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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:24 PM
    I began playing in junior high school (7th grade) back in the AD&D days. It was often hard to find others to get a campaign going back then but I recall playing during lunch and homeroom. I also remember having a couple of sleepovers centered around playing. There was only one other in my neighborhood that played. We didn't play at a local hobby store back then and I don't even recall that...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:38 PM
    I created a Mastermind inspired by Desslok of Gamilon of the old anime series Star Blazers (US)/SpaceBattleship Yamato (Japan). He is an Air Genasi since they are blue and so were the Gamilons. He wants to find a "new home" for all of the Genasi race since they have nowhere to call their own. He will then form an army and crush all other races in the realm. This character admittedly seems...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:28 PM
    On Fighters, I'm actually playing one right now and having a blast. He is a Battlemaster with Polearm Feat. In later levels I will add Sentinel which will pair nicely with Riposte for some nice defensive Reactions. The PC of course has options for armor selection and ability score improvements to bolster AC. Aside from that, if you are the DM, and lack of AC at higher levels is a concern for...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    But I thought magic items and wealth didn't matter so much to 5E? That any such gains should be considered "boons"? Seriously though, I once allowed a few new players to come into an already running campaign that had reached level 5. I even allowed them to have some questionable wealth and magic items and they ended up outshining the players that had already been in the group playing for...
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    Sunday, 4th November, 2018, 11:08 PM
    Reading what is written on page 16 of XGtE, the intent is for the Shadow to be used for deception of another 3rd party. It even mentions that information gained about the creature whose shadow you have captured, is general and does not include secrets. It also limits the disguise gained from the shadow to one hour maximum. I don't see any references to "trapping the soul" or "preventing...
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 06:02 PM
    Some will disagree due to the front end work involved but I like running Out of the Abyss. I may be a DM in the minority that actually enjoys the preparation away from the table and the group seems to really enjoy the campaign. My group also meets every other week and have little to no experience with the Underdark which I feel is part of the draw for them. Every player is different though...
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 01:19 PM
    Are they supposed to be? In your game, you should decide. Is it what WoTC intended? I am sure they at least had an idea they could be used that way.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 01:15 PM
    I admit that I often forget about it when I DM and probably remember enough that 1 ends up getting awarded about every 3 game sessions.
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    Friday, 19th October, 2018, 07:24 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    The æsir are nature spirits, vættir. The æsir are one of the seven ‘clans’ of nature spirits. The other kinds of nature spirits include jǫtnar, alfar, dvergar, vanir, náir, and menn, living humans. All of these kinds of nature spirits are about equally powerful. Some individual members are more powerful, some individual members are less powerful. But as groups, the clans are roughly equal. ...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 08:20 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    During the Viking Period, a Norse family has its own sacred customs. Norse sacred traditions are individualistic. They are a network of overlapping local traditions. Traditions that are happening in one location can be absent in an other location, even a nearby one. The Old Norse term hof, meaning ‘shrine’, literally means a ‘farm’. The Norse have a custom where an individual will set aside a...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 08:10 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    Every family has its own sacred customs. Norse animism is a network of overlapping local traditions. Many customs are unique to a specific family or group of farms. Sociologically, Norse animism resembles Native American animism. The same kinds of diversities (by individual, by family, by clan, by locale) happen in the same kinds of ways. The Norse lack organized religion. The Norse...
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 05:09 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    It is the other way around. I resent how Greco-Roman polytheism distorts and misrepresents the culture of Norse aborigines. At least as far as the Norse of Norway are concerned, they are strictly animistic. The misrepresentation of Norse culture by imperialistic Continental European Christians and polytheists, is unwelcome. When people like the Norse, learn who they are. They are actual...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 03:42 PM
    The Insight skill check can discern a lie.
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 02:32 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    The ax is one the three main Viking Period weapons for one-on-one combat. Roughly a third of Norse warriors seem to use each: ax, sword, and spear. For mass combat and its battle formations, most use the spear, at least initially before throwing it. When switching to one-on-one usually the ax or sword finds use. In the Early and Middle Viking Periods, the Norse ax is typically the...
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 01:20 PM
    Yaarel replied to Norse World
    I am impressed. That is awesome if you can set up glíma club.
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About CydKnight

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I had played AD&D in high school many years ago and then stopped playing after graduation due to losing track of my game mates and life and whatnot.

