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    In all seriousness, I was just reading a story...

    In all seriousness, I was just reading a story last night that refered to a female-presenting android as a gynoid. And it looks like that's a thing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynoid
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    Absolutely. That is completely clear in the PHB....

    Absolutely. That is completely clear in the PHB. It's not that you can't take a long rest, it's that you don't gain those benefits from it. That a long rest can be taken even at 0 HPs isn't a...
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    There's benefits from a Long Rest, and then there...

    There's benefits from a Long Rest, and then there are things that happen because a long rest was taken, of which could be a benefit.

    Let's try this. Akar and Brandar are cursed, they lose two...
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    You are conflating the specifically laid out...

    You are conflating the specifically laid out benefits of a long rest, with a benefit that happens because a long rest has passed. They are not the same.

    The benefits of a long rest are clearly...
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    Atk Bonus + d20 >= Def Bonus + d20 is the same...

    Atk Bonus + d20 >= Def Bonus + d20

    is the same mathematically as:

    Atk Bonus +d20 -d20 >= Def Bonus

    d20-d20 is a bell curve. So it really changes the odds and the differance that a +1 make...
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    When a mommy gnome and a paladin love each other...

    When a mommy gnome and a paladin love each other very much, they hug and 9 months later a rapier is born.
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    As a side note, your players are right. It's...

    As a side note, your players are right. It's right in the PHB under the description of Healing Potion (pg 153). "Drinking or administering a potion takes an action.". This is also echoed to be...
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    Except that regaining the maximum HPs is not a...

    Except that regaining the maximum HPs is not a function of a benefit of a long rest (which requires 1 HP), rather it's the function of the Vampire's Bite where they come back after a long rest is...
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    Moderate agreement - you will often see races...

    Moderate agreement - you will often see races that have a modifier paired with a class that uses that ability. It doesn't have to be +2. (If it did, you wouldn't see any variant humans, and I think...
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    You definitely wouldn't want to go up to 12d12 -...

    You definitely wouldn't want to go up to 12d12 - if you rolled max it would be gross...



    ...(waiting to see if anyone gets it)...
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    I have a new RAW interpretation I believe holds...

    I have a new RAW interpretation I believe holds up. Unfortunately it does not agree with your DM's ruling so far.

    1. Just having 0 HPs means the character starts making death saves. There are a...
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    Back in the time of one of the TSR-edition D&D...

    Back in the time of one of the TSR-edition D&D editions they came out with this in Dragon magazine. It worked well from traps and such, but it made some general environmental hazards impossibly...
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    I am as well in 5e. I was more saying that I...

    I am as well in 5e. I was more saying that I enjoyed that there was that guidance in which way to make ruling which could have been helpful.
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    Not unless one of the characters gives up all of...

    Not unless one of the characters gives up all of their actions. Try you and a friend (or several) walking down a street while each doing something. It does not require that everybody but one give...
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    The studs make catcalls at the elves (can't tell...

    The studs make catcalls at the elves (can't tell what gender they are, so whistle all) and flex. A lot.

    Oh wait, wrong context.
  16. Thread: Finesse rebalance

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    Finesse rebalance

    In another thread there was an aside about rapiers, with part of it being:



    So I started to write up a serious reply about how it's not that they were perfect, but that others were not:


    ...
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    One concept from an earlier edition of D&D was...

    One concept from an earlier edition of D&D was specific overrides general. If that's the case, the specific of the spell returning at 1 HP should overcome the general rule that HPs can not exceed...
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    The impossibility of "he and I move while staying...

    The impossibility of "he and I move while staying together" in combat. Taking out the delay action just made some simple concepts impossible.

    How the skill system enforces certain divisions. For...
  19. This thread contains a poll. WaterRabbit - I do agree with your points. I...

    WaterRabbit - I do agree with your points. I just wanted to point out that XCom is a lot like D&D 4e in having a lot of "this exact square vs. that square" in terms of positioning, cover, line of...
  20. This thread contains a poll. PoE2 changed the spell system from the original...

    PoE2 changed the spell system from the original PoE to all spells refreshing after each combat, so it wasn't a problem if the AI burned through spells in an encounter.

    The original PoE had...
  21. This thread contains a poll. I want to give examples from Pillars of Eternity...

