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  • Otiroth's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 PM
    Otiroth looked down briefly as the others began their fight, pulling out his spell component pouch. He'd been in it earlier to scatter some colored clay dust before, but did he still- ah, yes! Still some left. Giving Metea a nod- they had this! And she had it, too!- he'd move forward to get to one side of Carthum. "You're tough, fiend!" Yes, very tough- he had taken both a blast of...
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  • bedir than's Avatar
    Today, 05:26 PM
    I'm an evangelist by nature. I like things I'm into to get bigger. I want to find new players. I want to find another DM so I can be a player. I want my non-DnD writing to make sense to people because they understand the DnD metaphors and analogies. It's not just because of Hollywood. It's mainstream writers. It's titans in tech. It's musicians. The creatives that grew up playing DnD as...
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  • Herosmith14's Avatar
    Today, 05:25 PM
    Yeah, I try to split fluff from mechanics with a lot of characters. Though I do have a very stereotypical one that I love to play, I also have another that is a Half-Sea Elf who has some connection to storms or the elements (Storm Herald with Magic Initiate.) He's actually a decent guy who just funnels magic when he "rages". Also, the subclasses are kind of meant to let you put a different...
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    Another thing devils can do is create a talisman and put part of their soul into it. As long as that talisman is on the plane their on, they can use it as an anchor to keep them on that plane. In a sense, they work almost like a lich's phylactory.
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  • Parmandur's Avatar
    Today, 05:11 PM
    I think you are right that 4E neglected the game as reading experience, but OI would say the system producing results was very much a focus of 5E design: they just did better due diligence in market research to determine the desired play experience for their audience and delivered.
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    I'll take the quarrels and the hatchet - rapier and main-gauche aren't good tools for cutting stuff! And thanks for looking :)
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 PM
    Forgive me folks, it’s an interview
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  • neogod22's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    That's not true. All devils are trapped in Hell. They need to be summoned out for the most part. They are allowed to send emissaries to the Fugue Plane to attempt to persuade souls into coming to Hell, but like Asmodeous, they are trapped there. This is one reason they make bargains with mortals. If they trick a mortal to summon a greater devil out of Hell that they can't control, that devil...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    I do a mix. The players like challenging encounters, so I provide them no matter how powerful they have made their PCs. They also like to feel powerful when they make powerful PCs, so I also provide normal strength encounters that they blow through. When assigning XP, though, it's based on how challenging the encounters are, so the easy fights don't do a lot to gain them levels.
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  • Richards's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 PM
    ADVENTURE 14: RAIDERS OF THE LOST TOMB PC Roster: Daleth Stormsea, elf wizard 3 Galen Thorne, human paladin 5 Kaspar Hardstrike, elf monk 5 Orion Nightsky, halfling rogue 5 Syngaard, human fighter 5 Game Session Date: 18 April 2018
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  • Apepsnake's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    COSMOCRATS, THE RECTORS Galaxyform Old One Intelligibles, Masters of Immortality Huge Outsider (Extraplanar, Intelligible) Hit Dice: 201d100 x6 (120,600) Initiative: +123 Speed: 535 ft Armour Class: 566 (-2 size, +32 divine, +422 natural, +50 deflection, +64 luck, +32 Competence), touch 251, flat-footed 521 Base Attack/Grapple: +52/+54 Attack: 4 slams (80d10 +Quasaroid)
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  • epithet's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 PM
    In real life, I don't hate the Drizzle from Benzodiazepine. I consider him to be a pablum knock-off of Elric of Melnibone, which I loved as kid and was a Big Damn Deal to me as a kid (along with Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, and I can also see a lot of Mouser elements in the Drizzle.) The thing is... he's just too frolicing easy to make fun of. He demands mockery and derision, with his angst and...
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  • Ancalagon's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 PM
    Lal Qalendar is a barbarian with the hermit backround. He's a dervish - a traveling mendicant, seeking to deepen his understanding of the universe. When he rages he doesn't get angry, he goes in a deep meditative trance, where he becomes one with the Universe. In general, *backgrounds*. The barbarian doesn't have to be a savage.
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  • daindarkspring's Avatar
    Today, 05:00 PM
    Magic. Darkness. Shadows and light. Everything swirled around Dain as the battle was joined. A rush of adrenaline ran through him, and he slipped into such shadows as there were between him and the giant spider, which was his target. I feel you. Close. I the roots that surround me, and the caverns of water, hiding in the depths of the earth. Untainted. "Root and branch! Thorn and bramble!"...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 04:58 PM
    @pemerton's entire style is a railroad, which might explain why he doesn't recognize that. The Story Now style involves the players setting goals(rails) and the DM doing everything in hos power to keeping the PCs on those rails by making everything in some way important to those goals. Since his style involves the players wanting to be on the rails, the railroading is a good thing in this...
