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    Friday, 22nd March, 2019, 10:21 PM
    I don't feel like Magic Initiate on its own has quite the same weight to represent his bargain with Fistandantilus. Edit: truth be told undying patron is only fitting in fluff. It doesn't look like it bestows anything that would help with his frail constitution.
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 10:09 PM
    I like this. As they progress I could see Raistlin taking some levels in Undying Patron Warlock, Pact of the Tome.
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    Tuesday, 19th March, 2019, 06:39 PM
    The way I see it. M:tG still drives enough people into stores. Putting Books for other WotC games on those store shelves still makes sense. Now if M:tG is now longer a major player in the future this could change, but it's been around for quite a while at this point so I think it will continue strong.
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    Friday, 15th March, 2019, 08:55 PM
    I was watching the Interview with Crawford about how the feat wasn't designed to give you advantage for a round or else they would have written that. It bothered me as that's what shoving prone does. If the target is size large or smaller you can try to get advantage for you and melee allies, but at the cost of disadvantage for you ranged allies. To me it has trade off's regardless of when...
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 11:04 PM
    I'll listen to the podcasts while a do yardwork. Never bothered with Between the Sheets. But I pass Handbooker Helpers on to my noobie players all the time.
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    Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 10:05 PM
    Oh I get drawn in by IP all the time. AiME/TOR, Conan, Dragon age, etc.
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    Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, 11:15 PM
    I think it would actually make more sense for them to launch a Board Game. Lords of Waterdeep style. Board games tend to Kickstart better than TTRPGs.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 06:23 PM
    Also so my current Barbarian could shove someone off the edge of a cloud.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 06:20 PM
    It's for exposition. Big Z gives you the background on the Giants v. dragon war, the current state of the ordning, and if you pass on the description of what happened at Nightstone, a giant descending with winged humanoid figures, he can clue you in on to who was responsible.
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    Monday, 11th March, 2019, 06:15 PM
    This is how I've always thought about it. But I don't see the proposed change disrupting balance either.
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 05:27 PM
    My campaign is also ending around level 10. For story reasons and goodies level 5 Zealot is taking his next 3 levels in Ranger going Gloomstalker.
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 01:15 AM
    Solid. All I'd add is SCAG's Urban Bounty Hunter background for its Ear to the Ground feature.
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 12:57 AM
    AC, Hitpoints, CR, Perks. ****ing Hitdice, how do they work? (I know Perks aren't a thing, but I had a tough time coming up with a rhyme.)
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    Thursday, 7th March, 2019, 12:40 AM
    Like some of the others posters I prefer NPC stats for my NPCs, but if Noble is too low a CR for a long term NPC there are higher CR martial humanoids to choose from such as the CR3 Knight all the way up to the Cr 12 Warlord. the 5e Archer NPC (CR 3) has stats in mostly the right places. Swapping weapons and armor to suit an aristocrat would be easy.
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    Wednesday, 6th March, 2019, 07:52 PM
    Scourge Aasimar make neat Barbarians, and the Healing ability they get is a nice get out of jail free card for a 14+ Zealot who is raging beyond death. Zealots Radiant damage also will work with unarmed strikes if you do go the Tavern Brawler Route. I would be playing this right now if one of my party wasn't already an Aasimar and I didn't want to steal her thunder.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 08:55 PM
    Simple method is to say 5ft squares are now 10ft squares. Now your map is quadruple the size. You may want to adjust thinks inside, like chairs, tables, beds and the like accordingly. Or just use the trick for outdoor or giant sized locations.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 07:26 PM
    I thought the same thing about Dex saves. I'd probably go Strength as that seems to be the go to for resisting prone, or forced movement in general.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 07:14 PM
    I like it. Myself, I'll often have hitting the wall knock them prone. (edit: sometimes after a failed save)
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 07:00 PM
    I was actually hoping for a Sterling Archer build.
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    Monday, 4th March, 2019, 06:59 PM
    I run (almost) the very laziest game I possibly can. I run published adventures so I don't worry about that side of things. Likewise I use session (well adventuring-day based) based leveling. If you survive enough adventuring days you advance to the next level. I want to use all my limited brainpower on thinking about players approaches and coming up with interesting consequences for them. ...
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 10:51 PM
    I think this is a great way to go! And as a group we could all roleplay and discuss the shared stories before going back out and doing our respective tasks! Brilliant! I guess I better get to writing a good story....
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    Friday, 1st March, 2019, 03:35 AM
    Dear ENWorlders, I could sure use some advice! I play D&D with friends of many years...decades. We are older now with careers, spouses and kids. And as it is, life gives and takes away. I decided we would do something big and silly. We decided to have a multiday convention in my house. How out of control is it? One friend bought me a 3D printer! We are making things with foam and are...
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    Thursday, 28th February, 2019, 08:56 PM
    Fighter with archery fighting style and the Urchin Background. Sharpshooter for more damage. Prodigy for Stealth expertise. Samurai paired with Elven accuracy is great too. Ranger with Urchin Background. No need for stealth expertise with Pass Without Trace. Gloomstalker would be my personal preference. Of course Rogues can be great Archers. They just focus on single powerful attacks rather...
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:54 AM
    My current character has the Mercenary Veteran Background. It comes up quite often in the form of adventure hooks from the DM. My bond and flaw come up quite a bit too. Traits and Ideal less so.
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:50 AM
    I guess that would depend on the state of the life you had before, what kind of life you might expect if un-stoned, or what kind of afterlife you had earned up until petrification.
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:16 AM
    It wouldn't make the slightest difference to my group what setting ti was placed in. Only my DM and I even know what the Forgotten Realms is. I don't know if even he knows what Greyhawk is.
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:11 AM
    Of course not. That would mean you followed my random train of thought which would be very surprising :) Yup all posts as far as I can tell about added complexity to 5e. Which prompted my thoughts. Naw don't read into it that much. Slight relevance maybe.
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    Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, 12:07 AM
    I'm not gonna lie. All my players have variations of my personality too. Otherwise I get bored with them. I acknowledge that this makes me bad at playing roles. But I'm self aware enough to not put a L in my alignments. As a DM I personally would pull the old switcharoo. His powers function as they always have, but one night he has a vision of Helm. He might say "What's up Helm?" and Helm...
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    Tuesday, 26th February, 2019, 11:49 PM
    It may just be me, but I'd rather see OGL products address these flavors that WotC products. Cubicle 7 gave me 5e in Middle Earth. No spells but more crunch for overland travel and specific social encounters. I found it to be quite to my taste. Though I also still play 'vanilla' 5e. Or even Eberrron which kind of strikes the middle ground between Official and not quite official. Hmm. I...
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    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 09:24 PM
    Likewise. I don't need to let the players' eyes gloss over as I lookup some obscure rule about how silken rope reacts with humidity and whether the character is wearing gloves in order to have fun.
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    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 09:19 PM
    I'd let potions brewed from medusa remains fall in the "other magic" category specified in the monster text, but not go for the killing it ends the effect option.
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    Monday, 25th February, 2019, 09:03 PM
    The flanking variant makes the Wolf Totem 3rd level ability pointless, so I've never considered using it. There is still a lot of incentive to flank foes such as getting as many attacks of opportunity as possible if said foe moves away from those next to it.
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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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Friday, 22nd March, 2019

