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  • MarkB's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    I've seen plenty of alignment-is-stupid-linked issues with paladins. The most common is "what does Lawful mean?" Does a Lawful character have a rigid personal code that they stick to regardless of local rules and laws? Or do they always obey the local law regardless of whether it is fair or just? Combine that with the Paladin, who does have a rigid personal code that they must follow, and the...
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  • akr71's Avatar
    Today, 01:44 PM
    I said yes. However, like all character multiclassing decisions, your DM should be involved. I see it as a great 'flawed character' opportunity - a pious cleric gets an offer of power to great to resist - that doesn't mean the cleric doesn't still have faith in his/her deity, but was offered something through other channels, at a price. Having said that, a LG cleric deciding to go Fiend Pact...
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Or maybe the problem comes from people that don't accept that whether they agree or not, some people do see the world as black and white (not saying that I do). Or that in a fantasy campaign there truly could be evil races. I accept that some people play the game as escapism. In some campaigns the world that is simple, where there is definitive right/wrong, good/evil. Not everyone plays...
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  • jboud045's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    I would love to see stats for your Terran and the armor they use.
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  • imagineGod's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    Okay, so today this happened, I am quoting to try and wrap my head around this wonder: A hardcover book (or PDF!) for 5th Edition that gives your character something to spend their money on and extend their influence in the local area. Raise armies! Research spells! Spy on your enemies! This is a book! We’re printing a book and we need money for art and layout and printing costs....
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  • Maxperson's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 PM
    The causal process cannot continue without the fiction. It's impossible for you to use the UMD skill to ignite a fireball in 3.5 without the causal process going through the fiction. It can't be done and still be playing the roleplaying game. Player declares his PC is using UMD on the wand of fireballs. There is no next step of roll and check the numbers as both the skill and the wand require...
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    I have a dim recollection of seeing reincarnate used in game once maybe 30 years ago and it not going well. if i had it used in game now, i would have a powerful fey/nature entity show up, dialog with the dead guy and try to reach a patron/quest accommodation with the character's past playing a role. Reaching a relationship would result in character "choice", neutral being random and "hostile"...
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  • Oofta's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 PM
    Apparently you cannot conceive of the possibility that we merely disagree. It's not that hard to understand, the invisibility does not say it's broken if you take the attack action, it breaks if you attack. You then agree that a bully helping another bully punch you is attacking. I find it hard to believe you can reconcile those two or honestly say that if a dragon incinerated someone, it did...
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  • Imaro's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 PM
    Not to be glib but are you paying me to write this essay? More seriously I think I could offer advice if I understood what exactly your specific problem was (unless of course your problem is you just like and want to use the SC structure, to which my answer would be... more power to you). 5e has movement rules, it has interaction rules for changing attitudes, improvised damage rules, calls out...
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  • Schmoe's Avatar
    Today, 01:05 PM
    I used B1 for the first time a few years ago to introduce my oldest to the game, and I was seriously underwhelmed. It creates a random collection of mundane, unrelated encounters, then provides the DM with a vast, blank map and tells the DM to assign the encounters randomly on the map. It is about as uninspiring as a module can be. The only tidbits available to spark creativity are the vague...
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  • Caliburn101's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    There are touch based attacks in the game and touch based spells - neither of which may be successful but which count as an attack. A grapple is a touch based attack that does no damage for instance, and would break invisibility. A touch spell or natural ability which the opponent saved against would in fact just be a touch, but would break invisibility. Why have an artificial split between a...
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  • DM Dave1's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 PM
    Whatever you decide for a boss, be sure to include Clockwork creatures and perhaps a Gearforged Templar or two as minions for said boss from the Tome of Beasts.
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  • akr71's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 PM
    Forge Domain 10 Knowledge Domain 5 Life Domain 10 Light Domain 12 Tempest Domain 11 Trickery Domain 3
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  • TheCosmicKid's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 PM
    What does this actually have to do with the subject at hand? As you note, alignment is one of the game's most divisive subjects, and you yourself clearly have strong opinions on it, so might you just a little too quick in hauling out that old punching bag? I'm not seeing the real connection between alignment disagreements and jerk paladin player behavior. Classically, the problem takes the form...
