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  • hawkeyefan's Avatar
    Today, 04:24 PM
    Sure, this is very likely the case. But then this is more about the GM using the game mechanics responsibly, so to speak. Ideally, he wonít be pushing an agenda. But it certainly seems possible, no? This goes back to it being more a case of GM performance. Separate of the rules or mechanics or even the chosen style, the GM can perform well or poorly. Pemertonís premise and much of the...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 PM
    The way you streamline the Arcane Lock works great - minimizes the intrusion of rolling the same thing over and over. Where you're just highlighting one character doing the same thing over and over, I'm with you to simplify mechanically. The other issue about progress on an adventure coming to a stop on a failed check is something DMs need to dealwith in many cases. Did the players miss a...
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  • Nagol's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 PM
    David Eddings has a whole series (Elenium, the Diamond Throne is the first book) where the order of paladin-like knights learned magic from the 'old gods' to help their mission. An god-like avatar points out that their god does love them and would've provided, but isn't upset.
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  • MechaTarrasque's Avatar
    Today, 04:15 PM
    I tend to go with 100-75% of hps: the hit hits, but adrenalin takes over and no effect or only minor outward damage (the PC will feel it after the fight is over, but not during the fight), from 75-50%: bruises, small cuts, maybe an inspiration point if the PC wipes some blood of his/her face on his/her finger and looks at it, gets mad, and attacks again, 50-25%: at this point the pro wrestling...
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  • steeldragons's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    Thatís the purpose. Itís not for the players to use, at for the DM to use for his wizards. Several spells are in the PHB for that purpose, so their is a reason for them when the DM uses them. As a DM if you are running the players into a wizards tower you better have Glyphs everywhere, Guards and Wards running, etc. I like the idea of the flammable carpet. I used the glyph on the floor...
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  • Quartz's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 PM
    Glyphs of Warding - both protective and offensive - should be everywhere in a wizard's home so they can be easily activated. Indeed, activating a GoW could be a Lair Action. Consider also the floor trap: the wizard has a highly flammable carpet. The carpet covers numerous GoW. Burn the carpet and the floor becomes a huge trap. Even better if the ignition of the carpet is initiated by another...
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 PM
    Well, the main problem I see is that the amount of gold varies greatly by campaign. That said, if I wanted to create a magic item list, I would start by assigning values to the magic weapons. I would go with a utility-based system, and I would begin by the assumption that a silvered weapon is 100gp. (PHB 148). From there, a magic, +0 weapon should cost 1000gp. Given the huge advantages...
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  • jasper's Avatar
    Today, 03:59 PM
    1. Occasionally they will not get the clue and you will have to tell them . 2. Requires the group bites on this plot hook. Also 3 million or 300K how are you going to convey to your players the city is basically, LA, New York, Paris, London, etc. Goal posts adventures. Which of the castle guards are on PPH side, which are not. Does PPH know of the back door to the castle? Which of the high...
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  • OB1's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 PM
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 PM
    {Wrong thread}
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  • Amandasims's Avatar
    Today, 03:56 PM
    Trilixton my sex-related desires getting reduced gradually and I started to ignore my affiliate more often than not. it was my dream to get the better and more complicated muscles so to accomplish my dream I joined the gym but here I got disappointment because of the not enough power and endurance I was not able to carry out for the quite an prolonged time time at the gym and reman deprived from...
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  • DEFCON 1's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 PM
    As far as Point 1 is concerned... I think the easiest way is to just not make her your standard damsel-in-distress Princess Plot Point, but rather a character with needs/desires/plots of her own. If she's grabbed "just because the plot needed her to be", and she can't be returned to the castle "just because the plot needed her to be" and she can't just be dumped off at the first house they come...
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  • Nagol's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 PM
    When I saw "long" I expected 1000+ words, not such a tiny screed! Our styles are different, but I'll try to help. 0) You are plotting much further ahead than I ever would. What if the PCs don't want to help PPH after making certain she's safe? 1) As a DM, I'm always disinterested in player plans and actions (that's disinterested -- not uninterested). Even though we've been gaming...
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  • Bacon Bits's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 PM
    Gosh, if only there were a referee at the table to make a ruling.
