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  1. Well it's hard to say, because it depends on what...

    Well it's hard to say, because it depends on what the players do, but if they mix things up in a Drow HQ then there could be a decent number. Though I'd probably handle it in waves if possible.
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    I'll think about it when I get some free time...

    I'll think about it when I get some free time (which is not soon).
  3. A spell digest would be a useful DMs Guild...

    A spell digest would be a useful DMs Guild product.
  4. How do you keep track of spells for multiple NPCs?

    I'm running a game at a high level and in the next session there's a chance that a variety of mid-to-high level drow casters might be running around each with a different set of spell combinations. I...
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    The vinyl still has a kind of floppy feel. so it...

    The vinyl still has a kind of floppy feel. so it doesn’t feel plastic-y and the corners curl up in a nice way :) Not that I’ve tried it, but i believe that you can use wet erase markers on the vinyl...
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    That’s lovely. Kind of wish WotC had offered a...

    That’s lovely. Kind of wish WotC had offered a flipped version of the map as it’s obviously going to be used on the Sword Coast as you say. Nicely hacked! :)
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    The 4e Menzoberranzan guide on DMs Guild:...

    The 4e Menzoberranzan guide on DMs Guild: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/168539/Menzoberranzan-City-of-Intrigue-4e
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    Latest print, a lovely map of Menzoberranzan: ...

    Latest print, a lovely map of Menzoberranzan:

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  9. I don’t roll damage for NPCs, I just use the...

    I don’t roll damage for NPCs, I just use the average (unless it’s a critical).
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    My old school actually started accepting girls...

    My old school actually started accepting girls for 6th form in the 00s I believe. It dates its history back to 1563 apparently!
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    If the school had any aspiration to “eliteness”...

    If the school had any aspiration to “eliteness” then it was generally single sex. The comprehensives were (are?) mixed. Speaking as an English public (i.e. private) school boy in the 70s/80s. Sadly I...
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    I also find myself hearing the word in my head...

    I also find myself hearing the word in my head and then having to remember the correct spelling in the context. :)
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    I dunno. Spelling “there” as “their” certainly...

    I dunno. Spelling “there” as “their” certainly looks like a spelling mistake to me. I was not confused by their meaning (which is typical for grammar issues), just their spelling. But that’s enough...
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    That's not grammar - those are spelling errors...

    That's not grammar - those are spelling errors and those never look professional :)
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    It certainly has been, but as time passes it's...

    It certainly has been, but as time passes it's seeming more and more out of step. Like for the past 40 years...
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    The beautiful thing about the English language,...

    The beautiful thing about the English language, and its preternatural flexibility, is it just loves to fill holes. And sometimes that's just by extending a meaning.
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    Something that really irks me (and to which I...

    Something that really irks me (and to which I naturally adapt to switching to singular "they") is when I'm reading out rules for a new board game and the player is constantly referred to as "he"....
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    Perhaps this was a problem in years gone by and...

    Perhaps this was a problem in years gone by and different editions, but I came in DMing 5e and took this play loop approach to heart after reading an AngryDM article on (adjudicating actions like a...
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    I dunno, you might not have said it explicility,...

    I dunno, you might not have said it explicility, but surely that is the implication of this?:



    A reasonable person has determined that the DM has made a bad ruling against the player. How many...
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    I think we have a case where a number posters...

    I think we have a case where a number posters think that DMs generally cannot adequately adjudicate their games and thus must turn to the rules first to ensure fairness. I'm not saying that there...
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    Not sure that was quite the point I was making :)

    Not sure that was quite the point I was making :)
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    Good catch on "other dangerous situations" but to...

    Good catch on "other dangerous situations" but to me that's allowing the PCs some cushion to survive falls, traps etc etc. For my NPCs it's all about their ability to put up a fight and evade the PCs...
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    I'm confused as to why we argue things based upon...

    I'm confused as to why we argue things based upon unreasonable DMing... shouldn't the assumption be that the DM is at least competent at their job?

    I guess it could be argued that I was being...
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    To my mind the combat rules are provided to...

    To my mind the combat rules are provided to provide a system to resolve a conflict the outcome of which is uncertain - this uncertainty is guided by the CR expectation of the encounter: Easy, Medium,...
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    I'd adjudicate it just like any other action a PC...

    I'd adjudicate it just like any other action a PC might take. I think iserith and others have summed up my point of view well in that this is really just a case of action resolution. The player wants...
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    So it sounds like for most people so far...