Fast forward 29 years later and I stumbled upon D & D again under the 5E rules.

I've bought and read through all the core rule books: PHB, DMG, MM, SCaG, and Volo's. After more than 6 months of becoming well informed on 5E rules, playing, and running a game of my own, I consider myself to be a serviceable DM and competent player.
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I am currently playing in a group that meets weekly. We are playing two campaigns with each alternating each week.

One is a homebrew world being run using 5E D&D rules mostly as written but with a few minor variants. I am playing a Human (Variant Battlemaster in this campaign.

The other campaign is Out of the Abyss which I am running using pretty much all rules as written with no restrictions and no variations.
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I have several characters that I like in 5E rules but have only played a few. I currently play a few regular, recurring AL games with a Wood Elf Way of the Fist Monk, a Half Elf Lore Bard, and a Human Fighter Battlemaster.

Some characters that I have created for AL games but have yet to play are a Wood Elf Assassin, Wood Elf Ranger (Hunter), High Elf Wizard (Diviner), an Aasimar Paladin (Vengeance), a Variant Human Sorcerer (Storm), a Hill Dwarf Cleric (Life), and a Variant Human Barbarian (Totem).

Recently I have created a Mastermind who is an Air Genasi with a master plan to unite all Genasi under on banner. It seems this may be a better idea for an NPC who may end up being the BBEG.

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I am currently playing in a group that meets weekly. We are playing two campaigns with each alternating each week.

One is a homebrew world being run using 5E D&D rules mostly as written but with a few minor variants. I am playing a Human (Variant Battlemaster in this campaign.

The other campaign is Out of the Abyss which I am running using pretty much all rules as written with no restrictions and no variations.
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I have several characters that I like in 5E rules but have only played a few. I currently play a few regular, recurring AL games with a Wood Elf Way of the Fist Monk, a Half Elf Lore Bard, and a Human Fighter Battlemaster.

Some characters that I have created for AL games but have yet to play are a Wood Elf Assassin, Wood Elf Ranger (Hunter), High Elf Wizard (Diviner), an Aasimar Paladin (Vengeance), a Variant Human Sorcerer (Storm), a Hill Dwarf Cleric (Life), and a Variant Human Barbarian (Totem).

Recently I have created a Mastermind who is an Air Genasi with a master plan to unite all Genasi under on banner. It seems this may be a better idea for an NPC who may end up being the BBEG.

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  • 11:45 AM - Corran21 mentioned CydKnight in post Wizarding against giants with a party full of martials
    ...ssue), but I dont want to go down that road, as I would like my influence to be a bit more discrete, than just adding summons that can kill the enemies and take the spotlight from the other PCs. Also, summons go a bit against the character's personality (free will and all that), so I will save them for when I roll up my next wizard character (whenever that will be). About the next levels, I'll certainly try to take wall of force, forcecage, mass suggestion (and probably hold monster too), but there are a few spells that I really like (eg dream -which I will rework it somehow, but that's not the point here), so I'll try to make a compromise, picking spells that I like and spells that are very important (not that I dont like them too). Also, how did you know??? Indeed it is my first time playing a wizard! Played one in 4e, but it's not the same. So many options to choose from (spells I mean)! It's quite overwhelming! I like these kind of headaches, cant wait for the campaign to begin! @CydKnight: Yes, I am also thinking that this s the approach I should take (ie not to focus on blasting). That said, I am thinking of including both fireball and lightning bolt (lightning bolt because it would find easier use against the giants, cause they take up a 3x3 space, and they are tall too, so from the right place, I will probably be able to target lots of them, especially forst and cloud giants; and fireball, for fights against mooks, since I think the party is missing some good area damage; but frankly, because it's fireball). But that's about it. No other damaging spells (I get 9 extra spells to start with, so getting these two wont hurt me that much, I think). Also, yeah, treantmonk's guide is great. I've been reading it these last few days (along with BigHouse's and Avalongod's ones). Especially when trying to decide about spells, I've been skipping from one guide to the other, to compare how they rate them and to get more opinions. All 3 of them are excellent guides IMO. @Blue: I'...

