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  • Bacon Bits's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 AM
    I would not stick to the old Skill Challenge pattern, but I might use something similar. Consider the old "Arcane Lock" situation. That is: I would probably not bother with this design now. It's not a particularly interesting challenge to make the players roll over and over for the same locks. It's easier to just have them roll once. I feel like all we're adding here is more dice...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    No nearby malls other than strip malls. Our malls- even in the bigger cities to which my community is a suburb- have been closing due to the loss of anchor stores. The closest one- in another city- doesn’t have public seating areas with table except at the food court. The next closest one is in a neighborhood that has gone so far downhill that my friends on the police force let me know they...
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 12:02 AM
    The next major battle in the adventure is vs a large horde and I'm not quite sure how to convert... Sent from my using EN World mobile app
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  • DM Magic's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    I'm going to be running a mostly improvised Rod of Seven Parts game. Using a bunch of aids I've collected over the years (decks of NPCs, wandering monsters, dungeon layouts, puzzles, traps, etc), I'm going to basically fly this campaign by the seat of my pants using inspiration drawn from these decks and the players. One thing I'd like to do is, come up with a huge list of fun places the rod...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Is our company really 13 strong? Can I be Bombor? lol Zander really didn't know what he expected to see (perhaps a huge skeletal dragon roaring at the ceiling and then raining death at the doorway), but this was not it. The four stonefaces looked like the ones he fought before, and then there was the rift. "Just like before," he mumbles. "Stay away from the rift, they can cause the ground...
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  • Andrew Bydlon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Hey MPMB. Thanks for the awesome character sheet. I was going to right the rule set into a python script, but lost interest in doing so because yours is nearly perfect. Any timeframe for v13?
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Probably not a good idea. In our analogy, that'd be like trying to mu,tickass paladin with paladin and so wouldn't be possible. I would think you should be able to, again it doesn't work in our analogy since that would be multiclassing warlock with warlock. I did imply exclusivity. As far as the oath goes, swearing fealty to a king rather automically excludes swearing fealty to a second...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    Not sure I follow you. It seems you somehow have already made up a new category of "+0 weapons" and added that mentally, and now you're laying out all the kinds of problems I will get if I remove this "+0" category? Isn't that kind of backwards? Or am I failing basic comprehension? I'm not starting with anything. The game provides us with +1 weapons. Our task is to discuss at what...
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  • James Devenberg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    Say what you will about D&D Beyond, but calling it "just a PDF with no production cost" is completely inaccurate. First, it isn't a PDF at all. Second, it has been completely reformatted from the book to a database style that makes more sense as a layout on a computer. Third, it has a *ton* of cross referencing and linking that a PDF lacks. There was a lot of production time put in to...
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  • Jeovanna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    The streets were busy- but mostly the main streets. Stick to the alleyways, and things were a bit quieter... Jeovanna had taken advantage of the back roads and the shops there to do some trading. She had furs and antlers, mostly, to trade, and there were a few backalley brewers that would trade her decently well for such sundry materials. She did not much care what they did next with them; all...
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  • James Devenberg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Thanks to both of you. I just started using this sheet and did not realize how simple this was to do. Thanks!
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  • EnWorld#0000's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    My buddy and I are making new PCs to play in the Out of the Abyss setting (in the Underdark), with new level 4 PCs. I'm thinking of playing a Moon Druid to wildshape into a mount, and my buddy would play the rider. What are some amazing combos of races/feats/classes? We can draw from the WotC books, with UA being subject to DM's approval, with standard point buys for abilities. I'll definitely...
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    Gonna NPC Rana and Bekha till hopefully their players return. Rana, still back by the archway into the storeroom asks if there is any way around it. When the rogue looks again and tells her it is all over she cackles. "Good, good, very good," she says between laughs that makes everyone feel uneasy. "Let The Lady's creatures guard this area for us. We have other places we can explore and...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    It's basically "only" for... pretty much ANY campaign where gold has actual value ;) In Blog's example gold gives xp, and so is very valuable. In our case, gold gives items, and so it is... much less valuable, but still very valuable. Using the rules as written... well, I guess another hundred grand doesn't make much of a difference, so you can keep the hauls as is...?
