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    D&D changes every 5 levels by design...

    Just found this post by Ryan Dancey on rpg.net (ok, he posted it 3 minutes ago...)

    Original Thread http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=310363

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    "D&D 3/3.5, by design, changes roughly every 5 levels. You may find that your group becomes comfortable in one of those 4 quartiles, or you may find that your group enjoys the changes of pace that happen when moving from quartile to quartile."

    Interesting. The entire post is very interesting.

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    I'm pretty sure I made much the same observation here, a few years back.

    Levels 1-5 = low, "gritty" fantasy (Conan, Black Company)
    6-10 = heroic fantasy (LotR)
    11-15 = superheroic fantasy (wuxia, Achilles)
    16-20 = supers (four-colour)

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    Agree the mechanics is designed to create different experiences at different levels the power curve rises more quickly as levels increase. But I've always kind of liked that, I mean if you wanted to keep it all real and "gritty" put away the paper and go DO it. THIS IS FANTASY BE FANTASTIC, I get enough reality in the real world as is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hong
    I'm pretty sure I made much the same observation here, a few years back.

    Levels 1-5 = low, "gritty" fantasy (Conan, Black Company)
    6-10 = heroic fantasy (LotR)
    11-15 = superheroic fantasy (wuxia, Achilles)
    16-20 = supers (four-colour)
    That's pretty close. I'll buy that.
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    Neat stuff, and makes sense.

    My players hate me for always starting them off at low level though

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    Quote Originally Posted by hong
    Levels 1-5 = low, "gritty" fantasy (Conan, Black Company)
    I have a bit of difficulty reconciling the Conan of Beyond the Black River or a Witch Shall Be Born with level 1-5. For that matter, the Conan of Hour of the Dragon, Sword and the Pheonix, Red Nails, and IIRC Queen of the Black Coast doesn't seem very 1-5 either.

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    Yeah, the whole Conan being the mightiest warrior in the whole wide world (hey, wasn't that a movie?) thing sort of implies he's higher level, but I get that the feeling of the world is low-level and gritty. That's also my favorite range to play. My group splits it up a little differently, based on our own preferences:

    1-2: You can die at any time
    3-6: Gritty, but not immediately fatal
    7-10: Heroic Fantasy
    11-14: Superheroes Game
    15+: We've heard rumors about this.

    The official breakdown is a little more, well, official, but this is pretty much how my group looks at it.

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    I break it up this way.

    1-5 = save the town
    6-10 = save the city
    11-15 = save the country
    16-20 = save the world.

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    1-7 Characters face challenges on a dangerous field
    8-14 Characters can, with the right preparations, dictate the venue for a challenge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deekin
    I break it up this way.

    1-5 = save the town
    6-10 = save the city
    11-15 = save the country
    16-20 = save the world.
    21+ = save the cheerleader
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