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  1. Under the first part on page 58 where the power...

    Under the first part on page 58 where the power of your spells comes from your devotion. This may be ties to your level thinking that more power comes from higher level and devotion maybe equals...
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    At some point you need to have the evil party be...

    At some point you need to have the evil party be evil. Some can be following orders, others deceitful in getting others to do evil things. A big event where someone is brutally killed or sacrificed...
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    Two possibilities I see. You can stack them on...

    Two possibilities I see. You can stack them on ships like cord-wood since they do not need any space. The other idea is to just raise a new army after you cross the ocean. You can take just one...
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    The new AL modules I have looked at have nothing...

    The new AL modules I have looked at have nothing and the DM needs to squirrel out bits to relay to the players. I would argue that there needs to be something saying this is what the PCs know, see,...
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    This thread contains a poll. I started having the players recap after seeing a...

    I started having the players recap after seeing a Matt Coville YouTube, but last night was my father looking at the combat sheet and saying, "Ghouls, and a big Demon." This was after not playing...
  6. It teaches me that skill challenges can be solved...

    It teaches me that skill challenges can be solved with only a skill in coconuts.
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    I like the maps and set pieces. Not sure I will...

    I like the maps and set pieces. Not sure I will be backing at 120$. Not sure why it needs to be magnetic and if you can make non-magnetic maps for less cost to get more backers. Good luck for...
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    What was the adventure in the 4e DMG with an old...

    What was the adventure in the 4e DMG with an old dwarf mine, some kobolds, and a baby white dragon in the end. You can make something with this. It has enough to be fun and a dragon to fight in the...
  9. It's bull___ if my DM does not let me use it in...

    It's bull___ if my DM does not let me use it in his game, since it's on the internet and not just made up.
  10. Hammer and Helm by Green Ronin, I think. A 3e...

    Hammer and Helm by Green Ronin, I think. A 3e supplement which I used a few things out of.
  11. Thread: 5E Kingmaker

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    I would think the region around Phandelver would...

    I would think the region around Phandelver would be a good area for a kingdom. Might want to swing down and encompass Leilon and some of the main road. I would think that both Neverwinter and...
  12. Why would he carve "Arrrrrrrrgh" Sir Lancelot. ...

    Why would he carve "Arrrrrrrrgh" Sir Lancelot.
    "Perhaps it was Dictation."
  13. This. There was a series of books that...

    This. There was a series of books that transitioned from 4e to 5e and told about how the companions were reincarnated in new bodies. This looks like it continues the same timeline rather than be a...
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    This thread contains a poll. I have a few in the campaign. There may be some...

    I have a few in the campaign. There may be some if the PCs go looking for one or in special places. Mostly they are dreaded in the background and may come out late in the game.

    I also cannot...
  15. I originally thought this was going to be a...

    I originally thought this was going to be a throwback novel,but glad to see it is a 5e novel with the Companipns of the Hall. I will need to read the last series where Gromph blackened out the world.
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    The only problem I see is that Waterdeep has...

    The only problem I see is that Waterdeep has soooo many high level NPCs and protections like giant walking statues. The players may feel like their characters are bit players. You could 'recruit'...
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    The other players narrate the damage to their...

    The other players narrate the damage to their character. I have them roll the damage the monsters do to themselves and a player may say "I take 8 points, a minor wound", or "Help, cleric..."

    For...
  18. Thread: Wizard Students

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    It is a bit hard to read, but I like the idea. ...

    It is a bit hard to read, but I like the idea. This may be good with another thread with all spells being able to cast as a ritual. Maybe the 0-level mage gets a few spells to use, but needs to...
  19. I first thought you wanted all spells to be cast...

    I first thought you wanted all spells to be cast like rituals, in a way to lessen magic in the world. A lightning bolt or fireball taking 10 minutes where combat normally takes less than one minute....
  20. I have not implemented it, but think that they...

    I have not implemented it, but think that they should be able to SA with anything they are proficient with. I have a dwarf with a handaxe since it feels right. Maybe limit it to 1-handed. Not sure...
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    To keep the class simple you could just give...