    I want to give examples from Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. While not D&D, they were of similar concept. They were real time with AI and pauses (including auto pauses).
    ...
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    I have brought that up as one of my...

    I have brought that up as one of my possibilities, but it means the revivify would have worked. So I think we can guess your DM's interpretation already.

    BTW, this is a fascinating question in...
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    I think it's worth a quick player-to-DM...

    I think it's worth a quick player-to-DM discussion.

    "We have a player who is sitting out unable to play until this is resolved. Is there a viable solution to this what is within our character's...
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    These aren't apples to apples at all. If a core...

    These aren't apples to apples at all. If a core wizard casts all of their spells and the next day wants their same adventuring list, they spend zero time. With yours it's every day when renewing...
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    No, "we" are explicitly not trying to discuss the...

    No, "we" are explicitly not trying to discuss the math professor. Some posters are trying to shrink the argument to just that.

    What we are talking about all charactgers who take the wizard class,...
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    I'm not quite sure how this works in practice. ...

    I'm not quite sure how this works in practice. Can you walk me through this.

    Say I'm a 6th level wizard. IF I want to cast spells quickly I need ot pre-cast them. So is this mean at some point...
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    Wow, that's an interesting place. I'm think...

    Wow, that's an interesting place. I'm think about this both as if I was DMing this party and as RAW as I can get, which sometimes don't line up.

    The reduction in max HPs continues until a long...
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    Welcome to the forum, but that was not the most...

    Welcome to the forum, but that was not the most impressive first post. It ignores the bolded and large beginning of the post:



    This was saved when the WotC forums shut down is 2015. It has...
  29. I'd go for 1-12 and then something high, with...

    I'd go for 1-12 and then something high, with more of a focus on levels 3-11 and something in tier 4. If you're looking for as pared down as possible, I'd look 3-5, 8, 11, 17 and 20.

    Levels 1-12...
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    In the context of the game we are speaking about....

    In the context of the game we are speaking about. Proficient in a skill explicitly means getting to add your proficiency bonus to the ability check. It is not connected to being "good" at that. I...
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    On additional thought, I think you absolutely...

    On additional thought, I think you absolutely missing the role of backgrounds in D&D 5e. Backgrounds are what you spent your time doing, and have mandetory skills. If you were an acolyte, you...
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    There is, and hard-coding skills actually make...

    There is, and hard-coding skills actually make characters less on target. Having mandatory skills to flavor the character "appropriately" does the exact opposite in actual play.

    Right now you...
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    So, you deny the possibility of a character who...

    So, you deny the possibility of a character who is naturally good at Arcana (high Intelligence) but not trained in it (unproficient)? Not a sorcerer, who casts from natural talent, but a wizard who...
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    If you're a heretic you're not alone. Well, to...

    If you're a heretic you're not alone.

    Well, to a point. There are some skills that aren't often useful duplicated. If one player has a great survival, it's not often the second-best-by-far...
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    My first thought it that you can have those...

    My first thought it that you can have those skills already from a background. The rule in the PHB about duplicate skills between background and class is that you can pick any skill. So a required...
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    Oooh, good catch. Thanks for pointing out my...

    Oooh, good catch. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I'll correct my original.
  37. Thread: Monk Tortle

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    So, for example, every elf in a martial class...

    So, for example, every elf in a martial class (and some others) deserves a freebie because their elven weapon training overlaps?

    If I multiclass into a class that grants armor/weapon proficiencies...
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    People are talking about starting at lower...

    People are talking about starting at lower levels? How about:

    Elven Hexblade 5 using Devil's Sight + Darkness (advantage to hit, disadvantage to be hit), Shadow Blade (advantage in dim or...
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    I remember all of those. Wizardry where the copy...

    I remember all of those. Wizardry where the copy protection was you needed to be able to type in the nonsense words of the spell. Not something that would stop people with the internet.

    Bards...
  40. Currently, D&D 5e is the game played by the most...

    Currently, D&D 5e is the game played by the most gamers I want to hang out with. Considering player availability and scheduling (we're well into adulthood, lots with families and kids), finding...
  41. Thread: Monk Tortle

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    Considering that most games are played in Tier 1...

