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    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    Here's where you bring this whole concept up first in this thread that I found So you start with the assumption that every round should potentially kill you. Then you object to my (sarcastically I admit) labeling bullets as magic killing devices. But that's the basis of everything you've posted, that a single bullet can kill you. So what am I missing? You want any single shot to...
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    No game system can handle every trope. I don't "expect" the PCs to act in any particular way. If I have a scenario where there's a lot of ranged combat (whether that's arrows, bullets or spells) and plenty of cover people can take advantage of it. But you seem to be fixated on this idea of cover. Guess what? Probably 90% of what people use for cover on TV is BS. Cars (other than engine...
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    Yesterday, 03:45 AM
    When this topic came up I did a bit of googling, and 19th century rifles have about the same effective range as longbows with a few exceptions (such as the Sharps rifle which was the equivalent of a sniper rifle). But your basic Winchester? About the same. Pistols? Close to shortbows. Add in the fact that they used black powder and I don't even see that much of a need for dramatically...
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    Yesterday, 02:44 AM
    But do you really need to? I think the thing that bothers me most about this "D&D doesn't work with guns" is that unless you assume fully automatic weapons and an unlimited ammo supply, guns are really all that much different in game terms than what we already have. Particularly if you limit to 19th century or earlier tech, they really aren't all that much more effective. Cheaper? Easier to...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 05:16 PM
    I do this because it better suits the pace of my campaign. In my case I just use the optional rules, a short rest is overnight and a long rest is several days. I find it helps balance out the classes a little bit if I have 5-10 encounters per long rest, people that like to nova every fight though may not appreciate it.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 02:11 PM
    There was a Mythbusters episode on dodging arrows. They had a martial arts expert try to dodge arrows shot from low-powered bows. He couldn't do it even when he knew exactly when and where the arrow was coming from. In addition, it doesn't really matter if you see that grizzly bear about to rip your face off, you're still not going to be able to get out of the way*. Last but not least, you...
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 03:30 AM
    So let me get this straight. HP works for flying arrows, being cut to bits or run through by a sword, bludgeoned by maces, ripped to shreds by dragons bigger than a city bus ... but not for bullets? Real world stories of people being shot 20+ times mean nothing because in some movies of a specific genre bullets are always 100% lethal. Except when it's "just a flesh wound" but apparently we're...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 06:47 PM
    Somebody should tell that to the people that make kevlar. I could also say that there's no defense against getting run through by a sword ... except in D&D there is. Not all bullet wounds are fatal and HP will always be an abstraction of many things, not just how tough you are.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 06:34 PM
    I hate it when video games do they do that. Even worse if it happens during a D&D game. YMMV of course, different people play for different reasons.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:53 PM
    You mean where he says "If you feel strongly about your druid breaking the taboo and donning metal, talk to your DM." which is followed by"your DM has the final say"? Which, honestly, is true of every rule in the book. Heck, I considered and discussed coming up with a completely custom class because my vision of the PC didn't match an existing one. Ultimately I decided to play a standard...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:07 PM
    Good point. Because there's no weapon in D&D that does the same damage of a longsword that has a short range of 150 feet. It's not possible to take a feat that increases range to 600 feet without penalty while ignoring cover.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Resorting to appeal to popularity? Don't like the rule? Change it when you DM.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:28 PM
    I kind of like the idea that if the PCs kill off the BBEG an impostor/second in command takes over. Or the BBEG was just a figurehead and by killing them off the real power behind the throne needs to take a more direct approach.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:18 PM
    This is the thread that never ends ... Well, you know how the rest of it goes. Good gaming.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:47 PM
    Even lesser known fact, 10% of spontaneous combustion cases are caused by lowkey13 being forced to play a paladin. Yeah, that's right it adds up to more than 100. Just because percentages will not exceed 100, doesn't mean that they can't! :rant:
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:41 PM
    So I'm a vegetarian as long as I'm not eating meat? So I've been a vegetarian since last night's supper because I ate oatmeal for breakfast? Good to know. So let me clarify: vegetarians will not eat meat. Oh wait, that's not much of a clarification is it? I guess I'll just stick with my original point. Druids will not wear metal armor. Therefore a PC that wears metal armor is not a...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:15 PM
    I don't want to derail this too much because I think this can be/should be it's own thread, but I do occasionally do have templates that I slap on low level monsters. It varies by campaign, but for example that ogre may be a berserker ogre has "frenzy" which grants them advantage on all attacks, double the number of normal attacks while granting advantage to attacks made against them. I may add...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 02:38 PM
    Personally I always thought high level minions were a bit odd, it reinforced the whole "levels are just a treadmill" idea. I liked the concept, just felt odd in practice. So if I want a low level monster to be a real threat I'll use mobs. Or this guy:
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 02:21 PM
    Vegetarians will not eat meat. If my vegetarian nephew eats steak he is not a vegetarian. If a PC wears metal armor they are not a druid. I'm done playing word games. Have a good one.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 02:12 PM
    "Druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal" is about as clear a rule as I've seen in the book. Feel free to run it differently in your game.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:33 PM
    Many villains (and enemies in general) in my campaigns won't fight to the death if they have a choice. That's different from saying that it's guaranteed that they get away. If I really want them to get away I'll give them something such as misty step, ability to polymorph or turn ethereal, etc. For example, a well prepared vampire can be very difficult to kill if you're in their home turf. ...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:37 AM
    This is the argument that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started posting it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue arguing it forever just because... This is the argument that never ends... There's nothing new here. Follow the rules, don't follow the rules, it doesn't really matter. Accept that the taboo for druids is based on whatever fluff the DM...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 02:24 AM
    The situation won't come up because they won't wear metal armor. Might as well ask what happens if that champion fighter shapeshifts into a bear. Unless of course you've chosen to change the rule in your campaign.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:44 AM
    Some people allow druids to wear metal armor. I don't see the point.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 01:21 AM
    I simply don't see the wiggle room other people read into it. They "will not" wear metal armor. Seems pretty darn clear to me. This is getting repetitive: if you don't like the rule ignore it when you're DM.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:46 AM
    When a player decided to play a champion fighter they decided their PC was not going to cast spells. When they chose to play a druid the decided their PC was not going to wear metal armor. A DM can always set up a situation the PCs can't win, just like they can always set up alternatives. It doesn't matter if that situation is a group of 1st level characters fighting a tarrasque, the...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 11:25 PM
    I don't put my players into no-win situations. Feel free to run your games differently, just don't expect me to stick around if you force the issue without an alternative.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:50 PM
    If this situation ever came up (I've been DMing for decades, it never has) I'll deal with it. There will be an alternative or the group will figure out another way around. Maybe - gasp - the druid will simply transform into a small animal. If only they had the ability to change shape. Or we'll just execute the druid, they believe in reincarnation anyway, right? :uhoh: I would no more have...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:31 PM
    And the edge case scenario trope that always gets brought up on this topic that has never actually happened as far as I know goes to .... Sword of Spirit!!!! I'm surprised it only took us to post #77 to bring up this argument. Listen, if this actually did happen, your DM is being an ****. There is no such thing as a scenario like this being forced on the player and DM. The DM controls the...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:16 PM
    I agree, it's a silly argument. Because we're familiar with the damage bullets can do some people assume for some reason they're more deadly that traditional D&D weapons. Which is odd because in reality people get shot multiple times and survive. On TV, a throwing knife is deadly 99.9% of the time. Yet somehow having a couple of pounds of metal perforate your abdomen or lopping your head off...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:00 PM
    But ... how can I play my gnomish druid paladin? All the other cool kids agree with me! If I can't I'm going to hold my breath until I pass out! Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:56 PM
    Yeah, and I would respond "Here's my comprehensive list of house rules*, it's a very, very short list and your list of grievances won't change it. If that's a problem hopefully we can work something out. If we can't you're going to have to find another game." I'm sorry if that would piss somebody off, but life is too short and it's too easy to find new players to hassle with. *The only two...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:46 PM
    Heaven's to Betsy! I follow the rules! Oh noes! Seriously - that's your big argument? You personally disagree with a particular rule so therefore everyone else must also disagree? The setting justification is left up to the DM and the campaign. But I don't see this as being any different from any other rule in the book. We know how many spells and what level spell your PC can cast, if...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:21 PM
    It's clearly spelled out under proficiencies. Armor: Light armor, medium armor, shields (druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal) There does not need to be a mechanical penalty, they will not do it. Ipso facto, if your character is wearing metal armor they are not a druid. Don't like it, change the rules. Playing at my table and don't like it? Discuss how to get...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 03:57 PM
    Following the rules printed in the book is "absolutely morally abhorrent"? Don't like the rule? Change it when you're running a game.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 01:36 PM
    Good grief. This argument, again? In my campaign there's a simple answer. If your PC wears metal armor, they aren't a druid. Don't like the rule? Change it if you're the DM. I don't really care about why or what the consequences are, without a house rule to change things if you wear metal armor you can't take the druid class. End of story. Sometimes the answer is simply "no". I'm not...
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 08:59 PM
    Care to share any details?
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 07:35 PM
    Probably about the same thing as shooting a grizzly bear if you're using a 19th century pistol. You get a pissed off umber hulk. Using a rifle? Hope you're a really good shot. But you can only take real world as a template for anything in D&D so far. People have killed grizzly bears with .22s, it's just really, really unlikely. Even a modern hunting rifle is no guarantee of stopping a...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 10:35 PM
    Trying to think of anything unique that hasn't already been mentioned. OE/1E: distilling complexity into a relatively simple set of the rules that let me play a fantasy character. Multiclassing even if it was a bit flaky. Probably more but my books are unavailable at the moment and I'm too old to remember back that far. 2E: Specialization and clerical spheres were mentioned so I'll go with...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 09:33 PM
    I agree but in all fairness, Captain Obvious could also point out that if you're looking for hyper-realistic simulation rules for just about anything you won't find them in D&D. Which doesn't make it a bad system because quite frequently reality sucks. :D
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 08:34 PM
    Which is one of the reasons I use the alternate rest rules. Well, that and magic band-aids and salves because otherwise a lot of wounds would be permanent, which just doesn't fit with the number of encounters that adventurers normally face. A lot of wounds historically were fatal days or weeks after combat was over, which I just handle as my campaign world having the equivalent of magical...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:36 PM
    Anything remotely approaching reality would include disabilities, hindrances, bleeding out, infections, etc. We don't include those in many styles of games because it wouldn't be fun. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy D&D. For all it's flaws, HP works. I just think that many things have to be vastly simplified to work as a game. Whether that's HP or armor or weapons or ease of recovery or the...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:00 PM
    I agree ... getting your head chopped off by a claymore is probably going to hurt just as much if not more than being shot with a Colt .45. It's only related to the topic in that if you're talking a genre that has guns, what system would you implement so that people would take guns in the first place if they just do the same damage as bows but are really loud? Unless you're Jack Churchill, of...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:32 PM
    Instead of "fundamentally flawed" how about "fundamentally over-simplifies damage" or "fundamentally unrealistic". I'm perfectly okay with HP in whatever game I'm playing as long as it's appropriate. Games have to make all sorts of compromises for the sake of fun and ease of play.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:20 PM