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  • jgsugden's Avatar
    Today, 04:52 PM
    I'm just going to say that a "stereotypical" barbarian can be a lot of fun, even if not original. I've played a few barbarians in 5E, and each felt different. Tyrstern is a dwarf fighter/barbarian. He plods ahead with little concern about his hps. For example, he saw an enemy at the bottom of a 100 foot drop. So he performed a "death from above" by leaping on the enemy and attacking it as...
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 PM
    No idea as I've never tried here. That's just how it's typically done. Typical being the operative word. :) It seems that this site does things differently, so I'll leave it to Morrus to help you out further.
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  • Carl Olson's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 PM
    This may have already been addressed ~ there being 2,048 posts in the past three months ~ and if it has, my apologies for adding to the noise. My take is a bit different. The contemporary take on the game is... well, I don't want to say 'misguided,' but I'm struggling to find a less controversial way to put it. Yes, players aren't necessarily playing for the sole purpose of exploring a...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 04:46 PM
    David S. Buckel has committed suicide. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/us/david-buckel-gay-rights-attorney-suicide/
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    Never knew how hard it would be to create a 10th level paladin pixie with a giant frog mount. So many spells and spell like abilities and AC adjustments. Still have not started his special mount- Thor-ruck. (yes- Walter Simonson Frog-Thor homage)
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    Reid Collins has died. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/04/21/cnn-reid-collins-dead.cnn
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    I think I am going to put in for Disability this week. My left knee still won't hold my weight and remains wobbly whenever I first get up and the lower back is a disaster. Spine operation took care of condition I was only dimly aware of. Not what what causing the worst of my troubles.
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    Maxperson replied to 40 years...
    In 1982 I lived in Michigan. One day I went over to a friend's house and his older brother had this book with a unicorn and a few other weird creatures on the cover. It was called the Monster Manual. I loved reading mythology, Tolkien and other books of that nature, so I inquired further and was told that it was called Dungeons & Dragons. The older brother offered to teach me how to play, but...
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  • megamania's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    Sometimes I think the recovery is worse than the prior conditions. It does get better however.
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  • Kai Grieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 PM
    Where? There's no third field.
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  • Arial Black's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Exactly! The game mechanics of the class are not a role-playing straitjacket forcing you to be a loincloth-wearing savage Conan clone! Be a super-civilised, highly trained warrior with anger management issues. Take the Acolyte background and fluff the barbarian mechanics as a secret fighting style involving faith and focus. In the Deathstalker books by Robert R Green, the Deathstalker...
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  • Kobold Stew's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    "My instinct is to take the Batri side, but I am conscious that we have pledged to help Qawasha fight undead as part of his guidance. He may not see this as a necessary obligation, but I feel we ought to adhere to our agreement when we can." Miss Imogen says.
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  • Mistwell's Avatar
    Today, 04:27 PM
    In many ways, this is the beauty of the Treatmonk guides. It's one reason I have fun playing a bard too.
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  • billd91's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 PM
    You may object to it as a style of play, but there's no connection between that and the definition of railroad. If the presence (or absence) of the secret door is recorded and independent of either the GM's or the player's desires for it to be there at the time and the GM isn't goading the players one way or the other, how can its presence (or absence) possibly limit the choices of the players?...
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  • BlackSeed_Vash's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    The last barbarian I played was a "ranger" who in his youth had made a foolish deal with an Erinyes. Whenever he raged, it was really a devil behind the wheel... which put allies in danger if they weren't quick enough to leave her prey alone.
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  • akr71's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 PM
    Baldur’s Gate 21 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 22 City State of the Invincible Overlord 24 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 22 Glantri City 18 Huzuz 22 Lankhmar 24
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  • Carl Olson's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 PM
    This is bloody fantastic. Am I the only one who looks at this and thinks, "I can totally use this to estimate the number of souls that have lived and died?" I sense another wasted weekend coming up...
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  • Kobold Stew's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 PM
    Tommi doesn't speak Elvish, but smiles at Avariel. He watches her lithe movements, and those of her companions, and he's smitten with a schoolboy crush -- transient, temporary, but oh-so-important. But he knows better than to do anything about it. Partly out of shame and his own feelings of inadequacy, but nor additionally, he doesn't want to offend Angis. And so he continues along the road,...
