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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 9 Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 24 Jemisin, N.K. 24 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23 LeGuin, Ursula 23 Lynch, Scott 25 McKillip, Patricia 23 Peake, Mervyn 22
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 PM
    Though I've been in this forum since before this thread began I somehow managed to completely miss it - until now. I haven't read through all of it and so this may have already been brought up, but one thing that seems to be missing from the OP's analysis is the presence or absence of multiple vertical connections between dungeon levels. Vertical connections, including those that skip levels,...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 PM
    In another thread there's been some recent debate regarding just how closely DMs adhere to the rules as written* for the system they are using. The specific example was 5e D&D, but the question can apply to pretty much any RPG: do you stick to the rules as written and treat them more like laws, or do you treat them more like guidelines and change/add/delete rules you don't like. And in either...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 PM
    I've seen this mentioned before and have no idea what it's referring to - can you (or someone) enlighten me?
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    According to the 1st Ed DMG, PC abilities only apply if the player specifically calls for their use. Therefore you should reroll that '1' if and only if the player of the halfling specifically reminds you about his "Lucky" ability. (IIRC, the actual example given is the then-elven ability to automatically roll to detect secret doors.) Though I can't say I would actually run it like that. :)
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    Funnily enough, I've just started a process of going through a lot of the paperwork I've generated from old campaigns, including a lot of stuff I hand-wrote when I was a teen. It's being scanned and stored electronically, and then the hard-copies disposed of to make room. But looking at all that stuff has been a bit of an eye-opener! I think possibly the biggest shock has been the sheer amount...
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    Today, 01:01 PM
    delericho replied to Table Rules
    Hmm. Turns out I had more than I thought... 1) We're here to play. If you want to be here and want to play the game, you're welcome! If you don't want to be here, the door is over there. 2) This game is open to anyone who wants to play. Racist, sexist, or bullying behaviour won't be accepted. (Caveat: you can play a character who is racist, sexist, or whatever, but see rule 3.) 3) Your...
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    Yep, that would be me. :) Okay, under this model, I would start the new PC at fifth level - same as the lowest-level surviving PC. Though one of the things I have been toying with, since 5e seems to handle mixed-level groups better than either 3e or 4e, would be to start the new PC one or to levels lower, but then granting double XP until they catch up. That way death has some meaning,...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
    Why not? Not every character gets involved in every xp-granting situation. Hell, not every character comes along on every adventure. And a range of levels within the party is inevitable over the long run, for the following reasons: - players cycling characters in and out of parties - level or xp loss (even were I running a system that in theory didn't have this, I'd put it right back in)...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Today, 08:38 AM
    Player's choice -> If you die in my games, I'll ask you (as well as the rest of the group) if you're fine with creating a new character, otherwise we make up some alternative penalty, less than death but still a significant one. I never really liked the idea that "bad luck" should be more acceptable than bad playing, but at the same time I think that a lot of "poor/stupid decisions" are pretty...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    In the past I used the "lowest XP for same level as the lowest-level PC". In 5e my default would be "start at 1st level", but no one has died yet.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 AM
    I second this motion in its entirety. :) My main means of annoying other players is being the gonzo one who hasn't got the patience for all the planning and just charges in. Problem is, it's also my main means of killing off my characters...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 26 Augusta, Lady Gregory 15 Bear, Elizabeth 5 Bulfinch, Thomas 22 Cook, Glen 24 Hodgson, William Hope 10 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 22 LeGuin, Ursula 24 Lynch, Scott 24
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    It seems you've made up an entirely new set of deities for this system, but I'm lazier than that. When I came up with a very similar system I just took existing deities from various pantheons both historical and fantastic and plugged them in to the slots. I also added another layer of four between the One (Azathoth, who also represents true Neutral) and the 16 on the M-F L-C G-E axes, to make a...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:16 AM
    Bardic Inspiration has a limited number of uses per day IIRC, so I don't think it's technically possible to "spam" it. Help use with skills is explicitly subject to DM's adjudication, and I think it should always be presented as "when the DM allows it" rather than "unless the DM disallows it". The DM absolutely should not allow it by default just because the player asks for it... instead, just...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 AM
    I am sorry but this isn't working well for me. I read the updates, but I keep ending up without absolutely no clue about what to do since the interrogation scene. I feel incapable of picking up any clue... :( I am and will be still here, hoping that someone else would take action because right now it just feels like Sir Reginald has nothing to do but to return to his own errands.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 09:51 PM
    Not a bad set. I'd change #1 to Cheating, of which Foreknowledge is but one aspect, and I have some doubts about #7 in that it could perhaps be folded into #5 by adding "or when bad things happen to your character". Lan-"lust in the game is not a sin, it's a required element! :) "-efan
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 09:46 PM
    Is there a gaming store in your area that would take your collection - maybe a part at a time if the store finds the whole lot overwhelming - and sell it on consignment? You might not get "full value" for it (but then you probably won't anyway, no matter what you do) but you could at least set the prices and see what sells. Also, and a bit sadly, be prepared for there being probably 10-20% of...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 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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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 09:56 AM
    Saved the world? Eh, buy me a beer sometime and we'll call it quits.
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Tuesday, 18th September, 2018, 08:57 AM
    Currently reading "The Quarry" - Iain Banks' last novel (though not the last I have to read). Next up will be the "Star Wars Sourcebook" from that 30th anniversary reprint. And one of these days I'm going to get around to reading some Shakespeare...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 11:11 PM
    Doesn't matter what awards they've won, if I've never read anything by each of six different authors they're all to me the same for these purposes. (truth be told, as are most of the rest remaining who I have read; there's only about two or three I'll upvote from here on as all the others I might have supported have long since been knocked out)
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 11:06 PM
    Fixing cross-post between me and OB1... Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 16 Brooks, Terry 6 Bulfinch, Thomas 26-2=24 Cook, Glen 22 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 11 Hodgson, William Hope 16
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 08:04 PM
    We're talking about setting homebrewing here; your examples are rules homebrewing, a different thing. A setting - maps, geography, (most) lore, cosmology, etc. - in and of itself is mechanics-rules neutral and can be designed first, after which some mechanics and rules get overlaid onto the setting to give it a different feel and flavour from the other settings. Example: if you took, say,...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 07:58 PM
    It is, I think, possible to have a setting be homebrew and stock at the same time. My own example, which I ran for quite some time: start with FR (the 1e gray box version) as a base. Then take everything north of Waterdeep and west of the Anauroch desert and redesign it pretty much from scratch as a homebrew, keeping a few of the place names but playing very fast and loose with their...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 07:49 PM
    OB1 - we cross-posted; will you fix or shall I? No response from you, so I've fixed it.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 07:46 PM
    Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 16 Brooks, Terry 6 Bulfinch, Thomas 26 Cook, Glen 22 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 11 Hodgson, William Hope 16 Jemisin, N.K. 22 Kay, Guy Gavriel 23
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 04:12 PM
    "Kill Bargle", starring Uma Thurman as Aleena's daughter.
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  • delericho's Avatar
    Monday, 17th September, 2018, 01:11 PM
    For me, it's about where you start: if you start with a published setting and then change things, that's personalization; if you start with a blank sheet and add things, that's homebrew. That would apply regardless of how much you change in the first case, or how much you import from other settings in the second case. (Which, yes, gives the strange case where you start with FR and end up...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 11:03 PM
    Ahmed, Saladin 12 Alexander, Lloyd 25 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 18 Brooks, Terry 11 Bulfinch, Thomas 25 Cook, Glen 27 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 19 Hodgson, William Hope 18 Jemisin, N.K. 22
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 16th September, 2018, 10:56 PM
