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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 07:55 PM
    The more Ds the better. Wait...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 05:51 PM
    If the rogue or monk or even fighter wants to spend all their focus on movement for one turn, I don't see a good reason to not allow that to happen.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:56 PM
    I know I'm barging into the thread late and I have not read all the posts so I do apologize for possibly rehashing old arguments (but I would have just quoted them anyway and still posted), but I do have such problems with the str/dex/con divide. Adding muscle mass can in fact help reduce the critical damage your body can take, but wouldn't effect poison or disease. And any gymnast is going...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:44 PM
    Look if we are going to examine 3.5 Weapons based on effectiveness, I have a lot more to complain about than the bat'leth (which is admittedly a terrible weapon, though the mek'leth is not so bad) but that's not what the OP asked.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:16 PM
    A while back I houseruled that all dragons are born brown, and it's their emerging personality that determines color and breath weapon. Now I am imagining a warforged designed to provide sustenance for non-warforged soldiers. This is... not a thought I would have predicted I would have today.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:04 PM
    The sword of Kahless maybe. I'd say it was cursed too as it caused the klingons around it to lust for it.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 05:46 PM
    I actually think the balance is good enough right now, but I might think differently in a Featless game. I also wouldn't make finesse a feat, as feats are optional rules.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 03:49 PM
    There's more mystery in an imperfect system like 1e. There is more variability in power. Rolling hit points and abilities was exciting! I had a barbarian with 6 12s for hit point rolls...lottery odds! And it became part of his character... i think as as an adult (not a kid) the danger of missed saving throws and the game's deadliness are high stakes excitement. but I must say...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:39 AM
    I'm glad I stuck it out. Sanderson finished the series strong.
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:27 AM
    Bravo! Though I suppose it was more of the opposite. Is snooze quit a thing?
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 12:10 AM
    Good god! I love about half of those books but at least 2 of them I found to be such a slog I despaired of ever finishing the series.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:54 PM
    The Artificer's Iron Defender makes a pretty sturdy Beast companion. Just lose the artificial nature and I'd take it for a Beastmaster Ranger. The Homunculus is pretty neat too.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:38 PM
    Glen Cook's Black Company. Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:38 AM
    Oh my current Barbarian doesn't give flying flumph about persuasion.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:33 PM
    I'm the opposite. I already dislike how some Races are almost intrinsically linked to some classes just by Stat bonuses.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:14 PM
    For this to work for me I'd have to have a list of what's "adventuring core stuff" and what's not. Take the Wizard with the longsword example. Of course the wizard wouldn't get better with a longsword if they always fight with spells and never a sword. Likewise the fighter never casts spells. So both spells and weapon proficiencies seem to approaches to adventuring, not adventuring core. ...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 10:49 PM
    Yup and Legolas was the "Twink" companion.
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 12:22 AM
    Very true. In open combat he seemed to prefer the Versatile weapon and shield with the heaviest armor that wouldn't slow him down, but in most adventuring tales he had limited access to those things and made due with whatever he had.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 10:25 PM
    Did 4e have a Ranger that primarily used a Versatile Weapon in two hands or heavy weapon and shield? I always thought it was all Two Weapon Drizzty type Rangers.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 10:16 PM
    Interesting. I think it's works super well for a stream as it makes the audience feel like they are getting secret info the other players aren't getting (despite the fact that the other players will see it later anyway). It's a huge hook for the audience. I could see the pee break working, as long as I'm not the one talking to the DM while I have to pee.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 09:20 PM
    I've always felt mechanically classes boil down to being a mixture of Combat, Skill, and Spells*. With things like Champion and Berserker being pure combat and most Wizards and Sorcerers being pure spells with Thief being pure Skill (I know not completely true but bear with me). Arcane Trickster gets a dash of magic. Bard gets more than a dash of skill, but still less than a Rogue. Valor Bard...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:58 PM
    Neat, though with the approach I have now taken I rarely have lulls. It takes a lot of getting used to though.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:50 PM
    I think they do more if that than other streams yes, but I still think there are things they do in that game that I wouldn't recommend for a home game. For example often see Mercer let players fight for spotlight. By that I mean outside of specific plot points the louder the player the more they get the get to interact with the scenario. Now since they are all professional actors it turns out the...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:17 PM
    Except there is a fundamental difference between a cooking show and serving a meal. In a home game my primary audience is the players. If I was streaming a game my primary target is the audience, since the more of them I get the more money I make. It may be possible to serve both groups at one time, but I do think focusing on one comes at the expense of the other. For example, I think...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 08:00 PM
    That's a good way to put it. To further the analogy: the articles I've read seem to focus on the ambiance of the restaurant, the music that's played, the parking, the aesthetics. But I can't help but wonder is all that to make up for bad food?
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:40 PM
    Talk about a thread necro. Almost 5 whole years. Still I love the old path-guy generator.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:38 PM
    While that seems weird to me, I don't fundamentally see anything bad about it. Though if I did pay for a friend I would have much higher expectations of them then my regular friends.
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 07:25 PM
    Absolutely great news for the hobby! I don't have anything against it in principle. But every read up I see of these professional DMs seems like they target people who have never played before. They work on voices, music, ambient sounds, and props, but that doesn't tell me at all about how they run the game. It's hard for me not to see it mostly as hoodwinking. I should also note I...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 10:21 PM