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 PM
    Marius is on the move even before the thing flying is halfway there. He avoids it deftly wheeling around it - and is half way toward the source before the thing lands. "Hagadark, if your climbing spell still works go help the girls. Shayuri, help? Mourgrym, now's the time to trust the orc and lets deal with this! Start the elevator and help as long as you can." Passed the save and have...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 PM
    Li Shenron replied to 40 years...
    22 years ago in winter 1995-1996, when one of my best friends was gifted with a re-issue box of BECMI and decided to DM a game for us. I was hooked by a combination of features: the complexity of the rules (compared to any other game I knew), the mix between narrative and mechanics, and the idea of a game that was practically zero-cost but infinitely expandable. Before that, I had actually had a...
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  • Rossbert's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 PM
    My short version: For players alignment is a record: how often did they honor their word when it wasn't convenient, how often did they follow local rules and traditions, how selfish have they been? For creature types/societies it is useful shorthand: how rigidly are contracts enforced, are there laws that last beyond the reign of the current ruler, are the people generally willing to aid...
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  • cooperjer's Avatar
    Today, 03:45 PM
    All of the images on the printed maps below have been purchased from Mike Shley's website for the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure. They were printed by either Spoonflower.com or by Designyourfabric.com at 300 dpi. The Fane of the Eye The Black Geode The aboleth fight
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    "We will not leave our wards, Teraphim. Go or stay and help, but we're not leaving before them! Miners, to lower level now! Embla! Tink! Get that tentacle!" As the metal monster moves away, Thulwar looks at the leader of Teraphim soldiers. "Acid of fire?" he asks nodding toward it. Even before the answer comes, deft hands are mixing and matching content into a flask, waiting for just that...
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  • Valetudo's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    Lets be honest. Not everyone deserves a second chance.
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  • Afrodactyl's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    In that vein, plate and half plate don't specify that it's metal plates. We have a druid/nature cleric in our games who is using bone and magic wood for his armour.
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 03:39 PM
    Re-fluff the rage. Razor Fighting Focus, zen-state martial arts, what have you. Even if you want to keep it as hyper aggression, it could be by possession, by sharing your soul with an ancestor or spirit of an animal. Just like any character, come up with an interesting story and work out from there. The mechanics of rage can fit a lot of different narratives. And while the class is...
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  • Afrodactyl's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    You could easily fluff raging as a battle-trance if you wanted to go for a more zen/spiritual combatant or a combatant that just used an aggressive fighting style rather than just being a wall of anger and teeth in a loincloth. I've also seen raging as a way of running a "lycanthrope" in game. So minor transformations brought on by stressful situations (Ala The Incredible Hulk, but toned down)...
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  • Yaarel's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    The Jedi Knight is the best ‘gish’, a warrior-mage wielding a magic blade with range attacks, and has a story that expresses a compelling archetype. One of my favorite warrior-mage concepts is a pure mage who studies melee-range magic. The magical effects somewhat resemble superheroes. This warrior-mage trains to be a supersoldier to defend a wizard realm, but does so by means of magic, rather...
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  • Derren's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 PM
    If wormholes can be artifically created I would expect that there would be "Highway" connections which would allow you to travel to other parts of the map in a single jump.
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  • hero4hire's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 PM
    1d100 1d100 1d100 Edit: hate using tags. I always eff it up Gambling: 1D100 = = 39 1D100 = = 100 1D100 = = 47
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  • Sepulchrave II's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 PM
    I think it’s probably impossible to avoid referencing real-world cultures; we only have our own history upon which to draw, or our fiction which ultimately, itself, draws from our history in some way. We seldom invent anything from whole cloth. D&D’s roots lie in medieval simulationist wargaming. From its inception, and for a long time, its tone and inspiration was primarily Northern European...
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 PM
    Leonan looks through the house, trying to find the key to the door. "Anyone know to open the door without the key? And without breaking them?"
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 PM
    It isn't fear. More like intensity with a touch of 'girl crush'. :)
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 PM
    As the last zombie in their immediate vicinity falls Zanword charges back into the fray cutting across zombies torso with solid *thunk* as the blade meets bones of the ribs. Move to I15
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  • TheSword's Avatar
    Today, 03:26 PM
    I weep for poor Menzoberranzan. After all it was the focus of the excellent War of the Spiderween series... where there was nary a peep from Drizzt. In fact I didn’t think Drizzt had been back since he left. What’s more it had the first official 4e sourcebook to recognize that we could play the realms in any time period, tacitly acknowledging hat the spell plague was a hot mess!(with the most...