    Because I like the maps, the geography both physical and cultural, the cultures, the race-class options, the presentation of the planes and-or cosmology, the pantheon(s), or any of a host of other reasons. Depends whether it's more work to overlay the bits of Krynn I like onto another setting, or strip out the bits of Krynn I don't like and use what's left. Usually the latter is less work,...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 08:55 PM
    That pressure can come from at least two directions: 1. Sometimes it's more work than it's worth to strip the metaplot out of a setting; or to strip out parts of it you don't want to keep while keeping the rest. Hell, in many cases it's bad enough trying to strip metaplot and backstory out of a single adventure module in order to run the module without it; to do this for an entire setting...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 08:42 PM
    Wow. For once I almost - allll-most - completely agree with you! :) Change the Edwards quote to read "Metaplot . . . generated by a game publisher . . . " and we'd be bang on! But metaplot from the GM can be very beneficial to a campaign, in that it both personalizes that particular version of <pick your favourite published setting> for that table and gives the GM - abnd players, for all...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 08:29 PM
    There probably needs to be an option in the poll to fit between "life is cheap" (a rather biasing way of putting it, btw) and "only when dramatically appropriate" to the general effect of "PC death is a known and accepted part of the game". Also, as someone upthread already mentioned, a qualifier as to revival availability would help too. There's a huge difference, for example, between the...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Ahmed, Saladin 18 Alexander, Lloyd 27 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 18 Brooks, Terry 17 Bulfinch, Thomas 25 Cook, Glen 26 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 19 Hodgson, William Hope 18 Jemisin, N.K. 22
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    Friday, 14th September, 2018, 08:07 PM
    Ahmed, Saladin 18 Alexander, Lloyd 27 Anthony, Piers 8 Augusta, Lady Gregory 19 Bear, Elizabeth 20 Brooks, Terry 24 Bulfinch, Thomas 25 Cook, Glen 25 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 21 Hodgson, William Hope 18
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 08:42 PM
    The original stat order was Str-Int-Wis-Dex-Con-Cha...which is a name right there: Strint Wisdex Concha. Better yet, losing a letter from each gives Stin Widecoch. I'll leave quietly...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 08:05 PM
    Sounds like some full-frontal prudity here... Ahmed, Saladin 18 Alexander, Lloyd 24+1=25 Anthony, Piers 12 Augusta, Lady Gregory 20 Bear, Elizabeth 20 Brooks, Terry 18 - for some reason every time I try reading one of his books I dont get more than halfway through before giving up Bulfinch, Thomas 23 Cook, Glen 28
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 13th September, 2018, 07:55 PM
    I just cut the previous vote, paste it into the "quick reply" box, and edit from there. Flight of Dragons--18 The Last Unicorn--24 The Hobbit--20 Fellowship of the Ring--22 Return of the King--20 Black Cauldron--14 Wizards--23 Princess Mononoke--22
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 12th September, 2018, 09:00 PM
    Locked-in static. A published setting is nothing more than the start-point for whatever my campaign is about to do to it. If I use that same setting again later I want it to be either a) the same as when I used it the first time or b) changed only by my prior campaign(s) run in it. If I want a different setting next time then I'll buy or design a different setting. Put another way: if I...
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    Wednesday, 12th September, 2018, 08:54 PM
    Flight of Dragons--18 The Last Unicorn--22 The Hobbit--20 Fellowship of the Ring--21 Return of the King--20 Black Cauldron--14 Wizards--22 Princess Mononoke--21 Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind--21 Spirited Away--21
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 12th September, 2018, 08:47 PM
    Ahmed, Saladin 18 Alexander, Lloyd 26 Anthony, Piers 14 Augusta, Lady Gregory 20 Bear, Elizabeth 20 Brooks, Terry 17 Bulfinch, Thomas 21 Cook, Glen 28 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 21 Hickman, Tracy & Margaret Weis 11
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    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 08:05 PM
    Parmandur - we cross-posted, will you fix or shall I?
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    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 08:04 PM
    There's a few that could be on this list but it's kinda big already. Probably should have been broken into two lists as I suggested in the Appendix N thread: one for authors whose main "era" was pre-2000 and another for post-2000.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 11th September, 2018, 08:02 PM
    Ahmed, Saladin 20 Alexander, Lloyd 23 Anthony, Piers 16 Augusta, Lady Gregory 20 Bear, Elizabeth 20 Brooks, Terry 21 Bulfinch, Thomas 20 Cook, Glen 23 Froud, Brian & Alan Lee 20 Hickman, Tracy & Margaret Weis 17
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    Sunday, 9th September, 2018, 11:57 PM
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 10 Dunsany, Lord 9 Leiber, Fritz 11 Tolkien, J.R.R. 7 Williamson, Jack 6 - the last one standing that I've never heard of so it's downvotes for you, my lad. Zelazny, Roger 10
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    Saturday, 8th September, 2018, 07:56 PM
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 13 Carter, Lin 10 Dunsany, Lord 13 Leiber, Fritz 11 Merritt, A. 0 - and bang goes another one I've never heard of... Tolkien, J.R.R. 8 Wellman, Manley Wade 8 Williamson, Jack 12 Zelazny, Roger 13
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Saturday, 8th September, 2018, 06:10 AM
    I'm not a huge fan either. In theory, I do like the half HP restriction because it differentiates it from all other healing options. In practice, the result for us is that we have a Life Cleric in the party and she has never used it.
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    Saturday, 8th September, 2018, 03:31 AM
    Leif commented on Leif's photo in album Villains/Monsters
    There was a dog like that who we had to walk past on our way to school when I was in junior high. My friend Arvin named him "Uuugly" pronounced YOO-glay.
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    Saturday, 8th September, 2018, 03:21 AM
    Leif commented on Leif's photo in album Villains/Monsters
    Or maybe those aren't bandages on his ankles, maybe he's just wearing 1980's leg warmers to be "Elf-Chic," in a Mountain Troll kind of way.
  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 08:38 PM
    On further review I think it might have to be two lists (i.e. two different votedowns) - one for authors mostly active (or who did their best or best-known works) in the late 70s-80s-90s and another for authors mostly active in years starting with a 2 - simply because there's so bloody many that are probably worth including. Then a fourth votedown could take the top three from each and put 'em...
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    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 08:19 PM
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 13 Carter, Lin 12 Dunsany, Lord 15 Leiber, Fritz 10 Merritt, A. 8 Offutt, Andrew J. 6 Tolkien, J.R.R. 10 Wellman, Manley Wade 10 Williamson, Jack 14 Zelazny, Roger 15
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    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 09:01 AM
    If nothing changes in the battle situation, Lorelei keeps going with the same tactic i.e. following the swamp monster at a safe distance and directing her Eldritch Blast at it: 217192 Lorelei 2018-09-07 07:58:16 1d20+7+1d4;1d10+1d6 1D20+7+1D4 = +7+ = 21 att 1D10+1D6 = + = 4 dmg 1D20+7+1D4 = +7+ = 18 att 1D10+1D6 = + = 4 dmg
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    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 06:59 AM
    Following the instructions for monsters tactics at www.themonstersknow.com
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    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 06:57 AM
    I'd like to see the bronze golem from BECMI again, the one which sprayed molten fire when wounded.
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 06:54 AM
    Well, you can never be sure tho... for instance, this thread just came back 3 years later :D
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Friday, 7th September, 2018, 06:01 AM
    I'm not sure removing Raise Dead etc. is the answer; though there's something to be said for making it more costly and-or for removing Revivify and suchlike. My own take is that a death-revival cycle should have some lasting or permanent impact. In 1e you came back permanently down a point of Con, for example - maybe give this a look. Yes, but I'd rather see that evolution take a lot...
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    Thursday, 6th September, 2018, 07:50 PM
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice 14 Carter, Lin 12 Dunsany, Lord 15 Leiber, Fritz 14 Merritt, A. 12 Offutt, Andrew J. 14 Pratt, Fletcher 6 St. Clair, Margaret 6 Tolkien, J.R.R. 10 Wellman, Manley Wade 14
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Thursday, 6th September, 2018, 07:05 AM
    OK, "hats fantastic" just became my slogan for the week! :) As for the OP, other than the rules guy (on whom I'd probably have to use the smackdown hammer once or twice) I'd probably have a blast DMing this group. And from what I know of Caverns of Thracia it's as good a dungeoncrawl as any, stick with it. I worry that maybe you're taking the game a bit too seriously, where your players...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Wednesday, 5th September, 2018, 08:05 AM
    Do you have any favourite twists on the traditional/default fantasy world narrative of D&D, that you like using in your homebrew settings, or that you apply to published settings to change them a little bit? I think I have probably used the following narrative twists in the majority of the campaigns I have run since 3e: - Half-Orcs are their own race, not a human/orc hybrid race: originally...
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    Wednesday, 5th September, 2018, 07:43 AM
    I don't know Eberron. I always use Tiamat as the goddess of greed.
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 4th September, 2018, 11:00 PM
    Take out the Half-Elf and I'd call it "Monsters, Incorporated". But you have the Half-Elf...so, plan B. And I ain't got a plan B. :)
