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Thursday, 28th February, 2019

  • 09:30 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned BookBarbarian in post Archer build
    BookBarbarian's suggestions all sound great to me. How about any flavor of Rogue with a 3 level dip into Fighter for Arcane Archer? I know it's not a popular subclass, but getting two unique arcane arrow attacks might add some unique flare to your roguish archer. Have you checked out the Character Build threads? I don't spend any time there so not sure if that will be fruitful for you or not, but might be worth a visit: http://www.enworld.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?363-Character-Builds-amp-Optimization

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

  • 06:17 PM - Nutation mentioned BookBarbarian in post AL Thor in Dwarf form. Help please!
    Rounding out odd stat's would probably be my first goal. I'd worry about Dwarven fortitude a little later as when you pick up the periapt. (aside: what is your bonus action strategy for when you use your action to Dodge?) I'd also put off warcaster as you can hold a shield and cast spells and cantrips with your other hand (holidng an arcan focus or component bag) just fine, drawing a weapon for attacks and Booming Blade. Shieldmaster is useful at any level, though I'm not sure I'd put it above ASIs. So if it were me getting Cha to 16 is a first, and getting it to 18 second would probably be my second priority. the others depend on whats happening in game. If I have the periapt, DF, if I have the Thrower Warcaster, if neither Shield Master. Mostly agree, including the later amendment, BookBarbarian. Attributes, Warcaster, Shield Master, then whatever. You have plenty of opportunity to learn as you go, bkcrosson, so don't overthink it.

Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 10:36 PM - dave2008 mentioned BookBarbarian in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Conan is a tough one and I think you did a pretty good job. I also like BookBarbarian's take. Conan is also a good fit for a high level NPC as his a long and stored list of adventures and incredible accomplishments that map onto a high level character pretty well. I do think Conan, if anyone, would probably have a strength of 20 though. He always seems to be the strongest.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018

  • 12:09 PM - SigmaOne mentioned BookBarbarian in post Adventures in Middle Earth magic - does it work?
    Thanks to Morrus and BookBarbarian for the comments. I'll have to read the AiME books, and see how I feel... see whether I think low-magic can be done in 5e at all. High magic certainly does seem baked in by default, and that may be quite difficult to overcome for people who want "D&D". If it is as much about expectations as anything else, perhaps that is manageable. Otherwise, perhaps I'll look into TOR. I've learned from experience with Cypher System that getting a group into a whole new ruleset can be a lot more work than I may want to deal with, so I'd prefer 5e AiME if possible.

Friday, 3rd August, 2018


Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 08:55 PM - Salthorae mentioned BookBarbarian in post 6e? Why?
    I have honestly not looked at and am not really interested in the PF2 offerings so sorry to say I can't compare, but I agree with BookBarbarian what streams (if any) pick it up will drive a lot of sales their way. I hadn't thought about it, but it's true.

Saturday, 16th June, 2018

  • 09:07 AM - Sadras mentioned BookBarbarian in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Some great ideas. Definitely going to run my next short campaign around one of these. @BookBarbarian, in case you had missed it, you might be interested in this poster's take on flanking. I quite like it, although I just might also be willing to give flankers a +2 bonus.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

  • 04:42 PM - Coroc mentioned BookBarbarian in post Variant weapon table
    BookBarbarian a sickle as a weapon, yes, a dagger / knife stabbing in hammer grip? I bet you can teach a monkey to do that. Use of a staff is almost intuitive, very easy even for totally untrained persons. A hammer? yea you need strength to use it as a weapon I guess. The whole simple / martial weapon is a bit of a constructed categorizing. Watch a monk use a Bo IRL nothing simple about this anymore that is "martial art"
  • 09:53 AM - Coroc mentioned BookBarbarian in post Variant weapon table
    BookBarbarian #33 Axes are common Tools, but an axe specialized as a weapon is much lighter and has a much slimmer Profile. To wield an axe is in no means something for the untrained since you essentially got to keep up edge alignment to be effective. Same goes partially for warhammers. Maces and clubs and quarterstaffs are much simpler to use in that aspect. I would say someone with a forester or carpenter Background could treat an axe a simple weapon but not the common peasant who chops up some firewood with a woodcutter axe from time to time.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

  • 01:50 AM - snickersnax mentioned BookBarbarian in post The best solution for longswords
    Maybe Tavern brawler just needs to be expanded to include what the description already says it does. Turns out Tavern Brawler doesn't even need to be adjusted for it to work with a longsword. "In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a table leg is akin to a club. At the DM’s option, a character proficient with a weapon can use a similar object as if it were that weapon and use his or her proficiency bonus." BookBarbarian : No toes stepped on at all.

