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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 11:33 PM
    Well, he still appears to be working at WotC, since he was DM'ing games in an official capacity at Gary Con. I'd guess there's either a gag order or a 'very strongly suggest you keep quite on social media' situation. But just guessing of course. AD
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    Saturday, 9th March, 2019, 01:24 AM
    He is at GaryCon. There are folks who have tweeted about being at his table. And he even showed up in a picture. So they haven't shut him in a WotC dungeon. But, yeah, he's staying awfully quiet. AD
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    Friday, 8th March, 2019, 07:44 AM
    I heard the same interview, and I didn't at all take it that there would never be a Greyhawk book. They've been dropping a lot of Greyhawk references in a lot of different media lately. This was another example. The whole "Until we actually do a robust Greyhawk setting book which - who knows - " struck me as interesting and could be interpreted either way. This is however a sign that if they...
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 01:39 AM
    It's a fun show. I miss Mike doing it. I do think that originally he was just really busy. It does seem like the whole Zak S. thing has put him on radio silence for one reason or another. I do hope he comes back to do it. He is supposed to be at Gary Con over the next few days. Perhaps he'll re-emerge? Though it's odd not to have any tweets from him, since he usually posts when he's...
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 01:13 AM
    I thought this little note on the UA page in the scheduling section was interesting: "We’ll let you know when the next UA installment is ready! (There’s a good chance it will contain more content for the artificer.)" AD
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 11:40 PM
    I think there's a good chance you're right. The only context where it makes sense is if it's done as part of one of their adventures, ala Storm Kings Thunder (which had an awful lot of setting info in it). Maybe more likely is something more akin to the Eberron pdf. Just a matter of whether it's worth the cost of development time then. And if it does well, then, maybe, you consider a...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 10:26 PM
    I'm not so sure. I know what you mean in that they are listing a lot of existing resources you can use. But the article is exactly the kind of thing you would write to get people thinking about the setting in anticipation of something coming up. But since WotC don't announce releases early, they can't just leave people who are reading the article hanging. They have to point to existing...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 10:08 PM
    You and me both. Though I can't deny I'd understand the choice. AD
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 09:39 PM
    That was a long section on Greyhawk. I keep trying to decide if all this Greyhawk publicity lately (Mearls interview, Dragon+) is a sign that 1) They have something in the works and are building up to it 2) Mearls is trying to drum up support so he can do something 3) This is the sort of support they are willing to provide AD
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    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 08:28 PM
    Actually, the app is still in beta. I'm not sure why they don't make that clearer in the app description. But they are clear about it on their boards and in their developer updates. I have speculated it has to do with being in the app store and the play store. Maybe they technically aren't allowed to have a fully available app that is in beta mode or something? I don't know. AD
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    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 08:10 PM
    You do not need a subscription to use content you buy. The only thing a subscription gets you is more character slots and/or the ability to share your content with other people (so that they don't have to buy the books themselves). Not that I'd turn down a 'subscriber discount'. AD
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Thursday, 20th September, 2018

  • 08:04 PM - OB1 mentioned lkj in post Tell Me About Your Experiences With High Level 5E
    Couple bits of Advice: 1) High level parties will occasionally completely nullify a fight that you thought was going to be epic. Be ok with that. Enjoy it. Let them have their clever moment. Just make sure your storylines are flexible enough to handle those kinds of set backs for the villains. 2) As you learn your party, be comfortable modifying hitpoints and damage outputs to get the effect you want. Don't be a slave to the stats. I mean, it works if you run things by the book. But if Baphomet having an extra 100 hp makes the fight more fun, go ahead and do it. AD This! lkj your campaign sounds amazing, epic and fun! Your experience is exactly why Tier IV is, IMO, the best Tier.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 03:11 AM - Mercurius mentioned lkj in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    I agree with lkj that at this point they almost "have to" release a capstone like product offers access to a bunch of setttings. This is why I think a Spelljammer-Planescape is the most likely offering. Imagine a book that covers SJ/PS, details Sigil, then has overviews of a few major settings. They can then release fuller treatments of specific settings later on. On the other hand, I also wouldn't be surprised if we see nothing more than the "Planejammer" book, and then DM's Guild opened up and/or licensing of settings to trusted companies. I don't see what WotC loses if they do something like they did with Dragonlance with Margaret Weis in 3.x days.

