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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
    "Balanced at the Encounter" just means "pacing doesn't matter." Even 4e didn't go there, though the closely-related 7th ed of Gamma World did, and it worked pretty well, actually. Any indication PF2 wants to go there?
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    You have a choice of rules to use (or not): Carrying capacity, it's 15 lb/STR, if the fighter's gear & the other character & his gear exceed that, he's pushding/dragging and his move drops to 5' - otherwise fine, this is the simple default for carrying stuff. Encumbrance ("Variant"): Up to 5lb/STR he's fine, but it's unlikely a medium ally is under 100lb, which'd be the limit for 20 STR. ...
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  • Cyber-Dave's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 AM
    I finally got a chance to start a Curse of Strahd campaign. I thought I would share my campaign blog.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 AM
    Sounds plausible (that he'd like a mechanic like that), 4e had a lotta* re-rolls, from the notorious Elven Accuracy on, and it seemed like there were just more of 'em after he took over. In particular, the Avenger had a special ability that was "make two attack rolls and use either result. … If another effect lets you roll twice and use the higher result when making an attack roll, this power...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    I may still be stuck in the idiom of the D&D Pedantry Thread, but it seems like there's a whole lotta RPGs that don't particularly fit between those. Good to know.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 AM
    My memory's bad, but I'm fairly certain that the "Summer of 1999" occurred /before/ "the early 2000s." (I mean, I've been "fairly certain" and turned out to have been wrong, before, so y'all might wanna to double-check.)
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    I suspect that'd wear you out. ;) A quick search of some modern archery guidelines, and, yes, you increase wear on a 'natural material' bow if you leave it strung a long time, apparently even a few hours is worth avoiding. Apparently, a strung bow is under tension and a bit dangerous if the string or stave breaks, too. More detail than D&D generally goes into with weapons. Adventurers...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    They've had more or less mechanical impact in some eds (and I'm sure, some places/groups/etc back in the day, when we were a less disunited-by-the-internet, merely more diverse, community). Obvious examples of early alignment mechanics are alignment requirements for classes, damage for touching an artifact that doesn't match your alignment, detect this and know that, etc... 3e peaked, with the...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    No expert, but I've heard yes with regard to the bow. But I'm fine with arbitrary. Medieval rossbows, IIRC, weren't like guns - there's no safety, the bolt can just fall out, etc...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    If every single mechanic is upturned, then it's hardly just a re-boot to re-start the supplement cycle, is it? Sounds more like substantive change.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    I actually kinda like common. In general, things seem more fantasy (or mythic, perhaps) to me, if everyone can talk to everyone else. You could conceive of Common as just "the gift of language" in the sense of communication, it's not just a language everyone strangely learns, it's the language everyone who can speak at all, can speak by default. All other languages would then be...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    You bank the fire before you go to bed, uncover the coals in the morning, add kindling, and blow on it. IDK why I happen to remember that, but it's actually a good example. If I didn't, your character would be screwed trying to start a fire in mundane domestic setting without a flint & steel, D&D-matches (tindertwig?), or, well, since this is 5e, Firebolt... ...so not really screwed...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    There is the important act of stringing the bow, you could make that an Action, and require it be un-strung to stow (only slightly arbitrary). If you also impose more plausible RoF on crossbows and slings, that'd about take care of projectile weapons as fast-swapping alternatives to melee.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    I blame Elan... ...OK, and every version of the Bard class that preceded him.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    Don't mind me, I'm just being pedantic... "How the /Hell/ is it you speak Infer-" "... oh, nevermind, answered my own question, really." But it doesn't specify if that that's oral route, IM, naso-gastric, IV, topical, suppository...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Or that, yeah. Actually, now that you mention it, my second 4e character was an "old-school high-elf fighter/magic-user," he was a wand wizard, and he did explain his Scorching Burst as "an old Wand of Fireballs that doesn't work like it used to." (There was, in that campaign, a conceit that magic had historically, or pre-historically, worked as it had in prior eds, so I got to lampshade the...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    I'm getting a sense of deja-vu here... … yeah, it's like it's 2003 and someone's going on about the 'cash grab' … ...which went on to command such loyalty from fans that Paizo has been selling PF1 to that base for an extra decade past it's end of life. ...so, yer say'n PF2 could be Paizo's 3.5!
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    The difference in ease of use is certainly there, that's been the game's direction the whole time, it's one thing the WotC era hasn't deviated from. Maybe it was just 'pervasive' that threw me. Because, yeah, neo-Vancian is way more versatile than old-school Vanican, and way less limited in in-combat used. OTOH, the breadths of spells isn't as great, and some of them are, well, 'less...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    Rubs off was also used in the same sentence if you are going there
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    "Good night everybody!" - Yakko Warner
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Ok... Magic has always been /so/ pervasive in D&D. It's an infinitely-renewable, daily (or 4hr-nap) resource. You kill a few monsters, one of them'll eventually drop a magic item. There's /fewer/ items, in theory, in 5e, and not really a lot more spells/day (and fewer spells overall)… … and then there's cantrips, which seem to freak people out, but if you've played with Warlocks and...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Definitely. I played 3e & 4e each for their full runs. 5e was like coming back to AD&D, in contrast. If I'd never left, it'd seem radically different, because I'd be noticing all the little (and huge) technical differences, rather than the broader similarities, the ways in which the game had changed, rather than ways it changed back. /The/ major thing, IMHO, is the privilege of the DM...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    My 3.x group always did that. One of the more extreme ways I've ever seen of dealing with a bad HD roll at level-up, was to repudiate the level. That's how the player put it "I do not accept that roll! I repudiate the level!" I was Ok with it, his fighter dropped back to 2nd, and she ultimately made it to 4th (with less disappointing HD rolls on the way)… ...she was, BTW, one of those...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:14 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    And, at high level, in 5e, they get a lot safer, which is /also/ similar to 1e, as you accumulate hps and get better saves and more protective items and more spells to negate/reverse bad things happening to you. While the details of the systems are quite different - 5e has bigger hp/damage/healing numbers, 1e has much more significant scaling on d20 targets (which it used moreso than bonuses,...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    OK, that is just too good an observation to just XP and tacitly agree with. Yes, I totally get that, and agree it's very much a thing. I kinda alluded to it in the OP, with how you'd build a fire in the absence of any knowledge/wisdom Nature or Survival skill ("...you'd describe exactly what you do, and if you & the DM were in the same boyscout troop, probably succeed"). Because another...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:43 PM
    Sharpshooters'd use finesse weapons as melee backup. The way STR characters use heavy thrown weapons as ranged backup. Which, I think, illustrates the issue. Heavy thrown weapons are a pretty serious downgrade from archery. Rapiers, as the OP points out, are not a downgrade from longswords, really, at all. This is D&D. Magic is supposed to be just better. Not the worst idea I've ever...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:32 PM
    There are no new ideas. It certainly /did/ it badly (if at all) in '93. Since 3.0, it hasn't been so bad, mechanically (OK, diplomancers were pretty horrid), in theory, if DM's'd use the mechanics, and players'd respect them when they didn't break their way... …/IF/. If not, well, machete, gasoline. Problem solved.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    There was no CR in 1e. You could totally face orcs (or heck, gnolls, zombies, an ogre, etc) at 1st level. ('Face' not necessarily to be taken literally.) Part of the appeal, I should think. (Of course, CR /guidelines/ don't prevent you from facing an Ogre - or disinterested dragon - at first level, they just wave a red flag at the idea.) So it's an Orcs to Orcs comparison. Orcs just have...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    The logic seemed irrefutable to my 15yo self. ;) "So, hey, Tony, it says here that peasants have 1-6 hps and or '0th' level." "Well, yeah, they're not as good as characters with classes, they don't have levels, but they do have some hps." "Right, but before you have a class you don't have a class, right?" "I guess." "So my magic-user, before he became a magic user, he had 1-6 hps." "That...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    Noteworthy difference ... you opt in to the extra hd based healing
