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    Today, 06:51 PM
    I think the main strength of 5e rules is it's ability to resolve combat quickly and with a minimum of fuss. I have played games with cover and action points and they are sloooooooow. Like set aside a whole Sunday for a single fight and don't expect to get home before midnight.
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    Today, 06:41 PM
    I think you need to suspend your antipathy to paladins, there origin is quite interesting - and some might like to know where the name comes from. You should also look at more modern classes too, like barbarian, sorcerer, blackguard and warlock. And maybe some defunct offerings like cavalier and warlord. Oh, and dates, add dates where known. On thief, I don't think you have mentioned The...
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    Today, 01:55 PM
    I think I said that. But there is also a destinction to be made between a player who doesn't want to play a class any more, and a character who for role playing reasons looses thier faith.
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    If the druid maxes out dexterity. Aren't they going to max out wisdom first? And "they could max out both by level 16" isn't an answer, since the game isn't actually played at such high levels (and they get more mileage out of constitution to help with concentration anyway). You are actually better off spending an ASI to pick up Magic Adept for Mage Armour or Shield. Or playing a Tortle,...
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    Today, 01:39 PM
    I remember a 1st edition game when the MU had to use a magic sword because it was the only weapon that could harm the enemy and the fighter was dead.
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    Today, 01:32 PM
    That's all very subjective and DM dependant. Especially summoning spells, even the ones that are too high level to appear in actual play. All of which require concentration, and summon what the DM says, not what the player wants. What's the first thing that happens whenever summons appear on the battlefield? Every intelligent enemy targets the druid with everything they have (and they are easy to...
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    Today, 01:18 PM
    Sure you could do that (although, speaking as someone who has had several different professions, one doesn't immediately forget everything you learned just because you decide to do something different). The point is, there are no RULEZ for it*. Nothing on changing or removing a class. Nada. Zilch. What gets me is the hypocrisy of people who want to burn people at the stake for interpreting...
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    Today, 09:53 AM
    D&D doesn't model this very well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=4MqmpL6X_8w. That doesn't make the setting unsuitable. And it can do this just fine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9nW4w5tHVM (Assuming The Man With No Name is a high level fighter with Extra Attack and Action Surge).
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    Today, 09:35 AM
    I think you are talking about the difference between a law like "thou shalt not kill", which is broken all the time, despite having been written by god on a stone tablet; and a law like the laws of Physics, which cannot be broken unless you are an engineer called Scotty.
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    Today, 09:09 AM
    It has occured to me that a druid restricted to hide armour has about the worst AC in the whole game. Thanks to Mage Armor and Shield Wizards and Sorcerers are probably packing an AC of around 20 - not all the time, but when it counts; and rogues are probably going to max out dex early for an AC of 17 in studded leather - not to mention the other defences available to rogues. Some warlocks...
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    Today, 08:36 AM
    No it isn't, but all other things being equal, a better AC makes you flat better than a worse AC. You mean Conjure Animals? The spell that in 5e has been nerfed to require concentration, so when you are hit (which you will be if the DM denies you anything better than hide armour) everything vanishes? Light and Tempest clerics are well ahead of druids in terms of blasting, and they...
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    Today, 08:22 AM
    What about if a druid decides they don't want to be a druid any more and becomes a fighter? According to 5e rules multiclass characters retain all the abilities from both classes.
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    Today, 08:02 AM
    Prior editions also had rules to limit beholders, such as 1d4 random eyestalks per arc.
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    Today, 07:57 AM
    In fencing, the combatants move backwards and forwards on a pieste that is 45 feet (nine squares in D&D) long.
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    Star Wars is a prime example of the being no one correct approach. Edge of Empire and Star Wars D20 used hp, Star Wars D6 did not.
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    The beholder is kind of prohibited from rotating itself if it is using this ability. Doesn't matter - it can see and float in any direction.
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    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    And on page 36 of the 1st edition PHB it lists the non-proficiency penalty that applies when you use a weapon prohibited by your class. Also, on page 15: "thieves can not use thief abilities when using prohibited weapons or armor."
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    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    And if everyone chooses the long safe path you end up with a long dull battle.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    No-hp Traveller (classic) Runequest FASA Star Trek WEG Star Wars (D6) yes-hp Tunnels and Trolls Golden Heroes MERP
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    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    Since Stargate is closely based on 5e I doubt it will be what you are looking for. I would see if you could hunt down Snapshot: http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Snapshot
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    You are not the only one. What point is he trying to make? You can't ever have guns and HP in the same game? Everyone on the planet accepts HP for swords but no-one in the universe will accept them if there are guns? He want's top play a tabletop game with hard cover and flanking? The last isn't unreasonable (but I don't know of any), it might be worth starting a thread asking for...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 PM
    I hadn't actually noticed this categorically false remark before. A 1st edition thief could use a two handed sword - they had a non-proficiency penalty and couldn't backstab with it, but they could use it.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    One thing DMs who are not allowing non-metalic medium armor should consider: intelligent aquatic races (Tritons, sea elves, Sahaugan, etc) are unlikely to use metal when making armour. Not only does it negatively affect buoyancy and rust if ferrous you can't actually work it underwater as you need a fire. Suggested alternative materials: sharkskin, coral, turtle carapace, giant saltwater...
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    Yesterday, 09:04 AM
    5e duids don't get anything better than what clerics get, and 5e clerics can wear half plate at least. I remember in a 1st edition game the 12th level druid defeated an army of thousands single handed. You can still see how blaster-y those early druids where in the Icewind Dale CRPG. They where pretty much the sorcerers of 1st edition.
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    Yesterday, 08:49 AM
    Actually, the reason for the limit in 1st edition was that druids had access to far more powerful offensive spells than clerics did. But through later editions clerics have gained access to more powerful spells (particularly self-buffing) whilst druids have slipped backwards (see the naff 5e Barkskin). In 3.5/Pathfinder druids make up for it with powerful animal companions. But in 5e non-Circle...
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    Yesterday, 08:35 AM
    As I've mentioned, I've played Traveller and FASA Star Trek quite extensively, and I don't think they particulalrly encorage tactical ranged combat. I think once you get away from D&D tabletop RPGs tend to become less focused on combat full stop. Although the Starship Combat in Trek was awesome. Traveller did spawn the Snapshot skirmish rules that had action points and the like, but I think...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 10:12 PM
    Another option is to let one of the characterless players play as Ned, briefing them in private in thier role as a mole. This would generally be a temporary situation, but it can sometimes be interesting to have one of the players secretly working against the party.
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 04:26 PM
    It doesn't matter what example you use, you still need a reason why a player can't do that thing. Yes it is. The player tells the DM what they are going to try and do. The DM then narrates the success or failure of that action. If a player insists on trying to fly over a chasm despite their character having nothing that gives them that ability, the DM does not say "No", they say "your...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 03:36 PM
    They could play as Ada Lovelace*. But the thing is, there is a reason a player can't be a computer hacker in the 1890s - computers haven't become sophisticated enough yet. If you want a player not to be able to put their hand into a gauntlet, something almost anyone could reasonably expect to be able to do, you need to give a reason. No one is saying "you are wrong to enforce metal armour...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 03:20 PM
