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    Today, 10:15 AM
    Like many others, in my 35+ years of gaming, I have played non-D&D/D20 systems that have used either more or less than 6 ability scores. I have found that, if done right, a system with 8 ability scores can work better than the D&D model. Generally, with 8 primary abilities, secondary abilities are an average of two of the primary scores. An example from what people have posted here would be...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 03:49 AM
    So the D&D Essentials Kit, which handles character creation (which the Starter Set does not) and has an intro adventure, is already coming out this month at Target. What if the next box set, which this may be about, is another one that will start as a Target exclusive and will be something like the Forgotten Realms Essentials Kit and will be a sequel/add-on for the first box? Considering one of...
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 08:31 PM
    WotC just put up a survey asking specific questions about boxed sets. It is very short and did not have a space to type in any random thoughts, but if you want to contribute: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5066156/D-D-Survey
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    Saturday, 8th June, 2019, 07:54 PM
    On Firefox and the web address in the bar at top says https but has the little yellow triangle warning over the lock. When I click the Forum Home link, that page stays https and the triangle goes away and the lock changes to green. Then when I click on any of the actual forums, it goes back to the yellow triangle over the lock. So there is some specific issue in the actual forums, but not the...
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    Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, 07:57 PM
    In about an hour, on the Dragon+ podcast on Twitch, Jeremy Crawford will be discussing the Artificer, in case anyone wants to watch it live today or later once the recording is available.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 09:22 PM
    This is from an article about the console releases of the older games: "Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, these enhanced editions give longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play these critically acclaimed adventures from a golden age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded all of the above titles with native support for high-resolution...
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 07:44 PM
    No, that is what the Neverwinter MMO is for. It gets all the hardcover adventure content, so another game that does the same thing is very unlikely.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 06:55 AM
    In case you have not seen the special cover for Descent, the entire cover is Bhaal.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 02:10 AM
    My groups never used those mods or weapon speed mods for initiative or any of that crap and the melee people did just fine and players chose weapons other than long swords for their characters.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 01:56 AM
    Pretty much none of this was used in my groups. lol And on the whole coma thing, the reason I did not remember that is because I did more 2E than 1E and that rule is only in 1E. I had to go look through my 2E DMG to make sure and it is not in there.
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    Friday, 31st May, 2019, 01:46 AM
    Rumors about Baldur's Gate III have been floating around since last October, so maybe this time they are real. Those old rumors also had Larian Studios working on it, so we shall see. Personally, I would rather have a good PS4 sequel to the old PS2 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games. :)
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 10:55 PM
    Reading through threads like these makes me remember just how many house rules the groups I played in/Dmed for actually used back in the 80's and early 90's. lol
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 09:32 PM
    Hm, I don't remember that from 1E at all. As far back as I can remember in any group I was in, being brought back from negative HP to positive HP meant the character was able to get up and do stuff. None of that coma stuff.
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    Thursday, 30th May, 2019, 05:33 AM
    Depends on your table. In my old days of playing 1st and 2nd edition, we were already using the houserule of not dead til at -10 HP. Been so long that I do not remember if that ever became an official rule before 3rd edition or not.
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    Wednesday, 29th May, 2019, 03:07 AM
    I posted this to the actual thread about the Artificer, but I thought maybe is should have it's own thread too: https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/artificer-returns
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    Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, 06:31 AM
    If people want to compare to real world populations of the late Middle Ages to early Renaissance, try to compare to pre-Great Plague populations, as the Black Death swept the world in the 1340s-1350s and killed as much as half the population of the known world. Or look at populations from about 1550 onward, as it took about 200 years for the world population to return to pre-plague numbers....
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    Tuesday, 28th May, 2019, 02:37 AM
    I am starting to get the feeling they are saving the whole desert/wasteland thing until they do Dark Sun. We may not see a Realms-set desert adventure at all.
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Thursday, 28th February, 2019

  • 01:55 PM - dave2008 mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post New Dragon+ (Feb 2019): Saltmarsh & Greyhawk edition
    I use an iPad for my viewing mainly, and in both Firefox and Chrome, the left-hand side of the right pane is cut off; plus, that font is ENORMOUS. I have to scroll right in a column of text (like the editorial in the front) to read the first few characters on the left. In a PDF, I don’t have that problem; on every web page I regularly visit, I don’t have that problem. The only other place I see problems like it is Google Sites, when the panes are not dynamically resized, but fixed widths and heights. I even tried switching between mobile site and desktop site, and it doesn’t change it. Interesting, the only thing I can suggest is following Enevhar Aldarion's suggestion and fill out the survey - hopefully they will get it corrected.

