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  1. Er, no ... I just want a Mind Flayer in the...

    Er, no ... I just want a Mind Flayer in the group. Y'know, like the one from the prophecies who will retain his host's persona and alignment.
  2. Can't wait to have my Dragonborn Paladin go toe...

    Can't wait to have my Dragonborn Paladin go toe to toe with Mind Flayers!

    And I can't wait for the inevitable mod which will allow you to have a Mind Flayer as a Player Character!
  3. [As for the story Larian has in mind, it's clear...

    [As for the story Larian has in mind, it's clear that Mind flayers will have a big part to play in Baldur's Gate 3. Asked why Larian is focusing on the Cthulu-like brain eaters, Vincke says dryly,...
  4. I sincerely hope we'll see console versions. With...

    I sincerely hope we'll see console versions. With both the Divinity Original Sin games being out for consoles, and the original Baldur's Gate games being ported in the coming weeks, it makes sense...
  5. Do your PCs begin their campaign in their first settlement as visitors and wanderers, or as its citizens?

    When you begin a new campaign, do you prefer the PCs to be visitors in their very first settlement, or do you prefer them to have been born and raised there? Are they the wandering heroes who...
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    Tribute!? The OP steals men's souls and makes...

    Tribute!? The OP steals men's souls and makes them his slaves!!
  7. Well, if it *does* turn out to be the Realms...

    Well, if it *does* turn out to be the Realms (once more), I will definitely refrain from being excited whenever that man speaks of 'unannounced settings'.
  8. A Campaign Setting was always considered to be a...

    A Campaign Setting was always considered to be a 'world' in D&D, as far as I know. If Valley considers the term to encompass a mere region of a world, then Tomb of Annihilation was a Setting book,...
  9. "The premiere of an Epic event set in as yet...

    "The premiere of an Epic event set in as yet unannounced setting" and "The premiere of adventures set in as yet unannounced setting".

    Unannounced *setting*. Does a region of Toril count as a...
  10. Thanks, guys!

    Thanks, guys!
  11. Questions to DMs about how they use the Roper monster ...

    1) How many tendrils do you let it regenerate on the beginning of its turn? One? Or all those which it lost on the PCs' turn?

    2) Do you let your PCs add their athletics when attempting to break a...
  12. If I don't back this on KS, do I lose any chance...

    If I don't back this on KS, do I lose any chance of getting it? Or will it find itself to stores eventually?
  13. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
  14. Time Limit as a Stress Inducer: Thoughts?

    Most of you here have probably played the Witcher 3. One of the things I loved was when there were decisions Geralt had to take, with a time limit to choose. [KILL THE BANDIT / SPARE HIM]

    So I am...
  15. ... I am actually 100% satisfied with this...

    ... I am actually 100% satisfied with this answer. Nicely played, good sir.
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    A monster with blindsight is surrounded by 8...

    A monster with blindsight is surrounded by 8 human fighters.

    F=Fighter
    M=Monster

    FFF
    FMF
    FFF
  17. The Grimlock *dashes*, which means he used his...

    The Grimlock *dashes*, which means he used his action to double-move. Which is why he didn't attack the caster on that round.

    You are correct on your mini/video game feel. I create my maps and...
  18. The part the 'naysayers' are referring to is...

    The part the 'naysayers' are referring to is right after what you've cited.


    "When the trigger occurs, you can either take your reaction right after the trigger finishes or ignore the trigger."...
  19. Sorry, I had Shield of Faith in mind. Which...

    Sorry, I had Shield of Faith in mind.

    Which doesn't make it better since it's a Divine Spell and the PC is supposed to be a wizard in this example. :D
  20. Which is why I am against of the spellcaster...

    Which is why I am against of the spellcaster rolling concentration checks everytime he gets hit, UNLESS he was about to cast a spell which requires concentration.

    A character/NPC/monster which...
  21. I think that dnd4vr makes a solid point. And to...

