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    So its sounds like you're coming up with your...

    So its sounds like you're coming up with your timescales based upon "real world" resting, as opposed to the recovery of game mechanics. If that's the case, and you want your rests to have an...
  2. Spend $10 on DMs Guild to pick up this wonderful...

    Spend $10 on DMs Guild to pick up this wonderful D&D sourcebook:

    HR1 Vikings Campaign Sourcebook

    Yes it was written for 2nd edition... but I'm pretty sure everything in there about running D&D...
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    WotC doesn't care about finalized FR canon...

    WotC doesn't care about finalized FR canon anymore and they don't want you to care about it either. They want the Realms to be left open so they can do whatever they want going forward without...
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    And if you ARE a far of the Realms, you probably...

    And if you ARE a far of the Realms, you probably already have information about whatever locale you might want to run a game in, and thus a new product is unnecessary. Do you really need WotC to...
  5. Is this going to be one of those threads where we...

    Is this going to be one of those threads where we come back in two weeks time and see that it has over 1000 posts, and you can't help but think "THAT?!? That's the subject matter that warranted a...
  6. Why are you people venting about the metal armor...

    Why are you people venting about the metal armor for druids rule when there is a new and perfectly good "they're going to revamp the ranger again!" thread to vent in? At least that thread has the...
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    The problem with any "versatile" style is that...

    The problem with any "versatile" style is that there are too many members of the party around you fighting to make "switching forms" unnecessary. Once you get into combat, attack bonuses, damage...
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    We've been telling people who have kept insisting...

    We've been telling people who have kept insisting there needed to be a Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting book to go back to the 3E or Grey Box era for years now. ;)
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    I've done a revamp of the Maneuver system...

    I've done a revamp of the Maneuver system myself... adding in new ones and making slight alterations to other ones. I've also taken some abilities from other classes to incorporate into my list, the...
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    Using Point Buy, the standard Human bonuses in a...

    Using Point Buy, the standard Human bonuses in a "mix-maxy" sort of way will result in a PC that will have one higher bonus in the 4th best ability score over a demihuman (assuming the demihuman...
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    Somewhere on the streets of Fallcrest in the...

    Somewhere on the streets of Fallcrest in the Nentir Vale, Captain Nathan Fairingway rocks back and forth and whimpers "It shoulda been us... Acquistions Incorporated shoulda been for us..."
  12. If it matters to you, it's fine for your...

    If it matters to you, it's fine for your purposes.

    If you require the people at WotC to buy into your premise, you're crap outta luck.

    And besides which it's completely unnecessary... as anyone...
  13. I have only played one RPG that has had something...

    I have only played one RPG that has had something close to what you are calling "Novel" fighting... and that is Feng Shui.

    The edition that I played in that game had the barest minimum in combat...
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    Right. For you and the other 17 DMs out there...

    Right. For you and the other 17 DMs out there who get so noodly about light sources and wanting to have dungeon waylays and stealthing in the darkness that the players forsake choosing characters...
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    If you are a unknowledgable D&D Target person......

    If you are a unknowledgable D&D Target person... neither the names of FR or Eberron will mean anything to you. Thus the only thing that will impact you is the box cover art design. And seeing as how...
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    It's all a big waste of time... both the...

    It's all a big waste of time... both the alignment system *and* all the discussion about the alignment system.

    Just play your character and then worry about how you might've defined him with one...
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    Vision is like spell components... If you think...

    Vision is like spell components... If you think it's an important part of the game, anything the devs put in the book was not going to be as noodly or as in-depth as you were going to want the rules...
  18. And in terms of the Weapon Master feat... I...

    And in terms of the Weapon Master feat... I ditched it altogether and merged its effects into Martial Adept, where that feat gives you proficiency in all Simple and Martial weapons in addition to the...
  19. Maybe overall, but at my tables I've yet to have...

    Maybe overall, but at my tables I've yet to have any "obvious" choices. And as I hate to have two selections when a single one would do (which is why for example I got rid of the Acrobats skill and...
  20. Nothing too outrageous. Grappler and Tavern...

    Nothing too outrageous. Grappler and Tavern Brawler for one. Athlete and Mobile for another. Moderately Armored and Medium Armor Master. Observant and Alertness (with a few changes.) Probably a...
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    They already are good rules. Because the numbers...

