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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    jonesy started a thread Captain Marvel trailer
    Sweet. Youngified Sam J looks alright. Was expecting a lot worse. :p
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 PM
    "If there is more than one person proficient in the lore, just provide Advantage. If only one person is proficient only they should be allowed to roll - others would not be able to assist." For me, there are way way way to many,movie, book, fiction scenes where the guy who knows what to do is helped by the guy who doesnt for me to rule non-proficient cannot help. Also, personal experience...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Today, 09:01 PM
    Iíd think Lust can unfortunately be just ďLust.Ē Thou shalt not creep out thine DM with thine flirtations with NPCs.
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 PM
    Well, itís a good reminder to me as well! Thereís six of them and one of me, and I noticed last session I was starting to get sucked into their style of ďroll firstĒ gaming (for lack of a better word for it). It was definitely the opposite of what I want from D&D! Yeah I can bring it up that I donít like that style of play. Fortunately I played alongside these guys (as a player) briefly in a...
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  • Hriston's Avatar
    Today, 08:56 PM
    Hriston replied to Strength bows?
    That's the finesse property. You don't need to give it a different name to add it to the longbow.
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 PM
    Bardic Inspiration, at least, is a resource you can run out of. Working Togther may come with trade-offs, depending on the scene. Guidance may come with risks, as I mentioned upthread. In an exploration challenge in my games, if you want to Work Together with someone on a task, you're not Keeping Watch or doing anything else. Which means if I roll a wandering monster check and get that sweet,...
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  • Hriston's Avatar
    Today, 08:52 PM
    Hriston replied to Strength bows?
    I'm not concerned with balancing things that way, so I require an interaction to draw a weapon. To get the three attacks I was talking about with a dart or a dagger, you'd need to have one in each hand, and then draw the third, so it's really only good for one round. For what it's worth, when using this houserule, I allow blowguns and bows an extra attack at initiative minus 10 as well, provided...
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  • clearstream's Avatar
    Today, 08:52 PM
    That's incredibly close to something we discussed awhile back. Where I landed was... Mighty Weapon Property When making an attack with a mighty weapon, you use your Strength modifier for the damage rolls. Martial Ranged Weapons Longbow, Composite 150gp 1d8 piercing 2 Ammunition (range 150/600), heavy, two-handed, mighty
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 PM
    I don't know if it was this thread that inspired me or another recent one, but I recently read someone's tale of two sphinx courting by play-by-messenger chess. It has inspired me to add in an very long running chess match between Bahamut and an ancient white dragon known as the Ice Queen. Bahamut, a good god, lives in the city above the megadungeon and readily available if the players want to...
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  • daindarkspring's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 PM
    Zemryn smiled in the dark as the Korrud fell to the ground. They might escape with their lives after all! Watching Gimlak chop an arm free and toss it to a wolf, she grimaced slightly. Leaving an enemy to be eaten by wolves or carrion birds was not out of the edicts of Atemi, but butchering a foe like a pig struck Zemryn as distasteful. She looked over her shoulder, at the remaining sled...
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  • 5ekyu's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 PM
    "Is there something youíd like to speak up and add to support the Bardís arguement?Ē" This seems to be requiring the player to be skilled at the negotiation, to know the better ways to support the discussion. Do you do the same with joint medical checks? Does the player actually have to know a better way to treat "troll blight" than the firstvone used?
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 08:42 PM
    Yes, I often ask for clarification on player intentions (making sure I donít assume incorrectly), and also frequently have to coax out additional details in their approach. Yeah, unfortunately reacting seems easier than thoughtful and attentive discourse...especially on the Internet. Glad you hung in there! Theory-wise, youíre right, of course. In actual play, Iíve never seen a group...
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  • ad_hoc's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 PM
    I do this too. My blocklist is huge. Mostly so that I can read posts that align with how I want to play the game (though of course I will also block bigots and the like). Threads just get too long otherwise. If someone has entirely different tastes than I do, then their post doesn't help me and my post doesn't help them. Yeah, 5e is a return to the 2e and earlier approach to the game. ...
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  • Zardnaar's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 PM
    I was in a rush and looked at the dmg by mistake. I did say what is good about 5E is it's doing consistent sales so far vs big spikes like 2000 or 1983. I don't think the 5E spike was 1983 but it's had 4 good years vs the golden ages 1 or 2. And that's what makes D&D good. 3E and 4E both had big spikes, 2E kind of did as well but the WoTC ones crashed and burned although I think that...