    Yes. Yes it is. That is EXACTLY what railroading is. True. However, saying "you can't do that" is not how you deal with it. If the player is causing a real problem, then "you try to do that, angering Silvanus. You take 20d6 lightning damage. Your character is dead, bye bye don't slam the door on your way out." Is a better way to deal with it.
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:21 PM
    Pillars of Eternity 2 goes there. And it manages to combine firearms with hit points.
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 12:08 PM
    -Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 11:59 AM
    And if you look at druids in history and myth, they are keen on jewellery, an golden jewellery in particular. Torcs (a twisted metal (copper, bronze or gold) neck ornament) are particularly associated with druids. But religious rules don't have to make sense. The 1st edition cleric was required* to use blunt weapons on the basis that they where based on crusader priests who where forbidden to...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 10:14 AM
    Acording to 1st edition druids cannot be any alignment other than Neutral. Rules change. The thing to remember is D&D is a story telling game. Things have to make sense in terms of the story. I I things have to happen for a reason, not just "because it says so in the rules". If a player says "I fly across the chasm" the DM says "you can't, because you have no abilities that enable you to fly"....
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 08:08 AM
    Actually, the rules allow armour (and weapons) to be made of various materials. They don't specify what is made out of what because there is no hard and fast answer. You might find it helpful to look at 3rd edition's more detailed crafting rules if you need a hard and fast ruling about what can be made from what, rather than leaving it to the DM's judgment.
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 07:58 AM
    You are getting into the "doesn't feel like D&D territory" there. Clerics have always been heavily armoured since the class was first invented. Squishy healbots are the product of MMOs and do not belong in D&D - at least not with the name "cleric" attached to them. I believe in giving player the choice of how they play their character, front line back line it's up to them. (they may not be...
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 01:57 PM
    In 5e, players are actively encouraged to re-fluff classes to suit their character concepts. I alluded to the Samurai subclass earlier. Chances are a player character is never going to be a Japanese noble, so players pretty much have to re-fluff this subclass to fit a different "core theme". It may be that the player wants to play a shaman, or a deep gnome rock priest, or a shapeshifter, or...
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 08:48 AM
    The drow originally as presented as monsters in Against the Giants all dual wielded - swords, hand crossbows, tenticle rods.
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    Saturday, 22nd June, 2019, 07:21 AM
    Firstly, why not? Secondly, Circle of the Moon (and circle of spores) begs to differ. Thirdly, it take more than an of AC 19 to make a character a front liner. I would fix it by putting an Ankheg breastplate in the character's path early on. Because if you can fix something with changing the rules it make the whole game-world more robust.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:18 PM
    The best place to see something is not necessarily the inside...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:58 PM
    Solution: have exactly one feat in the game: Prodigy (from Xanthar's Guide). Variant humans can pick this feat at first level. It gives proficiency in one skill, one tool and one language, and expertise (double proficiency) in one skill. Still give players the choice of standard or variant humans.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:49 PM
    In catholic teaching recent rulings override older ones. And the church has long taught that a priest who breaks their vows but repents is forgiven. In fact, it has often gone the other way (largely due to a shortage of priests), a priest who completely rejects the church, marries and has a family remains, in the eyes of the Church a priest. They cannot choose to stop being a priest no matter...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:26 PM
    It's one of the things I really hate is when the villain escapes by DM fiat. If the players counterspell the dimension door or otherwise foil the villains escape the plot should change to accommodate it.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:03 PM
    You are a vegetarian if you choose not to eat meat. Sometimes vegetarians lapse and eat meat because they are not sufficiently strong willed to resist it. They feel guilty and try not to eat meat next time. It's the same with celibate priests. Sometimes a celibate priest will have sex. They do not stop being a priest. Sometimes they will repent and seek forgiveness, perhaps doing some kind of...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:29 PM
    But (RAW) they can still cast all druid spells and use all druid special abilities. And your analogy is flawed. If your vegetarian nephew easts steak without knowing, they are still a vegetarian. If they eat stake tonight they are not a vegetarian tonight, but they can go back to being a vegetarian tomorrow.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:24 PM
    So, you don't allow clerics in your game? Even those that don't get heavy armour proficiency by default are probably packing an AC of 19, and that is before they start casting Shield of Faith on themselves. And it's not that hard to get an AC over 16 on a wizard, sorcerer or bard without magic items. And in my experience it makes little difference. AC only matters if attacks come your way.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 07:19 AM
    Really? Isn't it obvious? Druid spells and abilities offer little or no synergy with this playstyle (apart from shillelagh, which other classes can pick up). Closest comparison would be a nature cleric. Tortle with shillelagh and shield has an AC of 19. The nature cleric in full plate with shillelagh and shield has AC 20 and can benefit from magic armour, so that's a clear win for the...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 03:04 PM
    Tortle druids have the equivalent of built in plate armour, and, although not a bad choice for a melee druid who isn't a Moon druid, are a long way short of "monstrously powerful", even if they manage to pick up Booming Blade and/or GFB.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 02:12 PM
    Nope, wizards are not restricted. A wizard with the appropiate proficiency (e.g. a dwarf) can wear armour and cast spells. And the game doesn't break. This is because, due to bounded accuracy, AC only has a significant effect if it's over about 20. Wizards and druids are still too squishy to stand in the front row even with breastplates. Druids are actually assumed to default to AC 16 - Barkskin....
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 01:53 PM
    Which was easy to balance. All classes got followers, whether animal or not. And all followers where expendable replaceable cannon fodder, so there was no need to inflate their stats. Like ranger dual wielding, it's all Drzzt's fault. Drzzt's companion was a Figurine of Wondrous Power, not a class feature.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 01:27 PM
    The main thing I find is that most players in the groups I play in really want nothing to do with gods of any description. Druids outnumber clerics by a factor of infinity.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 01:11 PM
    D&D druids where more closely based on the romantic Victorian reinvention than actual history in the first place.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 11:06 AM
    As a 1st edition vet I'm happy without animal companions.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:55 AM
    I would just like to point out that rangers didn't get animal companions until 3rd edition, and even then they where inferior to druid animal companions. I don't consider it an essential feature of the class.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 10:50 AM
    Or for roleplaying, or because you hear that the DM is planning on sending you into White Plume Mountain, or because +3 Hide is better than non-magic scale mail, or the adventure takes place under water, or maybe you just want to train in medium armour. Marines run with backpacks full of rocks. In any case, some stuff is better than other stuff. So what? Sure, it might have been better...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 09:04 AM
    That is your interpretation. There is nothing in the rules to indicate that. It has the advantage of not being subject to the Heat Metal spell and certain other traps that key of metal. Dragonscale Armour is in the DMG. This is non-metallic and equivalent to scale mail. A character wasn't always a druid. They might have trained in medium armour before they became a druid. But if a player...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:14 AM
    Hide armour is medium and non-metal and in the default equipment list.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 08:03 AM
    Easily answered if you look at Valley of Gwangi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Valley_of_Gwangi. Monsters absorb lots and lots of bullets. Pretty much exactly like D&D. Other examples of firearms vs monsters can be seen in the original King Kong, and films such as The Land that Time Forgot and Warlords of Atlantis.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:34 PM
    It's not necessarily the same. You can only trip large or smaller creatures with legs. You might need something that works on a purple worm.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 05:03 PM
    Which people? Who? Where is your evidence for all these people who expect tactical play when there are firearms but that expectation magically vanishes when there are no firearms? I count two or three in this thread, with five or six arguing the opposite. That's not "most". Anecdotally, in the 1980s and 90s I switched from AD&D to Traveller, then Golden Heroes (A superhero RPG) then FASA...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 01:28 PM
