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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    I've never used them, but there are chase rules in the DMG (PG 252-255 I believe). And thread about how to use them on these forums: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?470894-How-the-heck-do-you-use-the-Chase-rules-in-the-DMG There are also lots of variants and houserules available on line. I feel like there was even an official variant, but I can't seem to find it now.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 AM
    I always seem to bring along my house rules too. I have these in 5e than I did in 1e or 4e, but I still have some.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 11:52 PM
    We are not playing that often these days, so I do not get the chance to see the rule changes in action that often. However, I had a nice two days session using the rules a week or two ago. So far the rule changes and the combat simulations have played out quite well. The number of rounds needed to face the enemies are so far very predictable, allowing me to really plan the adventure ahead and...
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 02:31 PM
    Interesting work, keep at it.
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    Monday, 19th November, 2018, 04:22 AM
    Perhaps not intended, but your post seems oddly hostile. Anyway, here are my responses: 1) I have read the DMG and there are not rules for extra levels (perhaps you should re-read the DMG or my post again). There are rules for advancement beyond lvl 20, but it based on epic boons (with a variant to take a feat or ASI instead). In fact, the DMG states: "An epic boon is a special power...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 08:02 PM
    I don't think that is the issue. Most of the advice has been in the nature of: "play it first. and then see if you need to make adjustments." Which is sound advice for anyone looking to house rule. I think 5e is one of the easier editions to homebrew / houserule actually, and openly encourages it. Heck, just by including rules options and variants they are letting you know there is not one...
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 01:46 PM
    And you didn't need to make your post, but you did anyway. We very often do things we want to do, not simply what we need to do.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 01:38 PM
    Yes, that is my general thought as well.
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    Sunday, 18th November, 2018, 03:04 AM
    Well I made it at CR 22 elite, so you think that is basically good?
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 11:43 PM
    Anything besides the low defenses (AC and HP) that didn't work for you? I am reviewing "greater mummies" from past editions as a revise the Mummy Lord (Mummy, Pharaoh in my version), but other than the oddly low HP the Mummy Lord has some interesting abilities that I would think would make it an interesting fight.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 11:40 PM
    I agree, but I was think about bumping them up to WotC demon lord status. That is to say CR 22-26 range. What do you think?
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 03:49 PM
    I have uploaded the Solar Champion to the Celestials section. I am not satisfied with this one. I was caught between updating the 5e version or take it closer to the power level of the 1e version (akin to demon lords and archdevils). I will have to revisit this later. I am taking a short break from the angels and working on an update of the Mummy Lord next per Stalker0 's request.
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    Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 06:28 AM
    I have added the Aarakocra Wind Monk (CR 4) to the humanoids section. That is the last Aarakocra for now. Up next: Angels!
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 11:47 PM
    Please point to an official WotC product were needing an 18 is common. I don't use the APs, but in the MM the Highest aC is 25 (one creature) and then AC 22 for Ancient dragon is the next highest. When you are likely to face those creatures, PCs should be well above the 18 needed to hit threshold. Similarly the highest DC is 20 I believe, but I would have to verify that. K's point is...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 01:29 AM
    I have added the Aarakocra Master-at-Arms (CR 5), and the Aarakocra Guard (CR 1) to the Humanoids section.
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 12:12 AM
    OK with 6 PCs, and a lot of magic users to boot, I think this guy is going to need to be seriously beefed up. They probably take it out in 2 rounds, 3 rounds max. with little worry. I generally like my boss fights to last 5+ rounds. Some additional suggestions: 1) add magic resistance or something similar. With so many magic using classes they will chew through legendary resistance in no...
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    Friday, 16th November, 2018, 12:00 AM
    Caliburn101, thank you for the comments; however, you have me a bit confused with your comment. A have a couple comments / questions: 1) There are no official rules for levels beyond 20. There are guidelines for play beyond 20, but not levels. So, I don't really know what a level 30 wizard is. There are of course at least (2) 3pp products, but I am not familiar enough with them to...
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 02:02 PM
    I think this looks like a good start, but it is really hard to evaluate without at least know what level your part is. The mix of classes would be more helpful. However, two things that jump out are: 1) It will definitely need proficiency in some saving throws. 2) It needs some off turn movement besides wing attack (most likely)
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 02:13 AM
    Sure! I have several oddball mummies already listed, it would makes sense to redo a more typical one as well!
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    Thursday, 15th November, 2018, 01:39 AM
    I did that quite a while ago. Most of these need a 2nd look. DC same as MM version, but I gave the big T. Con proficiency, which seems thematic to me. I think this is all good, to escape you need to either be really lucky or kill big T. That seems OK to me. Limited magic immunity is the sames as Tiamat (also CR 30) from RoT. I just combined it with the big T's reflective...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 11:45 AM
    Well, similar to legendary actions, and reactions in general, I don't know that I want to limit them to only the enemies turns. In fact, the Psychic drained is a reaction on a charmed creatures turn. Is a creature charmed by the aboleth any enemy? I think the word is intentionally left open.
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 03:41 AM
    I have added the Aboleth Savant and Aboleth Lasher to the aberrations section. That is it for aboleths for now.
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 01:05 AM
    Thanks! I don't think specify enemies turns is the 5e standard. The Marilith's reactive trait states: "The Marilith can take one reaction on every turn in Combat." Though not the same as what I am doing, I don't think I need to limit it to enemies turns either. I will think about it though. Yes, I actually like legendary actions quite a bit. However, as I have been working on...