Monday, 18th December, 2017

  • 05:51 PM - redrick mentioned lkj in post D&D Beyond and pencil-and-paper games
    Oofta and lkj, do you work from a laptop at the table? Or are you pulling out a tablet or phone to do reference lookups? My laptop died this spring. I need to keep an up-to-date desktop at home for work, so I've been seeing how long I can go with just using the smart phone for all my mobile computing needs. RPGs might be the one thing that kicks me over the edge.

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  • 07:02 PM - Thaumaturge mentioned lkj in post Upcoming OGL-Related Announcement!
    Where did Mearls discuss the idea of an OGL? He said, "I wanted to take a moment to address a common question we receive about the Open Gaming License and what it means for the future of D&D," and then spent the rest of the column carefully not addressing that question in any way. I think this is lkj 's point. From what they are writing when they are writing about the article, it seems they think they are addressing the question. My guess? They want to give certain parties a head start and are in the process of negotiating that. If they announce much more than what they did today, the head start looks less and less meaningful. But that's a guess. They could also just be dragging their feet on saying, "no". Thaumaturge.

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Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

  • 05:00 PM - AndrĂ© Soares quoted lkj in post Morgrave Miscellany: Eberron Sourcebook from Keith Baker
    That said, Jeremy Crawford on one of his Dragon + chats on twitch said that he was working with Keith on the Artificer. At the very least getting extensive input. AD yeah, but getting imput is a different thing from being working on WGtE... the notion was that that book was unfinished, so Keith should not work on a second book until that one was done. But he does not have editorial control over the artificer, not what is in it, neither when will it be added to WGtE, so that point of him having to wait for the book to be finished to work on something else makes little sense to me.

Saturday, 16th March, 2019

  • 06:22 PM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    And this week on twitch they recorded two LYSK segments. One was on the Forgotten Realms three dead gods. There other was on the Nine Hells. At the end of each segment Chris and Greg had a brief interaction that strongly hinted that both segments had topics that would relate to future products. Both of those interactions will probably get edited out before posting to YouTube or podcast. Not that they really revealed anything. AD These bits almost always tie into future products, actually. One way or another, and it might be a long burn with Perkins.

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 09:47 AM - ehenning quoted lkj in post Dragon Talk Interview with Kate Welch re Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    I heard the same interview, and I didn't at all take it that there would never be a Greyhawk book. They've been dropping a lot of Greyhawk references in a lot of different media lately. This was another example. The whole "Until we actually do a robust Greyhawk setting book which - who knows - " struck me as interesting and could be interpreted either way. This is however a sign that if they are working on Greyhawk material that Kate Welch is not one of the folks on that team. AD Anytime an author (or product manager of any kind) goes out of their way to say “who knows!?” or anything similar, it means they are doing it. I would put money down they are in the middle of development and just don’t want us to forget about Greyhawk. This is all about building demand so when it comes out we all go crazy and buy two copies of the sourcebook each. Haha

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019

  • 04:20 PM - OB1 quoted lkj in post Artificer UA has been released!
    Didn't WotC say that the Artificer would be added to the Wayfarer's Guide to Eberron after it was finished? That was one of the reasons they were delaying a print on demand option. And checking Keith Baker's FAQ, http://keith-baker.com/wgte-faq/, that was at least the plan initially. AD Hmmm, if it's in WGtE, I wonder if they will add it somewhere else, or even release it as a PDF player's guide. If the class is meant to be fundamental to the game as a whole, it just feels limited by only having it in WGtE. Of course, with DnDB, and the ability to pay for classes ala carte, maybe it's not that big a deal. Would be crazy if they added the class to the DnDB players handbook (and maybe future printings of the PHB) as a way to test evolving the game without full numbered edition changes...

Friday, 1st March, 2019

  • 10:21 PM - Seramus quoted lkj in post Artificer UA has been released!
    5) The "Alchemy" part of the Alchemist wasn't obvious at first. I mean, it's there-- extra acid damage, list of bonus spells that are alchemy related. Extra acid damage with every related spell. A little construct that spits acid. Add the reflavored spells and I think in play that the subclass will have a strong alchemy feel. But it's a little subtle on the page. I kind of feel the Ranger has this issue as well, where the abilities look a little flat until you add up all the pieces. I definitely recommend checking out the old Artificer. Alchemist in that version has so much flavor, and is such a cool idea. It just needed a little polish and love. I think I’ll let my players use the old Artificer Archetypes. They don’t conflict and easily slot into the new Artificer base.