    The Old West is a setting, Western is a genre. Or perhaps more accurately, two genres. Personally, I wouldn't want to set a game in the Old West anyway, I have never liked either version. But the 1st edition DMG did talk about a cross-over with Boot Hill.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 01:16 PM
    Because it's a bad idea? Remember anyone can pick up battlemaster manouvers with a feet.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 12:54 PM
    You are making massive assumptions about what "most" people think without any evidence. If you use D&D rules you are going to get an action movie feel, but action movies can be set in any setting.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 10:10 AM
    Again, that is a function of they type of game you want to play, not the setting. Arnie Schwarzenegger in Commando does not stay behind cover and focus on tactical positioning. He stands out in the open with an assault rifle in each hand.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 08:13 AM
    I think there is room for adding new battlemaster manouvers, but probably not ones that dupicate the effects of feets or abilities of other classes. Number 5 on the list looks like a viable suggestion.
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 08:07 AM
    This is really the thing. "Western" means something completly different to people of different generations. The Western genre used to synonomus with stories with symplistic morality "black hats and white hats" and what we would now consider an action movie sensibility, where heroes (and main villains) could absorb ridiculous amounts of damage without batting an eyelid. Then, round about the...
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    Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, 07:55 AM
    Actually, no they weren't. See decisive weapons: English(Welsh) Longbow, Mongolian horsebow. There is also a story in a very old book in which a cheating shepherd boy takes out the enemy's best warrior with a sling before he can get close enough to use his weapons. It doesn't matter what period of history you are dealing with, it's always advantageous to be able to take out the enemy at...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 06:08 PM
    Rubbish. In Game of Thrones swords are extremely lethal. e.g. In series 1 a character is wounded by a single spear thrust in the leg and limps for the rest of the series (until it is cured by amputation, at the neck). Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Lone Ranger faces the Black Hat gang in a hail of hundreds of bullets. It's tone, not genre, that determines the lethality of the setting.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 05:12 PM
    No, they don't. No one is saying that. Hp is equally flawed, for the purpose of simulation, no matter what setting you use it in, but equally good, for the purpose of fun, on matter what setting you use it in.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:52 PM
    For Wild West you would want to upgrade the effectiveness of fists and improvised weapons in melee. The thing to focus on is you are not trying to simulate reality (D&D doesn't do that in any setting), you are trying to create something that is fun to play whilst emulating a fiction genre.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 04:44 PM
    Your simple argument hinges on reading too much into the name. You could make the same argument for Collage of Valour bards, and they aren't much cop as melee fighters; War domain clerics serve gods of war, that doesn't make them ultimate fighters themselves; Moon druids don't go into space; eldritch knights don't have tentacles growing out of strange orifices; Oath of the Ancients paladins are...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 03:24 PM
    The word "bladelock" is never used in the rules. There is nothing to indicate an expectation that they will be ever be able to compete with fighters on the front line. Warlocks get a whole bunch of utility powers that make them useful to have around. They can see in the dark, read any language, detect magic at will. Their patrons might occasionally give them a weapon for self defence "try not...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 02:00 PM
    There where a whole bunch of heroic Western serials made for TV in the 50s, and for cinema serials before TV. See anything staring Alan Ladd for example. The Lone Ranger is best remembered, and most recently remade badly.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 01:53 PM
    Your sterotypical dungeon from the early days is lit with torches in sconces.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:56 PM
    Good examples of movies with guns where the heroes clearly have a ridiculous number of hp are the Indiana Jones and Die Hard movies.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 12:47 PM
    The point is, hp are stupid irrespective of if you are fighting with a gun or a hat pin. What matters is where the hit happens, not the nature of the weapon. People of have gotten used to the idea of hp with traditional D&D weapons through playing D&D and knock-off video games, but that doesn't make it any less unrealistic than using hp for firearms or sci fi weapons.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 08:47 AM
    And I will show you hundreds killed from a single stab with a dagger.
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:42 AM
    I actually really hate the way the "Old Empires" where done in the Forgotten Realms. I would much prefer having a culture that resembled ancient Egypt, rather than doing a Stargate and actually transplanting it. My main objection is the "fictionalisation" of gods that where "real" to real people at some point in history, even if they are no longer believed in. I would much rather have my made-up...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:27 AM
    Do you expect all class/subclass choices to have the same HP, AC, skill points and utility powers? Class/Subclass choices are NOT INTENDED TO DO EQUAL DAMAGE. And this is a thoroughly good thing. You see in some MMOs where classes are "balanced" around the idea that they should all do the same damage. And what you get is a bland mess where choosing your class is as meaningful as choosing...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:35 AM
    Which is pretty silly give that most characters never make it to 20, and if they do you are talking about the last session in a four year long campaign. It would also require the warlock to take no feats. In the levels that people actually play the warlock will have one or two ASAs. So? a hexblade with pact of the blade will be using Cha, not Dex. It's a bladepact warlock who isn't a...
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:18 AM
    Which may be true, but is also pointless. Because all the players see is a corridor full of always-CE giants to fight. Followed by a room full of giants to fight. Followed by another corridor full of giants to fight, and so on ad nauseum.
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    Sunday, 16th June, 2019, 08:13 AM
    Whilst this is a joke, it's also the aproach I would take. When it comes to minor NPC characters working out a detailed backstory is pointless. The players won't ask about it, and if they do they will forget it within minutes. The trick is to assign them a sterotype (or archetype if we are being kind) that the players will recognise and remember.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 06:01 PM
    Meh. It's just asked me how likely I was to buy a boxed set, I said "unlikely" and it told me to get lost. It would have been nice to be asked why (boxed sets are massively expensive in the UK compared to books).
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 05:47 PM
    Yes, I said that. You can get plenty of detail from the random tables in the DMG. It's just wont be very interesting or logical detail. You are the one vaunting a lack of detail as a positive feature. This is what Hommlett doesn't have: * Any original ideas; * Any interesting characters; * Any names that don't look like they have been pulled out of the Scrabble bag; * Any logic (the...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 05:04 PM
    I haven't said it doesn't do anything apart from not suck.
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 10:09 AM
    You haven't really read what I said, have you? A tomelock does not get "better AC, initiative and rogue skills" from cantrips. A half orc cannot use Shillelagh with a great axe, getting the most out of their racial strength bonus and Savage Attacks ability. Shillelagh and GFB do not allow you to forgo charisma. Basically, you are looking at one question: "how can I maximise damage" and...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 09:32 AM
    A maxed out dex bladelock is likely to have better AC, initiative and rogue skills. A maxed out str bladelock who is a half orc with a greataxe can focus on using warlock abilities to fish for critical hits. Not choosing Agonising Blast frees up an invocation slot which is especially useful if the warlock wants to focus on out of combat utility. Without Agonising Blast, depending on...
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    Saturday, 15th June, 2019, 07:46 AM
    It sounds to me like your ideal adventure would be twenty sheets of blank paper. I read it. I didn't run it, on account of it being garbage. And, contrary to some comments, there was much better material available.
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    Friday, 14th June, 2019, 06:45 PM
    Modern adventures allow you to do that. But they also provide enough detail that if the players do something the DM didn't anticipate there is something written down. Village of Hommlett is quite literally what you get if you use the random town generator tables in the DMG and a particularly poor random fantasy name generator on the internet.
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Monday, 24th June, 2019

