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    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    It looks like the DMs Guild will include Ravnica. Your own creations tend to be high quality, so intend to look out for your Ravnica setting content. At least for the moment, ENWorld is experimenting with listing 5e products here in this forum. So, a description, discussion and link to any DMs Guild products should be ok to mention here in this forum.
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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    Mythological Figures once again heads to the far east, this time considering one of the best known figures in all of recorded history, a person with teachings that still have influence today more than a century after their time: Confucius! It might surprise you to learn that while alive Confucius didn’t really get that much recognition other than that people of influence found him to be...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 07:16 PM
    Heh, on the other hand, the death of my first character was honestly traumatic − and also happened during a solo. I am glad 5e is more forgiving about death. It gives the DM more room to maneuver the story, and helps shore up the centrality of a character. At some point, I plan to recontinue my first dead character. He was an Elf fighter wizard, and a werewolf killed him. It would be...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 07:09 PM
    One-on-one is how I learned how to play D&D. So for me, fond memories are also part of the charm of solo adventures.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 05:53 PM
    For a rough comparison of how much advantage is worth. Natural Advantage d20 ≈ Flat Roll Bonus Needed 10 +4 11 +5
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 05:28 PM
    It is less about the frequency of needing a natural 18 or higher, it is about when these situations come up, the advantage vanishes. Oppositely, advantage is only strong when the result of the roll has less consequence. Advantage is a great mechanic to represent being reliable at average things. However, it is of diminishing value to achieve anything difficult. Our campaign style...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:05 PM
    We can all agree, the usefulness of advantage depends on how often a player needs to roll a natural 18 or higher. In my games, this is often enough. Magic bonuses from weapons and such, are rare. Higher than expected level encounters are common. (Sometimes 1 out of 4 encounters. Lower than expected level is also common, but not relevant here.) I am unsure why the arguments ignore the...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:54 PM
    In my experience, what you are saying is true enough for the lowest levels of the ‘apprentice tier’ when the DM tends to coddle the players. But at higher levels − for more ‘verisimilitudinous’ play styles − heroes are likely to come across creatures whose levels diverge significantly from their own. The AC can vary significantly. Often enough, the advantage proves unhelpful. Yes,...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 05:58 PM
    The benefits of advantage were heavily discusses when 5e playtests first announced the concept. The problem is, the straightforward math fails to take into account the following consideration. Advantage is beneficial when you dont need it − when the AC is already low. Advantage is unhelpful when you really need it − when the AC is too high.
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 10:17 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    Norse texts describe how the Norse culture interacts with æsir as well as with other clans of nature spirits. For example, Þórr is the lifeforce of summer electrical storms. Some farmers ask this nature spirit for protection from the winter weather that kills crops. Some fishers ask Þórr for protection from arctic sea storms that sink ships. These requests are for certain nature spirits to...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 11:54 AM
    Today’s Epic Monster is probably my all-time favorite entry in the series because honestly how could it be anything else? I’m talking of course about the deadliest beast in all of Australia, the vicious creature from the brush: DROP BEARS! If you have somehow not yet heard of Thylarctos plummetus you are in for a treat. I first learned about Drop Bears in August of 2013 via the...
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 03:54 PM