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    Since the DM's role to describe the environment, it seems to me that you can set things up as you will. It's not clear to me what issue you're having. Do you have any examples?
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  • Julian Rhodes Muir's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Single best program to use IMO: http://thegeniusinc.com/dd-monster-maker-download/
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  • Scotley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?355200-Recruiting-Closed-MLeibrock-s-and-Scotley-s-Wrath-of-the-Righteous-mid-level-game Here's the link to the original post for characters.
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    There is no unclarity or disagreement in this particular case. However, I will not argue this with you. I will, however, confirm that I stand by my earlier assessment, that you provided a weak justification for encouraging the DM to override the rules in this particular case. I hope we can leave this behind us. I often appreciated your rules-related efforts in the DDAL forum.
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Thanks! It's been an incredibly fun exercise to adapt the material to Eberron, and HotDQ is full of gaps and holes, which sucks for a new DM or someone wanting to just play it out of the book, but is great for adaptation because I can fill all of those in with a bunch of very Eberron-esque content. I hope you continue to enjoy the recaps!
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  • Scotley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    "I think it is too soon to make many assumptions about who or what we face. Lets just see where the tracks lead and take things as we find them."
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Chapter 1: Windshire in Flames Session 2.0 The party finish their meal well-rested, but notice that Coop and Rylorn have both disappeared. As they finish, they are approached by Sergeant Vasila Markguth, Windshire Keep’s second-in-command behind Escobert (and now actual commander). She comes bearing a message from Lady Cara: cultists have started to break into her manor, and she fears that...
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  • Scotley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    Give me a day or two to look over this stuff and get back to you. I'll also provide a link to the original creation rules shortly. Unless you are set on Bard, which I think would round out the current group nicely.
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  • amerigoV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    I personally think it one of two things: 1) The industry just dies on the vine. Ie, Hasbro just decides the brand does not have value and cannot get someone else to buy it for what they want. The put it on ice and someone else rises to the top of the niche. I think this unlikely - D&D tried to commit suicide a couple of times, but recovered strongly. 2) Presuming the hobby continues, I...
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  • Warmaster Horus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    That's a place where you can use 'box text' to set the scene. If you want more player agency, build some skill checks and/or basic choices into the narrative of the box text but the conclusion is the beginning of the scene you want. Perhaps the players checks have provided them a bit more knowledge, an advantage or the like? Perhaps their basic choices have placed them in one situation vs...
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  • ReadError's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    is this discontinued? the download page says that it's not available
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  • EarlyBird's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    Well Zander sure doesn't lol- Ready to kill me a dracolich (or be eaten by one, whatever comes first)
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  • mervinci's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    Also high, but not as extreme. But all the perception stuff is only an example. Sometimes, as a GM, I want to craft a particular scene. Setup is important, after which character decisions take the stage and they can resolve/derail the situation as they desire. But I may have to have spells work a certain way, or in a certain combination, or give a character a way to cast two spells in...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    In a sense it's already happened, all it takes is an RPG that gains enough mainstream awareness to pull new players directly rather than sell itself to market already selected for at least being able to stand D&D. Each time it's happened, we've narrowed our definition of RPG to exclude the interloper, spawning a 'new hobby.' CRPGs LARPs MMORPGs
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  • Bakuashen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    And just when I was looking into a well done character sheet... this one gets removed :(
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    I disagree that it crosses into house rule ... it's simply my interpretation that taking a hostile action is by common usage definition (not a game term because that's not how 5E is written) attacking someone. The rule does not say that you become visible if you make an attack roll or cast a spell. But let me ask: if an invisible person throws a bead from a necklace of fireballs, do they...
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  • Wiseblood's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    This tracks almost exactly whith my history. It really is uncanny.
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    Just one new item today, this one for Amazing Engine. AM2: For Faerie, Queen, and Country
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    2e was certainly the most, as it encompassed my high school and college years. A decent amount of 3e, PF, and 4e overlap from 2000-2014, multiple campaigns in each system. All of our games have switched to 5e since 2014. Never played 1e, and only done a tiny amount of any OSR stuff, but not TSR brands.
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    Finished Dark Tower. The ending was a major let down. I've seen DMs close up out of control games better than this.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    What is their Intelligence(Investigation) skill like?
