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    "When I sit down to roll up a character, I like...

    "When I sit down to roll up a character, I like to think about that character's death. It sounds morbid, but I think that picturing a dramatic last stand is a good way to define a PC's heroism."
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    [Shadowrun 6E] What is the verdict?

    So I couldn't be at Origins this year. Very literally. I was invited there as an author guest, actually, back in March or April, but then was disinvited less than 2 weeks before the convention. I...
  3. Huh, that's weird. Could have sworn...hmm, well I...

    Huh, that's weird. Could have sworn...hmm, well I stand corrected. Dueling fighting style is a fair bit better than I thought.
  4. (I absolutely loathe PbtA. I think my loathing...

    (I absolutely loathe PbtA. I think my loathing for it is (perhaps excessively) well documented over the history of the internet. Nothing personal against D. Vincent Baker, Ron Edwards lassoed him to...
  5. I'd be surprised if someone else hasn't already...

    I'd be surprised if someone else hasn't already pointed this out three pages into the thread, but you cannot, in fact, have both of these things. Unless I'm misunderstanding the 5E rules, which is...
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    Well first off, the same reason I'm okay with...

    Well first off, the same reason I'm okay with violence in videogames and on TV: because it isn't real. And that is all I'd feel the need to say if this wasn't a topic I've thought a fair bit about....
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    IANAM but I feel pretty safe saying the answer to...

    IANAM but I feel pretty safe saying the answer to that is yes, as long as by "here" you mean the P, P, P, DMs G & KS A forum, which you must since that's where you posted this question.
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    It is with no real regret and only mild sadness...

    It is with no real regret and only mild sadness that I announce the cancellation of Project Dragonrun.

    Between the announcement of Shadowrun 6th Edition (which I am going to give all possible...
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    I have nothing substantive to say, just that the...

    I have nothing substantive to say, just that the very title of this thread and the most cursory glance at the original post makes me happy and reminds me why I liked to come here.
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    My suggestion would be to not use swarms but...

    My suggestion would be to not use swarms but instead to treat the enemies as 100 individual units...with 1 hp each. In other words, use 4E's "Minion" rule. Stat everything else as you would what you...
  11. This thread contains a poll. Blink puppy gets my vote. ALSO:...

    Blink puppy gets my vote. ALSO: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Bestiary-Handbook-Vol-1/dp/B017WQG1KW

    There is a volume 2. YES I wrote entries for both volumes NO I don't get any royalties if you buy...
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    Swarms actually saw a mighty nerf between 3.5 and...

    Swarms actually saw a mighty nerf between 3.5 and 5E (don't know how they worked in 4E, don't care). The difference between being immune to weapon damage and merely resistant to it is a pretty huge...
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    Hi. As a rule, once I have fully expressed my...

    Hi. As a rule, once I have fully expressed my opinion on something, if that topic is REMOTELY controversial or even controversy adjacent, I do NOT return to that thread. See, one trait of my...
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    1) This is a huge amount of information to...

    1) This is a huge amount of information to process.
    2) Based on a cursory skim, they are doing a GREAT job in terms of this launch. This is a brilliantly coordinated media blitz. Hats off to Jason,...
  15. Jesus those saves man...those saves. But I...

    Jesus those saves man...those saves. But I calculated right. that's what happens when you have godly stats to begin with, including extra godly charisma, then get Aura of Protection to let you add...
  16. Inspired by St. George, here's my hot take on St....

    Inspired by St. George, here's my hot take on St. Michael.

    "Six Pentacle dice
    If you roll the seven
    St. Michael dies
    There'll be no ransom
    Don't shut my mouth
    I scald the answer
    You're...
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    I feel torn about this. On the one hand,...

    I feel torn about this. On the one hand, Aliens/Predator* is my favorite franchise* and primary fandom. The way most geeks feel about Star Wars or Star Trek or whatever I have always felt about...
  18. Um, actually that sounds quite a lot like how I...

    Um, actually that sounds quite a lot like how I handle divine magic in D&D. Generally speaking, Clerics and characters proficient in Arcana and/or Religion describe clerical spells as miracles, and...
  19. This thread contains a poll. Again, though...that may be how the "game" is...

