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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 08:04 PM
    I assume you mean "climactic" and not "climatic"? A climatic ending would be having a hurricane, devistating flood, crippling blizzard, or other event(s) due to the weather. Which, while interesting, is probably not what you're looking for... :D
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 11:55 PM
    True, but each of them will take time to design, balance for gameplay, and implement. So I imagine that while we'll probably see a fairly wide array of options, likely much of the stuff from the PHB, they'll probably push some of the more esoteric and/or difficult-to-implement options to the inevitable expansions/sequels simply due to time constraints. (That's not to say we'll only see PHB...
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 10:23 PM
    The way I'm reading it, those will be the additions that Beamdog has already put into the enhanced versions.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 07:08 AM
    I'd say more likely to be a sequel or maybe parallel with tie-ins, just from the scheduling. BG : DtA will be out in September; the game (if real -which to all evidence it will be) hasn't even been officially announced yet. So, unless they are really far in development of the game (given rumors over the last year or so, they are probably pretty far along, but not necessarily close to being done),...
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 06:44 AM
    So, thinking it over, and adding in some hints from some recent LYSKs, I'm wondering if this will be a sequel in that Bhaal himself will be up to some shenanigans in present-day Baldur's Gate, perhaps even trying to revive some of the old Bhaalspawn? The fact that Bhaal's symbol is prominently displayed on the BG : DtA cover obviously shows that there will be some sort of Bhaal storyline in the...
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 08:26 PM
    We know that there's a big announcement coming up, and BG III has always been high on the speciation list. This definitely seems to point in that direction, and Larian would be one of the top choices to produce it, as the Divinity games are spiritual successors to the BG games...
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    Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019, 10:54 PM
    They have made pains to point out that no regular release spot was used for this book. It was going to be published independently, and WotC volunteered to do it for them instead.
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 06:19 AM
    So, yes, it is very Greyhawk, and doesn't even attempt to quietly pretend it's setting-neutral. It is, bluntly, unabashedly tied to the setting. From what I've read so far in the general overview of Saltmarsh and the surrounding region, besides the obvious links to Keoland and the Sea Princes, there are references to NPCs from Ket, the Great Kingdom, and even from the lands of Iuz. Deities...
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    Tuesday, 21st May, 2019, 05:06 AM
    It's up on D&D Beyond. Starting my read-through now...
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Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

  • 04:57 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Do you want Greyhawk updated to 5e?
    EDIT- h/t Quickleaf. The poll was accidentally created as private. Apologies! The results as of 2/28/19 can be found at: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?657470-Do-you-want-Greyhawk-updated-to-5e/page12&p=7570875&viewfull=1#post7570875 I will update this page with the final results on March 12, 2019, when the poll closes. FINAL RESULTS!!!!! Yes! Greyhawk should be updated to the current edition. 136 60.99% No! That sounds like a terrible idea. 50 22.42% I refuse to answer polls that value my opinion. 10 4.48% Other (will explain the comments why I can't answer yes or no to a yes or no question) 27 12.11% So I was reading the Sinister Secret of Ghosts of Saltmarsh thread, and I saw that many people were complaining because, yet again, WoTC were mining the glorious history of Greyhawk ... EDIT - To be placed on the Azure Sea. h/t @Demetrios1453 But that got me to thinking about my preference- namely, I don't want WoTC to "update" Greyhawk. For me, Greyhawk is forever the hints dropped in Dragon Magazine and various modules, and codified in the boxed set in 1983. I have been running a variant of the 1983 GH Boxed set in various incarnations since 1983, up to and including now with 5e. I understand that it was updated with the whole 3e "Living Greyhawk" and the Gazetteer, and I have no ill will toward those who like or enjoy it, but that's just not me. So allow me to expand on why I think WoTC shouldn't revisit Greyhawk, other than to nod to it occasionally. In my mind, Greyhawk is the ur-DIY setting, especially for the swords & sorcery (as opposed to High Fantasy) crowd. What made the setting great at the time is that it didn't provide answers- it provided hooks. Every place described had hints of adventures for the DM to fill in. It was impossible to read more than a paragraph or two about the places without immediately t...
  • 02:59 PM - oreofox mentioned Demetrios1453 in post The New D&D Book Is Called "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" [UPDATED!]
    I suspect it's more like a very small number of posters making a lot of noise... (Quite frankly, there is good reason FR overtook Greyhawk in popularity). That's what happens when you place practically every video game in FR. And I saw more FR novels than nearly any other setting, except maybe Dragonlance. And that setting went downhill after Dragons of Summer Flame. Demetrios1453 and Parmandur : I didn't read any of the monster lore because as I stated, they were useless to me as I have my own lore for my own setting. And I figured they were FR focused since EVERY other book released has been (adventures minus Strahd, SCAG). Giving them names of Greyhawk characters really means nothing. So I made a mistake, but like I said, I didn't read the lore because it's rather useless to me. It's good to know it isn't FR focused, though.

