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    If that explanation works for you and your group,...

    If that explanation works for you and your group, then you're right, D&D is suitable for any genre.

    If an experienced character has a gun pointed at the middle of their (unarmored) back, but they...
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    Because weapons in D&D most definitely CAN'T do...

    Because weapons in D&D most definitely CAN'T do that. It's an intentional part of the game. Fantasy heroes can shrug off things that would kill ordinary people (or even trained soldiers) several...
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    Could you explain this further? That sounds like...

    Could you explain this further? That sounds like really low damage, no better than any other weapon. Why would characters above 1st or 2nd level bother to take cover against that? Why worry if...
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    That's a fair point; "metric" is the wrong word....

    That's a fair point; "metric" is the wrong word. I've updated the title.
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    I love D&D, but it's absolutely not suited for...

    I love D&D, but it's absolutely not suited for genres where guns are meant to be seriously feared (i.e. every single hit really matters, and there's no armor that works against both melee and guns)....
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    Ok, I've reformatted and also added FFG, which is...

    Ok, I've reformatted and also added FFG, which is possibly the 2nd best selling RPG system after D&D.
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    I really wish I played in a party with a Chaotic...

    I really wish I played in a party with a Chaotic Douchebag (CDB).



    Show the party that I'm generous with friends and kind to civilians.
    Upon first sign of CDB, interrupt to explain the...
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    qualitative comparison of RPG systems

    I spent way too much time devising this, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Elfcrusher et al have already been discussing a similar topic. Rather than numerical values, I came up with a set of...
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    No worries, your constructive criticism helped me...

    No worries, your constructive criticism helped me clarify the idea more thoroughly.



    Zeitgeist has several changes from standard D&D, such as "guns and trains exist", "flight is weaker", and...
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    1E: yes; explicit link stated between worshipers...

    1E: yes; explicit link stated between worshipers and deity status
    2E: maybe; gods want worshipers for "mysterious" reasons.
    3E: not necessarily; many divine beings lack (or actively avoid)...
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    the magic of mass faith

    A number of different groups explicitly draw upon the belief of followers for magical power: godhand, apotheosis, monarchy, monument of war, notorious celebrity, and probably some others I'm...
  12. alternate pre-history of the Ancients & Titans

    This small bit of backstory ended up being more detailed than I expected, and it wanted to be shared.

    In the Dreaming, my players asked the Fey Titans if they knew about the Ancient Ritual, since...
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    DM Suggestions for Zeitgeist 5E Warlock Patrons (Players Keep Out)

    DM Suggestions for Zeitgeist 5E Warlock Patrons (Players Keep Out)

    The world of Zeitgeist is a great place to be a 5E Warlock. There are a finite number of truly powerful entities, and the party...
  14. The character started the job himself, but ended...

    The character started the job himself, but ended up at 0 HP.

    Even though the plan required effort from every party member, they can't resist saying that he defeated the colossus . . .

    . . .
    ...
  15. At Ziggurat of Mavisha, sneak attack the...

    At Ziggurat of Mavisha, sneak attack the underwater camp, use the air-bubble lanterns to make privateer ship lose buoyancy on one side and capsize.

    Use Cursed Rod of Negation on Borne 3 times to...
  16. Can't believe I forgot to list The Dreaming. ...

    Can't believe I forgot to list The Dreaming.

    Hmm... the Bleak Gate... so many stories about the afterlife have gates in them. Maybe Senkaimon from Bleach?
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    5E Warlock patron list?

    IMO, making the patron one of the named entities already in the adventure is a huge boon to both player enjoyment and DM planning.

    @RangerWickett, is this something that you're working on?

    If...
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    Okay, now this is really interesting. If true,...

    Okay, now this is really interesting. If true, it's a solid justifiable source for D&D's metal dragons.

    Evslin describes a LOT of things as made of brass in his books, but I'm not finding brass...
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    Sometimes the game mechanics are so utterly off...

    Sometimes the game mechanics are so utterly off from fantasy storytelling that it interferes with my Suspension of Disbelief. For example, Evasion. TV rogue surviving dragon breath completely...
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    Giants: Fire, Frost, Stone (Mountain), and...