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Well, or the alternative wasn't. More likely, it was another thing that varied a lot. I recall Max 1st HD (because Rangers) being a very common variant. One group even figured that, at 0 level, everyone, even mere peasants, got 1-6 hps, so your first level HD should add to those. The version of that I encountered was the "brevet" - start at 2nd, but 0 exp...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    I love Mikes work even the times I disagreed with details the fresh eyes on the game and how it can invoke heroic archetypal characters is right up my alley
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    A standard game with no optional rules turned on. Feats & MCing are explicitly optional. You don't ban them, you just dont bother opting into them.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    Sounds like some very similar rule idea.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    Healing Surges the 5e variant rule should be called Second Wind. Ok not a big deal right? nothing to get teary or sniffles over however once you notice that it implements something rarely ever actually used it kind of becomes annoying (SW was kind of a back up thing not the meat of HS use). Second Winds were rarely ever used in my experience unless your party lacked the leader class or were...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 AM
    Offhand Commands is going to be a build choice feature or actually just a class feature that has no impact unless you are a beastmaster if you have 1 hand free you may more adeptly command your beast companion, your attacks gain a tier scaling bonus to damage of +2 +3, +4. Inherently Endowed as you level your awesome rubs off on your beast and they gain effective inherent bonuses (equal to...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:29 AM
    What do rapiers have to do with caster supremacy, Monty Haul, treasure hunting, pixel-bitching, 5MWD, magic-item Xmass trees, Vancian spell-grenades, d20s, Fruedian psionics, 10' poles, white-room DPR calculations, cursed magic itens, 30mm lead pewter figures labeled 25mm, rules lawyers, Killer DMs, home-invasion-robbery, LFQW, name recognition, 20-level builds, spiked everything, plant/reptile...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:29 AM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    I was more than half expecting I'd made some dumb math or table lookup error. ::shrug:: CR: 1/2. I already mentioned that, yes. You want slower pacing, it's readily doable, no heavy rules-rewriting called for.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:37 AM
    Did you notice the remarkable visual similarity between 4e & PF1 monster stat blocks? With the shading and all? Most obvious difference was purple instead of green.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:34 AM
    The 4e Fighter's "Combat Superiority" OA spoiled the target's movement if it hit. They're mark-punishment interrupt, OTOH, did not, but could be in response to a shift or attack that didn't normally provoke. Consensus was the features made them very 'sticky,' even by defender standards. It could be automatic when they're in the fighter's Threatened area? Haven't used feats much when...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 AM
    Yes. Play a Gangrel. Take the Flaw "Twisted Upbringing."
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:17 AM
    So we shouldn't mention the Pixie/Storm-Giant?
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:57 AM
    How about recommended I mean trust your players to be thematic and give them an extra if you want
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 AM
    It's Sisyphean, but starting with the familiar concepts of D&D, and explaining the broader alternatives in those terms, would be using it as a baseline, but not assuming it as the only thing. Maybe? There's some of that in "if you'd just master this other system and accept it's paradigm, you'd understand..." Yeah, I can't see it by those mechanisms. Arbitrarily, though, sure. Your...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:37 AM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Well, IDK, compare a simple, iconic Orc, for instance. In 1e, it hits a stereotypical 1st level front-liner in banded/splint & shield on a natural 17, for 1d8 (4.5) damage (0.9 DPR), and as a 1 HD monster has 1-8 hps, and was AC 6. In 5e, it hits a starting-package heavy armor PC in chain & shield (AC 18) on a natural 13, for 9(1d12+3) damage (3.6 DPR - 4.05 if you count the crit on a 20, which...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:41 PM
    So, maybe piercing just needs to be a lot worse than slashing in some way? Because that seems like a difference, there, too. (Or the versatile blades need to be pierce & slashing, vs the finesse blades being piercing?) Or... …/clearly/ what's missing is ::drumroll:: 1e AD&D style Weapon vs Armor modifiers! Yep. If finesse weapons were good vs light armor and sucked vs heavy, while...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:20 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Well, they hit more often than 1e monsters at low levels (and, thanks to BA, keep hitting at least some), and have more hps of their own as you go up levels, so stick around longer, inflicting more damage... ...doesn't sound too implausible. Certainly, I haven't seen any 5e parties breezing through 21-encounter days.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:55 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    That's not a bad assumption, though character death is hardly unknown in D&D (to put it mildly), at some point, you reach some sort of, IDK, homeostasis, that results in PCs surviving & leveling rather than dying and being replaced. In 5e, scaling (and some class differentiation) was shifted from d20 modifiers (or targets in the case of the classic game) to hps & damage. Some of that shift,...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:32 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    To be clear, the balance of the turn being used in resting was the obscure rule, the d3 for 'binding wounds' during that rest was very much a variant - a Len Lakofka variant, I'd guess, at least, a lot of 'em that got heavily used in my area were his, straight from his Dragon articles. Per-hour doesn't ring a bell as loudly. Per turn, does, but I can't recall a specific example, either (also...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:18 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Not a lot more than merely setting short & long rests to different durations. You push out the time scale of the adventure. The bigger difference is table time devoted to bookkeeping, and that's not a /big/ difference, either. Again, folks played the game very differently from place to place & table to table back in the day. 5e shifted most scaling to hps, so, yeah, they balloon. ...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:07 PM
    Crossposting. Let's take it to the Pedantic complaints thread, and get you some XP to go with that laugh. ;) Hey, and that explains why Gimli was so into her. Well, makes it at tad less creepy. …
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:57 PM
    Let's take it to the Pedantic complaints thread, and get you some XP to go with that laugh. ;) Hey, and that explains why Gimli was so into her. Well, makes it at tad less creepy. Edit: wrong thread... ...cross-posting...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:48 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    "Something akin to" is, I think, a pretty low bar. Admittedly, the balance of a 10 minute turn is a lot less resting than 5e's one hour. But it's still a rest, and it's still short. Some variant I vaguely recall even let that 'bind wounds' assumption heal d3 hps. Which, at 1st level, in particular, was nothing to sneeze at. Not spells in any standard class, now, but there were the occasional...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:35 PM
    Well, in the sense that flames won't stop it from regenerating... ;P ...we'll see... That's an interesting question. 5e has more than a few little details lifted straight from 4e, and more than a few more re-named, bowdlerized, or otherwise reduced to an acceptable post-edition-war level. The result is /both/ absolutely nothing like 4e, and very similar to 4e. So that complicates the...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:15 PM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Not a great point, actually. Old-school did actually have something akin to a 'short rest.' Play progressed in 10-min 'turns,' and if a combat didn't take 10 rounds, the balance was assumed to be spent resting, binding wounds and repairing gear. And, recovering hp & spells 'overnight' is a mere simplification of the complicated rules for recovering spells (requiring anything from 4 to 8 hrs of...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:10 PM
    EN5ider continues delving into the intrigue of ZEITGEIST with today's installment into the steampunk adventure path, bringing a narrative close to the 7th module in the series (expect a companion PDF filled to the brim with NPC and monster statistics later this month). We are still all blown away by the success of the A Touch More Class Kickstarter and if you haven't given it a look yet,...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Nope. The readied character would have to either move ahead of the one he was trying to move with, then ready, or take the readied action and move only 30' to the other's 60. To be fair, Delay doesn't do it, either, the other guy moves, /then/ you move right after. It's one of those things you just need to common-sense hand-wave. (sorry, I forgot the point of the thread there for a moment) ...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:41 PM
