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    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • The winner of the Player's Handbook contest I was running on Facebook is Nathan Branstad - who can't be messaged. Nathan, Click for more about D&Dif you see this, please drop me a message with your mailing address so that I can get your Player's Handbook to you! I'll be running a Monster Manual contest very soon, so keep your eyes open!
    • The Angry DM has written something of a rant entitled "Dear WotC: Why Do You Suck at Selling Games?" [67 comments]
    • The Strange Assembly has reviewed the Monster Manual and called it "pretty close to perfect".
    • Rob Donaghue has created an "inferred history of the [D&D] world" derived from the Monster Manual and the PHB.
    • Crit Juice took a look at the DungeonScape Beta. "We were given an exclusive first look at the DungeonScape Beta, the official digital companion to D&D 5E this summer. We had an awesome play session (video and audio to come soon) and had a blast. Two of our players delve even further into the Beta release of the app below!"


    15 More D&D 5E Sage Advices from WotC's Mike Mearls!

    It's interesting that a lot of Mike's answers begin with "I'd rule that....", largely implying that a lot of stuff is based on DM judgement, something that recent editions veered away from.

    As a reminder there are 26 more answers here, and more than you can shake a stick at here. Plus Steve Winter answers questions about Hoard of the Dragon Queen here.


    • If I cast Barkskin and use a Shield, is my AC 16 or 18? I'd say 18
    • Leomunds Chest req 5k gold chest.Meant to have that at lvl 7,or meant to come back to it later? you might have that at level 7, depending on the campaign, but it would represent a big investment IIRC
    • Do you know why the Terrasque is missing it's regen and immortality. Or should I ask someone else? not sure about regen, but immortality is something we'd handle more based on its role in a setting
    • Can I use the bonus action from the feat Shield Master without losing the bonus damage from the Duelist Fighting Style? yes - shield still doesn't count as a weapon
    • I was wondering, why there are such heavy restrictions on beast-master companion and if there will be a way to allow higher CRs animal companions were a huge source of issues in 3e - adding an extra "character" is a very powerful ability
    • Can we get a "changing these rules will break the game" warning list in the DMG? For bits like the Concentration rules. I believe they are in there - the list is very short. Concentration, attunement, and not much else
    • Is it intentional that you can use [crossbow expert] to get two attacks with 1 hand crossbow + shield? I'd rule it should specify a different weapon, not same weapon twice
    • Crossbow Expert: how do you reload a hand crossbow with a weapon/shield/hand crossbow in your other hand? very carefully! I imagine you just juggle items back and forth during your turn.
    • Monks,Arcane Tricksters,aned EldKnights.Is wizard list considered their list for use of scrolls and staves? I'd rule that they access only those spells they could gain from those subclasses
    • Can you jump farther than your movement when using magic i.e spell Jump & boots of striding and springing? i'd rule yes - design intent is to make you jump super far
    • How does dispel magic work vs. Invisibility? How can you target what you can't see? Or is Dis Mgc more of an area of effect? invisible does not equal hidden = can target if invisible but not hidden, but not if the invisible creature is hidden. how an invis creature could not be hidden, you can see its footsteps, hear it move, etc. You know where it is but can't see it
    • magic armor stacks with unarmored defense( like dex + wis to ac for a monk)? use one or the other
    • Thinking of houseruling that adjusted encounter XP = actual XP. Any reason why this isn't RAW? Any pitfalls to be aware of? Thx! it makes hordes of weaker creatures a more appealing fight, if players metagame that. not game breaking
    • Does Halfling Nimblness allow them to ignore Difficult Terrain when moving through another creature's space? no - main advantage is you can move through enemies
    • Does a dagger count as both a melee and a ranged weapon for feats? In other words can I use the sharpshooter feat with a dagger? yes - it might feel unintuitive for the bonus damage, but it doesn't break anything


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    Wednesday, 17th September, 2014
    A Mildly Interesting Traffic Report 
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    I was looking at EN World's Google Analytics data today. I thought I'd share some of the traffic information.

    317,754 unique users on EN World in the last 30 days sharing 747,962 individual user sessions. So on average folks visit twice a month. (Depending on the area of the site, that varies a lot - the news page is the single most viewed page by a long shot, but the forums have the most repeat sessions, for obvious reasons). The average session duration is 4.5 minutes.

    The average individual news article gets viewed roughly 90,000 times in its first week.

    The forums have 296,805 threads made up of 6,165,123 posts written by 164,262 registered members.

    Of those, 62.5% are in the US, 8.3% in Canada, 5.6% in the UK, 3% in Australia, 2.5% in Germany, 2% in Brazil, 1.8% in Italy, 1.1% in France, 0.9% in the Netherlands, 0.85% in Spain.

    Returning visitors make up 67% of the audience, with new visitors comprising 33%.

    73% use desktop computers to visit, 18% use phones, 8% use tablets.