Thursday, 29th March, 2018

  • 09:37 AM - Coroc mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Is Dark Sun Coming To D&D?
    Demetrios1453 and Werebat There were large size creatures in 2e many weapons did more damge to These and some did less. Halfgiants were categorized as large, thri kreen were not. Halgfgiants had twice the hid dice to compensate (A halfgiant warrior had 2d10 Hp / Level) Constitution 20 and up granted Regeneration in 2nd ed so that was an additional potential advantage for those races who could rech this score.

Thursday, 18th January, 2018

  • 03:40 PM - Coroc mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Wealth by level
    Demetrios1453 #8 Yes, almost any discrepancy like str20 halflings etc. can be easily explained when a Need for that arises. But just altering gold to silver is far easier, as the RAW does not even mention this discrepancy. Making up precious metal Inflation by magic dwarves mining the elemental planes is far more of a houseruling than just renaming a thing and using the official material because you lazy, and suddenly every price in the PHB gets much more realistic (Of course change silver to copper also) Now suddenly a trove filled with Gold is a real treasure, one you can buy a castle and a ship for, instead of only 3 new nonmagic weapons and suits of armor plus a few pints at the local drinking place. Now you also do not have to make up things for encumbrance: How tiny are the 100000 Gold coins you cary around? Even if they are just 1 gram per coin (this is abou a penny in size) then you are carrying 100 kg (200 Pounds) of Gold around. Imagine you want to buy swords for an army,...

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017


Monday, 31st July, 2017

  • 07:45 PM - Motorskills mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Enhancing "Storm King's Thunder"
    ...ok, but piercing. I added another attack style - Tail Sweep - the tail can move 90 degrees, and everyone in the "cone" is hit. Same damage as the book, but bludgeoning, and a chance to get knocked thrown out of the cone and knocked prone (similar to the Legendary Wing attack). The battle itself took a long time, and I needed to cheat hard all the way through. :D I started off with giving her the standard HP, but by the end she had 750HP. They countered a lot of her spells, and she quickly ran out of Legendary resists. Her Contingency spell failed, as did her attempt to escape. Wasn't looking at all good for Team Blue. It was then that I revealed my Plan C (or maybe it was Plan E by that point). The party "woke up" back in the Feast Hall, with everything exactly as it was before the fight. A quick chat with the Oracle revealed that this had all been all a Foretell Future spell / ritual / something cast by Iymrth - she is an Omen-Reader after all - thanks Demetrios1453. The Oracle gave them the same play-through as Imyrith had received. So Iymrith knows all the about the party...and how massive a threat they are. But she doesn't know that they know.... :) **** I already announced that I will be tweaking some of [her] stuff before another such fight. Principally with seven or eight bad (good!) guys beating on her she needs more Reactions / more Legendary Actions, and maybe more Legendary Resists, something along those lines. I really like the Tail Sweep, very evocative, I'll probably make it a Legendary Action costing 2 points. I also didn't use her Portents to proper effect, my bad (especially as I actually have a Portent Wizard in AL). Her breath weapon is super nasty of course. *** So after that, they executed their original plan to hit the Great Worm clan, with the ShaWoman Noori leading the way. I kinda messed this whole thing up, but I'll figure it out, and I don't think the players realised how nonsense i...

