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    I would have sailing head to the coast by Luskan...

    I would have sailing head to the coast by Luskan before heading south. This is how the current would flow similar to the Gulf Stream. Travel from Evermeet would be by portal if it was my backstory...
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    If the popularity and sales keep going up or they...

    If the popularity and sales keep going up or they keep making money, then there is no reason to change. You ride the formula until you need to change. Even if you have the perfect 6e system- you...
  3. Thread: Rotating DMs?

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    Tried it in the past and it worked for a while. ...

    Tried it in the past and it worked for a while. The problems involved using the same PCs and some DMs not having anything prepared or giving away too much treasure and magic. We tried to have a...
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    I always liked Under Illefarn and got a lot of...

    I always liked Under Illefarn and got a lot of milage out of Daggerford. I do not have the updated 5e Scourge of Daggerford from the playtest, but think I could use that for a while.

    I also...
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    I opened this up and it took me a minute to...

    I opened this up and it took me a minute to figure out how the first post could be Dec 12th when today is the 11th. Forgot about this one.
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    Maybe color for how well they played. Gold for...

    Maybe color for how well they played. Gold for great, will play again. Silver for ok, can use parts in the future. Bronze for maybe open when 6e comes out. You can add green, yellow and red for...
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    Post Phandalin; The old campaign was the box set...

    Post Phandalin; The old campaign was the box set that continued to the new campaign where things take plae the following year around the town. A new threat of snakefolk having designs on taking over...
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    I use flanking as is mostly from a 4e holdover...

    I use flanking as is mostly from a 4e holdover when we started playing 5e. There is no problems that overpower the game. It does bring the thief into combat and away from bow use. The fighter may...
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    I created a series of adventures that follow LMoP...

    I created a series of adventures that follow LMoP on DMsGuild that start with This one. It takes place the next year following the events in the boxed set. There are a few adventures that take PCs...
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    I thought nobody liked dragonborn around here. :)

    I thought nobody liked dragonborn around here. :)
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    This thread contains a poll. Most of the PCs I get to play have Tymora as the...

    Most of the PCs I get to play have Tymora as the primary god. It is easy to play and be bold like adventurers should. Any cleric I play tends to be Lathander or Moradin.
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    I can see something where cantrips gain power in...

    I can see something where cantrips gain power in conditions rather than in damage. Cold spells slows longer or blast spells push monsters away. Maybe something where the caster can choose what else...
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    What about allowing casters the ability to cast...

    What about allowing casters the ability to cast more than one cantrip per round. When fighter gets another attack- the caster can now cast 2 cantrips without scaling damage. Not sure on casting a...
  14. This is a great idea, I may steal it. You...

    This is a great idea, I may steal it.

    You can have an expedition like in the old movies where there is 50+ porters and staff waiting on the NPC party. A long travel into the wilderness leads...
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    Just one at a time. Take one church and add some...

    Just one at a time. Take one church and add some ideas. You will expand to another church that helps or is in opposition. You can have regional ideas that may focus on one aspect of a god or large...
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    This thread contains a poll. Wow, this says a lot. I'm not sure I ever played...

    Wow, this says a lot. I'm not sure I ever played like this. I do agree with what a lot of people are saying about discussing things in session 0 and most things can be worked out, but I think I...
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    This thread contains a poll. If I have a mini for the PC, you have to let me...

    If I have a mini for the PC, you have to let me play it... ;)
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    This thread contains a poll. I'm saying that you should at least think about...

    I'm saying that you should at least think about it and try to allow it. If I say no because when I created my world in 2e days they were not around and now I cannot figure out a way to allow it,...
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    This thread contains a poll. As of now, I'm the only one that voted for #2. I...

    As of now, I'm the only one that voted for #2. I think DMs have a place and players have a place, but everyone needs to have fun. Granted it has been a while since someone needed to play a...
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    When a new edition comes out they make new...

    When a new edition comes out they make new adventures or update the old ones. All my Nentir vale 4e stuff sits on a shelf, maybe getting looked at twice since 5e came out. My 3e books and...
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    I liked the boxed sets FR did in 2e days with...

