merely amoral Howard...
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  • ardoughter's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 AM
    I have a group like that and they were working their way through the "Princes of the Apocalypse" with out any bother at least until the limitations of my internet connection but an end to me DMing for a while.
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  • shidaku's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 AM
    I think it is reasonable to say Asmodeus is currently incredibly evil. That's not to say there's not like, an epic quest line and a DC 9000 you could attempt in order to redeem him. That's also not to say that just because he is evil, doesn't mean he isn't sometimes on the right side of things. It's important to keep in mind that in Asmodeus' case (and by extension all Devils) they are by...
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