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    Yesterday, 08:26 AM
    LordEntrails Elfcrusher I sort of lost track in this thread who was arguing which side of this, but basically it is legal for the owner of the product to make a backup or an alternate format of the product. That means you, personally, have to make it for it to be legal. As soon as anyone does this and then shares it with other people, even for free, then copyright laws, etc are being...
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    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    But when you add in the third circle of "talented enough to put together a product that people want to use" the overlap will shrink dramatically. I have known experienced DMs who do a good job running published material but their skills at homebrewing would not get them anywhere.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 09:26 AM
    1 page per level of the spell, nor just 1 page per spell, so a level 1 spell uses 1 page and a level 9 spell uses 9 pages. Depending on how quickly a DM allows a PC Mage to acquire new spells, a 20th level mage could have several full spell books, definitely more than one each for just the higher level spells.
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:35 AM
    If the Lords of Waterdeep could keep there identities secret for as long as they did with all the high-level magic available in the Realms, then it is certainly doable. Now, whether what was used by them in previous editions of the game still works the same in 5E, I do not know.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 05:58 AM
    Maybe people who only use the free basic rules or the SRD and then bypass buying a book with ripoff sites like that who "give away" stuff for free that does not belong to them in the first place to give away?
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:04 PM
    I am guessing you are asking this as a player, to know if you can get one for a character, but if you are asking as a DM, just make up something new that can replace the existing items and cover the stats that don't have items. For example: Amulet of Aptitude: on attunement choose one stat to be boosted to 19. Choice of boosted stat cannot be changed til 24 hours have passed and amulet has...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    If I were to try a rule like this in my games, I would not have the sacrifice negate the damage, I would just have it negate the crit and make the damage normal. After all, there is a good chance the character will take damage from a staff or other weapon exploding in his face as it blocks that critical strike. Or take damage in the way of a broken arm when that shield is crushed when blocking a...
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 08:46 PM
    They have already said that the errata will be out when the Core books gift set is released, as that will be the first printing with the latest changes. So in another week or two.
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 05:28 AM
    I am not a fan in general of the various ways two-weapon fighting can be done in 5E, so I am interested to see the final results of this experiment. And also like Mearls, I am not a big fan of the whole "bonus action" thing in 5E. One of my beefs with the way the rule is written is the +2 bonus to AC. I am fine with that if one of the weapons being used is one that is designed for defensive...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 04:27 AM
    So, you and the others talking about this do realize that the rule you quoted about any physical/visual similarity is only to determine if you add your proficiency bonus or not. It has nothing to do with the amount of damage the improvised weapon will do. The damage die is fully up to the DM to decide, as far as I can tell. A table leg being similarly shaped to a club means you get to add your...
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Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 10:46 AM - Lanefan mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post A Flesh to Stone Creature is Not an Object?
    Enevhar Aldarion has this exactly right, as far as I'm concerned. Turned to stone means turned to stone: Rock to Mud will kill you outright, something that can snap bits of you off leaves you without those bits even if you make it back to flesh, and I don't even want to think about what Stone Shape could do to you. :) But, if there's a bright side it's this: stone is pretty much immune to fire*, cold, sonic attacks, gas of any kind, drowning, mental attacks of any kind, and poison; never mind you can exist without air, food or drink for a period of time probably measured in eras. Acid and sledgehammers are probably the only things you'll ever really have to worry about, though lightning is gonna hurt a bit if it hits you. * - though if someone drops you into lava you're likely going to melt before long...

Saturday, 16th September, 2017

  • 11:22 AM - pukunui mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post New Spells
    Enevhar Aldarion: Calling these a joke is insulting to the neural network that came up with them. Don't hate it just because it likes Dave more than it likes you.

Monday, 5th June, 2017

  • 06:54 AM - Demetrios1453 mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post The New D&D Adventure Is - Tomb of Annihilation!
    I asked Mearls on Twitter. He says it's a peninsula. The official product page linked in the post right above yours also refers to Chult as a peninsula, so if it says that on the WotC page, I believe the question to be definitively answered. And I agree with Enevhar Aldarion that the official blurb definitely is an intriguing hook for a campaign...

Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

  • 09:00 AM - pukunui mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post FR "official" timeline? roll of years?
    Enevhar Aldarion and userZynx_name: Yeah, but that's not the question that the OP is asking. He's not asking what the current year in the FR timeline is. He's asking where the names of the years (eg. "Year of the Scarlet Witch") come from. They're not mentioned in the SCAG. The Roll of Years in the 3e FRCS only goes up to 1380, while the one in the 4e FRPG only goes up to 1482. And 5e's SCAG doesn't have a Roll of Years in it. As I've mentioned above, the WotC FR calendar tool includes names for all the years between -700 DR and 1600 DR, but it doesn't say where the names came from. Luckily, the candlekeep thread linked to above appears to have an answer: Ed created the roll of years, but too many years ago, Steven Schend pulled Eric Boyd and a group of other Realms fans together to create names for the next 100 years or so. We were much more prolific than Steven anticipated and thus the current roll.... As an aside, 1492 is the "Year of Three Ships Sailing". Do you suppose those thr...