    I liked the boxed sets FR did in 2e days with regions of the world. They had softcover books of 32-64 pages. I think one was the regional overview and another was for an adventure in that land. ...
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    If you do not want them, you do not need to have...

    If you do not want them, you do not need to have them in your campaign. You may be limiting the more core races for choices like dragonborn and tiefling. I have played campaigns where everyone was...
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    It looks like it would be good for those time...

    It looks like it would be good for those time when people are like: Can you throw something together right now. It gives a great shell that I can build upon as I go. Most DMs should be able to come...
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    Song portals can be old and temperamental. This...

    Song portals can be old and temperamental. This would be a great focus on a bard character. You can make it like a skill challenge so the others can join in. I used to have portals guarded by fey...
  25. I like the idea, it is a good use for a familiar....

    I like the idea, it is a good use for a familiar. Not many in my games use a familiar since they always seem to die back in 2e days. Not sure if I would allow it since it seems to bypass line of...
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    I'm still stuck if you need it to be a single...

    I'm still stuck if you need it to be a single page. I find that I need to print off a copy to play and if I need to make a few more pages of fill in the blanks or stat blocks, I just find that is...
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    As long as everyone, including you, is having...

    As long as everyone, including you, is having fun- you are doing things fine and keep doing what you are doing.

    I tend to have a lot of combats in one of my groups. I tend to make modules for...
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    I can see 1-page encounter, but 1-page night of...

    I can see 1-page encounter, but 1-page night of gaming may be a tall order. I always like to have stat blocks so there is no need to look them up or print them out on another sheet. I'm assuming...
  29. I remember this in the old Dragon and Dungeon...

    I remember this in the old Dragon and Dungeon days if you were planning to submit something there. It does help to standardize things and help make people write clearer.
  30. I have seen a fighter sacrifice himself by...

    I have seen a fighter sacrifice himself by combining the two during a fight with an ancient red dragon. He took the dwarfs portable hole and ran forward. The dwarf cried after the battle, since the...
  31. I would go for a regional guide for areas south...

    I would go for a regional guide for areas south of Waterdeep, maybe Elturgard or even Tethyr and Amn. A guide for Corymr would also work. These are more how my group plays and it seems all the...
  32. This thread contains a poll. I picked rulebooks and minis but this depends on...

    I picked rulebooks and minis but this depends on the money you plan to spend. I most likely would not spend $50 on a book for the DM, but would spend 20 on some minis he may need/want. I also...
  33. Never underestimate the power of mobs in 5e. ...

    Never underestimate the power of mobs in 5e. 10-15 ruffians can be a challenge for batman and 9th level PCs. Throw in a leader that is a bit tougher and you are all set.
  34. When everyone needs to make a saving throw,...

    When everyone needs to make a saving throw, announce the DC to everyone, but tell the player his is 3 higher. Everyone needs to roll a DC12, but Bob the Fighter needs to roll a DC15. Player will...
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    I too would like some more maps with adventures,...

    I too would like some more maps with adventures, like 4e did with each module. I get many uses out of them myself beyond the initial play. I said it before, but The Kings Highway is the deadliest...
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    This thread contains a poll. I would 2nd what DeFcon1 said about Netir Vale. ...

    I would 2nd what DeFcon1 said about Netir Vale. I don't need much since I can blend in other setting stuff like religion or classes. I did choose starting area for one of my choices for this...
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    The army of stalkers is just a few minor spells...

    The army of stalkers is just a few minor spells to make things look like they are there. The king is but a middling mage with a few tricks and a cloak of invisibility. He is trying to blackmail...
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    I was thinking the Savage Tide adventure path...

    I was thinking the Savage Tide adventure path that started in Dungeon 149 for D&D 3.5
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    I also see you are new to the boards, most...

    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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    There was some Dungeon modules in 3e where the...

    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...
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    You are the only one that cares about your...

    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...
  42. The thing with movies and 007 movies specifically...

    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.
    ...
  43. I tend to give out some information based on the...

    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...
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    What level do you need to be to fill up a 100...

    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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    Some classical Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries and...

    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.
  46. I don't think I would have a big problem with it....

    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...
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    I had a drow warlock in 4e become a recurring...

