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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    I don't know any guides geared specifically to young DM's but I do know that when I was starting out I found this: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?639212-Iserith-s-Adjudicating-Actions&highlight=adjudicating to be very useful.
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Probably need to listen to more Bobby McFerrin.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    When I get into a simulationist mindset I sometimes think along these lines but ultimately I find the added complexity would hurt my game rather than help it. It would push all martials into being more MAD while keeping casters SAD by comparison.
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    I'm playing a Zealot right now, and just got to 5th level. Next 3 levels will be in Ranger going Gloom Stalker for story reasons mostly. All in all the XGtE options seem to be competitive with, if not slight more creep over, phb options.
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    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 09:22 PM
    I didn't know there was a subreddit! Subscribed!
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 10:10 PM
    IM is like a suped up strength specific Reliable talent. If I ever get there I'll try to use the crap out of it.
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    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 09:55 PM
    I saw that this thread had been necro'd, but didn't bother looking at the new posts as I didn't think there was more to add to the discussion. It's nice to know that sometimes I pass Wisdom checks in real life.
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 12:09 AM
    This is very true. My current Zealot took Resilient Wisdom at level 1 for just this reason. It sucks to be incapacitated. High AC, High HP, and Damage Reduction would keep me alive longer as I stand there unable to take actions or reactions, but I'd rather be helping my party.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 09:49 PM
    Good advice. Rage management is Barbarian 101. I like to have a Longbow on my Barbarians as I'd rather shoot an arrow and miss and keep my rage, than lose rage by not getting close enough to attack.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 07:36 PM
    I love Barbarians. It's my favorite class. They take a beating and dish out a beating. They are however not overpowered. For the most part they get all their best stuff early on, anything new just tweaks what they can already do. Contrasting that to Wizards or Druids and you'll see that other classes grow more in power and utility getting lots more new things at high levels. Heck you could...
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 06:33 PM
    Druids are individuals so tied to he natural world or in tune with it that that connection grants them the magic contained in the D&D natural world. And yes, that leaves a lot open to interpretations such as worshiping a nature deity, or studying nature magic, or despising civilization, or tolerating it, or living in a park in a city.
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 06:21 PM
    I think you hit the nail on the head. I recently wrote a thread about messing up characters. For me, it starts by veering off the vision. So going with the renegade elf in the swamp is important and should be front of mind. Second, I like the idea of a custom background. Bad reputation is a great idea. That said, I might skip thieves tools and go with something else. Not for power or...
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    Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, 11:29 PM
    Your point is well taken. I was thinking g about a giant wolf spider to sneak, spy and climb...what an unsettling vision that would be!
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    Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, 07:58 PM
    Warpiglet started a thread What is a druid?
    For the first time, I find myself interested in playing a druid. I have mostly played warlocks in 5e with only one exception. Somewhere recently I thought it would be interesting to play a druid. full disclosure: I want to play a character that has a lot of creepy witch-like potential. I dislike circle of the moon and plan to play with weapons and spells. I am taking one level (likely...
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    Tuesday, 5th February, 2019, 08:05 PM
    I google rules. Anything that is in the SRD is in Roll20 for free and can be found on the internet. for example googling "5e jumping rules" brought up this as the first option: https://roll20.net/compendium/dnd5e/Movement#content Then searching on the page for jumping brought me to: "Jumping Your Strength determines how far you can jump.
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    Tuesday, 5th February, 2019, 07:27 PM
    My first post in this thread was basically I don't like Rapiers, but I like Estocs. Now I have come full circle.
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 05:56 PM
    Grappling, shoving, Strength checks and saves, Great Weapon Master, Polearm master, Various UA weapon feats if you allow them. Getting strength up to 15 is still a significant investment unless you rolled stats or found an appropriate magic item, neither of which is something you can rely on. Studded Leather and Half Plate cost far less and are one a single point of AC behind. ...
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 11:27 PM