    They already are good rules. Because the numbers are all close enough that when you are playing what you want to play the game is more than satisfying enough to make very few people have a voice in...
  22. Don't have a "favorite" edition of D&D, as I love...

    Don't have a "favorite" edition of D&D, as I love every edition as it's out and I'm in the midst of playing it.

    But to answer the question... my absolute favorite thing is the Eberron campaign...
  23. Same. I use feats as character-defining traits,...

    Same. I use feats as character-defining traits, and thus have no desire to spread out that definition over several feats. If there's going to be a "exceedingly healthy and hearty" feat, I only...
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    All right... if you're going to make an alternate...

    All right... if you're going to make an alternate 5E then just say that. Or if you want to make a personalized 4E variant then just say that. But if that's the case, then you have no need to worry...
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    If you are trying to "clone" 4E and not just...

    If you are trying to "clone" 4E and not just create an entirely new game for yourself, it needs to be able to work with existing 4E material that people already have. Thus you can't reduce abilities...
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    This will not be a "clone" of 4E. If you want...

    This will not be a "clone" of 4E.

    If you want to clone 4E, start by actually using 4E as the foundation. Every single section should already be filled out by what actually appears in 4E (using...
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    The long and the short of it is this: WotC is not...

    The long and the short of it is this: WotC is not going to provide stats for a gnoll PC race. Or at least... not until they eventually decide they will. But until that point (if it happens), if you...
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    When I heard about this, I went onto Steam and...

    When I heard about this, I went onto Steam and bought Divinity: OS2 on sale just to experience how the team made their games (as a precursor to perhaps what to expect in BG3). And the initial and...
  29. For an easy switch if you want a different...

    For an easy switch if you want a different methodology for attacking ships that reduces the "Go for the sails, Boo! Go for the sails! Yearghh!!!"... don't give individual pieces of the ship their...
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    In my two current Eberron campaigns I've turned...

    In my two current Eberron campaigns I've turned every long-rest spellcasting class into a 'Known Spells' caster, and they all run with the same spell slot table, Spells Known, and Cantrips Known...
  31. This thread contains a poll. Clone just the Fighter. Most likely, the...

    Clone just the Fighter.

    Most likely, the person making the clone is going to barely get that far before they realize just how much work it is and then come to the conclusion its easier to just...
  32. When you are a DM, the more you treat a pet like...

    When you are a DM, the more you treat a pet like an actual player character in the party the less concern there is about "game balance". They are no longer just mechanics to deal with, they are...
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    Ah, c'mon, just level with us! The REAL reason...

    Ah, c'mon, just level with us! The REAL reason you want THAC0 back isn't because you actually like using it... you just want to return to a time where rapiers didn't exist, barely anyone ever rolled...
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    See, the reputation I've always heard bandied...

    See, the reputation I've always heard bandied about regarding THAC0 wasn't that it was "really complex"... but rather once 3E introduced ascending ACs its reputation was "My god, THAC0 was just...
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    Who the heck would want to eat tacos while...

    Who the heck would want to eat tacos while reading a book of that size? You're just asking to stain the pages when all the tacos stuff falls out onto it while you're eating! ;)
  36. Speaking of real-life torture... ...

    Speaking of real-life torture...

    BAYYYYYY-BEEEEE... SHARK! DO-DO-doDO-doDO...
    BABY SHARK! DO-DO-doDO-doDO...
    BABY SHARK! DO-DO-doDO-doDO...
    BABY SHARK!

    You are all welcome. :)
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    They had their popularity, sure. Which is why it...

    They had their popularity, sure. Which is why it was strictly my experience as to why 4E began to run dry for me towards the end (despite getting several years of great enjoyment to start with). A...
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    I think one thing that would be advantageous for...

    I think one thing that would be advantageous for me were I ever to go back to playing 4E is that because I wouldn't have D&D Insider (and thus the massive amounts of extra powers that the character...
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    Yep, agreed wholeheartedly. That's why in my...

    Yep, agreed wholeheartedly. That's why in my games I:

    Removed Animal Handling-- use CHA (Nature) instead
    Removed Acrobatics-- use DEX (Athletics) instead
    Removed Medicine-- use INT (Survival)...
  40. Everything looks fine. As is always the case...