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 06:57 PM - 77IM mentioned BookBarbarian in post Warden (Ranger Archetype)
    Thanks everybody for the great feedback! I am making some major revisions. BookBarbarian is right, "Warden" is a really cool word that could mean lots of things. So I changed the name to "Primal Warden" to be a bit more clear that this is some kind of magical thing, while retaining the name "Warden" as a signal to 4E fans. Unwise is right, having the form end when you are out of temp HP is backwards, incentive-wise. So I changed it to just a flat 10 minutes regardless of temp HP. But that overpowered some of the attack features, which were balanced by the fact that you'd probably only have them for a couple of rounds before the form gets punched out of you. I changed the special attacks to just be usable once per transformation. Not only is this a lot simpler and easier to balance, it also follows the 4E warden powers a bit more closely. Ranger is somewhat unique among classes in that it relies on its subclass for most of its damage scaling. (Cleric does too, and bard, druid and fighter partially get damage scaling from the subclass). Most classes get a distinct...

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 01:56 PM - Charles Rampant mentioned BookBarbarian in post Black Panther and Tomb of Annihilation
    ...y. Once they had magical marvels and great technology (similar to neighboring Lantan, but more spirit-focused maybe?) that eclipsed the outside world, overseen by the royalty, but with the collapse of Omu all that was scattered/lost. Some great ideas here. One easy way to bring that post-Wakandan theme might be to add special teleportation circles, located at all the important places (Nangalore, Omu, Mezro, Port Nyanzaru, etc) which they can use to speed up the travel towards the end of the adventure. Naturally these would only work with special crystals that they can find in the ruins... My concern about your floating skull is that you'd add yet another NPC guide to an adventure that already has too many of them :D I am, however, really liking the idea of using the undead angle more than just for Ras Nsi's backstory and random encounters. I've yet to read the Tomb of Nine Gods, but preferably you could add an encounter or two in there to tie off that plot thread as well? BookBarbarian As to using Heroclix and Black Panther toys - the real dream would be to create Black Kamadan, for a rather bizarre mashup...

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

  • 10:27 PM - Enevhar Aldarion mentioned BookBarbarian in post Coming Soon - Warriors of Waterdeep: a new Free to Play D&D mobile game
    No thanks, ill be patient for a real game or nothing over mobile trash. I will take a decent mobile game over PC or console trash. Shovelware you have paid for is so much more painful than a little time lost trying a free game. I gave the Neverwinter MMO a try but it just did not click for me, so I was very glad it was free. I never did buy Sword Coast Legends, and from everything that has been said about it, I am happy I did not waste any money on it, not even when it shows up on sale for $5-10 in a PS Store sale. And to quote BookBarbarian "...but I hope it's successful. I hope it earns buckets of money and they ask themselves "What can we do next?" and that next game is more up my alley."

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018


Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

  • 08:48 PM - Hawk Diesel mentioned BookBarbarian in post Barbarian Archetype: Path of the Hulk
    Ya know what? I actually like that idea. Making it a slam attack rather than an unarmed strike reduces complication of mixing with multiclass barbarian/monks. We can also include (as mentioned by BookBarbarian) that the Slam attack is considered a heavy weapon for the purpose of abilities and feats, but does not negatively affect small characters as normal (don't want small characters taking disadvantage on their own slam attacks).

Friday, 11th August, 2017

  • 10:49 PM - LordEntrails mentioned BookBarbarian in post How to Adjudicate Actions in D&D 5e
    @Harzel & BookBarbarian, Can't you just add some oil to loosen the threads?
  • 02:26 PM - ro mentioned BookBarbarian in post Big Battle, Exciting Victory, 36 seconds.
    I think there's no good answer if you track actual time. If you have long combat rounds (1 minute), people take unrealistically long to walk short distances and archers are curiously slow to fire. And you wonder why it takes two or three minutes to knock out a guard in an incidental encounter. If you have short combats (6 seconds), combats are over super fast, even the big epic ones. I've stopped associating rounds with seconds in my homegame, going more for a abstract/ narrative "scene" passage of time. This. I suppose the "abstract/narrative 'scene' passage of time" really is the only way to go. As BookBarbarian pointed out, 5e combat really does lack the time spent sizing up opponents, and characters are expected to almost always know what to do all the time, both allies and enemies. There is little allotment for hesitation or caution or thoughtfulness on either side.