Thursday, 27th July, 2017

  • 03:01 AM - Motorskills mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Enhancing "Storm King's Thunder"
    ...from the Meditation room in Maelstrom, that leaves her an 8th and 9th slot (she needs the 7th slot to get home). An ancient Blue with the Foresight spell? That's what I call proper nasty. :D I am considering amping up the water pressure, that damage per round, and non-interference will act as if under a Slow spell. :) I will boost the numbers / stats of the residents, but the party will understand that they are there to convince the Princess S, not to get into a fight. Question, what is the air pressure in Maelstrom, is it normal? Edit 1: re Air Pressure - does anybody remember how it worked in the movie The Abyss? They had a diving pool there, and were able to walk around the facility without difficulty, but IIRC they needed more than simple diving suits when they went outside. But maybe it wasn't as deep as Maelstrom? What caused Michael Biehn's character to go nuts, was it the 'regular' air in the complex, or the oxygen mix in his aqua suit? Edit 2: Thanks Demetrios1453, I get to use another of your awesome inventions, link added. :) (By the way, there is an asterix in the wrong place for 2nd level slots).

Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

  • 07:32 AM - Lanefan mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Why FR Is "Hated"
    ...aller towns and villages sitting relatively close to humanoid settlements. I can see that being a problem.I've got PotA in front of me, and the main map (page 32) just shows the Dessarin Valley - no coast anywhere in sight - and covers maybe 250 x 350 miles; which is roughly the same or maybe a little bigger than the regional map given in B-10 Night's Dark Terror. And it can always be tweaked to suit if the prepackaged geography of the main setting doesn't have an exact fit, as long as the travel times between adventure sites remain mostly about the same - if such things are even relevant at all. Each time I've run B-10 all I've done is taken out a chunk of my setting map and replaced it with (more or less) what's in B-10. It's not that difficult. :) Were I to run all of PotA (so far all I've done is poached it for stand-alones) I probably wouldn't even do that much, but instead just drop the adventure sites into places that suited their themes. Lanefan EDIT: trumped by Demetrios1453 :)

Saturday, 29th April, 2017

  • 11:09 PM - Caliburn101 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Which Greyhawk?
    @Davelozzi and @Demetrios1453 Do you mind not spamming the thread with a VERY tangential sideline debate on mapping around Waterdeep et al and get back on to the topic - which is Greyhawk.

Monday, 6th March, 2017

  • 07:29 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I have added the Storm Giants Omen Reader by Demetrios1453 to the Giants section. It is from his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding giants. Thank you Demetrios1453 for your contribution! I have also added the Storm Giant Paramount and update the Hill Giant Chief, Stone Giant Thane, Frost Giant Jarl, Fire Giant Duke, and Cloud Giant Oman to reflect the AD&D concepts proposed in the OP better. Primarily I gave them a method to mitigate stun-locks and ranged attacks to some extent. These should have been there originally, but I was going to fast.

Sunday, 5th March, 2017

  • 10:33 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I have added the Cloud Giants by Demetrios1453 to the Giants section. These are from his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding these giants. These giants differ a little from his originals, primarily I decided to make the giant Oman and Oathguard elites per the OP. Thank you Demetrios1453 for your contribution!
  • 01:47 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I have added the Fire Giants by Demetrios1453 to the Giants section. These are from his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding most of these giants. These giants differ a little from his originals, primarily I decided to make the giant chiefs (thane, jarl, etc.) elites per the OP. Thank you Demetrios1453 for your contribution! In addition to adding the fire giants I have update the the Hill Giant Chief and Frost Giant Jarl slightly.