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  • DM Dave1's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    Forge Domain 10 Knowledge Domain 7 Life Domain 10 Light Domain 12 Tempest Domain 11 O, brave new world that has such people in’t! Trickery Domain 2
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  • AtomicPope's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    The plot of the campaign module Tomb of Annihilation is built around a techno-magical device (Soulmonger) that captures souls, preventing resurrection. There are plenty of useful encounters to cherry pick. One such encounter you might be interested in is the undead fetus of a Titan - Atropal. The full stats and write up for 5e can be found in Tomb of Annihilation. The monster is only CR13 so...
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  • Ovinomancer's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    Don't mistake disagreement for an inability to understand.
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  • rczarnec's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 PM
    Forge Domain 10 Knowledge Domain 7 Life Domain 9 Light Domain 12 Tempest Domain 13 Trickery Domain 2
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  • Wepwawet's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 PM
    Are you sure that the others got too busy to keep joining? ;) Sounds like that player makes everyone's experience so horrible that people drop out and make up an excuse to sound nice. Yeah, like many people said, just end that game, as quickly as possible. Have that merchant god show up, point out how evil they actually are, and pulls the souls out of their characters. Bad gaming is much...
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  • Krachek's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    I think we need a whole new chapter of rules for investment, fund and stock market.
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  • Kinematics's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    <bangs head on desk> Why, Wizards? You have treasure tables in the DMG. Why u no use them? Well, they sorta kinda do, though the DM is free to ignore it. In my last campaign, when we ended at level 13, the grand total of party wealth for 7 characters was about 11,000 gold, vs the 80,000 gold per character that the treasure tables suggest. Though we spent very little money over the...
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  • TheCosmicKid's Avatar
    Today, 11:49 AM
    Well, it's a two-way street. As you note, the cleric also has to show devotion to the deity; they could choose not to do that. Obviously devotion is not sufficient to be granted magical power, or else there'd be a lot more clerics. And of course struggles of faith and crises of doubt are acceptable, even desirable for adding some depth and texture to the character. But if a PC isn't generally...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 11:35 AM
    I'm going to lump for your first two responses together since we are specifically referring to SC with opposing antagonists. Regarding antagonists I'm suggesting that in a SC one could use passive DC's based on the skills/abilities of the antagonists - as opposed to rolling for them. Regarding the rest of it, I don't disagree with you at all, I think my initial post dealing with this...
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 11:31 AM
    I've heard the stories, and am aware of the stereotype. But I've never actually encountered one in play.
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:24 AM
    In general, I believe we should move away from absolute pricing formulas, such as "bonus squared in thousands of gold" used for magic weapons. It worked for d20 partly because there was only a single wealth curve, partly because the game needed lots of items to rain down on the heroes. But neither assumption holds for 5th edition. Another way to put this is, if you're content with the...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:19 AM
    Next up - scrolls. Here's a wild idea. Let's assume 5 consumables equal 1 permanent (item). That's 20%, twice the d20 default but less than half the official 5E suggestion. So a "bundle of scrolls" would be 5 scrolls, or 2d4 if you like randomness. Now, what if we assume it would be appropriate for a character to have one scroll bundle, given scrolls of the highest level he or she could...
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  • QuietBrowser's Avatar
    Today, 11:13 AM
    I just realized I actually need to try and post another revamp of the Gorgon racial writeup. Opinions? Thoughts? Queries? Changes? I still want to go with the "subraces based on different gaze attacks" approach, but I'm utterly devoid of ideas on how to full that off at the moment. Gorgon, mk 3: Ability Score Modifiers: +2 Charisma, +1 Constitution Size: Medium Speed: 30 feet Vision:...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    I can promise you this, however. If we do manage to reach a first draft, I will personally make a table that only includes the Typical gold prices with no mention at all of levels or alternative curves. How does that sound?
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  • Gardens & Goblins's Avatar
    Today, 11:03 AM
    Seems like its all there. We could argue that neither gets Multi-attack in humanoid form as both Werebear and Weretiger suggest their multi-attack involves the use of a tool (weapon) - Wereboar, where only one attack can be a tusk (though we could argue the other is an unarmed strike) and the Weretiger states it uses scimitars and longbow during its Multi-attack. This is rather a pedantic reading...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    I would have agreed, except for one teensy weensy detail: I don't like it Meaning, any curve ending up in the 880s I personally find absurd. And it's kind of important to me that I do stuff I actually can use myself... Apologies for the self-indulgence
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  • Cap'n Kobold's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    Purely by the rules stated there, unless the character was attacked while shooting their handbow during their turn, they would get the AC bonus. However its a pretty major violation of Rule 7 in my book, and I'm with Elfcrusher as to the correct method of handling it.