    Again, though...that may be how the "game" is designed but I think I just explained I was talking more about the ENGINE than the game. I don't know that it's necessarily how the game engine is...
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    Turgenev you are a blazing demigod amongst mere...

    Turgenev you are a blazing demigod amongst mere mortals. These maps are amazing nice and big and detailed and complicated and the way they're designed to fit together into even bigger, more...
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    This is true and it's also a return to form for...

    This is true and it's also a return to form for Dungeons & Dragons as that was its attitude way back in the very first editions as well.

    I will say I'd never heard of Torog before this thread and...
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    Thanks everyone! You know, I think Zelazny...

    Thanks everyone!



    You know, I think Zelazny fans could sustain a pretty epic argument around the sentence I italicized in your quote. My own take is that the way the Chronicles are written...
  23. This thread contains a poll. I was not completely honest and accurate in how I...

    I was not completely honest and accurate in how I framed the question, I suppose. What I really meant to ask was "Does the D&D5E ENGINE require Sub-Classes to work or can it get by on just classes?"...
  24. That is REALLY COOL! I'm not a fan of Baldur's...

    That is REALLY COOL! I'm not a fan of Baldur's Gate, any of the early Bioware games, or Faerun in general BUT I do so love it when the big kids from the videogame industry where there's actual money...
  25. This is the most intelligent and thought...

    This is the most intelligent and thought provoking question I've seen asked on here: props to the OP.

    Telling characters physiological sensations they're feeling is just flavor or might even...
  26. Hitler Cuts You Off In Traffic - What Do?

    I think this is the least inappropriate forum for this.

    It is a very surreal feeling to be trolled, harassed, and otherwise annoyed and inconvenienced by an actual monster. In this case, a serial...
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    God Games (NOT D&D)

    Hey, you guys ever play any RPGs where you play as a god or demigod or some kind of autonomous divine entity? (The angels in In Nomine would not count.)

    Which are your favorite TTRPG "god games"...
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    Hey, I'm a writer with the gall to call himself a...

    Hey, I'm a writer with the gall to call himself a literary writer even though I write genre stuff--I don't think that genre fiction can't be literary by default like way too many lit crits still...
  29. This thread contains a poll. Do classes built for the 5E D&D *ENGINE* NEED sub-classes?

    So, a classplosion is happening for D&D 5E, and it's overwhelmingly third party. Actually it's been going on for quite a while but I'm just becoming aware of just how many homebrew 5E classes are...
  30. Because I actually agree in general with what...

    Because I actually agree in general with what you're saying about consistency, I want to clarify or maybe even amend my original post. A boss monster for a boss fight dying to a bad save is FINE and...
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    This thread contains a poll. I know, I was just kidding. : )

    I know, I was just kidding. : )
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    This is really cool. Sorry, that's not a very...

    This is really cool. Sorry, that's not a very clever or insightful post. But I like this.
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    But the Apparatus of Kwalish is a "car" about as...

    But the Apparatus of Kwalish is a "car" about as much as you are a rooster.
  34. Okay, first off, the answer is probably Tinkerer,...

    Okay, first off, the answer is probably Tinkerer, second choice Gemini. It would be 1000% Tinkerer all the way, if it had a cooler name like "Artificier" or "Engineer". Now my thought process:
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    This.

    This.
  36. ermagard are we still doing this? It's still 15.

    ermagard are we still doing this? It's still 15.
  37. math is fun

    Well, the obvious answer and potentially the one that's most interesting is: boats. Could give the PCs ship to ship combat in what's otherwise not a pirate game. Give them a nice change of pace.
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  38. I too am torn. Let me try to untear myself....

    I too am torn. Let me try to untear myself. First, I'll note that 5E, which has very few true Save or Dies left, took the general approach to fixing Save or Dies of changing most of them into "Save...
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    Thank you everyone! : ) Yeah,...

    Thank you everyone!



    : )



    Yeah, that's the exact issue I ran into with Canonfire, particularly because as someone NOT super knowledgeable on the setting, I couldn't really tell what was...
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    That's not player curation, player curation (or...