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  • 08:54 PM - Majestic quoted CydKnight in post Out of the Abyss Advice Requested
    I can somewhat corroborate that - if you do start with your PCs a little higher (as I did) - many of the later encounters, especially the random ones, become somewhat of a cakewalk for the heroes. I really ramped up (often increasing the amount of, or adding additional monsters) those encounters, but many of them were still quite the yawn for my players, as they buzz-sawed through them.

Monday, 31st July, 2017

  • 02:53 PM - Azzy quoted CydKnight in post The classes that nobody wants to play
    I can only speak for my groups as both a DM and player playing 2 to 3 days a week depending on the availability of local AL games. I have seen absolutely no one in the last year play a Druid nor have I heard anyone even discuss playing a Druid. Every other class in the game I have seen played multiple times. I am actually considering creating and playing a Druid just so I can find out why it's so unpopular. My next character is going to be a land druid. So, I guess I'll be joining you in finding out, too.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017

  • 03:29 PM - jgsugden quoted CydKnight in post XP Multiplier
    What do you do when life inevitably occurs and you have a player miss a session while the rest of the party is present? Does the player still level up at milestone like the rest? This could create feelings of unfairness for those that do attend every session. Maybe you don't have players miss sessions or do not hold the session if all players can't be present?Players miss sessions. We either NPC the character or they PC is sidelined with personal business. Either way, yes, they advance with the party. I can appreciate and even envy that it has worked for you for 5 decades but I don't see it working at mine. In 5 decades, not for 5 decades. The game and I are not quite that old yet... quite. At one time or another everyone in the party has missed at least one session over the past year but some have missed more than others. I cannot justify to the players why everyone would level up at milestones when some may have missed multiple sessions during that part of the campaign while others d...

Monday, 24th July, 2017

  • 07:46 PM - Pauper quoted CydKnight in post Will Favoured Soul be required to choose a God in AL?
    It is for the Player Character to discover the origin of the abilities perhaps as part of an adventure campaign. Yeah, I don't see that happening in AL. Exactly. There will almost certainly be no AL-published adventures that deal with that specific plot. If you play AL regularly with the same DM, maybe you can convince the DM to work some references to the plot into the otherwise unrelated AL adventures she's running, but otherwise, as a player, you're going to have to resolve that plot on your own, if you care. For that reason, the player should know who the patron is, even if the character doesn't -- that way, if, say, an adventure involves servitors of Bane, and the secret patron is Bane, the player can work out some kind of moment where the character gains some insight into the mystery. -- Pauper
  • 07:05 PM - ccs quoted CydKnight in post Will Favoured Soul be required to choose a God in AL?
    What if a deity bestowed those features that come with being a Favored Soul but had reasons for not wanting you to know the origin? That deity may not want you to follow/worship them to keep secret that you are their chosen. You have no idea why you can do these things or you always had the abilities but didn't no they were . It could also be that deity which granted them didn't want you to unlock them unless/until a specific event or period in time occurred? It is for the Player Character to discover the origin of the abilities perhaps as part of an adventure campaign. Yeah, I don't see that happening in AL.

Friday, 21st July, 2017

  • 03:18 PM - Satyrn quoted CydKnight in post Are You Planning on Subscribing to D&D Beyond
    I plan to consider it but admit to knowing little about the tool other than it is a way to access published resources electronically. It seems like if you were to use such a thing, the best way would be to jump all in and cast the pencil-and-paper method to the curb. Is this the way the majority sees using D&D Beyond effectively? I'm seeing it as a book-replacement, not a character sheet replacement (even though it is also a character sheet, I'm unlikely to use it) And if the campaign management tools are strong enough, I would use it for typing up my notes instead of Word.