    At high levels I rarely challenge the party with the same kind of challenges that I would at low levels. At the point where reliable talent comes into play the test will not be "Can the rogue sneak in there?" but "What will they do when they get the secret-info/cursed-macguffin/item-that-is-way-bigger-than-expected/etc?
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 08:03 PM
    I also found it helped my players get more equal spotlight which has been a huge bonus to my game too.
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 07:00 PM
    The biggest improvement I saw at my table was to switch form asking the group "What do you do?" to asking individuals "What do you do?" Now every player knows that in a given scenario they are gong to be asked what their character does, they can't just sit around let the bigger personalities at the table make all the decisions until initiative is rolled. So they spend more time thinking about...
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 12:16 AM
    Indeed. It was necro'd with a pun, which made me conflicted because I love a good pun as much as the next dad, but given the context of the thread I was worried.
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    Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019, 12:12 AM
    It would be interesting o see their two stories woven together and contrasted. I could see it being a single movie. Finding a better character than Drizzt is like shooting a fish in a barrel. Even in his own books I find Wulfgar's journey from young barbarian hero to abyssal prisoner, returning and dealing with the fallout of his PTSD such as becoming a drunken brawler and losing his...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 11:47 PM
    Drizzt had quite a few run ins with Alustriel if I recall correctly.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 09:29 PM
    I was rather enjoying the geography discussion of this last page. But yeah this rest of it...
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 09:23 PM
    I mean you could but people Hunt without pets all the time. It seems to me the only reason to do do so is to tie it to a video game 10 years past its prime.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 07:25 PM
    You'll never know more about an animal than when you're elbow deep in its dung or even better the source itself.
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 07:00 PM
    And to me the ranger has to be the best at those things. If the Ranger was relegated to be the Pet master class, but was being outdone in nature related exploration by the Rogue Scout or Fighter Scout, then what you have is a pet master, not a Ranger.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 11:37 PM
    And yet that particular novel Ranger does have something in common with those examples of real life Rangers: years spent on the frontier guarding civilization/civilized people from the dangers of the wild. Edit: I think that is the very definition of Ranging that inspired Tolkien to use the word for the Rangers of Arnor and the Rangers of Ithilien.
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 05:09 PM
    Aragorn was the greatest tracker and survivalist of his age. I can accept that he is just a Fighter with the right proficiencies if there are literally no rangers in his setting at that time.
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 11:42 PM
    We really are geniuses.
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 11:15 PM
    I see this as a starting point. A core of the ranger if you will. A good description of a ranger in a world like the one we live in. However a D&D Ranger may live in a specifically magical world. If living off the land in a land that is intrinsically magical, it makes sense for a ranger to learn useful land based magic. To me at least. If living in a land of hostile monstrosities, giants,...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 10:51 PM
    I'd play it.
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 08:03 PM
    When I was a young lad, dragonlance introduced me to the concept of neutrality as an active force in the world striving for balance, rather than just the passive middle-ground between good and evil. While I now know that wasn't a new concept, something about those robed wizards still makes it really easy for me to understand.
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:43 PM
    "Gronk like pretty pictures. Hey, ground look like pictures!"
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 06:19 PM
    Wait, is 5e finally getting a Harlot table?!? Now that's what I call "essentials"
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 05:25 PM
    The reality is I don't know what I would call for until I'm in the moment, but here is my thought process on reading about it right now. Multiple checks to determine multiple things. If the player states something like "I examine the tracks and try to determine type of creature made them" that to me implies that the character is comparing the tracks to some learned knowledge so Intelligence...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 12:11 AM
    Looking over https://thinkdm.org/hfh/revised-ranger-2018/ I really like the choices granted by Martial exploits (much like superiority dice, invocations, or infusions grant more choices). I don't see much reason why some of them couldn't be tied to a beast companion. Battle maneuvers with the Ranger and Companion working in tandem seems pretty cool to me.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 06:37 PM
    As it stands currently I find the versatile weapon is really the best weapon for a grappler. They use it in one hand when wanting to grapple, and 2 when not wanting to (Fighting creatures more than one size larger, or that are immune to being grappled like a water weird). I'd actually want a fighting style (and a feat) that would expand on that niche.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 06:29 PM
    Agreed. I've read a lot worse Young adult fantasy that's for sure. For example I read a bunch of awful Ravenloft novels as a kid too. Also agreed.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 11:08 PM
    Yeah I don't think I even read the transcript until right now. Just a vague memory of listening to the video while I did other things.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 10:51 PM
    Oh yeah I did like those. They would certainly make for a more meaningful favored terrain choice. Actually on a re-read there was a lot more to like than I remember. I think a couple of things must have stuck in my mind and skewed my outlook.
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 10:33 PM
    I'm interested to see what happens. However, the Happy Fun Hour ideas were among my least favorite ideas tossed around for the Ranger since 5e was released. Edit: I was totally remembering wrong, there were lots of good ideas and I'm even more interested to see what happens.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 09:12 PM
    Crazy old coot sure does get around.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:54 PM
    I read so many dragonlance books as a kid. I even re-read a Chronicles and Legends as an adult. Chronicles felt pretty juvenile thought it is YA Fantasy so there. Legends was a bit more grown up. I enjoyed the random side book here or there. Some are just trash though. Even with Weis and Hickman I prefer the Deathgate Cycle.
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Thursday, 28th February, 2019