Monday, 24th July, 2017

  • 08:25 PM - MechaTarrasque mentioned BookBarbarian in post How do you measure, and enforce, alignment?
    I don't understand what you're saying here. What do you mean by "respectability" versus "renown"? The two words are pretty close to synonymous in my mind. I admit that there is some overlap, but I think BookBarbarian pretty well describes it. Fame may be a better word than renown. I think of it is like being a good singer from a traditional background. If you are willing to sing racy stuff on the path to fame (renown), then you are chaotic. If you aren't willing to do so (because "what would my mother think?" [respectability]), then you are lawful. Neither position is intrinsically good ("Proper society" might strongly believe that dwarves have to stay "in their place" after all...). You can want both respect and renown, but if you regularly choose one over the other, you get the alignment. Of course it is possible to not be particularly motivated by either renown or respect (including "I would prefer people didn't think of me at all"), which cover neutrality. For fiends, a devil wouldn't do anything that would make people think devils didn't live up to their contracts, even if that meant not personally benefiting from it, but a demon wants infamy (if a village fears Blarg the Dretch, Blarg...

Thursday, 13th October, 2016

  • 07:19 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    If you see to people going back and forth, "Yes.", "No.", "Yes.", "No.", then I consider it fully appropriate to step in and say "Mu." Given that you are misrepresenting the brief exchange between me an BookBarbarian, I'm not sure what to make of all this. Especially since his/her initial response (post #288) to my post was acquiescent. One I immediately responded to with acceptance. The conversation then shifted once more to discussing issues more closely related to the OP and topic proper. So you can "Mu" like Interrupting Cow all you like, but there was never any back and forth, "Yes.", "No.", "Yes.", "No." as you put it WRT the original contention you seem to have taken issue with. And, again, here you are dragging this off-topic stuff further along by continuing to engage on it.


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Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 11:38 PM - ddaley quoted BookBarbarian in post Another Look at the D&D Essentials Kit
    I always roll in the open, but I love a useful D&D screen for quick references. Anyway, I lent my copy of the 5e starter set to a friend years ago ans since it remains in his possession I think I'll pick this up for sure. I'll likely pick up this starter set primarily for the adventure. I love low level adventures. I have been playing D&D since the early 80s and don't think I have ever played a character beyond 7th level.

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 03:32 AM - Voadam quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    Does Cap really use Noble Prose or stirring speech in in combat though? It seems to me that he uses his combat expertise to provide openings for his allies to take advantage of more than anything else. Tripping, distracting, pushing, disarming, maneuvering all seem to be more in line with how Cap fights at least in the MCU. "patriotic or noble pose". Most every combat, first round. :)

Thursday, 16th May, 2019


Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 09:51 PM - Pauln6 quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    I'm perfectly fine refluffing magic to non-magic. I've been doing that with rangers for years. It's the style that I think doesn't suit. I think a bit of low level re-fluffing works fine. At higher levels it's tougher because you end up nerfing their options to stay 'in character'. Ranger spells are mostly re-fluffable by design in most cases.
  • 09:17 PM - Pauln6 quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    Does Cap really use Noble Prose or stirring speech in in combat though? It seems to me that he uses his combat expertise to provide openings for his allies to take advantage of more than anything else. Tripping, distracting, pushing, disarming, maneuvering all seem to be more in line with how Cap fights at least in the MCU. Yeah if you are going for non-powered heroes like Cap, bringing 'powers' into it is just cheating. Probably a fighter with Tavern Brawler, Shield Mastery, and some kind of magical throwing/returning shield.