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  • robus's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 PM
    I picked up the Here's to Crime DM's Guild offering and it's pretty slick. The flashback feature is very cleverly done. The whole thing is definitely a lot lighter on its feet than what I would have come up with.
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  • tglassy's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 PM
    It is quite fun.
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  • robus's Avatar
    Today, 08:35 PM
    I guess that should have been obvious :) so sorry that I was part of the chorus stating the bleeding obvious! That is frustrating if they're not picking up the hints and constantly policing it is exhausting. All I can suggest is perhaps there needs to be a retraining day? Perhaps a "one-off" with some pre-gens and you describe how you want to the game to flow and ask them to help police...
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  • Umbran's Avatar
    Today, 08:33 PM
    In Ocean's 11, it is Danny Ocean's plan. He spent his time in jail coming up with most of the plan. The movie research is on some details surrounding the execution of that plan. So, the film elides over much of the research and planning step. There are ways to handle this that are not "execute the DM's plan" but D&D, specifically, does not have any purpose-designed mechanics in place to help...
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  • Enevhar Aldarion's Avatar
    Today, 08:29 PM
    Because if I am using a world with active deities, they might the jealous kind who do not like being cheated on by the people they grant powers. Worlds with more active deities tend to also be worlds with more conflicts between the deities, so trying to get powers from two different sources could be more dangerous than just becoming an ex-cleric or whatever. If it is a world with distant deities,...
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  • Blue's Avatar
    Today, 08:29 PM
    Hmmm, so if we have two skilled PCs and one opens their mouth first (the lower one) both can roll checks, but if the other opens their mouth first (the higher one), they can lock out the other? I'm not sure I'd like one player being able to lock another player out of doing something they invested in. Especially when it's one way.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 24 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 15 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 1 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 21 LeGuin, Ursula 22 - just never quite got into her writing somehow...
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  • gargoyleking's Avatar
    Today, 08:25 PM
    I don't want to increase your workload though. You're rather busy with all the games you run and play in as-is. Feel free to recruit.
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 PM
    Right, so thatís where these issues connect. The sheer strength of numbers when Bardic Inspiration, Guidance, and Help are available makes the risks of failure on some checks ó especially ones which I do have scary consequences for failing ó extremely low. And yes, I totally get what youíre saying about the paradigm of ďauto succeed through description wherever you can, roll as a last resort.Ē...
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  • CapnZapp's Avatar
    Today, 08:22 PM
    The problem every would-be enthusiastic heist scenario writer (or just proponent of the genre) needs to face is: The heist genre isn't built for free will. Everything that makes heists in movies etc so great is because the improbable happens while the probable don't. The fundamental building block of any good heist is not rolling the dice. It's the exact opposite of a regular rpg...
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 PM
    So, you're saying the Bitcoin AI . . . became a bit player
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  • redCartel's Avatar
    Today, 08:20 PM
    I'm about to join a low-intensity first level game (might not last more than a session or two) and I'm looking to play a thinking-outside-the-box wizard. What are your best stories of 1st level spells being used in unusual ways to solve problems? Looking for some inspiration.
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  • oreofox's Avatar
    Today, 08:20 PM
    To me, if you take an existing world, use the lore up to a certain point (your starting point), use all the geographical portions of that world, you have a personalized setting. If you use Greyhawk up to the canon lore at the end of 2nd edition, and then create your own lore based on the happenings of your sessions, that's a personalized setting. A homebrew setting, again to me, is one where...
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  • Enevhar Aldarion's Avatar
    Today, 08:19 PM
    Alright, you must either not be from the US or are intentionally playing dumb if you do not get my real world reference about getting rewarded just for participating.
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  • Mistwell's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 PM
    This is a very curious statement, coming from you. I've seen you in so many threads where it was confirmed without question that what you just said was not accurate. It's very odd you'd say that. I've SEEN you quote the camecamelcamel sales graphic. So I know you know it's been in the top 100 for almost the entire last two years. Here it is again. Are you seeing a big Fnord in the graphic...
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  • smbakeresq's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 PM
    Well, your statement clearly indicates that you believe the PC is a pawn with a clear implication that if the PC/Pawn does something to oppose the patrons cause then the patron is in the position to and will react accordingly. That sounds like the DM, who controls the patron, determines what the patrons goals and desires are and can dictate what actions are in accordance with its goals and...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 PM
    Another old one: the Lich the party THOUGHT was the BBEG behind tha evil army threatening the world was actually senile and only interested in researching powerful spells like Magic Missile, Shocking Grasp and Pyrotechnics. The times over which he pored so intently in his studying were his own. Which of course begs the question, who is the REAL evil power behind the army?
