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    Today, 01:01 AM
    You know, I think Jeremy may have referred very peripherally to other classes in one of those Dragon+ twitch shows awhile back. But I couldn't tell you which one. And it's probably not enough substance to bother seeking it out. Other people have mentioned the Sorcerer as a possibility. AD
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    Today, 12:29 AM
    Jeremey Crawford spent a little time on twitter dispelling the notion that there would be a completely revised class. And I quote: "He was referring to the alternative class features we're exploring for various classes, including the ranger. These would be optional rules, not a redesign of a class." link: https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1141455272939884544 I like that they...
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    I'm guessing they'll stick with their 'alternate class features' route to keep compatibility. From the transcript: Mearls: "maybe play-testing this summer some new options that complement what’s there without overriding it. One of the hard things about working in tabletop is you can’t patch a physical book—unless you’re willing to break into everyone’s house and paste in new things." So...
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    lkj started a thread Dragon + Issue 26 is out
    http://www.dragonmag.com/5.0/#!/article/117400/103786065?loadFresh=true&title=26_01_Issue%2026%20cover Some fun content. Digital maps for Saltmarsh are provided. AD
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 02:07 AM
    Perhaps. But it also sounded like the 'turret' for the Artillerist might get re-worked to be something that could be wielded. Which sounds a lot less pet-like. AD
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Thursday, 20th September, 2018

  • 08:04 PM - OB1 mentioned lkj in post Tell Me About Your Experiences With High Level 5E
    Couple bits of Advice: 1) High level parties will occasionally completely nullify a fight that you thought was going to be epic. Be ok with that. Enjoy it. Let them have their clever moment. Just make sure your storylines are flexible enough to handle those kinds of set backs for the villains. 2) As you learn your party, be comfortable modifying hitpoints and damage outputs to get the effect you want. Don't be a slave to the stats. I mean, it works if you run things by the book. But if Baphomet having an extra 100 hp makes the fight more fun, go ahead and do it. AD This! lkj your campaign sounds amazing, epic and fun! Your experience is exactly why Tier IV is, IMO, the best Tier.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 03:11 AM - Mercurius mentioned lkj in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    I agree with lkj that at this point they almost "have to" release a capstone like product offers access to a bunch of setttings. This is why I think a Spelljammer-Planescape is the most likely offering. Imagine a book that covers SJ/PS, details Sigil, then has overviews of a few major settings. They can then release fuller treatments of specific settings later on. On the other hand, I also wouldn't be surprised if we see nothing more than the "Planejammer" book, and then DM's Guild opened up and/or licensing of settings to trusted companies. I don't see what WotC loses if they do something like they did with Dragonlance with Margaret Weis in 3.x days.

Monday, 18th December, 2017

  • 05:51 PM - redrick mentioned lkj in post D&D Beyond and pencil-and-paper games
    Oofta and lkj, do you work from a laptop at the table? Or are you pulling out a tablet or phone to do reference lookups? My laptop died this spring. I need to keep an up-to-date desktop at home for work, so I've been seeing how long I can go with just using the smart phone for all my mobile computing needs. RPGs might be the one thing that kicks me over the edge.

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Thursday, 29th May, 2014

  • 07:02 PM - Thaumaturge mentioned lkj in post Upcoming OGL-Related Announcement!
    Where did Mearls discuss the idea of an OGL? He said, "I wanted to take a moment to address a common question we receive about the Open Gaming License and what it means for the future of D&D," and then spent the rest of the column carefully not addressing that question in any way. I think this is lkj 's point. From what they are writing when they are writing about the article, it seems they think they are addressing the question. My guess? They want to give certain parties a head start and are in the process of negotiating that. If they announce much more than what they did today, the head start looks less and less meaningful. But that's a guess. They could also just be dragging their feet on saying, "no". Thaumaturge.

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Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 12:34 AM - Remathilis quoted lkj in post Is it possible that the Revised Ranger is not dead?
    Jeremey Crawford spent a little time on twitter dispelling the notion that there would be a completely revised class. And I quote: "He was referring to the alternative class features we're exploring for various classes, including the ranger. These would be optional rules, not a redesign of a class." link: https://twitter.com/JeremyECrawford/status/1141455272939884544 I like that they are thinking a bit more globally than the ranger. I like the idea of them exploring alternate features for various classes. Sounds interesting. AD You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention...

Thursday, 6th June, 2019

  • 05:23 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted lkj in post Revised Artificer Survey now available
    The problem is that there are several other classic parts of the archetype that are far more iconic and influential than the creation of homunculi. It’s like a Batman subclass that focuses on the batmobile, instead of his detective skills, combat prowess, or utility belt. I disagree completely. It's more like a story about Batman that focuses on one of those three features. Perhaps. But it also sounded like the 'turret' for the Artillerist might get re-worked to be something that could be wielded. Which sounds a lot less pet-like. AD Damn I hope it still can be a "pet", because my wife really enjoys her turret as it is.