  • 05:37 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    There are no rules, and there have never been any rules, that say a druid cannot don a suit of metal platemail in order to sneak into a castle. If a DM prevents me from taking that action, he is in fact railroading me by invalidating my decision. So, there's this. And also, this- Actually, the reason for the limit in 1st edition was that druids had access to far more powerful offensive spells than clerics did. Paul Farquhar Let's examine the history a little, first. Druids are probably the most poorly-understood class in terms of history. Let's start with the actual text (Eldritch Wizardry, Supp. 3, OD&D) where the Druid first crossed over from monster to PC. Mistletoe takes a place of importance with them as a holy symbol or item as crosses and other like items do with other types of clerics. Druids have spells which are in general peculiar to them, although some of their spells are similar to those of magic-users or clerics in general. ... Upon reaching the 5th Circle druids then gain the power to shape change (as previously mentioned in GREYHAWK with regard to the Druid-type monster), and when changing from one form to another they lose from 10% to 60% of any damage previously sustained ... Druids are able to employ the following sorts of weapons: Daggers, sickle or crescent-shaped swords, spears, slings, and oil. They may wear armor of leather, and use wooden shields. They may not use metallic ar...

Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 04:40 PM - Draegn mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Three wizards against two adult dragons
    Paul Farquhar ...creatures in my game do not follow the traditional characteristics that are printed in the various rule books. The dragons in my game are more akin to what has been presented in the Game of Thrones show. As an illustration for how npcs work in my game, if playing a traditional game upon entering a church one might expect all of the priests to be able to pray (cast spells). In my game the priests might only be there because they have some litany and liturgy skills to conduct sermons and artist skills to produce illuminated manuscripts. This picture illustrates how large the two drakes are. http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31600000/Marcia-Gillmore-dragons-31667003-1024-768.jpg They are not fully grown, yet are considered to be "adults" because they are capable of laying eggs. They both breathe fire (hot or cold flame), spit acid and exhale toxic fumes. They both have skill levels that reflect their interests and combative abilities. I still expect both of the boys ...

