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    God I love these articles. Wonderful to see...

    God I love these articles.

    Wonderful to see SCA on the cover of Dragon, the irony of Gygax's musings on the futures of the rules was delicious.

    Still a bit before I got into gaming, but it...
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    Doctor Futurity I agree, to a point. I loved the...

    Doctor Futurity I agree, to a point. I loved the Fantasy Flight Game Center here in the Twin Cities area. Huge space, large tables, clean; good food and beer on tap; knowledgeable, professional, and...
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    I'm very happy with the materials overall. I only...

    I'm very happy with the materials overall. I only have two complaints. The first is a minor complaint: a number of typos made it into the final. I would hope Green Ronin would have had better...
  4. Initially excited but then see it is PC only. But...

    Initially excited but then see it is PC only. But some of the comments indicate that it is likely it will be release for consoles. So I have some hope.
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    Cut out the FLGS middleman and Amazon and buy...

    Cut out the FLGS middleman and Amazon and buy directly from the game companies on their web sites or the creators through Kickstarter.

    Well...I'll still often buy from Amazon because it is...
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    Mine is scheduled for delivery on Monday. Can't...

    Mine is scheduled for delivery on Monday. Can't wait.
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    Yes, after Toys-R-Us shut down, the main source...

    Yes, after Toys-R-Us shut down, the main source for most games and toys is probably Walmart and Target. I've read that Kaybee Toys may be making a come back, but its launch was pushed back. Games by...
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    I'm just sitting here eating my sour grapes,...

    I'm just sitting here eating my sour grapes, giving the stink eye to all you Otus haters.
  9. Yeah, that lich was a real buzz kill. (I'll...

    Yeah, that lich was a real buzz kill.

    (I'll see myself out.)
  10. I love when he corrected Mercer on stalactite...

    I love when he corrected Mercer on stalactite versus stalagmite, which led to the best line: "This is what it was like to play D&D with me when I was 13."

    See video at 20:14:...
  11. It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of...

    It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of the gargoyles (thinking it might be a living creature) and having it break off and fall, he halved the danger of the arcane trap when crossing the...
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    The D&D Starter set (the original Phandelver one)...

    The D&D Starter set (the original Phandelver one) was sold in my local targets.

    This is important because it is priced right, and packaged attractively enough, that it will be bought by parents...
  13. Well no politics surfaced in the game. A fun,...

    Well no politics surfaced in the game. A fun, short, solo one-shot led by Mercer. I felt that Colbert was seriously getting into it.

    I have to say that this seems to be Mercer's super power. I...
  14. This was great. Perhaps if the Critical Role...

    This was great. Perhaps if the Critical Role cartoon takes off, Matt will be invited on as a guest of the Late Show.
  15. Interested in learning more about the minis. I've...

    Interested in learning more about the minis. I've gone to mostly 2D card-stock minis as I can print out and cut out (using a Silhouette paper cutter) everything I need the night before. I did back...
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    I'm tempted to pick it up just for reading...

    I'm tempted to pick it up just for reading through it, but I've been spending my money on non-fantasy settings.

    The one thing that might make this interesting is if you can apply the same amount...
  17. Not a fan of Rush, but YOU BET I'd tune in for a...

    Not a fan of Rush, but YOU BET I'd tune in for a game of D&D that he played in. I bet he'd be great.

    Ben Shapiro is another person I'd love to see play.

    They'd bring their large audiences to...
  18. Donate a few bucks and you can vote for what...

    Donate a few bucks and you can vote for what he'll play.
  19. Also, keep in mind that the ship rules are NOT...

    Also, keep in mind that the ship rules are NOT spread out. You have the basic rules needed to run nautical adventures in the PHB and DMG. The rules in the appendix of Saltmarsh are extra, expanded...
  20. I buy both. I love the physical books because...

    I buy both. I love the physical books because they are beautiful and I like to sit without electronics sometime and page through a book.

    I like D&D Beyond because I can have my entire D&D library...
  21. Well, your wallet is your vote. I'm really...

    Well, your wallet is your vote.

    I'm really liking what Matt Coleville is doing with Stronghold & Followers and his mass combat rules, but I'm interested in seeing what WotC will do with mass...
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    Rappan Athuk. For any level. I'm running a...

    Rappan Athuk. For any level.

    I'm running a campaign using the newly released 5e version. Massive book.

    Just start them at the Mouth of Doom.
  23. Well, this is the first terrain product that has...

