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    Today, 03:41 PM
    Epic Monsters is back with a mysterious monster still thought by some to wander the world, supernatural hunters that walk amongst humanity unseen: Skin-Walkers! The most prominent legends regarding this creature come from the Navajo and they’re said to roam only the North American continent (predominantly in deep wilderness forests). Once it has chosen a victim it can stalk them for days...
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    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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    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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    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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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:12 PM
    It seems to me, the Fighter is a great chassis for the Knight/Warlord. The Fighter has so much ‘uncluttered’ design space. Because the Fighter base design space guarantees excellent damage dealing, the design space for the archetype can focus exclusively group enhancement capabilities. @Zardnaar, @Garthanos, I found it easy to translate Come and Get It, into a 5e format and...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 09:44 PM
    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. When translating into 5e, both Dailies and Encounters go into the same pool. The damage is handled separately because in 5e the damage scales automatically by means of Extra Attacks. Really,...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 08:17 AM
    TELEKINESIS Character Level (Spell Slot Level): Size (approximate maximum weight) 0 (cantrip): Tiny (upto 10 lb) 0 (0 ritual?): Small (upto 30 lb) 1 (1): Small (upto 100 lb) 3 (2): Medium (upto 300 lb) 5 (3): Medium (upto 1000 lb) 7 (4): Large (upto 3000 lb)
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 07:54 AM
    (recalculating)
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    Yaarel replied to Science in D&D
    1. Dragons are essentially a genetic blend of snake and lion − often recombined with eagle and goat − designed to prey on human instinctive phobias − sometimes the snake-lion can blend other animals (eel, angler, gazelle, deer, wolf, bat, etcetera). The ‘firebreathing’ is either projectile snake venom, actually fiery methane, or electrical field. 2. Mysticism is to modern science, as folk...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:16 PM
    EN5ider has another entry in the mini-adventure series today, a sidequest perfect for the city and guided by a unique enchanted deck of cards that make it something you can play more than once! By the by the fantastic A Touch More Class Kickstarter has 11 days left to go and has raised $75,000 so far! Anyone even remotely interested should check out the free previews of the geomancer and...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:00 PM
    The Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class experiment has thus far seen: Sherlock Holmes (using the savant), Nikola Tesla (built as a tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), Paul Bunyan (a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox), and last week Harry Houdini (fatebender in the house!) The Kickstarter is live right now (go pledge if you haven’t!) so I’m continuing the series,...
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 06:09 AM
    Hmmm. Flavorwise. Knight/Warlord maneuvers might model spell slots best that refresh after each short rest. The idea is. Each ‘maneuver’ is a significant shift in the flow of battle. It is a perfect storm of group cohesion, discipline, and comradery, attentiveness, ongoing assessment of battlefield, strategic planning, realtime tactics, coordination, troubleshooting, clever ruses, and...
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 03:37 AM
    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.
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 03:21 AM
    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...
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 03:14 AM
    Worldly (Martial) Arcane Void (Shadow) Divine Matter (Elemental) Life (Primal) Mind (Psionic) Force (Universal)
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 02:57 AM
    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’.
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 02:45 AM
    Right, but is a spell description that says ‘make a spell attack’ considered an attack? 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’.
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    Thursday, 4th July, 2019, 02:38 AM
    @doctorbadwolf Maybe Arcana skill casts ritual at DC 13 + *character level* of spell character level = (spell level x2) − 1
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 08:16 PM
    @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...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 08:00 PM
    So, you are saying that having proficiency with Light Armor is a baseline that every character has. Even the classes that have the ‘flaw’ of lacking it have something comparable in its place. In other words, proficiency with Light Armor = 0 points. It is free. It is already assumed into the math of the gaming system. I probably accept that argument. But all the more reason to make Mage...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:35 PM
    (Ultimately, to protect Strength, merge it with Constitution − so Strength becomes the source for toughness. Also formally correlate Strength as a size prerequisite, so a Large creature must have at least 18 Strength. Then via Large size, a high Strength might gain reach. Compare monster stats. Strength is typically near identical with Constitution, and Large and Huge creatures are typically...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Note, the feat with Mage Armor includes a +1 to an ability. (8) feat = (4) Mage Armor + (4) ability score improvement. Alternatively, a feat might give Mage Armor and two Wizard cantrips. Or Mage Armor plus proficiency with longsword and longbow.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:04 AM
    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.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 05:32 AM
    @doctorbadwolf To clarify regarding balance. I agree always-on Mage Armor is nonbroken. At the same time, Mage Armor is very powerful, ultimately as powerful as Plate Armor. Plate Armor too is nonbroken.
