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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    I was thinking the Savage Tide adventure path that started in Dungeon 149 for D&D 3.5
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    I also see you are new to the boards, most everyone here is well meaning and try to help. Have some XP to get started.
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    There was some Dungeon modules in 3e where the PCs sailed from the mainland to the Isle of Dread. Several adventures were had in town and in Pirates Cove up the coast from the main city. Sailing to the Isle had several encounters, including getting stuck in a Saguaro Sea and had to journey to the center to defeat the undead living there in order to free their ship. Eventually the PCs are...
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    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    It's time to start voting for your 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs for 2019! Nominations were taken earlier this month, resulting in a list of nearly 60 games, and voting will remain open until Tuesday, December 4th. You may vote for more than one game. To qualify, a game must be a standalone RPG, NOT a supplement, setting, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory, it must be currently...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I often think it's too easy to get into the TARDIS. A TARDIS is supposed to be the most advanced type of ship in the universe, so teleporting onto it shouldn't be easy. I wonder if she gave Kerblam! permissions or something?
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Great list! I agree with you on Forgetful and Spendthrift. You can use skills with any attribute as long as the GM agrees, so intimidation and Disfigured would be a good combo for a strong character. A STR (intimidation) check with the disfigured trait would be a good combo.
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Ravnica is joining Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Ravenloft, as a setting available for creators on the Dungeon Master's Guild from today, November 20th. WotC made the following brief announcement last night: "Intrepid DM's Guild creators! Ravnica will be added as a setting on Dungeon Masters Guild tomorrow Nov 20th! (We will be coordinating day-of updates of the Ravnica setting...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    As you may know, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (and, indeed, all the community content sites like DM's Guild) are the exact same website owned by One Bookshelf (OBS), simply viewed through a different skin. The front page of each highlights different products, but the stores are the same store. Now, the "RPGNow" version of the store is being retired. OBS sent out the following email earlier...
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    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    There's another new class over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, this week! Bloodweavers use the primal power coursing through their veins to enhance their own abilities, heal or bolster allies, and debilitate or kill their foes. Many fear them for their control over the substance of life but those that can see past this superstitious dread often find powerful allies. Recently on...
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    Yesterday, 03:55 AM
    You are the only one that cares about your campaign to the extent you wish your players would. Most times they are only there for something to do. Maybe that is to hang out with friends and we roll dice and kill things. Maybe it is we are friends from the old days and this is how we get together and hang out- oh and roll dice and kill things. Most players may care enough to dedicate a set...
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    Yesterday, 12:28 AM
    Any setup is fine, as long as the participants buy in to it.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 PM
    People play for different reasons, of course. For some itís the social activity, and the game is just the conduit for that.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 08:32 PM
    Social interaction isnít *that* hard. Iím afraid there isnít a rulebook.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:35 PM
    Quite enjoyed todayís episode. Felt a lot more old school. Workers disappearing, a little less sombre than some episodes have been this year. Nothing new, just a traditional Who episode ó weíve seen cheery polite killer robots like those dozens of times before, but thatís OK.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:47 PM
    The thing with movies and 007 movies specifically is that all the gadgets get used at some point. It is not as fun having a ship that gets a boost of speed, but never need it to catch the BBEG. Some other cool gadgets may include: Shooting grappling hooks that latch onto other ships. Invisibility cloaking devise. Greater armor, or something similar to the wizard shield spell. Stealth...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    Calm down, please folks. The last thing I expected to see on this site was people shouting at each other about how iTunes works.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:42 AM
    I tend to give out some information based on the character and the level of the monster. I figure that growing up in the world and with background and training for first level gives out a bit of knowledge. For example, first time the PCs run into skeletons- they know that bludgeoning deals more damage, or that shadows steal strength. Some stuff is obvious like frost giants should not be...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:18 AM
    What level do you need to be to fill up a 100 page book if it is 1 page per spell.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:15 AM
    Some classical Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries and Entrance to Valhalla. Back in the day, we had a party of competing clerics that would sing MC Hammer- Pray, just to make it today.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 08:24 PM
    10% waiting for the late guy 25% getting ready to play 15% waiting for somebody to come back from a cigarette break 15% random interruptions while somebody tells an unrelated anecdote 20% combat 15% misc gaming
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 04:45 PM
    I don't think I would have a big problem with it. I try to say yes as well and try to figure out a way to make it playable. There could be a portal that brings him to the world or such. The ability should not be a big problem in my game since I tend to give out magical weapons starting around level 3 and there are not too many need magic weapons to hit monsters.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 04:38 PM
    I had a drow warlock in 4e become a recurring villain to the PCs. She was a minor 2nd to the BBEG at 5th level and survived by fleeing once the bad guy died and kept showing up every few levels until the PCs eventually killed her. The players became paranoid of her foiling their plans that they even hired out adventuring groups to find her. The best part was when I once pulled her figure out...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 08:54 PM