Saturday, 4th March, 2017

  • 06:27 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    I have added Hill Giants, Stone Giants, and Frost Giants by @Demetrios1453 to the Giants section. These are from his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding most of these giants. These giants differ a little from his originals, primarily I decided to make the giant chiefs (thane, jarl, etc.) elites per the OP. Thank you @Demetrios1453 for your contribution!
  • 06:13 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post 5e Hardcore: Monster Manual
    GIANTS: Cloud Giant Oathguard (CR 10, elite): by Demetrios1453 w/ "elite" edits by dave2008 Cloud Giant Oman (CR 14, elite): by Demetrios1453 w/ "elite" edits by dave2008 Cloud Giant Shaman (CR 12): by Demetrios1453 These giants are based on the great work by @Demetrios1453 over at his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding most of these giants. These giants may differ from his originals some, primarily I decided to make the giant chiefs (thane, jarl, etc.) elites per the OP. Thank you @Demetrios1453 for your contribution! 81798 81799 Fire Giant Duke (CR 13, elite): by Demetrios1453 w/ "elite" edits by dave2008 Fire Giant Pyromancer (CR 11): by Demetrios1453 These giants are based on the great work by @Demetrios1453 over at his great thread Homebrew Giant Elites , go there to check out his original work and some great flavor text regarding most of these giants. These giants may differ from his originals some, primarily I decided to make the giant chiefs (thane, jarl, ...

Friday, 3rd March, 2017

  • 08:08 PM - dave2008 mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Homebrew Giant Elites
    Any chance you could (both) make these excellent projects available on Google Docs or similar, if not already done? When I get a few more entry's in my thread (which will eventually include Demetrios1453 giants) I will add a PDF version to the downloads section of this website. Probably the end of March or April. I can make a google doc too, but I probably would not update that as often. I have already done that for the Epic Monster Updates.

Thursday, 2nd March, 2017


Tuesday, 28th February, 2017

  • 07:34 PM - Flareanthia mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Looking for Lore - Tritons race
    Oh I see @Demetrios1453 perfect, thank you. I will check and see! Hopefully 2e will prove a little bit insightful :3 @vincegetorix yeah, Tritons are actually good aligned from what I understand, most usually lawful good according to Volo though my Triton is a neutral good, because he was banished from his home/protectorate (Thus I named him Exoristos, which is a Greek word meaning outcast or banished. The reason I did this is because I figured "Hey, Greek is old, maybe Primordial could sound kinda like Greek would!" XD ) And Tritons ARE originally from the plane of water, but... That was apparently a long time ago, meaning that most if not all Tritons in the realm now would have never been there. Tritons would know of the plane of water, probably, but have lived in the sea their whole lives. Heck, there is a whole part of volo's guide talking about how they don't know anything of the surface, I imagine this would also mean they don't know much of creatures from the surface or sea creatures that never go to...

Saturday, 24th December, 2016

  • 12:01 PM - Charles Rampant mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Let's Read: Volo's Monsters
    We now move onto the Giants, of whom we have six. It is worth noting that Demetrios1453 has an interesting thread where they are providing full writeups for alternative giants, primarily ones that are tougher than standard and good for elite encounters. Go check it out! Meanwhile, we have six Giants to consider ourselves, all of which are odd in some way. Theyre not the chieftain statblocks that you might expect, but instead tend to represent outsiders or religiously-mad versions of the base Giants. We begin by looking at the Cloud Giant Smiling One. http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/forgottenrealms/images/a/a8/Monster_Manual_1e_-_Cloud_Giant_-_p44.png/revision/latest?cb=20141112145055 I think that the giant types in Volos are new, so sadly we wont have any useful or interesting previous edition versions to draw on for images. The art in Volos for the Smiling One depicts it floating and gesturing; the complex body motions reminds me a little of Classical Indian dance. An abstract swirl tries to hint at a background, while the Giant herself is fairly an...