  • 09:30 PM - DM Dave1 mentioned BookBarbarian in post Archer build
    BookBarbarian's suggestions all sound great to me. How about any flavor of Rogue with a 3 level dip into Fighter for Arcane Archer? I know it's not a popular subclass, but getting two unique arcane arrow attacks might add some unique flare to your roguish archer. Have you checked out the Character Build threads? I don't spend any time there so not sure if that will be fruitful for you or not, but might be worth a visit: http://www.enworld.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?363-Character-Builds-amp-Optimization

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019

  • 06:17 PM - Nutation mentioned BookBarbarian in post AL Thor in Dwarf form. Help please!
    Rounding out odd stat's would probably be my first goal. I'd worry about Dwarven fortitude a little later as when you pick up the periapt. (aside: what is your bonus action strategy for when you use your action to Dodge?) I'd also put off warcaster as you can hold a shield and cast spells and cantrips with your other hand (holidng an arcan focus or component bag) just fine, drawing a weapon for attacks and Booming Blade. Shieldmaster is useful at any level, though I'm not sure I'd put it above ASIs. So if it were me getting Cha to 16 is a first, and getting it to 18 second would probably be my second priority. the others depend on whats happening in game. If I have the periapt, DF, if I have the Thrower Warcaster, if neither Shield Master. Mostly agree, including the later amendment, BookBarbarian. Attributes, Warcaster, Shield Master, then whatever. You have plenty of opportunity to learn as you go, bkcrosson, so don't overthink it.