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Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

  • 01:28 PM - TrippyHippy quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Vote For The Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2019!
    The only Cyberpunk 2077 I know of is the video game that is coming out next year. It's "probably" coming out next year, while R.Talisoran games did make The Witcher RPG this year, based on the video game, which is part of the business relationship they have currently. There is no reason to assume that they wouldn't want to put out a new Cyberpunk rpg too. Do we know it will be released next year for sure? No. However, this poll isn't about guarantees, its a speculative poll about how anticipated these games are.

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 05:41 PM - LordEntrails quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    I sort of lost track in this thread who was arguing which side of this, but basically it is legal for the owner of the product to make a backup or an alternate format of the product. That means you, personally, have to make it for it to be legal. As soon as anyone does this and then shares it with other people, even for free, then copyright laws, etc are being violated. You also need to keep ownership of the original for your copies to stay legal. For example, you can't just buy a DVD or CD or something, make a copy of it, and then sell or give away the original without making your copy illegal to own, in the US at least. The disagreement is that Elf thinks it is ethical to use material that is being illegally distributed if he legally owns it in a different format, I do not.
  • 03:19 PM - Parmandur quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Ravnica and the DMGuild...
    But when you add in the third circle of "talented enough to put together a product that people want to use" the overlap will shrink dramatically. I have known experienced DMs who do a good job running published material but their skills at homebrewing would not get them anywhere. Maybe. I'm sure the Guild Addpts have been preparing for this, and time will sift out the rest.
  • 02:29 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Anyone else find this really irritating?
    LordEntrails Elfcrusher I sort of lost track in this thread who was arguing which side of this, but basically it is legal for the owner of the product to make a backup or an alternate format of the product. That means you, personally, have to make it for it to be legal. As soon as anyone does this and then shares it with other people, even for free, then copyright laws, etc are being violated. You also need to keep ownership of the original for your copies to stay legal. For example, you can't just buy a DVD or CD or something, make a copy of it, and then sell or give away the original without making your copy illegal to own, in the US at least. We aren't disagreeing about this. But thanks.
  • 09:08 AM - DQDesign quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post First Impressions – Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica
    I guess you will be running out to buy the book now that it will be available to use on DMs Guild starting tomorrow (the 20th). :) DQDesign Today 09:05 AM as I said, I'll wait until official terms of use are updated, I don't trust wotc relationship with dates so much :) anyway, running is another thing completely, there are really few things able to have me running, and wotc books are not among them XD

Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 05:47 AM - Shasarak quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    In regards to sensitivity to real world events, one of the reasons that the 2017 Wonder Woman movie was set during WWI instead of the more traditional WWII setting was because of (spoilers) using the god Ares as the one behind the war and who was keeping the war going. If this had been done with WWII instead, it would have seriously trivialized what Hitler did during the war. I always wondered how they got Nazis into WW1, it was all Ares fault!
  • 04:47 AM - Eltab quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    One of the reasons that the 2017 Wonder Woman movie was set during WWI instead of the more traditional WWII setting was because of (spoilers) using the god Ares as the one behind the war and who was keeping the war going. Ahh, that does help explain an apparently suboptimal choice: WW1 is the best example of 'war as statistics' and the least-likely forum for a Superhero to be able to affect the bigger picture. Tastes do change: air some current-day sitcom material in the 1990s, and you would not have made it to the air. Murphy Brown as a single mother was controversial. +1 to your post.

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

  • 02:26 PM - gyor quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post WotC's Nathan Stewart Teases New D&D Setting Book in 2019
    Considering they are finally introducing MtG worlds into D&D, and considering the baggage past versions of Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures have, maybe Kamigawa will become the 5E version of an Asian-themed setting. Or maybe Kamigawa and Amonkhet combined into one product, giving us the East Asian and West Asian theme in one book and never touching Kara-Tur or Al-Qadim at all for 5E. Though without reading up on the history and stories set in those two, I have no idea if they are more or less stereotypical or problematic. At most the baggage that Kara Tur has is the use of Oriental which now considered unPC to say, so they will likely just call it Kara Tur in the future, just as the SCAG called it Kara Tur. And Kara Tur as part of the Forgotten Realms is more popular then most D&D settings in it's own right, separate from Faerun, never mind Kamagawa which is far from one of the most popular MtG settings. The best Kamagawa can realistically expect is that Kara Tur borrows some of it's more inter...
  • 12:57 PM - TaranTheWanderer quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post What variant rules should I add to my new campaign?
    If I were to try a rule like this in my games, I would not have the sacrifice negate the damage, I would just have it negate the crit and make the damage normal. After all, there is a good chance the character will take damage from a staff or other weapon exploding in his face as it blocks that critical strike. Or take damage in the way of a broken arm when that shield is crushed when blocking a critical hit. I think I would also only allow held items like weapons and shields to be used this way since it would be harder to justify a set of armor being destroyed by a single hit. That’s what I meant. It negated the crit but not the regular damage. I should have been more clear and said a player could sacrifice a piece of equipment to downgrade a crit to a regular hit.