    And the usual suspects show up instantly like bad pennies. Thatís two of the trifecta. One to go. @jimmifett and @Derren, donít post again in this thread, please. Jimmifett, it would be nice if you posted about something else sometimes, but since as far as I can make out the only reason you post in this community is to decry any hint of inclusiveness, it's time for you to leave.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Following an online backlash regarding the content of their recent publications, White Wolf Publishing has just announced some big changes, including the suspension of the Vampire 5th Edition Camarilla and Anarch books, and a restructuring of management. White Wolf's Shams Jorjani made the following announcement about an hour ago: "Hello everyone, My name is Shams Jorjani, VP of...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 08:01 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:12 PM
    WOIN's "W-Series" of adventures/settings continues with Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, based on the novel by Mike Resnick. Can a group of bounty hunters track down the most notorious bandit in the galaxy before their rivals do? Catch the most wanted criminal in the galaxy! Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none... has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen worlds? His...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 05:02 PM
    Ice skates lets you fly-by attack, or drive-by rather. OK, now I'm picturing the Hook movie where Robin Williams is surrounded by the boys on roller-blades circling him and attacking. Ice goblins on skates that shoot ninja stars like hockey pucks. :)
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 11:10 AM
    For the next two weeks, we''re going to try something new. This is an experiment, and there is a reasonable chance that it might not work out. For the next two weeks you may put your promotional/publisher posts in the relevant game forum. So if you have a Kickstarter for a new D&D 5E book, you may put it in the 5E forum instead (that's instead, not as-well-as). If the forums end up being...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 06:31 PM
    Let the music play- clap, clap- Down in Fraggle Rock- clap, clap..
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 06:26 PM
    Too Cute to Die- It has advantage to saves and attacks against it are at disadvantage like it is always dodging. You could always have giant teeth on the bottom side where it floats down upon your head causing you to wear it like a hat while it eats you. It then uses its alter self ability to appear like you.
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Morrus and Peter are joined this week for an epic-length episode by Rodney Thompson, designer on Star Wars SAGA Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Destiny 2, Dusk City Outlaws, and currently on Kickstarter: Spectaculars. In the news, we have the release of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and Guildmasterís Guide to Ravnica, financial troubles at John Wick Presents,...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 12:54 AM
    I find that killing the monsters faster lessens the damage to be spread around. This is why PCs tend to gang up on monsters to allow less attacks each round that come at them. If all the PCs are fighting one monster than each will weaken and die roughly the same, but by ganging up, there is generally one less monster each round. The math of 5 attacks each round vs. 5 then 4 then 3. .. means...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:56 PM
    Oh, I see! What we in the hobby like to call "dice"! :D
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:57 PM
    One thing that will solve a lot of problems is to throw more monsters at them, but weaker monsters. You do not need a giant when 20 goblins will be a tougher fight. This is where BA levels things the other way. If the PCs have a 25 AC or deal 50 damage they will still take damage and get to one-shot things. Both sides are happy. Of course, this gets boring for every fight, but puts the PCs...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:53 PM
    I'd say "official" is nothing, but "default" is Forgotten Realms, if I were to distinguish between the two terms.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:15 PM
    What is "RNG"? I"m not familiar with that terminology.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:05 PM
    Presumable every action she takes deletes somebody from the perspective of a time traveller.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:07 PM
    Doesn't solidify until experienced? I've not heard that one.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:27 AM
    Yeah. They used to get around that with the "fixed point in time" technobabble but they don't do that any more. But all of it's the past for the Doctor, so every alien stopped is altering history.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:09 AM
    I tend to give out less + weapons and even less + armor. I do give out +0 weapons that have some other cool powers or can cast minor spells 1/rest or such. I also tend to have monsters target the casters once I notice that they are concentrating on keeping spells from failing. I only do this with the smarter monsters and not the monsters like skeletons and elementals to keep the players from...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:56 AM
    I would likely rule that the cube cannot move further since it cannot enter the fighter's square because the fighter cannot end in the mages square. I would say that the cleric was engulfed and the cube lurched back.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:51 PM
    The CR seems a bit high for some of the monsters. The lizardfolk one with 4HD and +4 to hit could be a CR1, even with multiattack. Sometimes I think there should be a CR 1.5 for in-between monsters. When I'm in doubt, I go with the lesser CR since my players and PCs tend to be more powerful, or at least they seem it compared to other stuff I see.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 07:00 PM
    They're definitely doing the "teaching history" part of Doctor Who, aren't they? I agree that the Doctor was just a bystander in this episode. All they did is witness events.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:16 PM
    Last month EN5ider, the 5E Patreon, introduced the Geomancer class. In this week's article, Josh Gentry provides you with three new geomancer orders - Order of the Apothecary (mystical healers), Order of the Architect (builders and protectors), and Order of the Rune Knight (wielders of elements in war). Illustrated by Julio Rocha and Tan Ho Sim. Recently on EN5ider: #239....
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 12:33 AM
    By "before" you mean in a different system. I guess if you value your gut reaction over actual play experience, there's not really much to debate, is there? You're right - you the way you feel about this game you haven't played yet is how you feel. :)
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:47 PM
    In donít think you as a publisher is the target audience of the book. Itís you as a gamer.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:44 PM
    For me it was flight, until I realised that flight without an accompanying invulnerability was a death sentence. One mistake...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 09:10 PM
    Takes 6 blunt damage. Second question, takes 11 blunt and 1 fire damage.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:08 PM