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    Tuesday, 4th September, 2018, 09:08 AM
    Bellairs, John 13 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 20 Carter, Lin 14 de Camp & Pratt 15 Dunsany, Lord 17 Fox, Gardner 15 Leiber, Fritz 20 Merritt, A. 18 Offutt, Andrew J. 14 Pratt, Fletcher 12
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 4th September, 2018, 09:07 AM
    That's because he had to, as the Tolkein estate were (and still are) very protective of his IP. The difference between Tolkein's bits in D&D and most other authors' bits is that Tolkein's bits all had to have their edges filed off, so they're not as immediately recognizable. That said, you're right about kill-monsters-and-take-their-loot as not exactly being the Tolkein style.
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Monday, 3rd September, 2018, 12:51 PM
    Well I always start at level 1 but it should be fine to give starting PCs something less. Race + background is a nice idea but I would still start with +2 proficiency bonus so that the background fully matters. 3. Start at negative XP, for example -500 or whatever, depending on how long you want to stay at level 0. 4. The only real drawback IMO is low HP. I don't usually feel safe until...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Monday, 3rd September, 2018, 10:05 AM
    Bellairs, John 13 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 21 Carter, Lin 16 de Camp & Pratt 15 Dunsany, Lord 19 Fox, Gardner 19 Lanier, Sterling 4 Leiber, Fritz 19 Merritt, A. 18 Offutt, Andrew J. 16
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    Monday, 3rd September, 2018, 01:40 AM
    EB, EarlyBird We are all still here. Maybe you could manage a reduced rate of posting to the game?
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Sunday, 2nd September, 2018, 10:09 AM
    Bellairs, John 13 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 23 Carter, Lin 16 de Camp & Pratt 19 Dunsany, Lord 19 Fox, Gardner 19 Lanier, Sterling 8 Leiber, Fritz 21 Merritt, A. 18 Offutt, Andrew J. 16
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    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 07:58 PM
    Thanks for that! I've been on the lookout for code-of-ethics ideas for non-LG types for ages so as to design non-LG Paladins, and this looks like it might provide a good jumping-off point.
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 06:26 PM
    There is nothing RP that REQUIRES a background. If the player wants the extra proficiencies, she can take the feat. If the player wants the RP ideas, she needs taking nothing. She just needs to roleplay.
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 01:04 PM
    I now checked the 2 specific backgrounds to have an opinion on the specific combination. The noble background is particularly bogus. None of the granted proficiencies is particularly essential to represent a Noble. So I think the best solutions for this PC is either: 1) to simply have the Entertainer background, and a narrative history of nobility 2) considering the specific role of...
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  • Li Shenron's Avatar
    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 08:50 AM
    On second thoughts I would not allow it. There is already a core feat to represent the same thing, Skilled which grants a combination of 3 skills or tools proficiencies. Apparently this is the amount of benefits that the designers decided to be appropriate for a feat. A background grants 1 more proficiency (although only 2 can be skills) and a downtime benefit, so getting a background instead...
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  • Lanefan's Avatar
    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 08:13 AM
    Which is useful, but from that page there's no obvious way to get to their codes for the other alignments, which I'd be interested in seeing. The advantage of the D&D version is that it's not so restrictive. If all the Palladium alignments are this restrictive (which is one reason why I'd like to see the rest) a lot of very good and playable character concepts would go straight out the...
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    Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 07:52 AM
    Bellairs, John 19 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 22 Carter, Lin 16 de Camp & Pratt 19 Dunsany, Lord 19 Fox, Gardner 19 Lanier, Sterling 12 Leiber, Fritz 20 Merritt, A. 18 Moorcock, Michael 9
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 08:19 PM
    Other, because it depends on the status of the game. To clarify: most games have rules for wealth for characters starting out at raw 1st level or equivalent, but not very many have rules for characters coming in at higher level; and of those that do some are less than no help at all (3e D&D, I'm looking right at ya). So, for a character coming in to a higher-level party it's usually down to...
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 12:11 PM
    If only the collection was glorious boxed sets and other treasures! But for every gem there are half a dozen Encyclopedias of Demons and Devils or Quintessential Psion. Basically, a LOT of dross.
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 08:16 AM
    Just thought of another rather significant aspect of the GM's job that nobody has really hit yet: to reliably show up for her own games. A game can almost always sail if a player no-shows, but it can never sail if the GM no-shows. I've been lucky in that I've always had reliable GMs who give lots of warning if a session is going to sink due to their own unavailability; and I try to do...
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 01:45 AM
    Zero, unless you've found a way to take some of it home with you - I know I certainly haven't... :)
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 01:39 AM
    Fair enough, though if you house-rule that any barrier thicker than a piece of cloth will completely block Detect Magic then you still get the search game any time the treasure isn't sitting out in the open. Once you've found the treasure, however, there really needs to be some functional-here-and-now way of determining which pieces are magical and which aren't. Could be a spell, could be a...
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    Friday, 31st August, 2018, 01:32 AM
    Agreed, with the minor caveat that if a player has a PC who's a fifth wheel in one adventure (e.g. an Illusionist in a dungeon full of undead) the DM might want to consider having the next adventure being one where the Illusionist can shine...assuming she survives the undead. :) And it involves one very big hazard, see below. All likely true provided the DM can assume or ensure PC survival,...
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    Wednesday, 29th August, 2018, 08:03 AM
    Blackmoor_Film sums it up pretty well. My short answer to the thread's question is this: it's the GM's job to a) build the stage and then b) be, along with the players, one of the entertainers on it.
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    Tuesday, 28th August, 2018, 09:20 PM
    The DM plays the game during combat, and when role-playing one or more established NPCs either in or out of combat, and when adjudicating things specified under the rules. Most of the rest of what a DM usually does comes under set-up. So here the players are taking on some of the GM's set-up duties; and the GM is more of an adjudicator. The same relative amount of set-up vs. play still...
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    Tuesday, 28th August, 2018, 05:56 PM
    While I'm a fan of Spelljammer, Dark Sun, and Ravenloft (in that order), my favourite published setting is Eberron. And while I'm a fan of 3e, the truth is that it has now been eclipsed by 5e, both in terms of my desire to run it, and also in the likelihood of finding players. Thus far, though, my efforts at running Eberron in 5e have fallen flat - I felt that the previous Unearthed Arcana...
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    Tuesday, 28th August, 2018, 02:20 AM
    Yeah, I get into enough trouble in other people's threads; I hate to think what'd happen if I started a bunch of my own... :)
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    Tuesday, 28th August, 2018, 02:13 AM
    In the above, I've coloured all the bits that are set-up/creation. (and in the giant steading example there seems to be an awful lot missing such as visual descriptions, narrations, etc. - if this is all that was actually said this seems like a very sparse game. But, I digress...) The uncoloured bits are play. Creation is a prelude to play even if it occurs during play - that's the bit you...
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    Monday, 27th August, 2018, 04:16 PM
    Not a big fan of races, so the only thing I'm looking for is the various setting-specific races - which I'm sure will be added as and when they do something with those settings.
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    Monday, 27th August, 2018, 10:48 AM
    Meh... honestly I don't think archery is a character concept significant enough to design a subclass for it. In fact, the closest example is possibly the Arcane Archer which is eventually quite a lot more than just an archer (the other attempted subclass was the Sharpshooter and was rejected heavily). But IMHO it's not even significant enough to multiclass for it... Just get a feat or two and...
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    Monday, 27th August, 2018, 10:41 AM
    As the others say, I think it's because the game should work also with near-zero magic items, and adding something is generally easier than removing it. This is not only a balance thing, it is also a gamestyle thing. There are always gaming groups wanting a low-magic campaign, and magic items scarcity is a major element of that, although there are many ways to intend what is "low-magic". ...
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    Monday, 27th August, 2018, 10:26 AM
    Only the story-based XP during the playtest years (also to speed up advancement in order to test more levels), but in our current game I just give monsters XP as the default rules.
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    Monday, 27th August, 2018, 10:23 AM
    Dualism between player and character abilities is very normal in a RPG, and I find that it is important to make both of them count. The exact way how to handle them is less important. In 5e the idea is that rolls aren't always required, only when the DM is actually undecided on the outcome. Most DMs like some randomness, and so they will ask for a roll a lot of times. But they still often just...
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Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