    Most popular search engine keywords (aside from the site name or variations) are "d&d 5th edition character sheet", "d&d 5e summon steed", "best rpg shop london", "d&d miniatures list", "dungeon #209", "dungeon adventure index 4th", "d&d 5th learning new skills", "windwalker prestige class", "monk magic item". The list of keywords is many thousands long, of course, featuring most every RPG game, term, phrase, question, or word you can think of; those are just the top few.

    Weird keywords include "dead tree ladies", "how long is aquaman", and "who is a fish".

    Most popular referring sites (non-search-engine): Reddit, Facebook, wizards.com, RPGnet, Google+, Giant in the Playground, adnddownloads.com, rpg.stackexchange.com, Paizo, Facebook mobile app, Circvs Maximvs.

    I used to get demographic data (age, gender) but it seems the system's changed for that and I need to update the Google Analytics code. That's a pain, but I do want that information because I want the site to be as inclusive as possible.

    All that is just the last month. It may have been very different the preceding month! Over the last 12 months, the site has seen nearly 4,000,000 unique users sharing nearly 10,000,000 individual sessions.

    What's great about this is the remarkable, steady rebuild since the Great Hack a couple of years ago. It's taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, and I've written a LOT of daily news articles to repair that damage in terms of audience over the last two years, but the site is well on its way.
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    And a rust monster, courtesy of Forbes! Thanks to Hollis for the scoop! There's been plenty of news today, like many days, so be sure to check out the kobold and Mike Mearls' 26 5E rules Q&A!


    Tuesday, 16th September, 2014
    Check out the D&D 5th Edition Kobold! 
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    Check out the D&D 5th Edition Kobold, courtesy of the folks at WotC. [114 comments]


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    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • Where are the spell cards? Gale Force 9's announced spell cards were originally slated for a later August release. They have now Click for more about D&Dslipped to late September. "Gale Force Nine’s Spellbook Cards are an invaluable resource for any magic-user. The first three sets of cards will be in stores by late September. Wizards, Warlocks and Sorcerers will have access to the comprehensive Arcane set, while Paladins and Rangers will each have their own specialized decks of cards. Each deck is made from thick laminated card so they will stand the test of time. Late October will see the release of Spellbook Cards for Clerics, Druids and Bards." No mention of the character token sets, which were also due in August.
    • Basic Rules Updates? WotC's Mike Mearls says Depends on work flow for DMG, but expect DM material to launch with DMG."
    • Over at Save Versus is are some Critical Fumble Charts for 5E.
    • Dungeon Crawler's Radio interviewed WotC's Jeremy Crawford in a three-part video.
    • The Escapist reviewed the Monster Manual, calling it "one bad-ass bestiary". The Monster Manual hits store shelves in two weeks (or at the end of this week for stores participating in WotC prefered retailer scheme thingy - ask your local retailer). The review also includes a graph of monser Challenge ratings, which shows the distribution as follows (click on the image to go to the review). (Critical Hits' review also featured Challenge ratings with this useful list of Monsters ordered by CR).






    Some More Mearlsian Q&As

    WotC's Mike Mearls has answered a few more rules questions (for the last long list, see here).