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    Wednesday, 14th November, 2018, 12:42 AM
    No, I don't think there is such a situation. But we have neither a bard nor a battlemaster, so it wouldn't come up for us anyway. If we did I think this would be a less attractive proposal. We are more concerned with magical effects stacking. We don't even have a character that can cast Bless! I only mentioned Bless because it was the first buff spell I could think of, I should have looked...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:51 PM
    First I am speaking about experience of playing D&D with my group 1st, D&D second, and 5e D&D last. If I only have 5 years of experience with 66% of the 5e classes I still deem that as experienced. If you do not, fine my group is not experienced. I believe a stated this is a proposal. Something we are considering (we as a group, not just me). So what we are looking at is adding +...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 09:32 PM
    If a class feature is magic it would be affected. If the feature is described as magical specifically or it is (and here is the issue) easily , and universally (by our group) inferred to be magical. I have come to realize that a lot of issues people have with this concept are because you (general - not you specifically) are worried about how anyone would view the rule change with respect to all...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:46 PM
    No I cannot because we currently handle the issue by removing all + items from the game. I have mentioned this several times throuhout this thread, I apologize I assumed i had mentioned that to you already. This also solves the issue, but I am looking for a different method. Also, BA is not a problem. Things bending it to far are.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:42 PM
    Generally speaking I stat NPCs as monsters not PCs. In fact, I don't think I have stated an NPC like a PC since we made the switch to 4e and I continue to do the same in 5e.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:38 PM
    I have never claimed to know all 12 classes. I in fact stated that my group has never played a bard, monk, or barbarian (perhaps not in response to one of your posts though - I don't recall). And I conversely know little about those classes. I don't know why you thought otherwise. I understand your point. However, relative to what my group is currently doing (no + magic items), this...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 08:15 PM
    Encounter building / combat challenges are not something I have any problem with. However, I really like the spreadsheet idea. I have a pretty good intuitive feel for balancing encounters (and I am good at adjusting on the fly), but I would think a spreadsheet like that would be very helpful. i will have to look into making one. Thank you for the input!
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 07:28 PM
    I have added the Aboleth Overseer to the Aberrations section. Along with the typical tenants of the hardcore series, I tried to redesign this aboleth without using legendary actions. I thinking about doing that as standard procedure for the hardcore series. I would be interested to know what people think.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:57 PM
    Thank you for the comments, that is helpful.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:54 PM
    That is the kind of perspective I am looking for - thank you. We typically are only concerned with how a change affects how we play the game. However, I am personally interested in the impact on a broader scale. The only issue for me is, I don't get any pay off for considering all classes and spells, etc. It is a lot of time spent with no benefit - that is why I opened the concept to...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:48 PM
    The result is the same as if there were no + magic items. Since magic items are not required in 5e, this falls within the design intent of the class. I am all good here. This particular complaint of yours is without merit IMO. That being said, if he proposal steps on some other part of the Bard ability, I would be interested in hearing it. I am not sure how much experience with D&D you...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:39 PM
    To be clear - I have no issue with challenging my groups. That is not what this proposal is about. It is about the concept of BA (which I like) and how to prevent it from being bent to far out of shape.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:37 PM
    Quite possible. As I noted I already have a solution that works for me. I am just looking for another option. Thank you, that is the type of feedback I am looking for. As originally intended it has no effect on belts of ... and it I already stated that it doesn't change magic that grants advantage. I would have to review barbarians in more detail, we don't have in our group (and...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:18 PM
    To clarify further: my group tries variant rules all the time (some proposed by me some by my players). We give it a go, if it doesn't work for us we change it back or modifying it. Anyone reasonably mature can handle rules changes and tweaks (whether they are major or small) without much fuss if your open and honest about it.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:14 PM
    You misunderstand, the bardic inspiration doesn't change. You don't subtract anything, you take the higher value. You just don't get to add the bardic inspiration + magic item bonus. I disagree with this statement. For a "house" rule, one only needs to worry about the affect on players at the table (or house if you will). If this was some variant rule I wanted to publish, then I...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:04 PM
    I hadn't thought about it. Gut reaction is no, but i need to think about it more.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:03 PM
    That is a good point, thank you for bringing it up. This rule would affect stacking AC too - magic doesn't stack. So you can have only one magic buff to AC. You would still have the issue of adding one magic item bonus to AC, but not multiple.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:06 PM
    Yep, that seems a bit out of wack. Don't they have the biggest HD as well?
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:29 AM
    I looked over my notes and it was supposed to be the "Planetar Battlemaster," so I have updated the elite planetar with some battlemaster traits and replaced the planetar champion with the planetar battlemaster
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:26 AM
    Yes, going old school would be fine for Bless, but Bless is not the only issue. More damage doesn't bother me. My original fix was to give +weapons more damage instead of + to hit. I am just looking for a simple, elegant solution that works for a myriad of magical buffs.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:21 AM
    Possibly, but Bless is not the only issue. My proposed solution also works for magic items that stack, as noted by S'mon