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 02:28 PM - Satyrn quoted lkj in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Edit: Unintended post! Sorry for the phantom alert, ikj
  • 07:30 AM - Abstruse quoted lkj in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Forgive me. I'm tired or maybe just dense, but I'm not sure what you're referring to. AD Yeah, I'm curious too. Seems that Mearls is saying that people who bought Wayfarer's Guide would get full updates until they're out of "playtest" (which only affects you if you're playing Adventurer's League)...but that goes counter to the "New hardback, cough up another $50" announcement tonight. Which is the big problem with the announcement is that it gives NO details. Which is what causes speculation, particularly in a niche hobby like this, negative speculation. I do not know what their PR department was thinking...
  • 07:30 AM - a.everett1287 quoted lkj in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Forgive me. I'm tired or maybe just dense, but I'm not sure what you're referring to. AD A random number that was floated as the level of overlap between the two products. Really, at this point, being overly enthusiastic or pessimistic about the product because you paid 20 bucks for a PDF one time is kind of nonsense, considering we have NO INFORMATION. Your grievances aren't automatically legitimate because something might be true; if your grievances are based more on whether you like something or not, those are true, but they don't carry any more weight than me saying 'I like toast more than bagels, because bagels have a weird consistency, and I bought this donut that looked like a bagel.' I have a gripe with bagels, but I don't think that makes my gripe a 'legitimate grievance.'
  • 07:19 AM - a.everett1287 quoted lkj in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Ah, citation was easier to find than I thought. Someone already compiled it: https://www.sageadvice.eu/2018/07/27/eberron-will-there-be-a-print-on-demand-option/ BUT 70%!!!!

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 08:40 PM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    It's true they are testing the Artificer, and this continued interest might mean they are considering a hardcover. But they've stated in the past that the Artificer will be added to the Wayfinders pdf, so, in and of itself, it's not definitive proof of a print book. AD True, but their having said "we are thinking of doing a hardcover for Eberron," which they did explicitly when the Guide was released, does suggest that they are thinking of doing a hardcover for Eberron. Why spend all the time playtesting the crunch, if not to give it a bigger release?

Friday, 10th May, 2019

  • 02:13 PM - gyor quoted lkj in post Greyhawk is the official setting for Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Mike Mearls shares your preference, based on an interview awhile back. What that means for the setting when they release it in some form? Who knows. AD Honestly if I was a GH fan, I'd be more concerned how tightly GH has been bound to the Forgotten Realms with so many NPCs visiting FR and being effected by events there.

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 06:50 PM - epithet quoted lkj in post A Look Inside Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Coincidentally, I recently came across the answer to this on Chris Lindsay's twitter account. https://twitter.com/Onnatryx/status/1123765708549238785 So, Saltmarsh yes. Greyhawk no. Which is very interesting. I wonder what they've got going on there. AD That makes no sense to me. If the "setting" of Saltmarsh is open for DMsGuild publication, and Saltmarsh is described as being on the coast of Keoland (as it should be,) then how is Keoland itself not going to be open, with the pantheons of Oerth, the Citadel of Eight, etc.? I'm more than a bit tired of whatever game they're playing with Greyhawk, and I'm still salty over the fact that you can publish and adventure for D&D set in MtG but not in the original D&D published setting (or the 2nd one, for that matter, which is "The Known World" now called Mystara.) You've already got people creating content for these settings "for free" for those who support them on Patreon, as well as for Dark Sun and Dragonlance. If WotC wants to take a c...
  • 05:06 PM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post A Look Inside Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Coincidentally, I recently came across the answer to this on Chris Lindsay's twitter account. https://twitter.com/Onnatryx/status/1123765708549238785 So, Saltmarsh yes. Greyhawk no. Which is very interesting. I wonder what they've got going on there. AD Testing the waters?

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019


Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 03:51 PM - MNblockhead quoted lkj in post Sneak Peek At Ghosts of Saltmarsh Maps
    Agreed. I found it interesting that many cultures would have them oriented to the East because that is where the sun rises and were superstitious about not orienting them West, where the sun sets, because that is symbolic of death. The Chinese apparently always oriented them to North, partly because the Emperor and China needed to be situated on top of vassal Kingdoms, which tend to be more to the south. Islamic countries often had maps oriented based on the qiblah (towards Mecca). As far as I know, however, orienting maps North is the current international standard. I am largely uninterested in the discussion of whether the orientation of a D&D needs to be north or not . I don't mind one way or the other. Other people do mind. Sort of sums the discussion for me. But it did get me interested in the topic of why maps through history tended to be oriented as they were. I was fascinated to discover that many maps used to have east at the top. And how compasses led to the frequent mo...