    Well, I only pay attention to the sage advice that's in the official document and I don't see a clarification there (and honestly I ignore/override some of those), so I'll give you my ruling. So let's start with the definition: " tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of vibrations within a specific radius, provided that the monster and the source of the vibrations are in contact with...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:57 PM
    I could list a dozen video games off the top of my head (hmm...do individual games in a series count?) set in current or sci-fi settings that use HP where you're perfectly fine until you hit zero and then die. It's a really, really common trope of fiction no matter what weapons are used.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:52 PM
    Most people are level 1 commoners with 4 HP. How many hits with any D&D weapon do you expect them to survive? As far as who's level 12, well obviously they're the protagonists of an action movie that have Hollywood magical plot armor. Or you justify it exactly the same way you justify getting hit in the face with a club by an hill giant a dozen times and walking away. You don't. ;) Any...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:10 AM
    Well, in the "real" shootout at the OK Corral (which didn't take place at the Corral) there were about 30 rounds shot in 30 seconds. So 30 attacks in a 5 round combat? Sounds a little low for the number of attacks, but it's in the ballpark. The whole concept of standing 20 yards away from each other and ending a fight with a single shot was a convenience for old westerns that rarely had the...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 12:19 AM
    I like Eberron's take - what would a more advanced magical world be like. I integrate some of that into my own campaign, I don't quite go to the steam-punk level but my world is full of wonder and magic. Might even get to the Eberron level if I stopped blowing up the world every few centuries. :heh: Other than that, I've toyed with the idea of more of a wild west setting, just because my...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 04:01 PM
    The temp HP are permanent until used, but people do have to be in the aura when the spirit appears: in the aura when the spirit appears gains temporary hit points. I see no reason why they would go away if not in the aura. In addition, it's kind of odd ... if you leave the aura and come back do you get new temp HP? On the other hand, if you want the other benefits you have to be in the...
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    Thursday, 13th June, 2019, 03:52 PM
    I liked different editions for different reasons so I've picked up different things from different editions. From original editions (lumping together a bit because I'm old and they blur together). The embrace of a wide variety of fantasy tropes and sources that I could use in my own campaigns. Conan? Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser? Lord of the Rings? Pick your style. The pantheons that I...
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    Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 11:02 PM
    My view of the gods has been heavily influenced by Harry Harrison's The Hammer and The Cross series. Basically the gods are real-ish in that they are powered by peoples belief and worship in them. They are real in the sense that they have their own agendas, thoughts and ideas and indirectly manipulate people and events. However, in other ways they are not real in the sense that they are given...
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    Tuesday, 11th June, 2019, 03:51 PM
    I'd set it in a poor part of town (every city has one) and take the fight to the rooftops. Lots of jumping between rooftops, balancing while fighting on slanted roofs and other environmental hazards. Plenty chances for ambushes and traps where parts of the roof have been strategically weakened and so on. Warehouses are great as well as long as you don't mind the cliche. Or do it in stages,...
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    Monday, 10th June, 2019, 02:42 PM
    For visuals, I replace "match" with "cutting torch" and leave it there for couple of seconds for higher level spells. You're still not going to catch many things on fire although wood will char, cloth that is not in movement may start on fire and so on. But even with fairly high heat if the application is relatively short there will be damage but not fire. I do allow spells to start things...
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 01:28 PM
    There is no great way of doing this, the best way I've found is to roll for items. Long ago in a campaign and edition far, far away, we tried to use a "logical" scheme. Problem everyone was always "you get the magic weapon because you're a fighter but Bob the wizard so he gets the ring of protection". I could have started a magic weapons shop because who really needs a +1 trident to add to the...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 10:03 PM
    So ... you don't accept that some people found THAC0 painful? You keep asking people to explain it to you. It's simple. Some people find it more difficult. Period. End of story. You ask "why" ... well the answer is that apparently not everyone thinks like you do. My wife started playing D&D with 2E and she hates THAC0 because it makes her subtract and she finds the numbers (especially...
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 04:19 PM
    So am I understanding this right? That one of the "advantages" of THAC0 was that you had a character sheet where you pre-calculated what AC you hit based on your D20 roll? Which you could do with any system that uses a reasonably small range of numbers to determine whether you hit or not? As far as subtracting being more difficult, it's the combination of adding, and subtracting that you...
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    Friday, 7th June, 2019, 12:16 PM
    I kind of liked flat footed, surprised and facing. It added a bit more tactics. Never cared for calculating THACO.As far as the "only people who didn't use it dis it" ... umm ... no. My wife learned to play with 2E and was quite happy with the change in calculation with the advent of 3, as were several other people in my group at the time. It accomplished the same goal while being more...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 06:17 PM
    Maybe we should have a poll "how do you pronounce THAC0". Of course you would only need two options, "THACK-OH" and "The wrong way". ;) Kidding aside, I never met anyone who didn't pronounce it THACK-OH. Maybe it's a midwestern thing.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 06:08 PM
    I'm not saying 3.x didn't have issues. Or any edition for that matter. Just that you're conflating having half a dozen modifiers with the move away from THAC0 (which by the way is pronounce THACK-OH and everybody else is just saying it wrong :p ). They're different topic. Of course I didn't have a problem with 3.x either, although it did get a bit crazy when I had to have a grid with all...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:49 PM
    I'm just relating, like, my experience man. :cool: Several people I played with were relieved when we switched to 3 that they no longer had to do what they considered "backwards math". Maybe you and people you played it didn't think it was bad because it was a self-selecting group. Personally I didn't hate THAC0, but I wasn't fond of it either. D&D has enough idiosyncrasies and sacred cows...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:39 PM
    Numbers got crazy in 3/4, but I've never seen an AC of 30 in 5E. They could exist in theory but it would be easy enough to just set a max AC of whatever you want. I don't see any link between THAC0 and limiting AC to a reasonable number. Whether we should limit AC to some number (20, 30, sky's the limit?) is a separate topic.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 05:25 PM
    All I can say is that for some people, THAC0 was a stumbling block. It never really bothered me but it is easier to add than subtract, especially into the negatives. But some people have enough problems adding two simple integers. I don't see how it could really affect the end result all that much but "high is always better" and one concept for attacks/saves/checks streamlines things. In...
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 04:59 PM
    My simple answer has always been that I consider torture evil and I don't allow evil characters. Whether it should work in real life or the game (people will eventually tell you what they think you want to hear) is not relevant. There are plenty of ways to intimidate someone without resorting to evil acts.
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    Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 01:07 PM
    The question is, does thread necromancy have sunlight sensitivity? :cool:
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    Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 06:11 PM
    Yes and no. Yes, I have things that happen off-screen often without the input of PCs. Either because the group didn't follow that path, it wasn't relative to the PCs at the moment or because it's happening between campaigns. For example in a recent campaign, the PCs overthrew the "false" king and put in place one of the PCs who was a legitimate heir to the throne. We did some wrap-up stuff...
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    Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, 06:28 PM
    I have considered the TWF paladin option myself simply for the additional nova damage. Smite twice on the same round (or three times if hasted)? Could be fun against the BBEG. I don't really care if it "balances out", but when my vengeance paladin wants to he could get VENGEANCE!!! :mad: So that would work for me. On the other hand, simply allowing two weapon fighting style for a paladin...
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    Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, 03:25 PM
    The difference in damage potential is minimal as others have pointed out, the other aspect is the +1 to AC from dual wielder and the flexibility it gives. My wife's swashbuckler thinks it's great that she can not only get two chances at sneak attack but also avoid attacks from two opponents when moving away even if the second opponent doesn't take a lot of damage. Is it as good as a...
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    Saturday, 1st June, 2019, 08:02 PM
    I don't necessarily disagree with you, but I have a pet peeve about what I bolded. It bugs me when people support their play style with "I know better than you and if you want your game to be better, do this. Different styles work for different people. P.S. This is just free advice and as such probably worth what you paid for it. Take it, leave it, I don't really care.
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    Saturday, 1st June, 2019, 02:34 PM
    The players and the DM need to work together to make stories that work for everyone. So in my campaign world (which I've been running for decades with multiple groups, multiple editions) some things make sense, some don't. So I don't care if you want to play a drow that dual-wields scimitars and has a pet cat. In my world drow are the boogeymen that rise from the darkness and murder people for...
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 06:54 PM
    The world exists outside of the PCs, but it can be quite fuzzy until and unless the PCs interact with it. I usually do quite a sand-boxy world and I set things in motion that will have their own momentum unless the PCs decide to act on a plot thread. So I may have 5 plot threads going on and the players decide which ones they're going to pursue. While I try to avoid no-win scenarios (I'll...
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 05:05 PM
    I'd like to see a Deities & Demigods + Non-Human pantheons or just a Faiths and Avatars like Shiroiken said. Well, ideally I'd like all three (real world pantheons + fantasy pantheons) but I don't see that ever happening.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 05:00 PM
    I agree with telling people a rough equivalent, but even during happy hour a mug of ale costs more than 4 cents. It's not DM cheating if you state up front that there are spells and rituals not available to PCs and that there may be magical protections on castles that would stop you from teleporting in to the king's bedchamber in the middle of the night. In any case, it's a pretty common...
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 09:39 PM
    I have a "no evil" rule for my PCs, but I also make it clear that PCs are not above the law. In a world where high level magic users exist, people have developed ways to deal with them. Unless the PCs raise a literal army, they are vulnerable. So yes, there are high level PCs (although they are rare). If they are truly going on a rampage of evil they may find themselves fighting good...
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 09:19 PM
    Well, having 1 price list for all items across all cultures is always going to be problematic, especially considering the inconsistencies of armor and weapon types. On the other hand if plate mail isn't "expensive enough" maybe that's because there are too many wizards casting fabricate. ;) As far as the fabricate, I posted long ago that I saw a lot of issues, especially depending on level...
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 07:09 PM
    Other than that for that price it should be a really awesome loaf of bread. Or you bought it at Trader Joe's. :p
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 06:24 PM
    Why are you assuming that gold has the same value as it does in the real world? I start with some basic goods and services from the PHB to work out a ballpark. I agree that we probably shouldn't have a GP standard, a SP standard would be more "realistic". But in a game with dragons why do you assume that alchemists aren't occasionally successful at transmuting lead to gold?
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 06:05 PM
    While I agree that $400 to 1 GP is out of line, $1 to 1 GP is too far the other way. Just looking at common goods, that would make a set of clothing 50 cents. A bucket would be a nickel. Prices in the PHB may not make a lot of sense and I'm sure someone else has done the math but I think of a GP as being roughly equivalent of a 20 dollar bill.
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 05:52 PM
    How much flexibility do you give them? Can they "invent" weapons like my net throwing ballista? Create new rituals? Special wards against specific types of magic? The way I run it the printed rules aren't all inclusive, they include rules for PCs. But it's going to vary widely by campaign and preference. I warn people that they may not be able to teleport wherever they want, that some...
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 12:30 PM
    I've always assumed counter measures in my world for important well protected places. Just because a spell or ritual is not in the PHB does not mean it doesn't exist. Yes, flying creatures and spells would be dangerous. It means there would be an arms race of sorts but people are creative. Giants and ogres attacking? Good thing you had those ballista ready because they've got some big...
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    Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, 06:00 PM
    The way I run it depends on the interaction. Impersonating a random guard? Okay until you don't know the password, don't respond like a guard would or someone bumps into you and realizes you aren't really wearing armor. However, it does nothing to disguise your voice or mannerisms so impersonating a specific individual if you interact with anyone that has actually met that person is likely...
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Sunday, 16th June, 2019