    While I don't disagree that a wizard could learn magic & have his spell book while remaining ignorant of Arcane lore outside the practical necessities of his trade, I can't agree that opens up a wide variety. The wizard is a bookish, Vancian/Hermetic magic-user, no matter how you tweak or polish it. Casting arcane spells without all that training and that spellbook was broken out to the...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:29 PM
    Yes, there's several examples where the effect or hit line just creates an 'area' and avoids the Zone keyword.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:28 PM
    Heh. Who can forget those iconic gnome characters in LotR…? What were their names again? That's probably a big part of it, yes. Any race other than human can tend to fall into racial stereotypes, the character becomes about the race (either conforming to or challenging stereotypes), rather than about the character.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:41 PM
    My pedantic complaints are really old and while I can express them I am over the majority of them...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 04:15 PM
    I might have to build that group as a D&D party
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:45 PM
    Has anyone investigated this.... the idea of "courtly intrigues" has me wondering about whether it might be a flavor of Martial Practices.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:42 PM
    There are very few elements in 4e that have flavor so far knocked down that you cannot shake them up. Dispel Magic and Martial Practices vs Rituals are ones so far I have seen brought up. MP and R are generally fixed by giving MP sufficient support or allowing extremely liberal reflavoring of rituals. So do we create zones with a different flavor we call them areas of influence and allow...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:50 AM
    The Mythological Figures column has been hijacked by builds using the material from A Touch More Class for a while now: Sherlock Holmes as a savant, Nikola Tesla as a tinkerer, Billy the Kidd as a gunfighter, Paul Bunyan as a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox, Harry Houdini as a fatebender, and Zhang Zhou as a geomancer. Today though we’re switching it up a bit and calling up a class from...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:17 AM
    Sure. Anything other than human and race tended to loom large. You could always shunt elves & gnomes and the like into some fey Otherworld.... Yes, like 4e which made gnomes fey (and, briefly, monsters) and introduced the Feywild (IMHO, it replaced the classic Ethereal, or you could say the Shadowfell merged it with the plane of shadow). The game presents tons of races, but unless you...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:58 AM
    They're supposed to be examples of nitpicking over small details, rather than real problems like... ... unlikely to qualify as pedantic, unless you mean it ironically... Nope, that sounds serious. Totally off topic. ...to try to get back on topic, why is it called Faerie Fire? Everywhere else the game used American spellings. Why not Fairy? Was Sustare just being pedantic?
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:26 AM
    It seems to me that, unless you want to "punish" lack of system mastery, you'd give a class with an ability that directly built on a skill that skill, up front, and if a sub-class had such an ability, make the skill in question a preq or perk of the subclass... ...But I don't feel like 5e design was nearly that exacting.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:17 AM
    possibly on the theory that defense style stacks with all the others?
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:11 AM
    I'm sorry, we can't accept that answer, we were looking for silly, pedantic, complaints. Thank you for playing, and enjoy a selection of your choice from the free offerings on DMsGuild, as a parting gift. They're monotremes? Do the males have a /venomous/ calcaneus spur? Like vision, but in the dark, instead of the light.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:55 PM
    Yay give me some swordmage please
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:37 PM
    Some players might. Others will mysteriously change characters at some point. But, more typically, campaigns will just wrap at some point after the system starts to fall apart.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:14 PM
    It isny exactly a house rule but my daughter liked the option of turning potential enemies into allies
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:40 PM
    Well, sure, balance falls appart by the time you've covered even half that. ;P And, it's not a new problem. The classic game always had a narrow sweetspot that didn't extend past name level. So, when making 3e research showed not much play beyond 10th, so why bother balancing It? 1-20. There's no good reason to present dysfunctional levels of play.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:01 PM
    The original Fantasy Hero (1985) had the "Delayed" power modifier to do exactly that. D&D went from the "memorized" rubric to "prepared" a long time ago. Since 3.0, at least, though it might've been floated long before that.
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 09:03 PM
    Brief side observation/perspective: Even just being able to model a valid genre character concept is still a challenge RPGs aren't exactly all up to, even though some have been doing it for a long time. Even if that were true (D&D class & alignment, among other things, do put constraints on PC personality), it wouldn't be comparing Exalted to D&D, but Exalted to freestyle RP.
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:08 PM
    The power if it is working on top of the Battlemaster needs to be different. Come and get it for 5e.Battlemaster
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:10 PM
    Completely a better thread
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:06 PM
    Oh I quite agree about using the secondary as build / design dependent - remember the Fighter is the ultimate tough guy, in 4e they most definitely had builds that made CON their secondary (featured a lot of temporary hit points and bold fearless attacks in 4e it was almost a different rout to striker roll too)
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 12:53 PM
    Or a few years back 6 texas rangers hiyo hiyo rode in the sun (The lone ranger) or Walker Texas Ranger. But no I think the Fantasy Ranger Aragorn is likely to be much more broadly associated even with those around the earlier times, the movies were astoundingly popular AND received 17 Academy Awards,
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 07:13 AM
    Did I mention I think this has a lot of cool stuff in it... regardless of whether it is "the ranger to me"
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:37 AM
    Come and Get it Is not a Lazylord maneuver unless he can make an ally into the bait and trap so it remains a secondary for the style of character likely to use it, and might be a tertiary for the tough guy who really wants as many as possible next to him ;) The problem of compound rolling needs addressed in your design it is a classic one in D&D basically you end up hiding cool effects behind...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:26 AM
    "Promise" === Oath and he didnt break the promise (ie for an all knowing entity he would personally have been seen to have done no wrong and not at all been disobedient, nevertheless it precipitated his fall and he didnt lose his power over a his own act it was not a lie nor an act he performed, but rather the arbitrary ritual condition being broken - however it was brought about by conflict with...
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  • Yaarel's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:22 AM
    I assume most Knights/Warlords will make either Strength or Dexterity primary, then make either Intelligence or Charisma secondary. Depending on build. However, I assume a ‘lazylord’ Knight will make either Intelligence or Charisma primary, then the remaining Intelligence or Charisma secondary. My approach is to make any of these scores viable depending on build: Intelligence, Charisma,...
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:39 AM
    I've never glanced at Exalted. All I've heard about, 2nd-hand, is that it was WWGS's ST-like stab at fantasy, the PCs are demigods, and most of all, in a very derogatory way, that it's wild, over-the-top superheroics. "...then you might as well be playing Exalted!" Like it was the RPG equivalent of Godwins Law or something.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:10 AM
    Tony Vargas replied to OSR Gripes
    Nothing can stop a DM from house ruling, or, y'know, just running a different system, but a system might not present as much perceived need or opportunity to do so. And, a system can set the stage for players to enthusiastically accept or violently resist outright house-rules or even any deviation from RAW orthodoxy. Objectively, sure, but when are these things ever objective? ...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:35 AM
    I do not see them the same at all. The Oath Bound hero had Oaths to Royalty as often as the divine and were often weird and arbitrary ok its not overly consistent with D&Ds paladin but the idea of a fighter who gains power via oath goes back to Cu Culaine and Samson and even the concept of Conflicting Oaths such as culaines totemic vs his hospitality ... like Lancelot's Oaths to King and Queen ...
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  • Garthanos's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 02:21 AM
    Them are hunters and that is obviously Legolas not Aragorn. :)
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  • Tony Vargas's Avatar
    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:05 AM
    In a fanstasy sub-genre with magic as pervasive as D&D, in which the Fighter has a spell-casting sub-class, sure it is. That's the point: to have a lead-in to EK.
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Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