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

  • 04:51 PM - OlegRu mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Help me with good RP/Optimization balance for Half-Elf (probably)Valor Bard (archer?)
    Yes! Heck that's a story all by itself! So you *call* yourself a skald, and you even have the entertainer background (BTW, SUPER IMPORTANT: If you are new to 5e, be sure to read the background chapter! It's not just roleplaying fluff, half your skills can come from your background. It's like a mini-class!). You know how to heal, you know how to fight (pact of the blade maybe?), you know how to sing... but you have a secret. You really didn't have that *spark* that distinguishes great bards (ie the one with bardic magic) from others. Until one day, you met that mysterious teacher... Thanks for the replies @Paul Farquhar @Zardnaar and @Ancalagon, and all due respect, but I really want to stick to playing a bard and just interested in having him be an archer so that he can deal some attack damage/and survive combat because he's further from the worst monsters. Things like Paladin, Warlock wouldn't match his backstory or the way I want to RP him.

Thursday, 2nd May, 2019

  • 06:06 PM - Laurefindel mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Cleric shenanigans (metaphysical, no right answers)
    Are there any counter-examples you can find from official published settings or adventures? I think @Paul Farquhar meant that examples given in adventures are not representative of the game world because if they were, the adventure would not happen there. You and @Celebrim are advocating that despite the guidelines restricting character classes to a minority, nothing in the published material seem to support that claim according to the examples we are given. From where I stand, it appears to me that both sides are pointing at some inconsistencies, but are comparing apples to oranges. Both claims are true and coexist simultaneously. To a certain point, I like that the players aren't the only casters around. There needs to be enough of them to make believable adversaries (casters can't be THAT rare if that's the 5th one we battle in the last 5 days...) and to support the described economy of spell material components, spellbook supplies etc that is hinted at in certain settings (mainly Forgotten Realm and Eberron). Due to the wide breath of power level from lvl1 to lvl20 (or even lvl10), D&D stru...

Saturday, 23rd March, 2019

  • 02:04 AM - Hussar mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?
    ...erent? You are flatly stating that expensive and good are orthogonal without any actual evidence and in the face of numerous counter examples. And, apparently, your definition of "good" is "movies I like". Well, I'm not you. I reject movies you like as being good because I don't like them. So, your movies are bad because I don't like them. Not exactly the most productive of conversations is it? Not so fast. According Hussar, good is objective, not subjective. No, no, no. Good is objective. And since Rotten Tomatoes gave it a critics score of 79% (aka Fresh) and 86% of people liked it (giving it 3.5 stars or better), Pirates of the Caribbean is a GOOD film. Your opinion is unimportant. The critics and the people have spoken. PotC is objectively a GOOD film. There can be no dissension. Have I learned my lesson? What's wrong with PotC? Why isn't it a good movie? It's well regarded by critics and people who watched it. Who's saying that it's a bad movie? Paul Farquhar is equally wrong by trying to claim that "good" is some sort of nebulous, undefinable concept. If the critics say something is pretty good, and the people who watch it say it's pretty good, who am I to say, "Oh, well, I'm different, I think most movies are bad, so that means that they're bad". Sorry, I lack the arrogance to think that my personal tastes denote anything remotely related to quality.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019

  • 03:49 AM - Hriston mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Archetypes
    Maybe we mean different things by 'adventure'. I think it is fine for an adventure to not have any traps in them. If a campaign didn't have any traps that would be out of the ordinary and something that should be brought up in session 0. Good point. I was using the word adventure the way I’d assumed Paul Farquhar was using it, i.e. to mean the content of the game in which the character is being played. That would include many adventures of the sort you’re describing over the course of many sessions. I don’t see any particular problem with an adventure location devoid of locks or traps. In fact, it could give the character a chance to focus on its skill with locks and traps in a different light, wondering why the inhabitants don’t lock up their goods, and is this what they call security?

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

  • 12:42 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Paul Farquhar in post What makes D&D, D&D?
    h/t Paul Farquhar So a recent comment in a different thread started my thought process, and here it is- "Racial stat boosts are one of the things that makes D&D D&D and not some generic fantasy roleplaying game." So, what does make D&D, D&D? I mean, really? I was thinking in terms of 5e (which is why it is posted here), and how one of the reasons 5e is supposedly appealing is that it manages to rope in some of the nostalgia/OSR/1e crowd (who, hopefully in turn, is teaching it to the young 'uns). This makes 5e very, um, D&D? Like, ur-D&D or something. So, before going any further, it is my general understanding that there have been conversations about past editions of D&D and whether or not they are "D&D enough." DO NOT DO THAT, PLEASE. I am asking people to NOT rehash old grievances, however well-nursed. As we all know, the only proper grievance to express on these forums is the well-known and universally approved dislike of Paladins. So, really, what makes D&D, D&D, such that "messing with it" re...

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

  • 03:08 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Anderson, Poul 10 Bellairs, John 19 Brackett, Leigh 18 Brown, Frederic 20 Burroughs, Edgar Rice 23 Carter, Lin 18 de Camp, L. Sprague 17 de Camp & Pratt 20 Dunsany, Lord 19 Farmer, P. J. 20 Gardner, Fox 21 Howard, R.E. 19 Lanier, Sterling 20 Leiber, Fritz 23 Merritt, A. 21 Moorcock, Michael 22 Norton, Andre 21 Offutt, Andrew J. 20 Pratt, Fletcher 20 Saberhagen, Fred 18 St. Clair, Margaret 19 Tolkien, J. R. R. 27 Vance, Jack 6 Weinbaum, Stanley 18 Wellman, Manley Wade 20 Williamson, Jack 18 Zelazny, Roger 22 CORRECTED. Seriously, guys? Charles Dexter Ward is NOT an author. Ha, Ha Paul Farquhar

Thursday, 19th July, 2018

  • 11:53 AM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Curse of Strahd: What is Straud von Zarovich's Title? [SPOILERS ALERT]
    Paul Farquhar well i cannot find the exact source and maybe i am wrong, maybe i only read somewhere where to put Barovia in FR, but there is one weak and one very strong indicator that Barovia is connected to FR and maybe had ist prime material roots there (which come into Play in roots of evil it is not exactly drawn into the mists but there exists a prime material Barovia parallel), see the cite from FR Wiki below for the indicators i found in a rush: Cite Form FR Wiki: The Svalich Woods of Barovia also briefly merged with the Quivering Forest and Twilight Marsh near Phlan in the late 15th century DR.[10] The Vistani nomads of Barovia were known to frequent parts of Faerûn and shared similarities with some Gur, suggesting that the two peoples may be related. Before it became part of the Demiplane of Dread, one of the two gods worshiped in Barovia was Lathander, though he no longer had any power there after the rise of Strahd, and didn't answer the prayers of his few remaining follo...