  • 05:21 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    Oofta I’d also add that any of those alignments could be attached to a character who just hates slavers, and will try to free slaves if they can, or a character whose main priority is group cohesion and the good of their party memebers (or 1 specific member), in a group that features 1 or more members who deeply care about the fate of these slaves.
  • 05:19 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    Oofta I’d also add that any of those alignments could be attached to a character who just hates slavers, and will try to free slaves if they can, or a character whose main priority is group cohesion and the good of their party memebers (or 1 specific member), in a group that features 1 or more members who deeply care about the fate of these slaves.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019

  • 06:10 AM - Hussar mentioned Oofta in post What does it mean to "Challenge the Character"?
    *ducks back in, waving a white flag* Totally, totally not trying to start anything. Honest. I just want to point something out iserith. When three different posters, at least, at three different times - myself, Oofta and now Tony Vargas, all come to the same, or at least very similar conclusions based on what you are posting, perhaps, and I'm not saying this is true, but, perhaps, the point you are trying to make isn't as clear as you think it is. I mean, you're dismissing Tony Vargas because apparently he's been scarred by edition wars. You dismissed oofta so hard that he's still on your ignore list. You dismissed my points as well. I'm not saying you're wrong here. I'm not trying to pick a fight and my horse in this race is long dead. I'm just saying that perhaps, just maybe, your point could be misconstrued. I mean, heck, once you actually pointed out an actual example, I realized that there is not much difference between your table and mine, I just don't insist on such strict adherence to formula - I skip steps. Otherwise, the end results between your table and mine are probably pretty close. However, it took an actual example to see that. I guess what I'm trying to say is...

