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  • Mallus's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 AM
    The corollary to this is most, if not all of the settings they created started as the worlds for their home games. I like to homebew settings not because I'm more creative than the people on your list. I do it because I want to experience the same joy in creating stuff that they did.
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  • VikingLegion's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    1. 2nd edition - I DM'd two campaigns, one that fell apart in about a year, another that went 6 years. I also played in a boatload of campaigns that ran the spectrum from 1 session to several years. 2. 3rd edition - I DM'd a campaign for this edition, oddly enough this one also ran 6 years. I guess that's my sweet spot in keeping a coherent storyline and a table of interested players. ...
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  • OB1's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 AM
    1. 5th - came to me at the perfect time in my life. Have played probably 4-5 times as many sessions as the next closest. The rules are both casual enough and interesting enough to keep us all engaged despite our busy schedules. 2. 2nd - My first edition, played for three years in the late 80s and early 90s, but had to share time with TMNT, Rifts, Robotech, Marvel and 1e 3. 3e - had...
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  • Shasarak's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 AM
    After previous experiences with Skill Challenges I will never use them again.
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  • alienux's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 AM
    1. 5th Edition - have played it the most consistently of all editions I've played since it was released. 2. BECMI - mostly just the Red Box Basic, really. This was my introduction to D&D in the early 80s, and my most played before 5th edition. 3. 2nd Edition - only actually played a couple of times in college, but I did have (still have, actually) the 2E PHB and read through it a number of...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 AM
    In 4e, sure, though I usually expand on them. Before that, obviously not - I might have had non-combat challenges, but they'd've been completed conventionally for the ed, be that casting the right spell, saying the right thing, solving a puzzle, or using a special ability or skill. Mostly pretty arbitrary. 5e could be used with an SC, it retained 4e's relatively small swing between trained and...
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  • VikingLegion's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    I can buy all the other reasons in this thread for going with Homebrew over Published setting, and there have been many. But this one irks me a bit. I guess I happen to think the following designers/artists had quite a bit of imagination: Gary Gygax Robert J. Kuntz Carl Sargent Laura and Tracy Hickman Margaret Weis Jeff Grubb Larry Elmore Roger Moore
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  • TallIan's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 AM
    "Lead the way."
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  • Sqn Cdr Flashheart's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    Hour and hours of BECMI and 1E, halcyon days of boarding school - nothing comes close. Probably 5E now, didn't get much time for gaming 2,3 and 4 E
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    Posted
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    Gotcha. Didn't really notice how much (real) time had gone by.
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 AM
    "Let's go along the streambed. It seems fastest and safest to me." Tina says.
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 AM
    "We must hurry," Terry says. "Thank you. Is there anything you can tell us about The Old Slate Quarry that would help?"
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  • tglassy's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 AM
    ďDo you know where the scumbag Jolliver Grimjaw is?Ē Captain Barakas asked. He figured he may as well ask.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 AM
    I agree. Beforehand, you making adjustments to make the system do what you want. but doing it afterward specifically because of this is setting up a framework of expectations, and then undermining player agency in their expression of them. Personally, when I see rule changes to neuter a build, I feel it's like those HR rules that come out because a manager is affraid to talk to a problem...
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  • Eltab's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 AM
    (written after reading only the first page) Do we presume the PCs will be making the magic items themselves? Can PCs instead "commission" a magic item from a professional crafter? Do all the professional crafters already belong to / work for some organization that has them too busy with their current work to do any other jobs? Can the PCs collect enough money that a professional can drop...
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  • tglassy's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 AM

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  • tglassy's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 AM
    Josiahís hand whipped up as the creature burst from the floor, his finger firing before his mind registered the danger. 1d10+3
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  • JacktheRabbit's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 AM
    What do you do when a player makes a sucessfull skill check but then describes a course of action that will not help in the least for the overall challenge?
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  • Shayuri's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 AM
    Arr, 3.5e apparently drew a distinction between being Held and being paralyzed. Good point on it being a trial battle too! Even so, it was a misplay on my part. :) Silhouette will be different to play in Starfinder, I can already tell. With Wraith Strike she's actually fairly decent in combat, for a caster.