Sunday, 24th June, 2018

  • 05:50 PM - Satyrn mentioned Paul Farquhar in post "Run away! Run away!" ... what if they don't?
    It should also be an "escapable" monster - if the monster has great speed and great perception... not great. I find this is the one place place I'm happy as a DM to invoke that Plot Armor Paul Farquhar mentioned. When the players choose to flee, I'll most often find some reason, any reason, the monster chooses not to give chase. It works great when I can applh some cost to the reason. Like, maybe it snags tbe players' lackey and settles down for a meal.

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  • 12:27 PM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    Paul Farquhar "...Arthas (I know, it's a retcon to canon),... " I hope not. Although if i imagine some Drizzt entering Athas by crashing his spelljammer within the cannibal halfling jungle .....

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  • 02:17 PM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Paul Farquhar #130 your take on Athas is Genius, the halfgiants maybe resolved. I would have gone with reskinning ho for mul, but theres a different way as you Point out: halforc -> halfgiants mountain dwarf -> mul hill dwarf -> athasian dwarf But now i think of it, it would even be better to reskin halforc for mul still and take mountain dwarf with ist +2 str and +2 con for halfgiant! That is neat, you can even leave heavy armor prof as is and the stat increase fits better. for the rest go stout -> athasian halfling Wood elf but with int raised instead of wisdom -> athasian elf human (nonvariant) -> athasian human halfelf tbd thrikreen -> reskin dragonborn breath attack for poisonous bite, put 4 claw attack Routine into one attack 1d4 natural wepons give +2 dex +1 wis

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

  • 06:36 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    But... please? Was already familiar with it, but there's a huge difference between something available "from our back catalog" and something enjoying the barest level of official support. And I will say that... aside from D&D Spelljammer, nothing in WotC's back catalog gets my motor running better than Star*Drive, which is one half of one of my White Whales that I've almost given up all hope of ever executing successfully. I hear ya. I would love to see Space5e! I think that Paul Farquhar would as well. Sometimes, it is good to run the old stuff (I still do with 1e, Paranoia, and WFRPG). But ... some of the old stuff makes for tough reading. Star Frontiers (to use that example) is pretty badly outdated, both in terms of fluff and rules.
  • 12:22 PM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Paul Farquhar I think Remathilis does not differ between fluff aka examples of commonly used or rarely used ingredients for D&D: (tiefling race, sci fi laserweapon) and real mechanics: attributes rolls etc. Also in the Core books there is several material stated explicitely as being optional, even Gnome race for PCs. Also there is a heavy recommendation to change every rule that you and/or your Players do not like in your homebrew. Apart from organized play there is no need at all for any fluff rule (liek playable race) to apply in a given setting, only if you make mechanical differences in your homebrew then it becomes important to communicate These and be aware of how they might afflict game Balance. There are numerous other examples where These Basics apply even if you stay true to the core rules. e.g. -druid summoning (any animal? No, the DM has the last word), -Magic items (not needed for Balance, would Paul Farquhar insist at least 1 of each Magic item exists in any given game worl...

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 02:56 PM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Paul Farquhar #34: On your questions 1. It is different, the PCs are really kings and can draw on the resources of their Domains (countries). There were many official splats, each detailing a Domain which would be Player Background. It is not limiting at all, the PC can go on a dungeon crawl with a Party or a war campaign with his whole army. There were Domain spells i cannot remember if These were connected t othe bloodlines i would have to read it up, they basically were useful in mass combat, e.g. maipulate the Terrain difficulty. 2. There were half a dozen human subraces each with their own Attribute boons and malus and some other characteristic. If i remember correctly rulers were all humans, you could be dwarf or elf as a minor pc eventually, i might be incorrect here. 3. It is unique in a way that here is e.g. 1 Dragon, 1 Medusa, 1 Werewolf or whatever in the setting (Imade the types up atm) but thats it. These Unique Mobs are like rulers with their own armies, or Major bosses. They ...
  • 11:29 AM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Paul Farquhar #31 In Birthright the Players are either Kings, some from Magic bloodlines (independant of race) which gives them Special minor powers, or a Party consists of a ruler and his staff. Anyway, each ruler has his own land with resources and resource Management, it is compatible to 2nd ed battlesystem with rules for mass combat if you are into such stuff. Another Thing notable is th planar configuration if i can remember right, there is only a normal material plane and the shadow plane, on the later halflings have got some powers. There are different human races, and a Party will most likely consist of These if i remember correctly. With Monsters it is the usual ones but some are uniqe like e.g. there is not a medusa Population but "The Medusa " with stronger powers than a Standard Version. I think These "named" Mobs had bloodline powers also, and if i remember correctly you could inherit their bloodline (or those of other rulers) in a bit of a "Highlander" Fashion.
  • 11:10 AM - Coroc mentioned Paul Farquhar in post Greataxe, greatsword, and a little math
    Paul Farquhar #98 It is entirely logic that a blunt weapon of a certain weight and length does as much damage as a slightly heavier weapon with a bit shorter length so like greatclub and mace doing 1d8. It is not logic at all that adding a spear tip to a quarterstaff will not add anything to it's damage and make it less usefull (no Polearm master anymore) It is also not logic a 1 handed Club does 1d4 but an unwieldy (if used 1 handed) quarterstaff should do 1d6 and allow the use of a effective use shield still. That is utter BS sorry i have to use strong words, because almost every one discusses the marginal differences between great axe and greatsword and does not see the elephant (quarterstaff) in the room.