Tuesday, 25th October, 2016

  • 06:48 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Demetrios1453 in post Mearl's Book Design Philosophy
    To be honest, someone who puts such heavy conditionals on buying the books is probably not worth the effort of chasing. It seems likely that you'd never buy the books, not matter how good they were at meeting your conditions, if you got this far without doing it. I can't fault anyone for wanting what they want...but threads like these certainly hint at the challenges that the WotC team faces on what to produce and how. For every person who says they like what they're doing, you get one who hates it, one who likes it but wants to also see X in addition, then people who just disagree with what he said or say he's lying...and every other kind of response imaginable. No no matter what they do, there are going to be people who will be disappointed. It's just the way it goes. I think that Demetrios1453's speculative tripartite split for future books is a very coherent idea. It does mimic the Planescape Boxed Sets that I have purchased in PDF - a Player's Guide to the Planes of Chaos, a DM's Guide to the Planes of Chaos, a Monster Supplement, and an Adventures in the Planes of Chaos booklet. Added together, they probably would come in at less pages than a modern hardback... I agree, that was a great point by Demetrios1453, and I think that approach seems the most rational given the diverse audience they are trying to appease, while also trying to grab new players.

Tuesday, 27th October, 2015

  • 04:24 AM - pukunui mentioned Demetrios1453 in post New SCAG Info: Someone Got The Book
    Demetrios1453, ad_hoc or Prism: What does the book say about Elturgard? I ask because the 4e LFR adventures had the Companion exploding and the nation failing, but the nation still exists and the second sun still hovers over Elturel in Hoard of the Dragon Queen, so it would seem that the LFR storyline was non-canonical.

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Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 06:02 PM - Psyzhran2357 quoted Demetrios1453 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    Been reading through it on D&D Beyond, and, while definitely written in a tongue-in-cheek tone, there's actually a good amount of interesting stuff in there. I just read through the backgrounds, and Celebrity Adventurer's Scion, Failed Merchant, and Gambler could be used in pretty much any campaign with minimal editing (the other two, Plaintiff and Rival Intern, are more heavily linked to the overall Acquisitions Inc meta). Echoing this. The new backgrounds are great. Also, the new spells are an absolute riot. Gift of Gab is pretty much mandatory for my Wizards and Bards now. Spells here: https://www.reddit.com/r/dndnext/comments/c220r6/the_new_spells_from_acquisitions_incorporated_are/
  • 03:09 PM - Parmandur quoted Demetrios1453 in post Acquisitions, Inc.: First Impressions
    Been reading through it on D&D Beyond, and, while definitely written in a tongue-in-cheek tone, there's actually a good amount of interesting stuff in there. I just read through the backgrounds, and Celebrity Adventurer's Scion, Failed Merchant, and Gambler could be used in pretty much any campaign with minimal editing (the other two, Plaintiff and Rival Intern, are more heavily linked to the overall Acquisitions Inc meta). I'm not sure how much I'll be using in games ((and there's still plenty more book that I haven't gotten to yet), but at the very least I'm having a good time reading it... EDIT. And now I'm in the class section, and already in the barbarian section I've had several laugh-out-loud moments. Who'd have thought that barbarians and corporations would make such a great fit? I have to say, I wasn't all that into in this book, but my interest is beginning to be piqued...

Friday, 7th June, 2019

  • 04:58 AM - Kurotowa quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    Removing the ability to miss does not equal the ability to always damage on a hit. Sure, you might always hit, but perhaps unless you hit a certain AC, you aren't doing any (or at least minimal) damage. (Just a potential theory on the whole issue - it may or may not be what they will actually do). There's a lot of options. Maybe AC gives you flat damage reduction, or an Armor Save to reduce a hit to a glancing blow, or even a contested roll against the attacker's To Hit. There's systems that would never fly for proper D&D because unlike a TTRPG a CRPG can make lots of rolls quickly and invisibly.