    I've found the Stone Sorcerer and giant Soul Sorcerers both use Con in an interesting way. I'd like to see more along those lines.
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 11:24 PM
    Just get to Zealot 14 and he won't even care about HP anymore. Con saves will still suffer though.
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 09:06 PM
    I'd reduce redundancy in the chart, but not add complexity. I would add complexity in feats, fighting styles, or magic weapons. Probably all 3. As far as reductions go I'd scrap the trident. Now it's a spear whether it has one or three points. I'd combine glaive and halberd into "polearm" and maybe add a bludgeoning reach weapon like polehammer. I'd keep then Pike, but make sure all three...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 01:10 AM
    We don't talk about roles. There is no preplanning a party. We hear "no evils" and scamper off to make something fun. All fighters? Get ready to stab. All wizards? Sleep em or die! We just play and we play what we feel like playing! No 'tank' 'healer' 'skill monkey' 'striker' etc. no pregam discussion, no one gets stuck playing a pacifist cleric. Poor synergy? Then we get our asses...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 12:24 AM
    I try very hard not to rules-lawyer as it does slow things down. But sometimes I just have to remind the player with the 5th level dual wielding fighter that she gets 3 attacks. Two from the attack action and one as a bonus action.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 11:45 PM
    Weapon specialization does seem more in the realm of fighter to me, as rangers already have species specialization.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 09:53 PM
    I know! First you have to decide whether you or the druid are picking the creatures. Then there is book flipping and table side chats. ugh.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 09:23 PM
    That makes sense. I've found that with 2 short rests, dropping a big summon or crowd control spell just impacts a combat a lot more than being a meatshield. So before I shift or, when I get knocked out of animal shape, "what spell would be best to cast right now?" is usually on my mind. After all I have both slots and wildshapes to spend.
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 08:54 PM
    If you're like my wife it's because you want to shift and attack in the same turn. I try to remind her to cast before shifting but she often forgets. Still while Barkskin+Shift is good. Conjure Woodland Beings+shift is typically better (but a headache for the DM).
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 08:20 PM
    Barkskin and wildshape into animal form.
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    Saturday, 26th January, 2019, 12:24 AM
    It actually sounds like a fun challenge! I am having a mini con for friends in my basement this summer. It would be wild if we all did that!
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    Friday, 25th January, 2019, 12:56 PM
    It ends up....OK when I tinker. But you are right---if I so much as remind myself to stay on target---at each decisionnpoint, I will do fine. I think for me, it's less the feats and more the multiclassing that can miss the mark
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 11:35 PM
    Warpiglet started a thread Wrecking characters
    Hello gang, i love D&D. Started before I could comprehend the rules and now playing as a middle aged! Guy. i really am coming from 1st ed AD&D...we played it all the way until third edition. Skipped 4 and have really enjoyed 5th. there has been a weird evolution in my game life. Most has been good. The backgrounds has prompted some unique combinations and has enriched character...
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 05:26 PM
    Since I like my games to take inspiration from the fiction I like. I would liken it to Strider escorting the hobbits from Bree to Rivendell by way of the wild. Sometimes he was with them, sometimes he scouted ahead to determine the best route & look for enemies. Sometimes he looped behind to look for signs of pursuit and clean up signs of their travel. So like Mercule I think this is...
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    Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, 06:26 PM
    I quite like that there are inferior options on the weapon and armor table. You'd find them among cultures that weren't as advanced as others. I like when a Player needs to think about their character wearing plain old plate armor, or magical ringmail from a forgotten age. Though I am a huge fan of reskinning too. I think most of the barbarian subclasses would be a poor fit for...
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    Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019, 05:12 PM
    I've played a PHB Hunter Ranger to 5th level. It was great.
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    Monday, 21st January, 2019, 11:14 PM
    This was worth a necro. Well done.
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    Monday, 21st January, 2019, 05:46 PM
    The thread is so old I tried to laugh and give xp only to see I had done so years ago for the same posts! Yet I read it again like it was a new discussion! Funny. Just so happens I have been thinking g about it this again lately as I was thinking about a familiar for an arcana cleric..:
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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 DMís 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."