  • 11:27 PM - Radaceus mentioned Li Shenron in post EB's KotB: (Group 2) Soul of the Lions
    Ungar strains to keep a visual on the melee ahead. Signalling his spiritual weapon onward to its mark as he forces his stumpy legs to propel his stout frame to the action. I'm not sure how far the edge of the Plant Growth is yet (set 30' behind giant on round 1, 100' radius, perimeter approx 70' ahead of giant...perhaps less if it careened off its course), but the Swamp giant was restricted to 1/4 movement, is the creature moving faster than the Spear and Ungar? previous round Spear moved up 20' from 70' and starting this round it is losing ground at 80'? Also Ungar dashed 50' to close from 90' but is only 10' closer this round at 80'...asking for a friend :) note: War Caster feat allowing cast in combat with weapon and shield in hand Dashing, round 2 Active spells: ~Spiritual weapon (6/10 rounds) ~Bless (concentration) (7/10 rounds; @Li Shenron, @KahlessNestor @JustinCase Saves: Move: 50' towards the swamp giant (dash action) Action: Dash Bonus Action: Move the Spiritual spear 20' towards the swamp giant Free Object Interaction: Reaction: Concentration: Bless (targets: Sahrax, Lorelei, Tassarion; add 1d4 to attacks and saves Conditions: Inspiration: Movement: 25 AC: 18 (chain 16, Shield+2) Main hand: Hand Axe ( Spear thrown) Off Hand: Shield HP: 38/51 HD: 5/5 1d8+3 Channel Divinity (1/LR) Spellcasting: Spell Attack Modifier= +6 Spell Save DC= 14 Spell Slots (1st level(3/4), 2nd level (2/3), 3rd level (1/2) Character Sheet