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 01:51 AM
    I guess you do misunderstand. You are saying: Mage Armor isnt always on, because whether or not you need to cast it once or twice in a day is unpredictable. I am saying: The unpredictability itself is negligible if it *SELDOM* happens. If on most days, one only needs to cast it once, then NORMALLY it is equivalent to always-on. Also, when you argue it is less than always on, you...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 08:58 PM
    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.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    I like Taunting Strike. What do you think about: Taunt Daunt ? At the moment, I see this capability as comparable to a slot-2 spell. If it increases in power while leveling, it would need to use a ‘higher level slot’ or similar mechanic. Should the Knight (aka Warlord) actually have capability slots, like the Eldritch Knight has spell slots?
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 07:10 PM
    Shiroiken mentioned Magnificent Mansion as a ritual. This spell is less useful for combat, but is awesome for social situations. This seems like a great example of a higher level spell that is suitable for a ritual.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 07:06 PM
    Heh, perhaps this sentence describes oneself as well. Anyway, you come across as if there is a misunderstanding. As far as I can tell, there is none. You want Mage Armor to be a ritual − you argue that to make it always-on is nonbroken. I agree always-on Mage Armor is nonbroken. (I even feel a low-level Wizard needs such a boost.)
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:49 PM
    How many times do you cast it. ‘How many times’. This is what the word ‘frequency’ means.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:37 PM
    The discussion is clear enough. Relating to how valuable Mage Armor is, is how frequently useful it is. This depends on the type of story. If someone is marching thru a city of the dead, there might be frequent combat. If someone is in an urban intrigue or on a ship, there might be infrequent combat. At low levels, it matters whether a Wizard needs to cast the spell once or twice per...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:11 PM
    Until theres a consensus, I like the suggestion by @Saelorn to combine the dice of the two weapons as a single attack. A bonus action can split the attacks, so as to hit separate targets.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 05:47 PM
    In 5e, the tiers are officially 1-4, 5-10, 11-16, 17-20. Level 5 is when the Wizard gets Fireball. Level 17 is when the Wizard gets Wish. But Level 11 is relatively uneventful. Slot 6 spells are less exciting. Level 11 feels arbitrary. More meaningful to me is the Proficiency bonus, where it quantifies real advancement in capability. So, the real tiers are 0-0, 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20,...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 07:16 AM
    5e rituals are noncombat. I am leaning toward allowing anyone to do these rituals using the Arcana skill. Difficulty depends on level, maybe something like 20 + spell level. Likewise, anyone could do a nonmagical ritual using Athletics.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:59 AM
    Foes CAN seek you out to attack you. But it doesnt NORMALLY happen every day. Heh, never mind six different sets of enemies seeking you out − all on the same day! Every day! It is absurd.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:49 AM
    These are moreorless nonmagical rituals. Some of them are Athletic skill stunts, requiring a 15-minute rest to perform. I would also include the Medicine skill to slow down ones own heartbeat as a stunt, for example.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:42 AM
    I like the idea the Novice tier (levels 0 to 4) being youth and normal people. Hero tier (5 to 12) being noticeably competent people. Master tier (13 to 20) the upper limits of human possibility. Immortal tier (21+) is effectively superhuman.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 06:27 AM
    This capability compares to the 4e Come and Get It encounter power. Here level ‘3’ is roughly comparable to a slot-level 2 spell. A 5e Eldritch Knight would get this at level 7. It is the kind of capability that improves while leveling, because the weapon attack itself inherently improves while leveling. Eventually, my intention is to divide all spells by class level, so Fireball is a class...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 04:54 AM
    Dannyalcatraz You really have a knack for these scientific names. They sound great.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 04:43 AM
    All spells can be organized into domains. Then the Cleric (also Wizard) picks two domains, to build a thematic spellcaster concept. To pick a spell outside ones domains, can happen if it is one or two lower levels than the highest spell level.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 04:29 AM