    Well, this is the first terrain product that has me considering buying it since I went to a horizontal digital display.

    Generally, I only buy "dressing" pieces or creature miniatures, since all...
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    *cough* ...

    *cough*

    https://thedragonprince.com/character-reveal-moonshadow-elf-assassins/

    106618
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    A sore elf.

    A sore elf.
  26. Already at over 53,000. My prediction is that...

    Already at over 53,000. My prediction is that they will hit and exceed their goal on Thursday, while they are streaming.
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    This is so close to what I've been hoping they...

    This is so close to what I've been hoping they put out for a starter set. They finally have the proper number of dice and the treasure and condition cards are nice to have. I roll in the open, but...
  28. His politics aside, the man is a true fantasy...

    His politics aside, the man is a true fantasy nerd. He is very intelligent, quick witted, has an encyclopedic memory of Lord of the Rings lore and I think it'll be a hoot to watch him play.

    If he...
  29. I second this. I like to play in different...

    I second this. I like to play in different settings but don't have the time to run or play in multiple campaigns. If I can play several sessions, the price of the book is worth it to me.

    With...
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    This thread contains a poll. For nolstalgia, 1e. But I wouldn't want to...

    For nolstalgia, 1e.

    But I wouldn't want to play it now. If I had to play a D&D edition other than 5e, I suppose it would be Basic D&D (Moldvay / Metzner (but not Expert/Companion rules), which...
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    Did you book it through Kickstarter or were you...

    Did you book it through Kickstarter or were you already a WeWork customer?
  32. This thread contains a poll. But you won't be the first or the last Greyhawk...

    But you won't be the first or the last Greyhawk fan to be disappointed. :-(
  33. Most campaigns never get anywhere near 20. If you...

    Most campaigns never get anywhere near 20. If you are not expecting to play to high levels, you are not likely to shoot yourself in the foot.

    Multiclass as much as it takes to build the character...
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    Has anyone used WeWork for Gaming?

    Meetup.com subscriptions now include free WeWork room reservations (https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004656412-What-is-Meetup-WeWork-)

    I've been to WeWork sites for business meetings...
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    I really enjoyed this post and am enjoying the...

    I really enjoyed this post and am enjoying the thread. So many games to look into. Have a soft spot for MAR Barker, America's Tolkien and other Twin Cities gaming luminary. But I've never gotten...
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    Is it strange to feel nostalgic about issues of...

    Is it strange to feel nostalgic about issues of Dragon that were published before I got into the hobby?

    Can't wait until we get to the 80s!
  37. Stephen Colbert to Play Mini Adventure with Matt Mercer of Critical Role for Red Nose Day

    Didn't see this posted in EN World or on RPG News, but I thought it was pretty big in terms of the attention it will bring to the hobby.

    Stephen Colbert will be playing in a mini-adventure run by...
  38. Well, you don't have to leave 5e to try another...

    Well, you don't have to leave 5e to try another system. I got back into TTRPGs with 5e after decades out of the hobby. Within a year I was buying other systems. When I join games on Roll20, they are...
  39. And, worse than that, when you give your players...

    And, worse than that, when you give your players access to all of D&D Beyond by inviting them to your campaign in D&D Beyond, so they can easily pull up or search for rules...and they expect the DM...
  40. Fair enough. Ultimately it doesn't matter....

    Fair enough.

    Ultimately it doesn't matter. I'll play and run games that I enjoy and avoid those I don't, regardless of a non-gaming podcast episode.
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    The real world didn't have terrible monsters...

    The real world didn't have terrible monsters controlling urban sprawl.

    Also, like the real life, the "wilderness" was often "inhabited by folk that are not us." Many of the wilderness areas are...
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    This. Greyhawk is not a "good read." I don't know...

    This. Greyhawk is not a "good read." I don't know that I've ever sat down and read the old box set cover to cover. The recent "Wayfarers Guide to Eberron", I read cover to cover, in order, and...
  43. Great interview! Am interested to know why...

    Great interview! Am interested to know why Kickstarter "doesn't work in Russia."
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    If the prices do go up significantly for US...

    If the prices do go up significantly for US customers, it should provide a feeling of schadenfreude to European Kickstarter backers.
  45. I backed this on Kickstarter and have had the...

    I backed this on Kickstarter and have had the Blueray for a while now. It is well done and was a lot of fun to watch after having read through Art & Arcana. I'm glad many of the original artists are...
  46. The growth in 5e will eventually result in the...