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  • 77IM's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    77IM replied to Adept class
    OK, I made a bunch of subtle revisions based on Blue's feedback and my own dissatisfaction with the class. First, I finally found a flavor angle that I like, although I'm not sure I've articulated it well in the class write-up. I took one of the headers, "Master Your Own Destiny," and interpreted it literally. Role-wise, if a paladin is a "holy warrior with divine power," then we mostly...
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  • rgoodbb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    , where he saw….ed his own thumb off to remove the ring and went totally (not partially) insane. Thus he became Lost and frustratingly, Herewulf, being that champion of the lost, had to start looking for him all over again. He was not high in the queue though and could wait for now. As they neared their destination, their thoughts and worries had become reality. Xena’s troop had indeed beaten...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Every other or every third session features something which has grown from the idea of skill challenges. But it's much more organic and inclusive. First, dispose of the entire formalized 4e structure. Second, it's not a "skill" challenge - you can do a heck of a lot besides skills. Have consumable resources you want to bring to bear like an appropriate spell or magic item usage? Sounds...
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    The paladin has already spent their life training and devoting their soul to their cause just as much as a cleric is required to before they swear their oath. I'm sure that that may be true for some settings. However it isn't required to be a cleric in 5e: There are 'deities' that are not Gods and that cannot make that sort of choices right there in the PHB. Its belief, not worship in the...
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  • dave2008's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    I wouldn't say a lot ;) It is a moving target and just about every time decided to make armor factor into the AC (and not just say "natural armor") I change my design philosophy. These are first drafts and WIP. I hope to have epic armor codified (and many more things) before I start the 2nd drafts. Sorry I can't give you a good answer at this time.
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  • aramis erak's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    There are also mall community rooms and similar. Most Safeway stores have a seating area near the hot foods. Market of Choice likewise keeps seating near the cafe. So, ask your local shopping center - there will often be a restriction on outside food, but that's the same for most restaurants.
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  • MarkB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    I've had a couple like that. HeroQuest/Glorantha - maybe it was because I was first exposed to it at a gaming convention that was heavily promoting it, so 90% of the participants were years-long hardcore fans, but I found it very unapproachable - lots of deep cultural lore, and an expectation almost that you would play your cultural/tribal traits first, and your character a distant second. I...
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    I am greatly in favor of changing or customizing rules before the game begins, but I'm significantly less inclined to break those rules once they've been made. I don't want to undermine the efforts of the players by arbitrarily causing them to succeed or fail in ways that they don't know about ahead of time. If someone wants to max out their Perception and notice every trap or secret door from...
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  • synergy2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    How exactly do you have epic armor working at the moment? I notice a lot of gods have things like "+3 Epic Breastplates" but no explanation of what that entails.
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  • pukunui's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    I could never quite get my head around skill challenges, neither the early 4e version (I haven't looked at the Rules Compendium version iserith mentions) nor the SWSE version. That is, I got them on paper, and I liked the idea and wanted to use them, but every time I tried them out in the game, they just fell flat. So no, I don't (consciously) use them in my 5e games, and I'm not likely to do...
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    I'm a HUGE fan of terrain, miniatures, Dwarven Forge, battlemats, etc. That said, all things have a time and place. I generally start with at least a battlemat/grid or something like Tact-Tiles and then add depending on time. As much as I like my Dwarven Forge stuff, it really needs to be setup in advance of the session; it's really not that practical otherwise. I find that miniatures,...
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  • Hriston's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    This is still too representational for me. I like to keep hit points an abstract counter of how much "damage" you can take until you are down, with what the damage consists of left largely undefined, whether it's fatigue, luck, divine favor, destiny, or something else that protects you from "hits". It's an abstract resource. I think the hit point recovery portion of the rest mechanics...
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  • MonkeyBlood's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    4 days left to come and see what the hype is about. Check out the main page and the updates for snippets of things to come. The Midderlands Expanded Kickstarter is 4 DAYS LEFT!!! #themidderlands You can even get the first book as part of this campaign if you missed it. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/608764698/the-midderlands-expanded-an-osr-setting-expansion/posts/2117244
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  • jasper's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Paul of Perfect Perception, "Hey there is another trap! Do your thing." Rotten Roger the rogue, " Not again. Can't we go around? I got 2 hit points left!" Paul of Perfect Perception, " But that is your job!" "Well perceive this!", yells Rotten Roger as he pushes Paul into the spiked pit trap.