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 10:58 AM
    This really is a comment that should be in the other thread, but since this curve is what the DMG leads to, I believe it has value. People will be curious. I think it merits inclusion even if not a recommendation. Having a curve for every taste is good. Personally I'm fond of the 3e NPC curve.
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  • MrLangers's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 AM
    Hi folks! The Devil's Run RPG has relaunced on Kickstarter! The roleplaying game will be using Modiphius' much beloved 2d20 system (Conan, Infinity, John Carter, Star Trek) and the fast, furious, fun Savage Worlds ruleset to explore the setting introduced with the popular Devil's Run board game. The project's goal is to fund the RPG, although there is plenty on offer for roleplayers and...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    Well, really, at the end of the day, what do we want character wealth to mean? Is it simply "points" like in an old video game where you just rack up the high score even though it really doesn't mean anything? Or, should character wealth be tied to something? 5e, by and large, has left that up to the DM. Depending on the table, money can be very important, or, it can just be a number on the...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    Yep. Just make sure the bear likes lots of toys...
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  • Aeloric1976's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    That's a good question. The goal was to make a more or less precise estimate on how much all these different factor increase DPR (no reactions). For instance, is it better or worse to make a power attack when I score a hit rolling 10+ in a d20? Is it better or worse to use Hexblade's Curse instead of Hex? How much more DPR can I expect if I roll 3d20 (Elven Accuracy) instead of 2d20 in a...
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  • Aeloric1976's Avatar
    Today, 10:45 AM
    Well, that's why I made my calculations on a turn basis instead of a round basis. I calculated just the DPR (no reactions), as someone suggested above, or DPT. The name doesn't matter, really, as long as what it means is understood.
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  • Kinematics's Avatar
    Today, 10:40 AM
    It looks like they wanted to cut the wealth in tier 3 (levels 9-16) in half, but still end up with the same total wealth at 20th level, so accelerated a lot in tier 4. It makes tier 3 more manageable compared to tier 2 than the higher wealth increase afforded to Pathfinder. Largely from a formal point of view, yes. The more I work through the numbers and ratios, the more it's clear that...
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  • Immoralkickass's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    Ya think?
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Heh. Just to poke the bear. Since 5e wealth by level mirrors Pathfinder pretty closely, doesn't that mean you could use the Pathfinder prices for magic items without too much trouble? :p
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  • Zardnaar's Avatar
    Today, 10:29 AM
    IN the good old days Paladins were special. Those who could not live up to the code or could not maintain it were no longer Paladins. Good and evil are cosmic forces in D&D (well except for settings like Darksun). Badly played Lawful Jerk Paladins are annoying along with Chaotic Stupid (CN).
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  • Kinematics's Avatar
    Today, 10:26 AM
    CapnZapp — I think you're overcomplicating things. Requiring the DM to both choose a curve, and potentially reprice everything relative to that curve? That's never going to fly. It's way too much work for way too little value. You need to have as few moving parts as possible. From my analysis, that means: 1) There is only one curve: The 5E Treasure curve. Why? Because the other curves...
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  • Lylandra's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 AM
    Take it, it's all yours! :) I guess I'm repeating myself, but I love your writing and your characters. They have so much depth and nuance. Once we're finished with the campaign I might do a more complete review, but for now I'll stick with It feels real even if it is clearly a high fantasy story My boys loathe Shaaladel as well, due to their background. And I don't know if there are many...
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  • Abstruse's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New Dungeons & Dragons licensed products from the Toy Fair, International Tabletop Day announcements, Steve Jackson Games Stakeholders Report for 2017 and announcements for 2018, and more! Two big Dungeons & Dragons licensed product announcements came out of the Toy Fair this year, one literally. The first came from Gale...
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  • Horwath's Avatar
    Today, 10:19 AM
    Shadow monk lvl6. As long it from shadow to shadow.
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  • ardoughter's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    Yeah, me too, they blanket demonetized all small channels.
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    Thoughts aren't abstract objects. They are concrete - located in time and space. (Well, "thought" is ambiguous. Sometimes it is used to mean "meaning" or "proposition" or "content" - that's abstract. But the state of your brain that constitutes the fact that you're thinking whatever you're thinking right now - that's a concrete physical process in your brain.) Likewise emotions. No. You...
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  • CTurbo's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    CTurbo started a thread At Will teleporting
    How cool would it be to have like a Night Crawler type character that could teleport at will? I suppose this would be broken, but is it really more broken than being able to fly?