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  • Eltab's Avatar
    Today, 01:52 AM
    One of the Ashes of Athas modules had a Skill Challenge that my character happened to be optimized for. Other players (who were much better in combat than I) had to roll a 20 to avoid failure ! They weren't interested, because it looked to them like "you are doomed auto-fail and you will drag the group down with you." When I write my own material, I try to provide something like a Skill...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 AM
    In terms of years: 1e/2e AD&D '80-95 4e 2008-present 3.x 2000-08 5e/Next 2012-present Basic '80.
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 AM
    It's just another example, and one you didn't answer. Would you consider someone using a bead from necklace of fire an attack? It's a simple question. If the answer is yes, then it's just a question of where you draw the line. If the answer is no, then we simply disagree on what an attack is.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 AM
    My first game ever- I was a player- was in a school library in 1977. I was an army brat, so we moved every few years, so over time, Iíve played in other libraries, created a RPG club at a Catholic private school, run games at pizzerias, etc. I know what options are available in my vicinity. Right now, the options just arenít good. Hell- if I asked nicely, I could probably join the group my...
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  • Xetheral's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 AM
    "I was planning on taking Paladin of Devotion, but right before I hit level 3 I found out that my DM won't let me multiclass Devotion Paladin and Fiend Warlock. So instead I swore an Oath of Vengeance against my DM."
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 AM
    I used to spend time worrying about what HPs "meant" It's just easier to keep HP as numbers that get scratched off of paper as they go down. Now I save my narrative descriptions for describing the scene for my players so they can make decisions, and narrating the consequences of their decisions. No one cares that I take time to describe them getting fatigued. Especially as it slows down...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 AM
    There is a pause as if the ghost is looking inward. "The girl is in peril," he says sadly. "From what I cannot say."
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 AM
    So rolling a hunch then, lol. I like it. We will say that following the creek to the hill is quickest to the walls and getting near the walls feels like the safest bet.
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 AM
    Nice... Since this is pbp and when we aren't in INIT order you could have ooc that in the thread to let everyone know. Still working on things here and there, but a little table talk for now is ok, can't see where it will hurt much. I think we can allow planning during combat a bit as we need to save time where possible.
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  • Aenghus's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    I think this has changed over time, a lot of players want to skip the vulnerable early levels, especially when they have played through them a lot before. Some people want to start with the special hero. IMO a PC who's a special snowflake in one game might be a good fit for a different game table with different standards. In a game where PCs are expected to have backstories and personal...
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  • ClaytonCross's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    I have not actually done it but my group talked about after I made quite successful Warlock scout. It seems to use that an all warlock team is feasible. Healer: High CHA/INT Human variant with inspiring healer feat (healer feat at level 4), Celestial patron, pact of the tome (for book of ancient secrets) Scout: High DEX/WIS Half-elf (Dungeon Delver feat at level 4), The Old One Patron, Pact...
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  • Duo Maxwell's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    In Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms, there is an entire section devoted to local laws and edicts of the Sword Coast, including property law, trade laws, and sentencing the guilty. For instance, on p. 46: Attacking Secomber: "This crime is defined as invading Secomber with intent to murder, pillage, or set fires; the act of deliberately poisoning or fouling any food, water,...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 AM
    "Would you know if she ran afoul of the goblin, Mougra, and ogre, Geeraugh, who up until recently lurked outside this tomb?" Terry asks.
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  • Eltab's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 AM
    Arcana Domain 6 - 2 = 4 Just m/c Wizard. Forge Domain 13 Knowledge Domain 15 Life Domain 13 Light Domain 17 Tempest Domain 13 Trickery Domain 7 + 1 = 8 I see where somebody else pulled some dirty tricks!