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017

  • 07:31 PM - ccs quoted CydKnight in post Pulling the plug
    I walked away at 2nd Edition and didn't return until 5th Edition. We all have different interests and experiences and they are constantly changing, evolving. Do what is right for you. Likewise. Somewhere around '95 or so I drifted away from 2e when my D&D group disbanded. Gaming wise I didn't stop playing D&D completely - there was GenCon each year & an occasional game (always short lived) at the local shop - but I was no longer buying D&D stuff or checking out the new stuff. Instead I spent the next 10 years on an extended tour through the WoD, fighting across miniature battlefields of all genres (a lot of 40k though), playing boardgames. Oh, & some MTG (mostly 95-2k). I did pick up the core books for 3e when it launched. And played exactly 2 sessions. I returned to playing D&D on a regular basis in mid 2006 with 3.5 Come 2017? My preferred editions are 1e, PF, & 5e.
  • 02:16 PM - Sorcerers Apprentice quoted CydKnight in post Curse of Strahd and then?
    If you don't even begin Curse of Strahd for 2 weeks, I think planning for what happens after you complete it is extremely premature. By the time you complete it, you and your players may have no desire to stay in the same type setting or "mood" or even play with the same characters. When the time is right, which will be much later after you are well into Curse of Strahd, the input for what happens after that adventure ends should first come from the players in your group. I can't agree with this. If you're planning to continue the campaign after finishing CoS, then you're probably going to want to foreshadow what's coming while playing in Barovia, and otherwise set up things for a smooth follow up.

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

  • 02:37 PM - Glomb175 quoted CydKnight in post Help me craft poison
    I try not to get too crazy with harvesting creature poisons. If it is already Poison when harvested, then there is no crafting necessary. If they can make the successful check to harvest the poison and they have something reasonable to contain it, then you have the Poison. I typically allow 3 uses per vial for dipping weapons or using to poison things like food, drink, etc. The Poisoner's Kit lets you add your Proficiency Bonus when crafting or using poisons. With this kit you can craft basic poisons under the 5E Crafting Rules/Guidelines. There is a list of different poisons with descriptions in the DM's Guide but my interpretation of this is that you could not use it to craft poisons unique to specific creatures (Carrion Crawler, Wyvern, Purple Wyrm, etc.) In my current campaign I would also not allow Drow's Poison unless the character is a Drow or has something reasonable in it's background that makes it possible. Otherwise, they will have to stumble upon some Drow Poison and make a c...

Thursday, 6th July, 2017

  • 03:21 PM - FarBeyondC quoted CydKnight in post Stat limit of 20?
    Rules as written clearly state that Adventurer's can only have ability scores as high 20 at character creation. I don't have a Player's Handbook handy but I can look up the page number and post it later if someone else does not. If you're talking about page 173 of the PHB: A score of 10 or 11 is the normal human average, but adventurers and many monsters are a cut above average in most abilities. A score of 18 is the highest that a person usually reaches. Adventurers can have scores as high as 20, and monsters and divine beings can have scores as high as 30. Then I'm going to have to disagree. Otherwise, I guess I'll wait.

Thursday, 29th June, 2017

  • 01:56 AM - Maxperson quoted CydKnight in post Sidelining Players- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Poll
    straw man [strô man] NOUN 1.an intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent's real argument. It was pretty clear to me that you wanted me to speculate in a way that would make it easier for you to discount my original point since you were having a pretty rough time doing so based on what I originally posted. That speculation would have misrepresented that original point in my opinion thereby creating a strawman so I chose not to play. I suppose it was a little confusing for you (understandable after re-reading my last post) to comprehend since I would have been creating a strawman to be used against myself when traditionally a strawman would be used to argue against the opinions of others. ROFL You can't invent arguments for me that never happen, attribute them to me, and then call it a Strawman. You are only allowed to use arguments I actually made, and none of them misrepresented your position. Holy freaking cow. You commit a S...