    Considering that most games are played in Tier 1 & 2, that means that for 80% of the character's time spent played it's greater or equal. Also, characters are their most fragile at low levels, when...
  42. Thread: Monk Tortle

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    Agreed. Especially if you are using the Tortle...

    Agreed. Especially if you are using the Tortle +2 STR and going STR Monk - something you can do just fine if you don't need DEX for armor.
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    I think that both in general it will be fine, and...

    I think that both in general it will be fine, and that those looking to abuse it will find a way. If your table is full of reasonable people, I see no problem. And each die is less effective in the...
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    Why do I play games other than D&D? Okay... I...

    Why do I play games other than D&D? Okay...

    I play 13th Age because I feel it gives me the best "D&D experience" of any game. I play 5e - my favorite D&D version ever - more because it's easier...
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    Sure, especially with different groups of...

    Sure, especially with different groups of players.

    But even with the same group and same campaign I see things change. For example, a starting campaign they want a lot of RP opportunities to...
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    13th Age and 5e D&D share a lot of DNA and design...

    13th Age and 5e D&D share a lot of DNA and design philosophy. Let em tell you how they did it, with some context, so we can work how it could be implemented in 5e.

    13th Age had no general extra...
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    Now that's a great solution. I wonder, are...

    Now that's a great solution.

    I wonder, are people ready for a game where rolling resolution is purely by a free app, that can be of arbitrary complexity like video games because people don't have...
  48. Thread: OSR Gripes

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    I would think that if the context is that the...

    I would think that if the context is that the character is uninteresting to play, all 9 to 12s without even a penalty score to have a fun flaw, leveling up is not the goal. They will remain...
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    I strongly disagree with "for different level...

    I strongly disagree with "for different level foes it’s a big deal". There are four level points over all 20 levels where IF you are crossing that gap, there's a +/-1 to the die.

    In order to have...
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    Because the majority of the time, the rolls you...

    Because the majority of the time, the rolls you make will be against foes. Count the rolls in any D&D session. Rolls in a single combat will vastly outnumber the number of rolls against static DCs.
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    If everything scales, nothing scales. If both...

    If everything scales, nothing scales. If both you chance to succeed and your target both go up by the same number, there's no relative change. It's like as if there's no scaling.

    So if...
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    Cool. Non sarcastically, I'm sure that was ...

    Cool. Non sarcastically, I'm sure that was agreat boon for you becaue otherwise 40 dice is a pain to calculate.

    However, my statement stands that some people may not want to deface 40 dice.
    ...
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    Some people may not want to deface forty...

    Some people may not want to deface forty ten-siders.
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    Man, I thought 12d6 EBs in Champions were a drag....

    Man, I thought 12d6 EBs in Champions were a drag.

    Champions (well, Hero System now) you needed to count them two ways. Total them up, and also "count body", which was 0 on a single pip, 1 on...
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    Hmm, let's see. A hero of our story has spent...

    Hmm, let's see. A hero of our story has spent class features and a feat on becoming the absolute best at stealth that they can be. They now can do legendary feats of stealth that mundane creatures...
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    Amusingly, I was about to say the exact opposite....

    Amusingly, I was about to say the exact opposite.

    No player is going to give up their action to interrupt an attack when they could be contributing focus fire to kill the attacker and stop them...
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    Some you could just add - have the dragon inhale...

    Some you could just add - have the dragon inhale after it finishes it's actions on the turn before it breaths. Makes avoiding the breath a little easier.

    Others the rules have options for - but...
  58. Thread: Tortles

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    I answered this same question you asked on the...

    I answered this same question you asked on the Paladin Guide thread, but since I gave a long list on non-paladin uses as well I'll quote that answer here.



    The fluff about them works fine for a...
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    The fluff about them works fine for a paladin,...

    The fluff about them works fine for a paladin, which is backed up by the Alignment section. +2 STR +1 WIS is a pretty good fit though not perfect. Claws and hold breath are more of ribbon abilities...
  60. ENworld has a whole download section for...

    ENworld has a whole download section for character sheets, including ratings by those who tried them.

    If you're looking for one that calculates and self-fills for you, the the MPMB (More Purple...
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    I am placing no trust in the either dentist. ...

    I am placing no trust in the either dentist. Trying to claim otherwise is trying to rationalize away my point because it doesn't match what you want to be true.



    There, you have proof that...
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    You have not been vindicated. Yet. Because...

