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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 04:25 PM
    It doesn't make it less desirable. I honestly dont have an answer. Knee jerk reaction and probably my subconscious trying to justify not buying it. Truthfully I'll probably still buy it.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 06:32 PM
    I had the feeling the two systems were different. I'm glad to know there aren't creation rules cause I was going to buy the kit. I want to teach my daughter to play and the sidekick rules peaked my interest. Thanks guys for all the info.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 04:37 AM
    MockingBird started a thread Sidekick rules
    Just a question to seem if I'm missing anything. So I'm aware of the UA sidekick playtest rules and the official D&D Essentials rules. What im wondering is are the official rules posted anywhere or do I have to buy the kit to get them? I saw an image from the rulebook included in the kit and if I'm not mistaken the sidekick starts with 2 HD? Do they use a standard array for stats? Thanks in...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:32 AM
    If I'm repeating I'm sorry. How about a + .5 or a 1 at ever 5th level for all nonproficient skills? That way you get better but still not as great as a proficient skill. I dunno, I never tinker with the mechanics cause I'm satisfied with the stock system. It may throw the math all out of wack.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 03:22 AM
    I remember reading an article about 5e or Next rather. In the article it said (or at least how I interpreted it) that you could potentially make a character from any edition and be able to play at a 5e table. It made sense to me at the time cause they had just rereleased 1e, 2e, and 3e core books. I always thought that was an interesting concept. I was perplexed however how it could actually work...
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    Sunday, 30th June, 2019, 08:51 PM
    I think it's only nine in total. A book of side kicks with portraits for each one would be a fabulous idea in my opinion. Younger gamers like to see who they are hiring and adventuring with.
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 02:14 AM
    Dragon Age: Inquisition reminded me a lit of 4e with all the cool down powers. That pretty much turned me off of that video game.
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Saturday, 13th July, 2019

  • 11:38 AM - CapnZapp quoted MockingBird in post Sidekick rules
    I'm glad to know there aren't creation rules cause I was going to buy the kit. How so? I mean, having the simple "pre-built" sidekicks at level 1-6 is great and all, but how would the product be less desirable by also having build guidance for higher levels....? (Maybe I misunderstood your point)

Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 04:46 AM - Zardnaar quoted MockingBird in post Countdown to Fourth Edition
    I remember reading an article about 5e or Next rather. In the article it said (or at least how I interpreted it) that you could potentially make a character from any edition and be able to play at a 5e table. It made sense to me at the time cause they had just rereleased 1e, 2e, and 3e core books. I always thought that was an interesting concept. I was perplexed however how it could actually work in practice. I think people took it to literally. A AD&D Druid is a land Druid, the Battlemaster is a 4E concept, a thief is your AD&D one etc.

Monday, 8th July, 2019

  • 09:33 AM - gyor quoted MockingBird in post Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E
    I hope it's true to the first 2 games in that its quasi real time. I havent played their other games but I have watched videos and I wasnt impressed with what I saw. Looked very busy so hopefully they stick to the original games. Kind of wished Beamdog or Obsidian were making it to be honest. My prediction is combat will be like the Fallout 3/New Vegas VATS, which it's real time till you pause then it's turn based with Action Points, but in BGs case it will use modified 5e rules instead of Action Points. So you go in real time, hit pause, and it turns into turn based combat with Action, Minor Actions, Move Actions, Reactions, and 6 second rounds.