    99% of the time the damage type won't matter, so you can deduct the SOAK from the total. The STR bonus applies to his base damage, not to the exploit, so it goes to the bunt damage should that info be needed. The times it will matter are if the target has SOAK to only blunt or only fire, in which case it could only reduce those portions of the total.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 04:46 PM
    I'd agree with everybody else that I'd play the game before trying to adjust it. You can very rarely get a good feel for a game until you've played it.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    Because it occurs to me, as an ironically curious consequence of that, that if WotCís goal was hypothetically to sell books to you specifically, opening the DMsG has therefore lost them sales rather than gained them.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 03:06 PM
    Did you buy D&D books before DMs Guild existed?
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:48 PM
    Generally speaking, SOAK (and immunities etc.) have to apply to all damage types. The non-SOAKing of armour is slightly awkwardly phrased, though, I'll admit! Basically, if you have *been* poisoned (gas, food, atmosphere, etc.), armour isn't going to help you. If the poison is on a weapon, then sure, armor will help. It's all about the delivery system.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:43 PM
    Merged the two threads for you.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:24 PM
    Just 4 days left for nominations.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 12:19 AM
    Iíve seen you randomly bring up your personal politics in the form of MRAs in two threads (that Iíve noticed) in the last couple of days. Not sure why. Please donít do that. This isnít the place.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 08:13 PM
    Both it and Iron Fist were cancelled last month.
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 05:36 PM
    Wow! That's quite impressive! Are the career paths completely random generated?
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    Saturday, 10th November, 2018, 01:20 PM
    That is going to be awesome. Batwoman, Superman, Lois Lane...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you.
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:50 AM
    D&D books are a lot like buses. You wait ages for one, and then suddenly two are released on the same day! Anyway, today's the day that Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage hit game stores, so this is your reminder to head on down to your friendly (or not so friendly) local (or not so local) game store and grab your copies! They'll hit Amazon and other stores on...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 11:38 AM
    In this week's episode, Morrus and Peter are joined by guests Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor to talk about their roleplaying game Spire and the sourcebook currently on Kickstarter, Strata. In the news, we have more previews of Dungeon of the Mad Mage, more details on RPGSports, a statement from Wizards of the Coastís president on the state of Dungeons & Dragons, a tease of a new setting, a new...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:42 AM
    I seem to recall that King Azoun of Cormyr in FR 3e was a 20th level paladin. There is some books based on a home campaign where one is named king of the Bloodstone Lands in FR as well. Not sure if he was a fighter or paladin. You can also go with Blackstaff in Waterdeep was a ruler who was like 30th level. I tend to not get where the PCs need the stats for the ruler. They may meet a local...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 10:16 PM
    I would like something challenging to players and character sheets. Fewer PCs die in this edition than in 1e, I get it, it happens in my games as well. You are supposed to be bold and a hero, but the shared experience is spoiled if you have to fear that the DM is not being as least fair and impartial. The DM needs to enjoy the game as well, but he should not go out of his way just to kill the...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 09:56 PM
    1: Back in the day, we switched to AD&D from basic, mostly since we did not know better and TSR did not do a great job explaining to versions to a 8 year old, or even my father who bought all the books. I remember feeling that it was better than the older edition since I could be an elf and a fighter rather than just an elf. Same as when I switched to 3e and found that my dwarf cleric could now...
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:48 PM
    I find PCs using these powers are very rare in my games mostly because we hardly ever play above level 10, so level 14 powers don't come up. I may have a NPC with some cool aging thing, but only for story purposes.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Rodney Thompson. You may remember him from such games as Star Wars Saga Edition, Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeons & Dragon 5th Edition, and Dusk City Outlaws (to name just a few). He's back with a new superhero RPG, Spectaculars, and he's been kind enough to send me along an exclusive preview of the game! I backed Dusk City Outlaws on Kickstarter, and was super-pleased when it arrived....
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 03:08 PM
    Moved to the Kickstarter promotions forum for you! :)
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 02:45 PM
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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    Thursday, 8th November, 2018, 01:12 PM
    Instructions are in first post. :)
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 02:48 AM
    Age seems to only come into play in my games when a new adventuring party is made of children of the last one 30 years later. The elf is still young and spry, but the humans are old or dead. Similar to the Drizzt novels when they went to 4th and 5th editions and had to follow Drizzt since the others were dead, until they were reincarnated.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 02:18 AM
    My brother is a patreon and gets a lot of these. I kind of tip my hat though when I tell him that I need a giant salt golem next week.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 02:11 AM
    I have used something like this a few times in the past. Mostly like in the movies where Indiana Jones tries to save the kids being lowered into the lava. The PCs walk in just when the ritual is about finished and has several more rounds until the portal opens to the lower planes. The PCs can see the several chanters around the portal and each round that goes by breaks one of the chains...
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    Tuesday, 6th November, 2018, 10:25 PM
    I make that 14 DEFENSE. 3d6 is 11. 4d6 is 14. SOAK and DEFENCE are two different things. DEFENCE is how hard it is to hit you. SOAK is how much damage your armour lets you ignore.
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    The James Brothers (Brian R. and Matt James, not Frank and Jesse) wrote Monument of the Ancients, a D&D 4th Edition adventure located in the area around Phlan. With a DDI subscription you can get it from Dungeon 170. Though not a conversion of Ruins of Adventure, this might give you more inspiration. It is for Paragon Level Characters (13th Level) but some of the ideas could be usable at any level. Good Luck.

