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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 10:07 PM
    That's pretty much how I run 5e.
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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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Thursday, 13th October, 2016

  • 06:22 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    I'm aware of your side argument, but I consider it both irrelevant and unresolvable. So don't jump in? You are the one dragging it out at this point. Heck, this single post of yours is more words than BookBarbarian and my combined posts on the matter. Congrats?
  • 05:58 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    I don't think we can know from the information in the original post what the bouncer's motivation was. What are you talking about? Have you been following along the last few dozen posts? I never said anything about the OP. I was talking directly to BookBarbarian about how *s/he* colored the bouncer's motivation. Please take it up with him/her.
  • 05:52 PM - Corwin mentioned BookBarbarian in post Is he evil?
    ...n't think people would be arguing. But killing the bouncer after a complete surrender is different. To me (4) is the key. Many people are (wrongly) analogizing this to self defense. Self defense ends when the threat ends;* here, the available evidence is that the threat has ended. Now, the Gygax quotes provided seem to provide a kind of extended justification (to borrow a term from debates about casus belli) for a preemptive strike- that the creature is inherently evil (ORC, KILL IT!) and that if you don't kill it, it will kill again. Unless there is something I am missing, there is no evidence that Bouncers are humanoids, or inherently evil, so you can't use the Gygax rationale. Finally, I would go back to (3), and note that as a matter of right, the bouncer had the right to both be in the bar and to use violence - the battlemaster did not. So ... there's that as well. *Again, general rule. And yet none of that really relates to the specific (sub)discussion I was having with BookBarbarian. But okay. Still further, some of your points are speculative and not in evidence.


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Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

  • 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 ...
  • 08:02 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    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? Well, the guy they focus on for this article does stream online, so the food is available for taste testing.
  • 07:53 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    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. 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.
  • 07:35 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post 40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]
    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 am inherently distrustful of anything I perceive as "gimmicky" so they may also be great DMs I just can't tell from what the articles and write-ups say. It feels somewhat like paying somebody to be your friend.

Monday, 8th July, 2019

  • 08:21 PM - Monayuris quoted BookBarbarian in post Player's Attention
    I also found it helped my players get more equal spotlight which has been a huge bonus to me game too. I found this blog post had an interesting idea... https://muleabides.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/roll-for-caller/ I haven't tried it yet, but it might be interesting. The basic idea is that if there is a lull in moving forward, you have the group roll for caller and for whomever wins you narrate how that person's character seizes the direction of the group and that player becomes the driver for the next few scenes.
  • 08:16 PM - Charlaquin quoted BookBarbarian in post Player's Attention
    I also found it helped my players get more equal spotlight which has been a huge bonus to me game too. I think this will help with my group痴 indecision problem too. It reminds me of the thing where, in a crisis, if you say 都omeone call an ambulance, everyone waits for someone else to do it, so you have to tell someone specific to call. It痴 the kind of advice that, once you hear it, seems obvious in hindsight. Which is usually the best kind of advice.
  • 08:01 PM - Charlaquin quoted BookBarbarian in post Player's Attention
    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 what their character is going to do and the phones just took care of themselves. This is a great idea, I知 going to try it.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 12:43 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted BookBarbarian in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    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. With a comment on a pun, actually.
  • 12:00 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted BookBarbarian in post Who would you cast as Drizz't? (Tiger Shroff Bollywood martial artist)
    Drizzt had quite a few run ins with Alustriel if I recall correctly. An excellent example, yes! Also, if they chose to tell a new story instead of an existing one, there is Laeral in Waterdeep now, as well as the Hathran of Rashemen. What I'd actually rather see, though, first, is a story about Liriel Baenre, because I think it does a better job of showing a nuanced take on the Drow, shows a character leaving their society in a way that doesn't present them as a sort of genetic anomaly born with the "not evil" gene, and delves into other drow gods in a way that wouldn't feel like exposition to explain what the hell is up with drow, but would set the scene for a Drizzt story that isn't about the drow without any confusion or need to exposition in order to get to the story there. Also, I just think she's a better character.

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

  • 03:18 PM - Jay Verkuilen quoted BookBarbarian in post TSR's Amazing Accounting Department
    It seems like a few of them were business people who knew very little about business. That seems to be all too common among the kinds of small to medium cap companies like TSR back in Ye Olden Tymes. My dad worked for several, eventually advancing to just below the Vice President level---he was too much of a straight shooter to survive that level---and some of the tales he had of the upper management would peel paint. One company's ownership had made so many foolish decisions in the bedroom it had serious consequences for the boardroom due to all the owed alimony. The owner would travel around the world ostensibly visiting factories to "learn about best practices" but he'd conveniently always end up in places like Bangkok... Manila... Vegas... of course, wife back home would eventually find out and.... Of course, appearances were such that evidently he "needed" to get married again and the cycle would continue. Another company wouldn't divest itself of unprofitable product lines because the ow...

Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 08:47 PM - CapnZapp quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    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. You could almost call it... the Hunter BROOM *lifts sunglasses*
  • 08:01 PM - Xeviat quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    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. Definitely. The ranger, at a minimum, should be getting expertise in nature and survival, since the rogue can get that easily. Stealth and perception too, again since the rogue can get 4 expertises. I wouldn't mind the ranger overlapping with the rogue, as they're similar in my opinion People keep saying they're okay with the fighter being better than a ranger in a fair fight. I'm okay with that too. That says to me that a ranger is part wilderness rogue and should be more of an "expert" class. Not that rangers can't be damage dealers, rogues are, just that they're skirmishers and should have things that make hit and run or ranged attacking better. I just like pets. I can see I'm not in the majority on that.
  • 07:34 AM - Garthanos quoted BookBarbarian in post The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)
    I'd play it. I might too... not much digging some of the impact of bounded accuracy nor increased lethality (faux difficulty in disguise making the game bound to random chance) but I think I may have found some options to get around bounded accuracy at least.
  • 12:52 AM - Xeviat quoted BookBarbarian in post What is the Ranger to you?
    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. After reading a lot here, this seems to be the crux of the Ranger. It only speaks so much to abilities. It could be done with a fighter/rogue for non-magical settings. D&D is a magical setting so I like it that way. Being close to nature, whether you are protecting people from it, protecting it from people, or emulating it's hunters, rangers are somewhere between the civilized and the wild.

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

  • 06:36 PM - iserith quoted BookBarbarian in post Abilities....Which check would you use?
    The reality is I don't know what I would call for until I'm in the moment... Honestly this is my answer. There isn't enough information for me to know what I would do. Agreed. Arriving at an answer requires adding assumptions to both the context of the situation and the player's action declaration which are outside the scope of the original post. I think what a lot of DMs do in play is they jump to the mechanics before considering the situation and the character's efforts in relation to that situation and, based on that, whether the mechanics are even needed to narrate the result of the adventurers' actions. In the original post, we're essentially asked to assume that the player has made an action declaration that has an uncertain outcome and a meaningful consequence for failure (otherwise there wouldn't be an ability check in the first place). Fair enough, that's workable as a frame for the question. But then, though we know what he or she wants to achieve, we don't actually know what the char...
  • 06:24 PM - Jer quoted BookBarbarian in post Abilities....Which check would you use?
    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. Honestly this is my answer. There isn't enough information for me to know what I would do. For example - is this a "clue" that the adventure needs the players to have in order to keep moving? Will the game grind to a dead stop if someone doesn't figure this out? Then they're going to figure it out and we'll need to work out a justification for it. (My usual tactic on this would be to find out what the "investigating" PC has for proficiencies, have them roll the most applicable one that they're proficient in, and on a failure they just get the minimum amount of info needed to keep the game going. On a success they get some extra info on top of that, more or less depending on how much they had to stretch to find a relevant proficiency - and yeah, I will let them pull a "hey Bob, come over here and look at these tracks" to pull in a character with a more ...

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 07:14 PM - Laurefindel quoted BookBarbarian in post On GWF and a versatile fighting style
    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. That'd be nice because at the moment, take duelist and at 1d8+Str+2, you're still better holding your weapon in one hand than "downgrading" to 1d10+Str versatile damage. 1d10+GWF is about the same as 1d8+duelist, so in that sense it's pretty balanced, but the perceived issue remains; even in this ideal case the versatile quality of the weapon is mechanically useless. I guess versatile weapons do have a niche in the hands of a halfling who really wanted GWF in a feat-less game. [edit] clarified my thoughts on the last part

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

  • 10:53 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post Is it possible that the Revised Ranger is not dead?
    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. Easy enough to do, particularly with a brainstorming session, so long before even Unearthed Arcana (yet to happen).
  • 10:35 PM - Parmandur quoted BookBarbarian in post Is it possible that the Revised Ranger is not dead?
    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. I really, really liked the Level 1 subclass concept, with the origin environment being the subclass choice. Don't know if that is what they will go with, but way more evocative than standard 5E Rangers for sure.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 08:13 PM - Sacrosanct quoted BookBarbarian in post Dragonlance Novels - How Many Are There?
    My answer was "too many". Appears I was right ;). I think they should have stopped after the first 6 or so, although some of the others were OK, like Legend of Huma. But most of them were just done to death, repeating the same plots with just different names. Like they were mass produced instead of an individual novel. Even with Weis and Hickman I prefer the Deathgate Cycle. Which ALSO has Fizban in them ;) But yeah, those were pretty decent.


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