Thursday, 28th February, 2019

  • 03:19 AM - Demetrios1453 quoted lkj in post New Dragon+ (Feb 2019): Saltmarsh & Greyhawk edition
    That was a long section on Greyhawk. I keep trying to decide if all this Greyhawk publicity lately (Mearls interview, Dragon+) is a sign that 1) They have something in the works and are building up to it 2) Mearls is trying to drum up support so he can do something 3) This is the sort of support they are willing to provide AD I'm wondering if this is, in part, a sort of trial balloon to see what sort of feedback and how many clicks on the links to the DMs Guild they get. If enough interest is shown, we might see something more substantive, such as an Eberron-style setting PDF and the opening of the setting for original DMs Guild products...
  • 01:16 AM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post New Dragon+ (Feb 2019): Saltmarsh & Greyhawk edition
    That was a long section on Greyhawk. I keep trying to decide if all this Greyhawk publicity lately (Mearls interview, Dragon+) is a sign that 1) They have something in the works and are building up to it 2) Mearls is trying to drum up support so he can do something 3) This is the sort of support they are willing to provide AD Based on his Dragon Talk interview, option 2 seems credible. Though they are publishing a book this Spring set primarily in Greyhawk.

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 10:10 PM - dave2008 quoted lkj in post New Dragon+ (Feb 2019): Saltmarsh & Greyhawk edition
    That was a long section on Greyhawk. I keep trying to decide if all this Greyhawk publicity lately (Mearls interview, Dragon+) is a sign that 1) They have something in the works and are building up to it 2) Mearls is trying to drum up support so he can do something 3) This is the sort of support they are willing to provide AD Hmmm, after reading a bit more, it really looks like #3 to me. That whole section on Greyhawk for 5e seems like it is all we are going to get to me. Hopefully I'm wrong.
  • 10:03 PM - dave2008 quoted lkj in post New Dragon+ (Feb 2019): Saltmarsh & Greyhawk edition
    That was a long section on Greyhawk. I keep trying to decide if all this Greyhawk publicity lately (Mearls interview, Dragon+) is a sign that 1) They have something in the works and are building up to it 2) Mearls is trying to drum up support so he can do something 3) This is the sort of support they are willing to provide AD I hope number 1 and fear number 3
  • 09:29 AM - Harzel quoted lkj in post DnD Beyond is having quite a sale
    Actually, the app is still in beta. I'm not sure why they don't make that clearer in the app description. But they are clear about it on their boards and in their developer updates. I have speculated it has to do with being in the app store and the play store. Maybe they technically aren't allowed to have a fully available app that is in beta mode or something? I don't know. AD I'm pretty sure that no piece of consumer software has been released at better than beta quality for at least the last decade. Doesn't much matter what they call it. ;)

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 08:12 PM - AndrĂ© Soares quoted lkj in post Artificer UA to be released in February
    Having been on the internet for a little while, I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that there will be people who are disappointed. Also, having grown up in Michigan, 'snowpocalypse' events rarely improve the quality of anything except sledding, snowball fights, and snow forts. They make snow forts completely awesome. AD Reading this, while in my suit, in the middle of the heat of Brazillian Summer, I can only imagine how awesome it would be hahahah

Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 03:39 AM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted lkj in post Artificer UA to be released in February
    It's also worth noting that on one of their twitch shows at the end of January, Jeremy said it would be coming sometime in February but probably not the first week and possibly not until the end of the month. So they had never anticipated it coming out early in the month, even before the snowstorm. Probably they should have had the main wizard twitter drop that tidbit in the original announcement. But so it goes. UA articles are normally released the second Monday of the month, sometimes the third, but Crawford tweeted last Monday (the second Monday of the month) that it would come out the last week of the month, instead of the usual time. To me, that means on the 25th, so no one freak out tomorrow when it does not release.

Friday, 15th February, 2019

  • 12:59 AM - Aldarc quoted lkj in post What Are These D&D 5E Notes In Monte Cook Games' Numenera Shipments?
    Well, presuming that Monte doesn't decide to abandon the Cypher system in favor of 5e (which seems very, very unlikely), I don't think you'll be losing anything. It just opens up the setting for folks who wouldn't otherwise play it. People who like Cypher definitely won't switch. And, actually, people that get exposed to Numenara through the 5e version might be inspired to try Cypher. Seems like a win-win? ADMaybe, but I'm not convinced that 5e would be an appropriate fit for Numenera. Just because 5e is exceptionally popular does not somehow make it exceptionally suitable. I don't think that 5e D&D would even be in my top 10 systems that I would have naturally considered for a Numenera conversion. For example, most fan conversions I have encountered for Numenera to other systems generally favor classless systems (e.g., Savage Worlds, Fate, Cortex, etc.). I doubt, however, that my opinion in this matter would gain too much traction on this heavily 5e-leaning forum.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