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Saturday, 8th August, 2015

  • 12:34 AM - Coredump quoted Matt James in post Baldman Games & WotC On All Access Issues At Gen Con
    Dave Christ (Baldman) is one of the best guys in the industry. Which is good to know. But it doesn't mean he is any good at organizing and running events. Nor does it mean he is any good at "hiring" people that are good at organizing and running events.

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

  • 04:54 PM - Astrosicebear quoted Matt James in post Kobold Press: Can They Take On The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting?
    I would love to work for Wolfgang again, and get the whole FR freelance crew back together and working on it :) The question that remains: Can a FR Campaign book generate enough interested (re: profit) for it to be sanctioned? As for seeing similar content: that's going to happen. Continuity is important to many, many fans of the Forgotten Realms. Facts have to be researched and validated. That doesn't always happen, unfortunately. It's no different than the (sadly, now dead) Extended Universe in Star Wars. That said, putting a new twist on old facts is where the real creativity is generated. There are many ways to do this, one of which WotC and Ed have acknowledged: the Unreliable Narrator. Matt, I didnt mean to insinuate that a Setting Sourcebook wasnt 'work'. It most certainly is. More of what I meant was that that continuity is vital to keeping the setting familiar. And with recent attempts at the realms with things like the Sundering and Spellplague, we see that massive change...

Monday, 24th November, 2014

  • 01:23 AM - Morrus quoted Matt James in post D&D Tools Website Closed
    I think many people would be surprised to know that WotC is under no requirement to submit a C&D letter to anyone. A company can file suit and have the courts sort it out. It is what it is, but WotC has an obligation, legally, to defend their IP. If they don't, the IP weakens. I never used that site, but if it was storing their IP, it makes sense for him to take his site down. Matt, I don't think anybody thinks a C&D is non-voluntary. Defence of trademarks, though, can take many forms. A C&D is one choice. Not the most friendly one, but it's a choice. It's also totally OK to just talk to somebody. A C&D, in diplomacy terms, is the worst way to open communications.

Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

  • 12:33 AM - Zaruthustran quoted Matt James in post Using a shield as an 'improvised weapon' while retaining the AC bonus
    The Dual Wielder feat cannot be used with a Shield because strictly speaking a Shield is not a "melee weapon": it simply does not appear on the Weapons table. Trying to go the "improvised weapon" route doesn't work either: improvised weapons are, by definition, objects that are either "similar to a weapon" or which "bears no resemblance to a weapon." Improvised Weapons are explicitly not weapons. They're objects, used as weapons. Fortunately, houserules can save the day. or work with the player for some kind of trade-off; such as losing proficiency in something else, and filling it with some kind of Weapon Proficiency: Shield. In 5E, there's already a proficiency for Shields. As long as we're talking houseruling, it'd make sense to allow that proficiency to include using a shield as a weapon, and thereby allow adding proficiency bonus to attacks made with a shield. So make the shield a 1d4 Blunt weapon with the Heavy property when wielded by someone with Proficiency. Just stick ...