    Garthanos I am mulling three rest types. • sleep (8-hour long rest) • meal (1-hour short rest) • breather (15-minute brief rest) The breather matters because it is the standard unit of time to perform a magical ritual. (I like a 15-minute unit over 10, because there are about one hundred of them per day: 14 minutes and 24 seconds.) Also, 15-minute breather feels like a more useful time...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 04:00 AM
    doctorbadwolf It is balanced for the Wizard to have Mage Armor always on. Casting and dispelling as an action at-will. As a class feature. Without spending slots on it. (As is, the Wizard class is underpowered at level 1, compared to Fighter and Cleric at level 1. The boost of Mage Armor can help fill this gap. It balances.) If other classes want to multiclass to dip into the Wizard to...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 03:07 AM
    @Mistwell Normally, fights happen when you go out looking for a fight. When you are doing something else, they normally dont happen. When I say ‘encounter’ it is roughly per short rest. When I say ‘daily’ it is roughly per long rest. I almost never have six or more combats per day. Even in reallife warfare that rarely ever happens.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 03:03 AM
    Mage Armor is non-broken. However, it matters because changing it changes the entire gaming *SYSTEM*. It makes Dexterity AC strictly equal to Strength AC. Because Dexterity has so many other benefits, this in combination with other options can potentially obsolete Strength builds. It creates an arms race for higher and higher bonuses, eventuating in bounded accuracy becoming untenable....
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 02:55 AM
    A person is only awake for sixteen hours each day. Mage Armor is half of this. In our games, the number of combat encounters per day depends entirely on the narrative. A setting that has alot of social encounters or exploration might not have any combat. In our games, combat works out to be about one to four combats per day. The only time there are more combat encounters is when...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 02:45 AM
    Regarding combat spells. I define ‘combat’ effects as anything relating to: • attack roll / dealing damage • AC / healing • mobility during combat (fly speed, haste, teleport, etc) • immobility during combat (wall, hold, etc)
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 02:29 AM
    This isnt about being broken. The issue is bounded accuracy. An 18 is high, but within bounded accuracy, and is acceptable. But piling on bonus numbers without considering the systemic impact is unwise. The related issue is:
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 01:53 AM
    doctorbadwolf To be clear, Mage Armor is balanced. AC 18 cannot break the game. The problem is. D&D 5e depends on the math of bounded accuracy. It is necessary to stay sober and curb the intoxication temptation and habit of piling on endless bonus numbers. AC 18 is the highest armor AC possible in D&D 5e. Getting access to the highest AC possible is worth a half feat. Officially it is...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 09:31 PM
    Medium armor seems useful enough at low levels, but becomes strictly inferior at high levels, being outclassed by better heavy armor for Strength or light armor for Dexterity. For this reason, I think it is ok to lump medium and heavy armor together into the same feat. The original design goal was to have Light Armor max out at AC 17, and Medium Armor max out at AC 17, and the only way to...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 08:56 PM
    "+1 studded leather" I prefer the design that keeps magic items out of the balance equations. The +5 Dexterity happens automatically, because the benefits from investing in Dexterity fighting incentivize it. Mage Armor = Plate Armor
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 07:24 PM
    Especially because of the gaming design of bounded accuracy, both the attack roll bonuses to hit and the AC bonuses to avoid being hit, are unusually valuable in 5e compared to previous editions. Officially, in order to wear chain armor with proficiency, one must invest in two half-feats, light and medium. Two. Even if a chain shirt was considered light armor (as in 3e), it would still be...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 05:26 PM
    So far in the Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class foray we’ve looked at Sherlock Holmes (a savant), Nikola Tesla (using the tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), and even Paul Bunyan (with Babe the blue ox thanks to the monster tamer class). The Kickstarter has been live for a while now and we’re at that tricky part in the middle where folks have either already pledged or...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 10:13 AM