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

  • 01:44 PM - Maxperson quoted CydKnight in post Sidelining Players- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Poll
    Why would I do that when it's not what happened? I offered a personal point-of-view of actual events. Projecting what might have happened had I done something else is a black hole I don't travel and I am not very good at creating a straw man. You won't do it because you can't. I mean look, I get what you are saying about people learning differently, but at least admit to yourself, if not to the rest of us that attempting to connect two unrelated events(playing and PC creation after the game) was a lame way to represent that. Also, learn what a Strawman is.
  • 01:31 PM - Maxperson quoted CydKnight in post Sidelining Players- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Poll
    In your game perhaps but it's not what happened in mine. I'm not surprised you can't think of a reason why since you weren't there and don't know my players.So explain how allowing him to participate would have caused the two of you to later be unable to think of this fabulous new PC.
  • 03:00 AM - Maxperson quoted CydKnight in post Sidelining Players- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Poll
    How would I know since that's not what I did? I can only speak for what I actually did and experienced. I will say that we don't all learn the same way so my previous example certainly would not apply to everyone. I'm fairly confident that the second PC would have been every bit the same had you included him in the session. I can't think of a reason why you guys wouldn't have come up with that PC just because he played a bit.

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017

  • 02:00 PM - Maxperson quoted CydKnight in post Sidelining Players- the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Poll
    Most DMs do not want to sideline the players long before a game session ends and players certainly want to avoid being sidelined but I feel it can be a legitimate learning tool. I recently had a player die early and he had to sit out 3 hours of the remainder of the session. Afterwards I assisted him in creating a completely different character which is much better suited for his play style. His game play has flourished since as a result of that initial PC death.How would that have changed if you had included him another way?

Thursday, 8th June, 2017

  • 02:39 AM - dropbear8mybaby quoted CydKnight in post Do you have Tales from the Yawning Portal (survey)
    The reason I have not yet purchased this campaign book is because I am currently running through it as a player at the friendly local gaming store and would rather wait to avoid spoilers. The one thing I hate about owning these books is not being able to read through them because I want to play in, or am playing in, them. I do, however, still like to have the book so that I can go through all the things I missed in whatever adventure I've played through. I even went to the trouble of making a character that was heavily focused on being able to find everything, by having a super high passive investigation and perception, so that I wouldn't later discover I'd missed something :D

Tuesday, 6th June, 2017


Friday, 2nd June, 2017

  • 07:26 PM - Kalshane quoted CydKnight in post Has anyone ran an encounter (or fought) with The Kraken form the MM?
    From what I remember, there were 6 of them in the neighborhood of level 15 except for Terry who was lower since Sam Reigal had only recently introduced him to replace Scanlan. All were rested and at full abilities and HP. Vax (Rogue/Paladin) actually died and had to be resurrected. At least two others were on Death Saves at some point during the fight. They didn't kill the Kraken either. They escaped once they had the stones that were required to complete a ritual right of passage for the Druid. As great as that fight was, it was definitely modified. They weren't allowed to kill the kraken (as doing so would have doomed a nearby druid enclave) so they used different tactics than they might have in a normal fight. Also, the DM modified the kraken to allow the tentacles to be severed after taking enough damage (to make up for the fact they couldn't kill the kraken and their martial characters wouldn't have had anything to do if they weren't allowed to hit anything.) Also, their party include...

Thursday, 1st June, 2017

  • 07:03 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted CydKnight in post What's the connection between heavy metal and early roleplaying?
    In the 60s and 70s, I would agree that there was a general cultural upswing of interest in the occult and fantasy. The aforementioned Led Zeppelin, the rise of Tolkien amongst the counterculture, the reprints of Howard’s Conan yarns, a general explosion of fantasy literature, and then there’s the rise of alternative religious systems like The Process Church and many other sects and cults. Band-wise, in addition to Zeppelin, I’d also mention Hawkwind, whose music was frequently tinged with sci fi and fantasy themes (with even Michael Moorcock collaborating), Gryphon (medieval-folk at first before moving into Prog), and a bunch of others. The Darkscorch Canticles compilation is a great document of fantasy-themed metal from that time period. As for the why…maybe it has something to do with escapism – in the 70s the Vietnam War had a massive effect on culture. Or maybe it was the continued rise of leisure time? Heck, even into the 80s, my brother and I were introduced to D&D by some hessian ki...


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