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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 02:18 AM
    Hello! Welcome to ENWorld, have some XP. Ravenloft is pretty great, the Curse of Strahd adventure module might also be up your alley. While that adventure does update the original adventure to 5e, it also adds its own spin and additions into the mix. But it only lays out the land of Barovia. I agree with the others that because you're the DM and/or depending on how well your PCs do, you...
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:46 PM
    You mean sailed past :D Anyway, my liberal use of :D should've clued in you.
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    Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, 01:17 PM
    Sure you can! Just replace any reference to sea or water with desert or sand :D ie, Isle of the Abbey. With hostility toward the Desert Princess running high, Eliander sponsors an expedition to clear Abbey Dune and establish a base there. Its location makes it an ideal lookout point for any desert-based threats. On a more applicable matter though, I recall a someone's re-imagined map of our...
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    Friday, 3rd May, 2019, 12:23 AM
    Looks like those wishing for Paizo to release supplemental products for 5e will be getting their wish :). It seems like Paizo are taking the tentative step of entering the 5e design- and marketplace as they partner with "industry leaders in third-party 5e publishing" to update and create a Kingmaker 5e bestiary to celebrate Kingmaker's 10th year anniversary. More details will be released...
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Saturday, 16th February, 2019

  • 09:45 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Ash Mantle in post Variants/Subclass for a DPR Rogue
    Ash Mantle I can’t get quoting to not be a pain in the butt. The thread isn’t about making a specific character, or anything like that. I like the rogue, as I said. I have a level 12 thief, and a level 6 swashbuckler/Bladesinger, that I’m playing in two campaigns right now. This is about brainstorming a rogue that obviates the need to multiclass in order to create some concepts that many players view as standard rogueish archetypes in fiction, and also make the rogue less restricted in multiclassing in general, if possible, and of course to simply give some options for those who find the rogue deficient in reliable combat efficacy, and see the rogue’s skill benefits as quite a bit overkill.

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Saturday, 18th May, 2019

  • 04:12 PM - Parmandur quoted Ash Mantle in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Yeah, I basically buy and use them for this purpose, though if the adventure is good enough I just try to tie in the PCs' stories into the overarching adventure story. I'm too tempted not to include some cool areas or ideas from the different APs though, and from other systems, especially from Pathfinder's APs. I think that is why they keep using the Sword Coast, and putting in Easter Eggs for other APs: makes it easy for DMs to creatively remix, or turn the Sword Coast into a gigantic sandbox with bits and pieces from different APs.
  • 01:25 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted Ash Mantle in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    That cover looks amazing! As is some of the art they've been teasing on D&D Beyond. Apparently you could even play as a merchant in the Blood War and never even have to deal with the mess that is the Blood War. Other than the Mad Max vibes associated with the adventure, I also feel DOOM and even 40K vibes, and that's definitely something I want to explore further. Like with MtoF, I'm torn, as both the regular cover art and the Hydro74 special edition cover art are both sooooo good...

Sunday, 12th May, 2019

  • 03:25 AM - RxDrAcula quoted Ash Mantle in post Can my party make it out of Bleak House? (5e)(Ravenloft)
    Hello! Welcome to ENWorld, have some XP. Ravenloft is pretty great, the Curse of Strahd adventure module might also be up your alley. While that adventure does update the original adventure to 5e, it also adds its own spin and additions into the mix. But it only lays out the land of Barovia. I agree with the others that because you're the DM and/or depending on how well your PCs do, you could just improvise and fudge the mechanics of the monsters, the players wouldn't know of course. Additionally, based on your description of the cerebral vampires and their imbibement of choice, and that Bleak House is full of them, might I suggest using the stats for Mind Drinker vampires (found on page 224 of Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica). They're a CR 4, that casts psionics, has stealth abilities, and can mind siphon dealing psychic damage. They don't have Legendary Actions.Thanks for the XP Ash! :) Mind drinker vampires? Wow that sounds very similar to what I am looking for. I had not planned on getti...

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019


Saturday, 4th May, 2019

  • 08:27 AM - Tom Miskey quoted Ash Mantle in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    I think it'll help their market visibility, and if the 5e players like the content of what Paizo produces they might even start investing in Pathfinder 2.0, and Paizo could expand their sales that way. From what I've seen of the reception on their own forums though, it doesn't look promising, there's a few Pathfinder 1.0 players on that same thread who won't even buy a Pathfinder 2.0 compilation but will buy a Pathfinder 1.0 compilation in a heartbeat. But that's also just the forums. In the Pathfinder group I play in, I'm the only one who bought the preview book version for 2E. The rest of the group has no intention of changing to 2E even when the actual 2E core rulebooks are released. I may buy them if there is a massive group of PF players that review it positively, but right now, I don't think I'd ever get a chance to play it if I did... I may just wait till a later printing, since Paizo seems to incorporate errata and updates in later printings. I still have the 1st printings of all the ...

