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    You could build some fairly insane characters in...

    You could build some fairly insane characters in 2e as well, depending on the material you were including. (AFAIK, most of the uber builds in 3.x weren't straight from the PHB, and if you're going to...
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    At low levels, I'm inclined to agree with the OP....

    At low levels, I'm inclined to agree with the OP.

    However, in the case of high level play, I'd consider 3.x the deadliest edition by a wide margin. In 1e/2e/BECMI your saving throws genuinely got...
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    We always used, DM rolls against you for HP and...

    We always used, DM rolls against you for HP and you take the higher number.
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    I played a monk with the Hermit background who...

    I played a monk with the Hermit background who had an 8 Int. Despite my low intelligence, I focused heavily on knowledge based skills, even taking two feats that granted extra skills.

    He was a...
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    Rangers get 3 skills from class. 2 from...

    Rangers get 3 skills from class. 2 from background. Race grants 0 to 2 additional skills.

    Along with my additions to the "required" list, we're at 6 skills total. Which is one more than the ranger...
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    What about Athletics? Hard to imagine a ranger...

    What about Athletics? Hard to imagine a ranger who can't climb a tree or swim across a river.

    What about Animal Handling? Calming a spooked horse seems like it should in their wheelhouse.
    ...
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    Arcana =/= spellcasting. Otherwise I could pick...

    Arcana =/= spellcasting. Otherwise I could pick up Arcana for my fighter and cast wizard spells.

    It's the difference between theoretical knowledge and practical understanding. In RW terms, the...
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    I could see granting the skill as part of the...

    I could see granting the skill as part of the feature that builds off it. I don't see any reason to grant it a level 1 though.
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    If that's how you feel you can swap Arcana for a...

    If that's how you feel you can swap Arcana for a different background skill. If I disagree I can not swap. Win win.
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    I strongly disagree. Dictating character identity...

    I strongly disagree. Dictating character identity can be okay, if that's the kind of game you're going for. For example, in Silent Titans, you roll on a chart to find out which pre-gen you'll be...
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    I think it's fine. IME, a wizard without Arcana...

    I think it's fine. IME, a wizard without Arcana or a ranger/rogue without Stealth is a rarity. In these cases, simply ask the player why their character never learned this core skill. It's likely...
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    What level is your wizard? I'd agree that a 16 is...

    What level is your wizard? I'd agree that a 16 is fine in tier 1 and maybe even tier 2. Not so much at 20th level though.

    And that's the thing. If you start with a half orc wizard, you put some...
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    Keep in mind that it would also make opportunity...

    Keep in mind that it would also make opportunity attacks more potent. That's both a pro and a con, but it needs to be taken into account. In the existing game, an opportunity attack is one extra...
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    This heavily pigeon holes character creation by...

    This heavily pigeon holes character creation by race, even more so than 5e already does. Under your proposed system, almost every Wizard is going to be a gnome, because that's the only way to get a...
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    I've got a player who plays a celestial warlock...

    I've got a player who plays a celestial warlock at one of my tables. I think he's currently around level 15. He's a fairly standard warlock in play - straight forward and effective.

    It's in the...
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    Video games in particular are abundant in good...

    Video games in particular are abundant in good examples of this kind of enemy design.

    Take the Guard Scorpion boss from Final Fantasy 7. It scans the enemy it is going to attack next....
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    That's a very black and white way of looking at...

    That's a very black and white way of looking at it. In my experience, very few DMs are bad all of the time. It's much more common for a decent DM to get a reputation as a bad DM because they get into...
  18. I don't have my books at the moment, but if I...

    I don't have my books at the moment, but if I recall correctly that's not how that combination works, per RAW. Sentinel stops movement when you make an opportunity attack. The extra attack that...
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    I was actually referring to finding the trip wire...

    I was actually referring to finding the trip wire in the first place.

    I see what you're saying though. The player describes what they're doing in exacting detail and the DM decides what happens as...
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    Sure, something like the Stealth system in...

    Sure, something like the Stealth system in Neoclassical Geek Revival? That is an interesting system, but one of the key differences is that NGR stats are fairly different from 5e. Perception is a...
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    That's certainly a viable option. However, it...