    Giants:

    Fire, Frost, Stone (Mountain), and Storm: Norse mythology
    Cloud: Jack & the Beanstalk
    Hill: not sure about them, maybe just overgrown Ogres?
    Cyclops, Titan: Greek mythology
    ...
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    I hope RGB (additive) is being taught as the...

    I hope RGB (additive) is being taught as the primary colors today, but in the 1970s anyone who didn't work in television or printing definitely thought of RYB (mixing) as the primary colors....
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    Hmm, redoing the core dragons for 7 breaths, 7...

    Hmm, redoing the core dragons for 7 breaths, 7 colors, 7 metals.

    Red: Fire
    Yellow: Lightning
    Green: Wind (Force)
    Aqua: Acid (green-blue scales, yellow-orange breath)
    Blue (indigo): Cold...
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    Very cool. I went the other direction, and...

    Very cool.

    I went the other direction, and decided that the rules of the game represent the underlying physics of the game universe. Each dragon type embodies one of the essential forces of the...
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    Read the article you just referenced. The...

    Read the article you just referenced. The mythological Tiamat was sometimes depicted as a serpent, but she was strictly one-headed. The extra heads only appear in later mash-ups with...
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    On the Origins of Dragon Species

    Warning: rambling discourse ahead. I've been pondering why the founding nerds picked those 5 colors and 6 metals for the core dragons.

    First, we have damage types. OD&D initially recognized fire,...
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    Thanks for all the ideas. I'm designing the...

    Thanks for all the ideas.

    I'm designing the platoons as swarms or mobs.
    Their actions are area effects (aura for melee, rectangle for ranged) that automatically deal a bunch of damage minus the...
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    good rules for PCs vs army units?

    The party is 15th level, and it's time to put them up against a couple hundred soldiers in platoons. What's a good way to make this tactically interesting and take about an hour?

    We had a previous...
  28. Is this 5E feat for Technologist reasonable?

    I created a series of feats for the themes, including this one.
    My game calls the Technologist's Simulacrum "Drone" instead.
    Are the options below roughly comparable in value?
    What _NUMBER_...
  29. Moved Eberron & Ravnica into splatbook races....

    Moved Eberron & Ravnica into splatbook races.
    Would still appreciate feedback about the newer races & subclasses, which I haven't seen in actual play.
  30. Treantmonk's grid templates for dancing lights...

    Treantmonk's grid templates for dancing lights are incorrect. If you place a 10' radius AoE on the center of a grid square, it can only illuminate 9 squares (3x3), because every square beyond that...
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    5E Battlemaster, ZG Polyhistor ?!?!?!

    I hadn't read the Polyhistor paragon/prestige class until now. Wow.

    It has martial dice, that you expend to perform special attacks or defenses, and often add the result to the attack or damage...
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    list of monarchs of Risur?

    Updated with info from replies.
    The campaign docs cover 5 kings and a queen, but that's not much in a 1700 year lineage.

    Timeline of Risur

    -1200: Kelland founds Risur.
    -???: ??? ...
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    Updated version with some corrections &...

    Updated version with some corrections & additional detail.
    104101
  34. The Book of Kelland and Esme (a reinterpretation)

    I was disappointed with The Book of Kelland's description, so I rewrote it to focus on the real hero of the tale.


    This book of verse is the autobiography of Esme, daughter of Kelland and...
  35. Thanks. Yes, please add any that you know.

    Thanks. Yes, please add any that you know.
  36. In Ch 7, is Reason named after the railgun from...

    In Ch 7, is Reason named after the railgun from Snow Crash?
  37. In Ch 3 "That's Classified", is Colonel Harlock...

    In Ch 3 "That's Classified", is Colonel Harlock and his tentacle technique an anime reference? Is Harlock Hentai a thing?
  38. List of Pop Culture References in Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist has a bunch of references that people might not get if they don't know the source material. I only know a few of them, so please add to the list.

    SPOILERS AHEAD, obviously.

    updated by...
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    They might try to dig up Ob research while...

    They might try to dig up Ob research while traveling the continent in chapter 11 or even chapter 8. I'll have a few crumbs prepared just in case.
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    Chapter 6 alternate labyrinth

    The labyrinth map is 50 squares wide, too big for most battle mats, so I made a version with 5' wide hedge walls that fits on a 3' mat.
    Then I figured why stop there? So I rearranged it a bit and...
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    It seems like some of this research should have...