    To keep the class simple you could just give something like +1 damage per level on each attack. Although I find them to be fine and 90% of the fighters in my game have been champions.
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    Typically is is not a big deal in my games. I...

    Typically is is not a big deal in my games. I may say something about the area being dark and the players say something about torches or light spell. In fights it does not matter unless someone is...
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    I would have 1 frost and 3 hill giants. Have the...

    I would have 1 frost and 3 hill giants. Have the frost be the leader and the others are focusing on being cold and wanting to take shelter, possibly giving the PCs surprise. The paladin with a...
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    I still have the World Builders Handbook and...

    I still have the World Builders Handbook and Dungeon Builders Handbook, but only read parts of them. They have a lot of information in them and I guess I used some of the information to develop...
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    I liked some of the 4e classes that were like...

    I liked some of the 4e classes that were like multiclassed PCs. Duskblade and Swordmage were two I liked best.
  26. Spiritual Weapon does not carry concentration, it...

    Spiritual Weapon does not carry concentration, it is only a bonus action to cast and a bonus to move and attack again for 1 minute. I kind of see it as a symbol of the deity and more intelligent...
  27. Anyone play with a buckler shield that gives...

    Anyone play with a buckler shield that gives +1AC, but would count as a light weapon to do away with Dual Wielder feat.
  28. I guess I can see this, but it appears that you...

    I guess I can see this, but it appears that you want the +2 AC from a shield and a bonus attack from 2-weapon fighting. I see that you need a feat so that makes it a bit more fair, but it appears a...
  29. Thread: Bank Security

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    I think that FR was thrown back into a more Dark...

    I think that FR was thrown back into a more Dark Ages feel for 5e. The Spellplague caused most static magic to fail and all the cool 'modern day' things failed as well. Hot plates, ice boxes,...
  30. I sometimes let a 2nd check but make the DC...

    I sometimes let a 2nd check but make the DC higher or at disadvantage. Say you have an open locks check that the PCs fail. The group does not usually have each PCs try to open locks and if the...
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    Thief, background for flavor to get some good RP...

    Thief, background for flavor to get some good RP in. By the time you are 9th level you will have the skill and tools needed to call yourself an expert.

    What do you see needing to escape from. ...
  32. The only issue would be is a computer scans the...

    The only issue would be is a computer scans the resumes first and throws out all without a degree. You will never see a human even though you have all the other experience to beat those with a...
  33. It would be good if you could introduce the main...

    It would be good if you could introduce the main adventure somehow. Perhaps a ship has returned from there empty of crew and the city has closed off the ship for fear of disease. Strange things...
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    In my games, humans are chosen most followed by...

    In my games, humans are chosen most followed by dwarf. Halfling and elf/ half-elf are ok and dragonborn and others like goliath are seldom. I'm sue you will get suggestions that each race is weak...
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    My first thought is to decide if the class is...

    My first thought is to decide if the class is fighter first or thief first. If you think if him as a fighter-type over a thief-type, then 2 attacks works over more sneak attack damage. Thief first...
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    Would Hasbro want to make a video game to come...

    Would Hasbro want to make a video game to come out the same time the movie is? Maybe a new chapter in one of those lines. Not what I would pick, but they have the base already and another game...
  37. Thread: "House" Rules

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    We used to have rolling 1 a second time be a...

    We used to have rolling 1 a second time be a breakage. Mostly it was your magical sword, but a staff of power broke and exploded once, killing both the mage and the BBEG. It was a great night of...
  38. Thread: "House" Rules

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    I used to play with critical misses and we had a...

    I used to play with critical misses and we had a chart like we did for critical hits. We got away from it with 4e and 5e because it added more complexity and seemed to slow things down. I like ccs...
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    A lot of the newer adventure league stuff has a 2...

    A lot of the newer adventure league stuff has a 2 hour limit and can be expanded to 4 hours with some additional stuff given. Otherwise you can find several intro/ start modules in DMsGuild where...
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    I would charge 1sp per twig. This way most...

    I would charge 1sp per twig. This way most people still would not use them, but PCs can get a bunch to use. I like the idea of using a bonus action to start a torch or lantern. I think the normal...
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    You have a good opportunity since you have...