    Mage Armor is powerful because it equals chain armor AC 13, but at the same time allows an unlimited +5 Dexterity bonus. Light armor by itself is officially worth half of a feat, and Mage Armor is even better than light armor. Even at the most generous evaluation, Mage Armor is worth half of a feat. It is what it is. Mage Armor cannot be ritualized for free.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 10:05 PM
    I mean, the rationale is the same one that Warlord powers use. This ‘feint’ rationalizes the granting of the advantage mechanic. The Help action is defacto a martial maneuver at-will, even if a basic one. It is even a ‘trick’, that automatically succeeds without any save versus a Deception skill check. The mechanics just happen, and the player or DM may or may not bother to narrate it.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 10:00 PM
    A meal (lunch or supper) is a great way to concretize a short rest. Even by the 5e description. If there are normally six encounters per day, that means there will be two encounters per short rest. How is ‘per encounter’ significantly different from ‘per rest’. Eight encounters per day is rare. In my experience, from one to four encounters per day is typical. So, a short rest seems...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 09:52 PM
    Mage Armor is worth a half-feat. And it is definitely for combat thus inappropriate for a ritual.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 09:46 PM
    Even animals have Ki, in the sense of being a living lifeforce. But I agree, the conscious manipulation of this lifeforce (ki, hamr, nefesh, psukhe) is mental psionic magic.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 09:37 PM
    For what it is worth, the 5e Players Handbook explicitly allows a ‘feint’ to happen, no-save, no-narrative requirement. The Help action hand waives any details, for the mechanical ability to grant advantage to an ally for the next combat attack. The 5e Help action seems very warlordy to me.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 09:26 PM
    Yeah. If the powers can be used in *any* encounter, including combat, social, and exploration, then it seems fine to call these ‘per encounter’ powers, according to normal 5e terminology. To me, the word ‘power’ connotes ‘superpower’. I am happy with this as an all-purpose term. At the same time, to be more diplomatic, I feel it helps to emphasize the nonmagic aspects of such powers. So there...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 08:40 PM
    My intention is for the ‘Skill’ levels to be highly impacting to define the out-of-combat identity of a player character. The class levels themselves will not handle skills, except for one inherent musthave skill (Fighter Athletics, Wizard Arcana, Rogue Stealth, etcetera). So the Knight/Warlord class description will suggest typical livelihoods/backgrounds, such as ‘Noble’ for a highborn...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 07:46 PM
    I will double check the 3e Knight class. It seems fine for the Warlord ‘Knight’ to pick up some aspects − especially if a Fighting Style. Likewise the 4.5e Essentials Knight. Purple Dragon Knight, and the Paladin ‘White Knight’, ‘Black Knight’, and Green Knight, are specific and require the modifier, in the same way that ‘oriental amethyst’ isnt really an amethyst. But the Warlord is...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 06:48 PM
    Regarding a name for the 4e Warlord class, I love Knight. The meanings of the term ‘knight’ capture both the feel of a soldier formally educated in military tactics (Intelligence) and the feel of a living symbol who inspires the morale of comrades (Charisma). And the ‘knight’ can be a kickass warrior in combat.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 06:24 PM
    Unfortunately, the Ritual Caster feat sucks. Even many people who like the idea, never end up taking it because of the other ‘must have’ feats that compete for the same space. I am thinking of making Ritual Caster a BACKGROUND, that any character can take. Minimally, they only access level 1 rituals. But maximally, they might access higher level spells as they progress in level. As such,...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 05:40 PM
    The term ‘encounter’ is a normal 5e term. By itself, it refers to anything the adventuring party meets. But the term ‘combat encounter’ specifically refers to ‘a clash between two sides’, organizing into a ‘cycle of rounds and turns’ that begins ‘when everyone rolls initiative’ (PH 189). So, it seems appropriate to refer to these powers as ‘per combat encounter’, abbreviated ‘• combat’: ...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 04:19 PM
    What 4e calls a ‘leader’, I would divide into ‘defender’ (AC, healing, etcetera), ‘mobilizer’ (movement, positioning), and ‘empowerer’ (attack, damage, etcetera). The 4e ‘controller’ and 4e ‘defender’ are both including ‘immobilizer’ (preventing hostile movement).