    I think that dnd4vr makes a solid point. And to take it a step further, I think that the character who rolled a higher initiative gets to interrupt those who rolled lower.

    So yes, if the PC...
  22. Thanks for the feedback! You too, dnd4vr!

    Thanks for the feedback! You too, dnd4vr!
  23. The way I see it, an attack used as a readied...

    The way I see it, an attack used as a readied action - which is used as a reaction, acts like the counterspell (which is ALSO a reaction) - it is done before the spell (which is counterspelled) can...
  24. So basically the only reason a PC would ready an...

    So basically the only reason a PC would ready an action to hit a spellcaster is to break his concentration IN CASE he casts a spell with ongoing duration.
  25. [5E] Interrupting a Spellcaster via Ready Action

    Initiative Order:

    1. PC Fighter
    2. Grimlock
    3. PC Wizard
    4. Mind Flayer Arcanist
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    "DM: PC Fighter, what do you...
  26. But the fighter isn't pushed; the Cube WANTS him...

    But the fighter isn't pushed; the Cube WANTS him to stay in its space - the Fighter pushes HIMSELF away from the Cube - ergo, it's a move he's doing willingly.
  27. Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! So...

    Thanks for all the suggestions, guys!

    So basically, it's yet another arbitrary situation where I have to be the final umpire and decide whether I want to punish the PCs for sticking together, or...
  28. Player's Handbook - page 191 "Whether a creature...

    Player's Handbook - page 191
    "Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can't willingly end your move in its space."

    Doesn't the fighter moving 5 ft backwards to escape the cube counts as...
  29. A gelatinous Cube and a 10-feet corridor ...

    So, I'm DMing a custom adventure I made and there's this situation in a dungeon ...

    a 10-feet wide and say, 50 feet long corridor has a gelatinous cube in the middle. Like this:

    XX
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  30. I just think that dragons being deprived of a...

    I just think that dragons being deprived of a breath weapon attack towards enemies in the ground when the dragons themselves are in the air (like they do in Skyrim for example) is a major handicap,...
  31. So the only way a diagonal line of lightning...

    So the only way a diagonal line of lightning could've hit the paladin and only the paladin would be for the attacker to be at least 5ft above the ground? Like, for example, a Young Blue Dragon firing...
  32. When a Lightning Bolt spell met the floor ...

    Okay, so I've been DMing 5E with my brother, my sister-in-law and my kid nephew.

    I ambushed their group with some Dragonborn cultists of Blue Dragon heritage. At some point, my brother's paladin...
  33. I would buy the :):):):) out of this.

    I would buy the :):):):) out of this.
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    "More planes in 2019." Praise the (Dark) Sun!

    "More planes in 2019."

    Praise the (Dark) Sun!
  35. Jungle? Whoa, hope it's Yuan-Ti focused.

    Jungle? Whoa, hope it's Yuan-Ti focused.
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    Hmm ... could this be 'Dust'?

    Hmm ... could this be 'Dust'?
  37. This is actually one of my tiny complaints with...

    This is actually one of my tiny complaints with 5th edition - not enough art in the modules. I'm not saying it should become a comic book but I'd like to see double the art in the modules.
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    Dark Sun Setting.

    Dark Sun Setting.
  39. I sincerely do *not* want Midway to mean midway...

    I sincerely do *not* want Midway to mean midway between 5E and 6E. 5E goes very slow in terms of content so it shouldn't be updated to 6E with less then 20 books in 5E's name. 5E is the first edition...
  40. Please let it be Dark Sun Please let it be Dark...

    Please let it be Dark Sun Please let it be Dark Sun Please let it be Dark Sun Please let it be Dark SunPlease let it be Dark Sun Please let it be Dark SunPlease let it be Dark Sun Please let it be...
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    Different soundtracks for different things. ...

    Different soundtracks for different things.

    City Music: Skyrim, Witcher, a few Square Enix games.
    Tavern Music: Witcher 3's Gwent matches music fits perfectly.
    Dungeon - exploration: All themes...
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    Sylvester voice: YETHHHHHHH!!!!