    Everything looks fine. As is always the case about 75% of any set of balancing House Rules will never come up (because the players won't actually select or use the mechanics you attempted to...
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    Personally, I don't think Stormreach is the best...

    Personally, I don't think Stormreach is the best place to set Ghosts of Saltmarsh. The most obvious place for that book in Eberron is Q'Barra-- there are meant to see several small towns on Adder...
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    Combat for groups that are 5 players or more...

    Combat for groups that are 5 players or more already is unwieldy, this will only make it worse. How many PCs are in your group?

    The more PCs you have, the more total hit points and total...
  43. Don't forget you also have Goodman Games who...

    Don't forget you also have Goodman Games who could license doing a re-up of one or all 3 DoD modules at some point too. They chose to do Isle of Dread leading up to stand side-by-side with Ghosts of...
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    As a DM I would go strictly by the description of...

    As a DM I would go strictly by the description of the spell and rule that the target of the grapple is still under the influence of the spell and thus you as the attacker can make the roll to...
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    Another thing to note is that the rarity of items...

    Another thing to note is that the rarity of items are not necessarily based on how easy or hard the spells are to get normally... they are based upon what the designers decided were genuinely how...
  46. Paraguay.

    Paraguay.
  47. Yeah, but what's the other option? NOT put out...

    Yeah, but what's the other option? NOT put out any more rules?

    At some point, the consumer needs to decide for themself what it is they need to play their game. Do they need vehicle rules? Do...
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    This thread contains a poll. Holy jeez... did you actually remember that post...

    Holy jeez... did you actually remember that post from way back when, or did you just happen to stumble upon it? I barely remember posts I've put up two weeks ago, let alone ones that are six years...
  49. Because what are "you" going to do? It's as...

    Because what are "you" going to do?

    It's as simple as that. What can you possibly do to not "let them get away" with reusing content? What can any of you do? Heck, what does that even mean?
    ...
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    Rather than creatures falling unconscious at 0...

    Rather than creatures falling unconscious at 0 HP, they instead break and run away full speed never to come back. And attackers do not get to make AoOs against them as they run off, the creature...
  51. This thread contains a poll. Oh, of course not. Nor should they. But for a...

    Oh, of course not. Nor should they. But for a class whose formatting is based on the Warlocks, I think it is much, much better that each of the seven subclasses has their own list of "invocations"...
  52. This thread contains a poll. In all seriousness, I actually do not care...

    In all seriousness, I actually do not care if/when they publish it, as I believe KibbleTasty's Alternate Artificer (currently on v1.7) already is a better version than what WotC has continued on with...
  53. This thread contains a poll. I think it would be in very bad taste for me to...

    I think it would be in very bad taste for me to publish it, rather than let WotC do it.
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    Well, no. It has its isolated uses-- being able...

    Well, no. It has its isolated uses-- being able to give your main damage dealer in the group a specific energy damage attack for when you need it-- but really any 3rd level spell is going to be...
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    Yeah, but the bard wouldn't get it until 6th...

    Yeah, but the bard wouldn't get it until 6th level, which is a level past when casters classes would already have access to Elemental Weapon. And other than variant humans, Magic Initiates won't...
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    Yeah, but what if your DM doesn't allow feats? ...

    Yeah, but what if your DM doesn't allow feats?

    ;)
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    They obviously believe a +1d6 damage magic weapon...

    They obviously believe a +1d6 damage magic weapon in the hands of the artificer themself is not as powerful as a +1 to-hit / +1d4 damage magic weapon in the hands of another PC. Especially...
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    Yeah, it was Mearls who went off on thinking the...

    Yeah, it was Mearls who went off on thinking the Bonus action mechanic was not serving its proper purpose, but then later on determined it was probably just using it for Two Weapon Fighting that was...
  59. Absolutely! Guilty as charged! I'm cynical about...

    Absolutely! Guilty as charged! I'm cynical about all of this cause I'm an admittedly "old man shaking my fist at all the young people." So no one should take what I have no say as gospel by any...
  60. Heh heh... well, sure it can! ;) it's that...