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Monday, 29th October, 2018

  • 07:30 AM - ClaytonCross quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Mearls House Rule: Two-Weapon Fighting
    I am not a fan in general of the various ways two-weapon fighting can be done in 5E, so I am interested to see the final results of this experiment. And also like Mearls, I am not a big fan of the whole "bonus action" thing in 5E. One of my beefs with the way the rule is written is the +2 bonus to AC. I am fine with that if one of the weapons being used is one that is designed for defensive purposes, such as a Main Gauche or other parrying daggers. But if neither weapon has this function, I would prefer the AC bonus was not allowed. But I know they are going for simpler rules with 5E, so things that specific or niche will have to be relegated to being a house rule. On a side note, my favorite dual-wielding character was one I had way back in the 80's in 1st Ed AD&D. He was an Elven Fighter/Magic-user who fought with a longsword and spiked buckler. The AD&D version of the buckler was one that strapped to the forearm, so that hand was still free for spellcasting. Sure, back in that version of the r...
  • 12:27 AM - werecorpse quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    I am amused that so many here are not even answering the question as asked. It is asking WOTC-published stuff vs, non WOTC-published stuff, not what you do not like of the WOTC stuff. Nope. The question is actually asking about DMs limiting official WOTC published stuff. It doesn’t address non WOTC stuff. edit: ninjaed by mistwell

Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 10:30 PM - Mistwell quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    I am amused that so many here are not even answering the question as asked. It is asking WOTC-published stuff vs, non WOTC-published stuff, not what you do not like of the WOTC stuff. From what I can tell of the OP, non-WOTC published stuff is not the topic of the OP :)
  • 09:58 PM - Lord Mhoram quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    I am amused that so many here are not even answering the question as asked. You know, you are right, I didn't specifically answer the question as asked. My answer would be "Because it is the DMs job to create his world from the material provided, and it is not incumbent upon the DM to include anything published that does not fit his world, in fact doing so may be detrimental."
  • 08:18 PM - jmucchiello quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    I am amused that so many here are not even answering the question as asked. It is asking WOTC-published stuff vs, non WOTC-published stuff, not what you do not like of the WOTC stuff. Most of us, I presume, are ignoring the distinction between WOTC and non-WOTC because ultimately ALL designers (and I released my share of 3E 3rd party material) can create game inappropriate or game wrecking (in some GM's eyes) material. It isn't exclusive to the non-WOTC designers. (And don't forget WOTC hired 3rd parties to write some of their adventures.) Some people posting here are saying they ban PHB material for plot, theme, or balance reasons. Nothing is sacred. Rule 0 is still Rule 0. The DM decides what is D&D at their table, not some wizard from the coast. And if the players don't like it, they can ask the DM to change it, deal with it, or they can find another DM.

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 03:43 PM - Mistwell quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Hidden
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    So, you and the others talking about this do realize that the rule you quoted about any physical/visual similarity is only to determine if you add your proficiency bonus or not. It has nothing to do with the amount of damage the improvised weapon will do. The damage die is fully up to the DM to decide, as far as I can tell. A table leg being similarly shaped to a club means you get to add your proficiency bonus to the attack, not that it will also use the club's damage die. It could do less or it could be such a heavy leg that it requires two hands and will do more damage than a club. Same thing for a sharpened tent stake being similar enough to a dagger to let you use your dagger proficiency to stab with it. Etc. But again the DM gets to decide the amount of damage. I cannot think of any weapon in 5E that a shield would be similar enough to for you to get to use a proficiency bonus with, and for me as a DM, the size of the shield would determine the damage die used, barring anything official in the...

Friday, 19th October, 2018

  • 10:58 AM - pemerton quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post I was right about Shield Master
    people need to stop using "when" to start their comparison examples because the feat wording starts with "if", not "when", and in natural American English this makes a difference. "When" sounds like you can do them at the same time, but "If" means you need to actually do the first before you get to do the second.These things are completely dependent on context - there is no general implication of the sort you described. When you get to the theatre, you can pick up the tickets from the booking office requires getting to the theatre before the tickets can then be picked up. If you pick up a razor blade you might cut yourself is a warning about an event that might occur utterly concurrently with picking up the razor blade. I learned to speak English in Australia, not the US, but I read a lot of writing by Americans and "when" and "if" don't behave any differently in American usage. you cannot do two different actions simultaneously. Once you start one action, you need to complete it before you c...
  • 02:19 AM - epithet quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post I was right about Shield Master
    ...But if I am in a situation where running as close to RAW and RAI is important, like if I ever get back into AL play, then I will be using the current official rulings... I have never participated in any kind of organized RPG play, so I genuinely do not know the answer to this question: What happens in an Adventurer's League game if the DM rules in a way that is contrary to the Crawford advisory opinion interpreting the rule in question? Does it matter if it is a Sage Advice pdf opinion vs. a Twitter thing? I sometimes wish I had gotten into the Living Greyhawk thing, back in the day, but if there were rules gestapo yanking your credentials if you didn't strictly adhere to the infallible dogma issued ex cathedra, I'm probably better off having skipped it.


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