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  1. It seems that only some influential people will...

    It seems that only some influential people will know what happened and the farther away from the center, the less people will know. Maybe in Chult merchants and nobles know and offer all sorts of...
  2. I think that the lines overlap between homebrew...

    I think that the lines overlap between homebrew and personalizing. I play in the FR as well and take the played the Phandalin module for the first campaign. The 2nd campaign I took the town and...
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    It depends on where the PCs are in the game. If...

    It depends on where the PCs are in the game. If the whole group is midway in a dungeon, then the PC drags in the rear and one of the other players will roll for that PC in combat and generally act...
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    Also, anyone can use any skill by rolling with...

    Also, anyone can use any skill by rolling with your ability modifier, but only skills you are trained in adds your proficiency bonus. This means that a fighter can try and pick pockets by making a...
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    I tend to round up when splitting it. Mostly due...

    I tend to round up when splitting it. Mostly due to the amount of damage PCs do. It it is large and starts with 100hp and is hit with slashing for 20hp I would have 2 medium with 50hp each. If one...
  6. I usually allow the group to make plans and such...

    I usually allow the group to make plans and such and well as tactics. It is a social game and I can fudge that the smart PCs is coming up with more of the tactics.

    The bigger problem is when...
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    I was reading the title and thought, "I hope The...

    I was reading the title and thought, "I hope The Dark Crystal is in there." Great job.
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    I once had the PCs deliver a sealed box from one...

    I once had the PCs deliver a sealed box from one Spinx to another. They did not open it but guessed what was within when I had the other Spinx uncover a large chessboard before opening the box. The...
  9. I like the feature as is, but the out of...

    I like the feature as is, but the out of character knowledge comes through in my game more than with other spells like this. We tend to put the red circle on the mini to show that they are very hurt...
  10. Can you expand on the concept behind giving up SA...

    Can you expand on the concept behind giving up SA for other powers. I'm trying to get to the power behind the thief's ability to sneak attack and that being something to give up. I can see spells...
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    I have several and ran a few at a Convention...

    I have several and ran a few at a Convention earlier in the year. Some are rather good, but they tend to railroad since they are aimed for a set amount of time at the game store or at a Con. You...
  12. This is the perfect place for the DM to insert...

    This is the perfect place for the DM to insert some campaign lore or have a quest to discover some spell. As a player you may be able to get one of your spells by suggesting to the DM a quest. Come...
  13. I tend to have all the stereotypes in the game...

    I tend to have all the stereotypes in the game world and players or specific NPC can be the variants. Grumpy dwarves and frivolous elves are the norm with PCs being the ones that are different. We...
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    I get to murder-hobo Cookie Monster, sweet ;) ...

    I get to murder-hobo Cookie Monster, sweet ;)

    Seriously, those pics are freaked.
  15. NPCs can worship anyone you want. All you need...

    NPCs can worship anyone you want. All you need to worry about is if it is fun and it moves the plot along.
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    I think my father is getting to that point, thank...

    I think my father is getting to that point, thank you
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    I believe there is several threads or DMsGuild...

    I believe there is several threads or DMsGuild modules listing changes to LMoP, especially the ending to make it better. I have not run any of them, so I do not know if it is true. I guess it...
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    I too get to DM more than play, but do not mind. ...

    I too get to DM more than play, but do not mind. It is more getting together and socializing. I did go to TotalCon, near Boston Massachusetts this year and enjoyed playing. There was a ticket...
  19. I was thinking that god=science. Just reskin...

    I was thinking that god=science. Just reskin clerics as scientists or alchemists. Maybe the spells are in potion form and the cleric heals you by administrating a potion. He throws pyramid...
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    I guess I could 6 city guards and have 5 with...

    I guess I could 6 city guards and have 5 with spears and one with a sword who is the sergeant or something. Not sure I need more than one annis hag, it is not like I'm going to swap it out when she...
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    Wow, just looked at the close up pics linked...