    Heh heh... well, sure it can! ;) it's that these companies usually don't feel the need to apologize for every little thing that people get up in arms over... but when something does blow up and...
  61. And I also don't think for one single second that...

    And I also don't think for one single second that anyone who thinks someone in Bethesda should apologize for this will actually result in them doing anything about it if Bethesda doesn't. No one's...
  62. Well, that's the cynic in me. ;) When companies...

    Well, that's the cynic in me. ;) When companies apologize I don't see it as someone within the company trying make anything better... I see it as them doing it just because they "have to" to get...
  63. Why should anyone (other than the original...

    Why should anyone (other than the original authors) expect an "apology"? What's the point? Do any of us actually care or have been impacted by this in any way?

    Sure, seeing someone apologize to...
  64. People all along have kept insisting that this...

    People all along have kept insisting that this whole FR / Sword Coast thing is only due to some grand edict from Hasbro just because they have this idea they need to keep the area "fresh" for a D&D...
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    The invocation would be missing a clause if "up...

    The invocation would be missing a clause if "up to ten feet away from you" was meant to describe the location of the creature. It'd be telling you to push the creature but now doesn't tell you how...
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    I personally wouldn't consider a trench to be...

    I personally wouldn't consider a trench to be three-quarters cover, only half.

    To get three-quarters cover you need to be behind things like arrow-slits-- where almost your entire body can remain...
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    One of my players ran the playtest Mystic in my...

    One of my players ran the playtest Mystic in my last Curse of Strahd campaign, and that class essentially uses spell points. And the same thing happened with her... she couldn't help but just throw...
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    No, you are correct. Repelling Blast modifies...

    No, you are correct. Repelling Blast modifies your Eldritch Blast. Your Eldritch Blast does all its normal functions, and then in addition, you can push people back since you modified it with...
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    Presumably you've seen WotC's Plane Shift:...

    Presumably you've seen WotC's Plane Shift: Amonkhet article that goes into 5E detail on their Not Egypt Magic: The Gathering setting, yes? That setting article has a bunch of info and mechanics for...
  70. Your double-skill is no worse than your advantage...

    Your double-skill is no worse than your advantage on check or your increased proficiency bonus table when each of them are taken individually. But when you merge all three together into one...
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    When I was putting together a different campaign...

    When I was putting together a different campaign that was intended to only use the Core Four classes, I was reworking the Fighter to only using the Battle Master and its maneuvers. And I also...
  72. I am happy to say that for many tables (including...

    I am happy to say that for many tables (including my own)... no, indeed, none of what you say here DOES matter. "Breach of trust"? "Breach of confidence"? "Failure of the DMing art"? Sorry... but...
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    With one melee and two ranged characters, I'd...

    With one melee and two ranged characters, I'd probably go melee with a two-weapon Ranger (either Hunter or Monster Slayer subclass), using the feat at 4th level to take Dual-Wielder. This way you...
  74. This is precisely how it is at my tables. We are...

    This is precisely how it is at my tables. We are mostly all theater people, some of us are also longtime improvisers. I will make offers on how the PCs might feel about the situations they are in...
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    I have always used the Alternate Ability Score...

    I have always used the Alternate Ability Score variant for skill checks and always will.
  76. Oh sure, I'm sure some folks will absolutely do...

    Oh sure, I'm sure some folks will absolutely do that. I was just thinking though that many folks are probably so used to thinking of new products as "current" that they'll be kind of surprised when...
  77. This'll be weird for a lot of players who pick...

    This'll be weird for a lot of players who pick this up when they realize the campaign is meant to take place around the Time of Troubles. If it's a year after Sarevok, we're talking 1369 or so,...
  78. This thread contains a poll. I need subclasses because all the classes that...

    I need subclasses because all the classes that are currently in the game use them. And if you don't use a subclass for one of those classes, you are down 3-5 levels worth of features that other PCs...
  79. The issue I have with a feat like Weapon Master...

    The issue I have with a feat like Weapon Master is not that its situational... but rather its giving something that provides very little bonus mechanically. It's almost purely fluff.

    If you are a...
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    Teleportation circles/portals. Cultists open the...