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Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

  • 07:35 PM - Satyrn quoted Paul Farquhar in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    In fencing, the combatants move backwards and forwards on a pieste that is 45 feet (nine squares in D&D) long. That was one of the first examples that came to my mind. The other example that came to mind: A wrestling ring is 15 or 20 feet square. Add in the 10 or so feet around ringside and that's 8 D&D squares by 8 for the wrestlers to move around in. Plus the vertical if we're talking a cage match. Or the balcony if it's Old School ECW.
  • 07:10 PM - lowkey13 quoted Paul Farquhar in post On the Origins of Classes (1e, OD&D)
    I think you need to suspend your antipathy to paladins, there origin is quite interesting - and some might like to know where the name comes from. There are no Paladins. As is well know, and cannot be reasonably disputed, Gygax began to insert "Paladin" into his books as a test- much like makers of atlases and maps would insert fake towns to see if anyone would try and copy them, Gygax would insert Paladins into his books to see if anyone was stupid enough to copy that class. Gygax was very protective of his creation! Unfortunately, people misunderstood the intent, and thought that the Paladin was supposed to be a real class. I mean ... c'mon, have you read it? (Other sources have said that it wasn't like the 'fake towns in a map,' but was actually closer to the 'Brown M&M rider' in Van Halen's Contract- Gygax would insert references to Paladins to see if his editors were paying attention. Unfortunately, they failed.) Now, I'm sure we all know the apocryphal history- something something Thre...
  • 06:54 PM - Celebrim quoted Paul Farquhar in post On the Origins of Classes (1e, OD&D)
    I think you need to suspend your antipathy to paladins, there origin is quite interesting - and some might like to know where the name comes from. For now, we are forbearing from smiting the heretic until suitable time to allow for his repentance has transpired.
  • 06:14 PM - Michael Silverbane quoted Paul Farquhar in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Star Wars is a prime example of the being no one correct approach. Edge of Empire and Star Wars D20 used hp, Star Wars D6 did not. And the d20 versions of Star Wars are very much D&D with guns... in space. It works fine for me and my group. In the session that I ran last week, the party got set upon by a troop transport full of soldiers. The cleric healing/medicine focused jedi got shot eight times in the first round of combat. No one was complaining about the realism. They were mostly worried about not letting their cleric medic get killed.
  • 03:42 PM - kenmarable quoted Paul Farquhar in post D&D Essentials Kit Offers a New Place to Start
    They are much more easily available than they where in the 80s, I supose a combination of 3D printing and online shopping. Also manufacturing tech improving to be able to make high quality, low price plastic minis as well, I suppose. Back in the 80s, from what I recall, it was mostly all metal except for things like very low-detail Warhammer 40k Space Marine armies. (I remember my friend having probably 100+ of those Space Marines and I was saving up to get barely enough Eldar Aspect Warriors & Harlequins to field a force. But mine did look soooo much better. ;) Although I guess that might have been closer to 1990ish.)
  • 02:31 PM - 5ekyu quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I think I said that. But there is also a destinction to be made between a player who doesn't want to play a class any more, and a character who for role playing reasons looses thier faith.There are a lot of distinctions that can be made but their relevance to the druid metal discussion and whether player who play druids ha ve to abide hy the rules in play at the table is not yet established.
  • 02:27 PM - Oofta quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I remember a 1st edition game when the MU had to use a magic sword because it was the only weapon that could harm the enemy and the fighter was dead. I don't remember ever reading that magic users would not use a sword in any edition. Nope. Proficient? No. Will not use? Not there.
  • 01:59 PM - Sadras quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    It has occured to me that a druid restricted to hide armour has about the worst AC in the whole game. Thanks to Mage Armor and Shield Wizards and Sorcerers are probably packing an AC of around 20 - not all the time, but when it counts; and rogues are probably going to max out dex early for an AC of 17 in studded leather - not to mention the other defences available to rogues. Some warlocks might be worse, but in exchange they are very good at blasting. I think a holistic approach should be taken when comparing, particularly if you're going to mention that last comment about warlock blasting. Rogues, Sorcerers and Wizards have no innate healing except out of combat HD of which the latter two classes use a d6 and begin with a lower hp base. Druids have access to healing spells as well as the shapechange ability which acts a hp buffer, they also use a d8 for HD and begin with a reasonable hp total.
  • 01:51 PM - 5ekyu quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    What about if a druid decides they don't want to be a druid any more and becomes a fighter? According to 5e rules multiclass characters retain all the abilities from both classes.5e rules do not by default allow a character to "no longer be" a class. You can add a class thru multiclassing. Do, "dont want to be a druid" (or an assassin or a barbarian ) would have to be worked out by the player and GM.
  • 12:36 PM - FarBeyondC quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    It's against the spirit of the game for a druid to wear full plate long enough to sneak into a castle? I don't think so. The game has always been about ingenuity. That action is entirely within the spirit of the game. I know there's a principle thing going on here (one I don't agree with), but I'm thoroughly confused as to why people keep trying to get the druid to get into the metal armor to sneak into the castle. Like, why not turn into a rat or some other innocuous little creature and ride in another player's pack or something? What about if a druid decides they don't want to be a druid any more and becomes a fighter? According to 5e rules multiclass characters retain all the abilities from both classes. If a character decides they don't want to be of a given class anymore, you wouldn't use the multi-class rules for that. You know, because those rules don't actually remove the class in question? However the player and DM decides to mechanically and narratively enable the change...
  • 11:25 AM - Shadowdweller quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    No it isn't, but all other things being equal, a better AC makes you flat better than a worse AC.In the absence of any other factors. But there ARE other factors. You mean Conjure Animals? The spell that in 5e has been nerfed to require concentration, so when you are hit (which you will be if the DM denies you anything better than hide armour) everything vanishes?No, summoning full stop. Conjure Animals is merely the lowest-level and easiest to use such spell in 5e. Conjure Woodland Beings can be used to summon a swarm of pixies, for example - who can all cast confusion, polymorph, etc albeit with a low save DC. Conjure Elemental specifically allows the caster to control type and is an excellent choice for cramped environments. The risk of being hit is frequently easy to mitigate by hiding behind other targets (aka allies), if not the summons themselves; ducking behind full cover; or if all else fails dropping prone. Light and Tempest clerics are well ahead of druids in terms of blastin...
  • 11:02 AM - Ohmyn quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I think you are talking about the difference between a law like "thou shalt not kill", which is broken all the time, despite having been written by god on a stone tablet; and a law like the laws of Physics, which cannot be broken unless you are an engineer called Scotty. Yup. Both fall under the qualifications of being a rule, but one can be ignored, and the other can't. When a rule exists only as a choice, then actions can defy it. If a taboo holds no penalty for defiance then it has no weight as a taboo, and thus can safely be ignored.
  • 06:45 AM - Shadowdweller quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    5e duids don't get anything better than what clerics get, and 5e clerics can wear half plate at least. AC isn't the be-all end-all of the combat pillar. 5e Druids beat the pants of the cleric in terms of battlefield control, summoning. They are generally better at blasting (aside for cantrip-level damage; druid attack cantrips are notably behind the curve even discounting domain bonuses) and of all things, healing efficiency. Aside from the combat pillar, they have significantly better utility as well.