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

  • 06:15 AM - Monayuris quoted MockingBird in post D&D Essentials . . . New Sidekick Rules
    I think it's only nine in total. A book of side kicks with portraits for each one would be a fabulous idea in my opinion. Younger gamers like to see who they are hiring and adventuring with. Check out Courtney Campbell's Hackslashmaster blog. He does a series on henchmen / sidekicks that has portraits and personality traits. http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.com/2019/06/on-henchmen-collected.html

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

  • 05:10 PM - Sacrosanct quoted MockingBird in post D&D Essentials . . . New Sidekick Rules
    I think it's only nine in total. A book of side kicks with portraits for each one would be a fabulous idea in my opinion. Younger gamers like to see who they are hiring and adventuring with. I actually did this years ago, but it was a book of NPC personalities. Time to brush it off and update it I guess ;)

Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 07:08 PM - Dethangels Shadow quoted MockingBird in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    Would have rather had Planescape or at the least an updated full on Realms book. Not a fan of this setting but I'm happy for those that wanted it. Yeah, disappointing, but at least we're getting off of the Prime Material plane for a bit.
  • 02:54 AM - Azzy quoted MockingBird in post Favourite D&D edition thatís not 5E
    Kinda surprised 4e is leading. Maybe now that it isn't the D&D more people are open to it? I picked 2e cause it was my first D&D game. I remember getting the FR box set and looking at the maps and all the possibilities that filled my head. I miss setting box sets. I'm surpised, too, as there always seemed to be a bias against 4e on these forums.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 08:27 PM - ccs quoted MockingBird in post Favourite D&D edition thatís not 5E
    Kinda surprised 4e is leading. Maybe now that it isn't the D&D more people are open to it? This is a case of statistics lying to you. At the moment 4e has 38 votes. All others combined = 106 votes. Wich means that 76.some % of us reject 4e. 4e: Not the most popular version.
  • 08:19 PM - Abstruse quoted MockingBird in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    I dont know why but I am highly doubtful it's going to be a setting book. I want to be wrong though. It's more based on how you define "setting book". WotC hasn't been doing actual setting books. They've all been backdoor setting books, like Curse of Strahd for Ravenloft, hiding the setting within an adventure. My guess is it'll be an adventure for levels 14-20 completing the "story" from Descent into Avernus that focuses on the planes with a detailed description of Sigil and rules for planar travels and adventures. Still have a few hours before we find out for sure... Frankly, I'm more invested in trying to figure out when the announcement will be since there's not a clear-cut slot on the schedule. There's a concert starting in about 45 minutes and, based on the number of musicians, that'll be going for several hours. Right now, the main channel isn't even live and I can't see them announcing the new big book on their equivalent of ESPN-3.
  • 04:19 PM - gyor quoted MockingBird in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    They counted the Acquisitions book as part of the yearly releases? Bummer. Thanks for clearing that up for me though! The Aquistions Inc book was announced long before the stream
  • 03:37 PM - GarrettKP quoted MockingBird in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    How do know its going to be a setting book? Yall seem pretty certain just wondering what news I missed. Nathan Stewart revealed during a live stream that this year we would be getting a new Setting Book. With 3 books already confirmed (Saltmarsh, Acquisitions Inc, and Avernus) it seems more than certain the last book will be the setting book, unless they decided to do 5 books this year.

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • 06:10 AM - Quickleaf quoted MockingBird in post [SPOILERS] Enhancing Tomb of Annihilation
    Tonight we descend into Omu. Really not sure when to pull out King of Feathers. They are 5th level and I feel I need to get them leveled up to 6 fairly quickly. I'm excited for them to explore the ruins for puzzle cubes. I hope I can role play Nsi the way I have him in my head. Here are my notes on Ras Nsi which helped me get a better feel for his character.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

  • 06:15 PM - billd91 quoted MockingBird in post Paizo To Make Kingmaker Bestiary... For D&D 5E!
    This is interesting. I feel like it's a smart move for sure. Hopefully we will eventually get a Rise of the Runelords conversion. Monster books might be a good way to go about it. Get people to buy their PDFs or other AP materials, then get them to buy the 5e monster supplement for it to handle most of the stat blocks.