    Today’s Epic Monster is probably my all-time favorite entry in the series because honestly how could it be anything else? I’m talking of course about the deadliest beast in all of Australia, the vicious creature from the brush: DROP BEARS! If you have somehow not yet heard of Thylarctos plummetus you are in for a treat. I first learned about Drop Bears in August of 2013 via the...
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 02:57 PM
    Mythological Figures once again heads to the far east, this time considering one of the best known figures in all of recorded history, a person with teachings that still have influence today more than a century after their time: Confucius! It might surprise you to learn that while alive Confucius didn’t really get that much recognition other than that people of influence found him to be...
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    In today’s Mythological Figures entry we’re going after probably the only forged *cough cough* individual on the list: Talos, the metal man of ancient Crete! Where precisely Talos is from isn’t completely clear--was he made by Hephaestus and gifted to Minos or Europa, or the last bronze man from the third age of man and gifted to Europa by Zeus? It depends on which scripts and...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:49 PM
    It's Halloween, so this week in the Epic Monsters column we have a bonus entry! We’re going to Wallachia (or Transylvania, take your pick) for the master of all vampires: Dracula! Let’s be frank here: you can easily use a standard vampire for Dracula so that’s not what’s below. What follows is more of a pop culture pastiche of the Lord of the Night with a big dose of turbo for fielding...
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 03:16 PM
    "I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both." In fewer words: today’s entry in Epic Monsters is Doctor Jekyll & Mister Hyde! We all know this classic literary classic! An aspiring alchemist that...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 08:42 PM
    Not to put too fine a point on it but I disagree. All of these things can be modeled in 5e and for that matter any simulated system. https://mikemyler.com/2017/06/04/star-wars-dd-5e/ https://mikemyler.com/2017/06/15/professor-james-moriarty-dd-5e/ (Also see upcoming Savant class on EN5ider for proper Sherlock-ing) https://mikemyler.com/2017/01/29/hyper-score-marvel-spider-man/
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 07:25 AM
    In today’s Mythological Figures entry we’re going after probably the only forged *cough cough* individual on the list: Talos, the metal man of ancient Crete! Where precisely Talos is from isn’t completely clear--was he made by Hephaestus and gifted to Minos or Europa, or the last bronze man from the third age of man and gifted to Europa by Zeus? It depends on which scripts and...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 05:25 AM
    "I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both." In fewer words: today’s entry in Epic Monsters is Doctor Jekyll & Mister Hyde! We all know this classic literary classic! An aspiring alchemist that...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 03:38 AM
    It's Halloween, so this week in the Epic Monsters column we have a bonus entry! We’re going to Wallachia (or Transylvania, take your pick) for the master of all vampires: Dracula! Let’s be frank here: you can easily use a standard vampire for Dracula so that’s not what’s below. What follows is more of a pop culture pastiche of the Lord of the Night with a big dose of turbo for fielding...
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    Monday, 22nd October, 2018, 11:13 AM
    WHAT IS BEST IN LIFE? Click here to find out! This week's Mythological Figure is one sure to generate a lot of discussion, as we delve into Conan the Barbabarian! If by some strange chance you are not already familiar with this wildly popular character my first recommendation is to check out any of the Conan the Barbarian films (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), but there’s also a...
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Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 11:39 PM - dave2008 mentioned Mike Myler in post Curse of Strahd Redux - High Level SPOILERS - I guess
    I have not, but your going to need a tougher Strahd! I made a CR 17 version to you could use, but I think you might want to look @Mike Myler 's Dracula posted a few days ago. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?654469-Epic-Monsters-Dracula-(5E)