    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...
  48. Ice skates lets you fly-by attack, or drive-by...

    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...
  49. Let the music play- clap, clap- Down in Fraggle...

    Let the music play- clap, clap- Down in Fraggle Rock- clap, clap..
  50. Too Cute to Die- It has advantage to saves and...

    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...
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    I find that killing the monsters faster lessens...

    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...
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    One thing that will solve a lot of problems is to...

    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...
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    I tend to give out less + weapons and even less +...

    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...
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    I would likely rule that the cube cannot move...

    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...
  55. The CR seems a bit high for some of the monsters....

    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...
  56. I seem to recall that King Azoun of Cormyr in FR...

    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...
  57. This thread contains a poll. I would like something challenging to players and...

    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...
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    1: Back in the day, we switched to AD&D from...

    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...
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    I find PCs using these powers are very rare in my...

    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...
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    Age seems to only come into play in my games when...

    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.
    ...
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    My brother is a patreon and gets a lot of these. ...

    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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    I have used something like this a few times in...

    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...
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    The 2d6 damage on a tiny creature seems a bit...

    The 2d6 damage on a tiny creature seems a bit much. Maybe if it is a Freddy Kruger type, but I think 1d4 is more the normal for tiny creatures. I'm not sure on the intend of the design and how it...
  64. Is this saying that my dual-dagger using thief...

    Is this saying that my dual-dagger using thief can get a shield bonus to make his AC a 16 from 14 at first level. I did not think that thieves could use shields and that getting a bonus like a...
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    2 answers- you can make him anything you want to...

    2 answers- you can make him anything you want to fit your game and have you done a google search. I just saw several stat blocks and many choices for what you need. It also depends on if you need...
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    Well, Beauty is in the eye...

    Well, Beauty is in the eye...
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    A simple trap like this I would just let them...

    A simple trap like this I would just let them disarm. Now with tools you can make it rigged to go off is someone tries to disarm. 5e traps do not seem as powerful as older editions so they are easy...
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    I like the ability to refresh the pool by...

    I like the ability to refresh the pool by spending a round studying the opponents. You skip your attack for a round for a bonus later is a good trade. My players would ask if they can take a potion...
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    I find that it would also be helpful to have the...

    I find that it would also be helpful to have the characters advance a level in the middle of the game. If they are first level, you should have the 2nd level sheets already made as well to speed...
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    I would just give something and not make another...

    I would just give something and not make another roll while in combat. You will have the player asking each round what the intelligence of the monster is to make a roll against and you have...
  71. I really have not had to limit things, but my...

    I really have not had to limit things, but my usual players kind of self-limit themselves. I look on DMsGuild and see all sorts of new races and classes. Most I find overpowered or strange to have...
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    I would make pregens to hand out with some words...

    I would make pregens to hand out with some words on how their personality is instead of letting the players make something up. Also find a cool picture to attach to it to ground them with the...
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    I fell for the clickbait of the Rick and Morty...

    I fell for the clickbait of the Rick and Morty video and only found some guy talking. :(
  74. I first thought it was a book on how to run a...

    I first thought it was a book on how to run a business, like some of the other stronghold books we have seen. Something with the dangers of running a tavern and the profits. Maybe lists on types of...
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    " Don't make me go Fujita 5 on you." "I'll come...

    " Don't make me go Fujita 5 on you." "I'll come at you like an anemometer."
  76. Most priests would not wear armor in normal...

    Most priests would not wear armor in normal duties, but depending on where they live and what they expect, they would. If the PCs are storming the castle they would put it on, otherwise they have...
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    I was thinking a bit like Two-Face from Batman. ...

    I was thinking a bit like Two-Face from Batman. Someone who is nice enough and gets along but can can be prone to lash out and bring the thunder when needed, but maybe a bit less flipping the coin...
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    I like to make things up and give abilities to...

    I like to make things up and give abilities to common items. In the older editions we had swords that could shoot lightning bolts and such. In 5e I give a normal +1 longsword a power to cast LB...
  79. Thread: Spine-Back

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    I would make spine volley an encounter power...

    I would make spine volley an encounter power where it can be used 1/rest and not every round. Also take away the disadvantage and allow it to target creatures within 5ft of each other.