Tuesday, 30th April, 2019

  • 08:13 PM - jeremypowell quoted MockingBird in post Heroes of Baldur's Gate is a D&D Adventure From Bioware's Baldur's Gate Designer
    Yeah this is what I was asking. Since it takes place in the Time of Troubles. I'm not real familiar with the old FR modules so any insight or recommendations would be awesome. Heroes of Baldur's Gate takes place a decade after the Time of Troubles, not during it. You're not the first to make this mistake, though. This book, set almost 125 years in the "past" from the current Forgotten Realms year, was trumpeted as "a new supplement from around the time of the Time of Troubles." In a sense, the Time of Troubles is the ur-event for the whole Baldur's Gate series; that's when (30-year-old spoiler warning) Bhaal died. Time of Troubles: summer 1358 DR. Heroes of Badur's Gate: 1368-1369 DR.

Monday, 29th April, 2019


Friday, 19th April, 2019

  • 12:24 PM - CapnZapp quoted MockingBird in post Pathfinder 2E or Pathfinder 1E?
    Why?The only conversion system that really works in all cases is this: 1. Look at your old-system character sheet. 2. On a blank paper using basic English only, write down what the character can do. Use no numbers and no game terms. Focus on what the character actually does most of the time, and not the things it can theoretically do but usually doesn't. 3. Burn the old character sheet. 4. Create a brand new character in the new system, using the plain-English description from step 2 to guide you. 5. Done! Every attempt to map specific game mechanisms and numbers from one system to another is bound to fail eventually, and is likely so cluttery and complex all it accomplishes is giving off a veneer of accuracy while still not giving acceptable results half the time. Even for relatively close systems, like AD&D to Pathfinder, or d20 to 5E for example. It's not worth it. Just go with my system instead. It has the benefit of always working, no matter which systems are involved!

Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 06:22 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted MockingBird in post What Would You Want from PF2?
    Let's see, I would like something in between PF1e and 5e but I'm not entirely sure I would even leave 5e at this time or the near future. I'd really like 5e compatible APs and setting book honestly. My relationship with PF1e was player only. My casual style of DMing doesnt mesh well with PF/3.5 or 4e. While 4e was perfect for my casual style of DMing (Iíve had to learn to do prep beyond story and some tables for quick encounter building in 5e, bc I just canít wing it like I did in 4e), I agree overall. Iíd be interested in PF2 if it had all the customization of options and abilities of PF1 or 4e, with the simple math of 5e, and straightforward monster and encounter building systems and guidelines. Give me a 60 item weapon list, 30 item armor list, 5 types of shields, 20 classes, even more Archetypes that fit into the system more like 4e Themes/Paragon Paths (with some that simply further specialize your class or create a pseudo-multiclass, while others stand alone thematically as a narrative ...

Saturday, 13th April, 2019

  • 02:20 AM - Kurviak quoted MockingBird in post Has Paizo ever talked about releasing their adventures in 5E format?
    Does Paizo see them selves as WOTC's equal? Did the short tenure at #1 inflate an ego? How do these questions play into the decision not to produce 5e material? Does it even play a role? Based on the things Iíve read from Paizoís staff they are aware that they are way smaller than WotC and their business model takes that in consideration. At least thatís what I get from the comments IĒve read.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

  • 09:18 AM - Morrus quoted MockingBird in post Has Paizo ever talked about releasing their adventures in 5E format?
    I dont understand why they havent. 5e has been out for what 5 yrs now? Unless theres some unspoken bad blood between the companies. Why wouldn't a company want to resell their back catalog of adventures? If anything a Runelords conversion would be awesome. I have zero insight into their decision making process, or anything else, but I suspect that if they did that their core rulebook sales would suffer. You could ask why doesn't Apple sell Android products? Because it would erode their own brand.
  • 03:31 AM - Kurviak quoted MockingBird in post Has Paizo ever talked about releasing their adventures in 5E format?
    I dont understand why they havent. 5e has been out for what 5 yrs now? Unless theres some unspoken bad blood between the companies. Why wouldn't a company want to resell their back catalog of adventures? If anything a Runelords conversion would be awesome. I'd be happy if they just sold a conversion guide for the already printed hardback version. If you know why Pathfinder exists at all then you can assume Paizoís management should not be very fond of WotC


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