    That's certainly a viable option. However, it turns Stealth into a godly skill. The ability to both hide and spot ambushes is incredibly potent.

    Additionally, since (if I understand correctly)...
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    It's an interesting idea, but I see some issues...

    It's an interesting idea, but I see some issues with it.

    How do you resolve finding a trap without Investigation/Perception?

    If the player makes a reasonably persuasive argument or tells a...
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    Both approaches have pros and cons. The...

    Both approaches have pros and cons.

    The existing system rewards the same XP regardless of approach. Let's say you spot a group of a dozen goblins. If you can lure away half the group and kill...
  24. If one of their allies is a high level cleric (or...

    If one of their allies is a high level cleric (or something similar), you could have them show up to heal the party. Depending on how refreshed you want the party to be, you could even have the...
  25. Back when I first started running, I was...

    Back when I first started running, I was extremely reticent to kill PCs. As such, I did allow them to do so without consequence.

    Nowadays, if they were to do so, I would likely give them a gentle...
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    You're not wrong. I'm more than willing to admit...

    You're not wrong. I'm more than willing to admit that there have been times that I went too far and made the game less fun for everyone. In the heat of the moment I indulged in self rightousness. I...
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    Yeah, this gets brought up at my table from time...

    Yeah, this gets brought up at my table from time to time, in the sense of things we miss from older editions. Particularly with regard to The Complete Book of Priests.
  28. I believe so.

    I believe so.
  29. I limit the lower end of wild shape to about the...

    I limit the lower end of wild shape to about the size of a fly. While an amoeba might be outside a druid's realm of knowledge, they'd certainly be aware of fleas, and I really don't want to figure...
  30. They're not mutually exclusive in terms of game...

    They're not mutually exclusive in terms of game design. You can design a game whose baseline assumption is no magic items, but also include distribution guidelines for tables that use treasure. Which...
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    Sure, if it's nitpicking, that is problematic...

    Sure, if it's nitpicking, that is problematic rules lawyering. I addressed that in the post you responded to, in that a good rules guru/lawyer can differentiate between times when they might have...
  32. I don't have my DMG on me, but IIRC there are...

    I don't have my DMG on me, but IIRC there are tables for each tier listing treasure for individual creatures, as well as hordes.
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    I'm not sure that's the best example. The DM is...

    I'm not sure that's the best example. The DM is free to invent any abilities they want for a monster, so I'd never challenge a DM on that basis.

    I won't challenge a DM just because I disagree...
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    I've been using a homebrew XP system of my own...

    I've been using a homebrew XP system of my own that grants levels approximately every 1.5 to 2.5 sessions. We've had 30ish sessions and the PCs are around level 15. I'm fairly happy with it.

    I...
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    I hear those of you who are saying that someone...

    I hear those of you who are saying that someone who simply knows the rules well is not a rules lawyer. I might be inclined to agree. However, I think there is still a fine line between good rules...
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    IMC, I offer a feat that grants + 1 to the...

    IMC, I offer a feat that grants + 1 to the associated stat and grants expertise in one skill or tool (regardless of whether you were already proficient or not). No one's complained about it, though I...
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    In my group I was given the joking title of...

    In my group I was given the joking title of "Rules Lawyer of Justice". This is because while I have rules lawyered on my behalf and others, just as often it was on the DM's behalf (including times...
  38. Personally, I feel like the case for hitting the...

    Personally, I feel like the case for hitting the cover is too corner case. If the number falls in this narrow range and hits the covers AC, then roll damage against the cover. It's an additional...
  39. Yeah, this is how I run it as well. Your allies...

    Yeah, this is how I run it as well. Your allies cooperate with you and stay out of your way. Enemies don't.

    We don't play it as literally yelling "Duck!" typically. Rather, Frank is circling the...
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    I remove the need for the bonus action for...

    I remove the need for the bonus action for characters with the two weapon fighting style.

    I want it to cost a bonus action for rogues, because having a second chance to land a sneak attack is well...
  41. Just create a spell that wards barrels against...