    • Will the DMG have suplementary material on how to handle Inspiration and how to better tie BIFTS between PCs and to a setting? it does go into more depth on inspiration, believe it does talk about BIFTS and how to use them
    • Question does is there any details on Ability damage and recovering from it we should know for stuff like the Int Devourer. Greater restoration restores it.
    • 10% of profits from the mine...any kind of rough estimate of what that turns into, gold wise? It's up to the DM, depending on the campaign, but I'd place it at 500 gp per month or so. Remember, it's profits rather than income.
    • Will you guys be doing DMG previews like you have been doing MM previews? yes
    • Hoard had little to no 4e-specific FR stuff. Does that go for part 2 too? IOW, would using it with 3e FR book require work? no, should work fine. we used FR, but tried to avoid making it something that required outside sources.
    • Clarification:can u use the same hex spell after an encounter at the next encounter with concentration all day? you'd need to find a new target for it between encounters, otherwise it ends.
    • any chance L&L from now on could include a "here's where the DMG table of contents is at" bit? please? good idea - we'll probably do something like that closer to the release date
    • Is the martial arts ability for the monk equivalent to finesse for the purposes of feats like Defensive Duelist? I'd rule yes
    • Do Polearm Master and War Caster combine to allow a magic user to make a spell opportunity attack when they enter reach? No - polearm master applies only if you use the weapons it lists to make the attack
    • Are the Monster Manual and Dungeon Master's Guide releasing early at WPN stores like the Player's Handbook? yes
    • What are thieves tools good for if a rogue is already proficient in Sleight of Hands? thieves tools are used for picking locks and removing traps - sleight of hands applies to palming objects, picking pockets
    • And how does a bard benefit from an instrument's proficiency bonus if he's already proficient with the Performance skill? impressing a crowd = performance. playing a difficult piece = instrument. it is blurry, but the instrumnt covers technical skill
    • Confused. "Trance. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that human does from 8 hours of sleep"? you can gain the benefits of an extended rest without sleeping.
    • Hi... I found THAC0 on the new PHB (GREAT book!) index, but nowhere else! Hidden easter egg or typo? easter egg
    • Does the "you learn that spell" language in the Magic Initiate feat mean you can cast it with existing spell slots? I'd say yes, but featspecifies can't cast it after using it. Official answer might differ, but it doesn't break anything
    • Just wondering, is crossbow expert working on ranged spell attacks rules as intended? yes - feat does not specific crossbow or weapon attacks
    • Any chance to see in DMG a(purer)summoner focused class(w summonings from low lvls)? not in there - summoning is pretty tricky to balance at lower levels
    • how does one access all the insider content for 4th edition? i have a subscription but i keep getting back to the sign-up page. check with customer service - the tools and content should all be up and accessible
    • is the barbarian Rage dmg the same type as weapon(subj to resistance) , or its own thing? same as weapon damage
    • Sentinel feat. when does the reaction attack happen? before the enemy attacks ally, or after? before
    • [Re. Adventurer's League] It's debilitating having to figure scheduling, then deal with space issues because: 'Wednesday'. it's definitely something we've heard feedback on and are talking about
    • hiding has been causing us a lot of grief & arguments. If I'm hidden & have to peek out or step out to shoot do I retain adv? DM judgment - would peeking reveal you or not? Probably not, unless target is looking right where you are
    • Is the downside of primal pathr age (exhaustion level 1) really intended to be *that* nasty? Yes - meant to be a finisher, since ability can tilt a battle way into the party's favor
    • Are there any rules to give NPC's class levels in the MM? (basically can I make a lvl 20 human fighter as a "monster") those will be in the DMG
    • Is Padded armor really meant to give disadvantage to stealth rolls? yes - padded and ring are bad, cheap armors meant for militia, poorly equipped warriors, not really aimed at PCs.
    • Have you had a bunch of feedback about the Circle of the Moon druid & the power levels of the wild shape beasts? We've heard of issues with druids, but we'll be looking at them in our feedback surveys starting in early 2015


    Also:
    • Destructive smite spell in paladin listing should refer to destructive wave in spell descriptions
    • Stealth/Hiding: These rules intentionally rely on DM judgment to adjudicate. DM has to judge situations, whether PC can hide.


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    Monday, 15th September, 2014
    Dungeon Master's Guide Delayed Until December 9th! 
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    The D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide has been delayed by three weeks from November 18th until December 9th. WotC's Mike Mearls says "The new release date for the Dungeon Master's Guide is December 9th. For those stores that take part in our early release program, the book goes on sale November 28th." The delay is due to "an entire additional cycle of design and editing to ensure that the books were as close to perfect as humanly possible". Thanks to Jeremy for the scoop. Click on the image below for more release schedule information. [67 comments]



    WotC has posted a piece of art from the book, though! Modron fans should like this!


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    Monday, 15th September, 2014
    Monster Manual Art of Christopher Burdett 
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    Artist Christopher Burdett has produced a number of pieces for the D&D 5E Monster Manual. I thought I'd highlight some of his work here. Click on the image below to go to his website, where you'll see his latest preview, the Salamander!



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  • FULL D&D 5TH EDITION RELEASE SCHEDULE &...

    Details of official D&D 5th Edition products coming in 2014 - rulebooks, boxed sets, adventures, miniatures, digital tools, PDFs, and more!

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    Check out the D&D 5th Edition Kobold!

    Check out the D&D 5th Edition Kobold, courtesy of the folks at WotC. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?362768-Kobold-Preview

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    A Mildly Interesting Traffic Report

    I was looking at EN World's Google Analytics data today. I thought I'd share some of the traffic information. 317,754 unique users on EN World in the last 30 days sharing 747,962 individual user sessions. So on average folks visit twice a month. (Depending on the area of the site, that varies a lot - the news page is the single most viewed page by a long shot, but the forums have the most...

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    Does WotC Suck at Selling Games?; A New MONSTER...

    Dungeons & Dragons News The winner of the Player's Handbook contest I was running on Facebook is Nathan Branstad - who can't be messaged. Nathan, xif you see this, please drop me a message with your mailing address so that I can get your Player's Handbook to you! I'll be running a Monster Manual contest very soon, so keep your eyes open! The...

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    And A RUST MONSTER Straight from the 5E MONSTER...

    And a rust monster, courtesy of Forbes! Thanks to Hollis for the scoop! There's been plenty of news today, like many days, so be sure to check out the...

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    SPELL CARDS Delayed Until September!; MONSTER...

    Dungeons & Dragons News Where are the spell cards? Gale Force 9's announced spell cards were originally slated for a later August release. They have now xslipped to late September. "Gale Force Nine’s Spellbook Cards are an invaluable resource for any magic-user....

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