    Wow, just looked at the close up pics linked above. Some look good, but many look cheap and goofy, especially the humanoids. There is also many that use the same mold, but have a sword rather than...
  22. Rust monsters have eaten many magic swords,...

    Rust monsters have eaten many magic swords, shields, and armor in my time. Magical ones were able to make a save, but many failed. PCs would run from them like they were stirges rather than have...
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    I like the idea and the example allowed me to...

    I like the idea and the example allowed me to 'see' it better. I found the rules part a bit hard to read and follow along. The only part that may be tricky is the number of followers tied to the...
  24. Thread: The D4

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    I looked at d4 that are shaped like d6 with two...

    I looked at d4 that are shaped like d6 with two of the sides rounded so that it only hits 4 sides. They are a bit expensive though. I also seen d8 with 1-4 printed twice and d12 with 1-4 printed 3x...
  25. Thread: Katana

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    When I DM, I like to have places where all the...

    When I DM, I like to have places where all the players can have something on their PC 'level' up. I had an ancient temple where the well glowed blue. Players chose a weapon or armor to gain a +1 or...
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    It looks fine to me, I would most likely allow...

    It looks fine to me, I would most likely allow it. The cleric may end up using most of his spells on healing anyways. Isn't he giving up an extra attack. I would most likely even allow him to...
  27. I just looked at the Homebrewery sheet and I like...

    I just looked at the Homebrewery sheet and I like it a lot better. The d8 sneak attack instead of d6 is good, and fits since it is only with melee weapons. The extra 1hp per level is not great, but...
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    I think that if you do not give some benefit of...

    I think that if you do not give some benefit of doubt, you will be telling your players that they should play only one type of player. Players will hear that they just should stick to X character...
  29. I find doubling the base weapon damage on a sneak...

    I find doubling the base weapon damage on a sneak attack a bit much, when added to normal sneak attack damage. I would like to see something where he is given advantage or can negate some damage. ...
  30. I would guess that Wizards puts out a standard...

    I would guess that Wizards puts out a standard module where DMs can add some things like magic. I can also see where named monsters have specific items like the Wand of Orcus and such.
  31. Thread: Katana

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    Welcome to the message boards, you'll like it...

    Welcome to the message boards, you'll like it here. Most of us give decent advise some of the time. Have some XP as well
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    I play the flanking rules and do not have any big...

    I play the flanking rules and do not have any big problems. Maybe the PCs get some advantage unless they have lots of mooks on them that flank them. I also play zombies and such as not so much...
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    This thread contains a poll. If I make up the adventures and only use FR for...

    If I make up the adventures and only use FR for place names and gods, maps and such- is it homebrew or FR? I put FR since I only have so much time to develop background. We go to a city called...
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    Go with whatever is fun for your game and makes...

    Go with whatever is fun for your game and makes the encounter better. Be careful when the players want it for their PCs though. Also think about the weight of the thing if you are going to make the...
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    Hiding every round is one of the ways rogues work...

    Hiding every round is one of the ways rogues work to get sneak attack. I cannot count the number of threads about a halfling that can hide behind the fighter and pop out to get sneak attack- either...
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    I have a semi-normal game with my son who plays...

    I have a semi-normal game with my son who plays with my normal group on odd weeks when there is no school the next day. This means that he can play only every couple months during the school year...
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    This thread contains a poll. I'm first thinking no since there are several...

    I'm first thinking no since there are several items/quirks that are in each world that would need to be forced on other worlds. Dragonmarks in FR and such. Special races that are specific to worlds...
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    I had an adventure where the bullywugs of the...

    I had an adventure where the bullywugs of the swamp were acting up and causing more trouble for the elves of the woods. The PCs needed the elves help in scouting the woods and fighting the...
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    I always ask myself "Compared to what". This...

    I always ask myself "Compared to what". This spell does sound powerful, like sprint guardians which I see gets a lot of words over. I generally say that if they are must have spells, then they are...
  40. Why did I always think she was a he. I like the...