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:18 AM
    I will have to look into barbarians, no one in my groups plays one so I am not familiar with the ins and outs of the class. From a glance I am not found of the resistance to damage mechanic.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:16 AM
    Thank you for the input. So with my suggestion the AC would only be 22 (unless the forge bonus is non-magical, not sure what that is). Still as tough as an ancient red dragon ;) I don't know what I am doing wrong, but it seems like a rarely ever roll crits.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:11 AM
    Thank you, that is the type of information I am looking for. No one has ever played a bard in my groups, so I am not familiar with what they do / can do. I will have to review the class and take a look.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 11:02 AM
    Yes, that is an option and I have tried something like that. I think I need to update the OP and clarify that I am not really looking for other options, but wondering if the option I am looking has ramifications that I am missing. The last sentence of the OP doesn't seem to resonate with anyone.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:07 AM
    That solution does work for me, it is what I am doing now. But I am looking for another option. Also, I haven't come to a conclusion. As I stated in the OP: "I can bet this breaks something else, but I am not sure what. Any thoughts?" So, I am curious if my proposed solution messes with something else in the game's mechanics that I am not thinking of.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 04:03 AM
    To be clear I never said anything about CR or balance or tactics or challenging my players. That is not the issue. To be honest, I am not looking for other options to solve the issue. I already know how to solve the issue by removing or banning or increasing tactics or increasing encounter and/or monster strength. I am really just looking to see if there is some problems with my proposed...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:55 AM
    I am aware, as I mentioned in the OP that is my current solution.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:55 AM
    Yes, that could be a solution. But I was also trying to find a solution without using the ban hammer. I am also looking for a solution that would work for spells I don't know about or future spells (or magic items) that do similar things.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 03:52 AM
    Did you read the OP? I said that is my current solution, but that I am looking for a different option. I also clarified in the OP that it is not broken, but "bent" and I want an adjustment. I've been playing 5e since it came out, so I know how to make the encounters that challenge my group. I am looking for a different solution.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 01:34 AM
    Like I clarified, it isn't broken, but a bit bent IMO. I want to straighten it out a little ;) It is an issue for some, so I am looking for suggestions for a fix, not a dismissal of the issue. If it is not an issue for you and your group - great! But it is an issue for me, and I have seen it be an issue for others on these forums. Also, you misunderstood (or assumed I did) what my point...
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 12:22 AM
    From time to time I have pondered about what to do about the compounding effects of magic equipment and buffing spells. Basically I feel that these two together break bounded accuracy (typically in favor of the PCs). My current solution is to not give out + magic items. However, I was thinking about another option. Here is my proposed solution: magic doesn't stack. Whatever magic gives...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:45 AM
    I have added the Astral Deva and Planetar Champion to the celestial sections. These are both elite versions. After a long absence from this thread I hope to be more active over the next few months.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:10 AM
    That is a good plan!
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:07 AM
    Flexibility. Some people like squishy earlier levels, and you are not required to level at that rate. We use milestones not XP for leveling. For those that don't like squishy they can start at 3rd level. You will notice that some significant class features are spread through the first 3 levels. It is pretty elegant as it gives you a good deal of flexibility in the type of play.
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 02:02 AM
    I have some suggestions we use in one of my groups, since you mentioned AC as DR and you seem to like "grittier" combat. FYI, this is based in part on actual play experience that monsters actually have to few hit points - despite your gut reaction. Everything is the same with the following additions: 1) Bloodied hit points (semi taken from 4e). Each creature and PC gets bloodied hit...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 01:44 AM
    LOL - seems like every edition someone complains that D&D is like a video game!
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 10:06 PM
    What you are missing is that in D&D rolling a "hit" doesn't necessarily mean your sword struck the opponent (read the description of hit points by Gygax in the 1e DMG). It simply means you reduced the opponents poll of luck, skill, stamina, and a bit of physical resistance know as "hit points." So in 5e the fact the fighters do so much more damage, is in fact them "hitting" much more...
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 06:36 PM
    FYI, you don't have to track hit points if it is not your thing.
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    Sunday, 11th November, 2018, 02:21 PM
    I would suggest you play the game first. It also depends on how much your players are into optimizing, but your suggested revisions will make it nearly impossible to take a fighter down. To clarify, I do like the idea (I think it adds some flavor), but it will unbalance the game, not balance it. If you just like the idea - go for it, but don't expect it to balance the game. It will...
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    Friday, 9th November, 2018, 12:37 AM
    I think the nobles work fine for 90-95% of rulers (kings and queens included) in my games. In fact, I tend use higher level NPCs for lords and such, while Kings, Queens, and Emperors would be typically be lower level / CR
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 10:34 AM
    Though I agree this is a mechanical option, you can't just "take" a boon. They are granted by (the DM) some divine source or lost relic or mythical location, etc.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 10:27 AM
    Maybe, but the show makes it pretty clear that witches have the ability to use magic and humans do not. So the source may be primarily external, but the ability to use it is internal. The one bit of contradictory evidence to this is that they mention exorcism by catholic priest (which I assume are human). Of course that may be completely external.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 03:15 AM