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 08:49 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    If you don't allow an insight check because you know the result ... you're giving away information the characters don't have. The players now know the NPC is telling the truth. Yet somehow asking for a perception check that may result in the player not getting any new information is something I should be ashamed of? :confused: Next stop... 2000 posts! Nice going, Oofta! :P I like to think I take the middle road as described in the DMG but your game seems to be much, much more in the "ignore the dice" realm. If it works for you, great. I accept that different people play for different reasons. Personally I enjoy getting into the mindset of my PC, even when that's different than my own. It's a wide road. Apparently. We can all ride there in the middle. In our respective lanes.
  • 07:54 AM - pemerton mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ... hellplant looks like it is being more demanding than was intended by the GM, then in the approach I'm describing here the GM might manipulate things "behind the scenes" to compensate - whether reducing the threat posed by some later planned encounter, or fudging one of the checks made to deal with the plant, or whatever other device this sort of GM has up his/her sleeve. I personally don't play in the style I've just described - in a different current thread in General, I've been discussing (with Chaosmancer and others) what I think are ways of getting the REH-like dramatic pacing and consequnces but with less reliance on GM-side determinations. But I think that the sort of approach I've described in this thread is a widely-adopted one. I'm hesitant to project my own account of the approach too readily onto individual posters each of whom has his/her own unique way of playing RPGs, but with appropriate caution and no intention to cause offence, I would conjecture that Chaosmancer, Oofta and Yardiff can all recognise some aspects of how they approach GMing in what I've set out in this post.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 03:53 AM - pemerton mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ... rolls in secret and players are rewarded for having high (normal) Perception. 4) Traps are random consumers of resources by causing damage in unavoidable ways. Now, a lot of those options are pretty common in D&D, historically. Over the years I've played using all those mechanisms. But, since the "board game" insult has been used by others, those all feel a lot more board-gamey to me. You roll your dice, move your piece, and maybe you land on somebody else's Hotel. Or the lich's death-trap, as the case may be. So really this comes back to the "player skill" or "challenging the player" thing: I'd just rather play (and DM) where the human players have to pay attention for hints and then use those hints to make meaningful decisions. And by "meaningful decisions" I mean informed decisions with risk:reward tradeoff that will impact the game state either way.I think there's another possibility. To me, it seems to lie behind some of the posts in this thread (eg Chaosmancer, maybe Oofta) although of course I could be drawing mistaken inferences from what they've said. 5) The presence from time-to-time of "random"/"untelegraphed" traps - some of which are triggered, some of which are narrated in advance by the GM to those players playing PCs with certain Passive Perception skills - reinforces the players' sense of setting and/or story. Used in this way, traps aren't about rewarding players for skilled play or skilled build, nor about consuming resources. Their function is about establishing a certain fiction/feeling, not about "beating the dungeon".