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 10:46 AM - Lanefan mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post A Flesh to Stone Creature is Not an Object?
    Enevhar Aldarion has this exactly right, as far as I'm concerned. Turned to stone means turned to stone: Rock to Mud will kill you outright, something that can snap bits of you off leaves you without those bits even if you make it back to flesh, and I don't even want to think about what Stone Shape could do to you. :) But, if there's a bright side it's this: stone is pretty much immune to fire*, cold, sonic attacks, gas of any kind, drowning, mental attacks of any kind, and poison; never mind you can exist without air, food or drink for a period of time probably measured in eras. Acid and sledgehammers are probably the only things you'll ever really have to worry about, though lightning is gonna hurt a bit if it hits you. * - though if someone drops you into lava you're likely going to melt before long...

Saturday, 16th September, 2017

  • 11:22 AM - pukunui mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post New Spells
    Enevhar Aldarion: Calling these a joke is insulting to the neural network that came up with them. Don't hate it just because it likes Dave more than it likes you.

Monday, 5th June, 2017

  • 06:54 AM - Demetrios1453 mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post The New D&D Adventure Is - Tomb of Annihilation!
    I asked Mearls on Twitter. He says it's a peninsula. The official product page linked in the post right above yours also refers to Chult as a peninsula, so if it says that on the WotC page, I believe the question to be definitively answered. And I agree with Enevhar Aldarion that the official blurb definitely is an intriguing hook for a campaign...

Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

  • 09:00 AM - pukunui mentioned Enevhar Aldarion in post FR "official" timeline? roll of years?
    Enevhar Aldarion and userZynx_name: Yeah, but that's not the question that the OP is asking. He's not asking what the current year in the FR timeline is. He's asking where the names of the years (eg. "Year of the Scarlet Witch") come from. They're not mentioned in the SCAG. The Roll of Years in the 3e FRCS only goes up to 1380, while the one in the 4e FRPG only goes up to 1482. And 5e's SCAG doesn't have a Roll of Years in it. As I've mentioned above, the WotC FR calendar tool includes names for all the years between -700 DR and 1600 DR, but it doesn't say where the names came from. Luckily, the candlekeep thread linked to above appears to have an answer: Ed created the roll of years, but too many years ago, Steven Schend pulled Eric Boyd and a group of other Realms fans together to create names for the next 100 years or so. We were much more prolific than Steven anticipated and thus the current roll.... As an aside, 1492 is the "Year of Three Ships Sailing". Do you suppose those thr...

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Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

  • 03:53 AM - Parmandur quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post New survey from WotC about boxed sets
    So the D&D Essentials Kit, which handles character creation (which the Starter Set does not) and has an intro adventure, is already coming out this month at Target. What if the next box set, which this may be about, is another one that will start as a Target exclusive and will be something like the Forgotten Realms Essentials Kit and will be a sequel/add-on for the first box? Considering one of the items we could choose was the simplified/intro/whatever it was called rules insert and even the Realms could have something like that for setting-specific race and class info, like the stuff we have already seen in a few of the hardcover books. Quite possible: given the timing, and similar products for Ravnica, I'm betting on an Eberron intro boxed set, but who knows what these guys have up their sleeves...

Friday, 14th June, 2019

  • 11:43 PM - Aldarc quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Stargate RPG Powered By 5E Announced from Wyvern Gaming
    Just reading some of the negative comments here, I see people who are ignorant of the well-written Adventures in Middle-Earth and Esper Genesis, both successful at adapting the 5E core rules system. If this new product is done as well as those, it will be a great book.Reading through just one comment here, I see a poster who is making a massive assumption right now. :erm:
  • 10:01 PM - Parmandur quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post New survey from WotC about boxed sets
    WotC just put up a survey asking specific questions about boxed sets. It is very short and did not have a space to type in any random thoughts, but if you want to contribute: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5066156/D-D-Survey How fascinating: this is clearly about a campaign setting boxed set. Maybe the Eberron product won't be a book after all...?