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  • hbarsquared's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 AM
    Hmmm. I get that HP are completely representational, and represent that combination of everything: luck, weariness, and actual physical damage. I'm not really interested in developing a Narration Algorithm or introducing a more complex Wound/Vitality system. More of a "how can I best describe the action in a way that makes the most sense?" The short answer seems to be: "You can't." ...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 AM
    I think we never found out which seems safer, along the sides of the buildings on the road, or along the stream and around the far side of the keep. in 1st ed tradition, here's d20 roll against Tina's knowledge of dragon tactics learned at the knee of her granpappy. She is Int 14 and Wis 17. We used to do roll under ability score checks back in the day. (Or use the runequest skill system :) )
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  • Inchoroi's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 AM
    I started with 4e in my D&D experience (played other stuff for a while before that); odd, I know. I then got to try B/X, 2e, 3.5, PF, and liked different things about them. 5e has most likely seen the most use, though.
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    "Is that all you seek?" he asks eyeing the others. "The young girl Pell was here yesterday seeking adventure. Granting her request, I sent her to The Old Slate Quarry east of here."
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  • Eltab's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 AM
    I probably have played 1e for the longest time (my groups informally back-converted 2e to 1e). I have played the most sessions of 4e (LFR at Conventions, finally had time and money to spare). I only played 3.x a little bit, due to the claims of IRL upon what should have been my gaming time. I was in the 5e playtest and have been working with it ever since. Unless 6e comes out too soon...
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  • jmucchiello's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 AM
    I was waiting on Kildrak. If he takes out the priestess or misses her completely, I'll heal Atilla. If the priestess looks like she's close to dying after kildrak hits her, I'll try to drop the priestess. But until Kildrak goes...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 AM
    Just need a direction. I am ready for either way.
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  • 97mg's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 AM
    Jeovanna: There is definite action on the streets this morning! Indeed, leaving your alley and loitering near the road a moment, you see a young woman rush past, then Dain with his familiar face, and finally a guard, all entering the next little alleyway up the road. Your scowl seems to unsettle the guard some, as he briefly turns to look at you. He won't stop running though! A short time...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 AM
    Kildrak and Thia are up, I believe.
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 AM
    Digger makes his way back to the small hallway, hoping that one of the doors leads to a stairway down. As he moves Tilly hides behind a broken church pew as her father stands protectively over her. Ismark is finally free of the spell and Ireena helps him find a spot to sit and catch his breath. And Halo watches as Irena turns over the body of the priest, she sees that he is still breathing, but...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    Like a few others here, my biggest chunk of time sink would be 2e by far. Mostly because that was late high school/university time for me and I just had that many hours to sink into something. I mean, we used to fairly routinely play entire weekends of gaming. Now, I'm rather happy to get my 3 hours/week in on Fantasy Grounds. But, if I had to rank it it would look like this: 2e -...
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  • epithet's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    While that is true, that content (which you have "bought") is only available so long as D&DB remains live. In some respects it's more like a lease. All of that ignores the point, though, which is that no one wants to re-purchase their entire 5e library, even at a half of the inflated MSRP, just to gain access to a damned character builder that includes the classes in the books they've already...
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  • SansMoins's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    Iím not sure what you are talking about. The physical books are $50 each. I can get the books from beyond for $25-30. The are half price.
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  • pogre's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 AM
    It can be hard to find a group in later life. I lucked into one a few months ago. I also play games regularly with my kids, especially my three sons. Will be a big life change as they are all going to be out of the nest in the semi-near future. I have been tempted to play or run an AL game to expand my gaming friends. Seems like I see most of my old gaming friends at funerals more than the...
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  • Bacon Bits's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    That depends entirely on what you say your character is actually doing with the Help action. It's much easier to distract someone when they can see you, so a lot of the normal choices just won't work. You can't feint an attack or pretend you're doing something really threatening. Is he making a lot of noise similar to what minor illusion creates? That might not even work and might not count...