    So it sounds like for most people so far (unsurprisingly :) ), HP is damage absorption regardless of whether any effort is being made to withstand attacks. So it would be perfectly reasonable for an...
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    Attacking defenseless NPCs

    To avoid more threadcrapping in Sacrosanct’s genre thread I thought I’d survey responses to this simple situation:

    The PCs have come across an Orc camp about 200ft away. They’re looking down from...
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    This thread contains a poll. The action is the character recalling their...

    The action is the character recalling their knowledge and experience for help in interpreting the tracks. Yes, they're not moving their body, but that doesn't mean they're not doing something. And by...
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    You could also create a new "Parkour" skill that...

    You could also create a new "Parkour" skill that covers both acrobatics and athletics. :) If the players want to climb walls (where there's some cost of failure, of course) I would ask for Strength...
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    Doesn’t Xanathar’s Guide add some magic item...

    Doesn’t Xanathar’s Guide add some magic item creation rules (ok guidelines...)?
  31. It seems to me that once you have the broad...

    It seems to me that once you have the broad strokes of the campaign world sketched in: what are the playable races/classes and what generally is the setting: hot/cold/temperate (helps when choosing...
  32. It really could be anything from medieval type...

    It really could be anything from medieval type witch-hunter, through Dracula, and into Cthulhu (and perhaps even to some kind of Doom/Quake type scenario, so leaving the gothic there a bit :)) The...
  33. And as the most recent threadcrapper, I’ll make...

    And as the most recent threadcrapper, I’ll make an effort to get it back on the rails...

    Other genre’s I’d like to apply D&D?

    * Humans vs creatures of the night. Basically gothic horror type of...
  34. How about starting it over with a “no guns...

    How about starting it over with a “no guns allowed” proviso? :)
  35. Not to me, HP loss is modeling the effort to turn...

    Not to me, HP loss is modeling the effort to turn that potentially lethal knife blow into just a scratch, requiring both mental and physical effort. For a gun fight I would say HP is simply tracking...
  36. Yeah I’m probably too wedded to my interpretation...

    Yeah I’m probably too wedded to my interpretation of HP to bend it towards firearms against PCs. Not that I’d run a game like that in D&D anyway. So it was mostly a thought experiment.
  37. To me, HP works to model your ability to defend...

    To me, HP works to model your ability to defend against these attacks, generally they’re attacks you can see coming or come at a speed (if ranged) that you can react to in time to reduce the lethal...
  38. My point was that HP should only come into play...

    My point was that HP should only come into play when the defending character is putting up a fight. They don’t model a character’s ability to dumbly absorb damage, but to actively resist damage.
  39. It's all fun and games until the lead starts...

    It's all fun and games until the lead starts flying... :)
  40. I mis-spoke, I meant "point", but I take your...

    I mis-spoke, I meant "point", but I take your point :)



    Sure, I'm just not sure it'll give the right feel for me is all.
  41. Well, I'm not that kind of DM. :) It's actually...

    Well, I'm not that kind of DM. :) It's actually entirely feasible for me, as DM, to kill any PC, at any moment, for any reason, but that wouldn't be much fun would it?
  42. I addressed that by discussing the fact that HP...

    I addressed that by discussing the fact that HP is recording your ability to defend yourself from the attack. If you're not defending yourself then that dagger attack is going to kill you no matter...
  43. Sure, there are solutions in *some settings*, but...

    Sure, there are solutions in *some settings*, but most action adventure scenarios don't have people running around in kevlar :)
  44. HP, in my opinion, is not plot armor, it is...

    HP, in my opinion, is not plot armor, it is tracking a character’s ability to continue to defend themself from attack. It’s why HP shouldn’t factor into PCs taking out sleeping baddies. If they’ve...
  45. I’ll bite. Leaving guns aside, I think the...

    I’ll bite.

    Leaving guns aside, I think the best way to apply D&D rules to a different genre is to basically remove player options that aren’t appropriate. While WotC seems to want to allow all...
  46. Just dropping in to say that I've found this...

    Just dropping in to say that I've found this thread to be really informative for this style of campaign.
  47. Ah I was thinking it would entail a less...

    Ah I was thinking it would entail a less fantastical adventuring world.
  48. My issue with D&D rules in other genres is...

    My issue with D&D rules in other genres is challenging the characters at higher levels given their HP and damage dealing increases. In the Age of Sail setting, for example, how does that work out? Or...
  49. interesting. My issue with adapting 5e to these...

    interesting. My issue with adapting 5e to these purposes is scaling monster CRs to the higher PC levels. One hopes there are suitable monsters/aliens for the higher levels.
  50. A “whoosh” for me then! :D

    A “whoosh” for me then! :D
  51. Have you considered the Guildmasters Guide to...

    Have you considered the Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica? It includes an intro adventure and the book has tons of lore for him to devour once the adventure is complete?
  52. I’m not aware of that old saw. I thought...