Monday, 13th May, 2019


Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 03:15 AM - Voadam quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    If I want to make a Captain America character in 5e and the various 3rd party Warlords are off the table I'd go Battlemaster fighter with good Charisma and the inspiring leader feat even over the various flavors of Paladin. If I am making Captain America from Avengers I might go Valor Bard. His fighting is decent like everyone else's but second tier to the big guns of the party. Hulk = Barbarian Thor = Paladin smiting Iron Man = Tricked out Wizard Black Widow = Rogue Hawkeye = Ranger Captain America = Bard. Valor bards are decent second string combatants and he inspires everyone all the time. Plus valor can give him blue chain mail and shield proficiency. :) All his bard buff spells can be somatic component patriotic or noble pose, verbal component stirring speech.
  • 02:19 AM - Tony Vargas quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    Are they main character's though or supporting character's in Arthur's story? I mean overall I know Lancelot in particualr is a main character of the Vulgate Cycle, though de-emphasized in the post-vulgate. In the narrative sense, they're main characters in the grail quest (and in some of their own stories), while Arthur is waiting in the background. So, yeah. Thanks. I knew I was forgetting one. Yeah, I had to look it up to make sure. ;)
  • 01:01 AM - Tony Vargas quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    I don't mean some who supports the party though mechanics, but one who is more likely to take a supporting role in the narrative. I can't really think of any heroic fiction main character that would suit the redemption paladin. Lancelot and Galahad/Percival were the archetypes that inspired it (the original LG Paladin). My tongue was firmly in cheek on the Berserker. While it is the only PHB non-spellcaster to get a feature that keys of charisma (that I know of) it certainly doesn't inspire. Stalker0 chose Rally because it does key of CHA. It's dwarfed by Inspiring Leader, which anyone can take, and is off the table in this instance, but it's a mechanical use of CHA, however trivial.
  • 12:38 AM - Tony Vargas quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    Life of the Party character's are rarely main heroes. They tend tend to be supporting characters. Redemption is back to being support again. Support is a /requirement/ for this archetype as envisioned by the OP: 3) Ability to inspire and improve a party. Again, we want to show some mechanics as to why a group follow this person. How does this leader "lead" using the mechanics of the game?
  • 12:29 AM - Psyzhran2357 quoted BookBarbarian in post The Charismatic Fighting "Hero" - Which Core Class does it Best?
    Charismatic heroes are lame. I'll take the socially awkward hero please. The one who wins over his friends with honesty and decency rather than bravado and guile. As far as the Trope goes Paladin's are too pretentious and limited by their oaths, Valor Bards fill too much of a support role to be the main hero in a party, and Battlemaster doesn't have any of it's features enhanced by Charisma so the obvious choice is... Berserker. Ancients Paladin. Be the life of the party. Conquest Paladin. Drop the preachy :):):):):):):):) and smite some fools. Redemption Paladin. Be the person who gelieves in those who don't believe in themselves.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

  • 10:58 PM - robus quoted BookBarbarian in post Unsatisfied with the D&D 5e skill system
    A while back on the DMsGuild WotC released a bunch of premade characters who's 'sheets' looked more like NPC statblocks. I liked how simple it looked. Yeah, but it is quite dense though. Fine for an experienced player, but difficult to grok for a newbie I'd imagine?

Thursday, 2nd May, 2019

  • 06:33 AM - Hussar quoted BookBarbarian in post Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items
    Dual wielding is counted twice though, without knowing what percentage is dex dual wielding (and strength dual wielding) you can't tell how big the gap between king and queen is. Kinda sorta though. Sure, there could be tons of longsword and dagger wielders out there, but, honestly? I doubt it. Dual wielding is only 1/4 of the possible options for fighter types (the most likely to be using martial weapons) and if Str were king, then wouldn't we see a lot higher examples of two handed weapons? Although, honestly, I think that 1st level characters are HEAVILY skewing these results. It would be far more interesting to see this same data from say, 5th level onwards. It's not like 1st level characters can afford plate mail after all. I think we'd get a clearer picture of what's actually seeing play if we stripped out levels 1-3 from the data.
  • 01:52 AM - CleverNickName quoted BookBarbarian in post Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items
    On Rapiers. They beat Longswords, but not Longswords+Warhammers+Battleaxes combined so I wouldn't say dex builds are far outdistancing Strength builds based on that. At least not for people who what 1d8 weapon damage.I think this is why a popular houserule is to reduce the damage of the rapier to 1d6.
  • 01:12 AM - Hussar quoted BookBarbarian in post Shields, Leather, Daggers, & Healing Potions: Most Popular D&D Items
    On Rapiers. They beat Longswords, but not Longswords+Warhammers+Battleaxes combined so I wouldn't say dex builds are far outdistancing Strength builds based on that. At least not for people who what 1d8 weapon damage. Sort of though. Only 3 of the top 10 equipped weapons are Str based. It's not really hard to imagine that Dex is king here.

Sunday, 28th April, 2019


Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

  • 09:52 PM - Morrus quoted BookBarbarian in post Greek-inspired Odyssey of the Dragonlords From ex-Bioware designers On Kickstarter
    I'm sad because "current bioware designer" wouldn't inspire the same thoughts of quality RPG work that "ex-bioware designer" does. Oh yes I'm excited to see what they will do in the TRPG space, but I'd love a NWN 3, KOTOR 3, or new RPG made by people who make brilliant work. Try this thread instead then: New WotC Video Game Studio Headed By James Ohlen http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?t=658846
  • 08:53 PM - Whizbang Dustyboots quoted BookBarbarian in post Greek-inspired Odyssey of the Dragonlords From ex-Bioware designers On Kickstarter
    It's sad to me that as soon as I read ex-Bioware designer I thought Quality RPG. On the other hand, Quality RPG! That seems like the opposite of sad. Baldur's Gate 3 (or at least 2.5) from one of the main designers, but for 5E and tabletop? That feels like something a lot of people would be excited about. I don't know how well successful tabletop third party publishing pays, but I'd love to see more CRPG designers taking their shot in the tabletop space.

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