Friday, 17th October, 2014


Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

  • 07:14 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Matt James in post D&D Unboxing Starter Set Video is on Youtube
    I am wondering if Second Wind would be more thematic if you could one use it when Bloodied (at half hit points or less). I like the thought there, but it only changes the issue a bit. Rather than healing up to full, the character just heals up to half. And if Cybit 's indication that this is more than just the Fighter is anything to go on, it won't solve the underlying issue. Still, I like the way you're thinking better than I like the "if you want to ruin your game go right ahead" perspective on it. Some tweaks to the ability might just be enough of a solution. Making it regained on an extended rest rather than a short rest seems like a simple way to fix it to me, and could be applied to all similar abilities. It sounds like those that have a significant problem with this don't have that same dynamic. If you and your group finds a significant issue with one mechanic, is it really beyond everyone to change the way it works and move on? Do you not play the game to solve problems, kil...
  • 02:33 PM - I'm A Banana quoted Matt James in post D&D Unboxing Starter Set Video is on Youtube
    Only if you're really low level, where 3d10 (avg 10.5) + 3x level is enough to heal you up to full. In one hour, a 10th level Fighter (per the video) might instead spend 10d10 (avg 35) + 10x Con mod. Sure, but what level does the Starter Set begin at? What level are we introducing new folks to D&D at? "It's only kind of a problem for your first real exposure to the game" kind of makes it a bigger problem to me! :) DM Fiat. This is a return to the kind of D&D that requires that a DM has a keen and critical eye around rules and group preferences for the adjudication of situations like that is being argued on the cleric thread. There is no right answer except what each individual DM gives after careful consideration for the tastes of the DM and the players. As always: you could say the same thing about FATAL. It works, it's probably what most DMs will do, but it's a legit flub. In terms of colour, you can narrate whatever makes sense for any given situation. It makes se...

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

  • 02:08 AM - dd.stevenson quoted Matt James in post Initial D&D Next Releases Showing Up on Barnes & Noble Website
    I don't think Wizards could do right by anyone it seems. People want to hate Wizards, regardless of validity. This will be the last edition that WotC produces with the brand, if I had to guess. It very well could be the last edition for a long time--if so, I won't necessarily see that as a bad thing! Not as long as they continue to support it. Their strategy of relying on transmedia campaigns to monetize their new setting releases does look promising, to me. I guess I'm sort of a D&D optimist, in that I feel the brand has been badly mismanaged for at least twenty years running. And in that sense, I think it's punching well below its weight in the entertainment marketplace, and is therefore ripe for a turnaround. But I guess we'll see...
  • 01:12 AM - Morrus quoted Matt James in post Initial D&D Next Releases Showing Up on Barnes & Noble Website
    I don't think Wizards could do right by anyone it seems. People want to hate Wizards, regardless of validity. This will be the last edition that WotC produces with the brand, if I had to guess. I wouldn't worry, Matt. It'll sell just fine.

Thursday, 18th July, 2013


Wednesday, 20th March, 2013

  • 05:27 PM - Fiddleback quoted Matt James in post Do Not Pass Go
    eh... You're hyper-focusing on playtesting, so I'll focus on that. I would argue that you have to know what you're testing against. Games are subjective. You can't just tell people to test their game and it will be fun. What are you testing? What is the design goal of your game? Playtesting doesn't fix anything unless you know what you intend for your end-state. Also designing a good game is a process built on many more pillars than playtesting. You are correct. An organized and focused playtest, against a predetermined goal with particular objectives in mind is the way to go. Just slapping it down on the table and saying "Here. Play this." isn't going to do you any favors. You'll never discover, for instance, that in phase 5 of turn 6, late in the game, with 3 players, one of whom is pursuing a turtle strategy while another is going full out production, the game stops working altogether and locks up. You have to test for specific things and "we've played it a bunch of times and everyone...

Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

  • 01:56 PM - Li Shenron quoted Matt James in post New playtest packet available.
    The Barbarian was playtested at Winter Fantasy and was really powerful. I expect it will be toned down a bit. They can start by removing the totally unneded "martial damage bonus". From every class, while they're at it.

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