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

  • 03:47 AM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    Ah. Well. There you go. I haven't read a Driz'zt novel in a long time. And I agree that D series is probably not next up on their docket. AD Probably coming, though: if they announce a book like that for Spring 2020, that will be nearly five years since Out of the Abyss. Most Editions from WotC don't last that long.
  • 12:44 AM - robus quoted lkj in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    You know, most of me thinks they wouldn't run another underdark demon thing again. However, they did leave a huge plot thread hanging in Out of the Abyss. Supposedly Lolth orchestrated the whole thing to get the other demon lords out of the way while she executed some plan. They never specified the plan. But I'm positive they already knew what she was up to. AD I hope not, my remix has Graz’zt orchestrating things in order to supplant Lolth!

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019

  • 07:19 PM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    You know, most of me thinks they wouldn't run another underdark demon thing again. However, they did leave a huge plot thread hanging in Out of the Abyss. Supposedly Lolth orchestrated the whole thing to get the other demon lords out of the way while she executed some plan. They never specified the plan. But I'm positive they already knew what she was up to. AD Pretty sure that was Driz'zt novel related. Wouldn't shock me to see D1-3 and U redone, but probably not months after Ghosts of Saltmarsh.

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

  • 08:51 PM - Yunru quoted lkj in post [Merged] D&D forum renaming thread
    Side note -- you can sort threads by tag. I don't know. Clicking the 5E filter (or whatever) doesn't feel like that much of a burden to me. But that's just my opinion. But at that point you might as well have had a subforum. It has the same effect, except now it's less newbie friendly (and relies on people actually tagging their post).

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019

  • 07:58 PM - jayoungr quoted lkj in post Arcana of The Ancients: 5E Sci-Fantasy From Monte Cook Games Launches On KS
    Well, functionally, everyone $60 and above does get at least a pdf of all the stretch material, with the exception of the retailer pledge and the one where you get 'the best game ever' book. At the $60 level you can't get a physical book. If you want a physical book, you have to pledge at least $160 to get ANY stretch goals, which frankly seems excessive to me. That said, while I see what you are saying, I never really thought of stretch goals quite that way. Since it seems clear to me exactly what you get-- and you can change your pledge as you go-- it doesn't bother me. Maybe that's my lack of experience with kickstarters, I am not a huge Kickstarter devotee, but I have backed a fair few over the last 5-6 years, and this is the first time I have ever seen one that set such a high threshhold to receive stretch goals. I think it's interesting to have pledge levels that only become enticing after a certain number of stretch goals are hit. Seems like an interesting gamble. It'll ...

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

  • 05:00 PM - AndrĂ© Soares quoted lkj in post Morgrave Miscellany: Eberron Sourcebook from Keith Baker
    That said, Jeremy Crawford on one of his Dragon + chats on twitch said that he was working with Keith on the Artificer. At the very least getting extensive input. AD yeah, but getting imput is a different thing from being working on WGtE... the notion was that that book was unfinished, so Keith should not work on a second book until that one was done. But he does not have editorial control over the artificer, not what is in it, neither when will it be added to WGtE, so that point of him having to wait for the book to be finished to work on something else makes little sense to me.

Saturday, 16th March, 2019

  • 06:22 PM - Parmandur quoted lkj in post GameHole Con Hints At An "As Yet Unannounced Setting" for D&D This Year
    And this week on twitch they recorded two LYSK segments. One was on the Forgotten Realms three dead gods. There other was on the Nine Hells. At the end of each segment Chris and Greg had a brief interaction that strongly hinted that both segments had topics that would relate to future products. Both of those interactions will probably get edited out before posting to YouTube or podcast. Not that they really revealed anything. AD These bits almost always tie into future products, actually. One way or another, and it might be a long burn with Perkins.

Friday, 8th March, 2019

  • 09:47 AM - ehenning quoted lkj in post Dragon Talk Interview with Kate Welch re Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    I heard the same interview, and I didn't at all take it that there would never be a Greyhawk book. They've been dropping a lot of Greyhawk references in a lot of different media lately. This was another example. The whole "Until we actually do a robust Greyhawk setting book which - who knows - " struck me as interesting and could be interpreted either way. This is however a sign that if they are working on Greyhawk material that Kate Welch is not one of the folks on that team. AD Anytime an author (or product manager of any kind) goes out of their way to say “who knows!?” or anything similar, it means they are doing it. I would put money down they are in the middle of development and just don’t want us to forget about Greyhawk. This is all about building demand so when it comes out we all go crazy and buy two copies of the sourcebook each. Haha


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