Monday, 22nd October, 2018

  • 10:36 PM - dave2008 mentioned BookBarbarian in post Mythological Figures: Conan the Barbarian (5E)
    Conan is a tough one and I think you did a pretty good job. I also like BookBarbarian's take. Conan is also a good fit for a high level NPC as his a long and stored list of adventures and incredible accomplishments that map onto a high level character pretty well. I do think Conan, if anyone, would probably have a strength of 20 though. He always seems to be the strongest.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018

  • 12:09 PM - SigmaOne mentioned BookBarbarian in post Adventures in Middle Earth magic - does it work?
    Thanks to Morrus and BookBarbarian for the comments. I'll have to read the AiME books, and see how I feel... see whether I think low-magic can be done in 5e at all. High magic certainly does seem baked in by default, and that may be quite difficult to overcome for people who want "D&D". If it is as much about expectations as anything else, perhaps that is manageable. Otherwise, perhaps I'll look into TOR. I've learned from experience with Cypher System that getting a group into a whole new ruleset can be a lot more work than I may want to deal with, so I'd prefer 5e AiME if possible.

Friday, 3rd August, 2018


Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 08:55 PM - Salthorae mentioned BookBarbarian in post 6e? Why?
    I have honestly not looked at and am not really interested in the PF2 offerings so sorry to say I can't compare, but I agree with BookBarbarian what streams (if any) pick it up will drive a lot of sales their way. I hadn't thought about it, but it's true.

Saturday, 16th June, 2018

  • 09:07 AM - Sadras mentioned BookBarbarian in post Will you make transsexual Elves canon in your games ?
    Some great ideas. Definitely going to run my next short campaign around one of these. @BookBarbarian, in case you had missed it, you might be interested in this poster's take on flanking. I quite like it, although I just might also be willing to give flankers a +2 bonus.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

  • 04:42 PM - Coroc mentioned BookBarbarian in post Variant weapon table
    BookBarbarian a sickle as a weapon, yes, a dagger / knife stabbing in hammer grip? I bet you can teach a monkey to do that. Use of a staff is almost intuitive, very easy even for totally untrained persons. A hammer? yea you need strength to use it as a weapon I guess. The whole simple / martial weapon is a bit of a constructed categorizing. Watch a monk use a Bo IRL nothing simple about this anymore that is "martial art"
  • 09:53 AM - Coroc mentioned BookBarbarian in post Variant weapon table
    BookBarbarian #33 Axes are common Tools, but an axe specialized as a weapon is much lighter and has a much slimmer Profile. To wield an axe is in no means something for the untrained since you essentially got to keep up edge alignment to be effective. Same goes partially for warhammers. Maces and clubs and quarterstaffs are much simpler to use in that aspect. I would say someone with a forester or carpenter Background could treat an axe a simple weapon but not the common peasant who chops up some firewood with a woodcutter axe from time to time.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

  • 01:50 AM - snickersnax mentioned BookBarbarian in post The best solution for longswords
    Maybe Tavern brawler just needs to be expanded to include what the description already says it does. Turns out Tavern Brawler doesn't even need to be adjusted for it to work with a longsword. "In many cases, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a table leg is akin to a club. At the DMís option, a character proficient with a weapon can use a similar object as if it were that weapon and use his or her proficiency bonus." BookBarbarian : No toes stepped on at all.

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 06:57 PM - 77IM mentioned BookBarbarian in post Warden (Ranger Archetype)
    Thanks everybody for the great feedback! I am making some major revisions. BookBarbarian is right, "Warden" is a really cool word that could mean lots of things. So I changed the name to "Primal Warden" to be a bit more clear that this is some kind of magical thing, while retaining the name "Warden" as a signal to 4E fans. Unwise is right, having the form end when you are out of temp HP is backwards, incentive-wise. So I changed it to just a flat 10 minutes regardless of temp HP. But that overpowered some of the attack features, which were balanced by the fact that you'd probably only have them for a couple of rounds before the form gets punched out of you. I changed the special attacks to just be usable once per transformation. Not only is this a lot simpler and easier to balance, it also follows the 4E warden powers a bit more closely. Ranger is somewhat unique among classes in that it relies on its subclass for most of its damage scaling. (Cleric does too, and bard, druid and fighter partially get damage scaling from the subclass). Most classes get a distinct...