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

  • 02:42 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Greenmtn's Planescape Game IC
    "Yeah that one sounds familiar. Yesterday I think." If people are feeling that this is dragging on too long tell me what information you want to get out of him and do a roll to get it. I'll try to speed the dialog up. @Fradak @mike peabody @Li Shenron @Deus Machina

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018


Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

  • 12:24 AM - mike peabody mentioned Li Shenron in post Greenmtn's Planescape Game IC
    [ooc Li Shenron Persuasion check please![/ooc] *Barrages Shadowknave with statistics and outcome probabilities which, despite their density, allow him to see how futile it is to hold out against us/grants Li Shenron a d6 Bardic Inspiration die*

Friday, 13th July, 2018

  • 12:37 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Greenmtn's Planescape Game IC
    "I wouldn't expect a Box to understand. I'm not that important, just a loose end as soon as she finds what or who she needs. I should have known better." "Modrigaarz... Is that the Basher everyone is talking about? Roughing up hivers and asking questions? As for the other one, Eliath you say? I've heard of him. But how do I know you aren't going to just pen me in the deadbook soon as I give you your answers. I'll tell you what. This one doesn't look crooked." He motions to Sir Reginald. "I recognize that emblem. Give me your word, no make a vow. That you will personally make sure that I leave here safely," He looks at his naked body with a bit of shame and frustration. "With my things. Then I'll answer your questions." Fradak mike peabody Li Shenron Deus Machina

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

  • 12:28 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Interigating Shadowknave
    Shadowknave looks confused. "I... I don't know. I was told they had raised it." He thinks for a moment then anger flashes across his face. "This is a setup isn't it. Who sent you to kill me? Give me that much before you pen me in the deadbook, it was that thing of no bowels Toranna wasn't it!?" (Those from Sigil or who have been here long enough recognize the term thing of no bowels as a pretty strong insult) Fradak mike peabody Li Shenron Deus Machina

Friday, 29th June, 2018

  • 11:38 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Greenmtn's Planescape Game IC
    "If that will be all... You can untie me and I will be on my way. Unless of course you good people would like to untie me and continue this conversation. I could use a drink..." Fradak mike peabody Li Shenron Deus Machina

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

  • 10:56 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Morning Day 2
    "Hey, everyone, our guest is awake." Are the words that you hear from Leau as you open your eyes and see a bruised and defeated looking Half Elf sitting on the floor of the abandoned building Lazaka calls his Kip. A cool breeze blows a smoke through a broken window, the smell of molten metal fills your nostrils and reminds you of a blacksmiths forge. The "guest" is still tied up and gagged, his head slowly moving around seemingly looking for a way out. Lazaka is no where to be seen at this moment. The only other living thing in the room, a single rat peering out of a hole in the base of a wall. Fradak mike peabody Li Shenron Deus Machina
  • 08:33 PM - EarlyBird mentioned Li Shenron in post EB's KotB: (Group 2) Soul of the Lions
    98624 Welcome to the second IC thread for the Keep on the Borderlands game. Should be an interested group of like minded characters here which led to me drawing out something very special for the inaugural game. As I said in the first groups IC, this will have different adventures, and sometimes different players as we change out and people get reassigned. Not sure how all this will work, but we will crash through and change, tweak, and upgrade as we go. So hang on for what I hope is a fun ride. Party at the moment: @Li Shenron @KahlessNestor @Radaceus @JustinCase @jonathonhawke LINKS: General OOC The Lion's Den - IC And the RG And we are off....

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

  • 12:16 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post Greenmtn's Planescape Game IC
    Unless anyone has more they want to do beforehand will move forward to the end of the long rest tomorrow. Shadowknave will be awake. Fradak mike peabody Li Shenron Deus Machina

Friday, 15th June, 2018

  • 08:40 AM - Tormyr mentioned Li Shenron in post Common Houserules?
    I am with Li Shenron: try vanilla 5e for a while first, get used to it, make changes or add optional books like Xanathar's as appropriate. Also as mentioned before, 5e is fairly well balanced out of the box. So different DMs have different things that they don't like (certain feats, gnomes, paladins, gnomish paladins, etc.), but there is not really a universal "apply this list of fixes" which has made me pretty happy. As for house rules in my game: A chance of failure when bringing back the dead. Once a party reaches level 5 and gets access to revivify, death is likely not permanent. In my 3-year 5e Age of Worms campaign, I really only had 1 permanent death, and that required having a large creature swallow the unconscious PC and talk his body away into the darkness to return as a favored spawn of Kyuss. I have adopted Matt Mercer's resurrection rules. https://geekandsundry.com/use-critical-roles-resurrection-rules-in-your-own-campaign/ They add a chance of failure, allow other party members to contribu...