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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.
  • 06:22 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    I'm aware of your side argument, but I consider it both irrelevant and unresolvable. So don't jump in? You are the one dragging it out at this point. Heck, this single post of yours is more words than BookBarbarian and my combined posts on the matter. Congrats?
  • 05:58 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    I don't think we can know from the information in the original post what the bouncer's motivation was. What are you talking about? Have you been following along the last few dozen posts? I never said anything about the OP. I was talking directly to BookBarbarian about how *s/he* colored the bouncer's motivation. Please take it up with him/her.


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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 spiritsí 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 canít 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 doesnít take much away from full dex characters. It doesnít benefit 16-20 str characters as much but having 20 str has other benefits. I wouldnít 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 donít think that will break the game.
  • 10:10 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post Who's Multiclassing With Who? More D&D Beyond Stats!
    That seems to fit with me. I have a level 5 barbarian and was looking at the 6-10 levels of barbarian and decided it wouldn't bring enough that was new to my character. Just the same old same old. Although in defiance of the popular (according to this data) I shall be multi-classing into Ranger. Barbarian/Ranger is a lot of fun!

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019

  • 08:21 AM - S'mon quoted BookBarbarian in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    The issue being that if a player wants to use these articles as a template for making a character, they have a very low chance of rolling the exact same rolls the author did. For better or worse (indeed I would argue both better and worse) Point buy makes you think about what you want to bring to the forefront of your character. Ok I didn't realise it was about making a PC. I would probably use a distributed array with 12+ in everything for this kind of character.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 09:40 PM - Mike Myler quoted BookBarbarian in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    Good old Tarzan. Like Conan he's written to be naturally good at everything. Since that takes exceptional rolls and creates a boring character, it's more fun to decide what part of the fiction you want to bring forward. I think straight Barbarian works great for the Tarzan as he is when he first meets other humans. Still I would have love to have seen an Ape Totem. Also are you missing a Totem option? I see the wolf level 6, but no level 3. My archetype builds here have been very hit-or-miss so I resisted the urge (although that's definitely ripe territory). The totem you are looking for is tucked away into the last two bullet points of his Rage feature. If you want to up his damage, you might think about giving him 3 levels of scout rogue. Change his weapon to a short sword (as Crocodile Dundee would say "that's not a knife....."), the extra damage from sneak attack should more than make up for the decreased damage from great club to short sword. On top of that treat thieves cant as being ...

Sunday, 3rd February, 2019


Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

  • 10:54 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    I know! First you have to decide whether you or the druid are picking the creatures. Then there is book flipping and table side chats. ugh. I like to require that any summoning spell be prepared in specifics ahead of time. So, the creatures are picked before the spell ever gets cast. Otherwise, itís a pain, and I just pick the simplest single creature allowed by the spell, or a gaggle or small things that just attack, and run them all on the same intitiative.

Monday, 28th January, 2019

  • 09:57 PM - lowkey13 quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    I know! First you have to decide whether you or the druid are picking the creatures. Then there is book flipping and table side chats. ugh. Yep! You know, this makes me thing of starting a new thread- which I'm going to do! Things that are efficient that suck. You know, the types of things that parties should do, in an ideal world, but don't, for various reasons (usually, because it's a hassle).
  • 09:29 PM - lowkey13 quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    Conjure Woodland Beings+shift is typically better (but a headache for the DM). My expression as DM when someone does this. 104406
  • 08:59 PM - Satyrn quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    If you're like my wife it's because you want to shift and attack in the same turn. I try to remind her to cast before shifting but she often forgets. Still while Barkskin+Shift is good. Conjure Woodland Beings+shift is typically better (but a headache for the DM). I just looked at the spell, and yeah, that's the reason. I think it's also because I just don't want to bother with rolling Concentration checks. Oh, and I try to stay in beast mode as long as possible, so I'm not even starting most significant combats in halfling form.
  • 08:50 PM - Satyrn quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    Barkskin and wildshape into animal form. It's weird. I'm occasionally commenting during play how my druid's AC is terrible while I'm wildshaped, and I'm regularly saying here how I don't care about my druid spellcasting. How have I not been using barksin?
  • 08:41 PM - DM Dave1 quoted BookBarbarian in post Druid Armor Restrictions
    Barkskin and wildshape into animal form. Hear hear. Also, hope that the party might distribute any rings/cloaks/ioun stones of protection to the squishier party members. Have had a handful of players choose Druid and, granted it's a small sample size, no one has complained about armor restrictions.