Thursday, 6th June, 2019

  • 12:14 AM - Leatherhead quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Revised Artificer Survey now available
    In about an hour, on the Dragon+ podcast on Twitch, Jeremy Crawford will be discussing the Artificer, in case anyone wants to watch it live today or later once the recording is available. Good news for some people in this thread: It looks like the Homunculus is highly likely to be retooled into an Infusion instead of a Subclass Feature. Unfortunately, it seems like the rest of the pets are stuck in their respective subclasses.

Friday, 31st May, 2019

  • 10:23 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    This is from an article about the console releases of the older games: "Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, these enhanced editions give longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play these critically acclaimed adventures from a golden age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded all of the above titles with native support for high-resolution widescreen displays, controls optimized for console controllers, new standalone content, new characters and classes, new voice sets, expanded character creation options, improved multiplayer functionality, redesigns of the UI and UX, bug fixes, balance changes and more." I am interested in the part that I bolded. For everyone interested in the older games being released on the current gen of consoles, here is that article: https://www.skybound.com/games/beamdog/baldurs-planescape-neverwinter-console-releaseThe way I'm reading it, those will be the additions that Beamdog has already put into the enhanced versions.
  • 08:54 PM - vecna00 quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    No, that is what the Neverwinter MMO is for. It gets all the hardcover adventure content, so another game that does the same thing is very unlikely. Hence the "more than likely won't be" :-)
  • 03:32 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    Same. I loved those games. Heck, I still have my PS2, and from time to time think about hooking it back up to play through them. Personally, I would rather have a good PS4 sequel to the old PS2 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games. :)
  • 06:36 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Baldurs Gate 3 apparently in development (with evidence)
    Rumors about Baldur's Gate III have been floating around since last October, so maybe this time they are real. Those old rumors also had Larian Studios working on it, so we shall see. Personally, I would rather have a good PS4 sequel to the old PS2 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games. :) I’d be all for that, as long as it had a PC version. I’m never gonna spend that kinda money on a glorified one trick computer.
  • 12:09 AM - Azzy quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Returning to 2nd Edition
    Reading through threads like these makes me remember just how many house rules the groups I played in/Dmed for actually used back in the 80's and early 90's. lol Right? And how many trules that just got ignored. "The rules for this are... nope." :D

Thursday, 30th May, 2019

  • 09:48 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Returning to 2nd Edition
    Hm, I don't remember that from 1E at all. As far back as I can remember in any group I was in, being brought back from negative HP to positive HP meant the character was able to get up and do stuff. None of that coma stuff. Yep. That was why you needed to keep ahead of damage with healing, instead of doing the 5e whack-a-mole. ...OK... fine, there's a difference I admitted to. I don't want that. I want a world that looks something like medieval Europe, and wizards that are rare because they either die young or sequester themselves away in their towers because research is much safer XP helps with that. Cantrips as they appear in 5e change everything if even 1st level casters are slightly less rare than 4 leaf clovers.Might try Ars Magica, or Mage: Dark Ages. OK, but seriously... cantrips aren't all that. If you can cast one Vancian spell, you're as conspicuously magical in setting terms as you are casting cantrips. Systematically using magic with no risk or cost is systematically using mag...
  • 12:32 PM - dnd4vr quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Returning to 2nd Edition
    Depends on your table. In my old days of playing 1st and 2nd edition, we were already using the houserule of not dead til at -10 HP. Been so long that I do not remember if that ever became an official rule before 3rd edition or not. Going to -10 wasn't a house-rule in 1E. It is on page 82 in the 1E DMG. 106751

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019

  • 02:40 AM - Parmandur quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post If WotC is outsourcing official 5E material to 3PP, What is WotC working on?
    I am starting to get the feeling they are saving the whole desert/wasteland thing until they do Dark Sun. We may not see a Realms-set desert adventure at all. WotC doesn't seem to think that way: they released the Tomb of Horrors mere months before Tomb of Annihilation, for instance, or Against the Giants shortly after Sky King's Thunder for that matter.. In Ghosts of Saltmarsh, we see them using rules that play into the next big AP (vehicle rules), and maybe even the setting book. See also the urban adventure Dragon Heist coming out shortly just before the unrelated urban setting Ravnica got released. A Desert of Desolation re-do along the lines of GoS would not compete with Dark Sun, strictly speaking.