    That's not player curation, player curation (or at least what I meant by it) was choosing carefully who you game with. You're talking about player conditioning which I approve of and wish I could do...
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    I don't know about ninjayeti, but that addresses...

    I don't know about ninjayeti, but that addresses all of my concerns. Initially I thought the "three round combat rule" meant FIGHTS MUST END AFTER THREE ROUNDS which would have been an unspeakably...
  42. pemerton thanks! Cool. I've never had the...

    pemerton thanks!



    Cool. I've never had the pleasure of actually playing Burning Wheel but I've heard exclusively good things about it from all corners. I don't think Luke Crane has any...
  43. Nope, it wasn't Luke Crane. I only met him once...

    Nope, it wasn't Luke Crane. I only met him once ever, at GenCon, and technically speaking, it was after GenCon when we were both shipping stuff home. The conversation didn't reach beyond polite...
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    This thread contains a poll. First off, it's funny that I voted for by far the...

    First off, it's funny that I voted for by far the least popular option in my own poll. I do shoehorn a dragon into every session I can. Even if it's just, as mentioned above, seen passing overhead...
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    Oh, thanks everybody for the info! At first...

    Oh, thanks everybody for the info!

    At first for some reason I thought the only response I got was Volund's so the entirety of my initial response was:

    Weird! I have actually run I2...in...
  46. she's got huge.... ... ... tracts of land!

    she's got huge.... ... ... tracts of land!
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    I assume the argument is of the "should we have...

    I assume the argument is of the "should we have prepared text at all" type and not of the "should prepared text be in boxes" type.

    Anyway, I like to have boxed text around because it's only an...
  48. as opposed to all the Barbarians that are built...

    as opposed to all the Barbarians that are built for courtly etiquette and political intrigues!?
  49. While Hussar furnishes a much more concrete...

    While Hussar furnishes a much more concrete answer...I don't know...I'm not sure why it is and it was before my time but I've seen that B/X speaks to people in a profound way (I think it was Ron...
  50. nerdly point of order: isn't Genghis Khan a...

    nerdly point of order: isn't Genghis Khan a historical figure, not a mythological figure? I mean, dude definitely existed.
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    I feel like degrading equipment sort of goes...

    I feel like degrading equipment sort of goes against the grain of 5E's design philosophy in general, which has been to create a game with no drawbacks for characters, only advantages. This is most...
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    Hey, thank you everyone, this is great stuff. And...

    Hey, thank you everyone, this is great stuff. And yes, I was about to point out as Shiroiken did that from my previous research, Dragotha was definitely a dragon that Gygax named (making it one hell...
  53. This.

    This.
  54. well just so I can get my kicks in at this dead...

    well just so I can get my kicks in at this dead horse real quick: holy :):):):) true strike is terrrible in RAW I mean it was pretty bad in past editions too but what the HELL. My fix for it if I...
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    This thread contains a poll. In my experience, it's not that huge of a gap at...

    In my experience, it's not that huge of a gap at all, because I have never had the good fortune to run a 10+ year campaign (I expect like most of us) and (again, I expect like most of us) my...
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    This thread contains a poll. Huh! I never use young dragons as generic fodder...

    Huh! I never use young dragons as generic fodder because my assumptions are the exact opposite of yours.

    See, my default headcanon for dragons came from Shadowrun which I was exposed to before...
  57. This thread contains a poll. Well I don't think it was actually a thing until...

    Well I don't think it was actually a thing until that last, most recent .5 of a decade. IIRC Dispel Magic has been around forever but Counterspell as a spell is new to 5E.
  58. This thread contains a poll. I haven't seen it used ever actually but my...

    I haven't seen it used ever actually but my actual play experience with 5E is woefully limited.
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    I saw Pathfinder 2E's playtest for sale in a...

    I saw Pathfinder 2E's playtest for sale in a Barnes & Noble, which immediately rubbed me the wrong way--I'm a firm believer that people should not pay to playtest something, and so I have issues with...
  60. This thread contains a poll. Well I see I'm in the majority when I say yes, of...