    It seems like some of this research should have survived beyond chapter 7, perhaps even a pre-made icon or two.
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    Well this is ironic. The climactic boss battle...

    Well this is ironic. The climactic boss battle against the Princes of Elemental Evil in Egg of the Phoenix was the first time I killed PCs (above 1st level). They were grand heroic deaths, and I...
  43. Sort of. The book says Borne crosses over after...

    Sort of. The book says Borne crosses over after the party reaches the tower, but he starts on the other side of the river, way outside the Arc's field.
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    Zeitgeist planes in chapter 7?

    I'm having a hard time matching up the planes of the convocation proposals in chapter 7 with the ones in the gyre later.

    Update: missing Watchmaker planes are explained in chapter 13.
    Update:...
  45. That's a good point. I'm rearranging things so...

    That's a good point. I'm rearranging things so Borne isn't physically present, which also eliminates the problem of a partially magical construct (witchoil power) in the dead zone.
  46. Still doesn't work.

    Still doesn't work.
  47. Assuming the party teleports out of Methia, there...

    Assuming the party teleports out of Methia, there will be a time-twist montage as a backlash from extended use of the Arc, and enough time has passed for the Ob to set up their plans.
  48. Any issues with rearranging these ZG chapters?

    Spoilers ahead.

    I don't like the way that the party is arbitrarily diverted to the Dreaming between chapters 8 & 9 for a seemingly silly side quest. So instead I'm thinking:



    chapter 7...
  49. Now that some time has passed, I'd appreciate...

    Now that some time has passed, I'd appreciate hearing people's experiences with the newer Path options. I haven't seen any of them in actual play yet myself.

    Also, finally added the rest of the...
  50. It's not that simple. You have to factor in...

    It's not that simple. You have to factor in alignment, personality, party composition, and setting.

    Two CN characters at my table:

    #1: luxury-loving hedonist who constantly seeks enjoyment...
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    I let my subscription lapse. Maybe it's time to...

    I let my subscription lapse. Maybe it's time to renew.
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    5E: adapting Mad Shootist?

    We've been playing a homebrew 5E adaptation of Zeitgeist for a while, and have just reached book 2. (I'm pleased that the 5E Players Guide is pretty similar to the rules I came up with).

    Our...
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    So far I only skimmed most of the later...

    So far I only skimmed most of the later adventures. So much material to cover. Thanks.
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    Lords of the unseen court?

    Ekossigan is identified as one of the six high lords of the Unseen Court. Are there other five ever specified? Is Kasvarina one?


    If not, I'll create them. Vekeshi party members want to know.
  55. Could someone add this to the list of guides wiki...

    Could someone add this to the list of guides wiki post?
    I've tried multiple times but it doesn't work for me.
  56. This thread contains a poll. You're ignoring that in addition to fitness,...

    You're ignoring that in addition to fitness, soldiers also need 3+ years of EXPERIENCE to join SOF (I oppose 18X). In other words, they aren't 1st level level characters (I'd say at least 5th) and...
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    Aw yes, now I know for sure, my next character...

    Aw yes, now I know for sure, my next character will be a Half-Elf Zealot.
    Party face barbarian and manic street preacher.

    "Hail and well met, new friends! Let us drink ale together and revel in...
  58. This thread contains a poll. You're completely neglecting that stats worked...

    You're completely neglecting that stats worked differently in AD&D compared to 3E & later. An old-school 15 stat gave you a +1 modifier, which is what you get from a 12 in this millennium.

    A...
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    Wait, wait! This thread is all based on a...

    Wait, wait! This thread is all based on a misunderstanding.

    Persistent Rage
    Beginning at 15th level, your rage is so fierce that it ends early only if you fall unconscious or if you choose to end...
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    Barbarian (Primal Champion) 13 Cleric (Divine...

    Barbarian (Primal Champion) 13
    Cleric (Divine Intervention Auto) 15
    Druid (Archdruid) 4
    Paladin (Sacred Oath Feature/Varies) 14
    Rogue (Stroke of Luck) 17
    Wizard (Signature Spell) 18

    Signing...
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    Agree. I'd say the village elder says he'll spend...

    Agree. I'd say the village elder says he'll spend the night working out how to divide the gold. In the morning he and the gold are gone, along with the constable's prized warhorse. He rides off to...
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    Ugh, ugh, ugh! I am really seriously pissed off...