Monday, 24th June, 2019

  • 09:51 PM - JonnyP71 quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    And on page 36 of the 1st edition PHB it lists the non-proficiency penalty that applies when you use a weapon prohibited by your class. Also, on page 15: "thieves can not use thief abilities when using prohibited weapons or armor." Your 1st statement is incorrect - the non proficiency penalty is for weapons the character has not chosen to be proficient with, nowhere does it state it corresponds to weapons not allowed by their class - as the assumption is that the character simply *cannot* use them. For example - a cleric chooses to be proficient with mace and staff, he gets the non-prof penalty when using other cleric weapons such as hammer, club or flail. The 2nd statement is also inaccurate due to context, as it is *specifically* referring the case of multi-classed dwarven fighter/thieves. Possessing the fighter class allows the Dwarf to wear heavier armour and use all weapons, but that statement refers to the impact of the multiclassed F/T doing this with regards to Thief abilities. It has *...
  • 08:18 PM - lowkey13 quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    And on page 36 of the 1st edition PHB it lists the non-proficiency penalty that applies when you use a weapon prohibited by your class. No. What you mean is the Weapon Proficiency Table on p. 36. So go through this, assuming some knowledge of 1e: Let's use the Druid as an example: You start with a number of proficiencies, for a Druid, 2. That means you get to choose 2 of your allowed weapons - for a Druid, you can choose between club, dagger, dart, hammer, scimitar, sling, spear, and staff. A total of eight (8) weapons. Every five additional levels, you get an additional proficiency. So at eleventh level, the Druid is PROFICIENT IN FOUR OF HIS EIGHT WEAPONS. If the Druid attempts to use a "Druid Weapon" that the Druid is NOT PROFICIENT IN, then there is a -4 penalty. This is not a catch-all table to allow, inter alia, Clerics to use swords with a penalty. What happens when the Druid attempts to use a non-Druid weapon? The Druid Explodes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 07:56 PM - orangefruitbat quoted Paul Farquhar in post Does the Beholder's anti-magic field move with it?
    Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but in this case the beholder is participating in a battle-royale and will be controlled by a player (PvP style) and not me as an objective DM. So I'm trying to be as RAW as possible. So basically: 1) rotate the beholder into the direction you want the AM cone to point (assuming you want it on) 2) optionally move, keeping the same facing. The cone will move with the beholder 3) fire your eye rays into the 270 arc not covered by the AM cone. Is that correct? One last question - anti-magic field is a concentration spell - so does that mean you could force the beholder from dropping the AM cone by damaging it (at least until the start of its next turn)? The beholder is kind of prohibited from rotating itself if it is using this ability. Doesn't matter - it can see and float in any direction.
  • 06:45 PM - JonnyP71 quoted Paul Farquhar in post Why the Druid Metal Restriction is Poorly Implemented
    I hadn't actually noticed this categorically false remark before. A 1st edition thief could use a two handed sword - they had a non-proficiency penalty and couldn't backstab with it, but they could use it. Page 19 of the 1E PHB specifically states this is not the case. I quote: **** A thief may use a short sword, broad sword or long sword but not a bastard sword or a two handed sword That is quite clear, nothing about non-proficiency penalty.
  • 05:18 PM - Morrus quoted Paul Farquhar in post D&D Essentials Kit Offers a New Place to Start
    I think you underestimate people. Or at least potential D&D players - it's not a game for dumb people. When I started playing in the 1980s there was no internet, no one had ever played an RPG, and the rulebooks whern't as well written as they are these days, but we still figured out how to DM. Well yes, but notably far fewer people did so, and millions more do so these days, and part of that is the evolution of the presentation of an RPG to new people.
  • 02:35 PM - Hollow Man quoted Paul Farquhar in post D&D Essentials Kit Offers a New Place to Start
    I think you underestimate people. Or at least potential D&D players - it's not a game for dumb people. When I started playing in the 1980s there was no internet, no one had ever played an RPG, and the rulebooks whern't as well written as they are these days, but we still figured out how to DM. First, I think the game should be for all people, even ones you perceive as "dumb". And I guess I would be one of them, because back in the 80s, I had difficulty with it. Because the game didn't do a good job of explaining to a 10 year old, who likes rules, exactly what to do if a player wants to do something that isn't explicitly explained. So my previous comment still stands. Spending as much time as possible explaining how to run a game goes a long way toward expanding the hobby beyond who is playing it today. -HM
  • 01:09 PM - CapnZapp quoted Paul Farquhar in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    You are not the only one. What point is he trying to make? That only some but not all arguments against hit points in a game with firearms can be easily dismissed as holding melee and ranged to different standards. You can't ever have guns and HP in the same game? Yes of course. I have never said you can't or shouldn't. My aim here is to explain to people used only to D&D that people with the opposing preference aren't weird or stupid. There are real issues with the hit point based damage model that might not be apparent to people that has only ever played D&D. In short, I'm explaining how the other side is thinking to ease everyone's appreciation of differing viewpoints. Just hearing somebody railing against hit points as making a "mockery" of firearms and then using that to dismiss the entire idea that there is value in ditching hit points is reductive, simplistic and uninformed.


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