    Just create a spell that wards barrels against fire. It's a hyper-specialized spell, so it can be fairly low level, and you don't have to remove the enchantment to use the gunpowder.
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    You can have multiple fighting styles as long as...

    You can have multiple fighting styles as long as you don't take the same one more than once.

    It's potent, but you need to consider the opportunity cost of multi classing in order to do so. You're...
  43. I've said as much myself about the RAW multiple...

    I've said as much myself about the RAW multiple times in this thread.

    That said, it doesn't really matter if a belief system has holes in it so long as people believe in it. Sure, the PC can be...
  44. I agree insofar as it shouldn't simply be...

    I agree insofar as it shouldn't simply be impossible for a druid to strap on a metal shield without some kind of in game justification.

    However, belief systems are based in belief, and not...
  45. The dryad wouldn't know just by walking into the...

    The dryad wouldn't know just by walking into the bar, but she would sense the druid's connection to the primal if they interacted. She wouldn't consider him trustworthy because it would be like...
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    You'll want consider what to do with abilities...

    You'll want consider what to do with abilities that grant proficiency to saving throws, such as the Monk's Diamond Soul feature, the Rogue's Slippery Mind feature, and the Resilient feat. It's simple...
  47. Wanting to play a Space Marine in a standard D&D...

    Wanting to play a Space Marine in a standard D&D setting is not equivalent to a Druid wanting to don a breastplate for a disguise, and neither is equivalent to the players of a half orc and an elf...
  48. I've always wanted to run a modern day game where...

    I've always wanted to run a modern day game where the PCs are ordinary people by day, but enter a Dreamland by night where they are D&Desque characters. At first it would seem that these two aspects...
  49. To me it's the fact that extracting and refining...

    To me it's the fact that extracting and refining significant enough quantities of metal to fashion armor isn't easy. It reeks of civilization.

    Leather, by comparison, is fairly easy to fashion....
  50. IMC, druids worship the primal forces. A nature...

    IMC, druids worship the primal forces. A nature God is a humanized embodiment of one or more of those forces. It's an important distinction.

    For starters, if I have a druid player I tend to throw...
  51. Keep in mind that while I am debating for druids...

    Keep in mind that while I am debating for druids being able to wear metal armor, that is purely based on my reading of the rules. It isn't something that I or any of my players have ever done, nor do...
  52. Actually, I was referring to the druid armor...

    Actually, I was referring to the druid armor section in the PHB where it says "won't". Crawford's clarification simply makes it clear that there is no RAW mechanical consequence for doing so unless...
  53. Obviously, do what you want for your game, but...

    Obviously, do what you want for your game, but this seems like a strange way to read it. It seems that you (as well as others in this thread) are reading it to be prescriptive. However, by my reading...
  54. Fair enough. For me, minions are less about level...

    Fair enough. For me, minions are less about level treadmill and more about that the idea that monster stats are fluid and abstract. The ogre vs low level party is a significant threat to them on his...
  55. I liked the ideas in Bo9S. I think I played both...

    I liked the ideas in Bo9S. I think I played both a Crusader and a Swordsage and had fun with them back in the day. I wouldn't mind them making a reappearance in some form as long as it's done well,...
  56. The other big difference is that minions dealt...

    The other big difference is that minions dealt enough damage and have sufficient attack bonus to make them scary. Albeit, Bounded Accuracy more or less handles the attack bonus part.

    Sure, you...
  57. I realize that not everyone will agree with this,...

    I realize that not everyone will agree with this, but as far as I'm concerned the text is quite clear. The Sage Advice clarifies any ambiguity that might exist.

    It says that druids WON'T wear...
  58. Just thought of another thing: the D&D Black Box...

    Just thought of another thing: the D&D Black Box starter set. It's where I got my start and IMO, I have never seen a starter set it's equal.

    The most distinguishing aspect of it was that there...
  59. BECMI / Rules Cyclopedia Weapon Specialization:...

    BECMI / Rules Cyclopedia
    Weapon Specialization: each weapon had its own progression that was appropriately themed to that weapon

    4e
    Defenders: while you could do the job in earlier editions, 4e...
  60. Actually, while 5e chose not to carry it over...