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  • Farland's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 PM
    The World of Farland's Spring September is here. This month we give you: A new political map of the World of Farland. See the boundaries of all the kingdoms and realms! A new D&D 5e sorcerous origin, the Maelstrom Sorcerer! This type of sorcerer taps into the very wellsprings of magic itself, feeds on the magic of others, and unleashes it in an apocalyptic torrent... New Eldritch...
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  • Enevhar Aldarion's Avatar
    Today, 08:10 PM
    Also, The Three Musketeers is just as much swashbuckler as the other references.
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  • oreofox's Avatar
    Today, 08:05 PM
    That's pretty much what they do, though they assume you are placing it in FR and include maps for FR, though every adventure anymore has a section on including it into an existing setting and where to put it, or even your very own homebrew setting and a relavent area of it to place the adventure. What the question of the OP is: If you would play in Greyhawk, what adventures from the past would...
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  • GlassJaw's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 PM
    When I played Shadowrun, if you started shooting up the place, something went very, very wrong.
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  • Zardnaar's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 PM
    No one knows exactly how much the red box sold. Most estimates are in the 1 to 1.5 million range. Back in the day I thought AD&D was better. Having played both again in the last 4 to 5 years. BECMI is better IMHO. B/X is even better and joins my holy D&D Trinity along with 5E and 2E. They're not really better than 5E but do certain things better (settings 2E, hexcrawls and domains B/X).
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  • Mistwell's Avatar
    Today, 08:04 PM
    I didn't post any links. You dismissed three links someone else posted as "name dropping on the internet". Which was ridiculous as it was CEO commentary on annual and quarterly reports covered under FTC regulations as forward looking statements. The full links were posted, AND YOU RESPONDED TO IT. You seem to be saying you were SO eager to dismiss it you not only didn't click on it but you...
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  • ad_hoc's Avatar
    Today, 08:02 PM
    The last game our table played before 5e was 3e so we definitely had that mentality. Once I reminded the players that they will probably just succeed if they don't roll dice and described what they are doing they stopped. If you roll you can fail afterall. It is a different mindset. Describe what you're doing, don't push the skill button.
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    Perhaps that should be the Sentimental flaw.
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  • Ed Laprade's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 PM
    Flight of Dragons--17 The Last Unicorn--24 The Hobbit--22 The Lord of the Rings--20 The Return of the King--16 Wizards--25 Princess Mononoke--27 Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind--21 +1 = 22 Spirited Away--21 Secret of Nimh--26How to Train Your Dragon--5 -2 = 3
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  • slaughterj's Avatar
    Today, 07:53 PM
    Because it is wonky that 1st-4th level fighting classes can use thrown weapons and bows equally, but once they get their extra attacks, suddenly thrown weapons fall by the wayside in effectiveness given the limited ability to draw multiple ones over successive rounds, we houseruled away the thrown weapons drawing for throwing, to let thrown weapons still be equally effective at higher levels with...
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  • DM Dave1's Avatar
    Today, 07:48 PM
    Whether you love or hate his shtick, The Angry GM has some good advice on this (and many other) topics: https://theangrygm.com/adjudicate-actions-like-a-boss/ The first (or one of the first) threads I posted here was about players self-assigning rolls. To be honest, some of the responses almost made me want to leave enworld completely (and taught me that sometimes the Blocked List is...
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 07:48 PM
    That just leaves Lust unfulfilled.
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  • pogre's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 PM
    It goes along with Gluttony probably, but players who have lone wolf PCs with no real reason to play a role in the party drive me nuts. I actually like sentimental players for the most part.
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  • MarkB's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 PM
    When running a cyberpunk adaptation of 5e D&D I had to come up with the triggering event that brought magic and strange races into our everyday world. That event, known as the Conjunction, consisted of a secret Druidic order deciding to reverse climate change, deforestation and world hunger by casting a Plant Growth spell beefed up to affect the entire planet, intending to both re-grow the...