  • 06:20 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Yaarel I agree with the first half of your post. Where we disagree is on the actual value of gaining an improvement to one’s armor. The feats value that incorrectly. Even directly inconsistent. Heavy armor is one tiny fraction of what a War Cleric gets at level 1. Same with medium armor and Hexblades, or the various armor boosting benefits of taking Bladesinger. The intent of Unarmored Defense seems to be that it be about as strong as Mage Armor, eventually better (max both stats, for AC 20). In your points system, I’d say that a feat that only gives Mage Armor as a ritual would be completely terrible compared to most feats. Light armor gives 1 less AC and that feat gives a +1 to a stat! Another way to look at it is viewing it as a feat that gives +1 AC while wearing light armor. That’s the direct equivalent. Now, separately from that, there is the issue of the value of strength builds. I personally don’t think there needs to be any incentivisation to build for strength, beyond heavy ...
  • 04:47 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Yaarel I was brief because I was at work. The other thing I didn’t get to is; it really isn’t about how many fights are in a day. There are a thousand things other than fights that can preclude having 10 spare minutes to recast a ritual spell. Every time mistwell talked about it being unusual to reliably be able to recast it, or to not need to recast it at all, you kept talking about the absurdity of 16 hours straight of combat, which was a total non sequitor. Neither of us contended that an unending stream of fights is why it’s unusual to only need to cast mage Armor once, or to reliably have time to ritually cast it twice. The contention is that the many and varied activities of adventuring are why one usually needs armor for more than 8 hours a day, and will regularly not have time to cast it ritually more than once per day, or at all. That is is what I was trying to address. I had considered the exchange about balance quite decidedly concluded, since you finally clarified that balance ...