    Sylvester voice: YETHHHHHHH!!!!
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    I think that, just like suffocation is equally...

    I think that, just like suffocation is equally deadly for a 1st lvl character and a 20th level character (1 min + Con modifier holding breath limit), lava should be equally deadly for low and high...
  44. Alright Morrus, sorry. Wasn't so much making fun...

    Alright Morrus, sorry. Wasn't so much making fun at the guy as much as I was making puns.
  45. Alright Morrus, sorry. Wasn't so much making fun...

    Alright Morrus, sorry. Wasn't so much making fun at the guy as much as I was making puns.
  46. Heh ... Chris Cocks. Hahah! ... what? Don't...

    Heh ... Chris Cocks. Hahah!

    ... what?

    Don't give me that look. You all thought the same thing.
  47. Okay, here are the rules in a more complete form:...

    Okay, here are the rules in a more complete form:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SUMMARY

    This is a system to be used for large-scale battles between...
  48. I will write about this tomorrow - basically the...

    I will write about this tomorrow - basically the PCs and the monster commanders are called VIPs, they possess the ability to find and take out particularly troublesome units or be a tool to roleplay...
  49. I will probably update the rules tomorrow and...

    I will probably update the rules tomorrow and give it a more concrete feel - although most of the things that annoyed you guys are still there. As for the math, I don't think it's really hard if the...
  50. Thanks for taking the time to comment on this....

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on this. This is a very rough draft I'm thinking about, so the armor has more than a few chinks.

    #1: Yup, that's a typo on my part.

    #2: For simplicity...
  51. My homemade 5th Edition Mass Combat Rules (Based on Handling Mobs)

    This is a system I just came up with, and I want to hear your thoughts.

    Basically, I take the rules of "Handling Mobs" in DM Guide page 250, and expand on them a little.

    My design is the...
  52. Temperatures seem to be rising a lot on this...

    Temperatures seem to be rising a lot on this thread ...

    In the end, a number of gamers are dissatisfied with the lack of digital tools, and it's fine to voice that displeasure - that's how supply...
  53. Still, I don't understand why Paizo's sales are...

    Still, I don't understand why Paizo's sales are (apparently) not hurt with their books also released as PDF, while Wizards' will be. I understand why people think that Wizard going digital (besides...
  54. About Monster Lore. I think the MM of 5E did a...

    About Monster Lore.

    I think the MM of 5E did a wonderful job with bold titled paragraphs of the monster - it gives you a way to have the PCs roll multiple intelligence checks - each success giving...
  55. I can't even imagine how necrotic damage can be...

    I can't even imagine how necrotic damage can be used to 'knock someone out', but the rules are rules. :D
  56. I can't even imagine how necrotic damage can be...

    I can't even imagine how necrotic damage can be used to 'knock someone out', but the rules are rules. :D
  57. Sucky spell? I don't know ... having the ability...

    Sucky spell? I don't know ... having the ability to do a 3d10 damage roll as a 1st level spellcaster isn't bad at all, imo.
  58. Inflict Wounds and other melee spell attacks.

    Inflict Wounds: "Make a melee spell attack against a creature you can reach. On a hit, the target takes 3d10 of necrotic damage."

    So what happens on a miss? Does the spell dissipate (that is, it's...
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    Or, it two words, Nostalgia Goggles. :P ...

    Or, it two words, Nostalgia Goggles. :P

    Frankly, I love 5E because it took us to a time where the rules were simple and the game was about fun, not mathematics. The first thing I said when I read...
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    I *love* the treasure system in 5E. I love the...

    I *love* the treasure system in 5E. I love the fact that there is no 'obligatory' gold amount a PC must have at level X (as in Pathfinder), forcing me to either have an NPC reward the PCs with 1000...
  61. Awesome - I bet they'll announce the next book in...