    Give it...
  80. Thread: Green hag CR

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    I would still add a few minion types to the...

    I would still add a few minion types to the encounter in going against L3 PCs.
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    Depends on the CR you are looking for. More PCs...

    Depends on the CR you are looking for. More PCs and magic protect from poison over acid. You can bump the CR if you have acid over poison. Typically it would be poison on a beast or monstrosity. ...
  82. All my games end before high level play. Mostly...

    All my games end before high level play. Mostly due to the length of play and character burnout. The last big campaign lasted over 2 years and the players wanted to try something new. The lat one...
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    I'm stuck with the name. Dabbler sounds like it...

    I'm stuck with the name. Dabbler sounds like it was going to be more of another class and less magic. Something with half casting, maybe a thief or fighter build. I'm not sure on a new name...
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    You should also come up with a few magic items...

    You should also come up with a few magic items specific for dragons. Something like a magical pool where it gives him +1ac or +1to hit with spells/ breath weapons. A pool can benefit all the PCs,...
  85. I do not think the combo was what the developers...

    I do not think the combo was what the developers were thinking of, but I would most likely allow in one of my campaigns. It is specific to a certain combo and character. When things start going so...
  86. I did like the throwback Dragon articles from the...

    I did like the throwback Dragon articles from the 2e days about the different types of undead. Not sure how much I can steal for my 5e game, but nice to read them again.
  87. My group hasn't skipped these in the several...

    My group hasn't skipped these in the several campaigns in 5e so far. Some of them have been with new players as others mentioned and it takes a few levels to warm to your class and powers. They go...
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    Now if the roll was to cross a rickety bridge...

    Now if the roll was to cross a rickety bridge 50ft long. Would I have the PC roll once and double move (move and dash action) using their whole turn but is now over the bridge or roll twice and have...
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    I was trying to come up with other scenarios...

    I was trying to come up with other scenarios where this action may come into play. I can see where a check uses your action and moving is just a result getting through the check, but I also can see...
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    I created a group of NPCs for my normal playing...

    I created a group of NPCs for my normal playing group to use for a 1-shot where they were guards. It was a set-up for the next campaign where I mostly wanted to introduce the BBEG. I ended up...
  91. Thread: Character Ideas

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    You can also show teamwork with the other players...

    You can also show teamwork with the other players and choose to fill in a role that may be lacking or missing. If your group lacks a mage, you pick up a few levels and everyone is happy. You can...
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    I'm still focusing on the small region around...

    I'm still focusing on the small region around Phandalin. I have updated the world another year for the last campaign and changed some of the town to show growth. I'm adding a new bad guy with the...
  93. Similar to how humans are listed in that they are...

    Similar to how humans are listed in that they are general or standard human. Same for goblins and such where PC versions are heroic versions and do not need to follow MM rules.
  94. I tend to have PCs drop a few gp each time they...

    I tend to have PCs drop a few gp each time they are in town over upkeep costs. Most of the players have been playing a long time and handwave things like buying a new shirt since the last one is...
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    First I heard of it, thanks.

    First I heard of it, thanks.
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    My last mass combat I tagged the monsters with...

    My last mass combat I tagged the monsters with colored beads to mark how near death they were. Zombies like this may be one or two hit monsters. I marked a blue bead if the monster was around half...
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    A handy item would be something like a blanket...

    A handy item would be something like a blanket that allows him to wear armor while sleeping and not be penalized, or armor that teleports onto him.

    A useful item may be +0 weapon that can be...
  98. I try to say yes and mostly let them. I mostly...

    I try to say yes and mostly let them. I mostly make the primary skill a DC that is 2-4 easier than the other. Say climbing a tree or ledge, would make Athletics a DC13 and Acrobatics a DC16. I...
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    Here...

    Here

    This is Dydon Logo's thread bouncing around the first page or two of the boards. He has several maps of mines and such. He free draws maps though, so I'm not sure if this would be just for...
  100. 25 goblins will make a tough fight for all of...

    25 goblins will make a tough fight for all of them. The first level PCs get one each, or two if the first falls. Maybe they take on 5-6 of them allowing the higher level PCs to take on the other...
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