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 02:57 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Yaarel you are focused on a couple things that I don’t care at all about, and never will. If it isn’t about being broken or not, why spend so much time railing against it? I don’t care about protecting the relevance of strength fighters. People who want to play guys in heavy armor but don’t like Paladins will still play strength fighters. Character optimization doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t make one character obscure or overshadow other characters, it isn’t a problem. All options don’t need to be numerically perfectly balanced. I also don't care about this discussion of how many parts of a feat something is worth. Mage Armor is worth what it’s worth to a given actual character. To a character that would otherwise use plate, it’s worthless. To a high Dex character, it is +1 AC. To a wizard, Mage Armor as a ritual is 1-2 1st level spell slots saved. To a Sorcerer, it’s only even that if they spend a feat on it. Many days, it will the same as getting a 1/day use of the spell from Mag...

Monday, 1st July, 2019

  • 04:21 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Might as well just define a wizard's AC as 13+Dex then. Because, if mage armor were a ritual, that's exactly what it would be. And that's probably a major reason it is not a ritual. It's too dominating a strategy at that level. Making it a spell you can't have as a ritual imposes a balancing and necessary trade-off. Again, wizards aren’t the only ones with that spell. The trade off isn’t necessary, as well. Letting casters have decent armor that can be dispelled is fine. Making it a ritual spell means that any ritual caster can have it, which is exactly what I’m aiming for. Yaarel I’m unconvinced. Those feats are among the least worthwhile feats in the game. They should have been folded into other feats, with no loss to the other feat. the fact that they wildly overvalued those feats isn’t going to impact how I view a new option.

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 12:17 AM - Fenris-77 mentioned Yaarel in post [5E] Urban Intrigue Campaign - Gating the Sandbox
    Yaarel - Yeah, non-lethal combat is something that needs to be dealt with. So far I'm just going with declared non-lethal, at least conceptually, and I'm going to let the PCs decide, probably at the onset of combat. That part is easy. Subdual damage is a place where I can legitimately push nova damage builds too, up to a point. If you want to knock out the guard sergeant, who's a 3rd level fighter nothing short of a big nova, declared non-lethal, will get it done. Actual high nova builds aren't going to be a big part of my campaign, but I do think it's a great way for rogue dips to have a little niche utility and actually quite fluffy relative to what backstab is supposed to represent.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019

  • 10:59 PM - GreyLord mentioned Yaarel in post [4e] OSR Clone
    Yaarel IN another thread mentioned Heh, personally, I dont use xp anyway. So I would ignore any xp table anyway. On average, players level up after 8 encounters. But an encounter that turns out to be heavy might count as two or three encounters. Oppositely, an encounter that turns out to be trivial only counts as half an encounter. Level up after the session when everybody agrees it feels right to level up. My system is sorta like milestones. But it is even simpler. And it is more accurate because I can judge the worth of an encounter in hindsight, and dont need to depend on how much they were ‘supposed’ to get from an encounter. In sum. Dont sweat the xp tables. Which is a good idea I think. I probably will still have an XP table, but also may include the idea of leveling in this manner.