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  • robus's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    Smack them for rolling out of turn? ;)
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  • jaelis's Avatar
    Today, 03:38 PM
    Accepting that at face value, could you explain to me your reasoning for why touching an opponent breaks the spell? That is to say, I accept that its a judgement call in the purvey of the DM. What is your basis for making the call the way you do?
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  • Caliburn101's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    Simplicity, the fame of the name, the fact many PC/Console games use levelling and tropes developed from D&D so it has a sustained familiarity, and of course it is generally well supported.
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  • schnee's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    That already increased the complexity of the rule by 100%. Let's see how many exceptions, edge cases, loopholes and problems this one house rule will unintentionally create! :heh:
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  • Celebrim's Avatar
    Today, 03:36 PM
    I was excited about the book and planed to buy the pdf of it, but... Every review I've read of the book has dampened my enthusiasm for it. Ironically, the most glowing reviews of it by people who really admire the book are the reviews that ultimately made me decide the book was not for me. And I say that before I've even read the link that's in this thread, which sounds like it's of the...
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  • Caliburn101's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    If you are distracting by touching or in some visual way then it drops - period. You have made yourself visible to visually distract or you have 'attacked' (a touch can be an attack in the RAW) if you touch them. If you are making a noise to distract them, then you do not become visible, but in all but the most unusual situations they would know which square you are in, or if you move, they...
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  • jaelis's Avatar
    Today, 03:33 PM
    OK now I feel bad if the random review I grabbed is a turnoff. Here's maybe a better one http://blog.d4caltrops.com/2017/04/review-of-veins-of-earth.html
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 PM
    Here's a guideline: Taking players occasionally out of their comfort zone by taking away something they normally rely on is good. Look, you've been jailed and have no equipment. Or in your case "this specific NPC nemesis can't be spotted". Regularly negating a character ability because you don't want to deal with it is a dirty move. If what your planning is maybe one adventure every six...
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  • Yunru's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 PM
    Follow? Sure. But consider: How many people swear to get slimmer at new years? Of those, how many hold themselves to that oath?
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  • jaelis's Avatar
    Today, 03:27 PM
    "in the rules" is not the same as "that's what I think the rules mean." I know that can be confusing for some people. What is in the rules is that the spell ends if you attack or cast a spell. Attacks don't have to cause damage, and not everything that causes damage is an attack. Spells don't always cause saving throws, and saving throws aren't always the result of spells.
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  • FrogReaver's Avatar
    Today, 03:26 PM
    Nor can you estimate the odds of getting an attack off every round of combat or the odds of having disadvantage on your attacks or etc. You either ignore those important considerations as being to rare to worry about or you try to estimate how often something like the AoO of polearm mastery will occur. I'd estimate 50% of the time. The guy above us estimated 80%. It's still better to...
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 PM
    Forge Domain 12 Knowledge Domain 18 Life Domain 8 Light Domain 14 Tempest Domain 11 Trickery Domain 8 Prank > Storm.
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  • Celebrim's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 PM
    - bolded part added I always find it interesting that people can read that passage and come to conclusions that are exactly the opposite of what is stated in the text. The bolded part explicitly states that a certain amount of hit points represents damage the character is capable of sustaining. The part you don't quote makes it clear that every hit normally depletes a combination of both...
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  • Emirikol's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    Like many of you, Ive been gaming since the 80s. I started on dnd, chill, top secret and cthulhu. Ive played many games since then both at cons and home. Nowadays I just want a good theme to a game. I run dnd, starfinder and colonial gotgic for my son and group. Ive been fortunate to have players step up to run tor, wfrp, and 40k. I just tried The Dark Eye and love the mecganics of the...
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 03:14 PM
    If you ever need an example to illustrate the difference between Gygaxian play and narrative play, here it is. I'm trying to imagine the expression on Lanefan 's face if a player suggested this in his game. :)
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  • Celebrim's Avatar
    Today, 03:12 PM
    No, I haven't. It's a long ongoing debate that dates back to the 1970's. I personally believe that Gygax gave a fairly definitive treatment of the topic in the 1e AD&D DMG, but even there I have to concede that after appearing to answer the question he left the door open to other interpretations with a conflicting paragraph elsewhere. There are several problems you are going to run into...