  • 10:16 PM - Quartz quoted BookBarbarian in post Stat the Dragonlance heroes
    I like this. As they progress I could see Raistlin taking some levels in Undying Patron Warlock, Pact of the Tome. You could represent that as the Magic Initiate: Warlock feat he took at 4th level when he passed the Test. As for casting Fireball, remember that wizards have to have the spell in their spellbooks, not just be of appropriate level. So Raistlin could easily have been 5th level; he just didn't know Fireball. Or any other 3rd level spell, for that matter.

Saturday, 16th March, 2019

  • 07:22 AM - Bacon Bits quoted BookBarbarian in post Shield Master POLL: Rules as Fun!
    I was watching the Interview with Crawford about how the feat wasn't designed to give you advantage for a round or else they would have written that. It bothered me as that's what shoving prone does. If the target is size large or smaller you can try to get advantage for you and melee allies, but at the cost of disadvantage for you ranged allies. To me it has trade off's regardless of when it's used in the players turn. So I don't limit it to immediately after the attack action. Edit: Also a bonus action shove after wouldn't make me feel like a Shield Master as much as a Shield... hmm I struggle to think of a word. Something equivalent to "Ok at shields" guy. What confused me is that if you force it to come last, you make a dedicated option worse than alternatives. Let's say that a character chooses to specialize in two weapon fighting instead of shields. They take two weapon fighting style, and Dual Wielder for a feat instead of Shield Master. Now our PC can use their first mel...

