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  • OzDragon's Avatar
    Today, 02:48 PM
    Circle of the Moon 4 Shadow Magic 2
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  • Demetrios1453's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 PM
    Well, the elf and dwarf chapters are supposedly more like "elves vs drow" and "dwarves vs duergar", so they do fit the conflict and monster themes. The chapter on gnomes and halflings does kind of stick out, even if it is explained as a chapter that contrasts peaceful raves with those in conflict.,,
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  • MonkeezOnFire's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 PM
    This was the path that I had in mind (or picking up spell sniper even later if not going variant human). I had already accepted that I would be just using polearm master attack routine for the majority of the character's career. I suppose it is also heavily campaign dependent to take spell sniper. If at that level you aren't facing a lot of melee oriented, non-reach foes then it's not worth...
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  • shidaku's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 PM
    Sure, it can't be helped. There's one DM, 3-5 players and a dozen NPCs to run at any given moment, eventually something slips out or gets forgotten. You realize a session or two later that you forgot it and now you're just outta luck.
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  • wrightc214's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    I'm working on updating a tool for personal usage at my home games. Getting feedback from the community is just an extra benefit that ensures my players are following the rules!
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  • Sylvar B.'s Avatar
    Today, 02:29 PM
    Saemund finds himself mindlessly handling the slate and for some reason decides to visually examine it and discover if it has augmentation properties.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 PM
    I'm looking into different options for maneuver mechanics. Could I get some opinions on this one please? (This is intended for offensive maneuvers, as an alternative to expending a superiority dice and forcing the opponent to make a save or suffer a condition.) "The warlord chooses a number of superiority dice to roll when initiating the maneuver. The total is compared against the ability...
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  • mikal768's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    Somewhat yes, but the two biggest draws of Polearms are 1) Reach and Sentinel/Polearm Master reaction attacks and/or (if using a quarterstaff) 2) The extra Bonus Action attack, either for similar damage as the quarterstaff, or another attempt to add lots of secondary damage from sources like GWM The blade cantrips unfortunately forgo all of those unless you invest in both War Caster and...
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    I still think you're making a lot of assumptions. The usefulness of this spell is going to depend on the game and on the situation. The same can be said for lots of spells and other game options. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
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  • Maelish's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    Are you saying the wormhole wouldn't chase it's own tail?
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    I don't have regrets often. Sometimes I may regret not making the encounters in the session harder or more interesting, I always try to improve as a DM. But as far as the story and adventures, I'm usually happy with my choices, since my players seem to enjoy it all. But there was one particular session where I had prepared the island of Witchclaw. I had specifically prepared a lot of random...
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    The major flaw in this? By the time this combo comes into fruition, you've played your character his whole career without it. Now it's, "Hey, I finally have a use for this cantrip I built my whole character around for the last 6 levels I'm probably won't even reach." LMAO
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  • Doug McCrae's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Yes, I think you're on to something there. Talking about one's PC falls into the same category. That's an advantage to talking about game rules, artwork and other published texts we've all read - we all have equal access. Whereas played rpgs are private. Also, it's weird that we don't have established terms to distinguish between 'roleplaying game' in the sense of a published game text and...
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  • mikebr99's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    You have to start as a fighter to get the CON proficiency... that is what he is suggesting. tks Mike
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  • Dausuul's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    The focus of the combo is opportunity attacks, though. Stacking booming blade with Spell Sniper, War Caster, and Polearm Master means you can make an OA with booming blade any time an enemy comes within 10 feet of you. So you're already doing bonus damage on the OA, and then you add more bonus damage if the enemy closes to melee. (And if they came within 10 feet, they probably wanted to be in...
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  • JustinCase's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    When James closes the door again, the room once more becomes quiet, if not peaceful. Traubon nods as Thadius asks the dwarf to translate his words, and the goblin starts nodding as it listens to him. A quick exchange in the guttural Goblin tongue follows, then Traubon again switches to Common. "He's willing to bring us before the tribe leader, called Krig. Says he's in the throne room, a...
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 PM
    Love, love, love Tyranny of Dragons. Especially the second half, where the PCs are considered as IMPORTANT by the rest of the world. (Makes a change!) Curse of Strahd is great. I'm enjoying Storm King's Thunder, though I haven't finished it yet. Cheers!
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  • jasper's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    Me added in the numbers. ALL PRAISE THE HOLY ARILYN. 1. HOLY MOLLY. IN a game of chance using dice, the dice should rule. NAY SATHY HOLY ARILYN 2. No. The dice just roll. Against the group. 3. TRUE. In some games. But hey. Dice rules. 4. pass on this. My bigger sister is still mad at me for beating her in "SORRY" four games in a roll. And I was five at the time. 5. Perhaps your players...