    Actually, while 5e chose not to carry it over from 4e, D&D can do this. Just implement the concept of minions and you're good to go.
  61. I think you're conflating gritty with Western....

    I think you're conflating gritty with Western. Yes, many Westerns are gritty, but you can have all varieties of Western. Blazing Saddles is a comedic Western, for example. Admittedly, I can't really...
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    I can see what he's saying, as it was one of the...

    I can see what he's saying, as it was one of the factors that ultimately turned me off of 3e, despite that I loved it initially, and still respect the design contributions it made to the game. It was...
  63. It's been some time since I last looked at that...

    It's been some time since I last looked at that adventure, but IIRC the Naga is the Reptile "God".
  64. The first thing that came to mind is Against the...

    The first thing that came to mind is Against the Cult of the Reptile God, in large part due to the name. The town it is set in isn't anywhere near a big city like Neverwinter though. However, it does...
  65. While I realize that this was unpopular with many...

    While I realize that this was unpopular with many folks, I really loved that 4e was willing to slaughter sacred cows in order to push the lore in new and interesting directions.
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    That's a perfectly valid way of looking at it. ...

    That's a perfectly valid way of looking at it.

    IMO, a game didn't have to be Monty Haul to be Supers. I forget which edition it was. OD&D? 1e? 1e + Unearthed Arcana, maybe? In any case, IIRC...
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    I think I see what you're saying. I would agree...

    I think I see what you're saying. I would agree that 4e is far more suited to something like Temple of Doom than Tomb of Horrors.
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    If that was your experience, I'm not contesting...

    If that was your experience, I'm not contesting it, but it doesn't really match mine. 4e did do save-the-world style play very well. In my opinion, the biggest difference was that it excised the...
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    While I understand what you're saying, and don't...

    While I understand what you're saying, and don't disagree that 4e had a different tone than prior editions (at least at low levels), I think what you're saying basically applies to D&D as a whole. It...
  70. Thanks. Yeah, that could totally work. However,...

    Thanks. Yeah, that could totally work. However, at least for my version, the key is that the participants must be willing. That implies a certain level of trust which might discourage larger rites....
  71. Arguably, they should deal less damage if they...

    Arguably, they should deal less damage if they have higher durability (I say durability, because if the pet user has double hp but less AC, for example, they effectively don't have double hp). That...
  72. The downside of this approach is that if the pet...

    The downside of this approach is that if the pet is equivalent to a PC, the player is essentially running two characters at once. Depending on the player's experience, it may cause delays at the...
  73. Those are certainly viable options. I didn't...

    Those are certainly viable options.

    I didn't go with the flat amount, because that makes it fairly negligible for longer lived races, like elves.

    I didn't base it on the target's lifespan...
  74. What I've been mulling over for my next campaign...

    What I've been mulling over for my next campaign is making lifespan a fixed quantity, and requiring that the caster give at least half their remaining lifespan to the one being raised. For example,...
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    If we're talking the 4e PHB fighter I would...

    If we're talking the 4e PHB fighter I would agree. However, if it's the Essentials fighters, then I'd say they're not any more complex than the 5e fighter. In fact, I'd consider them significantly...
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    It's an interesting idea. I'm curious to see...

    It's an interesting idea. I'm curious to see whether it works.

    That said, I believe that the reason that resistance and immunity lose value at higher CRs is that players will almost certainly have...
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    I only made two small changes to DWing. For...

    I only made two small changes to DWing.

    For the fighting style, I removed the requirement to spend a BA to get the extra attack.

    For the feat, I added the ability to attune to two weapons that...
  78. I mean, pretty much all fantasy settings start...

    I mean, pretty much all fantasy settings start with the real world as a basis. What else could you even use as starting point of reference (apart from another setting that at some point derives from...
  79. The laws of science are variable in D&D settings....

    The laws of science are variable in D&D settings. Gunpowder, for example, doesn't function on Faerun. You need smokepowder, a magical substance that fills the same role (although I've read that...
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    It's only a consistency issue if you want to make...

    It's only a consistency issue if you want to make it one. Weapons development tends to outpace armor (in general) in the real world. The same could be true for magic in a fantasy setting.
    ...
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    I agree that it's counter-intuitive, and it's not...