    OK, I got all of that, but they are not actually stated to be fiends or fey the show. They are something different / more than human (similar to HP really). That being said I understand why, in D&D terms, a tiefling makes sense.
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    Wednesday, 7th November, 2018, 01:19 AM
    I've watched most of the new show (missed the first episode or 2), but I know nothing about previous shows or versions. Why is she not simply a human? Are "witches" some type fiend in the shows lore? They certainly look human.
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    Monday, 5th November, 2018, 04:12 PM
    The assumption at the time was that I would be adding +4 and higher weapons to epic levels of play. However, I have since changed my mind on that. The 2nd drafts will remove the +weapon requirements. I am using Epic Ranks instead in the future.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 05:24 PM
    How do you or gyor know what is WotC's stance on canon fluff? Can you point me to a post, statement, tweet, video, etc. where one of the designers comments on the their approach to canon in 5e? I the two of you just guessing or inferring?
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 05:10 PM
    Does WotC have a stated position on "canon"? I have never seen one, but it is not something I seek out. EDIT: To be clear, have they issued a statement of some kind about their stance on canon? I am not asking for anyone's belief. I am wondering if they have written out an official position somewhere?
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 03:07 AM
    Let see. Attack CR: DPR = 38 (CR 5) + attack bonus +8 (+1 CR) = CR 6 on attack Defensive CR: HP = 75 x 2, immunities multiplier, 150 effective HP (CR 6) + AC 20 (+2 CR) = CR 8 Total CR: (6+8)/2 = CR 7. Looks spot on to me. Nice work
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 02:55 AM
    That is why you need to beef (or buf) him up!
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:36 PM
    I have not, but your going to need a tougher Strahd! I made a CR 17 version to you could use, but I think you might want to look @Mike Myler 's Dracula posted a few days ago. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?654469-Epic-Monsters-Dracula-(5E)
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    Friday, 2nd November, 2018, 11:30 PM
    I am working on Epic Magic at the moment, then I am going to work on Divine Authority. I can give you a little more info, but I am still formulating the actual "rules." Not all epic creatures have "Authority." Right now I am thinking it is limited to Gods and Primordials, with perhaps a few specific exceptions. Authority is what a god uses when it wants to perform miracles. Within...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 07:23 PM
    The CR and encounter guidelines generally assume a 4 person party. I simple method to amp up a monster to compensate for more PCs is to increase its HP and actions. Increase the HP by 25% and add 1 attack action for each character above 4. So, in your case, increase the boss's HP by 50% and give it 2 more attack actions (not including multiattack). To make the fight more interesting, the...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 05:23 PM
    Yes, that is one reason I am revising my epic monsters to have extra turns instead of legendary actions. Lair actions are still good though.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 05:20 PM
    The issue with D&D is that it appeals to such a wide audience that I don't think it can be fully functional out of the box as you say. I haven't read all your posts, but I am guessing you think 5e monsters are poorly designed. Personally, I think some have major flaws as well and I routinely modify or make my own (of course there are great RAW tools to do this - even out of the box). However,...
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:08 PM
    Wow that turned quickly. I was just jumping back on to cheer for the dragon, but there was no need!
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 10:12 AM
    You could just raise the DC as well. Though I think a mix would be good. Also, maybe some should be spell attacks instead of PC saving throws.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 10:07 AM
    Dragon 8 Giant 5
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 01:03 AM
    I think addressing it is a good idea, but I wouldn't think DM's need help to excise it from the setting. I don't see racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism as part of the setting, just HPL's personal biases. You don't need any of those elements to play the game's setting and I wouldn't expect to see them included in the setting in any way.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 12:58 AM
    That is my thought as well. Though "poetic" might be a bit strong IMO ;)
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 09:44 AM
    Yes, they get more and more difficult the further you are from 4 PCs. I have seen suggestions of +25% HP + one legendary action for each PC above 4. That seems logical. Thus, for 8 PCs you would have 2x teh HP and 7 total legendary actions. That seems a bit much to me. I would probably go with the 2x HP, but up damage rather than add more actions.
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    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 09:38 AM
    Dragon 12 Elemental 3 Giant 8 Monstrosity 10 Undead 10
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 05:37 PM
    Unfortunately I have never run a beholder encounter, but I think Cornpuff has the right idea with the magnet and tactics. After reviewing the beholder here are some thoughts: 1) I think the eye rays could be very effective against a party, but you may want to up the DC if you think the are trivial. 2) You might want to give it the ability to counterspell & shield, trading an eye ray for a...
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    Monday, 29th October, 2018, 07:41 AM
    downvotes are 2 Aberration 7 Dragon 21 Elemental 10 Fey 4 Giant 10 Monstrosity 11 Undead 10
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    Sunday, 28th October, 2018, 02:59 PM
    I disagree with that. I can't say for your group, but they work fine for mine. In my experience you just have to have a good understanding of your parties capabilities and the monster's capabilities. I can run a RAW legendary monster and make it exciting and deadly for my group. But I would probably have trouble with other groups (based on what I see on this forum at least) if I didn't make...
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    Sunday, 28th October, 2018, 02:53 PM
    That is a bit of a loaded question. To me "Boss" monster has video game implications of the final "solo" monster at the end of the level or something similar that your party faces. Legendary monsters can fill that roll, but they are not limited to that roll. For instance, both unicorn, kirin, and solar are legendary monsters, but they don't fit the stereo type of "boss" monster. The...
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    Aberration 13 Dragon 20 Elemental 12 Fey 6 Giant 12 Monstrosity 16 Undead 10
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Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