    Well I see I'm in the majority when I say yes, of course it can, as far as I know that's its primary purpose/function as a skill? The Insight of 5E is the Sense Motive of 3.5, essentially.
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    This thread contains a poll. How many dragons?

    This might be a silly question, but how often/frequently do dragons appear in your Dungeons & Dragons game? Back in college, we used to jokingly call the game "Dungeons & Dungeons" because there were...
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    Grogbards, Tell Me Stories of Greyhawk

    I want to learn anything and everything I can about what canonically happened in (that is, the in game history of) the Greyhawk setting, from the modules published before I was born to the Living...
  63. Well since you asked, I'd say it takes me...

    Well since you asked, I'd say it takes me probably around two hours, tops, to get 10,000 words of a first draft to submission quality. But I think my process is very atypical and I would certainly...
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    105767 DOWNLOAD 3.4: THE PHYSICAL ADEPT...

    DOWNLOAD 3.4: THE PHYSICAL ADEPT
    DOWNLOAD 3.3: THE MAGE UPDATE

    On d20 Modern:

    First off, when I say something is "one of the worst RPGs I have ever seen" I probably mean to imply the qualifier...
  65. This article is pretty legit. Note that...

    This article is pretty legit.



    Note that if you go from "talented beginner" to "seasoned writer" while working mainly for the same company, they are VERY unlikely to improve your rate above...
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    Self-ninjutsu.

    Self-ninjutsu.
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    Ah, good to know! Rules changes made eight years...

    Ah, good to know! Rules changes made eight years before I was born are a definite weak spot for me!
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    Based on its body text this article would be more...

    Based on its body text this article would be more accurately titled "the D&D-ification of Fortnite", Mike. Which is a stretch as you know. But looking primarily at the market place of OTHER...
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    These seem pretty cool. But they look like they...

    These seem pretty cool. But they look like they were a nightmare to lay out.
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    One of the things I like the most about 5E is...

    One of the things I like the most about 5E is that "only" around 30% of the PHB (28% actually, by my calculations) is spells. Obviously that's still a HUGE chunk but in 3.5 (and yeah, now that I...
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    My mistake. : )

    My mistake. : )
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    Wow am I ever mortified to have prefaced my rant...

    Wow am I ever mortified to have prefaced my rant with "okay, here's some real talk from a professional game developer and publisher" and having my rant followed by Jonathan (:):):):)ING) Tweet. I...
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    I mostly made my save versus ranting about how...

    I mostly made my save versus ranting about how terribad Dungeon World (anything *World) is and how all its "new ideas" like "play to find out what happens" and "say yes or roll the dice" are things...
  74. Mr. Ward (Drawmiji), thank you for sharing your...

    Mr. Ward (Drawmiji), thank you for sharing your memories with us. I just want to express my profound gratitude for your contributions to Expedition To The Barrier Peaks (which most likely inspired a...
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    Okay, here's some real talk from a professional...

    Okay, here's some real talk from a professional game developer and publisher. As I have a tendency to, I'm gonna speak directly to the OP.



    You aren't wrong, and it's closer to two decades.

    ...
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    Well, that certainly is BIG NEWS. I am glad Mr....

    Well, that certainly is BIG NEWS. I am glad Mr. Wick is still involved. It's my understanding that 7th Sea is a very beloved game and setting.
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    1/4 tables I've played D&D5 at had a Goliath PC,...

    1/4 tables I've played D&D5 at had a Goliath PC, FWIW. (I don't mean "25%", I mean literally I've PC'd 5E at four tables and one of them had a Goliath Barbarian.)

    The thread title makes it sound...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWxORracT8 (Last...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWxORracT8 (Last 5 seconds are my favorite.)
  79. You guys are still talking about this? It's still...

    You guys are still talking about this? It's still 15.
  80. Reverse engineering other high level adventures....

    Reverse engineering other high level adventures. I mean, specifically in this case I've done this with Pathfinder which means it would also work at 3.5X. I don't personally find it hard to convert...
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    Okay, moderator came in and moderated but I was...

    Okay, moderator came in and moderated but I was going to say...please do simmer down guys. (I'm kind of unused to not being the guy in the middle of the fight, but I think I like it.)

    Without...
  82. You know, it's really strange. Obviously I'm...