    Ugh, ugh, ugh! I am really seriously pissed off at the EnWorld forum system right now.

    Yesterday I very definitely clicked the "Make this thread a poll" button, followed by the "Preview Post"...
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    Edit: WTF stupid forum engine?

    An obvious followup question from the prevalence of the "homebrew" answer to http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?594885-Which-adventure-are-you-currently-running

    Edit: never mind, ignore...
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    Barbarian (Primal Champion) 19 Cleric (Divine...

    Barbarian (Primal Champion) 19
    Cleric (Divine Intervention Auto) 15
    Druid (Archdruid) 6
    Fighter (Third Extra Attack) 6
    Paladin (Sacred Oath Feature/Varies) 17 I oppose the one minute adventuring...
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    Capstone is not an officially defined term. I...

    Capstone is not an officially defined term. I think it makes more sense to define it by mechanics than by labels. What do you gain by staying with a single class for all 20 levels?
    This is often...
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    Barbarian (Primal Champion)19 Cleric (Divine...

    Barbarian (Primal Champion)19
    Cleric (Divine Intervention Auto) 17 freaking Miracle!
    Druid (Archdruid) 9 freaking ponies? Sucks for everyone except Moon.
    Fighter (Third Extra Attack) 15
    Paladin...
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    Don't forget unlimited rage. Day-long strength...

    Don't forget unlimited rage. Day-long strength advantage & damage resistance, plus whatever features your Path adds on (charm immunity? bonus dash? flight? storm aura?) at the cost of one bonus...
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    Most importantly, elves need to DUAL WIELD those...

    Most importantly, elves need to DUAL WIELD those scimitars.
  69. Good questions. I don't have the raw data; all...

    Good questions. I don't have the raw data; all I'm going on is the table posted at FiveThirtyEight, which listed the number of class-race pairs per 100000 characters. The totals came out to a little...
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    POINT OF ORDER: I request that the definition of...

    POINT OF ORDER: I request that the definition of capstone should include all features and improvements that occur at level 20:

    Ftr, Pal, Ran, Rog: named feature only
    full casters: also a 7th...
  71. 538's Race/Class data, in relative terms

    Unfortunately, the original thread for this topic got hopelessly derailed, so here's a fork. Rather than look at absolute numbers, I thought it might be more useful to compensate for relative...
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    1E Equipment Conversion

    Armor:
    Banded Armor: rename Breastplate.
    We're done. I didn't realize it would be that easy.

    Weapons:
    Some of the following items are strictly inferior to existing ones, which is exactly like...
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    It is not physically possible for a...

    <dino> It is not physically possible for a teenager to have run D&D games "for a very long time". </dino>

    Anyways, most people on gamer discussion boards are D&D veterans from either 3.x or 4E,...
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    Not bad work (and great art!) but you got the...

    Not bad work (and great art!) but you got the name completely wrong. It's very clearly "Oath of the Witch Hunter".
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    I just dug out my box of old books and put them...

    I just dug out my box of old books and put them on my gaming supplies shelf. If my group wants to try actual 1E, it'll be glorious and terrible at the same time. Hell yes we're calculating speed...
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    making 5E more "old school" (updated)

    Over in the "What adventure are you playing?" poll thread, I started thinking about simulating older editions within 5E.

    1st draft: focused mainly on making the mechanics match more.
    2nd draft:...
  77. This thread contains a poll. If they chose 1E mainly for the novelty &...

    If they chose 1E mainly for the novelty & experience of going old school, I can grok that feeling. I've tried most of the different editions (and several other game systems) and the knowledge of how...
  78. This thread contains a poll. Interesting. Amazon's fastest selling modules are...

    Interesting. Amazon's fastest selling modules are currently Tomb, Lost Mine (Starter Set), and Strahd. There's very little correlation there.

    Would it be worthwhile to post a followup poll about...
  79. Wow. I'm kinda intrigued by the way this thread...

    Wow. I'm kinda intrigued by the way this thread has gone COMPLETELY away from the original post, but not "read six pages of comments" worth.
  80. I've tried editing the wiki post multiple times...

    I've tried editing the wiki post multiple times but it just ignores my edits and reverts back. What's going on?
  81. Weapons & Weapon Style Feats: As we've said...