    The growth in 5e will eventually result in the growth of other systems. There will be a number of people who will look to diversify the games they play or who get tired of D&D and want to try...
  47. Perhaps my original post was not written clearly....

    Perhaps my original post was not written clearly. I have no problem with diceless systems. One of my favorite games of the past couple of years is Dialect.

    My problem is claiming to play a game,...
  48. It was still entertaining. I'm not tired of Chris...

    It was still entertaining. I'm not tired of Chris Gethard or the Beautiful Anonymous podcast. I wasn't even tired of that specific pod cast. But it was misleading to say that they were playing D&D. ...
  49. No. But it wasn't D&D, or any TTRPG for that...

    No. But it wasn't D&D, or any TTRPG for that matter.
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    True neutral, probably not. But, again, in my...

    True neutral, probably not.

    But, again, in my games Druids can be any alignment.

    Most likely, Druids were a religious order like any other with an emphasis on oral tradition.

    "The writer...
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    Not sure I understand the rules of the game, but...

    Not sure I understand the rules of the game, but I see other posting votes more than one time. Is there a limit per day?

    Regarding Erol Otus the haters are wrong. Must save.

    Daniel Horne --...
  52. Eberron is the only published setting that...

    Eberron is the only published setting that handles this in a consistent, logical, easy to run way.

    In my home campaign, all magic, other than clerical magic from followers of approved gods, is...
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    Blackmoor has the better claim of being the...

    Blackmoor has the better claim of being the "original" DnD setting (http://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/blog).



    Kinda. I would say it is more, "there is a place for a little bit of everything." ...
  54. If you do D&D Beyond, you can buy specific...

    If you do D&D Beyond, you can buy specific monsters, etc. without buying the entire book.

    That said, I really enjoy the Ravnica book. Lots of ideas to mine from it.
  55. I have an index like this someone posted for free...

    I have an index like this someone posted for free on Reddit. It doesn't get used anymore since I use D&D Beyond. Easier to search or use D&D Beyonds categories to navigate.
  56. I'm not familiar with the WotBS or what Seela...

    I'm not familiar with the WotBS or what Seela are. But if you are looking for paper minis, check out Printable Heroes: https://printableheroes.com/minis

    One Monk Miniatures is another, you can...
  57. Well, okay, fair enough. But that still leaves...

    Well, okay, fair enough. But that still leaves use with no track record other than endorsing failed third-party campaigns. Look, I'm not trying to be negative. I want to back Paizo and I'm excited to...
  58. I guess I'm spoiled by Kobold Press and Frog God...

    I guess I'm spoiled by Kobold Press and Frog God Games Kickstarters. I just do not see the value here and the risk seems high given their track record. If it ever makes it to my FLGS shelves, I'll...
  59. Have had my copy for several days now. While the...

    Have had my copy for several days now. While the materials are not the same production values as the WotC published books, it is still feels like a quality book and it fits right in with my other 5e...
  60. Maybe not, but he was definitely trying to make...

    Maybe not, but he was definitely trying to make this episode a comedy episode. Which is fine. I don't have an issue with slapstick D&D. It is that lack of any engagement with the mechanics. It...
  61. Chris Gethard "plays" D&D on Beautiful Anonymous

    I'm a fan of comedian Chris Gethard's podcast, Beautiful Anonymous. The format is that he takes a random anonymous caller and talks to them for an hour. There is some pre-screening and he selects...
  62. I tend to let the players control them as well as...

    I tend to let the players control them as well as NPC allies in many cases. Anything to spread the DM workload.
  63. Thanks. Will do.

    Thanks. Will do.
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    Okay. To me this is a feature, not bug. But I...

    Okay. To me this is a feature, not bug. But I can understand that others will have different expectations.
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    Which WotC APs does that describe? My issue with...

    Which WotC APs does that describe? My issue with many of the APs is the expectation that you play though all the content. Perhaps this is why I love Curse of Strahd. Currently, I'm running Rappan...
  66. You still can.

    You still can.
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    Daniel Horne -- 21 Keith Parkinson -- 21 Jeff...

    Daniel Horne -- 21
    Keith Parkinson -- 21
    Jeff Easley -- 18
    Larry Elmore -- 24 + 1 = 25
    Clyde Caldwell -- 19
    Erol Otus -- 18 + 1 = 19
    Wayne Reynolds -- 8
    Todd Lockwood -- 19
    Tyler Jacobson --...
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    In my home brew campaign, Druids are seen as...