  • 10:52 PM - Hawk Diesel mentioned dave2008 in post Some New Divination Spells
    Thanks dave2008! So with doomsense I can see where you and others have reservations about divination spells dealing damage. But the way I like to see it is since the caster is really using magic to enhance the outcome of a damaging attack (like nudging a person to step on the one slick spot on the ground and slip into the fighter's sword). As such, it seems appropriate to me. Also, I don't want it to be too similar to combat clarity (which is also a 3rd level spell). As for the damage type, I can certainly see the association between a diviner and... well... the divine (celestial, gods, all that). But personally, I see it somewhat differently. Damage done by a divination spell is not direct damage, but rather an escalation of damage from some other source. The way I envision the Sword of Damocles is not a literal sword appears and falls, dealing damage. But rather the target doesn't notice the rusted nail protruding from the shoddily made door, causing him to walk into it, painfully flinching fr...

Monday, 8th October, 2018


Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

  • 11:51 PM - Mike Myler mentioned dave2008 in post Epic Monsters: Yog-Sothoth (5E)
    ...er Plane. That is a 5th level spell and Know the Unknown comes at a time when the Warlock can only cast 3rd level spells. So it is too powerful. I'm afraid that level of nuance isn't in my wheelhouse for Lovecraft although there are folks in the crowd that could *definitely* crush some more general writeups like that! A new spell list (or some alternates) isn't a bad idea and I'll think on that, but contact other plane is much more powerful than Know the Unknown (which I modeled on legend lore) because this class feature gives cryptic information, not one word answers, and it might not even be of any real use to the warlock. It also fits in the mold started with Cerebral Omniscience--very limited early access to a divination spell ahead of caster level. THAT SAID I *do* like contact other plane's potential insanity bit and that fits in perfectly here so I'm adding it (or rather something like it) in! I can understand why you went this way, but I was hoping to see a stat block. @dave2008 - I think what he's saying is that as all the stats would be pretty close to infinity, why bother? :) Lan-"some things are just too big for stat blocks"-efan I noted that I, "....understand why you went that way,..." However, one could say "why bother" for any god. Many people don't believe gods should have stats and should be unassailable by mortals. But that is not the D&D way, IMO. I gave Yog stats in my 5e epic updates on these forums and here there is precedent for Yog in D&D. Here are its 1e stats: 101310 101311 Dave's Yog-Sothoth is located here --> http://www.enworld.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=100217&d=1533835452 I don't take shirking my task lightly and really got the impression that Yog-Sothoth is metaphysically *not* an entity like the others. It's everything and yet not-everything all the time forever right? There's a point where you have to sit down and say, "hey--even if PCs interact with this thing, they could never actually interact with it directl...
  • 03:12 AM - Lanefan mentioned dave2008 in post Epic Monsters: Yog-Sothoth (5E)
    dave2008 - I think what he's saying is that as all the stats would be pretty close to infinity, why bother? :) Lan-"some things are just too big for stat blocks"-efan

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

  • 02:30 AM - Oofta mentioned dave2008 in post How come BBEG coming out never have magic weapons or items?
    In fourth edition, the monster level was an accurate reflection of its overall power, as well as its expected performance against individual PCs. All I can say is you didn't play with the group I DMed. As @dave2008 mentions it needed some work particularly at higher levels.

Sunday, 19th August, 2018

  • 04:10 PM - SkidAce mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    dave2008 , I forsee, IMO, an inconsistency you may want to take into account during this design phase. (UNLESS, epic games and standard games are totally divorced from each other) 16th level group of adventurers combat the infamous Ursine'Twain, Demon Double Drop Bear, Lord of the Infinite Wasteland Prison of Stralia, in the Abyss. The demon has legendary actions, as they should for this grand semi-solo combat extravaganza. Players survive, but did not kill Ursine'Twain on its home plane. Adventurers become "epic", they go back to the prison wasteland to finish the job. Demon no longer has legendary actions?

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

  • 12:59 AM - RedTorment mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    RedTorment I updated Strahd. I think I picked up and clarified all your questions. Let me know if I missed anything. dave2008 It is perfect ! Thank you for your time !!!

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

  • 06:22 PM - RedTorment mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    .... 2) The DMG provides a monster making guideline. These are not hard and fast rules. They are suggestions on how to make a balanced monster of a given CR. The DM is not bound by them. Heck, when I DM, sometimes don't even use a stat block! 3) This is an old stat block. On newer creatures I clarify that an "epic" weapon is used to get the virtual size benefit. You can check out my 5e Epic Characters thread for more information on epic weapons. These are first drafts. When I get to the 2nd and 3rd drafts I hope to clarify items like this better. 4) I generally believe +1 to hit & +1 to damage paradigm of 5e is inadequate. The problem this creates is that you have immensely powerful creatures that hit (damage) like cream puffs. It breaks my sense of immersion and quasi-realism. 5) The damage by size guidelines are not followed strictly in the MM (at least not for natural weapons). 6) Monsters and NPCs do not follow the same rules as PCs. Thank you again for clarifying dave2008. It is all clear In the meantime, I did find this: CURSE OF STRHAD Vladimir Horngaard (Pag 242) Medium undead (Revenant) STR 18 (+4) Vladimir wields a +2 greatsword with a hilt sculpted to resemble silver dragon wings and a pommel shaped like a silver dragon's head clutching a black opal between its teeth. As an action, he can make two attacks with the sword (+9 to hit). It deals 20 (4d6 + 6) slashing damage on a hit. Against Strahd, Vladimir deals an extra 14 (4d6) slashing damage with the weapon. A medium monster with STR 18 but it deals 4d6 !

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018

  • 10:08 PM - RedTorment mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    Yes, I agree. Thank you for your time dave2008
  • 04:23 PM - RedTorment mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    Thank you for your quick and helpful response dave2008. About Multiattack, the original version says "Multiattack (Vampire Form Only). Strahd makes two attacks, only one of which can be a bite attack." In your CR17 stats can strahd make also 2 bites attacks or only one? How much the CR will increase if I buff Strahd to turn it in a 12th level spellcaster ? Thanks !
  • 10:41 AM - RedTorment mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    Hey dave2008 this Strahd version is perfect for my 6 players party + allies. I have a question about the longsword attack. Is it a +3 magic longsword correct? Why it does 6d6 and not 1d8 ? what happens to the necrotic damage replaced in this version with lightning damage. ?