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 11:03 PM - Harzel mentioned Oofta in post Want to shake things up: Doorways, Scouting, Caution
    Actually it does, since Fireball does half damage on a successful Dex save. Half cover gives +2 to AC and Dex saves, 3/4 cover gives +5 to AC and Dex saves. Granted, cover won’t save a creature from taking damage from Fireball, but it will give them a better chance of reducing the damage by half, which is better than nothing. Which is important for determining the affected area, but it doesn’t say it ignores cover. Cover is something you have relative to the caster, not to the spell’s area of effect. Wouldn't cover be counted from the initial point of the spell effect? While I do think you could have cover from a fireball (such as having a waist high wall between you and the initial point of the spell), having cover relative to the caster doesn't really matter does it? As @Oofta points out, it is RAW that cover is determined from the spell's point of origin. Although I, too, had the initial impulse to grant the DEX saving throw bonus to cover even to Fireball, it seems like that cannot have been the authors' intent, since it leaves you with the following quandary. Because Fireball goes around corners*, a creature can have full cover from Fireball, but still be in its area-of-effect. So if you give the +2/+5 bonus for half/three-quarters cover, what do you do with that creature that has full cover? You can certainly come up with solutions. For instance, you could grant auto-success on the save. But at that point, you are clearly ruling/house-ruling. EDIT: Also, granting the DEX save bonuses for Fireball​ means that the "goes around corners" property makes no difference in the partial cover situations, which seems odd. * While thinking about this a while back, I noted that the use of the word "corners" is itself problematic. I'm pretty sure the in...

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

  • 01:25 PM - robus mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...g for how I played. I even went so far as to invite folks to call my way house ruling if it helped. IOW, while I might have gotten sucked down into some argument, I certainly started off by saying, "That's cool but I prefer to handle it this way". I dunno, your very first post in thread definitely took an aggressive stance: #37 All this equivocating or "letting there be leeway for error" is just a player screw job AFAIC. Yeah, I'm not big on playing silly buggers to try to increase difficulty. So definitely stepping into the realm of going after others method right off the bat. Your second post in thread #42 gets a bit more passive aggressive: I always find it surprising how many DM's insist on only the DM calling for skill rolls. Maybe I'm just too gamist in my approach. @Bawylie engaged with that though in post #46 but rather than dogpiling, gave a brief history of the game discussing the different approaches to action resolution encouraged by the different editions. @Oofta joins in with post #49 and increases the temperature with this little nugget: While I encourage people to state things in-character, I don't see a need to treat every action like Jeopardy where things have to be said using the correct structure. No need for a wording gestapo if the intent is clear. (my bold) And we’re off to the races... Edit: and I see Charlaquin beat me to it.
  • 03:22 AM - Hussar mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    Y'know, I have to apologize for the "talkie talkie" thing. I thought it was funny and cute, totally not meant as a shot or anything like that. I see that it has very much taken on a life of its own, and that's totally my bad. Sorry about that. When I say, talky talky or talky bits, I'm simply meaning those parts of the game that revolve around the social pillar. As opposed to the hacky bits or looky bits. :p Yeah, humour is always tough. But, honestly Elfcrusher, I've never seen this as you folks needing to defend anything. iserith is 100% right in saying that this is what the 5e books expect. It is right there in black and white. I can't really argue with that. My point has always been that anyone, like me or Oofta, saying that we have a way that works better for us is immediately dogpiled on as coming from dysfunctional tables or not understanding other approaches or whatever.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 10:21 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...t’s not at all what he said. Not even close. Really? "There is an implicit value judgment here that a clear delineation between player and DM roles is something “for inexperienced players.” (There is a clear judgement that marking the line between player and DM is something for new players) You are mistaking your preference for more give-and-take of narrative control between the players and the DM for a more refined taste that players and DMs will naturally grow into with experience. (You are mixing up your preference for a "give and take" style for a more refined style that players will grow into with experience)" How is "your preference" vs "a more refined style" not saying that their preference is less refined? Add in that this more refined style naturally comes from experience and there is an implication that lacking that more refined style is either choosing to play as if you were inexperienced, or comes about from being inexperienced. Seems pretty dang close to what Oofta was saying about Charlaquin coming across as feeling superior in their style. “More refined” is what I was saying Hussar was mistaking his playstyle preference for, as opppsed to simply a preference. By saying that the playstyle the 5e rules promote is for inexperienced players, it was him suggesting that his playstyle was more refined. It’s the equivalent of saying “[thing I don’t like] is for babies.” I was merely pointing out the bias in Hussar’s wording. I don’t think either of our tastes are more refined, or “for more experienced players,” I think they are simply different preferences. Ah, I see that now. Be easier to spot with some clearer subject-verb usage, it gets a little muddled and I think it could be read either way. There isn't much daylight between Charlaquin's position and mine, plus I have the other poster blocked, so my mistake there. But that poster has been continually railing about my position as well or what he or she can read of it in quotes ...

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 05:17 AM - pemerton mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    One could assume that their judgement call would be based off of the information they have been provided by the DM, including descriptions of the environment so far, the general tone of the campaign, and their basic understanding of the worldThe description of the environment was simply that the building is decrepit. How is "judging" whether or not the GM will decide that the chandelier in a decrepit house might fall if leapt on any different from guessing that same thing? And if the answer is that the possiblity is implict in the situation and the player's knowledge of the GM's taste and table practices, then it no longer serves an example of the consequences not being known to the player! Which is what it was presented as (by Oofta). I believe the reference to coddling was in the idea of telling the player the consequences for all challenges or actions taken by their character. So it's "coddling" to tell it to the players, but it's not "coddling" to wink it to them (by way of descriptions of the environment so far, the general tone of the campaign, and their basic understanding of the world)? That's not a contrast I find easy to follow. Particularly in the context of interpreting a poster who was making a big deal of not telegraphing traps. Let's look at it another way: The player knows chandeliers, in general, may fall under human weight. The player also knows (because the GM said so) that this building is run down. That increases the prospect that the chandelier might fall when leapt on. The player, knowing all this, declares that his/her PC wants to leap onto the chandelier and swing across the room to pursue the assassin. The GM calls for a check, which gives rise to a chance of failure. How i...

Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 04:17 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Oofta in post What does it mean to "Challenge the Character"?
    One thing that makes discussions like this challenging is that participants often take slight differences in positions and exaggerate the other side to an extreme. (I think that's what you're calling out here.) I sincerely apologize if I stepped in something between you and Oofta ! I honestly don't see the crux of the disagreement. AFAICT, if anything, the prevalence of (what I think you guys are referring to as?) Player Challenges was even higher back in ye olden days, when "player skill" was something to be tested (see also, Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, more puzzles in adventures, etc.). But, again, I think I'll bow out as I can't quite fathom the distinction in these positions. :)
  • 03:26 AM - Hussar mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    Well, Oofta, the fact that no consequence was ever posited points to the notion that there was no consequence. And, at that point I think we all agree, regardless of approach, you just tell the players they climb over the wall and move on. Same goes for pretty much any sort of obstacle where time will overcome it. I have to admit, I have no idea why 5e removed the "Take 20" rules. I suppose, at the end of the day, they don't really need them - you're not supposed to roll anyway, so, just get on with it. I always did think, though, that Take 20 was a nice mechanic in the game. Too much power to the players maybe? I would like to say, that as I read this last page of the thread, I find myself nodding with pretty much everyone. Well done you folks.

Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019

  • 07:00 PM - Elfcrusher mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    Please don't call this out as bad form. I've made many of my fake internet points by witty* paraphrasing delivered in quotes. I'd hate to see that practise demonized. * by witty, of course, I mean "vaguely humorous to somebody somewhere. Maybe. Hopefully. Please click laugh" Fair enough. I may unfairly be lumping Oofta in with some others, and thus mistaking humor for denigration. If so, my apologies, Oofta.
  • 03:25 PM - 5ekyu mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...nner. DM: Sets the DC for Athletics check based on the player's statement. The DC could be anywhere from automatically successful (i.e., using a ladder) to impossible (bare-handed while trying to carry everyone else in the party on his back up a wall made of ice). Player: Rolls if necessary. DM: Narrates the success or failure of the action. Now maybe that is what you meant, but then you misunderstood/misrepresented the person you were responding to. The point they and others were making is that you cannot make a roll much less determine the chance of success unless you have a clear understanding of the player's goal. This interaction loop applies to combat, social, and environmental interactions. The only real difference is that for combat, many of the variables are already predetermined (AC, to hit bonus, damage to be applied, etc.). The other two pillars have many more undefined variables that cannot be set until a clear statement of action is made.I admire Hussar and Oofta for their persistence in agsin climbing down the morphing shifting rabbit hole offer up, but hey, evetybody's got to have a hobby. I find the ladder funny and just tha latest swerve retread so I will toss in a line or two which I am sure clearly shows I misunderstand the wonders of the approach. I (and Hussar I suspect and many others) consider cases in which **as GMs** we provide a wall the PCs might need or want to get over **and** a ladder they can just pick up (or crates they can stack) and use as **not an obstacle** or **not a challenge**. Its the equivalent to "I get out of bed" or "I eat lunch" and so on and so on. They dontvrise near the level of challenge, obstacle or as I tend to specify "challenge that matters." The only way these have significance worth their "resolution" is if something else makes it a challenge - like bad guys en route do you havevtimevyo stack or are you better off preparing to fight using crates stacked up as cover - not ladder. In all my years of g...

Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 05:17 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned Oofta in post 5e Capping AC and to hit
    Might be obvious to most, but worth mentioning that a nat 20 will always hit regardless of AC or to hit. High level monsters with multi-attack and perhaps advantage are going to crit at some point. If not, try some different dice. :) Piggybacking on Oofta's point: High AC characters can be challenged by spells or other monster attack abilities that require saves. No character is going to have proficiency in every save, so choose certain monsters for some encounters accordingly. Also, I agree with this sentiment: Even if I were to see numbers like you do, at extreme high levels, I'm okay with that. Let epic pcs be epic, that's what I say.

Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 06:40 PM - Ovinomancer mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...ur game, if there is no cost to failure then the action can just be narrated as an automatic success or an automatic failure. We don't bother with rolling if there is no meaningful consequence to failing. Silly example: With no cost of failure: Player: My character howls at the moon to see if the Goddess of the Harvest will respond. DM: Ok. Cool howl. The Goddess does not respond. Now what would you like to do? With a cost of failure: Player: My character howls at the moon to see if the Goddess of the Harvest will respond. DM: Ok. Make a Charisma (Performance) check. DC 15. If you fail, the wolves that you've been hearing in the distance will take offense. Player: On second thought... At our table, knowing that any action might have a meaningful cost of failure does not discourage creativity - in fact, it is quite the opposite in practice. Creativity is often rewarded with lower DCs, Advantage, or automatic success, depending on the situation.This. Oofta you've said multiple times that you see asking for a check as only being stylistically different from the goal and approach method, yet we've shown there are clear differences in both methid and design. Are you now willing to acknowledge that there are clear differences in the styles, or will you continue to maintain you see liitle difference?

Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 09:31 PM - Chaosmancer mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...he roll, and things went from there. A better phrasing might have been, I wouldn't have let the players actions fail. OR I wouldn't have called for a roll. Or any number of things. But, after defending myself so many times against something I never disagreed with because people think I disagreed with it, I'm getting sloppier in my responses. Mostly cause I'm getting tired of defending myself against something I never once said. No, all skill checks need to be rolled because rolling a d20 and adding an ability modifier (and potentially a proficiency bonus) and trying to beat a target number is the definition of a skill check. If you’re not rolling, then a skill check is not what you’re doing. If we want to get pedantic, a Rogue with Reliable Talent still rolls the die, they just change the result to (10 + Ability + Prof) If the die comes up less than 10. Okay, first I'm really curious why every time after the first that you quote me, it shows up as you quoting Oofta. It doesn't matter, but it is starting to get weird. But, on to pedantry. That's the point. In the strictest since, a roll is being made, but the result is changing so that it doesn't matter what is rolled. So, if we decide not to roll the dice because the result is a known factor... is that an ability check? What if you want to flag down the waitress? It could be seen as a DC 5 charisma check. But, considering how minor in importance that moment is, and the high likelihood of success, we choose not to roll the dice. There is little to no uncertainty and no stakes. But does that mean there is not an ability check that could be rolled? So, if the Rogue's Reliable Talent is an ability check, which is must be since that ability only works on an ability check, even if we do not roll the dice... then why must flagging down the waitress not be an ability check? Why is there a division between these two events, where they are both situations where no roll is made for speed ...

Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 08:00 PM - Satyrn mentioned Oofta in post Should Insight be able to determine if an NPC is lying?
    None of that contradicts my point: players do not necessarily benefit from being overly granular in declaring actions at my table. "I search the study" is as good as and possibly superior to a series of more specific declarations. Similarly, on topic, "I try to determine if he's lying" is good enough. You and Oofta are far better at gleaning your e players' intentions than I am. I see ""I try to determine if he's lying" and I know you, the Enworld poster, are suggesting the method described in PH in the Insight description because this thread is all about that. But at the table, if Insight hasn't even been mentioned during the session, I wouldn't know that you're trying to read his body language or do something else. I might guess you're trying to determine he lying by questioning his aide sitting beside him, or checking the reference library if recorded facts could show the NPC was lying. I'm not likely gonna know what you mean if you don't tell me what you mean.

Monday, 8th April, 2019

  • 03:25 PM - pemerton mentioned Oofta in post If an NPC is telling the truth, what's the Insight DC to know they're telling the truth?
    ...d that The Falcon's Claw was not found (in a subsequent session it turned out to be in the possession of a nemesis NPC who had been hanging around the tower), but that the search did reveal something else - in the ruin's of the older brother's workroom, which the mage PC had never been allowed to enter while a pupil of his brother, was a stand of cursed black arrows like the one that the elf wore around his neck! This was a shocking revelation for both PCs: for the mage, it suggested that his brother was not evil because possessed by a balrog, but rather had been possessed by the balrog because he was already evil; and for the elf, it suggested that rather than aid his companion to redeem his brother, he needed to take revenge on the brother who had made the arrow that had killed his master. If I've understood you correctly, then I would expect that you would see my (1) and (2) as similar to what you're talking about (one a success, the other a failure). I think perhaps some of Ooftas perspectives follows a similar vein of "shroedinger's dungeon" - all the minutiae of a scene is not pre-designated, just enough to illustrate the key parts and the degree of understanding the PCs can get. <snip> But I could be wrong.I don't get that vibe from Oofta's posts myself - I get the feeling that Oofta uses a "pre-stocked"/pre-described dungeon. But I could be wrong too!