    Why did I always think she was a he. I like the story he weaves with being the brother to Asmodeus and such.
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    Character development is good, but something is...

    Character development is good, but something is needed to tie them together. Sometimes you can tell the PCs to come up with ties and go from there, but you can also give them reasons to play nice...
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    It seems a bit open to abuse for the cost of gp...

    It seems a bit open to abuse for the cost of gp and half the range. It seems gold is little used in 5e and all the PCs have plenty to spend in these at 10gp per arrow. An arrows range is incredible...
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    Soooo, What- no new movie. The last few were...

    Soooo, What- no new movie. The last few were great, well maybe ok, well maybe direct to DVD ok.

    I know very little on her and the children and how that all shakes out, so I do not want to pass...
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    This may work here...

    This may work here. It was made for 5th level PCs, but you can scale it up a bit. It has an undead ghoul trapped in a stone circle that was once a Uthgart Barbarian shaman type. There are bandits...
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    You could also give him power where damage is...

    You could also give him power where damage is directed to a minion or some part of his lair. The PCs will redirect their attacks to the minions to weaken him. Perhaps at the start of combat he...
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    I tend to have a lot of scenes that end in...

    I tend to have a lot of scenes that end in combat. Some are barfights, while others are a simple orc (guarding a chest) in a 10x10ft room. Nearly all the time there is a point where someone starts...
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    Building him like a monster allows you to give...

    Building him like a monster allows you to give him cool powers and combos that break traditional character building. I like to give 4e powers to NPCs to make them stand out a bit and it makes the...
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    All the other powers make him cool, but the HP...

    All the other powers make him cool, but the HP will kill him in one round if the PCs can get to him. By the level you want, the fighter could take several attacks of opportunity getting to him and...
  49. I gave him a dollar.

    I gave him a dollar.
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    The biggest thing is to have fun and make the...

    The biggest thing is to have fun and make the others have fun. Everything else stems from that from trying to say yes to being on the neutral side and not think of it as you vs. them. Also, do not...
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    This thread contains a poll. I also allow short rests between set encounters. ...

    I also allow short rests between set encounters. There is an area of mines the PCs are exploring right now where they cleared out 3 rooms and are traveling to another area of mines. I may roll for...
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    This thread contains a poll. My group takes a short rest every 2-3 encounters...

    My group takes a short rest every 2-3 encounters and a long rest after 5-6 encounters. Some days there is 2 short rests, but most days there is one and when they are spent again they will need a...
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    I remember that he was a king or such of a...

    I remember that he was a king or such of a kingdom long vanished by where Waterdeep is today. Maybe something with a stag name.

    This and he can hold his thumb and forefinger out so that he can...
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    I tend to use the standard array to assign them,...

    I tend to use the standard array to assign them, it works, but nobody starts off super if that is your idea. I have also thought about a system of bonuses where you have +10 to assign to stats. If...
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    Unfortunately I cannot. None of my players in...

    Unfortunately I cannot. None of my players in the 4-5 campaigns now have tried to multiclass. In 3e days a lot of them did to some extent. Maybe it is because we do not play with feats s well and...
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    I think that fame is determined by distance. If...

    I think that fame is determined by distance. If you are talking about what the average merchant or farmer knows, then people in Shadowdale know a lot but average people in Waterdeep know little. ...
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    Is anyone working on better multiclassing rules? ...

    Is anyone working on better multiclassing rules? Should someone? I liked 3e rules on this and how you can keep certain character level things and class level things. There was some problems with...
  58. My first thought is something to do with aging or...

    My first thought is something to do with aging or staying young. Some sort of weakness spell that ages the target, even until after a long rest. Maybe model it after a wight's energy drain power...
  59. I need a set of stats for my game though.

    I need a set of stats for my game though.
  60. The storm giant base is 13 and I find that...

    The storm giant base is 13 and I find that casting spells adds 1 for every few levels of spells you can cast. You cast 6th level spells at 11th level so that adds 2 maybe 3 with the regeneration. I...
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    This thread contains a poll. I think the market will show that most casual...