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 04:15 PM
    The word ‘ally’ can be a formal keyword. Define as follows: • ‘An ally or friend is any willing creature that you choose, including yourself.’ • ‘A hostile or foe is any unwilling creature that you choose.’ Now, every time a Warlord power affects an ‘ally’, the ally can freely choose to become unwilling in order to stay out of the effect of the power, or willing in order to opt in to the...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 02:55 AM
    What would the numbers look like if the bonus action allowed each weapon to apply the ability bonus? Flavorwise, the bonus represents two separate thrusts, as opposed to the weapons maneuvering in concert.
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 02:51 AM
    It seems to me, a natural animal is much like a social encounter, an animal can be ‘friendly’ or ‘hostile’. The interaction can be ‘easy’, challenging, or ‘difficult’. Sometimes a bond of friendship develops, and the animal defends character against danger.
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 04:46 AM
    New Mists of Akuma adventure is out! 92 pages of intrigue, honor restored, and violent conflicts across two prefectures and through a fully-detailed beautifully mapped 3-level dungeon!
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 06:50 PM
    WARLORD Warlord as a Fighter subclass looks something like this at the Novice tier. At level 1, Warlord appears as a Fighting Style. Higher levels become its own Fighter Archetype. FIGHTER BASE FEATURES
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 05:57 PM
    The translation from 4e to 5e is doable, and there are routine equivalences. Each translation needs a doublecheck to make sure that its mechanics interacts with other parts of 5e. Earlier, I wrote up a Fireball spell format that uses the 5e Fireball math − despite the fact the 4e math is more accurate. 5e designers intentionally made Fireball extra powerful for plot protection because it is an...
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 03:34 AM
    Nothing would change for the Rogue. The Rogue likes two separate attacks to make Sneak Attack more reliable. Splitting up the attacks this way would continue to cost a bonus action. By contrast, the Fighter would benefit by leaving it as a single attack, and just adding the dice together, so that it iterates with Extra Attacks.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 03:12 AM
    Those are good suggestions. @Saelorn: add the dice together as a single attack, scaling with Extra Attack, no bonus necessary. @Xeviat: but require a bonus to split between two targets. I would add: require a bonus if splitting into two separate attacks for any reason (such as to increase the chances for a special attack to hit).
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 01:53 AM
    Is there any consensus about how to fix two-weapon fighting?
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 11:20 PM
    Probably, the Warlord can use the Fighter base class as the chassis. It looks something like the following. Note. The Advancement chassis alternates base class features by level − specialization then standard then specialization then standard capstone. The following table only lists the base class levels without the specialization levels. All of the specialization features of the archetype to...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 10:49 PM
    @Xaelvaen I am leaning toward Bard Inspiration being the Expertise bonus type. The Bless spell can probably work as the Magic bonus type − thus would not stack with magic weapons, if any. Bless is ‘non-broken’, but in terms of what bonuses the Bounded Accuracy normally makes available, something like Bless shouldnt really become available until level 7 (spell slot 4) (or higher!)....