Monday, 20th August, 2018

  • 09:51 AM - Coroc mentioned Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Dagon (5E)
    Mike Myler Nethack YASD message Elric-T died on dungeon level 36 - dissolved by a puddle of dagon. Ok, that one is total insider and very much oldschool, it refers to Nethack, a derivate of the Unix Rogue computer game back from the 80s with a player exploring a dungeon and everything displayed was done with ASCCII symbols. When your character died game was over, using save files - other than for a break in the game - was considered cheating. It did remember when your character died, and there were awesome stupid causes of death in that game, and sometimes it would even create a ghost level with the remains of a past PC to encounter with your next one. YASD = Yet Another Stupid Death players would post these on a forum back then.

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Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

  • 01:09 PM - Morrus mentioned Mike Myler in post Starting Adventures
    Good catch - the submissions page has been updated with the new editor, Mike Myler. I'll page him for you, and he should be able to answer your questions! Mike Myler

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 07:41 PM - pming mentioned Mike Myler in post Frank Mentzer Reveals More About World of Empyrea
    Hiya! Mike Myler Sounds pretty sweet! :) I remember this "new guy" (Frank) got to write a new version of D&D. I was even a grognard then, with only about 3 or 4 years under my belt at the time (hey, at least I'm consistent :) ). When I saw the new Red Box D&D set, with the dragon, mound of treasure, and fighter? ...pure excitement! Upon reading the little "blurb" on the back ("As you whirl around, your sword ready, the huge red fire-breathing dragon swoops TOWARD you with a ROAR!"), I was hooked on this new version. :) Anyway, having just got the World of Greyhawk folio a year (?) before, I wanted more! I'm SUPER excited about this new campaign setting. :D Really looking forward to reading it and DM'ing in it. I'm on that Kickstarter like dust on a dwarf (or grime on a gnome, or twigs on an elf, or offal on an orc, ...you get the picture).

Thursday, 29th September, 2016

  • 01:06 PM - Wicht mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2016! (Sign-up and Scheduling)
    A morning bump and some shout outs.... Last year's competitors that we haven't heard from: LucasC, Wik, MortalPlague, Nifft (who has been a judge) Some other former contestants we haven't heard from: Waylander the Slayer, Radiating Gnome (who has also been a judge), phoamslinger (who has also, also been a judge), UselessTriviaMan, EP, Mike Myler, Dragonwriter, Loonook, steeldragons, Lwaxy, Shoe, howandwhy99, ender_wiggin, FickleGM Again, with a plug, if you haven't done this before, we greatly encourage you to give it a go and throw your hat in the ring. You might be our 2016 Iron DM champion. But you won't know until you try.

Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

  • 06:24 PM - Jediking mentioned Mike Myler in post 5e Race: Slugmen
    I think they seem pretty balanced. The only ability that really sticks out is Magical Harmony. It may be a bit of a dead ability early and a bit powerful after getting items, but as it's your race and your game I doubt it'd be an issue. Mike Myler has a good idea with the scent-based (maybe taste as it fits with the Poison resistance fluff?) Perception/Survival, especially as it works with the +1 Wisdom bump.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014

  • 02:46 PM - Morrus mentioned Mike Myler in post Wanna N.O.W. Preview?
    This is a quick look at the initial draft of the first (intro) chapter of the N.O.W. playtest document. N.O.W. is being written by Mike Myler. 64606

Sunday, 14th July, 2013

  • 02:59 AM - Dragonwriter mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2013--Entries, Judgements, Commentary, & Trash-Talk
    ...ooking back, I can see how I could have done more with the Point of Origin, like at least making the dungeon created in the same place as the bad guy’s Point of Origin or something useful to manipulate there in the Showdown. I think the biggest thing preying on my mind was the time limit. I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time in the evening to devote and absolutely none the next morning, so I was really focused on just trying to finish up what was effectively a (maybe) second draft. This also played a large part in me keeping the scope of my scenario much smaller, as I didn’t feel I could comfortably tackle a larger adventure and make it of competitive quality with the time constraints. All that said, I’m glad you enjoyed the style. It was fun to write. :) It might be something I come back and expand upon at some point in the future for one of my games. I will do my best to put your advice to use in my next round. And I’ll make it bigger (the 48 hours will help). :D ……… Mike Myler When I saw how much you got done in those few hours, I was really worried. Your evocative style, clever Asmov Golem rebuilding, and strong mechanical explanations were really well-done, IMO. It was great competing against you, and I hope to see you in the tournament again. :D
  • 02:09 AM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, judgement for your match has been posted.

Friday, 12th July, 2013

  • 05:34 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, your match has begun.
  • 05:33 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post IRON DM 2013--Entries, Judgements, Commentary, & Trash-Talk
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, you have 24 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please include a list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Your ingredients are: Point of Origin Transcendence Aberration Death Spiral Sentient Prey Tasteless Joke
  • 05:16 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Mike Myler and Dragonwriter, if you are both good to go NOW, please confirm!
  • 04:45 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Dragonwriter and Mike Myler, it looks like we can pull this off! Dragonwriter says that late Monday is a possibility. Would that work for you?