    I think the market will show that most casual gamers like it as a base world and they will keep it. If other world books sell, they will update more of it to role out stuff. I could see more...
  62. I do not have big problems with updating the...

    I do not have big problems with updating the world and timelines. FR has taken it a bit far with having to find reasons to fit things and their big events like the Spellplague. When 4e came out the...
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    As the DM, you can do anything. Raise Dead works...

    As the DM, you can do anything. Raise Dead works as the speed of plot. The great thing with NPC magic is that it can do anything, even things PCs cannot do. If you want to say that 1000 people all...
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    It depends on the player and how he is playing...

    It depends on the player and how he is playing the character. I have seen many stereotypes and ways that people favor the Evil over the Lawful, or visa-versa. Same with Chaotic and any of the...
  65. I mostly go with Perception being anything you...

    I mostly go with Perception being anything you see while just looking around in general, and Investigation being once you need to touch something. I do use Investigation if the PC is trying to study...
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    I have one player that only plays champion...

    I have one player that only plays champion fighters- he is on number 6 for 5e so far. I think he likes to crit on 19-20 and that it is simple to play.
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    This thread contains a poll. All dudes and all family at the moment. My...

    All dudes and all family at the moment. My father age 70, me age 45, brother age 38, and my son age 13.
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    I was more thinking that advantage was more race...

    I was more thinking that advantage was more race related (like dwarf or halfling advantage to saves) and proficiency bonus was more class related (like thief bonus to skills).
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    I always like to have a quest cost associated...

    I always like to have a quest cost associated with good magic items. The map may be only a hundred gold though.
  70. Thread: D&D Literature

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    Ohh- Anything with Drizzt! ;)

    Ohh- Anything with Drizzt! ;)
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    Anyone think that Ravnica will have a Magic style...

    Anyone think that Ravnica will have a Magic style of casting spells? I'm sure lots of people have thought about having only one type of caster who chooses a color to specialize in and be the red...
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    I'm actually kind of happy right now. I do not...

    I'm actually kind of happy right now. I do not mind FR and seemed to have contained myself to the region around Phandalin with the starter set and some expansion on that area. I would like to see...
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    My 12 year old son recently started playing with...

    My 12 year old son recently started playing with my normal group and that was his only exposure to style and roleplay. He seems to play more or less like the rest of us combined with being 12. It...
  74. I do not see the intend behind it? I would have...

    I do not see the intend behind it? I would have the recharge like other items where you gain something like 1d6 charges per day rather than 1 every 8 hours. I also do not see the big difference...
  75. NPC monster stat blocks is the way to go. This...

    NPC monster stat blocks is the way to go. This way you can add cool powers that the classed PCs do not have access to and you can make them as powerful as you need to. Just make up powers to get...
  76. This thread contains a poll. I would be interested in seeing some of the ideas...

    I would be interested in seeing some of the ideas and adventures. Maybe I would play some more non-FR games/worlds. If it is Adventure League games it may lead me to play that more. I tend to have...
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    Spellplague should have knocked all these out a...

    Spellplague should have knocked all these out a hundred years ago, if you play in FR.

    There is an old discussion on the length of forever in terms of continual flame where most thought if last...
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    Years ago in 2e time a player at a convention...

    Years ago in 2e time a player at a convention took one of these and placed a crystal prism in the front. His logic was to turn the prism to make only the infrared light shine through and make his...
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    When I am planning adventures and making maps, I...

    When I am planning adventures and making maps, I try to build in area for the PCs to rest. There may be a side room or secret room that they find, or even something where it sends the monsters in...
  80. Thread: The Closed Door

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    "Wait until you realize that there is no door",...

    "Wait until you realize that there is no door", says the oracle.
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    I more picture cults are like modern day cults...

    I more picture cults are like modern day cults where there is one charismatic leader that has power and the others follow him for their own purpose. Like Jim Jones having all those people drink...
  82. I liked In Volo's Wake. It takes place after...