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

  • 10:58 PM - Jester David quoted Ash Mantle in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    From Stolen Lands, we get the Carbuncle, Drekavac, Elk, River Elk, Megaloceros, Taztlwrym, Thawn, Thylacine, Brush Thylacine. From Rivers Run Red, we get Ceratiodi, The Grim White Stag, Hodag, Rorkoun, Trollhound. From The Varnhold Vanishing, we get Blodeuwedd, Clawbat, Great Cyclops, Peluda, Stygira. From Blood for Blood, we get Ahuizotl, Bog Strider, Calathgar, Fungus Leshy, Nuckelavee. From War of the River Kings, we get First Blade, Irlgaunt, Verdurous Ooze, Greater Verdurous Ooze, Warsworn. From Sound of a Thousand Screams, we get Ankou, Dweomercub, Dweomercat, Grodair, Skrik Nettle, Zomok. It should be noted that both the Grim White Stag and the First Blade are the semi-divine heralds of the Pathfinder gods Erastil and Gorum respectively, so hopefully there's some context of the deities they serve. If the wandering monster encounter tables feature some monsters that are in Pathfinder but not yet in 5e, they could work on converting those too. Plus all the NPCs. And likely anything from ...
  • 08:10 PM - Whizbang Dustyboots quoted Ash Mantle in post Has Paizo ever talked about releasing their adventures in 5E format?
    What is also on cards is updating the Kingmaker AP to Pathfinder second edition, but curiously there's no word of it being updated in a compilation volume for Pathfinder first edition. Developers don't split their customer base by supporting outdated systems longer than they have to.
  • 02:51 PM - kenmarable quoted Ash Mantle in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    I think it'll help their market visibility, and if the 5e players like the content of what Paizo produces they might even start investing in Pathfinder 2.0, and Paizo could expand their sales that way. I believe all along Paizo has tried to position themselves as the sort of Advanced D&D to D&D in terms of complexity (not quality or anything like that, it's not a jab at D&D). They know their RPG is more complex than 5e (and 4e before that) and lean into that as a selling feature for those who prefer a more complex RPG experience. With 5e massively growing the number of gamers, some of them will eventually want games that are more involved with far more knobs and buttons for tweaking, and Paizo is smart to position themselves as that alternative. Their biggest problem, however, has probably been that they haven't had a lot of connection to the 5e community. They mostly (in my opinion) have relied on the massive momentum of gamers who loved 3.x but hated 4e to keep themselves going. With the...
  • 10:23 AM - CapnZapp quoted Ash Mantle in post Has Paizo ever talked about releasing their adventures in 5E format?
    About time they tentatively step in the 5e design! Smart choice! Yes it made me wonder this thread is ripe for retirement... Of course Paizo wants in on the biggest market by several orders of magnitude!

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

  • 04:10 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted Ash Mantle in post Heroes of Baldur's Gate is a D&D Adventure From Bioware's Baldur's Gate Designer
    That trailer looks amazing, not gonna lie. That artwork looks awesome, as do the sample pages. Gather your party and venture forth indeed. For those who have purchased this supplement, what are your thoughts of it?It's really well done. It's about a 50/50 split between adventure and setting guide to the region, which is the area of the first Baldur's Gate game, from Baldur's Gate to the north to Nashkell in the south. Anyone who has played the game will find the locations immediately familiar. Many of characters from thw game are statted out as NPCs, as are a few monsters (such as gibberlings) which haven't been updated to 5e yet. It's officially set in 1369 DR, but describes the situation and background history in detail for those who might be unfamiliar with the era, as well as giving instructions on how to convert to the preaent day for the setting.