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  • 10:31 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    I'm calling for check-ins on these 24-hour matches because I want to make sure that the contestants see the ingredients (and have time to do something with them.) 'Cause 24 hours can be hard. In your case, we (all three of us) kept missing each other by hours--and I didn't want to take the chance. For the next two matches, though, I'll call for a range of availability and narrow it down with the check-ins. ...Speaking of which: EP Mike Myler Lwaxy would any two of you like to start a match sometime between Wednesday and Sunday? If so, please post your availability--including a range of time that you could begin in.

Saturday, 29th June, 2013

  • 11:03 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
    Deuce Traveler Wicht EP Mike Myler MortalPlague Imhotepthewise Lwaxy Keeping in mind that matches during the first round will have a 24 hour time-limit, would any two of you like to kick this off tonight?

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Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 04:31 PM - SkidAce quoted Mike Myler in post Bloodweavers: Primal Power Coursing Through Their Veins
    *chanting to himself* Do not devolve into Warhammer 40k memes. Do not devolve into Warhammer 40k memes. Do not devolve into Warhammer 40k memes. *grips his aquila zealously* You know someone will say it.
  • 03:55 PM - lowkey13 quoted Mike Myler in post Bloodweavers: Primal Power Coursing Through Their Veins
    They're getting blessed with abilities by virtue of birth or something other than taking the matter material (the good stuff, the blood) and reworking it into magical power. There's no real use of blood as a component, only as the horse to drag their mage-cart around. Spoken like: 1. A phlebotomist. 2. A serial killer. 3. Me, for about six months in ninth grade. We don't talk about that time, and I've burned all the photographic evidence.
  • 03:28 PM - TwoSix quoted Mike Myler in post Bloodweavers: Primal Power Coursing Through Their Veins
    They're too lengthy to put into the same document (about 15 pages--also too big to break into bits for Basic/Advanced) but they should be posting soon (maybe today, maybe tomorrow). I left a note in the title of the class' internal documents but I think there's some reticence about two postings in one day. Sorry about the delay! Ok, no problem. I got the basic idea of the class (Con mage, using a lot of the old psionic trappings), but obviously it's difficult to fully evaluate without the disciplines. I'm excited to see them, this could be better than the geomancer if the execution is tight.