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  • Neurotic's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 PM
    Viridian crouches right next to Thorn, itching to destroy more filth. OOC: Ready charge attack
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    Typically change password screens have three boxes. 1. old password. This is where the string of numbers it gives you would go. 2. new password. That's where the one you want to now create goes. 3. confirm new password. Pretty self-evident.
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  • Apepsnake's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    Apepsnake started a thread Just Things I've Made
    First off, here's my former project: Bythos Bythos, Depth and Profundity, the Secret Doctrine Incarnate Poly Existential High Lord Decadecapentad (105) Unsizeable Outsider (Extraplanar) Hit Dice: 104,895d10,000 +252,523,525,525 x 10,000 (2,535,724,755,250,000(Infinite) Initiative: Never fails, roll d20, higher score wins Speed: Superluminal, Space Folding Armour Class: 54,046 (1,579...
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  • Vymair's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 PM
    Baldur’s Gate 21 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 22 City State of the Invincible Overlord 24 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 21 Glantri City 18 Huzuz 22 Lankhmar 24
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 03:17 PM
    Anuire 0 - Don't know it, so it's dead. Baldur’s Gate 21 Blackmoor 20 Calimport 20 City of Brass 21 City State of the Invincible Overlord 24 Fallcrest 16 Free City of Greyhawk 21 Glantri City 18 Huzuz 22
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 PM
    Based on posts here, I think a lot of people against worldbuilding don't understand this. It's not required that the entire world be built in order for worldbuilding to occur. Personally, even if the campaign is going to take place within a city and it's environs, I like to have more information out there. First, because like you noted later in the post, but which I cut out, in a sandbox...
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  • Rossbert's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    An academic nihilist that fights with no care for consequences.
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  • Kai Grieb's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    Really? Because I put that in, and it got to a screen that said "enter NEW password." and "Confirm NEW password". Weird...
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 PM
    Be a halfling with good Dex. Don't wear armor. Fight with a weapon & shield. Take Bear Totem. Take the Shield Master feat. Profit!!
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  • The Grassy Gnoll's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 PM
    Oh man just get a map of Dorset and you’re good to go. Grimstone Toller Porcorum Melbury Bubb Beer Hackett Plush Cricket Malerbie ...the list goes on
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  • Lord Zack's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 PM
    Speaking of the Dom, here is a new(ish) company that builds such mobile suits: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16NKlNlPltlTniiLYhYwXvFIeLwU17DnnKQ1Q3t_bh6c/edit?usp=drivesdk
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  • LegionError121's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 PM
    Out of all the different classes in D&D I come up with characters for :) I find the Barbarian is the hardest to avoid tropes with :) The hardest to do things differently with due to their angry destructive nature and violent tendancies :) So, anyone got any suggestions? :) My only successful Barbarian so far was a Kenku from the tundra who speaks in the tongue of his dead clansman and wants to...
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  • Yaarel's Avatar
    Today, 02:56 PM
    The *purpose* of the Astral Projection spell is to create avatars − that can then go on a dangerous mission − and that can be killed without oneself actually being killed. These projections are sorta like drones. To be remotely present. Treasure gained doesnt return with you when the spell ends. But you can visit your body, such as via Planeshift, and drop off the treasure before ending the...
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  • robus's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 PM
    Phew, I’m glad that was edited from a conversation, I was getting worried about Joe’s writing skills! :D
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  • Odysseus's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 PM
    I had my players create their own B team characters, and only one survived. You have 7th level B team constables so they should be stronger. I looked at my notes post adventure. And I wrote make the B team stronger, and let the party mix and match all the characters as necessary. As too the slaughter. This had been the most deadly campaign I have ever run. So I think you should be talking up...
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  • hawkeyefan's Avatar
    Today, 02:49 PM
    My view of it is that anything done to establish the game world that the characters inhabit is worldbuilding. So yes, for me it is an essential part of every single RPG. It cannot be avoided, and is certainly not bad. I don’t think that the world in worldbuilding means the planet the characters live on. It can encompass that, but such details may never come up. So if a game takes place...
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  • Jester David's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 PM
    Maybe. I don’t think so. The initial success... probably. Enough people had stuck with 3e and then played that edition for so much longer they were ready to move on. All the people who moved from 1e/2e to 5e likely didn’t do so because of or in spite of 4e. And the *huge* surge of new players over the last two years is entirely unrelated, having nothing to do with 4e.
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  • Nevvur's Avatar
    Today, 02:46 PM
    Yeah, that captures most of what I had trouble articulating. I'm conscious of my feelings at least, and haven't acted upon them to feed into the gatekeeping problem. :)
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