Saturday, 1st June, 2019

  • 12:36 AM - gyor quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    True, but each of them will take time to design, balance for gameplay, and implement. So I imagine that while we'll probably see a fairly wide array of options, likely much of the stuff from the PHB, they'll probably push some of the more esoteric and/or difficult-to-implement options to the inevitable expansions/sequels simply due to time constraints. (That's not to say we'll only see PHB options at first - some classes, like ranger or sorcerer, could really use some post-PHB options) I'd love to see Shadow Magic, Storm Magic, and Divine Soul for Sorcerers, Horizon Walker, Gloom Stalker for Rangers. Because it's so iconic FR Purple Dragon Knight might be in as well. It all depends on how hard it is to impliment subclasses. For Races I think Aasimar will be in because I think they tie to the BG: DIA book some how, which is why they don't count as PHB +1 for Season 9.

Friday, 31st May, 2019

  • 07:13 AM - vecna00 quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    I'd say more likely to be a sequel or maybe parallel with tie-ins, just from the scheduling. BG : DtA will be out in September; the game (if real -which to all evidence it will be) hasn't even been officially announced yet. So, unless they are really far in development of the game (given rumors over the last year or so, they are probably pretty far along, but not necessarily close to being done), the game will likely come out a fair amount of time after the book. Also possible! It could even be the exact adventure in DIA...it more than likely won't be, but it could be! All I do know: Things are going to get really interesting.
  • 06:57 AM - vecna00 quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    So, thinking it over, and adding in some hints from some recent LYSKs, I'm wondering if this will be a sequel in that Bhaal himself will be up to some shenanigans in present-day Baldur's Gate, perhaps even trying to revive some of the old Bhaalspawn? The fact that Bhaal's symbol is prominently displayed on the BG : DtA cover obviously shows that there will be some sort of Bhaal storyline in the city. That way it could still be a sequel (albeit a distant one), without picking back up on the exact original storyline (which was, for all intents and purposes, completed after Throne of Bhaal). Also, I wonder if the NPC adjustments for 1489 DR in Heroes of Baldur's Gate might have some clues whether some old characters reappear? We know Minsc and Boo are still around, but some of the other NPC fates mentioned could be quite interesting in a video game (Imoen being a clone of the original, especially). You actually got me wondering if BG3 is a direct prequel to BG:DIA. It could take place in the cur...
  • 06:55 AM - Enevhar Aldarion quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    So, thinking it over, and adding in some hints from some recent LYSKs, I'm wondering if this will be a sequel in that Bhaal himself will be up to some shenanigans in present-day Baldur's Gate, perhaps even trying to revive some of the old Bhaalspawn? The fact that Bhaal's symbol is prominently displayed on the BG : DtA cover obviously shows that there will be some sort of Bhaal storyline in the city. That way it could still be a sequel (albeit a distant one), without picking back up on the exact original storyline (which was, for all intents and purposes, completed after Throne of Bhaal). In case you have not seen the special cover for Descent, the entire cover is Bhaal.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019

  • 10:19 PM - Sorcerers Apprentice quoted Demetrios1453 in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    We know that there's a big announcement coming up, and BG III has always been high on the speciation list. This definitely seems to point in that direction, and Larian would be one of the top choices to produce it, as the Divinity games are spiritual successors to the BG games... The Divinity games are not much like the BG games. If anything they're spiritual successors to the Ultima games.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019