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  • Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 PM
    Close enough, though! And fairly solid choices.Iíd add cheating to that list, though. Iím willing to overlook a fudged dice roll now and then. But unrelenting success at every check, that gets old for everyone else at the table, and everyone else at the table totally knows what youíre doing, even if you think they donít. That and trying to run the game, whether by rules lawyering the DM or...
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  • chrisrtld's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 PM
    Flight of Dragons--17 The Last Unicorn--24 The Hobbit--22 The Lord of the Rings--20 The Return of the King--16 Wizards--25 Princess Mononoke--27 Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind--21 Spirited Away--21 Secret of Nimh--26
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  • chrisrtld's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 24 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 15 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 1 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 21 LeGuin, Ursula 24
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  • GreyLord's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 PM
    More interesting numbers to drop. Remember, everything (including current player base) are complete guestimates. Ever wonder how we got that 25 million RPG player numbers... 1.7-2 million AD&D PHBs. 1.5 - 2 million Red Boxes (BECMI/BX) 1 million 2e PHBs Grand total of PHB's/players books sold = 5,000,000
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  • Saelorn's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 PM
    Sure, there are lots of things that Bilbo might do in that situation. What I decide that Bilbo would do may well be different from what you decide that Bilbo would do, and neither of us is wrong as long as we're both being honest with ourselves and our interpretations of that characters. That's meta-gaming, though. You're making a decision about what Bilbo would do, based on information outside...
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  • daindarkspring's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 PM
    Damn, Gimlak. You are a barbarian's barbarian. I think, for Zemryn, this might be too far. Atemi is a goddess of battle, but an honorable one. Killing an enemy, even brutally, is one thing, but chopping them up for animal kibble probably won't work for her. I like the idea though, don't get me wrong. What if they just left the Korrud dead where they were at? Maybe the wolves would eat them on...
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  • Tailspinner's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 PM
    I have returned after a disappearance of over three years. Main reason was job stuff. I wonít bore you with the details. Binder Fred Deuce Traveler Kaodi Scotley Scott DeWar Shayuri I am not sure if anyone is even interested in Pathfinder First Edition.
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  • Zardnaar's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 PM
    Its a side effect of low DCs and Guidance being way to good (more or less like being proficient in everything at low levels).
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  • Parmandur's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    It's the first 5E book to have playable material beyond level 15: which is a friend use case, but what demand there is may be pent up.
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  • Parmandur's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 PM
    I see no reason to believe that the numbers WotC has are extrapolations from book sales: they have relativley easy access to far more accurate market demographic information. Indeed, many groups might not even use any books, between D&D Beyond, Fantasy Grounds, the free rules, Roll 20 and old fashioned teenage piracy (not that I endorse it, but is probably statistically significant in...
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  • Sadras's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 PM
    I'm not @Shiroiken, but that is exactly what I meant by Immediate vs Prepared. The correct way is to cast the Guidance or provide Bardic Inspiration before the check is required - it rightly should to happen before the active skill use. If there is more than one person proficient in the lore, just provide Advantage. If only one person is proficient only they should be allowed to roll -...
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  • Derren's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 PM
    Depends on the group. SR offers enough tools, be it actual equipment, skills and rules like with contacts etc. to go full non-violent if your groups samurai is not bored by it.
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  • Kwargrow's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 PM
    Nalvis stands his ground. This leader seems convinced of his cause, but perhaps some of the regular soldiers can be convinced that they are on a fool's bloody errand. If he can cause any dissent it might hinder their efforts. Nalvis says, "Life grows in many different forms, but spare me your well chosen words. The lie of your cause is back in the village we visited in the form of the dead...
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  • Mallus's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 24 - Prydain, really? Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 15 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 3 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 21 LeGuin, Ursula 23 - when you could vote Earthsea?
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  • Mort's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    Lots of good suggestions already. I further suggest taking a carrot approach - in the form of giving inspiration for being more RP oriented. As long as he's right (away from book so don't want to comment on that part), I'd certainly let him help. BUT, if he actually described how he's helping (or acted it out) i'd also award inspiration. Advantage on a future roll is usually a big...
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  • Damionte's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    Duncan and Company The troupe had meant to arrive fashionably late, but circumstances on the road had delayed them to the point that they were legitimately just late to the party. Still it's a moment that can still be seized. The foursome prepared to be announced by the herald when their potential entry was disrupted by "Guards, take this man into custody and turn him over to the proper...
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  • Paul Farquhar's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    I draw quite heavly on classical and celtic mythology, and more than half the Monster Manual is from there. However, there is plenty of other souce material available, and I have never used Bullfinch (or the UKIPer) for reference.