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  • aramis erak's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    If they let you play for free, it's better than nothing. And there's no harm in asking. If you don't ask, you'll never know for sure. And don't forget the libraries. Churches might also be willing. I used to run a group at a Roman Catholic cathedral. I've played in a boardgaming group at a local methodist parish.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    Remeber, it's not like this is going to be an official fight in the game. This is so I can figure out what works differently in SF compared to v.3.5 and PF. So far, there are a few things that I've noticed. Well, the spell in the SF core rulebook specifically says paralyzed as the result of the spell, and I stayed true to the conversion from the Harrowblade's v.3.5 stats. Thus, it is indeed...
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  • nswanson27's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    That could be considered a loophole, but that doesn't justify your position. It's just a loophole. And I don't think putting the description of the help action as "attacking" is a very common usage definition... no offense.
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    Possibly, in the 2nd drafts i plan to reign in the ACs to align with bounded accuracy better. So that probably has some merit.
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    3rd edition the most, by far, followed by 5e for a couple years now. There was a couple years of 2e way back around '89/'90 and ao I might actually have played it more than 5e, but the new edition will go ahead soon now anyway, so I put it second. And then there's 4e, which I played for a couple sessions when it came out then another few months when I found my current group. There were...
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  • mrpopstar's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 AM
    I do not use skill challenges. As a player, they always (always) feel contrived, and as a dungeon master, 5th edition's action-focused narrative emphasis brings the story to life in ways that dice-focused game emphasis serves only to undermine.
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  • Leatherhead's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 AM
    This is the reason I stopped using them. Sometimes a PC just doesn't have any way to meaningfully impact a challenge, other than to fail it faster. Roping them into situation like that is just unfair for player individually and the group as a whole.
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  • James Devenberg's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 AM
    I honestly have no idea. I do not know how many hours they put into it compared to the number of hours put into the actual book. The only point I was making was that it was more than none, which is the claim the person I replied to had made. That said, D&D Beyond sells their versions for ~half of the MSRP of the physical books. I know you can get the books below MSRP from some sellers (Amazon...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    As Buddy and Fareon share the railing and both continue to lose their dinner, Veradda details what she knows about the treasures location and the way from there to Nightstone. (i.e. the party won't get lost, haha) "The settlement we are going to is called High Docks," Veradda was saying as Darien returns. "Well that is what the humans call it, anyway. The place is new and is a joint effort of...
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  • Harzel's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    1e: Certainly the longest calendar time - 1978-89, but # of hours and sessions is hard to assess. It was certainly substantial for the first four years (grad school - hard to decide whether that degree was in CS or D&D), but last eight were really spotty (wait, what? I have to show up every day and actually work?) 5e: 2016-present, certainly approaching 1e in terms of sessions and hours; will...
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  • Raith5's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 AM
    I tend to play one campaign per edition: 1. 4th Edition: I played the most hours of this edition largely because the campaign went to 30th level! Also its my favorite edition, despite its bad press and some of the real issues. 2. 1st Edition: I played a lot in the 80s - always set in GreyHawk. 3. 2nd Edition: I DMed a long home brew campaign which ran about 5 years 4. 3rd Edition: I DMed a...
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  • jonathonhawke's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 AM
    But does that production cost even approach that of the hardcover book?
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 AM
    Captain Ghasifel eyes the nobleman and then looks over to Veradda. His dark eyes suddenly grow wide, and he raises his hands before him. "No, no! The Reefia an I are not like that. We are not... not mates." he says thinking Darien to be challenging him. His common is broken and rough, but Darien understands in the end. Veradda met the triton on an adventure in the Moon Sea and it was her ideal to...
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  • jonathonhawke's Avatar
    Today, 12:41 AM
    Or even one new subscriber.
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 AM
    Never heard of it.
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  • Gadget's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 AM
    I'm not sure an adaptation that hews very close to the original stories would be viewed as progressive enough for this day and age, though these projects tend to always start off with verbiage about "sticking to the original source", because, what else are they going to say?
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 AM
    Ok so out of the more of the story and back to game terms, choosing an oath at lvl 3 instead of 1 is designed so that you can get a feel of the character before making a final decision. In story terms, the game assumes this is what you've been training to become all your life. This really doesn't interfere with gameplay, because you should be lvl2 after your 1st session, and lvl 3 after your...
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