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Monday, 24th June, 2019

  • 07:28 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    My points is that hit points are intrinsically linked to the question of tactics in the gameplay.Sure. Focus fire is the obvious example - hp damage imposes no penalties, so, focusing on one enemy at a time is always the best tactic, and accepting hp damage in return for enabling some other objective is often a pretty easy choice. That is, you can always skip minding cover if all you stand to lose is a couple of hit points. Yes, in the long run you can't afford to lose hp carelessly, but skipping cover is a definite choice to weigh against getting to your destination quicker. Nod. That kind of pedantic player calculation, though, actually can enable a genre-appropriate action on the part of the hero - apparent 'risk taking' or 'bravery' (the /player/ know the PC will just lose some hps - but lose some hps, in the fiction, looks like taking a deadly risk and barely getting away with it). PS. As always, that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with using hit points for a gunpowder gam...
  • 04:44 PM - CapnZapp quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    So what am I missing? You want any single shot to matter whether it's the first or the 20th. In addition you want to elevate ranged combat and cover. You want a system that Only that I'm not taking sides, though I admit it can look that way when I'm attacked. I am explaining to people why other people have problems with hit points. Since you have impressive thread-collating skills I'm sure you have seen me making clear I'm not saying hit points cannot work for firearms-enabled campaigns. I'm only bringing up the arguments that people who prefer alternatives to the hit point damage model bring up. I'm pointing out that people dismissing this stance routinely oversimplify and misrepresent their position by only discussing the arguments easiest to shoot down. That if you truly want to understand somebody saying "hit points is a poor fit for the Old West" there's more to it than "I don't like it". Does this mean I can't see hit points working? That I myself consider hit points a "mocker...
  • 02:10 PM - Maxperson quoted Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    You've been given examples, you just ignore them or disagree. I think even Jayne from Firefly was reliable ... to those that he valued and considered friends such as Mal. As far as other examples, I can't point out any (i.e. Han Solo) because you'll just say he wasn't CN. Unlike my own personal characters, some of whom were CN and reliable to those he knew, we don't know the alignment of fictional characters. River was also CN. Jayne was unreliable, even to Mal, which is why Mal was so upset with him all the time.
  • 01:17 PM - CapnZapp quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    ...s unreasonable. You can narrate that as the attacks being deflected by armor, dodging at the last second or sheer luck. I just reject that it's any more or less realistic in one type of combat but not another.I never claimed hit points are bad because they can't handle every trope. I am not fixated with cover. I am merely pointing out something that really should be obvious: that people with backpack shield generators (aka hit points) don't act and move as you might expect from a reasonably modern game. In no way have I said that this is better or worse. I have never said "taking cover" is realistic, only that if you want your game to mimic that, there are fundamental issues if you stick to hit points. You keep reducing my argument about "only the last hit that kills you" to an issue about deadliness, which you then can dismiss. But that's not what I am saying, and I will keep repeating this until you stop arguing in bad faith. Read what I write, not what you might think I write, Oofta!
  • 08:10 AM - Hussar quoted Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    You've been given examples, you just ignore them or disagree. I think even Jayne from Firefly was reliable ... to those that he valued and considered friends such as Mal. As far as other examples, I can't point out any (i.e. Han Solo) because you'll just say he wasn't CN. Unlike my own personal characters, some of whom were CN and reliable to those he knew, we don't know the alignment of fictional characters. The only one I even questioned was Han Solo and I'd point out that I wasn't the only one. And, really, why would you consider CN Han to be reliable? He leaves his wife after all. Sure he comes back agains the Death Star, but, most people point to that as an example where he shifts to CG. Jayne was reliable? The guy who, if he hadn't been caught, would have betrayed the entire crew and gotten half of them killed, all for a big payout. You have a really different definition of reliable than I do. It's not like he stepped back from betraying them. The only reason he di...
  • 02:24 AM - zaruk6 quoted Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    In any case, I think alignment is just one piece of the picture and as much a simplification of human nature as HP. I think this is the number one thing that players, new and experienced alike, tend to act like. It's a sort of Essence before Existence type thing, more prescriptive than descriptive. Alignment really should be based on the character's personality as opposed to vice versa.

Sunday, 23rd June, 2019

  • 11:55 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    It's been years since I watched Firefly, but IIRC Jayne had no connection to the pair and actually thought they were a threat to the ship. Getting money was icing on the cake. That does not mean he would have turned in Mal for a profit, Mal was a friend and someone who had his trust and respect. As far as Han Solo ... I'd still say he was CN. After all he did shoot first in my version of the movies. He did what he did for money and then out of friendship and loyalty to Luke and Leia. I'm not convinced he did it for some greater good. After a while he may have shifted alignment somewhat, but how much of that was just because he was caught up in everything is impossible to tell. All we really know is that after the original trilogy and after he and Leia split he went back to being just another smuggler. In both cases, the characters show loyalty and friendship even if there's no indication they were motivated by any sense of doing things for the greater good. Exactly. And Jayne is de...

Saturday, 22nd June, 2019

  • 10:19 AM - CapnZapp quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    So let me get this straight. HP works for flying arrows, being cut to bits or run through by a sword, bludgeoned by maces, ripped to shreds by dragons bigger than a city bus ... but not for bullets? Real world stories of people being shot 20+ times mean nothing because in some movies of a specific genre bullets are always 100% lethal. Except when it's "just a flesh wound" but apparently we're ignoring those. Bullets are never shown to simply bounce off or be stopped by body armor because we couldn't possibly have the equivalent of kevlar for armor (or just high quality steel) in a fantasy setting where we have made up metals like mithral and adamantium. There has never been a case were police fired nearly 2,000 rounds trying to take out a pair of bank robbers. Well except for this one. Bullets are magical death delivery devices that never miss unless you are behind cover. Unless of course you're the hero of virtually every action movie ever made. Is the concept of HP a simplifica...
  • 04:03 AM - robus quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    So let me get this straight. HP works for flying arrows, being cut to bits or run through by a sword, bludgeoned by maces, ripped to shreds by dragons bigger than a city bus ... but not for bullets? Real world stories of people being shot 20+ times mean nothing because in some movies of a specific genre bullets are always 100% lethal. Except when it's "just a flesh wound" but apparently we're ignoring those. Bullets are never shown to simply bounce off or be stopped by body armor because we couldn't possibly have the equivalent of kevlar for armor (or just high quality steel) in a fantasy setting where we have made up metals like mithral and adamantium. There has never been a case were police fired nearly 2,000 rounds trying to take out a pair of bank robbers. Well except for this one. To me, HP works to model your ability to defend against these attacks, generally they’re attacks you can see coming or come at a speed (if ranged) that you can react to in time to reduce the lethal dam...