    Weapons & Weapon Style Feats:

    As we've said already, Barbarians use Str based melee weapons, and your ASIs are in short supply. In general, you want to improve "action economy" by adding attacks...
  82. Class Features: Hit Dice: What is best in...

    Class Features:

    Hit Dice: What is best in life? D12 is literally the best life in the game.
    Armor & Weapon Proficiencies: Everything except heavy armor (which you don't want anyways).
    Other...
  83. [Guide] How to Win Fights and Intimidate People (Another Barbarian Primer)

    How to Win Fights and Intimidate People
    (Another Barbarian Primer)
    based on Jell_Moo's Guide

    Latest update: 2019-04: Eberron & Ravnica books

    Contents:

    1: Introduction, Ability Scores,...
  84. Challenge accepted. I'll post an updated version...

    Challenge accepted. I'll post an updated version this weekend.

    Update: How to Win Fights and Intimidate People
  85. This guide is unfortunately out of date. Lots of...

    This guide is unfortunately out of date. Lots of new content since the initial PHB that isn't covered.
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    p.s. if we rate thieves tools at 2 points along...

    p.s. if we rate thieves tools at 2 points along with skills, I'd argue that disguise kit is almost as useful, possibly also alchemist, herbalism, and poisoner, since they can craft things with...
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    Also agree that expertise is worth a point more...

    Also agree that expertise is worth a point more than proficiency.
    Another factor to consider is thematic consistency. There should be a slight bonus when all of the features make good sense...
  88. You're approaching this the wrong way. A contract...

    You're approaching this the wrong way. A contract is a good plot hook to use if the party is mostly lawful / honorable / charitable. If your group is more self-serving, then you should choose a...
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    Thanks for pointing me to your thread. Some very...

    Thanks for pointing me to your thread. Some very good ideas to incorporate.
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    After going through the thread, here's a fully...

    After going through the thread, here's a fully generalized version of Skilled that subsumes Linguist, Weapon Master, and ordinary ASIs.

    TRAINED
    You gain any combination of the following benefits,...
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    Leaving out the issue of armor, here's some small...

    Leaving out the issue of armor, here's some small bump ups for the less loved feats:

    Healer: You gain Medicine skill proficiency.

    Inspiring Leader: You can use the Help action to grant a...
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    mostly ASIs, but...

    3 Var Humans with Feats:
    Resilient (Con) & Spell Sniper
    Crossbow Expert
    Alert

    All the non-human characters at my table only took ASIs. All told about 15 ASIs vs 4 feats.
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    an alternate Zeigeist world map

    Between the Clergy and the suggested accents, this popped into my head and had to be let out:

    74020

    (Yes, I moved a few mountains and maybe a continent a little bit.)
  94. Obvious option, retaining the Beast limitation: ...

    Obvious option, retaining the Beast limitation:

    At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 5th level or higher, you can target one additional creature for each slot level...
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    3E SRD to 5E Conversion List

    Since the SRD monsters are theoretically freer to use than other WotC products, and since my group is playing a converted 3E adventure: ...
  96. Beguiling Influence mod: advantage instead of proficiency?

    Question in the title. If Beguiling Influence granted advantage on Deception & Persuasion checks instead of proficiency, would that be:

    a good fix for a weak invocation?
    verging on...
  97. Abuse Guidance even more with this one weird trick!

    Obviously any sane DM should smack these players in the head with an empty soda can, but this should work by RAW, specifically:

    [the person being guided] "can roll the die before or after making...
  98. This thread contains a poll. Codex Advocare invocation switching: abusive or RAI?

    Codex Advocare is a warlock item from Ravenloft. The relevant text:

    Description: The book is bound in red leather. The title is stamped in silver foil in Infernal on the cover, and the interior is...
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    Good news! You have that option in 5E! (Also 4E,...

    Good news! You have that option in 5E! (Also 4E, 3E, etc)



    Good news! You have that option in 5E! (Also 4E, 3E, etc)




    QFT about 5E. (Also 4E, 3E, etc) Even back in the caveman days,...
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    The problem with suggestions about licensing or...

    The problem with suggestions about licensing or compromise is that WotC does not WANT useful resources for 3.x players. They want people to stop playing 3E (or PF, or OSRIC, or even 4E) and rejoin...
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