    You have not been vindicated. Yet.

    Because what the new dentist told you agrees with what you were already wanted to believe, it may seen like this is correct. That's called confirmation bias...
  63. This is great inspiration for your system. Okay,...

    This is great inspiration for your system. Okay, if pushing yourself too far that you lose yourself, then capitalize on it.

    Right now you have your abilities powered by PP. Keep that, since...
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    I am all for this as both player and DM. I often...

    I am all for this as both player and DM. I often ask for descriptions, especially the first time something comes up like a new spell, or when something awesome happens. Note that I do this for...
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    Garthanos, can you make sure to use the edition...

    Garthanos, can you make sure to use the edition prefixes when creating a new post so the target audience for the thread is clear from the forum screen?

    Thanks.

    EDIT: Me be idiot and missed it....
  66. This is a wonderful question for your setting,...

    This is a wonderful question for your setting, since it has likely already come up. It also affects inheritance, passing of titles, and the like. "Hey, I'm back after being dead 24 years. Now give...
  67. I was drawn to this by the headline of new...

    I was drawn to this by the headline of new mechanics. In many ways though it's the same mechanic that D&D 3.0 brought: d20 + bonuses >= target. I have to admit I was hoping for something like a...
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    This thread contains a poll. I did 3 martial - none of them the (boring)...

    I did 3 martial - none of them the (boring) fighter. Each has it's own niche and specialty. And then others.

    I think that the fighter should be the default, and that one martial enough variation...
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    Option 4: Have a DM who doesn't assume that only...

    Option 4: Have a DM who doesn't assume that only PCs can open doors, and that creatures never leave the same four walls, can't hear fighting elsewhere, can't investigate when a regular guest doesn't...
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    I agree. I think a lot of the people are just...

    I agree. I think a lot of the people are just looking at the "specialized two weapon fighter" case and ignoring the other cases.

    Like adding the damage together - means that any simple weapon...
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    Absolutely with iserith on this one. Get buy-in...

    Absolutely with iserith on this one. Get buy-in from your whole table, describing it in the worst possible way so you don't minimize the impact.

    If they *are* good with it, one bit of advice...
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    I always thought five was the prototypical party...

    I always thought five was the prototypical party size.

    Four and six are both pretty close to that, making a difference but not a huge one. Three is a bigger difference, seven and eight are even...
  73. And I started with Red Box basic. I was...

    And I started with Red Box basic. I was introduced to the game by people at day camp who played. They played AD&D, but suggested I start with Basic to learn it.
  74. I started playing in the 80s. That was before...

    I started playing in the 80s. That was before the advancement of different methods to generate ability scores. We did 3d6 in order. Then 3d6, arrange. Then graduated onto 4d6 drop the lowest,...
  75. Gee, my exact example I was attempting to find...

    Gee, my exact example I was attempting to find out if you meant several posts ago that you wouldn't clear up. Thank you for eventually answering the question.
  76. I enjoyed Marion Harmon's Wearing the Cape...

    I enjoyed Marion Harmon's Wearing the Cape superhero series. I'm not into vampires, so I skipped the side-book Bite Me: The Big Easy. But I was looking for something ebook so I grabbed it on Kindle...
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    I know the poster of this already replied, but I...

    I know the poster of this already replied, but I want to reply how this means to me.

    Amount of uncertainty that can be dictated is the limit of player narrative control.

    "I wink at the maiden"...
  78. Technically any spell could be cast in combat, so...

    Technically any spell could be cast in combat, so you said nothing.

    Sorry, I thought you were adding something to the conversation and was tring to understand. Instead you were suggesting the...
  79. Thread: Expertise Feat

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    ... Sorry, the last campaign I was in I was...

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    Sorry, the last campaign I was in I was playing a bard. Expertise in persuasion, was the party face.

    New player came in months later, played a multiclassed rogue (Arcane Trickster) /...
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    Outside the question if 5e would benefit from...

    Outside the question if 5e would benefit from such a split, I'd like to suggest some variations on what Minor Access would do instead of just limiting spell levels, which would not have a huge effect...
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    I find that 5e priests tent to play the same from...

    I find that 5e priests tent to play the same from game to game, so something that encourages more differentiation would be welcome. That said, I would be wary of ending up with something like: "3 of...
  82. My first thought is the opposite: Anything...