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 10:04 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Yaarel in post Long Rests in Dangerous Places -- What if NOPE?
    FlyingChihuahua, Immortal Sun, Yaarel: yes, I understand that these spells exist, and for good reason...but what if they didn't? Or what if it was like in Final Fantasy III and they only worked in very specific, predefined locations like at the intersection of arcane leylines, or within a circle of ancient stones? It's just a thought exercise about how important Long Rests are, really, to your group. Would it completely change the way your group plays the game, or would it just be a minor inconvenience? Or would anybody even notice?

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 09:41 AM - Coroc mentioned Yaarel in post Injury / Exhaustion / Energy Drain
    Yaarel check out the dark eye rp system. It has an injury system, with mechanical consequences after loosing so and so much health. But it uses also an armor as damage reduction system in contraire to d&d and the newest version is without character levels. It had kind of bound accuracy built in from it beginnings. So if you intend to introduce an injury system kind of similar to that by using the exhaustion table then do not forget everything affecting players should also apply to the mobs.

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Monday, 25th June, 2018

  • 08:35 PM - mrpopstar mentioned Yaarel in post Super Simple Weapons
    I think that Yaarel is really onto something with the medium weapon being 1d8 versatile. I like how middling and vanilla that sounds for the standard longsword.

Friday, 15th June, 2018


Monday, 11th June, 2018

  • 09:30 PM - 77IM mentioned Yaarel in post Psychic Class
    I have just uploaded Psychic Class to the downloads area. Yaarel made me do it! Story-wise, I called it the "Psychic" because it's kind of part-way between the classic D&D psionicist and the modern pop-culture depiction of a person with psychic powers. I wanted to cover character concepts like Eleven, Firestarter, Jean Grey, Professor X, and the Shadow. The subclasses are meant to represent these story archetypes rather than being tied to particular abilities. Mechanics-wise, the class is a full spellcaster because that's just easiest to balance and it seems to work. It uses spells-known but with a sharply limited spell list, built up from "disciplines" -- each psychic picks what disciplines they know, which in turn determines their spell list. The psychic can enhance their spells by spending extra spell slots when casting. You can find the file here in the downloads section. Please use this thread for comments.
  • 03:38 AM - Kobold Boots mentioned Yaarel in post Skill Feats In Pathfinder 2
    Yaarel Thanks for the lesson - Funny thing is we're on the same side insofar as Paizo is concerned. If I don't like what they've done after I read the rules I'm just going to not allow things at my table. However, I'll remind myself never to say anything norse again, other than aetterstup, on these forums for fear of being taught something interesting at the risk of it being inaccurate. I do appreciate it though.
  • 03:04 AM - doctorhook mentioned Yaarel in post Skill Feats In Pathfinder 2
    Yaarel, are you the same person who used to post detailed essays on the WotC forums a decade ago about how Barbarians should be a psionic class, because vikings used "mindforce" all the time?

Thursday, 7th June, 2018

  • 06:54 AM - MonsterEnvy mentioned Yaarel in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    @Yaarel, it seems you are offended by polytheism in particular, yes? Or at least dislike WotC using it as the default theological assumption, and feel that it overly flavors the rulebook for you? In that regard, you are a very small minority (afaik), and from a publishing perspective I think the benefits of "hard-baking" flavor--which I see less as hard-baking and more as offering examples as possible defaults--as far out-weighing the cons. The main benefit is that it brings the rules to life and provides those folks who don't want to or have the time to flesh out a new setting and flavor for their game with something pre-made; the only con that I can think of is for the 1 in 100 (or less) such as yourself that finds it distasteful for personal, perhaps religious, reasons. If that is the case, I don't understand why you are so bummed out that WotC is not serving your particular and rather rare proclivities. Also @Yaarel is overly obsessed with Elves and won't be happy with them if they are ...
  • 06:42 AM - Mercurius mentioned Yaarel in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    Yaarel, it seems you are offended by polytheism in particular, yes? Or at least dislike WotC using it as the default theological assumption, and feel that it overly flavors the rulebook for you? In that regard, you are a very small minority (afaik), and from a publishing perspective I think the benefits of "hard-baking" flavor--which I see less as hard-baking and more as offering examples as possible defaults--as far out-weighing the cons. The main benefit is that it brings the rules to life and provides those folks who don't want to or have the time to flesh out a new setting and flavor for their game with something pre-made; the only con that I can think of is for the 1 in 100 (or less) such as yourself that finds it distasteful for personal, perhaps religious, reasons. If that is the case, I don't understand why you are so bummed out that WotC is not serving your particular and rather rare proclivities.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

  • 03:13 PM - TwoSix mentioned Yaarel in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    That's the thing. Generic medieval. That's what is stale and boring: Pseudo-medieval and pseudo-European. It doesn't matter how you try to make the elves mysterious or add more blood and mud, it's all been done to death. It's always been recognised that D&D doesn't need to be pseudo-medieval or pseudo-European, even before Dark Sun was first published we had adventures set in Hyperboria, Atlantis, Wonderland and Blackmoor (post apocalypse with remains of advanced tech). But in the last few years we have been served and endless diet of pseudo-medievalism. That's fine, but being in the same general genre doesn't make two things the same. I understanding you're being intentionally hyperbolic, but you're watering down your point by doing so, in the same way that Yaarel is by saying every polytheistic setting is Forgotten Realms.
  • 10:41 AM - CapnZapp mentioned Yaarel in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    As someone who is rather familiar with FR (2e and 3.x) as well as Planescape, your comment completely baffles me. It seems likely we are all misinterpreting good Mr Yaarel Either that or he's retracting his wildly hyperbolic claims?