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 09:14 PM
    Yeah. In my mind, ‘Ranger’ means: 1) tough-smart covert ops with medium armor plus sword (or gun) 2) wilderness police For me, D&D blurs these two into: 3) forest hunters, survivalists 4) whence by extension, primal warriors with 4a) a spear
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 06:03 PM
    It is possible that the ‘Ranger’ could be constructed as a Rogue archetype. But then the Strength-Rogue would have to be far more viable. Perhaps with medium armor. And extremely high constitution. It would need to be Strength *and* with Trickster-Rogue-like access to Druid spells. Other than that, the Dexterity-Ranger tradition, via Archery and Dual-Weapons, is well served by (an improved)...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 05:32 PM
    That reminds me. Like the Ranger, the Monk too works best as a nonmagical base class, which has a reasonable amount of space to add magical features for magical archetypes, and nonmagical features for nonmagical archetypes. The Monk should be able to facilitate the creation of both an Avatar Fire Bender and a D&D Brawler.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 05:15 PM
    Many of these ‘features’ are simply skill checks. For example, ‘Detect Poison and Disease’ is simply a Medicine skill check. And so on. One of the problems of recycling earlier editions is, they didnt really have our kinds of skills yet. Heh, sometimes the results are appalling − such as the very high level Legend Lore spell, being moreorless identical to a level 1 History skill check. ...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 04:35 PM
    For Parkour, in D&D 5e, you must have extremely high Strength. There is no other way. As is, Rogues suck at Parkour. Acrobatics is pointless. Parkour = Athletics. Run, jump, climb.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 04:23 PM
    But a spell-less Ranger as a base class, onto which magical, nonmagical, and beasty archetypes are added − makes alot of sense.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 03:53 PM
    The original post is a pretty good list. The only thing that caused me concern is: * balance vs. niche protection: Each class will be specialized and fit a role at core. Here, ‘each class will fit a role at core’ is the opposite of customizability according to character concept. So, it requires clarification about how to customize a character whose concept is beyond Gygax.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 03:12 PM
    My next goal is to create a Warlord class, using the Foursome Advancement chassis, and that is suitable to use in a standard 5e party. It is difficult to decide how powerful the Warlord needs to be, because the 5e classes themselves are so imbalanced with each other. In 5e, the features of the level-1 Cleric are worth about 4 feats. The features of the Fighter are worth about 3 feats. And...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Regarding your own experiment. From what I understand, the expertise bonus is always a d6 at any tier. The improvement comes from the number of times per day the d6 gets added. Perhaps, the character gains one expertise die per number of the proficiency bonus? Like hit dice, the expertise dice renew at the end of each long rest. In this case, the expertise dice are almost identical to the Bard...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 01:50 PM
    Earlier, I didnt realize that the total of the d20 + expertise caps at 20. I like the way it stays within bounded accuracy. Essentially, the approach increases 20s while still allowing 2s to be possible. I went to Anydice.com to see what the stats look like. The formula for the output is: d4) and 20] + 2 The bolded number on the right is the proficiency bonus, and the bolded die on...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 06:57 AM
    For the Norse, I would go with the ‘Aesir Clan’. This is literally a family. In D&D 4e terms, they are Primal nature spirits. The word ‘pantheon’ is Greek and creates misunderstandings. Note, nature spirits from other clans such Freyja and Loki, are formally members of the Aesir clan, by means of marriage, adoption, and hostage-exchange. In some traditions, Loki is understood as a...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 06:23 AM
    Notice, that focusing on a nonsensory skill will distract one away from sensory skills. Oppositely, focusing on a sensory skill will distract one away from nonsensory skills. In other words, when someone is focusing on hitting a golf ball, they are at a disadvantage to any conversation that starts up.
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 06:18 AM
    Focus is something that any human can normally do. Whether it is focusing on hitting a baseball with a bat, or solving a math problem, or concentrating on watching a movie. While focusing, the rest of the world shuts out. To mechanically represent focus, it something like an action that allows a skill check with advantage, while all other unrelated skill checks are at a disadvantage....
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 04:47 AM
    With regard to REALLIFE absentedminded professors, they really dont care about the things that the majority of people care about. The absentedminded person would RATHER spend their time thinking about math problems in their head (or whatever problem they find interested), without any attention to what shoes people are wearing or whose birthday it is. They just dont care. In their ideal world,...
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  • 11:03 PM - Rune mentioned Mike Myler in post Scheduling for IRON DM 2013!