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019

  • 08:28 PM - jmucchiello quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role's Kickstarter Breaks $1,000,000 In About An Hour!
    Yup the cast is the players and the DM. Actors who enjoy having work and getting paid for it. Now you may be right it might be very hard to find 5+ CR guests who couldn't commit to the gig. I'm not so sure though since apart from Ashley Johnson CR seems to have done so despite the case being very prolific and busy voice actors. CR exists because Liam told a random assortment of friends "I want to play D&D for my birthday." And they did. They played a 4e one-off. Then they decided to make it a regular thing and thus they played once a month or so. They all became closer friends and two years later Felicia Day said, "Hey, how about playing once a week on my web channel?" And they laughed "Who would watch that?" And thus, believing it would only last a few months, the "committed" to play once a week in perpetuity. And it didn't stop and Liam and Sam's wives were a bit unhappy that they had to be out every Thursday. But eventually came around to it. CR also benefits from 4 of the cast making up 2...
  • 08:10 PM - jmucchiello quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role's Kickstarter Breaks $1,000,000 In About An Hour!
    What do you think makes 6-7 the ideal cast number? That's they size they are use to. Sure 5 is also a good number. Big deal 5-7, is that better? (That number includes the DM. The DM is part of the cast. The cast is the players and the DM.) Who wants to watch a game with only 3 people or with 10 people? I'm amazed the average pledge per person rate has remained basically steady: Day 1: 3545057 / 26242 = 135 Total: 7176411 / 52713 = 136
  • 08:02 PM - jmucchiello quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role's Kickstarter Breaks $1,000,000 In About An Hour!
    If anything that criticism has prompted awareness which could be a contributing factor in the diversity of the shows guest players. Which gives me a thought. With CR now being their own channel their is a chance we might see more CR shows. A campaign starring some already well beloved guests and their beloved characters would be low hanging fruit in that regard. They would just need the right DM. They would also need to find 6-7 people who are free once a week, every week for 4 hours and a DM who could handle that load. Among their prior guests there are probably only a few people who could possibly commit the time and it isn't known if they'd be willing to commit the time. Foster talks about a game he co-DMs and it is not a weekly game.
  • 06:24 PM - Reynard quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role's Kickstarter Breaks $1,000,000 In About An Hour!
    They would just need the right DM. Fine. I'll do it.

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019


Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 06:23 PM - BluejayJunior quoted BookBarbarian in post Casting Verbal spells in armour
    This is how I've always thought about it. But I don't see the proposed change disrupting balance either. Agreed. It would probably rarely come up. Even if you specifically built a caster around this, I don't think there would be enough V only spells to be effective.

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 01:42 AM - squibbles quoted BookBarbarian in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Well I was thinking about Barbarians again today, surprise surprise, and I remembered how much I liked this. So I had to go back and find it and make a copy for my own tweaking purposes. With some feedback this would be really cool to see on DmsGuild. Edit: I do apologize for the thread necro and possible increased back and forth about tangent fictional characters that may result from it. I would like to express my approval of the thread necro. Also, the quoted subclass is pretty cool, though I don't like that it gets two features at 6th level. And, in any case, Conan would be better represented by a jack of all trades feature than the "barbaric prowess" feature. Really, it should just be a barbarian subclass with a bunch of skill buffs. And, mostly, the quoted subclass does that in a thematically suited manner.

Thursday, 7th March, 2019

  • 01:43 PM - CTurbo quoted BookBarbarian in post Aasimar Bardbarian opinions
    Scourge Aasimar make neat Barbarians, and the Healing ability they get is a nice get out of jail free card for a 14+ Zealot who is raging beyond death. Zealots Radiant damage also will work with unarmed strikes if you do go the Tavern Brawler Route. I would be playing this right now if one of my party wasn't already an Aasimar and I didn't want to steal her thunder. Yeah I wish I could play that 14 level character, but I've been told this group has never made it to level 14 and their campaigns usually stall out around level 10 or 11 in most cases. Taking a Bard level or more is pretty much giving up on ever seeing Barbarian 14. Still I feel like it fits too well to pass up. I need to pick 3 1st level rituals out of- Comprehend Languages Detect Magic Identify Illusory Script Speak With Animals Unseen Servant -and I like all off them but Illusory Script so I'm having a hard time deciding lol

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019


Tuesday, 5th March, 2019


Monday, 4th March, 2019

  • 07:24 PM - Oofta quoted BookBarbarian in post Forced Movement in 5e ?
    I like it. Myself, I'll often have hitting the wall knock them prone. I don't do that (yet) but I could see a saving throw based on amount of damage taken. I'd probably make it a con save, but that's just because there are already too many important dex saves. :)