    My first thought is the opposite:

    Anything where a caster can easily replace a skilled mundane character absolutely shouldn't have the ritual tag. Knock, Invisibility, all of those spells that...
  83. Just to confirm, what's the criteria? Is this...

    Just to confirm, what's the criteria? Is this "really anything too long to cast in combat", or are you including ones that you normally wouldn't cast in combat, like Knock or Sending, but could.
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    I don't see reminding someone of a rule as rules...

    I don't see reminding someone of a rule as rules lawyering at all. We do it, and others are thankful because they aren't as versed in the game. Of course I'm also the person who let the DM know...
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    I no longer lift, but from my experience in the...

    I no longer lift, but from my experience in the past I would say definitely. As you learn to engage additional muscle groups you can lift a lot more. If you train evenly so you don't have one weak...
  86. This thread contains a poll. Define "create". If you mean make a system and...

    Define "create".

    If you mean make a system and setting and run it, absolutely. I did it when I was younger.

    If you mean make and publish a professional system, worrying about layout, editing,...
  87. This thread contains a poll. XP to anyone who brings out good examples from...

    XP to anyone who brings out good examples from 13th Age, what a great system!

    I wasn't thinking about Battle Scenes, but I should have been. Why haven't I bought these yet?

    Yeah, 13th Age with...
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    Thanks, I didn't catch that. My experience with...

    Thanks, I didn't catch that. My experience with AL is that the groups are mostly regular at a FLGS. I haven't done any at conventions.
  89. This thread contains a poll. What would help for me would be things to help...

    What would help for me would be things to help when players go off the beaten path and I need to improv. So the type of thing I'd be looking for would be:

    Collection of *interesting* encounters...
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    So your argument is "because some other class...

    So your argument is "because some other class could also fulfill the role, these can not be done with Ranger? That's trivially seen as incorrect.



    I could accept your premise if there was a...
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    Feats vs. ASI is a Faustian balancing act. Do...

    Feats vs. ASI is a Faustian balancing act. Do you get cool thing X, or math bonus Y. We've seen feedback that at high levels featless games the ASI loses a lot of it's luster. So I'm not sure I...
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    Your wrong, and an idiot, and have no idea what...

    Your wrong, and an idiot, and have no idea what you're talking about. I'm not sure what those refer to, since this is a masterful compilation of those threads into a game I'd like. But I'm sure...
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    Don't lock yourself in. If you see that your...

    Don't lock yourself in. If you see that your party is good on buffing (or debuffing) then between that and Precision Attack go for GWM @ 4th. If not, see the types of terrain your DM likes - wide...
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    And they have to be the only person coming after...

    And they have to be the only person coming after you. If you get mobbed by foes #2-5 this doesn't work. If you are defending a choke point as your example was, then they are all coming at (or...
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    Ugh, never. The trapper who's out there getting...

    Ugh, never. The trapper who's out there getting skins - likely a ranger. The demonic-influenced gnoll tracker - probably a ranger. The bounty hunters after the PCs - likely has a ranger.
    ...
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    You are completely correct as far as I know, and...

    You are completely correct as far as I know, and it is a nice combo.



    Except that assume that thee's only one foe, and they either want you or have to get past you. Once there's a second foe...
  97. I sadly could not finish Andre Norton's Sargasso...

    I sadly could not finish Andre Norton's Sargasso of Space. I just couldn't get into it. After all the fond memories I have of her writing from younger, that was a bit surprising.

    I picked up...
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    Sentinel is at best on par with Polearm master in...

    Sentinel is at best on par with Polearm master in terms of attacks. Polearm master definitely gives you one for a bonus action, with a smaller die. And it also increases the chance of a reaction...
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    Ended - either completed or fizzled: The last...

    Ended - either completed or fizzled:

    The last three campaigns that ended were 5 years, 7 years, and 4.5 years. Play bi-weekly, with significant gaps in summer and the winter holidays. Say 16-20...
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    I'm pre-Drizz't when ranger got set in my head,...

    I'm pre-Drizz't when ranger got set in my head, and Aragorn described as a ranger wasn't the same thing as the D&D class of the same name.

    To me a ranger is an outdoorsman first. They don't have...
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