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Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 11:26 PM - M.T. Black quoted Mike Myler in post A Guide to RPG Freelance Rates: Part 1 (Writing and Editing)
    As the editor for EN5ider I should mention that we pay 3 cents a word plus rights reversion after a year (and I loooove me that rights reversion <3). Yes, rights is a big thing to take into account. Virtually all of the work I've seen is "work for hire". However, if you can get the rights back and there is a market for what you've written, you can take "two bites of the cherry" and self-publish, and you need to take that into account. mike, how does your rights reversion work when someone has worked on an EN World property? I'm think specifically about your ZEITGEIST campaign setting?

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019

  • 11:32 PM - Quartz quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    Every round a creature or vehicle is in the whirlpool, it must succeed on a DC 15 Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (vehicle [water]) check. On a failure, a creature or vehicle is dragged 5 x 1d4 feet down into the water and 10 x 1d4 feet towards the center of the whirlpool. On a success, a creature or vehicle can move half its speed out of the area. I'd allow Strength to be used for the Water Vehicle check - think of the sailor straining against the tiller or rudder. Or even the oarsmen in a galley.
  • 11:12 PM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    It's not (indeed Mythological Figures uses OGL-ified versions of archetypes that are not OGL) but I'm about breaking that stuff out into the open, not to exonerate it by emulating it. If it's not setting something free then aye I keep it as OGL as possible! Hag covens are also in the MM. A hag gets extra spells by being in a coven per the MM.
  • 10:57 PM - rontrobertson quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Storm Hag (5E)
    Hrmmm...none of the OGL hags have these things I think but I'd fall back on a monster from out of Mists of Akuma for greater weather effects. Hag covens and lair actions are Volo's things. I didn't realize this was limited to OGL.

Monday, 25th February, 2019

  • 12:29 PM - S'mon quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Morgan le Fay (5E)
    Design Notes: It wasn’t long before I realized I was walking into a bit of a hornet’s nest with Morgan le Fay here so I decided on a couple of things to hang her proverbial hat upon. First of all she’s able to heal with her magic and frequently using enchantments so that makes up the bulk of her spellcasting via the divine sorcerer bloodline. Next is the witchcraft—for medieval Britain that strikes me as a very druid thing and I’ve loaded her up with the ritual feat to cover that bit. Finally—and I feel fairly confident that it will be a point of contention—she’s got a scholarly background to represent her youth spent in a formal setting for education (a convent) and tutelage by Merlin Ambrosius. Sounds like a Lore Bard to me. :p

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Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 01:52 AM - Saelorn quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Cerberus (5E)
    That's what multi-headed monsters get in 5E! Which myth are you thinking of for him being charmed? Orpheus and the flute? I think in that one he puts Cerberus to sleep (which can still happen here it's just hard--you'd have to be some kind of legendary musician to pull that off ;) )I was thinking of Harry Potter, where everyone in Gryffindor - dozens of teens and pre-teens - all managed to pull off the same trick. The Weasley Twins went through at least twice, and neither of them had any notable musical talent. Harry references Orpheus by name.
  • 12:19 AM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Cerberus (5E)
    Very cool! I've got it in my head that somewhere down the line there'll be a Heracles/Hercules build (which needs to be able to handily defeat Cerberus) but if there's GM in need of a sizable underworld guardian this will definitely fit the bill (and would be an *excellent* addition to The River Styx). ^_^ Yep, I thought that might be an issue. Though I don't know that Herakles needs to "handily" defeat Cerberus.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 05:56 AM - MechaTarrasque quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    My archetype builds here have been very hit-or-miss so I resisted the urge (although that's definitely ripe territory). The totem you are looking for is tucked away into the last two bullet points of his Rage feature. Not bad choices either! I'd probably go after fighter levels first but if you do give him some rogue pick out a different 3rd level totem (because Cunning Action would make the eagle totem feature redundant). I would probably go tiger.