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Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 03:29 PM - Jester David quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Wait. You own both? Where'd you get a copy of the hardcover? By which I mean, how do I get a copy? ha... ha... If I get a hardcopy of the physical book, I won't be happy. As half of that book will be reprinting something else. I'll have paid $80 for the book. Even if I get it at Amazon on a sale, I'll have paid more for that book that if I bought it at my FLGS. Not really, as there was a qualifier in there somewhere, that I am not searching for right now, along the lines of if the PDF is popular enough, then a hardcover could be made to go with it. If no one, or few enough people, had bought the PDF, then there would have never been a hardcover at all. Here's the thing... they plan their books 18 months ahead. They already knew that they'd be doing the Eberron book. Okay, they might have had time to make last minute changes, but they probably already had it on the schedule when they released the Wayfinder's Guide, guessing what the response would be. So it wasn't a "theoretical" book. I w...
  • 08:47 AM - Abstruse quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Yes, the information in the initial release of the PDF would continually get updated or erratad as needed, as with any PDF that a game company sells. The only thing they said for sure that would be added to the PDF is the Artificer class and associated new material needed to play one. So that $20 got you everything in the initial PDF you bought, plus the eventual addition of the Artificer. Nothing more. So hopefully people who bought it did not misunderstand that and expected additional new stuff to be added. Yes, the initial game got patched as needed, as with any game a AAA video game company sales. The only thing they said for sure that would be added was the One Extra Character Skin and new associated material needed to play that one. So that $20 you paid for the Early Access got you everything in the initial game you bought, plus all of the patches and that one single character skin. Nothing more. So hopefully people who bought it did not misunderstand and will still pay the full premium price of ...
  • 07:41 AM - vecna00 quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Not really, as there was a qualifier in there somewhere, that I am not searching for right now, along the lines of if the PDF is popular enough, then a hardcover could be made to go with it. If no one, or few enough people, had bought the PDF, then there would have never been a hardcover at all. Don't forget that the current page count for the PDF does not even include the pages for the Artificer yet, so that number will grow once everything is finalized. People around here, and in WotC's polls, seem to think that Eberron is more popular than any of those, so not surprised it is first. And some of those other settings will likely follow the same format and the the PDF playtest treatment first and a hardcover added later. Eberron proved this format works, so they will use it again. And they will likely do them in order of profitability, so some old settings will never see the light of day and maybe never be opened on DMs Guild either. I 100% see them doing PDFs for testing and popularit...
  • 05:39 AM - Parmandur quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Alright, now that we know we are only getting the first circle of Hell detailed in the newly announced books, I expect the other 8 to be opened up on DM's Guild for everyone to publish about. :) It already is: nothing has stopped anyone from doing that for the past several years.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 02:08 AM - Travis Henry quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post The One Ring 2nd Edition Is Coming!
    I am guessing you are just being humorous with this or did not do the math. The 2E is set 25 years after the end of The Hobbit, not LotR, so it is still about 40 years before Fellowship even starts. My mistake - I (mis)read too quickly - thought Cubicle 7 was advancing the timeline to 25 after the fall of Sauron (not Smaug). Thanks. Eithah way - I'd like to see a new take on Rhun, Harad, and other distant lands.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019

  • 10:56 AM - Psyzhran2357 quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Kara-Tur vs Rokugan
    Considering how WotC is carefully handling culture/racial/gender/etc issues right now, I do not think we will ever see a full-blown book on the region unless and until they feel they can walk the line just right in the writing. And I am fine with that. I do not want to see a book full of negative stereotypes and biases. Use Xianxia genre conventions to reinvent Kara-Tur while also updating the timeline for 5e to incorporate the Spellplague and the Second Sundering. Or hell, get a Xianxia author to consult or even write the setting, and maybe a series of tie-in novels. If it comes out looking like 三生三世十里桃花/Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, you're probably on the right track. A plot idea I have is for Shou Lung to have undergone a dynastic shift some time in the mid-late 1400s DR, with the new dynasty maybe swallowing T'u Lung or Koryo. The last scion of the previous dynasty, who survived and fled to Faerun, would be a majo...
  • 10:02 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted Enevhar Aldarion in post Kara-Tur vs Rokugan
    Considering how WotC is carefully handling culture/racial/gender/etc issues right now, I do not think we will ever see a full-blown book on the region unless and until they feel they can walk the line just right in the writing. And I am fine with that. I do not want to see a book full of negative stereotypes and biases. They already realised they made mistakes with Tomb of Annihilation, and there is plenty of completely fantastical material they can cover without going anywhere near any political minefields.


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