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  • Kobold Stew's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    Circle of the Moon 3 Shadow Magic 4
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    I should really do that. Actually, having a dice-rolling app to roll hit points for monsters might be a very good idea to bring more variance into how monsters work. (Although, with the variance of player damage rolls, does it actually have any effect?) I often announce when a player reduces a monster to 1 hit point, which some might see as cruel. Though, if I don't, the paladin might...
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  • AtomicPope's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 PM
    In an alternate game (when folks are sick, can't make it, et al), I tried out MAX HP and Monty Hall. The DPR was pretty insane but it allowed for some great content. I never gave the monster's MAX HP though. I don't want the monsters to stick around forever. If I'm worried about the players wiping out the baddies I'll use a 4e strategy with "minions" to interfere with their attacks, soak up...
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  • Quartz's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 PM
    True, but as others have said, you can apply Advantage on top of Expertise.
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  • TerraDave's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    Even Emrick probably remembers Hobsworth's cronies--together with Lennox, the rogue that traveled with Curt from their hometown--bravely fleeing moments after Hobsworth's death. And yes, Hobsworth had a map. He held it as he died. And no one in the party made an effort to grab it. Either it was lost, or the cronies (or the acquisitive rogue), got it. The two hear the dwarf think out loud....
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  • steeldragons's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 PM
    meh Circle of the Moon 5 Shadow Magic 3
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 PM
    MerricB replied to MagicWeapons
    Do whatever feels right to you. What's the worst thing that can happen? Everyone leaves your campaign? ;) I think, in general, once a PC *has* a special magic weapon, then it's very hard to upgrade it. If they've picked up a flametongue, the only weapon that is likely to replace it is a vorpal sword. Personally, I'd be looking for little quirks, additional small powers, and/or intelligence...
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  • DRF's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    1. You're blinded by your own idealism. 2. Being a Nazi is an ideology. Being Turkish is a nationality. Apples and oranges.
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    That's a pretty one-sided poll! :) I noticed in my Storm King's Thunder game how poor the monk and paladin were at hurting things compared to the barbarian. Then the paladin gained a giant slayer sword. She's not bad at fighting any more! The monk has a +2 bonus to Dex and Str at 6th level and likely needs help. Cheers!
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  • Saeviomagy's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 PM
    Often doesn't mean always.
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 PM
    There are things I like about skill challenges, like the consequences for failure, but the overall structure didn't work for me. I recently ran a D&D Adventurers League CCC adventure that used one, and it just didn't work. I've come to the conclusion that the best ones presented an evolving structure in response to what the players did, and that was far beyond the basic skill challenge; it's...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 PM
    Why don't you ask your player upfront about how much (s)he wants you to be involved? Some players may certainly respond well and be grateful to have RP opportunities and quests given, but other players may just hate it that you might end up pulling strings on their PC, if it starts to feel too much that the patron is forcing them to do this or not to do that, while other PCs are totally free.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 PM
    I think one of my primary criticisms with threads about worldbuilding - and this is not aimed at anyone in particular - is that they almost always invariably devolve into people wanting to talk about their homebrew worldbuilding. Though having examples are nice, it again gets to my contention that worldbuilding often comes across as self-indulgant oversharing, even when people are asking for...
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  • Saeviomagy's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 PM
    I think his point is that such stories are all but innumerable.
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  • MerricB's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 PM
    I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for this update. I'd been looking back on my blog entries of 2007, which is when I played the game, and then that led to your original post on running it... I was wondering how it went! And apparently it went for you about as well as it went for us! :) Cheers, Merric
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    I think this is worth bringing to Morrus 's attention... neat!
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    That's pretty much one of the trade-offs that can make the game tactically more interesting. Do you prefer a flat permanent bonus or a "burst" bigger bonus that is otherwise situational? :) I don't think there is much problem in combining the two, but then clearly the weapon becomes a no-brainer unless you find a flat one with an even bigger bonus.
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  • Doug McCrae's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    Further regarding the Dream Game campaign, another player in the game, Mark, had this to say about it. He seems to agree with me that the uncovering of hidden knowledge was a big part of the game, but disagrees as to what our approach ought to have been.
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  • TwoSix's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 PM
    Circle of the Moon 4 College of Valor 0 Shadow Magic 5
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  • LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    My suggestion is to avoid paradoxes by time traveller the gods and other supreme powers created "time spheres", something like the hollow world within Mystara, like a cosmic backup in the space-time continium. When a timeline is changed by crononauts or time-travellers, this doesn't dissappear really, but it become a different demiplane, a dream or nightmare realm, where fay power are stronger. A...
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  • lowkey13's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 PM
    Circle of the Moon 3 College of Valor 2 Shadow Magic 5
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  • Ovinomancer's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    This ous the secind time you've said the mechanics say what the character thinks. I missed that in my rulebook. Where was it again? You can pick which rules, any will do.