  • 04:12 AM - Tonguez quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    If you look there's always somebody wanting Thor to have a natural Strength of 27 or whatever. There's usually something useful mentioned though (Tarzan's dad's knife for example!) so I've resisted the urge to include a RAW disclaimer just yet. I went with neutral good because from what I could remember he's a super naturalist with a good-heart. Not necessarily rebellious or spontaneous really, just a "this is the way the world is naturally so that's how I live my life." There's definitely a good argument for chaotic but I didn't see it as a particularly strong one outside of "dislikes society" (hell I dislike society a lot but know that, unfortunately, I am lawful good). Beastmaster was considered aye. From what I could recall though he's usually like, "hey buddy animal, can you do this thing for me?" and the animal is like "yeah I'll do that" as opposed to a commanding thing (the latter being decidedly more beastmaster). Tarzan wasnt chaotic, he didnt fit with civilisation but he...
  • 02:02 AM - Ed Laprade quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    If you look there's always somebody wanting Thor to have a natural Strength of 27 or whatever. There's usually something useful mentioned though (Tarzan's dad's knife for example!) so I've resisted the urge to include a RAW disclaimer just yet. A good point.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 11:01 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    Beastmaster was considered aye. From what I could recall though he's usually like, "hey buddy animal, can you do this thing for me?" and the animal is like "yeah I'll do that" as opposed to a commanding thing (the latter being decidedly more beastmaster). He gets a Lion cub to raise later on in his adventures and that lion features in a few adventures, but Beastmaster wouldn't help you unless you're re-fluffing Panthers anyway .Also they function as independents rarely if at all using the coordinated teamwork I'd expect from a Beastmaster. Better to just say he has a lion friend Jad-bal-ja so here is a lion statblock.
  • 10:13 PM - Ed Laprade quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    Unfortunately I don't have time to read the library of Tarzan adventures and it's been a long time since I've ingested any of them--I do have a minute I can spend adding in a dagger! We're up to 30 heresies right now so let me know when we're reaching critical levels. I haven't read them in decades myself, but when I did, it was often. Not saying you shouldn't do this, just that a warning that they aren't going to be the way fans of the characters remember them might be in order.
  • 09:52 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Beowulf (5E)
    For rocking Grendel? Yes. I'm thinking Grendel's mother is more CR 16 though and not standard party fare. Oh yeah Grendel's mother was a Monster (pun intended).
  • 09:43 PM - BookBarbarian quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    The totem you are looking for is tucked away into the last two bullet points of his Rage feature. Indeed it is!
  • 08:11 PM - jayoungr quoted Mike Myler in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    I’d love for him to do some more damage—unfortunately RAW the numbers just aren’t there for it unless you want to give him a greatsword (which improves things a bit to about CR 6) but that’s hardly cannon for Tarzan. I notice he's using a bow in one of those pictures. Could you do something with that?

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019

  • 10:59 PM - Aiden_Keller_ quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Grendel (5E)
    These Epic Monsters posts are getting a lot of play in Ravenloft ^_^ I also added the Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde... Dr. Ulbrek Jekzinkle owns an apothecary shop in The Village of Barovia... He is seeking rare/new materials to use in order to try and cure himself and no longer turn into Mr. Harkus.
  • 10:55 PM - Aiden_Keller_ quoted Mike Myler in post En5ider #255 - Villain Spotlight: Granny Buccus
    There's multiple Madame Eva's it seems (one in World of Warcraft, one in Curse of Strahd) and I'm not familiar with either. I've poked the article's author though and she may have some light to shed on the inspiration for Granny Buccus! Cool...thanks...in a way though...Madame Eva is specific to Strahd...so this Granny Buccus could be used at any time....
  • 08:57 PM - Aiden_Keller_ quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Grendel (5E)
    It was notoriously difficult to find a proper image of Grendel (that I can use here). That said--maybe Understandable....I think the bag is still hilarious and now I am considering adding him into my Strahd campaign as the cursed courier...
  • 12:40 AM - dave2008 quoted Mike Myler in post Epic Monsters: Grendel (5E)
    Woot woot! 1) I'm very confident Beowulf would crush Grendel here. Thank you for the link, and I agree - your Beowulf can take Grendel to the woodshed!


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