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 11:47 PM - Maxperson quoted Oofta in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    Druids will not wear metal armor. Therefore a PC that wears metal armor is not a druid. Says who? That PC can still shift shapes. Can still cast druid spells. Can still use the druid circle feature. And will still achieve Timeless Body when the metal wearing "non-druid" hits 18th level. Who says that PC is not a druid? Other druids? Sure, they can say that, but that doesn't necessarily make it true.
  • 11:46 PM - CapnZapp quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Good point. Because there's no weapon in D&D that does the same damage of a longsword that has a short range of 150 feet. It's not possible to take a feat that increases range to 600 feet without penalty while ignoring cover.Yes, ranged combat in 5E is seriously reeling on the brink; that is, of becoming too close to melee as to make melee superfluous. It's still a primitive game for that purpose (since there's basically nothing in place to encourage behavior commensurate with ranged tactics) so this is not a good thing.
  • 10:35 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted Oofta in post Chaotic Good Is The Most Popular Alignment!
    Thanks, I didn't understand what you were trying to say. As far as sacrificing themselves for the cause, that's going to depend on a lot of factors. During WW II kamikaze pilots willingly sacrificed themselves for Imperial Japan on a regular basis. There are many stories of soldiers (and civilians) sacrificing themselves for their country. My understanding of what military psychology has found is that for the most part soldiers don't really sacrifice themselves "for their country" but do for their buddies or small units, although larger concerns often are what get the soldiers into the smaller units in the first place. I'm sure there are counterexamples, but that's what the research suggests. In the case of the kamikaze, I also believe there was a substantial degree of "grooming" and deception going on, along with use of shame (a powerful motivator in Japanese society especially). The same things happen with other cases of essentially suicidal violence. Certainly the calculus of what a...
  • 10:35 PM - Maxperson quoted Oofta in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    Vegetarians will not eat meat. If my vegetarian nephew eats steak he is not a vegetarian. If a PC wears metal armor they are not a druid. It's not a word game. It's the way the class is written. There is no restriction. But okay, so the PC is a non-druid wearing metal armor, that can shapechange into animals, cast druid spells, etc.
  • 08:07 PM - Ohmyn quoted Oofta in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    Maybe you and I have different standards of balance. I don't think any full caster should ave an AC over 16-17 without magic items, i just doesn't balance well. Clerics? Valor Bards? Any other caster that puts in the effort to get a shield and light or medium armor? Heck, it's just as easy, and often easier, for full casters to get AC of their tank, than it is for martial classes like the Monk or the Rogue to do the same. "Druids will not wear armor or use shields made of metal" is about as clear a rule as I've seen in the book. Feel free to run it differently in your game. And that rule has been further clarified in the Sage Advice as to what it means. It is made clear that there is nothing preventing them from doing so, and that there is no penalty if they do. It's only a choice, and players are free to ignore the typical choices of their class. Of course the DM can deny people ignoring a story aspect of their class, but that's true of anything, so it's kind of lazy to point to in a ...
  • 06:51 PM - robus quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Somebody should tell that to the people that make kevlar. I could also say that there's no defense against getting run through by a sword ... except in D&D there is. Not all bullet wounds are fatal and HP will always be an abstraction of many things, not just how tough you are. Sure, there are solutions in *some settings*, but most action adventure scenarios don't have people running around in kevlar :)
  • 06:47 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Oofta in post Villains that are supposed to escape
    I hate it when video games do they do that. Even worse if it happens during a D&D game. YMMV of course, different people play for different reasons. Exactly. The DM /can/ narrate a villain's escape if he and his group are playing for a dramatic story arc, or, he can narrate his capture/death because the players like 'getting it right' and subverting genre tropes - or he can call for checks, set DCs, and 'let the dice fall where they may' like an old-school wargaming judge. They're each equally valid under the 5e DM's role - a big part of the way it delivers on it's goal of supporting multiple playstyles.
  • 06:14 PM - DMMike quoted Oofta in post Villains that are supposed to escape
    I was just wondering how you handle it when the module says that a villain escapes when he is about to lose the battle . . . just let the villain die if he can't get away through combat means Bloodthirsty PCs, much? You'd better help out your excellent adventure module writer by giving the villain a nice failsafe - like only she knows which well a PC's family member is stuck in, or the villain's thrall lights an orphanage on fire somewhere if she dies. I kind of like the idea that if the PCs kill off the BBEG an impostor/second in command takes over. Yup. The PCs sure captured the villain. The adventure is won! Now let's finish him off...wait, is he WEARING A MASK!?
  • 06:11 PM - Fanaelialae quoted Oofta in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    You mean where he says "If you feel strongly about your druid breaking the taboo and donning metal, talk to your DM." which is followed by"your DM has the final say"? Which, honestly, is true of every rule in the book. Heck, I considered and discussed coming up with a completely custom class because my vision of the PC didn't match an existing one. Ultimately I decided to play a standard set of classes but there is nothing wrong with customizing the game. Which is what everyone keeps saying. Of course if you just accepted that this wouldn't be the thread that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends ... Actually, I was referring to the druid armor section in the PHB where it says "won't". Crawford's clarification simply makes it clear that there is no RAW mechanical consequence for doing so unless the DM rules otherwise, and that it isn't even unbalanced to allow it. As I've said more than once in this thread, the DM is free to rule as they please for their own game. ...
  • 04:59 PM - CapnZapp quoted Oofta in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    I agree, it's a silly argument. Because we're familiar with the damage bullets can do some people assume for some reason they're more deadly that traditional D&D weapons. I'm sure you realize things change if you somehow increase the range of your longswords to 100 ft...
  • 04:03 PM - Paul Farquhar quoted Oofta in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    So I'm a vegetarian as long as I'm not eating meat? So I've been a vegetarian since last night's supper because I ate oatmeal for breakfast? Good to know. So let me clarify: vegetarians will not eat meat. Oh wait, that's not much of a clarification is it? I guess I'll just stick with my original point. Druids will not wear metal armor. Therefore a PC that wears metal armor is not a druid. You are a vegetarian if you choose not to eat meat. Sometimes vegetarians lapse and eat meat because they are not sufficiently strong willed to resist it. They feel guilty and try not to eat meat next time. It's the same with celibate priests. Sometimes a celibate priest will have sex. They do not stop being a priest. Sometimes they will repent and seek forgiveness, perhaps doing some kind of penance. Sometimes they will cover it up and try to pretend it didn't happen, with or without the connivance of church authorities. Now the 5e rules do not have any penalties for druids who wear metal arm...


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