Monday, 12th November, 2018

  • 11:13 PM - TheCosmicKid quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Watered down I'd be an angry rogue, and if that archetype also had part of a feat tucked inside (a juicy part at that) I'd request to rebuild my character as a barbarian. It's just too good. Request to rebuild your character as a wood elf. Then you still get rogue stuff. :)
  • 10:14 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Drop Bears (5E)
    I don't have Tomb of Annihilation and am playing through it with a group (just started last week). Any more details you can give me that won't be spoilers? Ecohawk did a Monster ENCyclopedia: Tomb of Annihilation edition and it has the zorbo at the end: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?584582-Monster-ENCyclopedia-Tomb-of-Annihilation
  • 10:12 PM - TheCosmicKid quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    There's a feat for that and Cunning Action is wicked powerful as it is. Dude who regularly GMs my group just banned the Dash part of it in or ToA game because he's tired of rogue super-mobility. :p Just don't let bonus action dash stack with regular action dash. Cunning Action lets rogues multitask, it doesn't turn them into the Flash. When I design, I ignore feats. Or, to be more accurate, I steal from them with abandon. A player shouldn't need to take a feat to complete the effect that their class or subclass is going for. That'd smell like a feat tax even before getting to the feats-are-optional issue.
  • 08:02 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    There's a feat for that and Cunning Action is wicked powerful as it is. Dude who regularly GMs my group just banned the Dash part of it in or ToA game because he's tired of rogue super-mobility. :p I'd cut down the time of The Hunt because if I were playing a rogue, I'd throw my arms up in the air and be like "why the f#$% did I just sink levels into the rogue class" because 80% of the time The Hunt will allow a barbarian overcome (with hour long durations) tasks or obstacles that a rogue (equipped with their core features and such) was intended to do. It's a solid idea but overly generous with how much the resource costs the player (and therein is detrimental to other players, not to the barbarian). It does seem much stronger than say Eagle totem 3. Dash as a bonus action while Raging and Disadvantage on enemies opportunity attacks against you.
  • 11:18 AM - TheCosmicKid quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    I think Barbaric Prowess is maybe a bit overkill (it grants a very cool feature already at 6th level with two uses for pretty dope effects)... Yeah, I'm going back and forth on that 6th level. I'm not in love with what I did there. But honestly, looking under the hood... Barbaric Prowess is more important to the subclass' mechanical identity as "barbarian, but also skill monkey". I'm glad you think Stronger than Steel is cool, but it's kind of a ribbon in disguise. If anything, I'd leave Prowess where it is, bump off one of the higher-level features that wasn't working, and move Stronger than Steel up there. Maybe gussy up Prowess a bit if it's a solo feature. ...and I'd pull the "hide while lightly obscured" bit out of the Hunt.Why do you say that? After playtesting I think it'd get dropped down toa 10 minute 9or maybe even shorter) duration, possibly with the skill proficiencies looped into it. In my experience the practical difference between a ten-minute duration and an hour duration...

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

  • 07:56 PM - Sabathius42 quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Talos (5E)
    I can see how that'd be a problem! A few things: 1) This is hardly a BBEG (CR 4 feels a bit flat for that) 2) Rogues can still sneak attack him they are just at a huge penalty to do so 3) I don't think Talos here is going up against any high-level rogues but that's why they got Use Magic Device in previous editions and the Thief archetype gets it as well. Sometimes having that backstab just won't cut it and you need to use that thing you stole from the party's wizard. ;) 1. I (possibly in error) assume that even though you are designing this as a character, its really meant to be a "monster" to challenge the players. Giving a monster lots of PC abilities makes it much more complex than other monsters of its CR neighborhood and as a GM I usually look at these more intricate monsters as a BBEG in my campaigns. The CR of 4 just means to me its a BBEG for the first adventure in my campaign, not one I would use at higher levels. This may not be your intention and only my interpretation. ...
  • 06:39 AM - pemerton quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Talos (5E)
    The goal of Mythological Figures is to keep the builds as RAW as possible so if you wanted to play Talos, you could do so. Some GMs might ban warforged as a player race but I reckon nearly *all* GMs will ban iron golems.I was alluding to Gygax's description in his DMG. Gygax certainly wasn't envisaging Talos as a PC! I assume a "triple iron golem" has 3x the hit points of a standard MM golem (ie 240 hp) and does 3x the damage (ie 12d10). And mabye is also three times as tall (ie 36'). (An ordinary iron golem already attacks on the 16+ HD table, so no improvement there.)

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Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 11:02 PM - Aiden_Keller_ quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (5E)
    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3 Tell us about how things go whenever the PCs have stumbled upon the good doctor :D I will!
  • 12:34 AM - squibbles quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Boop --> https://mikemyler.com/2018/02/11/dd-5e-in-ancient-greece-the-new-argonauts-5e-conversion/ Summary for those who didn't follow the link: humans only but with some quasi-magical sub-race features, 4 classes (barbarian, fighter, rogue, modified warlock), modified spell list, lots of classical Greece specific feats and equipment (no heavy armor). I haven't put a lot of thought into it, but I would start with: 1) level cap: at least 10, maybe lower. Keeps hit points and magic low. I would also couple this with slower advancement. 2) minions: almost all opponents are CR 1 or below 3) magic: I would probably do away with cantrips, or at least attack cantrips. I would also look at increasing casting time and/or moving higher level spells to rituals. Possibly spell failure from damage (if you take damage before you cast a spell in a round you make a concentration check or you can't cast a spell that round - or something similar) Here are some thoughts: Most casting cl...