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019

  • 07:40 AM - 5ekyu quoted BookBarbarian in post Backgrounds: Use 'Em or Lose 'Em?
    My current character has the Mercenary Veteran Background. It comes up quite often in the form of adventure hooks from the DM. My bond and flaw come up quite a bit too. Traits and Ideal less so.Yup, depends on the campaign and how much the GM and player want it to occur. In my games, I have backgrounds on my go-to list for whenever I want to add extra meaning to a scene or look to flesh out options for progress. It's no effort really for a GM to say "you find the contact in the bar and..." then decide to make the next part of that paragraph relate to a PzC background instead of describing a generic new NPC. It just requires paying attention.
  • 12:03 AM - Blue quoted BookBarbarian in post Rules, too much or too little? YOU DECIDE!
    It may just be me, but I'd rather see OGL products address these flavors that WotC products. Cubicle 7 gave me 5e in Middle Earth. No spells but more crunch for overland travel and specific social encounters. I found it to be quite to my taste. Though I also still play 'vanilla' 5e. Or even Eberrron which kind of strikes the middle ground between Official and not quite official. Hmm. I may be ready for a fiddly setting and a more streamlined setting. Interesting - I didn't take this as D&D / Wizards vs. 3rd party in the slightest. I just assumed he posted in the 5e forum because he leads talking about his other posts, which were here. If this thread is supposed to be just about 5e, then much of what I was talking about is out of scope. Though it does fit with the "knobs and dials" that 5e was teased with prior to the D&D Next playtest. So I guess it still has some relevance.

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 11:49 PM - Count_Zero quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role Goes Independent From Thursday
    Yup I think those all exist. I'm mostly just bitter about TableTop. But I will watch Deborah Ann Woll in anything. Yeah - I just wasn't sure if they were Geek & Sundry related or if they were related to the Saving Throw Twitch & YouTube channels.
  • 11:47 PM - S'mon quoted BookBarbarian in post Here Are The Most Popular D&D Feats (War Caster Leads The Pack!)
    Still I think a fair portion of players don't go with PAM because they prefer other weapons for aesthetics . I call my barbarian's halberd a "long handled axe" :)
  • 11:46 PM - Count_Zero quoted BookBarbarian in post Critical Role Goes Independent From Thursday
    Between Critical Role leaving, and TableTop not getting new episodes I've got nothing left to watch on G&S. I do still enjoy some of there written articles from time to time. Overall I found the quality of G&S has gone down since its acquisition by the Nerdist. Didn't they do a few other tabletop RPG streams? There's one for Vampire, there's the Modiphius Star Trek one (which I need to get caught up on as well), there's the Deborah Ann Woll D&D show coming up, and there was/is a wrestling RPG one too, I think?

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 06:53 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post Who's Multiclassing With Who? More D&D Beyond Stats!
    I'm looking forward to it! It especially fits his background as an Uthgardt tribe Member who left his tribe and became a scout for a mercenary company. Nice! I have a BM ranger from a 4e game that I thought about giving 3 levels of totem barbarian to represent his mystical bond with his wolf, and the primal spirits’ blessings on them, but ended up keeping it simple by staying single classed. If I understand that chart right, that's out of all multiclass characters. So the fact that there are FAR more fighters and rogues than warlocks and bards overall, would cause those to rise up quite a bit. Also, honestly, I really like bards and a I really like warlocks, but thematically, that's a combo that has never occurred to me. Mechanically, it makes sense, and I'm sure there are plenty of interesting concepts. But even as someone who plays those two classes, it wouldn't occur to me to combine them conceptually at all. I was actually surprised that it was that high! :) But it just goes to show that ...

Monday, 18th February, 2019

  • 10:14 PM - TaranTheWanderer quoted BookBarbarian in post Strength requirements for ranged weapons
    It would push all martials into being more MAD while keeping casters SAD by comparison. Why can’t they just be happy?! Yunru Allow d6 ranged weapons a benefit to strength bonus damage up to plus 1(12-13 str) Allow d8 ranged weapons benefit to strength bonus damage up to plus 2 (14-15 str) The justification being stronger characters can make use of the stronger pull of the different weapons. It gives a bit of incentive to be a bit stronger but doesn’t take much away from full dex characters. It doesn’t benefit 16-20 str characters as much but having 20 str has other benefits. I wouldn’t give that to crossbows. They have the benefit of being simple weapons that any commoner can use...which means you might want to put heavy crossbows in the simple weapon category. I don’t think that will break the game.


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