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 01:56 PM - Charles Rampant mentioned BookBarbarian in post Black Panther and Tomb of Annihilation
    ...y. Once they had magical marvels and great technology (similar to neighboring Lantan, but more spirit-focused maybe?) that eclipsed the outside world, overseen by the royalty, but with the collapse of Omu all that was scattered/lost. Some great ideas here. One easy way to bring that post-Wakandan theme might be to add special teleportation circles, located at all the important places (Nangalore, Omu, Mezro, Port Nyanzaru, etc) which they can use to speed up the travel towards the end of the adventure. Naturally these would only work with special crystals that they can find in the ruins... My concern about your floating skull is that you'd add yet another NPC guide to an adventure that already has too many of them :D I am, however, really liking the idea of using the undead angle more than just for Ras Nsi's backstory and random encounters. I've yet to read the Tomb of Nine Gods, but preferably you could add an encounter or two in there to tie off that plot thread as well? BookBarbarian As to using Heroclix and Black Panther toys - the real dream would be to create Black Kamadan, for a rather bizarre mashup...

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

  • 10:27 PM - Enevhar Aldarion mentioned BookBarbarian in post Coming Soon - Warriors of Waterdeep: a new Free to Play D&D mobile game
    No thanks, ill be patient for a real game or nothing over mobile trash. I will take a decent mobile game over PC or console trash. Shovelware you have paid for is so much more painful than a little time lost trying a free game. I gave the Neverwinter MMO a try but it just did not click for me, so I was very glad it was free. I never did buy Sword Coast Legends, and from everything that has been said about it, I am happy I did not waste any money on it, not even when it shows up on sale for $5-10 in a PS Store sale. And to quote BookBarbarian "...but I hope it's successful. I hope it earns buckets of money and they ask themselves "What can we do next?" and that next game is more up my alley."

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018


Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

  • 08:48 PM - Hawk Diesel mentioned BookBarbarian in post Barbarian Archetype: Path of the Hulk
    Ya know what? I actually like that idea. Making it a slam attack rather than an unarmed strike reduces complication of mixing with multiclass barbarian/monks. We can also include (as mentioned by BookBarbarian) that the Slam attack is considered a heavy weapon for the purpose of abilities and feats, but does not negatively affect small characters as normal (don't want small characters taking disadvantage on their own slam attacks).

Friday, 11th August, 2017

  • 10:49 PM - LordEntrails mentioned BookBarbarian in post How to Adjudicate Actions in D&D 5e
    @Harzel & BookBarbarian, Can't you just add some oil to loosen the threads?
  • 02:26 PM - ro mentioned BookBarbarian in post Big Battle, Exciting Victory, 36 seconds.
    I think there's no good answer if you track actual time. If you have long combat rounds (1 minute), people take unrealistically long to walk short distances and archers are curiously slow to fire. And you wonder why it takes two or three minutes to knock out a guard in an incidental encounter. If you have short combats (6 seconds), combats are over super fast, even the big epic ones. I've stopped associating rounds with seconds in my homegame, going more for a abstract/ narrative "scene" passage of time. This. I suppose the "abstract/narrative 'scene' passage of time" really is the only way to go. As BookBarbarian pointed out, 5e combat really does lack the time spent sizing up opponents, and characters are expected to almost always know what to do all the time, both allies and enemies. There is little allotment for hesitation or caution or thoughtfulness on either side.

Monday, 24th July, 2017

  • 08:25 PM - MechaTarrasque mentioned BookBarbarian in post How do you measure, and enforce, alignment?
    I don't understand what you're saying here. What do you mean by "respectability" versus "renown"? The two words are pretty close to synonymous in my mind. I admit that there is some overlap, but I think BookBarbarian pretty well describes it. Fame may be a better word than renown. I think of it is like being a good singer from a traditional background. If you are willing to sing racy stuff on the path to fame (renown), then you are chaotic. If you aren't willing to do so (because "what would my mother think?" [respectability]), then you are lawful. Neither position is intrinsically good ("Proper society" might strongly believe that dwarves have to stay "in their place" after all...). You can want both respect and renown, but if you regularly choose one over the other, you get the alignment. Of course it is possible to not be particularly motivated by either renown or respect (including "I would prefer people didn't think of me at all"), which cover neutrality. For fiends, a devil wouldn't do anything that would make people think devils didn't live up to their contracts, even if that meant not personally benefiting from it, but a demon wants infamy (if a village fears Blarg the Dretch, Blarg...