    I’m not aware of that old saw. I thought “political correctness” was invented to dismiss people’s efforts to “treat people with respect”?! That’s how it seemed in the 90s at least...
  53. My theory on this is because it’s the combination...

    My theory on this is because it’s the combination of two major forces: male supremacy and social media amplification. Male supremacy has been taken for granted, basically forever, and now there is...
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    They had to draw the line somewhere and knew they...

    They had to draw the line somewhere and knew they had Out of the Abyss in the plan to fill in those gaps.



    It’s a good question. Stamina seems like a fine skill. My question would be they just...
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    i feel your pain. most of WotC’s contributions...

    i feel your pain. most of WotC’s contributions leave much to be desired, Dragon Heist especially has been maligned here at least. You’ve not mentioned Tomb of Annihilation? While I wouldn’t go with...
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    I wish WotC would take this advice!

    I wish WotC would take this advice!
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    These look cool, but the missing element is the...

    These look cool, but the missing element is the motivation for these villains. Why are they doing these things now? For example, to what purpose is the powerful necromancer raising legions and why...
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    No.

    No.
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    It seems unfortunate that WotC didn't rescale...

    It seems unfortunate that WotC didn't rescale vessels from tiny to huge. Having a 20x10 ft sloop described as gargantuan seems very strange. :) These seem like more reasonable categories for vessels:...
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    Instead of asking for what you're missing,...

    Instead of asking for what you're missing, perhaps tell us what you're looking for? :)

    More monsters? Tomb of Beasts and Creature Codex add a bunch of variety.

    More treasure? Arcanis: Forged in...
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    Oooh, you got me! Actually it’s the most...

    Oooh, you got me!



    Actually it’s the most brutal criticism because you’re saying that it is so far removed from D&D that it is not even worthy of discussion. It is apparently “meaningless” in...
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    Calling a legitimate D&D game meaningless, when...

    Calling a legitimate D&D game meaningless, when it’s probably the most meaningful game around? We’re all ace DMs but no-one actually sees our game. This one guy (and players) actually show a game and...
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    Way too little info to provide useful advice, and...

    Way too little info to provide useful advice, and your tone makes it appear that you’re in over your head?!

    What is your experience level? And why have you apparently rejected the published...
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    You guys need to stop maligning the show. It...

    You guys need to stop maligning the show. It started before they began streaming and will likely continue after we all move onto the next big thing. It’s incredibly hard to perform for an absent...
  65. Yeah random generators have their place but this...

    Yeah random generators have their place but this is not it. A good villain and threat needs some design (and motivation). Perhaps that’s the key. We at least need to know why the villain is doing...
  66. Yeah, but this is for when there are no published...

    Yeah, but this is for when there are no published adventures for the setting :)
  67. I also want to give a big thumbs up to the Time...

    I also want to give a big thumbs up to the Time Tracker on DMs Guild: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/253286/Time-Tracker

    It’s been great to have a clock sitting right in the middle of the table...
  68. Would campaign skeletons address the lack of adventures for minor settings?

    CapnZapp raised an interesting point in the Expanse thread on the lack of adventures for settings once the rulebook is published.

    Now we all know writing a comprehensive adventure path/campaign is...
  69. That was fun, sad that it had to be so rushed...

    That was fun, sad that it had to be so rushed though. A 3 hour game with a couple of fellow adventurers would be awesome. Really hope he makes it an annual charity event with fellow celebs (and run...
  70. After two sessions the adventurers have made it...

    After two sessions the adventurers have made it to the gate of the hill top town the provides the location for the main adventure. Our party has grown to 7 which is quite a handful, and the players...
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    Something I've been toying with is using the...

    Something I've been toying with is using the Constitution score to handle "out of combat" knocking out situations. Reducing a guard to 0 HP just to knock them out doesn't fit my vision of how...
  72. Not sure why it is. Bonus actions should be...

    Not sure why it is. Bonus actions should be listed after actions as Reactions are. This is a good reason (among others) to transcribe them into a format you can use at the table. I find the...
  73. Well that was kind of like herding cats! A table...

    Well that was kind of like herding cats! A table of 6 newbies that all kind of want to do their own thing is hard to wrangle!

    It seems they all had fun though and are keen for the next session, so...
  74. Caustic? I’m frankly amazed. Biting sure, because...

    Caustic? I’m frankly amazed. Biting sure, because it’s on target. But caustic?

    Anyway MNblockhead has it right. He’s a huge geek and a D&D player from way back. This should be pretty entertaining...
  75. First session kicks off tonight. 7 players! All...

    First session kicks off tonight. 7 players! All pretty much novices. Looking forward to that new player smell! :D
  76. A good option for maintaining a serious mood is...