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  • Scott Powell's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    Could use some help with my campaign. I apologize in advance for the length (and the rambling) 1. The first arc involves the party rescuing Princess Plot Hook from the evil cultist who wants to sacrifice her. But after she is saved (hopefully) they need to find a place to hide her (she cannot be returned to the palace for ... reasons). I want to make them think/work for it, and not just drop...
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  • cake quarry's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 PM
    why would it kill them? the spell anti-magic feil would only make them blink out of existence untill it was "turned off"
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  • Rossbert's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    Bubble Wand When you cast a spell with this focus that has a verbal component, several large bubbles float out of your mouth.
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  • Jacob Lewis's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    It is a fundemental flaw inherited when the collective decided that perception and insight granted characters psychic and omnipotent powers of observation. In essence, your in-game character gets a pass to peek behind the GM screen without even a die roll if the passive is high enough. If you watch any episode of Critical Role, you'll realize that "insight check him" is their favored way of...
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  • cake quarry's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 PM
    why would they not have 7th level slots if you rest and then they duplicate you with a 7th level spell slot then the new simmulacri would have 7th level spell slots
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 PM
    NPCs are not bound to have the same abilities as Player character Classes do. This doesn't mean that they aren't generally bound by the same rules: unless they have a capability that says otherwise for example, they still have to make stealth checks to sneak up on a PC. However it is generally perfectly fine to allow one-off rituals, spells or similar capabilities that don't appear in the...
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  • Otiroth's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    "For Paga's sake, Tusk! Do you think you're a damn centaur?" Otiroth had barely even skidded to a halt before the half-orc went barreling past him once more. He would follow, because... well, kind of because Metea had told him to, the tail had had more of an effect on him than he thought! Of course, Otiroth didn't exactly have eyes on the procession into the alley, and was automatically...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 PM
    Forge Domain 12 Knowledge Domain 18 Life Domain 8 Light Domain 14 Tempest Domain 13 Trickery Domain 7
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 PM
    On this I have to agree with AbdulAlhazred. I found the first few levels of AD&D(1e and 2e) and even 3e to be be boring. I much prefer to start at level 3 and go from there.
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  • Thomas Bowman's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    Walmart sells music CDs, I bought a few recently, right next to the video DVDs. Some of us don't trust the internet for making purchases, as we don' want hackers getting a hold of our information and draining our accounts. I would probably buy more software, If I didn't have to download it!. Also over time, the internet tends to "crap out" my computer, it gets slower and slower on its downloads....
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  • BoldItalic's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 PM
    They all agreed and headed off for the Land of the Pirate King. The Pirates' Guild headquarters, down by the docks in Lowport, was decorated in nautical stye as might be expected; the roof timbers had been looted from Spanish galleons and the elegant furniture had previously graced the cabins of wealthy sea captains who no longer required it. It was low tide on the night of the new moon and...
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    Anything that does damage, or causes a character to make a saving throw causes invisibility to end. That's in the rules.
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    As a DM that would be my judgement call.
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  • Arial Black's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    Sure, and it's the DM's job to decide if this bit of grey is actually black or white for this roll. When the player asks if this roll has advantage, the answer is either black or white for this roll, even if the general case may be grey. What you are doing is taking a piece of the rules which is black and white, pretending it is grey, and then ruling that it's purple! Just because some...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    Published predominantly because... Most of the legwork is done and you can tear out, replace or fix the bits you don't like; also It is fun to share experiences of a common setting (module, AP) with others within the hobby.
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 PM
    There are different definitions of causality. It seems that you and pemerton are focusing on the one that says every effect has a cause. Ovinomancer seems to be focusing the one that says that it's the relationship between cause and effect. For the second definition, there is causation in D&D fiction that drives the rules. A wizard casts fireball(fictional cause) and a fireball appears doing...
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  • GrayLinnorm's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    Evangelist Billy Graham has died. He was 99.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 PM
    The "+0 weapons" were as mentioned, a theoretical construct used to judge when it was appropriate for a party to have magical attacks with no bonus or equivalent enchantment. As you have said, simply penetrating magic resistance/immunity is a significant benefit, possibly on-par with the actual attack/damage bonus. When trying to judge utility/appropriate level for when to start introducing magic...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 PM
    A Felan Assassin!