  • 11:09 PM - OB1 quoted lkj in post 90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels
    I think my favorite part of our current campaign is that it never had an overarching metaplot. Don't get me wrong. I love those big story campaigns too (ran a different campaign from 1 to 20 across several editions and many years that had a huge world ending story line). But in this game, I started it off by dropping plot hooks here and there, some based on character backgrounds. Some on the fly. Some where I had an inkling of what might happen. And the party just went all over the place plot-wise (and geographically). We are now, finally, in a 'If you fail, demonic armies will be unleashed across the planes' scenario. But that situation is almost entirely of the party's own making. The big end of campaign climax is basically just them trying to fix something they broke. I can't tell you how fun that is. AD Yeah, I had an overarching main quest for each Tier that drove the action but not for the whole campaign. The plot of the next tier grew out of what they did in the previ...
  • 09:18 PM - KarinsDad quoted lkj in post 90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels
    As I usually do in threads like this these days, I'll note that I'm DM'ing a tier 4 campaign (PC's closing in on 20th level and the big climax). We've played since 1st level. It did take us a long time (mostly because our play time is limited). But man, we are having a blast. AD Just out of curiosity, how long did that take real time and how often a month do you play?

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018

  • 01:20 AM - Eric V quoted lkj in post Unearthed Arcana: Sidekicks
    I found this comment from Jeremy very interesting (from twitter): "It's easy to forget that the Beast Master can get something like a sidekick in addition to a beast companion. The new option is additive; it doesn't replace the beast companion. And a DM might allow the beast companion to take the warrior class." https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1074826244519124997 AD So, it's a stealth fix for the Beastmaster subclass? Ok, that's something, I suppose.

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018

  • 09:42 PM - Gladius Legis quoted lkj in post Unearthed Arcana: Sidekicks
    I found this comment from Jeremy very interesting (from twitter): "It's easy to forget that the Beast Master can get something like a sidekick in addition to a beast companion. The new option is additive; it doesn't replace the beast companion. And a DM might allow the beast companion to take the warrior class." https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1074826244519124997 AD So I could throw away my subclass and make the existing Beast Companion actually useful in combat ... ... Or I could be a superior Ranger subclass such as a Gloom Stalker or Horizon Walker with an animal companion that's pretty much going to be as good anyway. Yeah, let's not pretend this does anything else besides completely render the Beast Master obsolete. Which I don't necessarily have a problem with, mind you, because I never thought the Beast Master should've been an entire subclass to begin with, or at least not in its current concept. But it is what it is.
  • 09:27 PM - CapnZapp quoted lkj in post Unearthed Arcana: Sidekicks
    I found this comment from Jeremy very interesting (from twitter): "It's easy to forget that the Beast Master can get something like a sidekick in addition to a beast companion. The new option is additive; it doesn't replace the beast companion. And a DM might allow the beast companion to take the warrior class." https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1074826244519124997 ADThat they are sh*tting all over the Beastmaster is nothing new.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018

  • 10:16 PM - Jester David quoted lkj in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    It might be telling for example if a UA between now and spring had psionics, as Mike has telegraphed pretty hard that he thought they were necessary for Dark Sun. Not that I'd say it's definitive, but it would create fun speculation fodder. AD Given they did Eberron with the artificer only 65% ready, they could do Dark Sun with an idea how psionics worked but without the class ready. So long as they have an idea how the mechanics will work, they can do the monsters easily enough.

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

  • 08:38 PM - Charlaquin quoted lkj in post Nentir Vale Coming to Dungeons and Dragons
    I know what you mean. I sort of liked the Nordic take on the origin story (Primordials versus Gods ~ Giants versus Gods). That said, I also really relate to the kind of changes Mike is making to the setting. Not the specific changes. I mean, I like that take too-- mortals that became gods through a struggle with cosmic beings and that, as a result, are more involved in mortal affairs than your usual pantheon. That's cool. But more what I mean is that it's exactly the kind of thing I do to an existing setting when I'm doing my own campaign. I'll come up with a great story idea and then morph the backstory of the setting to enhance my campaign story. For example, in one long running campaign, I ended up almost completely re-writing the history and cosmology of the Forgotten Realms as we went along. So, as an example of a DM doing his thing, I see where Mike is going. He probably had some nifty idea for his campaign story and ran with it. It means that his game will probably be more fun ...


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