  • 11:00 PM - jerryrice4949 quoted Demetrios1453 in post 2019 WotC D&D Releases
    They have made pains to point out that no regular release spot was used for this book. It was going to be published independently, and WotC volunteered to do it for them instead. If that is case we are still waiting on the 4th hardcover being announced.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 05:08 PM - Parmandur quoted Demetrios1453 in post Greyhawk is the official setting for Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    So, yes, it is very Greyhawk, and doesn't even attempt to quietly pretend it's setting-neutral. It is, bluntly, unabashedly tied to the setting. From what I've read so far in the general overview of Saltmarsh and the surrounding region, besides the obvious links to Keoland and the Sea Princes, there are references to NPCs from Ket, the Great Kingdom, and even from the lands of Iuz. Deities mentioned in the parts I've read so far are Procan, Obad-Hai, Erythnul, Iuz (again), Vecna, and St Cuthbert. The tiefling NPC might make Greyhawk traditionalists balk at first, but her background fits in perfectly well with the setting (having to do with a certain half-demon demigod far to the north...) NewbieDM just put out a podcast interview with Mearls, who wrote all of the relevant lore text: his stated goal was to provide plenty of flavor, but such that could be easily reskined
  • 07:23 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted Demetrios1453 in post Greyhawk is the official setting for Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    The tiefling NPC might make Greyhawk traditionalists balk at first, but her background fits in perfectly well with the setting (having to do with a certain half-demon demigod far to the north...) Technically, since Greyhawk is a "core rules" setting, tieflings and dragonborn should be available. And it's not that the setting has any lore preventing them, it's just that the original setting petered out before those races became core.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 11:05 AM - gyor quoted Demetrios1453 in post Bet on Sundays surprise D&D announcement
    According to a recent Lore You Should Know, since the Second Sundering, Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul aren't currently "full" deities at the moment; unlike most of the others they elected to be able to continue to affect mortal affairs directly, living as actual entities upon Toril itself instead of the Outer Planes, and are thus somewhere between avatar and deity status. The LYSK episode in question specifically mentions they are active in Baldur's Gate, and that we would likely see them actually be statted up in a future product, which currently looks likely to be in either BG : DtA, or its possible sequel. The LYSK can be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAveVhvydhM So they are like the Mulhorandi Gods and Gilgeam then. Thanks for the link and info, I will watch later after work.

Saturday, 18th May, 2019


Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 10:28 PM - Parmandur quoted Demetrios1453 in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Interesting that the symbol in the upper left corner is that of Bhaal, the FR god of murder and assassins. Now, that symbol is often associated with Baldur's Gate itself since the CRPGs with the city's name used it prominently (since Bhaal was an important part of the backstory to those games), but... there was a recent LYSK concerning Bhaal (and Bane and Myrkul) specifically mentioning they were active in Baldur's Gate. So I'm betting they will have something to do with the plot here... Apparently, the special cover will be Bhaal's symbol apparently.

Sunday, 12th May, 2019

  • 07:44 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted Demetrios1453 in post New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'
    As that is set over 100 years ago in the setting, and the political situation is completely different these days, probably not. It's not completely different. It's still ruled by a ducal council. The Dukes may have become more evil over the years, but what would you expect?
  • 06:28 AM - pukunui quoted Demetrios1453 in post Ghosts of Saltmarsh: First Impressions
    No, I mean Malar. Both are gods of violence and slaughter. The Greyhawk equivalent of Myrkul as god of death would be Nerull, or possibly Wee Jas, although the latter has a very weird and eclectic group of godly domains (and her lawful alignment makes her closer to Kelemvor in some ways).You're right. I was confusing Erythnul with Nerull.
  • 12:15 AM - pukunui quoted Demetrios1453 in post Ghosts of Saltmarsh: First Impressions
    Erythnul = Malar.I think you mean Myrkul. He's FR's god of death. Malar is the evil god of hunting and vicious beasts and the like.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 03:23 AM - Parmandur quoted Demetrios1453 in post A Look Inside Ghosts of Saltmarsh
    Now that I'm at home and can properly read the text on some of the pictured pages (instead of squinting at them on my phone), I'm really (happily) surprised on just how Greyhawk they've gone with it. I'm seeing references to Keoland, the Sea Princes, and the Scarlet Brotherhood; St Cuthbert, Vecna, Iuz, Procan, and Erythnul. They definitely did not go the almost completely setting neutral route we were expecting, and that they even heavily implied they would be going. So...an idea occurs to me. The reveals for the upcoming fall products will be happening next weekend at the Descent event, only a few days before this is released. I'm wondering if their misdirection on this product might indicate we may be getting something else Greyhawk-centric coming up... I'd wager that Steve Winter and Wolfgang Baur put lots of little throwaway references that are really easily filed off for other settings, and Kate Welch doesn't know the little bits well (as she admitted to being unfamiliar with GH).


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