    A good option for maintaining a serious mood is to just have things generally turn against the party. Some general misfortune is suffered rather than singling out the poor player who rolled the one.
  77. An interesting list, not sure I agree 100% but...

    An interesting list, not sure I agree 100% but it’s a decent starting point.

    1. Make it your story.
    I think the best goal is your (DMs) story mixed in with the PCs stories. In other words they...
  78. Yeah I was trying to be funny. And I’m not sure...

    Yeah I was trying to be funny. And I’m not sure there’s been many (any?) positive reviews of that starter set.



    I believe he has his hand in pretty much every product so far? I think he’s the...
  79. I love the “warmly received” description of the...

    I love the “warmly received” description of the Stranger Things starter set... I guess “hated with the heat of nine suns” could be described as “warm”?!

    A Chris Perkins authored starter set also...
  80. The pie chart does give the impression that 5e is...

    The pie chart does give the impression that 5e is chomping down on all the others...
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    OK dude, you're obviously up in arms over this....

    OK dude, you're obviously up in arms over this. Good luck on your vendetta.
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    If you like complex battlefields and players...

    If you like complex battlefields and players making precise tactical choices then, yes, TotM is not going to give you the granularity you need. It's for more casual tables that want the story of...
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    Huh, I checked out your link and my eyes rolled...

    Huh, I checked out your link and my eyes rolled back in my head with all the detail. While Volanin has admitted to being inspired by some of the approaches described there, there's nothing like the...
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    The Roshambo approach to TotM addresses a lot of...

    The Roshambo approach to TotM addresses a lot of these tactical issue with a very neat system. Check it out if you haven't already. (I linked to it earlier in the thread).
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    It's the DMs job to keep track of the state of...

    It's the DMs job to keep track of the state of the combat and clearly narrate the situation for the current player. The players job is to simply pay attention to the ongoing narration and be ready...
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    I think this might be a failure of a DM narrating...

    I think this might be a failure of a DM narrating the results of the action. With TotM (as Iserith noted above) narration is key. The DM has to keep telling the story of the battle and reminding the...
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    If you’ve not read the Roshambo approach to TotM...

    If you’ve not read the Roshambo approach to TotM combat, do it, it’s cool and puts a lot of new options back in front of players....
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    I love your style in these. The top down...

    I love your style in these. The top down perspective effect is very effective. I imagine you cook these up in Photoshop?
  89. Whoosh! I’m done with this.

    Whoosh! I’m done with this.
  90. It’s actually a neologism (language evolves, who...

    It’s actually a neologism (language evolves, who knew?!) to describe exactly what Scott was doing:



    While the quote is from somewhere else, there’s more here if you’re interested:...
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    You can’t take a gamble with < $2? :) Two 5 star...

    You can’t take a gamble with < $2? :) Two 5 star reviews already makes it seem a safe bet if you’re in the market...
  92. Simple question for men. When you leave your...

    Simple question for men. When you leave your house do you *ever* think about how you will avoid, or protect yourself against, sexual assault? I know I don’t and nor do most men. Women do, though, all...
  93. Really not wanting to get dragged into a...

    Really not wanting to get dragged into a “debate”. Is there a culture of sexual harassment/assault against men? No. Is there against women? Yes. The pushback is part of an effort to change the...
  94. Let’s cool it with the himpathy. Men have been...

    Let’s cool it with the himpathy. Men have been :):):):):):):)s to women for millennia and now we get some pushback it’s “oh no, his life is ruined”. I know too many women whose lives have been...
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    That’s a pretty brutal exposé, wow! Edit: and...

    That’s a pretty brutal exposé, wow!

    Edit: and I was wondering why this wasn’t on Kickstarter...
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    I'll bear that in mind if/when I kick off a new...

    I'll bear that in mind if/when I kick off a new campaign :) - at the moment, I'm just wanting to swap my dull predictable ending with something with a bit flash and bang. Something that'll last 6-8...
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    That's cool.

    That's cool.
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    @Ovinomancer...

    @Ovinomancer - I do love the idea that as soon as they liberate the wizard for this one infraction, he's immediately arrested by the Marut for meddling with the timeline. It has taken all this time...
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    That does sound cool, but sadly that's not the...

    That does sound cool, but sadly that's not the type of play experience my group enjoys. They're more driven by exploration and adventure (which is why the Underdark has become a drag - despite my...
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    Folks that own Dungeon of the Mad Mage: what is...

    Folks that own Dungeon of the Mad Mage: what is Halaster's Home like as a mini-dungeon? Wondering if I can scavenge it for parts for this new direction? (I guess I'll take a leaf through this...
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