    I agree that it's counter-intuitive, and it's not to my taste, but I would expect that lower survivability at higher levels is the goal of such an effort.

    If you reduce HP but then scale damage to...
  82. IMO, by and large, it's a self correcting issue. ...

    IMO, by and large, it's a self correcting issue.

    If the setting is one of high magic, then magic counters magic. Castles would be warded against magical assault. You might even have NPCs who make...
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    I honestly didn't intend it that way. It was more...

    I honestly didn't intend it that way. It was more of a, the exported logs are not entirely pretty so you'd probably want a way to clean them. I did it manually for a while, using Find/Replace. But as...
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    I find Campaign Logger to be a very useful tool....

    I find Campaign Logger to be a very useful tool.

    https://campaign-logger.com/

    It has both online and offline versions. Essentially, it allows you to easily tag entries with categorized...
  85. It's not changing the PHB fluff at all, just...

    It's not changing the PHB fluff at all, just putting it into a particular context.

    To quote the 5e PHB, page 65, "Druids are also concerned with the delicate ecological balance that sustains...
  86. I would agree that this is a classical...

    I would agree that this is a classical interpretation of a druid, but it's certainly not the only possible one.

    Here's some example world building that results in a druidic order dedicated to...
  87. Also keep in mind that, whereas the spell...

    Also keep in mind that, whereas the spell requires concentration, the potion and ring do not.
  88. I'd allow most normal things. It could remember...

    I'd allow most normal things. It could remember things it read or heard. However, I wouldn't allow it to learn a new language. It'd be able to learn words and perhaps even phrases, but a language is...
  89. I think there are a number of limiting factors. ...

    I think there are a number of limiting factors.

    You must consider the demand side of the equation, not just supply. Who has the money to buy all of these suits of armor? The local baron probably...
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    It's not an easy balancing act. Another factor to...

    It's not an easy balancing act. Another factor to consider is how many attacks the pet can absorb (which spares the PCs' hit points). Too low, and you have a class feature that can last less than one...
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    I started out creating campaigns that I would...

    I started out creating campaigns that I would have enjoyed playing in, but over time I've moved more towards campaigns that I believe my players will enjoy playing in (which isn't to say I wouldn't...
  92. What you're suggesting is essentially a class...

    What you're suggesting is essentially a class designed around x/level or x/campaign abilities. While that certainly can be implemented, it's impossible to precisely balance against an x/rest class...
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    My ruling is that the fiddling around with an...

    My ruling is that the fiddling around with an item required to figure it out without identify, exposes the character to any potential negative effects. If the item is cursed, they're cursed. If the...
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    To begin with, I don't have an issue with...

    To begin with, I don't have an issue with metagamey mechanics. Lots of mechanics are metagamey, including XP.

    In fiction, however, it can be explained as the result of poor rest. Not enough to...
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    This is the system I'm currently using. ...

    This is the system I'm currently using.

    Characters require 100 XP times their level to level up (100 to go from 1st to 2nd, 200 to go from 2nd to 3rd, 300 to go from 3rd to 4th, etc.) It's the 3.x...
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    IME, the reason high level combats take more time...

    IME, the reason high level combats take more time has less to do with high hp, and more to do with characters having more options.

    On the simpler end of things, a character with three attacks will...
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    I haven't read the whole thread, just the first...

    I haven't read the whole thread, just the first page, but it's not an either/or IMO.

    For my current sandbox, I made a simple XP system which rewards progress, rather than the means used.

    I...
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    Being aware while petrified is an interesting...

    Being aware while petrified is an interesting idea, if a rather horrific one. That is, unless being petrified left you with a stone heart (emotionless) in which case it probably wouldn't be so bad.
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    I prefer petrification as stasis. You can do lots...

    I prefer petrification as stasis. You can do lots more interesting things with it.

    Just for starters, NPCs in a Medusa lair. If the PCs decide to remove the petrification, suddenly you've got an...
  100. As others have said, sneak attacking constructs...

    As others have said, sneak attacking constructs and undead makes as much sense as weapons being able to hurt them to begin with. Realistically, trying to hack through a mound of stone with a sword...
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