    Awesome - I bet they'll announce the next book in 2-4 weeks (since it's supposed to come out in June). But Ravenloft getting some love and much deserved sales can only mean good things for the other...
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    I recently started playing D&D 5th with my...

    I recently started playing D&D 5th with my brother, him controlling an entire party and me being the DM. From the first two sessions I got the impression that while he created Lawful Good characters,...
  63. This is something I never really understood. ...

    This is something I never really understood.

    Lycanthropy, as well as vampirism (sometimes even zombification via viruses), is a disease / curse. The character who is underway of becoming a...
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    Here's hoping.

    Here's hoping.
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    A mixed message, at best. On one hand, it sends...

    A mixed message, at best. On one hand, it sends the message that people don't simply want Forgotten Realms and would like to play on other settings as well. On the other hand, it also sends the...
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    When I was 13 years old, I played the D&D Rules...

    When I was 13 years old, I played the D&D Rules Cyclopedia with my big brother as the DM. I created 12 characters and divided them in two parties of six (one human based party and one demihuman based...
  67. I'd like some clarification on your players'...

    I'd like some clarification on your players' wants. When they mean 'goblins' and not 'Gods' what do they mean? For example, do they want goblins and not Gods because a goblin is, more or less, a...
  68. I basically imagined the 'shove' action being a...

    I basically imagined the 'shove' action being a kick to the crocodile's leg which would cause the animal to open its jaws and -- ah, forget it, you're right. It makes little sense in realism. What...
  69. I think the shove is valid. Since the shove...

    I think the shove is valid. Since the shove replaces an attack action and the grapple escape is *not* an attack action, the restrained grappler has two choices:

    Choice A) Use ONE ability roll to...
  70. Thanks! Man, I LOVE 5th edition!!

    Thanks! Man, I LOVE 5th edition!!
  71. Right! :D Last questions ... when the...

    Right! :D

    Last questions ... when the restrained status says 'you don't benefit from bonuses to speed' does this mean 'bye bye dex bonus'?

    Also, if the croc's victim was grappled and not...
  72. But the croc's bite description says that the...

    But the croc's bite description says that the victim once grappled is restrained.
  73. Wait ... doesn't being restrained gives advantage...

    Wait ... doesn't being restrained gives advantage on the croc's attacks? Also, can't he move his victim against the victim's will without knocking him prone if the victim is grappled? Why knock him...
  74. So there isn't automatic damage of any kind,...

    So there isn't automatic damage of any kind, correct?
  75. so a crocodile and a pc fighter go into a grapple ...

    I would like some clarification in this.

    Once a crocodile successfully bites a huge or smaller creature, it automatically grapples it, right? So, in the next rounds, as long as the character...
  76. I am not saying it was a bad move, I'm just...

    I am not saying it was a bad move, I'm just saying that fast-forwarding the leveling up makes it possible to take a party to 20th level with 1-2 super adventures and call it a day.
  77. My opinion is that (from the 3rd edition and...

    My opinion is that (from the 3rd edition and beyond) the XP tables have gone ridiculously small.


    In 3rd edition, most PCs are supposed to level up with about 7-10 encounters of their...
  78. Nononono ... Nothing vital for any d&d campaign...

    Nononono ... Nothing vital for any d&d campaign should only be released as a pdf file, imo. Campaign setting player guides should be released as hardcover books, imo. They are the core material for a...
  79. Yay!! Dark Sun won!! :D :D :D :D :D :D That...

    Yay!! Dark Sun won!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

    That said, I *so* don't want to see 'just a module' for Dark Sun. It's a very different Campaign Setting, and the adventure *must* be released alongside an...
  80. Dammit! Dark Sun! I want Dark Sun!

    Dammit! Dark Sun! I want Dark Sun!
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    A thousand times this.

    A thousand times this.
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    Oh I'm not saying there wasn't any displeasure....