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

  • 01:40 AM - robus mentioned dave2008 in post 5e EPIC MONSTER UPDATES
    dave2008, I’m running your Yeenoghu but reading through MToF I see WotC consider him to be Huge (14 feet tall), whereas you have him as Large. Any reason for the size discrepancy? I imagined him as huge until i rechecked your stat block.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 04:42 PM - SkidAce mentioned dave2008 in post Deity Ranks Revised
    ...e to encounter it. Back then ranking also determined which god could cancel out another gods Actions. But you also do not mention this one, so what is your Motivation for your rank System? Good question, and one that I am currently developing an answer to. I started using Greyhawk and Iuz back in 1986/87?, so I hear yah loud and clear. I guess my current direction is based on two things. You saw above where I described "deities" Deities are embodied somewhere in the planes. They range from lesser deities that may live in the Material Plane, to major deities that control several planes. Such deities can be encountered by mortals. So most godlike figures are currently divided into three groups, lesser, standard, and major god. I currently for my use have them kinda sorted out and ranked by challenge rating (a blunt instrument I know...). But, I also recall and am fond of giving different ranks different abilities. Currently I am theorizing between the abilities dave2008 has broken down for each rank of god, and the godly ranks from the system called THE PRIMAL ORDER. (Its from a little known company called Wizards of the Coast. ;) ) I used to like restricting spell levels granted by deity, but am leaning away from it. My reasoning is a lesser god might have very few followers, but if they focused on one, could they not grant any spells they wished? In the OP I kinda use they level and type of god to determine whether they have clerics at all, or just grant boons or sponsor warlocks. Which in effect, limits spell levels doesn't it? *Brainstorming Only* Maybe a demigod could sponsor a ranger or paladin champion.

Monday, 25th June, 2018

  • 01:56 AM - SkidAce mentioned dave2008 in post Deity Ranks Revised
    ...h worshipers. Quasi-deities fall into three subcategories: demigods, empyreans, titans, and vestiges. Demigods are born from the union of a deity and a mortal being. They have some divine attributes, but their mortal parentage makes them the weakest quasi-deities. Empyreans were created at the beginning of the cosmos, and embody the various fundamental forces of the cosmos, such as gravity, energy, entropy, etc. Should an empyrean be slain, a lesser empyrean of a similar nature inherits their power. Titans are the divine creations of deities. They might be birthed from the union of two deities, manufactured on a divine forge, born from the blood spilled by a god, or otherwise brought about through divine will or substance. Vestiges are deities who have lost nearly all their worshipers and are considered dead, from a mortal perspective. Esoteric rituals can sometimes contact these beings and draw on their latent power. Feel free to comment as you see fit... (waves at dave2008 )

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

  • 12:10 AM - SkidAce mentioned dave2008 in post Deity Ranks: Quasideities, Lesser Deities, Greater Deities
    I mostly agree with dave2008 on things like this, however I abhor the word "intermediate god". "I am a greater god fools!" certainly rolls off the tongue well enough. And even "Sadly, it is beyond my power as I am but a lessor god." can be made to work. But "We intermediate gods are not allowed to manifest on the prime" sound like blech. :D

Sunday, 13th May, 2018

  • 01:35 AM - SkidAce mentioned dave2008 in post 5e Immortal Rules
    Glad you found it dave2008, the ideas, concepts and flavor definitely separates mortals from gods. Make sure to read the intro story about Set, as an example of the difference. The "excel" calculations of power levels? Yeah, maybe not.....but it was how we did things back in the day...

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Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 08:15 PM - robus mentioned dave2008 in post Disintegrate vs Forcecage
    Why does Yeenoghu need to blast his way out. Can't he just teleport out. It will require a Cha save, but Yeenoghu has a really high one. While Yeenoghu has access to the actual teleport spell. I gave all Demon Lords access to a short range teleport as an action to prevent tactics like this. (Though only Graz'zt can use it as a legendary action.) Even if you don't give Yeenoghu this he still has a 1/day teleport he can use to escape and if by chance he does fail the save he has legendary resistance. I should have specified that I'm using dave2008's beefed 5e monsters. His version of Yeenoghu has Disintegrate instead of Teleport. But you're right that some limited teleport would be a good addition for Demon Lords.

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Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

  • 01:45 AM - James Grover quoted dave2008 in post Brand new DM to 5E and many concerns...
    So I guess I took the long way around to tell you the same as the others, give it a try as is and see how it actually plays out for you. I would skip all of the house rules to start and see what works and doesn't. You might find through actual play that much of the rules work just fine. Definitely nothing wrong with the long way. :) We've played a few times now and hopefully will again Wednesday. As we've gone along, I've asked my players about different ideas and so on. Other than a lengthy explanation about hit points and attacking, it hasn't been too bad. We have a couple minor ideas about things but will play longer before we worry about implementing changes. For the most part, like all the prior editions of D&D, if you play RAW it plays fine. Some of it you might question the rule, but it works either way. I think the reaction to his proposal is from people who have played the game for a long time and see the issues with some of his proposed changes. They don't have an issu...

Monday, 19th November, 2018

  • 10:38 PM - Saelorn quoted dave2008 in post Official D&D Errata Updated (Nov 2018)
    No, I would not, nor do I think you need to. The HP rules are intentionally amorphous. Any individual arrow need not be stuck in its side, but clearly some must have. It is not an all or nothing proposition.If any of those arrows had penetrated, then the specific damage from that arrow would not be susceptible to healing via nap mechanics. Since the creature can take a nap and remove all of the damage, it necessarily means that none of the damage was substantially physical in any way. Amorphous Hit Points worked significantly better under any ruleset that Gygax would have used, since naps didn't heal anything at all unless you were dealing with a supernatural creature or a superhuman Constitution score, and thus there was room to describe some of those hits as partially physical. Under slow healing, damage can by any combination of meat and fatigue. Under fast healing, damage cannot be meat.
  • 09:20 PM - Saelorn quoted dave2008 in post Official D&D Errata Updated (Nov 2018)
    Emphasis mine. We do not know that for a fact. What we do know for a fact is: The hit points of animals, monsters, and PCs work the same. Which is actually still reasonable... ish... if you use the optional rule that requires a medkit in order to spend hit dice. I am familiar with your preference (and honestly mine too - that is why i house rule), but an arrow that "hits" an owl bear need not be sticking into it or even physically damage it (to an extent that it hinders the beast) to cause hit point damage. Just like PCs. In fact it is pretty clear these are not meat points as different animals of the same size can have vastly different hit points.Would you seriously try and argue that a whale (or kraken, if you prefer) could be "missed" by a hundred arrows, and then succumb to one that hits it in a vital spot? I would consider such an explanation to be absurd. A vast beast does not fall from the first weapon that impact it; there's a lot of meat to dig through, before you can impai...