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 11:32 AM - Coroc mentioned Li Shenron in post UA: Giant Soul Sorcerer
    Ahm can any one give a hint where the idea of this is from? Is this some Eberron Thing? What is this Ostrerria world and how does this fit into the multiverse? as Li Shenron correctly states normally in D&D only Storm and Cloud giants got a Little sorcery. Tbh a hill giant being some Kind of mage to me Looks even more stupid than a dwarven wizard. A hill giant can compete with Trolls and Ogres for being dumb and stupid, what innate spellcasting or arcane bloodline should evolve out of them? At least the (eastern originated) Ogre Magus makes sense but it still does not make Standard ogres look more intelligent.

Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 12:52 PM - Coroc mentioned Li Shenron in post Tuesday May 29 Happy Fun Hour with Mike Mearls - more psionics!
    Li Shenron Maybe they were unsure if it did balance well or saw Balance Problems on higher Levels? 2nd ed psionics was interesting because it did have "attack" attributes of the psionic rather than saving throws of the target, but it was a complex additional mechanic to learn, maybe they just wanted to keep it simple this time.

Friday, 25th May, 2018

  • 04:52 AM - Harzel mentioned Li Shenron in post SURVIVOR Supplement Edition--Volo's Guide Wins!
    Corrections for Li Shenron's votes being lost. Shady Dragon Inn (B/X)--13 Rogue's Gallery (1e)--16 Dungeoneer's Survival Guide (1e)--13 The Magic Encyclopedia (2e)--17 Creative Campaigning (2e)--18 Campaign Sourcebook and Catacomb Guide (2e)--15 Arms and Equipment Guide (2e)--15 Complete Guide to Villains (2e)--15 Arms and Equipment Guide (3e)--16 Spell Compendium (3e)--17 Magic Item Compendium (3e)--18 Tome of Battle (3e)--11 Tome of Magic (3e)--15 Dungeon Delve (4e)--16 Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook (4e)--16 Player's Strategy Guide (4e)--1 Volo's Guide to Monsters (5e)--17 Xanatharís Guide to Everything (5e)--16

Sunday, 13th May, 2018

  • 07:01 AM - Harzel mentioned Li Shenron in post I am not ready to ready the ready action...
    The circumstances in which I see the Ready action used are some that others have already mentioned: mainly when opponents make themselves otherwise unattackable by moving in and out of cover, incorporeal movement, or moving back and forth from the ethereal plane. Li Shenron, do your players ever encounter such situations? The rest of this is a bit of a rant; take it with a grain of salt (or the seasoning of your choice). I think not telling beginners about Ready is an understandable (trying to keep it simple) but ultimately unfortunate choice. D&D bills itself as a team-oriented game in which you can attempt anything. Yet the structure of what for many groups is the most significant part of play - combat - features each PC acting individually while everyone else is frozen in space and time. The Ready action is the system's sole concession to enabling joint efforts, and the sort of reactions to other combatants that "attempt anything" ought to include. (Of course, the system penalizes anyone who uses this workaround, but that's a different part of the conversation.) Leaving out the Ready action further emphasizes the individual-turn-taking nature of the combat system. As to the observation that the only time the OP's players attempt to use a "ready" mec...

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

  • 12:59 PM - Greenmtn mentioned Li Shenron in post (OOC) Greenmtn's Planescape game
    Sure thing! We can figure out how to plug you in somehow real quick (Maybe one of the guards in the current scene that wants in on the money?) or we can just hand wave it and say you are there with the group and have been. We seem to have lost the characters Ashir and Ezra. I'm waiting to hear back from the player that plays Leau. I'll make a post that hopefully will clear things up a bit and get things running smoother. Li Shenron

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

  • 11:59 AM - Coroc mentioned Li Shenron in post The Case for Inspiration
    Li Shenron #48 Of course you do not grant Inspiration for every time some combat delighted PC enters a combat. The most common reason to grant inspiration is when a player finds some unexpected genius or comical solution to an obstacle (which might be combat, riddle, social encounter whatever). In my games a Player can have only one inspiration at a time. To spend it in anything else than a life or death Situation is a total waste! It is for those situations when e.g. you or a nother PC failed his 3rd death save, or the examples i gave above in#45 and for that it is a very nice tool and it is one of the things i love about 5E (along with BA). It certainly is not intended that you get Advantage for a single unimportant attack in an unimportant combat Encounter. The good Thing about it is that you can influence any d20 roll (not just to hit rolls). It is liek a divine Intervention powerwise, so do not give it to often to the Players or it loses ist Magic.

Tuesday, 20th February, 2018

  • 09:41 AM - Nevvur mentioned Li Shenron in post Breaking the Game with Double Bonus Actions
    @Li Shenron gets to the crux of it IMO. All types of actions are resolved sequentially, but many bonus actions are only activated when certain other actions take place such, such that they flow together into a sort of single compound action in a narrative sense. The biggest exception, of course, is bonus action spells, which are quite discrete from other actions. If you want to fine tune this house rule, that's one distinction you might want to look at. Regardless, as some others have suggested, you'll probably be fine. You'll also have a much clearer picture after testing it out, and, once again citing Li, there's no harm in nixing it if it doesn't pan out.

Thursday, 18th January, 2018

  • 09:01 AM - Sword of Spirit mentioned Li Shenron in post Blink Spell and movement ?
    I'd let them Ready movement. As Li Shenron said, that's by the book. Readying gives you a potential future reaction, and reactions can take place off of turn (they usually do), so there's no problem with it.

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

  • 01:28 PM - Nevvur mentioned Li Shenron in post Can Antimagic Field supress a permanent True Polymorph?
    Li Shenron Good catch on the discrepancy between the PHB and SRD. With the PHB wording, I interpret "the transformation becomes permanent" as there no being no lingering magical effect to suppress or dispel once the hour passes. However, I would defer to the SRD wording if it came up at my table, in which case I would rule that antimagic field does suppress True Polymorph.


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Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

  • 09:16 AM - Jester David quoted Li Shenron in post Unearthed Arcana Dragonmarks
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think they said the Eberron pdf is a LIVING document that will be updated after gamers feedback, unlike printed books. So they wanted to sell it straight away but then they will publish stuff to UA, get feedback, update the pdf book, and anyone who has bought it will receive the update for free. Who bought the book is not really penalized. Others can just use the UA, but as usual these may not be the final versions after all. That's how I read it. We get the stuff now, but people who own the PDF will see the revisions. Probably. Updating stuff like that has never been WotC's strong suit.