Thursday, 13th October, 2016

  • 07:19 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    If you see to people going back and forth, "Yes.", "No.", "Yes.", "No.", then I consider it fully appropriate to step in and say "Mu." Given that you are misrepresenting the brief exchange between me an BookBarbarian, I'm not sure what to make of all this. Especially since his/her initial response (post #288) to my post was acquiescent. One I immediately responded to with acceptance. The conversation then shifted once more to discussing issues more closely related to the OP and topic proper. So you can "Mu" like Interrupting Cow all you like, but there was never any back and forth, "Yes.", "No.", "Yes.", "No." as you put it WRT the original contention you seem to have taken issue with. And, again, here you are dragging this off-topic stuff further along by continuing to engage on it.


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Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

  • 08:44 PM - Blue quoted BookBarbarian in post Double Dash
    The more Ds the better. Wait... I'm a fan of D&D, double Ds, DDD, but not getting a D. :D

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019


Saturday, 13th July, 2019


Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 10:44 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    This was supposed to be a thread on what the ranger is or should be, not a mechanical analysis. yeah I canít imagine a more painfully boring and pointless outcome for a thread than pages on end of mechanical analysis in a thread about concepts and identity. The Artificer's Iron Defender makes a pretty sturdy Beast companion. Just lose the artificial nature and I'd take it for a Beastmaster Ranger. The Homunculus is pretty neat too. That would work too. Pretty sure rangers get a spell that lets them befriend an animal. Lasts 24 hours. Requires DM permission and Handle Animal skill but you can probably achieve more with that spell than you can with the entire Beastmaster archetype. If you can find an appropriate beast, and even then the animal will likely be a pretty garbage combatant because most beasts have crap for defenses. It also completely fails to do the conceptual job, which is vastly more important. edit: And of course, the ranger knows a garbage number of spells, so unless youíre...
  • 09:50 PM - Fenris-77 quoted BookBarbarian in post Why don't everything scale by proficiency bonus?
    Glen Cook's Black Company. Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. Yes. Exactly what I said. :blush:
  • 12:40 AM - FrogReaver quoted BookBarbarian in post Why don't everything scale by proficiency bonus?
    Oh my current Barbarian doesn't give flying flumph about persuasion. I think you missed the part about being able to opt out of this bonus if you wanted to make a character completely terrible at one or two of the things. You would get some other kind of bonus instead.
  • 12:30 AM - FrogReaver quoted BookBarbarian in post Why don't everything scale by proficiency bonus?
    For this to work for me I'd have to have a list of what's "adventuring core stuff" and what's not. Take the Wizard with the longsword example. Of course the wizard wouldn't get better with a longsword if they always fight with spells and never a sword. Likewise the fighter never casts spells. So both spells and weapon proficiencies seem to approaches to adventuring, not adventuring core. I'd be alright with some things being defined this way and given some type of scaling. it's interesting to think about anyway. To kick this off, any opposition to the following being included? Athletics, stealth, perception, persuasion?

Thursday, 11th July, 2019


Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

  • 01:41 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    It's possible. My group's issues with 4E were plentiful. We didn't play more than a few months before bailing. I won't say that I have exhaustive knowledge of the edition. Conceptually, I think what I said about the roles is valid. It's entirely possible it didn't play out that way, though, especially in the "revised" edition (actual name escapes me). Nothing about the roles makes the Fighter not great at dishing out damage, and everything about the class makes them good at taking damage. Straight from the PHB. Iím not denying your experience, just saying it isnít actually the result of how the class is built compared to the rest of the system. Did 4e have a Ranger that primarily used a Versatile Weapon in two hands or heavy weapon and shield? I always thought it was all Two Weapon Drizzty type Rangers. It had perfectly good single attack powers, and eventually some minor action attacks IIRC. Not as much shield support as Iíd have liked, but no class can do everything. But rethinking, Iíd build...
  • 01:38 AM - Tony Vargas quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    Very true. In open combat he seemed to prefer the Versatile weapon and shield with the heaviest armor that wouldn't slow him down, but in most adventuring tales he had limited access to those things and made due with whatever he had.That's another point: D&D has been notoriously armor-dependent from the get-go. A non-Thief /choosing/ no or light armor when exploring caverns or scouting about? Virtually unthinkable (and pointless, even w/o the armor, you'd still be bad at it). To enable Barbarians, Monks, swashbucklers, and the like, the system has played all sorts of games(npi) with class features, feats, special abilities and whatnot to make something other than heavy armor practical for a serious melee type.

Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

  • 11:43 PM - Garthanos quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    Did 4e have a Ranger that primarily used a Versatile Weapon in two hands or heavy weapon and shield? I always thought it was all Two Weapon Drizzty type Rangers. I created a custom build option for the Versatile weapon... if you use it in both hands its treated as one of those double weapons with no plus 1 to damage. (and you just use the twin weapon powers). There is precedent for doing that for a different weapon (a staff I think). Anyway its a very trivial addition.
  • 10:53 PM - Xeviat quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    Did 4e have a Ranger that primarily used a Versatile Weapon in two hands or heavy weapon and shield? I always thought it was all Two Weapon Drizzty type Rangers. Depends on your power choice. TWFing was baked into powers so you could have a two handed or shield using ranger I think ... I'm not sure if they got shield profs now that I think about it ...
  • 10:18 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    I've always felt mechanically classes boil down to being a mixture of Combat, Skill, and Spells*. With things like Champion and Berserker being pure combat and most Wizards and Sorcerers being pure spells with Thief being pure Skill (I know not completely true but bear with me). Arcane Trickster gets a dash of magic. Bard gets more than a dash of skill, but still less than a Rogue. Valor Bard gets a dash of Combat too. Ranger for me stands at the center of the venn diagram of all three (with subclasses able to specialize further in an area) This is why I've always had a tough time seeing them as purely a fighter or rogue subclass. Either of those loose too much from the other or from the Spells category. So I still see the D&D Ranger more easily implemented as it's own class than anything else purely from a mechanical perspective. *Note, I used to be firmly in the camp of the spell-less ranger and I'm still a huge fan of the 5e Scout Fighter form UA, but my mind was changed in regards to the D&D...
  • 10:12 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    I thought of another example. Mercer will have all but one of the players leave the room so secret backstory stuff can happen. This can last up to a half hour. If I did that it would kill my home game. I do in fact see it happen with a table I'm a player at. You can see everyone but the player involve lose interest and get on their phones for up to 10 minutes while the DM elaborates on the intricate part of the characters story arc and it's always an effort to get everyone pack into the game. I know it's a habit this DM picked up from watching streaming games. That is actually an example of something taken from their home game that Matt was worried wouldnít work in a stream, and thus didnít use it in the first stream campaign. He used to go into another room with that player, but same thing. In my home game, this has been a thing for at least a decade. Generally we work it into a snack and pee break. (Smoke break back in the day, but none of us smoke these days)
  • 08:35 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    Except there is a fundamental difference between a cooking show and serving a meal. In a home game my primary audience is the players. If I was streaming a game my primary target is the audience, since the more of them I get the more money I make. It may be possible to serve both groups at one time, but I do think focusing on one comes at the expense of the other. For example, I think Critical Role is a pretty decent show, though I prefer HarmonTown because t's funnier, and shorter. But out of the two I'd rather play in the Critical Role campaign. But compared to a homegame, I don't think critical role is that good because the DM and Players are fundamentally performers performing for an outside audience rather than making the choices that are most fun for the people at the table. Still I suppose it's possible that this DM's stream is exactly like what I would experience if I paid for a session with them. Actually, on the contrary, I'd say that Critical Role's success is largely in t...
  • 08:18 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    Really, it's similar to cooking a meal for a bunch of friends versus going out to a restaurant together: but this feels weird, like witnessing the first restaurants come into being. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, just alien to the down-home DMing I'm used to. Good point! I still think it's most like professional event planning, though. I'd absolutely hire someone to throw a really good party. That's a good way to put it. To further the analogy: the articles I've read seem to focus on the ambiance of the restaurant, the music that's played, the parking, the aesthetics. But I can't help but wonder is all that to make up for bad food? This is where the analogy breaks down, IMO. It's easy to write about how food tastes in a fairly brief article, and people pay for mediocre food all the time. People aren't going to go back to that DM is the experience isn't good, and it isn't that easy to explain to people who don't play dnd what even makes a good game. Everyone eats. We all know roughly what ...


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