Sunday, 18th November, 2018

  • 11:10 PM - Caliburn101 quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    Caliburn101, thank you for the comments; however, you have me a bit confused with your comment. A have a couple comments / questions: 1) There are no official rules for levels beyond 20. There are guidelines for play beyond 20, but not levels. So, I don't really know what a level 30 wizard is. There are of course at least (2) 3pp products, but I am not familiar enough with them to comment. 2) My concern isn't 20+, but 20th level and below. I don't really want T to be able to be defeated by the average 4 person lvl 20 group. 3) Why use meteor swarm? Is about the worst use of a high level spell. T is immune to fire and has resistance to bludgeoning, plus its magic resistance. 4) I did a quick check and a party of 20th level PCs consisting of a cleric and 3 fighters can do enough damage to kill T in about 6-7 rounds. The trick is staying alive that long. They would need some extreme equipment (I had the fighters with belts of storm giant strength, +3 plate, +3 shield, +3 greatsword), b...
  • 09:56 AM - Matrix Sorcica quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    Well I made it at CR 22 elite, so you think that is basically good? Do'h - well I actually missed what CR you made it, I just focused on answering your question.... Sorry. But yeah, I think it's good. In general, I think you should aim for your creations to be within one or two of the the MM's CR for those monsters that are replacements and not variants of WotC monsters. One point of the hardcore monsters is to beef up the performance within the given CR, right?
  • 12:33 AM - Matrix Sorcica quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I agree, but I was think about bumping them up to WotC demon lord status. That is to say CR 22-26 range. What do you think? Hmmm.... CR22-23 elite?

Saturday, 17th November, 2018

  • 12:29 AM - Azzy quoted dave2008 in post The math of Advantage and Disadvantage
    Please point to an official WotC product were needing an 18 is common. I don't use the APs, but in the MM the Highest aC is 25 (one creature) and then AC 22 for Ancient dragon is the next highest. When you are likely to face those creatures, PCs should be well above the 18 needed to hit threshold. Similarly the highest DC is 20 I believe, but I would have to verify that. The only thing I can see is he's assuming the target numbers are the straight DCs rather than the number that you actually need to roll on the dice. Even then, with the highest listed DC being 30, I still don't see it. :/

Thursday, 15th November, 2018

  • 04:37 PM - Caliburn101 quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I did that quite a while ago. Most of these need a 2nd look. DC same as MM version, but I gave the big T. Con proficiency, which seems thematic to me. I think this is all good, to escape you need to either be really lucky or kill big T. That seems OK to me. Limited magic immunity is the sames as Tiamat (also CR 30) from RoT. I just combined it with the big T's reflective carapace from the MM. The issue with the MM big T is that you could spam acid spells and take it down. This prevents that. It could probably be revised down some though. I will look at when I get to back to Monstrosities. Yes, well that is the idea. I would need to check the encounter guidelines, but I am of the opinion that 4 lvl 20 PCs should not normally be able to take down a CR 30 monster. 990 HP/ 30HP/round regeneration and 21+4 damage per round each from 4 x 30th level Evoker Wizards dropping Meteor Swarm on the Big T. - who have all taken an extra 9 9th level spells and of course the 24 Int possible w...
  • 04:24 PM - Trit One-Ear quoted dave2008 in post First Boss Monster Build - All Help Welcome!
    I think this looks like a good start, but it is really hard to evaluate without at least know what level your part is. The mix of classes would be more helpful. However, two things that jump out are: 1) It will definitely need proficiency in some saving throws. 2) It needs some off turn movement besides wing attack (most likely) Meant to add party make-up to the original post. My bad! Edited above. Definitely forgot to give it saving throw proficiencies as well, also edited above! Trit
  • 05:14 AM - Stalker0 quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    Yes, well that is the idea. I would need to check the encounter guidelines, but I am of the opinion that 4 lvl 20 PCs should not normally be able to take down a CR 30 monster. Agreed. I feel like it should be several adventures worth of planning and prep to be able to go toe to toe with such a creature. If your facing something 10 CR higher than you, you should get curb stomped in most cases.

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

  • 09:35 AM - Matrix Sorcica quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I don't think specify enemies turns is the 5e standard. The Marilith's reactive trait states: "The Marilith can take one reaction on every turn in Combat." Though not the same as what I am doing, I don't think I need to limit it to enemies turns either. I will think about it though. Well, the Marillith's is not that sharp either :p The problem for me with your wording was that it was unclear on whose turn it would react. But I'm probably just nitpicking :)
  • 12:11 AM - Matrix Sorcica quoted dave2008 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I have added the Aboleth Overseer to the Aberrations section. Along with the typical tenants of the hardcore series, I tried to redesign this aboleth without using legendary actions. I thinking about doing that as standard procedure for the hardcore series. I would be interested to know what people think. I really like it, and really like the new design. Maybe specify it has max one reaction per enemyturn. I do think certain 'legendary' monsters could benefit from legendary actions, perhaps in conjunction with reactions? Otherwise, they may never opportunity attack, or cast spells etc as some of your monsters are wont to as legendary actions.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