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

  • 11:07 AM - Sadras quoted Ash Mantle in post Ideas for a Worldwound (Demonic Invasion)
    These are amazing ideas, dude, thanks heaps! I'll definitely need to find a way to include these in. My pleasure, this inspired me so that I know what I'm running after my table's current campaign ;)

Saturday, 16th March, 2019

  • 06:21 PM - Parmandur quoted Ash Mantle in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    Yeah, just gave that a watch. It's interesting to note Chris Perkins has mentioned "as you look at D&D books and stories going forward, just pay attention... you may start seeing the number three everywhere. It's like a Next Generation episode". Looks like Planescape (or even Spelljammer) may be on the horizon! As 5e has stepped away from alignments, it'll be interesting to see how 5e handles the alignment-encapsulating Outer Planes and the old alignment exemplars. Perkins getting so specific about Planescape elements and characters, and talking about the Waffle Crew going to Sigil in the future, is suspicious. Mordenkeinen's Tome of Foes as a preview of a Planescape setting book and/or AP would fit with Tales from the Yawning Portal and Xanathar's Guide to Everything previewing Waterdeep. The Next Generation reference was to the episode "Cause and Effect," where "On the following loop, Crusher again has a feeling of déjà vu during the poker game, but when Data deals the next hand, all the ca...

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Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 10:23 AM - Morrus quoted Ash Mantle in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    5e may be a loose system, but its mechanical foundations are extremely tight and everything functions rather well. The 3x edition systems and Pathfinder have no such tight foundations and are in fact designed with deliberate traps and poor choices in mind. I would argue it's easier comparatively to design in the 3x edition systems and Pathfinder because the designer can also introduce poor options in addition to the better additions (whether intentional by design or accidentally), while with 5e you need to have a better understanding of the underpinings and design decisions in that system. And if Paizo have yet to figure out "good" design principles in their 10 year custodianship, especially where the classes are concerned, then that doesn't really bode too well, especially since unlike yourself they need to output this professionally. But it's true they can refer to official statblocks. Wow. For the record, I disagree strongly with every single thing you said here.
  • 10:07 AM - S'mon quoted Ash Mantle in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    5e may be a loose system, but its mechanical foundations are extremely tight and everything functions rather well. The 3x edition systems and Pathfinder have no such tight foundations and are in fact designed with deliberate traps and poor choices in mind. I would argue it's easier comparatively to design in the 3x edition systems and Pathfinder because the designer can also introduce poor options in addition to the better additions (whether intentional by design or accidentally), while with 5e you need to have a better understanding of the underpinings and design decisions in that system. And if Paizo have yet to figure out "good" design principles in their 10 year custodianship, especially where the classes are concerned, then that doesn't really bode too well, especially since unlike yourself they need to output this professionally. But it's true they can refer to official statblocks. I think you're saying that Paizo rules supplements written for 5e D&D would not be good. I think you're ...
  • 08:32 AM - S'mon quoted Ash Mantle in post Big Changes in ICv2's RPG Industry Charts, as Pathfinder Drops Off Before 2E's Release!
    However, as a caveat, Paizo would need to understand the mechanics, assumptions and reasoning behind 5e I don't think so - 5e is such a loose system. If I can convert-at-table PF APs to 5e using some simple formulae it should be easy enough for them to do the same. They don't even need to make their own stat blocks if they don't want to, they can just refer to official ones or reprint (eg) Kobold Press ones under licence.

Sunday, 3rd March, 2019

  • 07:54 PM - Satyrn quoted Ash Mantle in post [Sharktocrab] Sharktocrab
    This is just fantastic. We're playing in a Ravnica game currently, and I need to show this to my friend who's DMing. Narrator: "And that was the moment Ash Mantle sealed his fate, and led his party into the epic TPK"
  • 05:00 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Ash Mantle in post Artificer UA has been released!
    However, I also find it ironic that your initial phrasing has always been strongly negative and strongly defensive, and that you've constructed a narrative for yourself. Now that's ironic, because I would have thought that including the hashtag #getoffmylawn would have at least hinted at the lack of seriousness behind my negative tone. But, whatever. One thing I find curious is the number of posters that assume this is a case of "if it wasn't in the original greyhawk then it doesn't belong". I certainly didn't say anything like that. Is that a response to other posters? Or is it just an assumption that opposition to new stuff is automatically a case of being stuck in the past?
  • 01:51 PM - Seramus quoted Ash Mantle in post Artificer UA has been released!
    That's my point.Your point is that you needed to tell me something I already knew, and said in my very first post? And you filled more than entire page worth of posts to do that? I'm ending this very weird conversation.
  • 01:36 PM - Seramus quoted Ash Mantle in post Artificer UA has been released!
    Yet you already admitted as to how you would rule it, which speaks to understanding the intent behind the wording and how the effect would play out in game.I said that in my very first post about the subject. What are you on about?


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