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Monday, 12th January, 2015

  • 01:58 PM - Klaus quoted AsmodeusDM in post Red Hand of Doom
    Just wanted to add-in that this adventure is excellent and was one of the best of the 3.5 era for sure. It has a solid mix of wilderness/battle encounters and some fun small-dungeons. I also really enjoyed the "metagame" of managing Campaign "Victory Points" acquired for accomplishing objectives across the Nentir Vale. Just a quick clarification: Red Hand of Doom is set in the Elsir Vale. The Nentir Vale is the basic sandbox of D&D 4e, and the setting of *another* Rich Baker-written adventure where Victory Points are used (Reavers of Harkenwold, which came with the Essentials DM's Kit).

Sunday, 11th January, 2015

  • 10:31 PM - Matrix Sorcica quoted AsmodeusDM in post Red Hand of Doom
    Blackbrdd.. I did the same thing. I ended it after Part IV the big fight in the city and skipped the whole 5th part in HQ. We switched chapter 4 and 5. That worked really well. Just make sure the party or the aspect can flee (depending on how the fight goes) and let the aspect be the ultimate climax in the middle of Brindol!

Friday, 12th December, 2014

  • 07:09 PM - the Jester quoted AsmodeusDM in post Potions of Healing (and other common magical items)
    Potions of Healing are available in the PHB and are listed as a "common" magic item in the DMG alongside 1st level scrolls. 1. does this imply that potions of healing should be widely made available for pcs to purchase? 2. If so; do potions of healing become the new CLW wand of this edition? 3. Should (or do) 1st level scrolls or other common magical items share the same availability as potions of healing? 1. Yes, it does. 2. Not really. Part of the difference is the lack of an expected wealth level in 5e. 3. No.

Thursday, 11th December, 2014

  • 03:53 AM - pepticburrito quoted AsmodeusDM in post Clerics -- no casting with shield and weapon?
    Is it correct in 5e that with a shield and a weapon wielded; a cleric will not be able to cast spells with a somatic and/or material component (needing one free hand to do so)? If so; is it the game intention for clerics to be either combatants OR spellcasters, but not both simultaneously? In the description of material components it says that the same hand that is used for material components can be used for somatic. In the same section, it also says a focus can be used in place for material components (that aren't consumed or have a listed value). In the description for holy symbol (equipment section of the book) it says that the shield emblazoned with a holy symbol acts as a focus for Clerics and Paladins. Therefore, if a Cleric or Paladin has a shield emblazoned with their holy symbol and the spell has material components, then they can cast that spell with impunity without a free hand. If that spell also has Somatic components along with those material, it also can be cast with impun...

Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

  • 05:14 PM - Dausuul quoted AsmodeusDM in post Potions of Healing (and other common magical items)
    Potions of Healing are available in the PHB and are listed as a "common" magic item in the DMG alongside 1st level scrolls. 1. does this imply that potions of healing should be widely made available for pcs to purchase? I would say that is the implication, yes. Not so much because they're Common items, but because they're listed in the PHB equipment list. Of course, the DM can always rule otherwise. 2. If so; do potions of healing become the new CLW wand of this edition? Doubtful. First, the potion is more than three times as expensive per hit point as the wand, in an edition where there are a lot more options for spending your money--it's not just about buying gear any more. Second, you need 47 potions to equal the healing potential of one wand; that's 23.5 pounds of potions (imagine lugging around three one-gallon jugs of milk everywhere), whereas the 3E wand was stated to weigh about 1 ounce. Third, just because you can buy a potion or three doesn't mean the local herbalist has 47 of them w...
  • 04:40 PM - DEFCON 1 quoted AsmodeusDM in post Potions of Healing (and other common magical items)
    2. If so; do potions of healing become the new CLW wand of this edition? No, because the Wand of CLW gave you upwards of 50 healing uses for a single purchase or craft. So they were the method for "regain all your HP after a fight" of 3E, which was replaced by spending Healing Surges in 4E, and regaining all your HP with a long rest in 5E. Potions of Healing are one-shot items, so they are not effective for the complete regaining of hit points. They are a stop-gap to dying, nothing more.
  • 04:26 PM - delericho quoted AsmodeusDM in post Potions of Healing (and other common magical items)
    1. does this imply that potions of healing should be widely made available for pcs to purchase? No. It's up to the DM whether they're available or not. However, unless there is a good reason to do otherwise, I'd generally recommend allowing PCs easy access to such things. 2. If so; do potions of healing become the new CLW wand of this edition? Perhaps. Can't say I ever really had a problem with the CLW wand in 3.5e. 3. Should (or do) 1st level scrolls or other common magical items share the same availability as potions of healing? Again, it's up to you. Here, I would tend to say, "no", but largely because of the effect such things had on 3.5e. It's not yet clear whether 5e has the same issue, of course.

Tuesday, 9th December, 2014

  • 10:03 PM - Mephista quoted AsmodeusDM in post Clerics -- no casting with shield and weapon?
    Only asking because of the Warcaster feat... trying to figure out who that was for / why it was relevant? Well, an eldrtich knight using sword and shield combo could use a V, S spell with the warcaster feat instead of using a sword and wand combo, or sword and empty hand, for instance. Those are actually more common than you think. The blade warlocks love the opportunity attacks with eldrtich blasts, but other casters do as well. Cantrips scale better than a single sword attack, usually. Bonus Concentration checks in melee? Big yes please! I suppose that, for the cleric or paladin, its not as big an issue.

Friday, 28th November, 2014

  • 03:10 AM - MechaPilot quoted AsmodeusDM in post Confused - Mark
    "When a creature makes a melee attack, it can also mark its target. Until the end of the attacker's next turn, any opportunity attack it makes against the marked target has advantage. The OA doesn't expend the attacker's reaction. THe attacker is limited to one opportunity attacker per turn." That sounds like an interesting way to handle marking. However, since the only OAs in 5e are when a creature attempts to leave your reach, it makes me wonder if the DMG will also include options for expanding what causes Opportunity attacks, especially if facing has any impact on OAs against people leaving your reach from the three squares to a character's rear (assuming a 5 foot reach).

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