    You know, it's really strange. Obviously I'm stoked on D&D, and I have been a rabid Penny Arcade fan since 2002, even if I've never been able to afford to go to a PAX. But I could scarcely be less...
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    Phineas Lanyard? Oy vey. That's comparable to...

    Phineas Lanyard? Oy vey. That's comparable to Coach Feratu.
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    Magic Monday - Come Unglued

    I don't really like April Fool's day "pranks" as such--it often happens that serious announcements are made on April 1st, and I don't like the extra layer of uncertainty it adds to internet browsing...
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    Well, I know I am responding to a four year old...

    Well, I know I am responding to a four year old post, but this is awesome. Age of Worms is one of my favorite published campaigns and I'm happy someone updated it to the edition people around here (I...
  86. I didn't think that you could ask me "Want a job...

    I didn't think that you could ask me "Want a job as WotC's __________?" and fill in the blank with anything I'd say no to.

    I was mistaken.
  87. My vote will always be for Vecna.

    My vote will always be for Vecna.
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    Wizard Wednesday - Bad Brains

    I needed a more powerful intellect devourer for the derelict starship Warden Beyond The Barrier Peaks, so here it is:
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    "Arousian" is a reference to the apparently classic bad 1950s scifi...
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    Like a lot of D&D fans, I spent most of the 4th...

    Like a lot of D&D fans, I spent most of the 4th Edition era either playing 3.5 or not playing D&D, so I would never have known about this if not for you. Thanks! I'll try to check it out.


    ...
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    Was going to shamelessly self promote my own...

    Was going to shamelessly self promote my own DicePunk system, saw the words "fantasy theme is important", and backed off of that. While I do consider to be (on the heavier end of) rules lite,...
  91. Well for what it's worth, while in general I am...

    Well for what it's worth, while in general I am stridently against public shaming in virtually any circumstance, and I don't know if it's even POSSIBLE to shame A NATION (and not just A NATION, but...
  92. Yo dawg, speaking as an anarcho-socialist, please...

    Yo dawg, speaking as an anarcho-socialist, please don't conflate socialism with Communism. :):):):) on Communism as much as you want. "National Socialists" (Nazis) burn books. Communists, clearly,...
  93. :):):):) YES! This might just be the greatest...

    :):):):) YES!

    This might just be the greatest and best :):):):)ing thing I have ever :):):):)ing seen.

    Seriously, thank you so much for
    A) revamping this dope :):):):)
    and
    B) calling the...
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    Keep On The Borderline

    So, here's the thing. At first blush I thought that Keep On The Borderlands was a great introductory module to teach new players the game, but that was based on a very cursory skim of the actual...
  95. It's Magic Monday Somewhere - Goblin Kings and Xenomorph Soldiers

    DRAGONS IN DUNGEONS PRESENTS...
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    Also, click here to visit my Dragons In Dungeons blog and see my stats for this guy.
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    If you've got a party that's around the turning point...
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    Part of it is that I enjoy playing roguelikes and...

    Part of it is that I enjoy playing roguelikes and one thing I like about them is having limited identification resources and occasionally taking a risk with an attempt to "use-ID" an item, i.e....
  97. [Gamers Wanted!] Online Only Discord - Shadowrun or HERO - Flexible

    Hey so here's what's uppppp. I have one FLGS that I DM D&D5 at on Tuesday nights, and another one I can play D&D5 at on Sunday mornings, and am still fighting an uphill battle to get an actual home...
  98. Hmm...looks like I Made A Lot Of Stuff, D&D And Otherwise

    Hey guys. I don't have a NEW Press Release (although I should before too long) or Kickstarter Announcement (although I should eventually) just now but I've made a lot of stuff and data seems to...
  99. This thread is super useful and interesting....

    This thread is super useful and interesting. Makes me sad that Goodman Games' Aereth isn't on there, though. It's definitely one of my favorite D&D settings...but I have less than no interest in DCC...
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    Still interested if it's 3.5? I can probably find...

    Still interested if it's 3.5? I can probably find some of the nastiness and power I've devised, but it's all 3.5. 5th Edition is still new to me.
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