Monday, 4th June, 2018


Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 10:51 PM - pukunui mentioned Yaarel in post ‘Advanced’ Dungeons & Dragons
    Yaarel: Perhaps, but 4e did have a "one and done" setting book model of sorts. FR and Eberron each got a player's guide and a campaign guide and that was it. Dark Sun got a campaign guide and a monster manual and that was it. Adventures not included.


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Sunday, 14th July, 2019

  • 01:06 PM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    My approach is to make any of these scores viable depending on build: Intelligence, Charisma, Dexterity, or Strength. The Knight/Warlord would be Multi-Ability-Dependent to try cover all four, but I hope any two would work well. Oh I quite agree about using the secondary as build / design dependent - remember the Fighter is the ultimate tough guy, in 4e they most definitely had builds that made CON their secondary (featured a lot of temporary hit points and bold fearless attacks in 4e it was almost a different rout to striker roll too)
  • 06:37 AM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    I assume most Knights/Warlords will make either Strength or Dexterity primary, then make either Intelligence or Charisma secondary. Depending on build. However, I assume a ‘lazylord’ Knight will make either Intelligence or Charisma primary, then the remaining Intelligence or Charisma secondary. Come and Get it Is not a Lazylord maneuver unless he can make an ally into the bait and trap so it remains a secondary for the style of character likely to use it, and might be a tertiary for the tough guy who really wants as many as possible next to him ;) The problem of compound rolling needs addressed in your design it is a classic one in D&D basically you end up hiding cool effects behind a series of skill checks and you get a very lame not worth attempting thing out of the deal. It has happened with improvised maneuvers throughout the games history. I call it the Legolas and the Behemoth issue... The fact that you are skilled in this particular trick is why in story it is more reliable than ...

Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 08:35 PM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    I found it easy to translate Come and Get It, into a 5e format and sensibility. It is also an example of how there is little difference between 4e Encounters and 4e Dailies. It is a 4e encounter just a pretty cool one sorry you were asking for dailies and my brain skipped. Taunting Strike // Barrier Attack 3 Worldly Mind, Intimidation // Action Target: foes in close Versus: your Charisma versus each foes Charisma Hit: each foe moves into melee Target: foes in melee Attack: per-turn attack You taunt your foes, goading them to come attack you. When they reach you, you bust out to punish each of them. Each hostile in close range (30 feet) who can see or hear you must make a Charisma defense, or as a reaction move toward you, adjacent within melee range (5 feet) if able. Then you make one per-turn attack (such as weapon or cantrip) against each hostile in melee. [Compare 4e Come and Get It PH1] Note since Charisma is at best a secondary attribute for the fighter or even worse if you w...

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 10:08 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    In 4e, most of the Dailies for Warlord are simply the mechanism for dealing more multiples of weapon damage. In other words, low-level Dailies are moreorless indistinguishable from high-level Encounters.Hardly. Some of 'em didn't do damage, at all. Many the damage is hardly the point, just a Martial Thang, a little differentiation that's as much feel as anything, secondary to supporting allies. I get a lot of use out of Warlord's Recovery, for instance. When translating into 5e, both Dailies and Encounters go into the same pool.5e /has/ long & short rest 'pools,' though I agree that the latter is /not/ equivalent to Encounters. It might be more in keeping with the 5e design ethos to define martial maneuvers entirely differently from the 'rest' pacing. Maneuvers could have a limit to usage based on whether the target has seen them before (this fight, or /ever/, for instance, for an Encounter/Daily divide), instead of how rested the character is. In 5e, a Fighter − inc...
  • 09:49 PM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    If there are any 4e powers whose significant effects need a translation into 5e, mention it. For the fighter already mentioned is come and get it...

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Monday, 8th July, 2019

  • 05:49 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Yaarel in post Doing away with INT/WIS/CHA
    Sorry I didn't get to these earlier: Same goes with every kind of ‘Perception’. If one knows how to hide in shadows, then one is better able to recognize someone else doing it. Add the Stealth skill proficiency to detect someone who is hiding. If one has proficiency with Alchemist tools, then one is more likely to recognize a particular chemical by its smell.Part of the idea, here, is to remove the disconnect between 'player knowledge' and 'character knowledge,' so, all the Knowledge-oriented skills go with INT: away. Proficiency in Alchemists tools might be rolled, probably with DEX, to perform a delicate preparation without dropping something at the wrong moment and blowing it all up. Proficiency with stealth would be rolled to move very quietly (presumably with DEX), or hold very still while hiding (possible CON would make the most sense, there). Finding a place to hide, avoiding rustly leaves or squeaky floors, would be up to the player. That's certainly a viable option...