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  • pdimens's Avatar
    Today, 12:18 PM
    That's a great question and a common one! Warlocks get 4 spell slots for level 5 spells, since their spellcasting is kinda different.
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  • pdimens's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 PM
    Thanks for the feedback!
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  • akr71's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    Circle of the Moon 3 College of Valor 1 Shadow Magic 7 C'mon, we're so close to killing all the bards and all the druids!
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 PM
    I definitely vary HP amongst similar creatures usually by 1 or 2. I also tell players when foes are on their last legs, without specifying what that means... that’s usually when a series of low attack rolls starts.
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 12:06 PM
    First of all, thanks for providing some specific criticism. I don't think it is of concern to the players how the DM spends his time preparing his campaign. Nor do I think that you can make a reasonable case that the quality of the adventures suffers as a result of world building. I could come up with plenty of examples of ways in which the world building actually helps flesh out the finer...
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  • Jacob Lewis's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    Recent stuies indicate a high percentage of player dissatisfaction stems from encountering monsters with identical hit point totals and the use of hit points as an abstract game mechanic in general. ("This ogre also had 54 hit points like the last one? Are we fighting clones, or what?!")
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  • Abstruse's Avatar
    Today, 12:02 PM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Harmony Gold’s BattleTech lawsuit isn’t working out well for them, Gary Gygax’s unpublished gaming material may see the light of day, Deadpool pays tribute to roleplaying, and more! Harmony Gold’s lawsuit against Harebrained Schemes over the use of mech designs in the BattleTech video game was dismissed with prejudice. The...
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 11:58 AM
    It looks like he's adding the the extra d8s if they move when averaging the damage for BB, vs the the extra attacks.
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  • rczarnec's Avatar
    Today, 11:57 AM
    Circle of the Moon 5 College of Valor 1 Shadow Magic 6
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  • DM Dave1's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    Circle of the Moon 4 College of Valor 1 Shadow Magic 8 I’m being followed by a Bard downvote, Bard downvote Bard downvote
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  • mach1.9pants's Avatar
    Today, 11:44 AM
    Anything with Petersen on the credits list is a buy from me!
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  • Scott DeWar's Avatar
    Today, 11:39 AM
    Hello human, I have waited a long time to meet you .. .. .. .. ..Mua ha ha ha ha ha!
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  • schnee's Avatar
    Today, 11:36 AM
    This one under the multiclassing surprises me. You do not pick up any save proficiency when you multiclass.
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    Ah. So its not short-rest. I was wondering whether some of the objections to your suggestion were that it looked like you could build up dice in one fight to use in another, and there didn't seem to be a maximum number anywhere.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    Hey, I like Stargate and Supernatural. :'(
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  • MetaVoid's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    I think we already raised the alarm :) Adrian is ready to open the door, still waiting on Shayuris answer / check in.
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 11:03 AM
    True. So lets continue with my example. The one party member says they'd like to inspect the murder scene, see if they can find any clues of the murder weapon from the wound of the victim, or whether the person was right/left handed, attempt to identify any footprints or direction the murderer came/left....etc. I decide as DM, sure - I ask who is assisting the specific PC and I let them roll....
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  • Doug McCrae's Avatar
    Today, 10:59 AM
    That's a good question. Dreams in the Dream Game seem to be more stable than real world dreams, which I think according to the Dream Game's 'pseudoscience' is due to the presence of outsiders such as Externals and oneironauts. The dream must now conform to the perceptions of multiple individuals. The group of Externals we investigated in the campaign appeared to have developed an unusual...
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    I used to do this, but hearing the criticism of other DM's on this forum changed my mind. Ever since I've stopped fudging, I've noticed just how amazing it is to experience genuine close calls. Just last session, was such a close call. One of the players had his cohort act as a bodyguard, and take a hit from a Red Guard (homebrew crocodile soldiers, using an anti-paladin template). The Red...
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  • Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    Will you update Ashardalon, now the Great Wyrms are a thing?
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  • Kwargrow's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    Taylar shouts, "Damn spider!", as he attempts to jab the iron shod end of his granbaton into the creature's face. He will attempt to position himself closer to Vittero so they cannot get attacked from behind.
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 10:55 AM
    "Sworn and beholden" "Like cleric..diety..." "Master and apprentice..." "Cost of occasional services performed..." I tend as GM to try and keep the warlock patron relation central and important and it is understood by the player that this is an active entity, an ongoing bond, an important part of the campaign and spotlight on the character.
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  • Raith5's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    It is not exactly time travel but I8 The Ravager of Time (1st edition module) has an interesting twist where the PCs are aged by magic and have confront (now) younger versions of themselves. I ran it ages ago and it was a lot of fun back in the day. It was a big adventure from memory.
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    Circle of the Moon 3 College of Valor 1 Shadow Magic 10
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