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  • Dausuul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    I have not personally, but I had a friend who tried this way back in 2E. He soon gave up. His players found it massively confusing and unintuitive. If your players are on board, I think this can work fine. If they're not, it'll be a constant headache. Yeah, that's been my attitude for a while now. Hit points are a "stage dressing" mechanic. They look good at a glance, they support the...
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  • Sorcerers Apprentice's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    At this point I'm not really sure if it's 5e or AD&D 2nd ed. It feels like I played 2nd ed. nearly forever, but it might just be my mind tricking me to make events in my teens seem bigger than they really were.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    The number two, being an abstract object, has no causal effect on anything. Yet the number 2 is a limit that will be approached by y = ((x^2)/x) +2, as x approaches zero. The time my super-mathematician spent yesterday squaring the circle, being an impossible event, has no causal effect on anything. But a consistent story about my super-mathematician would have to allow that while that series...
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  • nswanson27's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    Haven't read all the pages, but just to state that pacts don't have to be willing, nor do they need to be made by that individual. They can be made by an ancestor, for example. Makes for an interesting narrative that both the player and DM can delve into.
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    One thing that I’ve found is that I can use such a high passive perception to my advantage as a DM, while still making them feel a pay-off for their stat investment. “Legolamb, with your keen elf eyes, you see that each of the four doors bears an arcane rune scratched on the door handle.” Now they’re wondering what each rune is - are they traps, or clues? Also, just because they always notice...
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  • rgoodbb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Has anyone used any of the information/descriptions/spells/monsters/items/alternative rules from this beautiful book for their 5th edition game? Having just read it cover to cover without putting it down, I am drooling over the writing and wonder what other’s thoughts are re 5th edition usefulness. I am inspired to extract some of this into a new campaign and wonder who else here, already has.
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  • Monayuris's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    The more interesting challenge is not IF they discover the interesting thing, but what they have to do about it. If this super perception character discovers every trap they come across, it is still necessary to overcome or avoid that trap. Give them the clues the interesting thing exists and let them figure out what course of action they need to take. Anyone can roll a high number or...
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  • BookBarbarian's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    It's the DM's job to decide which rules to apply to which situation based on the what the Player is saying their character does. After deciding which rule applies I also try to adhere what's in the book as it makes communication easier if we are all on the same page. That being said, sometime's I've made a wrong ruling and had it pointed out to me by a player. In that scenario I'll...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Well, depending on class obviously, things that have the most effect on the group dynamic are the most important IMO. In no particular order but numbers for clarity: 1. Inspiring leader - essentially a pre-cast, life cleric, mass healing word every short rest. Healer is in same category, I use Medicine skill instead of straight +4 to make medicine skill mean more. 2. Shield Mastery -...
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  • doctorhook's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    I appreciate your post on the subject! Side question: How many 5000gp diamonds did you have to expend to cast this Thread Resurrection spell?
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  • BoldItalic's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    Od - “Great! Where are we going?” "We go to our doom," intoned Strider mournfully, "And few among us shall return in this age of the world. There are forces ranged against us that we have little hope of overcoming but we must strive nobly to overcome nonetheless e'en though we perish and are utterly forgotten. For the time is come to set forth upon the final journey that will end with the...
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  • PunsAndDragons's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    There are just 5 days left for the Kickstarter book of fantasy cartoons. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1861620465/puns-and-dragons-the-pun-masters-guide It is getting close to its goal but needs one final push. It is a collection of 150 D&D jokes and cartoons (and possibly more, subject to the goal!) Go on - take a sneaky peek. It's lighter than 'War & Peace' and funnier than...
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  • Carthum One-Tusk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Suru, this would not go well when the elders heard of this! And unless the guard found something more entertaining to take his mind off of things, they would indeed hear of it... not too many orcish priests in the city... Pushing such paranoid thoughts aside, Carthum rose to his feet. He could only do as his soul told him, and he felt no guilt over his actions. Plenty of worry about the...
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    I like the way you think. Perhaps some sort of "Highlander Oath" as the only available option. When there is just one left, then you deal with the remaining problem.
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