    You have a good opportunity since you have played the module already to add to the DM and make the table enjoy it more. You have plenty of PCs and came up with a good role to fill. You should...
  42. gladiators and Colosseum fighting. Take pictures...

    gladiators and Colosseum fighting. Take pictures of the cool sites and add them to the NPC interactions and shops for visiting. A good fight night can be fit to your needs and players can come and...
  43. Be careful to player interpretation. Saving a...

    Be careful to player interpretation. Saving a goblin could mean several things such as; stopping him from falling off a bridge, or spending years showing him the evil of his ways and convert him. ...
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    I remember the wraith in LMoP not being able to...

    I remember the wraith in LMoP not being able to touch things. Not sure if it was written, or if I assumed so. There was some good roleplaying with the wraith about turning his pages on the book he...
  45. The wording seems off a bit. If a planar lord,...

    The wording seems off a bit. If a planar lord, which is a NPC in my game, cast planar ally spell, then of-course he could summon his own followers to his side. This would be a normal use of the...
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    You could have the kobolds be the tainted...

    You could have the kobolds be the tainted halflings or such. Regular kobolds could become dark kobolds and only the normal ones can be PCs. A 3rd idea to have them turn into dragons and that is...
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    The first few D&D movies could have worked-...

    The first few D&D movies could have worked- maybe. The main problem was no character development to become attached to. There was a BBEG that you had no reason to hate and a McGruffin to stop him...
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    Sounds kind of like Star Wars where the Emperor...

    Sounds kind of like Star Wars where the Emperor has all the stormtroopers raised to obey orders and act loyal to uphold the law. There is a lot of places to go from there, like would the troopers...
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    In an old campaign, there was a goblin leader...

    In an old campaign, there was a goblin leader named Big Boom that could case a fireball. He was only 3rd level but as an enemy he could do things the PCs could not. After he cast the fireball,...
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    When I raise a stat block from, say a bandit to a...

    When I raise a stat block from, say a bandit to a leader bandit, I tend to give him crit on 19/20 and maybe a 4e power like 1/rest: make an attack against each enemy w/in 1square (close burst 1). I...
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    I'm waiting for virtual reality glasses/suit that...

    I'm waiting for virtual reality glasses/suit that can allow me to play and get exercise. The computer could slow my actions down or speed them up to get more attacks or cast spells and such. It may...
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    I can see story based awards based on goals. If...

    I can see story based awards based on goals. If you spend the last 6 months defeating the knights of blah-blah and they are finally vanquished, you should get something since you are not advancing a...
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    With only 3 PCs and no cleric it may be hard, but...

    With only 3 PCs and no cleric it may be hard, but PCs can take on more than you think, especially if they are at full HP. You could insert a cleric NPC for the trip. Once Protection from Evil is...
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    I would go with that, but also be more open to...

    I would go with that, but also be more open to allow other shapeshifting types to be included as well since there is not that many. Also it would be a better choice than 'humanoid' in general so it...
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    No, but it depends on how they are played. If...

    No, but it depends on how they are played. If they are a solo monster, then it is easier then if they are with allies like they should be. Kind of like a mob boss in the movies where there is...
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    This thread contains a poll. I do not remember ever using them with the...

    I do not remember ever using them with the exception of holding your action and the DM making you choose why conditions you held your actions for.

    I thought they went away with things like speed...
  57. I try to get a mix of both to give the PCs each a...

    I try to get a mix of both to give the PCs each a chance to find things. I also tend to not use passive checks that much. I think I just give out a certain amount of info just based on assuming...
  58. I have the players roll damage against their PCs....

    I have the players roll damage against their PCs. It frees me up to focus on other things and speeds play up as well. I haven't found problems with players being the one that kills their PC if it...
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    I tried a basic or kids game of D&D I mostly...

    I tried a basic or kids game of D&D I mostly stole from online where there was no damage, but just a hit. PCs had like 4-7 Hp and each time they were hit, one would come off. Monsters had 1-2 HP. ...
  60. Looks like it works fine and I see where it may...