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  • Metea's Avatar
    Today, 09:39 AM
    Metea smiles back. "The Hayrift! I know it. If my fool brother has not gotten himself in trouble, then I will be there!" With a nod to Arrol and Dira, she'd be off, tail twitching nervously. It does not take a keen eye to see that things have gone quite wrong, or at least, that things are quite tense. Clambering over a fallen box, using it to get a bit of a better view, she'd feel something...
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  • MichaelSomething's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    Can you write an essay explaining how to do it for people who don't have your natural gifts in DMing?
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    This, 100%! Well, it should be pretty clear from my posts that I think causal processes are real things. But I'll save it for another time to tell you how I think this can be reconciled with Hume . . .
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 AM
    Okay. No, I did not understand that. Thank you. I would say I assumed someone would choose the blue curve over the red, say, because you have strong opinions on the heroes swimming in gold. Ending up with 880,000 gp is not nearly as ubiquitous as in d20, and something I did not want to take for granted. But if my players end up at around 30,000 gold at 20th level a price tag of 100,000 gp...
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    I have not made any such presumption. It's inherent to a GM-driven style of game that the GM drive. Hence, the players have less agency over the content of the shared fiction. This is evidenced by the fact that action declarations may fail not in virtue of the resolution mechanics, but because the GM has already established some unrevealed backstory in virtue of which the action can't succeed....
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  • pemerton's Avatar
    Today, 09:14 AM
    In the real world there exist real things that are really connected by real causal processes. This morning in my bathroom something was making a dripping noise. Based on visual inspection I don't think it was a tap, so I infer that there must have been some water that had got "stuck" in some place (a soap holder; a plug hole) and was dripping out of there, making the noise. Clearly there was...
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  • Azurewraith's Avatar
    Today, 09:08 AM
    James gathers up the torch, takes Magdalena's hand and curls her fingers around the torch "Save this for an emergency although the goblins can see in the dark their vision is limited. Torch light will stand out for miles down here. We could always tie you to one of the others?if we keep the rope sort it should make guiding you easier" .James speaks in nothing more than a whisper not wanting to...
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  • Nevvur's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    I (used to) routinely start on the second to last page to review the discussion leading to the last page/posts, so I'm not a fan of this change. Any chance you could make displaying the page links an option in user profiles?
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  • The Human Target's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    That pretty much has to be the default, with how HP work in all editions. It's just kind of hand wavey. If every bit of damage was real injury, PCs would all be horribly scarred cripples by the end of the first dungeon. If every bit of damage was realistic injury, why is there absolutely no difference between being at 100 hit points or 1 hit point? But really, hit points are whatever...
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  • Imaculata's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    Forge Domain 10 Knowledge Domain 6 Life Domain 9 Light Domain 14-2=12 Tempest Domain 15 Trickery Domain 1+1=2 Alas, the trickery domain is no more. Oh well, I guess we'll have to continue down voting other domains now.
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    As a final observation, there is one alternate curve available that is just as official and 5e-centric. You'll find it on page 15 of your very own copy of the Players Handbook ☺ Yes, I'm talking about the Character Advancement table and substituting xp with gp! On mobile right now and so I can't plot a graph but hopefully it will look smooth and nice. And it ends up at a somewhat...
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  • JustinCase's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    Carrying the sack in his hand, James moves forward into the room. It is quiet and dark; nothing moves in here. After getting the signal, the others follow him and spread out, Magdalena trying to stay close to anyone with the ability to see in the dark. The easternmost fireplace holds fresh ash, and the stone lining is still warm. Between the rubble of the obviously functional but messy...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    Concerning that you are now assuming that any encounter more challenging than hard/deadly is unacceptably difficult, which leads you to conclude any higher-tier fight must necessarily be against a solo monster. Let me just state for the record that my experience is that my characters handle double-deadly or even harder fights just fine, so in practice the game can result in the first,...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    I must say, is there a secret Pathfinder admirer on the 5e development team? By the looks of it, the Pathfinder curve is a decent smoothed-out approximation of typical 5e wealth per DMG guidelines! I certainly do not expect that!
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    I started to run it, back in the 90's, for a large group of friends but it was more of a weekend gaming marathon one-off, not part of an actual campaign. Yeah, I think that's a better way to think of it – not as a tactical encounter but as a (possibly ongoing) challenge to be navigated. The inclusion of a battlemap really speak to that era of gaming more than anything; it was intended to...
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