Sunday, 2nd September, 2018

  • 02:23 AM - plisnithus8 quoted Li Shenron in post Would you allow an extra background instead of Feat?
    There is nothing RP that REQUIRES a background. If the player wants the extra proficiencies, she can take the feat. If the player wants the RP ideas, she needs taking nothing. She just needs to roleplay. As an opera diva, having retainers who dress her and run other errands for her arrnít something she can just role-play. They are not role-play ideas. They are tangible role-play ribbons.

Saturday, 1st September, 2018

  • 11:18 PM - Maxperson quoted Li Shenron in post Would you allow an extra background instead of Feat?
    There is nothing RP that REQUIRES a background. No, but they help a ton. Not everyone is a great at improv. If you are, great for you. Having a noble background or a sailor background helps people that aren't as good with their roleplaying. If the player wants the extra proficiencies, she can take the feat. And a background for a feat is well within the power range for 5e feats. The noble background feat isn't even close to being as good as something like Sentinal or Great Weapon Master. I get that you don't want to do it, but there's no good reason why someone else shouldn't if they want to.
  • 05:20 PM - Maxperson quoted Li Shenron in post Would you allow an extra background instead of Feat?
    There is already a core feat to represent the same thing, Skilled which grants a combination of 3 skills or tools proficiencies. Apparently this is the amount of benefits that the designers decided to be appropriate for a feat. A background grants 1 more proficiency (although only 2 can be skills) and a downtime benefit, so getting a background instead of a feat is effectively cheating, because it us absolutely not required for roleplay. I wouldn't put too much stock in that difference. Some feats are much better than others. Just because the skilled feat only gives a combination of 3 skills/tool proficiencies, does not mean that giving a background as a feat is out of whack with feat strength in general. I would allow it, especially since the skilled feat fails to actually accomplish what the player has in mind for the PC. The noble background has RP associated with it that the skilled feat never will.

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

  • 08:10 PM - Saelorn quoted Li Shenron in post Tink-Tink-Boom vs. the Death Spiral: The Damage Mechanic in RPGs
    I think that's the problem: you are basing your opinion on unarmed fighting experience. Try competitive fighting with a real sword or axe or morningstar or bow-and-arrows. My guess is that the first injury will be either serious enough to put you out of fight, if not outright fatal.Keep in mind, also, that most people who suffer sword hits within any game are wearing armor. Or if they aren't wearing armor, then they're wizards, and reality doesn't apply to them. An unarmed strike against an unarmored foe does not seem like a terrible basis for estimating the effect of a weapon strike against armor.

Monday, 27th August, 2018

  • 12:24 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Li Shenron in post Social skills vs. ... all other mechanics
    Dualism between player and character abilities is very normal in a RPG, and I find that it is important to make both of them count. The exact way how to handle them is less important. In 5e the idea is that rolls aren't always required, only when the DM is actually undecided on the outcome. Most DMs like some randomness, and so they will ask for a roll a lot of times. But they still often just let a player's good idea work. Personally I think I am quite generous, and I tend to ask for a roll when they have a bad idea, or at least a not very convincing one. The result of this, is that a player who's very good at roleplaying may succeed when her character would fail, while a player who's bad at it will manage through her character's good rolls. By the way it's not true that this works only for social skills. I have players who know a lot about nature and they come up with great ideas about getting along in the wilderness, even if they play a bookish wizard or urban rogue, and I am sure that mili...

Monday, 20th August, 2018

  • 10:19 PM - the Jester quoted Li Shenron in post What's wrong with a human-centric fantasy world?
    I want to try and push these non-human races out of the common and restore a tiny little bit of wonder about them, not jeopardize a player's desires. What would be wrong with this? Nothing, though it won't suit all players' playstyle. Many really want to be nonhuman. But that's fine, as long as your group is suitable.

Friday, 17th August, 2018

  • 05:19 PM - patoace quoted Li Shenron in post Generic 5e Letter Booklet
    You could slightly improve the use of space by also removing Inspiration, similarly to what you did for death saves and current hp. You're absolutely right. Back to the drawing table

Thursday, 16th August, 2018

  • 11:55 PM - gyor quoted Li Shenron in post What's wrong with a human-centric fantasy world?
    I have a constant desire to decrease the degree of "kitchen sink" look and feel of D&D. It seems that every published setting or homebrew I play in is based on the assumption that "more is better", and that: - there has to be many playable races - playable races should include traditional PHB races - all races should more or less have similar societies and therefore opportunities This is fine, but it's certainly not novel or original anymore. In particular, the third concept above means that every race should have access to every class, background, spell, equipment etc. with only few minor exceptions. For me a few downsides have manifested clearly in play, among which: - all campaigns are more similar to each other - everybody roleplays their PC identically, whatever the chosen race (speaking like a drunkard doesn't make your Dwarf PC really different) - there is nothing "fantastical" left about fantasy races I almost would like to toss it all away and just have the players pla...

Friday, 10th August, 2018

  • 04:16 PM - Mort quoted Li Shenron in post Another "have I always played it wrong?" moment: Cover!
    The way I've always played cover is, character A goes behind cover to get AC bonus from character B who gets nothing. See this picture where "|" is for example 1/2 cover such as a low wall or tree trunk: A| B It seems B does have cover from A, but A has some options: 1. He can just take the cover penalty when shooting; 2. He could stick his arm(s) out and shoot blind(taking disadvantage, which mathematically is worse than than the -2 half cover you mentioned, if it was 3/4s cover it would be slightly better, but not by much), I suppose this depends on the type of weapon and cover as to whether this is actually feasible - DM's call. 3. He could move (pop out from behind the cover), shoot, and pop back into the cover - thereby taking full advantage of the cover; BUT If he does 3, B may have anticipated that and held his action to shoot as soon as A pops out, thereby also avoiding the cover. Of course that kind of anticipation is dangerous on B's part because if A do...
  • 03:50 PM - ccs quoted Li Shenron in post Another "have I always played it wrong?" moment: Cover!
    There is also a way to play the game (not sure if it should be still called TOTM) where a player may simply ask the DM "is there a way to get cover here?" (or higher ground, or concealment or else) and the DM makes the decision without necessarily describing the details. That's still TOTM. My question came up when reading some miniatures game rules recently (Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age), and those games are quite similar to our situation because they are definitely not TOTM but also they don't use a grid. Anyway, it striked me when I realized that in that kind of games it feels actually obvious that cover works both ways (i.e. if you have cover from an enemy, the enemy has cover from you), because the game is more focused on units rather than individual creatures (although some things are resolved individually), so you don't have things such as arrow slits. D&D rules being for individual characters makes things differently, but it still made me wonder if the default or starting point fo...