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  • Parmandur's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    A healing Monk subclass certainly seems possible, given that WotC design sees healing and damage as mathematically equivalent. So, maybe, but I wouldn't assume anything is around the corner because of some fluff.
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  • Steve Gorak's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 PM
    Hey guys, I have an idea. It's a bit gruesome, but could play out nicely. 1) we give the 3 wolves on the 2 sleds a taste of Korrund meat, as described in the IC thread. 2) We chop up some additional dwarf meat, and put it in small "meat bombs" using the clothes of the Korrund that our characters slew. 3) Gimlak goes after the incoming Korrunds with a torch, and attracts them to an ambush. ...
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 PM
    Yes, that is correct. Often times, a player might say "Yes, and before Ragnar does the thing, I will inspire him with a didactic rhyme on the topic of..." or whatever. It helps not to be too much of a stickler on this point and to allow for some space for the bard or cleric to say they want to inspire or guide before asking for the ability check. It seems intended that the players should discuss...
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  • HawaiiSteveO's Avatar
    Today, 06:48 PM
    As a side note, the upcoming Al season for Eberron indicates some heist type adventures. Can't wait to see if they can pull it off better than DH! I've never used AL adventures for my home group, but these sound great! DDAL-ELW03 The Cannith Code Level Range: 1-4 (optimized for 3rd level) Adventure Designer: Cindy Moore Adventure Description: To crack a secret code, the characters...
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  • iserith's Avatar
    Today, 06:45 PM
    I was talking about this with someone else in Discord and one thing I noticed is that since his games don't usually include Bad Stuff happening on a failed check, the players are more than happy to want to roll. In my game, when I ask for a roll, the players sort of go "Oh. Crap." And then they start spending resources to mitigate the chance of failure, typically Inspiration. That isn't...
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  • Kobold Stew's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    Honestly, Fitz, IMO the choice is yours. I want you to be excited about the game, since that is the biggest factor in long-term success. I know I derailed some things, and for that I'm sorry (again). If it helps you, then feel free to look for more players. If you want to make it work, it is clear that this group of players is capable of working together. KS
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  • Elfcrusher's Avatar
    Today, 06:43 PM
    I agree that I don't like the effect at the table, but I think trying to control mechanics with roleplaying requirements is not the right solution. Some players won't use the mechanics unless they have the storytelling to support it, which is great. Other players just want to use the mechanics, and if you force them to justify it with RP they're going to start using bad/repetitive RP, which in...
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 PM
    Interesting. In every 5e table Iíve sat at where Bardic Inspiration or Guidance was used, I saw it used at the time of the check. But youíre saying the correct way is to use them before any check is called for? So the players approach the Dukeís estate, descend to the entrance to the Tomb, or are about to study a book of arcane lore...and Bardic Inspiration or Guidance would be used in advance? ...
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 PM
    "Uh, my backstory, yeah, well, umm . . . I took the outlander (guide) background . . . is that what you mean? I hope that's what you mean, cause I got nothing else." That's how my table roles.
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  • Elfcrusher's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 PM
    Ok, but will you admit that there are many...countless...possible answers, all of which are equally valid? It would have been perfectly valid for Bilbo to refuse to go on the Erebor Quest, because after all he's a Hobbit and that's "what a Hobbit would do". It's also perfectly valid for Bilbo to go on the quest, because he's also part Took, and that is (sometimes) what Tooks do. So...
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  • Quickleaf's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 PM
    iserith robus ad_hoc A lot of advice about ďPlayers donít decide when to roll, the DM does.Ē Yep! My issue is not that I donít practice that; it is that I am getting worn down constantly policing the players on this issue & constantly finding new ways to explain this specific to a scenario as one or more players eagerly reach for their dice. Itís tiring for me because I love to say ďyesĒ to my...
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  • Shiroiken's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    I ran a game that played to 17th level, culminating with the party fighting the Demon Queen of Spiders (Lolth). It was a blast to run, and from what I understand, it was a blast to play. Everyone liked having neat high level abilities (especially 9th level spells). From the DM perspective, the only thing I needed was more monsters, but from what I understand MToF added several high level enemies...