    Looks like it works fine and I see where it may speed some things up. Kind of like stats using standard array instead of rolling. Not sure if I will use it. We tend to like a bit of randomness and...
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    Sounds like it could be fun. You need some cool...

    Sounds like it could be fun. You need some cool ideas other than grand fights with demons and monsters. Maybe there is a castle that has never fallen to the demons, but now lies closed off after...
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    Pick a good monster that can level with the PCs...

    Pick a good monster that can level with the PCs and build around that. You can have a demon plot or a elemental plot. I once made a construct BBEG and had a bunch of modified monsters to scale. ...
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    I tend to allow the PHB races with no problems. ...

    I tend to allow the PHB races with no problems. There may be some roleplay with a dragonborn or tiefling, or a 1/2orc. Monsters are monsters for a reason, so the commoners treat PCs that are...
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    We had a ranger with a bear pet/companion that...

    We had a ranger with a bear pet/companion that stayed out of town and the ranger would go out to stay with it overnight. Never had the problem of a PC being a orc or bugbear, let alone something...
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    I like to put threats and monsters, and even...

    I like to put threats and monsters, and even NPCs, after the general description. I found that when the door opens to a group of monsters, the players focus on that and I need to re-read the...
  66. " I thought that they were angels, but to my...

    " I thought that they were angels, but to my surprise. We climbed aboard their starship, we headed for the skies". Maybe Greyhawk is the 'fey' plane according to the history of FR.
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    I try to first describe the room and take a side,...

    I try to first describe the room and take a side, front, side approach. I try to not give too many details for the obvious thing to search later.

    The door creaks open revealing a well-lit...
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    Following up on what iserith said- it is rather...

    Following up on what iserith said- it is rather easy to re-skin monsters to make frost trolls and ice goblins.

    Some other things to think about is how magic will affect the game. Resistance to...
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    How come the ocean is on the wrong side to be...

    How come the ocean is on the wrong side to be Sword Coast. :)
  70. I must be the only one that thought this one was...

    I must be the only one that thought this one was terrible. Maybe it was because I was 12 and remember feeling so let down when we encountered aliens and all the spaceship stuff. I guess I can only...
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    I have done a one-shot where the PCs are first...

    I have done a one-shot where the PCs are first level and I have already leveled the PC to 2nd level on the back of the sheet. I hand out the sheets like an old convention and start playing. I also...
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    Never thought about it much, I tended to just...

    Never thought about it much, I tended to just make a single check and say you get a lot or just a single something. I figured that a single arrow or fireblast could kill a rabbit or duck or even a...
  73. Thread: Command: Flee

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    Welcome to the boards, it is nice to see fellow...

    Welcome to the boards, it is nice to see fellow soldiers. Have some XP to get started.
  74. Thread: Command: Flee

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    One thing I was just thinking is how many...

    One thing I was just thinking is how many commands would a PC know in other languages. Since there is only one common language, would PCs know other language commands, or should they only know what...
  75. I could see Arkay helping the halfling with...

    I could see Arkay helping the halfling with information or an item to be able to rescue the paladin. It moves the story along and the party can become whole again. This makes Arkay more likable to...
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    This would be hard for me since I find most of...

    This would be hard for me since I find most of the new races I see as not needed and rather silly. I would go to the players to get ideas on what they are thinking if they do not want PHB stuff or...
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    Numbers affect how often monsters hit. 5 goblins...

    Numbers affect how often monsters hit. 5 goblins are not much of a threat for 5th level PCs, but make that number 15 and that is a tough fight.

    Also, if the monsters can gain advantage on...
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    An old DM of mine has a whiny son of a noble...

    An old DM of mine has a whiny son of a noble named Pompus Asintent. We had to drag him around for a while before his father would give us something we needed. I think it was the nasally voice the...
  79. Thread: Permanency

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    To make something actually permanent requires...

    To make something actually permanent requires casting for a whole year, or 365 astral diamonds, or 3.65 million GP. Looks like I need a Kickstarter disguised as a 22 minute action adventure.
  80. Thread: Demiplane walls

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    I guess everything here is DM fiat. The spell...