  • 08:54 PM - 5ekyu quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    I have never claimed to know all 12 classes. I in fact stated that my group has never played a bard, monk, or barbarian (perhaps not in response to one of your posts though - I don't recall). And I conversely know little about those classes. I don't know why you thought otherwise. I understand your point. However, relative to what my group is currently doing (no + magic items), this proposal is still a buff for my group (if we had a bard). Currently Bardic inspiration (d6) has a chance of buffing +1 to +6. With proposed revision, Bardic inspiration (d6) has chance of buffing +2 to +6 , so a mild net gain for the Bard (again if we had one). However, after all of that, I did just quickly skim the Bard and Bardic Inspiration isn't even a magic ability, so my proposed change would affect it at all! So why did you bring it up in the first place ?! Now it seems to be oddly just trolling... you really dont get that a lack of knowledge of now 3 of the 12 classes kind brings into question...
  • 08:18 PM - clearstream quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    From time to time I have pondered about what to do about the compounding effects of magic equipment and buffing spells. Basically I feel that these two together break bounded accuracy (typically in favor of the PCs). My current solution is to not give out + magic items. However, I was thinking about another option. Here is my proposed solution: magic doesn't stack. Whatever magic gives you a bonus to a roll (not disadvantage or advantage) cannot stake with another type of magic that gives you a bonus to the same roll. Example: Fighter Bob has a +3 longsword and Cleric Jane cast bless on him (rolling 2). Bob only gets his +3 bonus from the sword on his attack roll, but he still gets the +2 bonus to his saving throws from bless. I can bet this breaks something else, but I am not sure what. Any thoughts? EDIT: Break is to strong of a word, I think stacking magic bends BA further than I like. EDIT 2: To clarify the bold part above, I am not looking for alternate solutions. ...
  • 08:12 PM - Saelorn quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    This rule would affect stacking AC too - magic doesn't stack. So you can have only one magic buff to AC. You would still have the issue of adding one magic item bonus to AC, but not multiple.What counts as magic, though? Spells and magic items, sure, but what about class features? Does it depend on how the class feature is described, or is it just a "class" bonus either way? From a practical, administrative standpoint, I'm not sure how to make sure that everyone is on the same page with what stacks and what doesn't, unless you go back to naming bonuses.
  • 08:05 PM - 5ekyu quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    Providing advantage or disadvantage doesn't mess with BA because it doesn't extend the range, just the probability. I don't really have an issue with hit rate. Ok so, hit rate and stuff are not a problem you have encountered in your game but BA is... "Basically I feel that these two together break bounded accuracy (typically in favor of the PCs)." So, for us less experienced folks - can you tell us maybe three specific examples where broken BA occured in your game's actual play and caused a problem - preferably ones with magic items and bless and other such spells?
  • 08:00 PM - 5ekyu quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    That is the kind of perspective I am looking for - thank you. We typically are only concerned with how a change affects how we play the game. However, I am personally interested in the impact on a broader scale. The only issue for me is, I don't get any pay off for considering all classes and spells, etc. It is a lot of time spent with no benefit - that is why I opened the concept to the community. To get feedback. Providing advantage or disadvantage doesn't mess with BA because it doesn't extend the range, just the probability. I don't really have an issue with hit rate. In my games, classes that are not the PCs can still come into play as adversaries and temporary allies sometimes sought out by the PCs - so should we take your claim they aren't involved in how you play i supposed thats not true of your games? Interesting. best of luck.
  • 07:57 PM - 5ekyu quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    The result is the same as if there were no + magic items. Since magic items are not required in 5e, this falls within the design intent of the class. I am all good here. This particular complaint of yours is without merit IMO. That being said, if he proposal steps on some other part of the Bard ability, I would be interested in hearing it. I am not sure how much experience with D&D you have, but my group has been playing D&D for 30 years and 5e since the beginning. My players don't branch outside of their comfort zone much so I don't have a much experience with some classes, but then again I don't need to either. However, I have vastly more experience with my group than you do. We are mature adults that can handle quite a bit. Heck we played a 4e adventure without any powers - just improv., so I don't think we need any luck - we got it covered ;) Last part first - IDK what you consider experience or relevant experience but not knowing enough about 2 of the 12 classes to know...
  • 07:03 PM - Satyrn quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    I don't know what I am doing wrong, but it seems like a rarely ever roll crits. You must have weighted the wrong part of your d20.
  • 06:02 PM - 5ekyu quoted dave2008 in post Breaking Bounded Accuracy: Proposed Fix
    You misunderstand, the bardic inspiration doesn't change. You don't subtract anything, you take the higher value. You just don't get to add the bardic inspiration + magic item bonus. I disagree with this statement. For a "house" rule, one only needs to worry about the affect on players at the table (or house if you will). If this was some variant rule I wanted to publish, then I would absolutely need to consider all 12 classes. I am definitely curious how it affects all 12 classes, I like a rule to be well rounded and universal. However, I will never likely see the following at my table: monk, bard, or barbarian. In 30 years of playing my group has never selected one of those classes. RE the bold - again a sign of where experience matters. Assume a fighter has +2 to hit due to a sword - net bonus say +7 I give him bardic inspiration under the current rules at d8 then the possible results are +8 to +15 I give him the same dice in your system and the net bonus is +7 to +...


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5e Hardcore (AD&D) Monsters & Templates
This is the download companion to my 5e AD&D: Monster Manual. This set of downloads provides a PDF of all the monsters and the tools I use to make the monsters. Included are the following:
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4e Epic Monster Updates
These are the updates for several 4e epic threats that I had posted on the old WotC forum. I also included the epic minions that some of these gods could summon / create, and I included the damage by level charts (at the end of the PDF) I used to cr...
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5e Epic Monster Updates
This is a compiled PDF of my Epic Monster Updates from this thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?468639-5e-Epic-Monster-Updates

This PDF will updated when I finish a monster type.

If you would like to help and make some epic monste...
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