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    I started reading the adventure last night. I'm a...

    I started reading the adventure last night. I'm a bit worried about potential TPKs. The encounters in the first set of quests seem a lot tougher than what a group of first level noobs can handle. I...
  2. These are great suggestions. Thank you!

    These are great suggestions. Thank you!
  3. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.
  4. Thanks, that's useful! Did I say 'bitter'?...

    Thanks, that's useful!



    Did I say 'bitter'? I probably meant 'spirited'. We are a bunch of old guys who are picking up D&D again after a nearly forty year hiatus.
  5. This is excellent, and exactly the type of...

    This is excellent, and exactly the type of feedback I was looking for. I tried researching this topic on the web, but couldn't find any useful discussions. I seem to remember reading a Dragon...
  6. Treasure Division Policy - Feedback Requested

    I am a player in a group, and I've noticed that our last few sessions have ended with bitter disputes over the division of spoils. In order to mitigate this problem in the future, I want to propose...
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    Nice job, Treantmonklvl20, you've definitely put...

    Nice job, Treantmonklvl20, you've definitely put lipstick on the pig!
  8. I agree with this. I started my series of posts...

    I agree with this. I started my series of posts in an effort to debunk a commonly held belief I've encountered (a product of group-think I would guess), that Booming Blade is strictly better than...
  9. I see. I thought you were trying to use it as a...

    I see. I thought you were trying to use it as a consistent source of advantage, but you are instead using it to up the probability that your rider damage will trigger against opponents with no ranged...
  10. All very good points, though also very...

    All very good points, though also very situational. I play in a lot of groups where the players are not very tactical.
  11. As it happens, I have those numbers right here....

    As it happens, I have those numbers right here. The percentage for each level represents the minimum frequency with which the BB rider damage has to trigger in order for the DPR of a BB Swashbuckler...
  12. Yes, the inability to use Reckless Attack in...

    Yes, the inability to use Reckless Attack in conjunction with Elven Accuracy pretty much derails the build.

    I agree that, with some way to generate advantage on every attack, Booming Blade...
  13. I was wondering how long it would take for the...

    I was wondering how long it would take for the infamous EnWorld snark to rear its head! It's why a lot of people I know don't bother with these boards any more.

    This whole thing is purely an...
  14. The break-even point for Booming Blade over TWF...

    The break-even point for Booming Blade over TWF is actually much higher if you weight the averages based on which levels see the most play, since TWF performs better over all at lower levels, while...
  15. The numbers I posted do not rely on holding back...

    The numbers I posted do not rely on holding back sneak attack unless you crit, but I did fail to realize that Elven Accuracy does not apply to Strength-based attacks any more! That pretty much...
  16. I edited my post to expound a bit more on the...

    I edited my post to expound a bit more on the specific math I am using. Feel free to cross-check.
  17. I see. I am multiplying the frequency with which...

    I see. I am multiplying the frequency with which we expect the rider to trigger by the average rider damage at each level and adding that to the Booming Blade DPR at each level. I am then adjusting...
  18. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?553760...

    http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?553760-Repeatable-DPR-Kings

    Simply put, more attacks means more chances to crit.

    When I assume a 60% hit probability, and plug this into my DPR...
  19. My experience is that Booming Blade triggers far...

    My experience is that Booming Blade triggers far less than 38.61% (closer to 10%), but YMMV. That's why I consider it highly situational, and why I stand by the statement you quoted that "TWF...
  20. And thank you for your politeness. You were...

    And thank you for your politeness. You were absolutely right to point out the potential flaw in my computations. My original numbers were off in exactly the way you described. Your input and input...
  21. You are trading more reliable hits and sneak...

    You are trading more reliable hits and sneak attacks with TWF for situational control/damage with Booming Blade. Ultimately, it's a matter of preference. I've never played in a game where Booming...
  22. This observation is accurate. There is a way to...

    This observation is accurate. There is a way to compute the crit chance to account for this as covered by @Esker.

    Assuming there are two attacks, a1 and a2:

    critProb(a1|a2) = critProb(a1) +...
  23. Thanks for cross-checking my work, @Esker...

    Thanks for cross-checking my work, @Esker

    I actually agree with your computation for sneak attack crit damage, since it corresponds with the observation @Blue made, which is that most people are...
  24. I was looking over your Swashbuckler build, and I...

    I was looking over your Swashbuckler build, and I wanted to point out that DPR for Rapier + Booming Blade lags behind DPR for dual wielding shortswords at every level. If you're choosing it, you are...
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    Insignia of Claws...

    Insignia of Claws from HotDQ grants +1 to attack rolls and damage while in Wildshape. Define a +2 or +3 variant as needed.
  26. It's really going to vary depending on which...

    It's really going to vary depending on which layer and which region within that layer we're talking about, isn't it? (And so it begins...)
  27. Good God! Only on this forum would a topic like...

    Good God! Only on this forum would a topic like this warrant 71 pages of discussion. Has the discussion moved onto a debate about the actual temperature of Hell yet?
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    I like to start with Fighter 1 for armor and...

    I like to start with Fighter 1 for armor and Constitution save proficiency on any character with spellcasting abilities who is not a variant human. Getting the boost to Concentration checks early...
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    Funny, but from where I'm sitting, it looks like...

    Funny, but from where I'm sitting, it looks like you are the one who is failing to see the forest for the trees. The "forest" is the impact of consistent advantage applied across multiple sessions...
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    That's a pretty decent build. Thanks for posting...

    That's a pretty decent build. Thanks for posting it!

    One feat you might consider is Alert to ensure that your critical hits from Assassinate trigger as often as possible. Not sure where you'd...
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