    I guess everything here is DM fiat. The spell does say it has a duration of only 1 hour, but you can go back to what you created the next time you cast it. Not sure what the one-hour duration is...
  81. CleverNickName are very awesome for doing this. ...

    CleverNickName are very awesome for doing this. I was trying to do big math and guessed that they would bring in half the previous day for a number of days before the people dried up and then half...
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    I tend to grant a Athletics or Acrobatics check. ...

    I tend to grant a Athletics or Acrobatics check. This favors the PCs a bit over goblins and such, but not against some bigger monsters. Otherwise my group would be so paranoid anytime there is a...
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    I very rarely have encounters start at a range...

    I very rarely have encounters start at a range longer than 60ft. I thought there is some rules about Perception and penalties for every 10ft past X or such. I do not use that, but fins the table...
  84. Man, that little money wheel is screaming. They...

    Man, that little money wheel is screaming. They could make a whole series to rival the original D&D cartoon. Does Matt look like Dungeon Master, or is it just me. :)
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    In the movie The 12th Warrior the vikings were...

    In the movie The 12th Warrior the vikings were getting ready to eat and passed around a washing bowl. All the vikings took turns washing their hands and face while some blew their nose in or washed...
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    A good use would be to tumble past a blocking...

    A good use would be to tumble past a blocking enemy in a hall to get past him, but you would still get an AO if you moved away from him to get to the mage further in. You could bonus action to...
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    This sounds awesome, wish my wife would join in...

    This sounds awesome, wish my wife would join in the fun, but I ruined her when I 'made' her watch Monty Python and she lost 2 hours of her life for that stupid thing.

    I was a a convention...
  88. You could have an undead factory similar to...

    You could have an undead factory similar to Suaramon making orcs in The 2 Towers. One of mid-bosses could be controlling it and making skeletons or zombies to attack the land. Not a big threat to...
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    I like the idea overall, I had made a few spells...

    I like the idea overall, I had made a few spells in 2e/3e days named after a PC. I think they were just buffed lower level spells cast at a higher level- before we had rules for this sort of thing. ...
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    Sounds like he is bored of the PC or the...

    Sounds like he is bored of the PC or the adventure. I have players who like to play a new campaign every year or so, or if we approach level10.

    One thing you can do is to make some adventure...
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    Interesting, thank you for your efforts. I...

    Interesting, thank you for your efforts.

    I guess it is better than not playing. I never played with just me as player and DM. I have played with one other player and we both had PCs and...
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    Remember that you want to look at CR and hit...

    Remember that you want to look at CR and hit dice. If my party is 5th level and I want to throw one monster at them, I would look at a CR5 monster which may have 10HD to give it enough hit points to...
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    This thread contains a poll. Would I like to see it updated, sure, but not at...

    Would I like to see it updated, sure, but not at the expense of other stuff I can use. If it is just a flavor book with a few classes and such I do not need it. If it takes away from another...
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    This thread contains a poll. I like having them. They tend to make for some...

    I like having them. They tend to make for some ideas on playing the PC. My urchin thief if different than my guild thief for example. My guild thief is a cartographer seeking knowledge and...
  95. I also think that improvised weapons are not...

    I also think that improvised weapons are not usable with dex, but only strength. There was a debate a while ago about letting some weapons be finesse weapons like club is kind of like a bo staff and...
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    I find some players like to play certain races or...

    I find some players like to play certain races or classes for whatever reason. I tend to let them. Same for roles in a party. My normal group tends to fill each role and I can see something where...
  97. Is that south of Waterdeep? ;)

    Is that south of Waterdeep? ;)
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    This is a bit on how I feel about not playing...

    This is a bit on how I feel about not playing with a grid and just play using theater of the mind. I do not like it at all. I like to see the tactical part of where people are and being able to see...
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    Depends on the game and if there are a lot of...

    Depends on the game and if there are a lot of city time and NPC interaction where they can shine. Also, there are usually other bad guys with the undead, but constructs and elementals may not be the...
  100. I once started a campaign where all the PCs were...

    I once started a campaign where all the PCs were petrified and now thawed out, but 100 years later in the time frame from what they remember. Sometimes it helped, like when nobody knew about the...
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