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  • jasper's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 PM
    1. Foreknowledge. Reading the adventure or knowing the game master to know what is coming. And using this to your advantage. 2. Gluttony. Hogging the action and game play. 3. Greed. Wanting more loot, levels, magic items than other at the table 4. Sloth. Being too lazy to engage with other players or the game masterís world. 5. Wrath. Becoming angry when the dice go against you, or the game...
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  • Prakriti's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 15 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 3 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 21 LeGuin, Ursula 22
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  • Elfcrusher's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 PM
    Ah, ok, so you're also with Saelorn in the "The players never get to narrate" camp. I guess I didn't fully understand that. Personally I have no interest in playing D&D that way, but it's certainly a technically valid, if limiting, way to play. And, yes, that would make it tough for people to create character concepts that require ongoing narration to avoid breaking the mechanical rules. ...
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  • Gradine's Avatar
    Today, 06:23 PM
    I seriously cannot oversell how fun this can be. Come on, give it a go! How often do you get the opportunity to write adventures (well, adventure treatments, generally speaking) to spec (including word count) on a deadline and then get quality feedback on it?
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  • Andrew Moreton's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    I give you Primo Primo is a veteran of the RHC's covert operations teams from the last Yerasol war his team infiltrated Danoran harbours and destroyed their warships at anchor, they were betrayed by danoran spies within the Risuran military and the team was captured all but Primo being killed by the enemy commander a tiefling called Gaius who liked to eat his calimari live and wriggling as the...
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  • Shiroiken's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    I've had this issue a time or two, and it's not hard to fix. Bardic Inspiration and Guidance are abilities like any other. Unless you're particular about having casters describe every spell they cast and warriors every sword swing, it's a bit unfair to put them under the spotlight to use these abilities. The only limitation I put on these is they must have already been used before the call for...
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  • Charlaquin's Avatar
    Today, 06:16 PM
    Flight of Dragons--17 The Last Unicorn--24 The Hobbit--22 The Lord of the Rings--20 The Return of the King--16 Wizards--25 Princess Mononoke--27 Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind--21 Spirited Away--21 Secret of Nimh--25
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  • Satyrn's Avatar
    Today, 06:15 PM
    Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!
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  • FXR's Avatar
    Today, 06:13 PM
    I believe your problem is not with the rules as such, but with the application of thereof. You could state that, as many GMs do, that the player has to provide a modicum of information on their actions. So, sure the bard can use the help action, when another character, but the bard's player must explain how he is helping. Perhaps, he brings another argument, perhaps he uses his good looks, but...
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  • Tormyr's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 PM
    Keep in mind that my advice is only for the adventures as they are written, not for how you make it your own. Up through adventure 9, the Second Ragesian Army has only made it through the six western districts of Gate Pass before they are defeated by the Resistance. They needed to make it to district 11 to be able to bring an army through Innenotdar. So the Ragesians are not really going to...
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  • Morrus's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 PM
    That definitely needs to be a book down the road.
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  • CleverNickName's Avatar
    Today, 06:05 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25+1=26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 15 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 5-2=3 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 21 LeGuin, Ursula 24
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  • Kaodi's Avatar
    Today, 05:59 PM
    Urik steps over the water and takes a swing with his spiky club. The demon is unable to dart out of the way ad gets clobbered. 1. Step to E14. 2. Strike! Morningstar: 1D20+4 = +4 = 21 1D6+3 = +3 = 9 3. Verbal Casting: Shield
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  • Parmandur's Avatar
    Today, 05:54 PM
    True; super thin info to go on now, which makes sense at this time. The EQ books have touched four of the seven extant storylines so far: I would expect Tyranny of Dragons, Elemental Evil and Curse of Strahd would get touched on as well. Both the Elemental cults and the Cult of the Dragon would make good foils for a Swashbuckler (Three Musketeers, Scarlet Pimpernel, Robin Hood and Zorro are...
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  • FitzTheRuke's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 PM
    So the vote's on me running Dellrak as an NPC? If so, he will wind up toned-down in his abilities (I don't really want to run a whole PC as an NPC - I'd make a quick Monster-Stat block that will represent him superficially.) I can do that if that's what everyone wants, but my workload has been a little high as it is. (Not that having more players would make THAT any easier.) I'm okay with this...
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  • MacConnell's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    No one immediately responds. The boats beach and the soldiers disembark, the last two of each boat turning to pull the craft a bit further onto the beach so that the river's current will not take them away. Each boat's soldiers line up in a double columnar formation, as per their regular training, making five units of seven with each archer standing a bit to the column's right. One soldier in...
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