    I liked In Volo's Wake. It takes place after LMoP and has a few small quests (1-2 hours each) around Phandalin that tie together. I have not played too many though.
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    They levitate at the speed of plot. If you need...

    They levitate at the speed of plot. If you need them to, they do. Any player that has a problem with the way the spell works, they do not get the way giants in your campaign use magic.
  84. I like the idea of having something for fighters...

    I like the idea of having something for fighters to boost their AC if they are not in heavy armor. When the PCs are traveling in town or visiting nobles and such they should be in light armor or...
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    I like to roll the many dice when I crit and my...

    I like to roll the many dice when I crit and my players do as well. When monsters crit, I just add one more damage die, even if there would be more. Most of the time a monster does 1d6+2 and it...
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    I don't see any big problems. You stated your...

    I don't see any big problems. You stated your issues with lack of dedicated cleric and mage, but the other classes can pick up there. There should not be too many problems the party cannot handle. ...
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    Don't be afraid to use stereotypes. Grumpy...

    Don't be afraid to use stereotypes. Grumpy dwarves and flighty elves may ground the game in the players preconceived notions, and it alerts them when someone is acting against how they are supposed...
  88. I would try and get the DM to modify a flaming...

    I would try and get the DM to modify a flaming sword to one with lighting. I may be slightly better sine less creatures have lightning resistance, but should be fine. Like the old Thundar the...
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    I always like having other adventuring bands that...

    I always like having other adventuring bands that act as frenemies. I'll have one band with noble enough intentions, but maybe one of them likes to brag about doing the things that the PCs done to...
  90. Thread: One Shot Game

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    I have used 1-shots to introduce elements of my...

    I have used 1-shots to introduce elements of my main game when one or more regular players could not make the game or when there is another player joining for a night. My main game was leading up to...
  91. We have a few of the Heroclix figures with the...

    We have a few of the Heroclix figures with the numbered base that have been converted to D&D use. They seem cheap at the local store to get in bulk and operate on. A bit of paint and they are good.
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    A couple things come to me by looking at this. ...

    A couple things come to me by looking at this. Keep on the Shadowfell where these was a former knight you could speak with or fight. I would have to look up his whole bit. The other is the movie...
  93. Thread: One Shot Game

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    I have been playing a loose campaign that acts...

    I have been playing a loose campaign that acts like a series of 1-shots. There is an overall theme of exploring an abandoned city and each time we play they party explores a different location or...
  94. Thread: Recharge powers

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    I find that I have given some of my NPCs 4e...

    I find that I have given some of my NPCs 4e powers, but have a 1/rest recharge to them. Something like the old fighter power where they can make an attack on everyone within 1 square makes for a...
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    When I first started playing around age 8 or 9 I...

    When I first started playing around age 8 or 9 I thought certain player knowledge and character knowledge could be shared. My 3rd PC was a thief that had a problem stealing from other characters,...
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    They look like the ones you can design at...

    They look like the ones you can design at HeroForge (I think). I designed one for a PC I can playing, but it came to around $15.00. They could get a volume discount or make a mold if the numbers...
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    At first thought this sounds a lot like 4e where...

    At first thought this sounds a lot like 4e where each class attacked with their main ability. You can try and justify it by saying mages think logically when they stab someone with a dagger and...
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    Remember that the main problem with only one...

    Remember that the main problem with only one monster is that it has one action vs. a party worth of actions. This is why I tend to have a single monster and a couple monsters a CR one or two less...
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    I usually end up changing HP during the fight for...

    I usually end up changing HP during the fight for the boss depending on if it has cool powers left or I feel it needs to last another round or two. AC depends on if I adjust on the fly or write it...
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    Overall it looks fine. Like the thread on armor...

    Overall it looks fine. Like the thread on armor you can now concept your pc to use tomahawks instead of daggers and still have them use finesse. I can call my sword a scimitar or halfsword, or...
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