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  • jasper's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 PM
    1. When you were young and your book Was newly open You used to say PCs always live (You know you diced) (You know you diced) (You know you diced) But if this ever changin' editions In which we game in Makes you give in and cry Say live and let dice
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  • jodyjohnson's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 PM
    I never had a player ask. Currently I DM AL so it isn't an option.
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  • Schmoe's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 PM
    Wow, I couldn't agree with you more. The first paragraph was so disparaging and insulting that I stopped reading. I'm not going to read that drivel.
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  • rczarnec's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 PM
    Forge Domain 12 Knowledge Domain 17 Life Domain 8 Light Domain 16 Tempest Domain 13 Trickery Domain 7
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  • Herosmith14's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 PM
    Weird, I don't know
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 PM
    They're not. Nothing there that looks like a Borian's head.
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  • Herosmith14's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    I'm not actually familiar with N.E.W., but I just rechecked, they should be in horns, all though they might be part of a specific genre, if your not using All.
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  • HawaiiSteveO's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    Obama's Wars - Bob Woodward. Looking at brimstone angel series Erin Evans up next .... Reviews seem positive. Wish I could remember name of series I read a year or two back - really funny. It was a Brit author (I think) and had to do with gang of zany adventurers who were total idiots. The bad guy in the first book was a baby who grew up really fast, something like that ..?
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    There's that single central row of "datajacks", but I couldn't find anything that looks like the full Borian head spikes.
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  • M3woods's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    They're in the horns listing.
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    I had thought about "the hand" too but it's a bit sinister. Besides too many of our characters are dexterous. (...get it... anyone... yeah it's a lame pun) I do like the bundle of stick idea. But are you familiar with the order of the stick? :D Lastly, English is not my first language either.
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  • Azurewraith's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    Well technically s Shildon is medium character so for mechanical purposes he can fit anywhere anyone else can but for flavour reasons I understand not wanting the giant fitting in the dwarves cottages. It's your call basically the workshop is the same design as the rest of the buildings.
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  • Herosmith14's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 PM
    You can, I believe it's under hair. I used them to emulate the frill fro my lizardfolk.
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 PM
    My attempt at a female Borian mechanic. Can't get the head spikes, sadly, unless I'm missing something. Came to $19.99 in plastic, though I haven't bought it.
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  • amerigoV's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    This just rings of Cylons on New Caprica
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  • Maggan's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 PM
    1. BEC(M) - we stopped at Companion set 2. AD&D 1st - Dragonlance took a while to get through 3. D&D 3.5 - rekindled the D&D fire 4. D&D 4th - ran two campaigns 5. D&D 5 - our current version, slowly building up to take the number 3 spot /M
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  • dco's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    And independently of all their life training they get their divine power swearing an oath and they can lose it not following the oath. I find it dumb. You are talking again about your setting, but the PHB is clear: "Divine magic, as the name suggests, is the power of the gods, flowing from them into the world. Clerics are conduits for that power, manifesting it as miraculous effects. The gods...
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  • Kobold Stew's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    no problem! I like the Factions/Alliance cluster. If we are to have a name (and since we each have separate agendas, I'm not sure we need one), I'd suggest something along those lines. Miss Imogen would want something that did not advertise power and purpose. "A Bundle of Sticks" (unbreakable when together) is what she would suggest, if asked.
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  • Olrox17's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Forge Domain 14 Knowledge Domain 16 Life Domain 8 Light Domain 16 Tempest Domain 13 Trickery Domain 7
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  • Metea's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Metea had barely paused a moment before Carthum started going on like a man possessed. "What? What are you babbling about? Have you gotten into the sacramental wine?" Metea demanded of her brother. "Otiroth, you talk some sense into him!" She was already a bit out of breath from the sprint, not being of particularly stout stock (and why would she need to be, when she copied books all day...
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  • Herosmith14's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 PM
    I ordered my lizardfolk barbarian (I've made a lot more characters on there), it is a bit pricey, and ordering physical does take a while, but their good quality, and if you have access to a nice 3D printer, you can cut both those issues down by a considerable margin.
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  • Fradak's Avatar
    Today, 01:44 PM
    Thanks for this ;) Linguee is my friend.
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