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 08:54 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Not to put too fine a point on it but I disagree. All of these things can be modeled in 5e and for that matter any simulated system. https://mikemyler.com/2017/06/04/star-wars-dd-5e/ https://mikemyler.com/2017/06/15/professor-james-moriarty-dd-5e/ (Also see upcoming Savant class on EN5ider for proper Sherlock-ing) https://mikemyler.com/2017/01/29/hyper-score-marvel-spider-man/ Well, that puts me in a spot. Not because I think you proved me wrong, but because a quick glance at the first link persuades me that it would take far, far too much time and effort to argue my point. So I'll leave it that I strongly suspect that while you may have captured a lot of the flavor of those genres, the underlying 5e mechanics just can't support the kind of action/activity that is central to the fiction in each case. As an example, the original Middle Earth Roleplaying did a fantastic job in the fluff and the depth of the resources they published, but the rules themselves (being, as they were, a recycled r...
  • 07:13 PM - Saelorn quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Conan's Competency - The only thing he doesn't have some bonus for are Charisma checks and saving throws. For everything else he's got a bonus (getting doubled in his favorite terrain) and when he doesn't directly have a proficiency bonus on a physical check he's got an extra +2. He's also faster than almost all other rogues (because mobile) and can out sprint a horse. Also he can outjump everyone but a monk. And takes half damage from weapons. This guy is crazy competent. :)He may be broadly competent by the standards of 5E, but he's not very competent by the standards of the novels. In the novels, Conan wins most contests because he's just that much better, but the bonuses he demonstrates here are insufficient compared to the size of the d20; he has a reasonable chance of losing, even in areas where he's nominally superior. It's simply not possibly to build the type of character he's supposed to be. But I think the worst part is that, being broadly generalized for some amount of competence i...

Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 04:31 PM - Sacrosanct quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Maybe so but Mythological Figures has its own continuity that I strive to keep intact -- the only 20th level build is Thor, King Arthur cruises in at 19 (this is a site based in the UK ;) ), and one of the comparable level builds is Joan of Arc at 15th. Would you say Conan is on par with her? :lol: I'd say Joan of Arc shouldn't be anywhere near level 15 if asked ;) Maybe level 5. Fighter, acolyte background, inspiring leader feat, high Charisma, prof in persuasion. That's pretty much it.

Monday, 8th October, 2018

  • 12:38 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Yig, Father of Serpents (5E)
    Unspeakable Presence. Each creature of Yig’s choice within 300 feet of him and aware of him must succeed on a DC 23 Wisdom saving throw or gain a short-term madness. On a failure by 5 or more, the target gains a long-term madness instead, and on a failure by 10 or more, the target gains an indefinite madness instead. On a success, a creature is immune to Yig’s Unspeakable presence for 1 minute. I would suggest modifying the failures. As it stands, the more you fail, the less immediately threaten your madness (short-term madness has the most debilitating mechanical effects, indefinite madness is just an RP hook). I would suggest a cumulative effect: fail = short-madness; fail-5 =short-terms + long-term madness; fail-10 = short-term + long-term + indefinite madness

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

  • 08:06 PM - Schmoe quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Queen Boudica (5E)
    On the phone app picking the "Thanks" button comes up as a "Laugh" post reaction on a PC browser. So to anyone who's like "what a sod" my apologies, I'm meaning to thank you, honest. B-) I lol'ed ;)

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

  • 10:32 AM - Derren quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Queen Boudica (5E)
    Plus she's a general and just a toooouch higher CR than the most experienced of the standard core combat NPCs one might expect to be among her soldiers (Gladiator at CR 5). And why exactly does the general have to be stronger than the soldiers?


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