    Teleportation circles/portals. Cultists open the portals in the location of the attack and undead stream through. If the people want to stop the undead army attacks they need to get the party into...
  81. I already have and always will use the variant...

    I already have and always will use the variant rule that does not assign attribute to skill. So I re-did my skill list for all players that got rid of some skills that are unnecessary for this...
  82. If a book is primarily fluff, story, and...

    If a book is primarily fluff, story, and plothooks... you don't need a "5E" version of it because the only stuff that would be edition specific would be monsters. And we've already gotten 3 books...
  83. When I re-did my skill list for my campaigns, I...

    When I re-did my skill list for my campaigns, I added 'Commerce' as a skill. Now proficient characters can add that to any INT, WIS or CHA checks I call for if it has anything to do with collection,...
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    This thread contains a poll. I run two groups every other week, so I recap...

    I run two groups every other week, so I recap what has gone on more often just for my own edification, because oftentimes my players will fill in small points that I had forgotten (since I usually do...
  85. Heh... yeah, but you, I and everybody else also...

    Heh... yeah, but you, I and everybody else also know that we aren't going to get it, because they've told us from the beginning we weren't going to get it. So every time there's an attempted...
  86. What is it about these 3rd and 4th edition books...

    What is it about these 3rd and 4th edition books they have already done that you feel are not usable for 5th edition?
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    I'm a 'meh'. I re-read all the text whether it's...

    I'm a 'meh'. I re-read all the text whether it's within a box or without, and then improvise around it. Thus how any of the information is presented becomes relatively the same. It doesn't really...
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    I wonder if the charts are taking into account...

    I wonder if the charts are taking into account the fact that almost all tieflings get the Hellish Rebuke spell as part of its racial features? If spells that are given out "for free" like that as...
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    I always thought it was a 'desnickel'?

    I always thought it was a 'desnickel'?
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    "Hit points" are the number of hits of a joint...

    "Hit points" are the number of hits of a joint you need to take because you finally realize while playing that "None of this stuff really matters, man! At zero bad guy fall down go boom!" ;)
  91. This thread contains a poll. The fun part for me as a DM is when someone asks...

    The fun part for me as a DM is when someone asks to roll Insight and rolls poorly... I just decide in the moment whatever I wish to say. Sometimes it's "You can't tell"... sometimes it's "You are...
  92. My opinion has always been... "Use the...

    My opinion has always been...

    "Use the Battlemaster as your basic Fighter because it really ain't that hard to understand. Especially if you give the person the most basic of the maneuvers."
    ...
  93. Depends on the type of campaign game you wanted...

    Depends on the type of campaign game you wanted to run.

    My question is what is the problem this new rule is trying to solve? What's the reason for not wanting to use spell slots to cast things...
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    My #1 modern adventure is 'Last Breaths of...

    My #1 modern adventure is 'Last Breaths of Ashenport' for 4E. Because it has a full and interesting C'thulu-esque storyline, a starting town, but also plenty of space to fill in adventures around...
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    As I don't use 'Circle of the' as any actual...

    As I don't use 'Circle of the' as any actual in-setting organization, the Moon name has never bothered me personally. The same way my games have never had actual bardic colleges that the bards came...
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    He probably said AI was canon so that people...

    He probably said AI was canon so that people would get annoyed by it and finally stop worrying about Forgotten Realms canon, which is what they've been trying to get people to do now for years. ;)
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    It's also not your responsibility to show up in...

    It's also not your responsibility to show up in the thread and try and "fix my math"... but you chose to do it anyway. ;)

    But hey, no worries! For a general discussion about 2d10 vs 1d20, your...
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    Yes, precisely. I didn't make my post so that...

    Yes, precisely.

    I didn't make my post so that others could fix my faulty math. I put forth my post so as to tell people who would be interested that what I was doing was succeeding in what I was...
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    Whose play are you talking about? Considering...

    Whose play are you talking about?

    Considering the fact that this change was for the play at my table (of which you have no idea how often I set DCs at 11, 14, 17, 21 or whatever)... I find it...
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    Au contraire! It's a BEAUTIFUL example! Because...

    Au contraire! It's a BEAUTIFUL example! Because I LOVE coincidence! Coincidence is just unrepeated proof! So since I don't need any math proofs to see that what we are doing works, then what we...
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