    Oh I'm not saying there wasn't any displeasure. People hate change and having half-dragons as PCs certainly annoyed quite a few purists. But I doubt that there were players/DMs who would refuse to...
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    Are we really going to assume that the reason 4th...

    Are we really going to assume that the reason 4th failed was the fact that the Dragonborn and the Tieflings were 'mainstream'? And it wasn't about the rules, the combat, the focus on minis, the...
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    Sorry. My first sentence of that paragraph was...

    Sorry. My first sentence of that paragraph was referring to the previous paragraph. My bad.





    All these are amazing and interesting ideas which will probably never be utilized as long as the...
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    You may be overestimating the author's ability to...

    You may be overestimating the author's ability to design modules the way they like ...

    I am a graphic artist - my job basically is about making magazine and book layout - essentially putting...
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    Are the Shadar-kai available as a playable race...

    Are the Shadar-kai available as a playable race in the PHB?
    Is the gunslinger available as a playable class in the PHB?
    I'm talking about using the stuff the game's *designers* have given the...
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    Yeah, I get what you're saying. It's too early....

    Yeah, I get what you're saying. It's too early. Still, I think the Tyranny of Dragons storyline had a good chance to have Dragonborn in it, and they totally missed it.
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    And yet, the Drow which are presented as an...

    And yet, the Drow which are presented as an exotic playable race have gotten FAR more attention in the 5th Edition than Gnomes, half-orcs and Dragonborn. Because, yeah, they're more popular (thanks...
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    This isn't a debate at all; I'm just voicing my...

    This isn't a debate at all; I'm just voicing my personal displeasure in the way the playable races are handled in the PHB. I don't really want to delve into the 'race X was playable at Xth edition,...
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    This. This so much. If the half-orcs, the...

    This. This so much. If the half-orcs, the Dragonborn and the rest of the 'exotics' are still viewed as non-canon variants of exceptional flavor yaddayaddayadda, they are *never* going to leave their...
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    But 5th edition can be so much more than just...

    But 5th edition can be so much more than just pampering to nostalgia ...
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    I am not saying that Dragonborn should be as...

    I am not saying that Dragonborn should be as common as humans in frequency and in numbers. That's like saying I want to see as many mind flayers as there are orcs in an adventure.

    BUT, having -...
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    So the Deep Gnome is supposed to exist in every...

    So the Deep Gnome is supposed to exist in every world (because Monster Manual), but the regular gnome isn't (because 'true exotic')?
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    It doesn't really work, imo. It really hurts...

    It doesn't really work, imo. It really hurts suspension of disbelief when you create a half-orc character, and you never meet any other half-orcs in published adventures. Or even worse, when you play...
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    5th Edition and the "true exotic" races ...

    Dragonborn. Gnome. Half-Elf. Half-Orc. Tiefling.

    These are the races the Player's Handbook says they're truly exotic (and less known) that the vanilla / classic races. It gives them the necessary...
  96. I thought about what Transtemporal said about...

    I thought about what Transtemporal said about railroading the PCs, and I thought it over. I decided that I'll have the town's ruler ask the PCs help in saving a VIP from the cult. When the PCs find...
  97. Hmm, you're right. And the adventure being called...

    Hmm, you're right. And the adventure being called 'Terror from the Deep' doesn't help either. Yeah, I'll change the name, good call.

    Thanks!
  98. The Deep One's Clerics could have poisoned...

    The Deep One's Clerics could have poisoned Melora's clerics (or could just have killed them in a way which leaves no wounds), dress them up as clerics of their own faith (removing Melora's holy...
  99. Aboleth adventure for lvl 1-10 - my setup.

    TERROR FROM THE DEEP


    An Aboleth is freed by a Mind Flayer party and their Kuo-toa slaves. It seeks vengeance against Melora [Goddess of the Wilderness and the Sea] and her worshippers'...
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    Ah, drat. I failed to read that it can use the...

    Ah, drat. I failed to read that it can use the tail swipe as a legendary action. That's the whole point. Thanks guys!
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