Thursday, 4th July, 2019

  • 03:17 PM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    The advantage is, the format of the Knight maneuvers parallels the standard format of spells. So it is possible to compare magical and nonmagical powers directly to ensure balance between classes. This is the advantage of using a common general structure. Dailies: some maneuvers are only rarely likely to occur in this case rare means once a day which one might think of as about as often as a critical hit. Now you get it reliably as a player tactical choice because fate likes heroes and OR perhaps the character can put special effort into it and in the process straining the muscle that lets them do that superhuman leap and which recovers after a long rest (or whatever). The details vary by ability somewhat like the Tricks and so on mentioned earlier for encounter abilities. Not only casters can do big climactic moves when their player wants if you are modelling 4e
  • 06:53 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    The cantrip is probably understood as an action because ‘Cast A Spell’ (PH 192) is an action. However, arguably, the spell description itself is an example of ‘specific beats general’, so that this particular kind of spell is considered an ‘attack’. Min general, they specifically say, “as part of casting the spell” or something like that.
  • 04:08 AM - Fanaelialae quoted Yaarel in post Doing away with INT/WIS/CHA
    Stealth should probably be treated as a kind of combat, rather than a kind of skill. Similarly, grappling (wrestling, grabbing, pulling, pushing, lifting, punching, kicking, etcetera) should be natural weapons treated as weapon combat, not as skill. Sure, something like the Stealth system in Neoclassical Geek Revival? That is an interesting system, but one of the key differences is that NGR stats are fairly different from 5e. Perception is a stat, and it modifies Stealth. That actually works significantly better than Dexterity in that system, conceptually, since I can see how Perception would both make it easier to stealth and easier to counter Stealth. That said, something like that would be a bigger change than the OP's proposal.
  • 03:29 AM - Fanaelialae quoted Yaarel in post Doing away with INT/WIS/CHA
    At the tool proficiency to the d20 check. If one knows how to make a trap, then one knows how to recognize a trap that someone else made. The kind of trap depends on the kind of tools that one has proficiency with to make traps (snares, pits, stonework installation, magical trap, etc). Same goes with every kind of ‘Perception’. If one knows how to hide in shadows, then one is better able to recognize someone else doing it. Add the Stealth skill proficiency to detect someone who is hiding. If one has proficiency with Alchemist tools, then one is more likely to recognize a particular chemical by its smell. And so on. That's certainly a viable option. However, it turns Stealth into a godly skill. The ability to both hide and spot ambushes is incredibly potent. Additionally, since (if I understand correctly) Stealth still adds both Dexterity modifier, but counter-Stealth only adds proficiency, it is a big buff to stealth overall. On the other hand, adding Dexterity to counte...
  • 02:56 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Note that the description of Extra Attack never mentions the need to use a weapon, and includes other kinds of attack such as ‘brawling with fists’. Yep, but it is something you do as an Action. You don’t get to make two Attacks on your turn. That’s the key thing. Your Attack Action gains the ability to make another Attack. Booming Blade or Eldritch Blast are Actions, which means that they can’t be made part of another action.
  • 02:50 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Right, but is a spell description that says ‘make a spell attack’ considered an attack? It is considered an action. It’s also considered an attack, but the part that interferes is that using it is an action, and you can’t combine actions. As an action, you cast Booming Blade, and make an Attack with a melee weapon. You’re making an attack as part of the action of casting Booming Blade.
  • 02:45 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    @doctorbadwolf Maybe Arcana skill casts ritual at DC 13 + *character level* of spell Many noncombat cantrips make great rituals: Light, Shape Water, etcetera. One of the things I do with NPCs in Eberron games is allow them to cast certain cantrips as rituals.
  • 02:43 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    Can Fighter Extra Attack cast a cantrip ‘Spell Attack’? I think it should be able to. I am guessing the official answer is no, but where is the precise wording? Casting a cantrip is generally an Action, which means it can’t be combined with the Attack Action. Eldritch Knights get to Attack as a bonus action after casting a cantrip, at level 7
  • 12:25 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    @doctorbadwolf Assuming light armor is baseline. It is probably still worth a skill to gain proficiency with it. The Wizard class did not get it and, if it wants it, could reasonably swap something like a skill for it. Note proficiency with one or more simple weapons is also a baseline. Together, light armor and one or more simple weapons, plus shield, total 4 points for basic self-defense − what typical people look like when they get drafted for a battle. • 2 shield • 1 light armor • 2 Medium Armor (prereq light) • 3 Heavy Armor (prereq medium) • 2 flat +1 bonus to AC (full Dexterity) • 3 Mage Armor (light +1) • 4 ability score +1 I just don’t agree at all that it’s worth the same as a skill proficiency. Medium armor, maybe. Heavy Armor certainly. Light armor is not a value add for any character. Its like tool proficiency before Xanathar’s, except even those had utility in the hands of a DM whose goal is fun. The ability to gain a +1 AC as a ten minute ritual, as one of a few r...

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  • 07:30 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Yaarel in post What spells should have had the ritual tag, but don't?
    I agree. Light Armor + 1 AC = Mage Armor. That flat +1 bonus to AC that also allows for full Dexterity, is worth 2 points, about the same as a Shield. If someone already has Light Armor, then the +1 AC is worth 2 points. If someone is gaining both Light Armor and the +1 AC, then it is worth about 5 points. In other words, Mage Armor is really worth about 5 points. More than 4. So, a feat that gives Ability Score +1 and Mage Armor is an appealing feat, worth about 9 points, where a standard feat is 8 points. No, you’re ignoring vital data. There are only two classes that don’t have light armor or better, and both of them have Mage Armor already on their spell list. So it’s always just a +1. The fact that it allows full Dex is irrelevant, because so does adding +1 onto some light armor.
  • 06:15 AM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    Warlock invocations might work as a model, in the sense of gaining 2 at level 1, while increasing to about 7 by immortal. Choose from a diverse assortment abilities (some always on, some at-will, some per combat encounter, etcetera). Higher levels make more powerful choices available, but many of the lower ones continue to scale well, so continue to be good choices at higher levels. Basically we need a good core and set of classes built on it ... if its a little more flexible that is ok as long as it avoids leaving traps
  • 04:01 AM - Garthanos quoted Yaarel in post 4e Clone − help create it!
    Ok. For now, I will focus on what capabilities become available at what level. Using spells as gauge. Later we can see if these happen to work well with Superiority or other mechanic. That might be as broad a gage as anything the lack of built in level gating may be a reason to not use Superiority dice.


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