Thursday, 24th January, 2019

  • 05:14 AM - bedir than quoted BookBarbarian in post Robert Schwalb releases his version of Warlord
    Well we could restrict Warlords to gnomes only and the only weapon proficiency they have is Rapiers... Isn't that just a Paladin?
  • 03:16 AM - 5ekyu quoted BookBarbarian in post (Mostly) Uncontroversial Quirks of 5E
    I quite like that there are inferior options on the weapon and armor table. You'd find them among cultures that weren't as advanced as others. I like when a Player needs to think about their character wearing plain old plate armor, or magical ringmail from a forgotten age. Though I am a huge fan of reskinning too. I think most of the barbarian subclasses would be a poor fit for fighter. Totem Warrior, Ancestral Guardians, and Storm Heralds all seem more like Melee focused druids or shaman, rather than fighter. Berserker and Battlerager could fit though. As far as the name "Barbarian" goes I do think 5e having the Outlander Background to represent someone from a tribal culture was a big step in the right direction. Now my "Barbarians" can be Outlander fighters, rangers, rogues, druids, clerics, etc. As such I do think the term Barbarian has lost some meaning. Now it's someone who fights in an altered state that might be fueled by Anger, or Dead People, or Animal Spirits, or Elemental influen...

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019

  • 10:52 PM - Blue quoted BookBarbarian in post (Mostly) Uncontroversial Quirks of 5E
    I quite like that there are inferior options on the weapon and armor table. You'd find them among cultures that weren't as advanced as others. I like when a Player needs to think about their character wearing plain old plate armor, or magical ringmail from a forgotten age. Though I am a huge fan of reskinning too. I'd love a set of templates for primitive, bronze-age, masterwork, and advanced technology weapons. That would be really cool. And also remove the need for "well, the only way I can use my cool trident-fighting mini is if I want to be worse off mechanically then someone who picks one of the 'right' weapons".

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

  • 06:15 PM - Elfcrusher quoted BookBarbarian in post Robert Schwalb releases his version of Warlord
    I like the idea of a warlord, though I never played 4e. But I would prefer an Int based option. Battlemaster allows for both strength and dex versions after all, so an Int or Cha Warlord seems ok to me. Ok, to be less snarky for a minute... I agree with this. As I tried to do with my Bravura homebrew a while ago, going with Int removes the "Natural Leader" bit that I find so antithetical to the D&D ethos, and allows you to use cleverness to manipulate NPCs, leaving your fellow PCs alone. When I came up with it, I was taking at face value the claims that, "It's not about giving orders, it's about tactical options." Ok, so I tried to build something with tactical options that didn't involve dictating how other players' characters feel about your character. Some Warlord fans liked that approach, but others seem stuck in the "No it must be pretty much identical to the 4e Warlord, and must include non-magical healing." Sigh.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 11:43 PM - cbwjm quoted BookBarbarian in post Skills using different ability scores
    I should just match up every Ability to every Skill proficiency in a matrix and see if can come up with a reason why it might be justified. That's a good idea. I might do something similar by adding in all of the ideas people post in this thread.
  • 10:13 PM - cbwjm quoted BookBarbarian in post Skills using different ability scores
    Constitution (Athletics) for a distance swim or distance run is one I would easily go for. Charisma (Insight) while trying to discern someone's intent in a duel of words, rather than watching body language or other typical insight stuff. All the time- probably close to every session. Last night I think I called for an Intelligence (Perception) check to suss out exactly where a noise was coming from. I have used Constitution (Athletics) for long-distance running/swimming, Dexterity (Performance) when the intricacy of getting exactly the right notes of a complex musical piece matters more than putting on a good show, Intelligence (thieves' tools) when trying to figure out a puzzle lock, etc. These are all great ideas. The Constitution (Athletics) seems obvious to me now that I see it written down, until now I don't think I had considered it. The Intelligence (Thieves' tools) reminds me of the Acquisitions Inc. episode where they used Intelligence (Sleight of Hand) to piece back a badly...

Monday, 14th January, 2019

  • 03:02 PM - Maxperson quoted BookBarbarian in post yes, this again: Fighters need more non-combat options
    Yup. I have a player and know others who won't play anything more complex than a Champion. They are not new, nor lazy. They just interact with the game differently and that's just fine. Yep. For many years I've played with a few guys who played fighters and avoided casters, because casters were too complicated and they didn't want the game to feel like work. They enjoyed the simple relaxation afforded to them by the fighter class. This game is for them, too.

Friday, 11th January, 2019

  • 05:23 AM - guachi quoted BookBarbarian in post yes, this again: Fighters need more non-combat options
    My favorite fighter is the UA Scout Fighter. Being able to add half a proficiency die roll to Athletics, Nature, Perception, Stealth, or Survival checks was a neat way to interact with the exploration pillar. I would like to see the idea revisited. Late to the party with 130 posts already in the thread but the first reply is exactly what I would have written. The Fighter:Scout is a great subclass and provides an interesting use for superiority dice.


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