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

  • 04:37 PM - Oofta quoted Li Shenron in post Another "have I always played it wrong?" moment: Cover!
    These are the rules I am having second thoughts about. I've always ruled that "behind" means "immediately behind". But the RAW doesn't say that, it says only "behind". There always has to be a judgement call as to "does the cover obstruct enough to matter" and how much. I remember reading a Piers Anthony book in my younger days and the protagonists magical gift was that he was "lucky". A wizard was trying to zap him and kept hitting things in between, first a branch then a bug and so on (I think they got down to microbes). Obviously an extreme example, but if a fly is between you and your target the fly isn't going to provide cover. I would rule that a halfling next to a colossal beast isn't going to cover a toenail, much less make a difference in targeting the beast. Unless the beast is "lucky" of course. :heh:

Monday, 6th August, 2018

  • 05:41 PM - Dausuul quoted Li Shenron in post Mixing and matching subclass Features as your character increases in level.
    Subclass features at the same level (and same class) are balanced with each other... Um... what? Have you actually done some comparisons? This isn't remotely true. Just to take an example, the diviner's 2nd-level Portent ability is a powerhouse, whereas the transmuter's Minor Alchemy is mostly good for short-term counterfeiting scams. On the other hand, the diviner's 6th-level Expert Divination is good but not great (it looks better on paper than it is in play, I speak from experience), whereas Transmuter's Stone is incredible (free proficiency in Con saves!). It's a significant power-up if you can pair up Portent with Transmuter's Stone. It probably won't break the game, but it is certainly not balance-neutral.
  • 02:32 PM - iserith quoted Li Shenron in post Missed session catch-up XP
    And it's wrong to think the absent player us penalised. It's instead the present players who are rewarded. I agree. I don't see why anyone who misses a session should feel entitled to gaining the same rewards someone who attends the session receives. The opportunity to earn XP is there - show up and do the things that net you XP. If you can't make it, no big deal, your character neither gains nor loses anything, see you next time.

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

  • 09:37 AM - Horwath quoted Li Shenron in post Revised Ranger update
    That doesn't mean they will do absolutely nothing however, just not another class (unless they change their minds again). They can still do alternative class features, which is much better, and not only for the ranger. But if the do AFC for ranger, what class features will those be? Favored enemy and Natural explorer? Then those ACF will be much stronger or much more usefull, as honestly then can't get any worse.
  • 09:33 AM - pukunui quoted Li Shenron in post Revised Ranger update
    I'm not sure what to make of this, but in the Design+ segment that Jeremy just did, he mentioned that he had just recently approved some errata for the next printing of the core books. He said that they made a number of tweaks and that some of these will make alternative class features unnecessary.Hmm. I haven't watched the video yet, but the way you have phrased this makes me wary. Jeremy used to make it quite clear that 5e's errata was just going to be for fixing actually errors, not for changing the rules ... but it sounds like this may no longer be the case. If so, color me unimpressed. That doesn't mean they will do absolutely nothing however, just not another class (unless they change their minds again). They can still do alternative class features, which is much better, and not only for the ranger.Perhaps. I still would like to see some alternative class features for the ranger. In fact, I would much rather see alternative class features to rules changes via errata ...

Thursday, 26th July, 2018

  • 02:16 AM - MoonSong quoted Li Shenron in post Why I feel so abysmally let down by the "Ravnica" news...
    I was very surprised by the Ravnica announcement, mainly because I think ENWorld is a top forum for "hardcore" D&D fans and I don't remember anyone seriously asking or wishing for this setting to be supported. I... did, a few years back. Never seriously expected it would happen though. But I've been wishing for this for a long time. (I wonder if that makes me no one)

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018

  • 11:42 PM - fjw70 quoted Li Shenron in post Speculating on the Future of D&D
    Yes that's what I mean... what crunch would a 5e Greyhawk book would have, besides famous NPC stats? I am not asking rhetorically, I just don't know. Is there any particular mechanics needed? Important PC races not yet available anywhere else? Classes? Subclasses? Greyhawk doesnít need any mechanical support for 5e. A GH book would have to be purely lore.
  • 09:20 PM - gyor quoted Li Shenron in post Speculating on the Future of D&D
    If they focus on settings, I think it is indeed possible they will increase the number of books per year. That's because generic books like Xanathar are more easily seen as potentially useful by all gaming groups, while setting-specific books have a smaller target. Then, all 5e supplements so far featured a blend of fluff and crunch. What I wonder, is what kind of crunch they can fit into setting books, that can really shine as relevant and iconic to such settings. For this reason, I think Dark Sun is the most likely fantasy setting to see a whole book about, at least because psionics is such an integral part of it, and will make such book really "heavy" and important. Birthright could contain a few very interesting rules modules, but the setting itself has a bit fallen into obscurity through the years. I don't really know, but I think it never had the same popularity as other settings. Rokugan requires completely different races and classes, and can benefit from a few small rules modul...
  • 08:31 PM - Mercurius quoted Li Shenron in post Speculating on the Future of D&D
    But Mystara and Greyhawk? I am not really familiar with them, but at a glance they are such "normal" fantasy settings that I can't imagine how their settings books can have the equivalent weight of Dark Sun. If they do a Mystara or Greyhawk supplement, it'd probably be similar to SCAG, which featured only a small amount of fairly generic crunch (part of which is already reprinted now). I don't see much compelling reason for buying those books for the fluff, when you can buy their original fantasy setting books which are a lot more valuable in terms of fluff (just compare the 5e SCAG with any older edition's FRCS book). Mystara and Greyhawk are similar to FR in that they are both relatively traditional kitchen sink fantasy settings, but both feel more locked into context-bound flavor, and thus have not aged as well as the FR. Again, this is my personal opinion and not meant as a judgement of their respective worth or value as creative product. I'm trying to look at it from the perspective of Wo...


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Just for fun, I mocked up some rules for "light" versions of PHB classes to be used as templates for monsters.
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This is my first attempt at a simplified 5e main character sheet (derived from the official WotC 5e character sheet), that is aimed at being the least intimidating to beginners as possible, by minimizing the amount of information included, and offeri...
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