    In my home brew campaign, Druids are seen as heretical and have almost been eliminated. The reason they are seen as these deep-woods hermits is because they've been driven there. They organize into...
  69. Yes. If you want to get really fancy, and plan to...

    Yes. If you want to get really fancy, and plan to reuse them, get some cheap foam board from the dollar store and use spray-adhesive to glue the printed maps to the foam board. Of course that makes...
  70. I hear you regarding the Combat Tracker. I can...

    I hear you regarding the Combat Tracker. I can see using this for adventures that I can buy through Fantasy Grounds.

    The learning curve and prep time is what holds me back. I've already invested...
  71. What? No Switch? What kind of parent are you‽ ...

    What? No Switch? What kind of parent are you‽

    ;-)
  72. Exactly. Those kids who grew up in a world where...

    Exactly. Those kids who grew up in a world where fantasy movies were blockbuster, Oscar-winning movies grew up to be today's millennial streaming their games on Youtube and Twitch.

    I don't think...
  73. Bummer, I would have loved an Everscroll's...

    Bummer, I would have loved an Everscroll's adventure. So, we don't know who wrote it? Did they not give the author(s) byline credit? They could have afforded to hire some great talent and actually...
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    That was what first struck me. I really like that...

    That was what first struck me. I really like that depiction, hit helps person-ize the lizard folk, which is important in this series of adventures.

    I'm excited about this book.
  75. Sorry, replied before getting through the thread....

    Sorry, replied before getting through the thread.

    I don't understand how PF gives NPC and monster stat blocks. For a monster, I could see just giving the name and parenthetical letting you know...
  76. Using PVC pipes with caps is brilliant! I had a...

    Using PVC pipes with caps is brilliant! I had a bunch of those cardboard tubes, but the plastic ends would get loose.

    Sorry, didn't mean to thread hijack. Personally, I would rather use a...
  77. Sincere questions. I see this complaint made...

    Sincere questions. I see this complaint made about Pathfinder and even more so when people talk about 3/3.5 and the d20 "glut."

    What is stopping you from just sticking to the core rulebook? You...
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    True. So much of what we "know" about Druids is...

    True. So much of what we "know" about Druids is from biased Roman accounts.
  79. I know a DM that brings a LCD display that he...

    I know a DM that brings a LCD display that he lays flat on a table (he has some cylindar-shaped things he uses to keep it raise a bit off the table) and puts a sheet of plexiglass on top. He throws...
  80. In my experience, the best instances of this have...

    In my experience, the best instances of this have grown organically with the campaign.

    I've planned out intricate storyline, only to have them burnt to the ground by the PCs.

    Instead, I've...
  81. Electronics are useless, when you don't have your...

    Electronics are useless, when you don't have your electronics....Well, I guess I have to concede that.

    I use a lot of physical stuff...when I run games from home. My physical stuff if worthless...
  82. Much easier to grab a flat screen, especially if...

    Much easier to grab a flat screen, especially if in a case with a handle, and put that on your friend's table than to have to pack a bunch of paper maps and associated physical minis and map...
  83. It would be awesome if I could have a VTT running...

    It would be awesome if I could have a VTT running on a Switch/PS/XBox, if it were also designed to work well with console controllers. If I could sit down and enjoy a remote TTRPG as easily as I can...
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    Has anyone played druids in the historical sense?...

    Has anyone played druids in the historical sense? As a religious class from an older religion, that does not revolve around gods. Nature is revered or at least understood as the primary source of...
  85. I think we have not yet hit the peak. D&D as a...

    I think we have not yet hit the peak. D&D as a brand has barely been tapped in terms of a mainstream audience. If the Critical Role cartoon gets good reviews and picked up by Amazon or Netflix and...
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    Yeah, who wants rules for ships. Should have gone...

    Yeah, who wants rules for ships. Should have gone with rules for caravans instead.~




    I'm being sarcastic of course.
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    Exactly. Typically, I don't give it too much...

    Exactly. Typically, I don't give it too much thought. I'm running a game not designing a morality system. I let the players fill in the details and I usually don't have to go too deeply into...
  88. No Nebulous, paper is the NOT the best way to go....

    No Nebulous, paper is the NOT the best way to go. You instinct to get an LCD is right. Follow it.


    THE CASE AGAINST LARGE-SCALE MAPS
    My dad is in the process of selling of his business and...
  89. What does LFQW stand for? [Goes to Google] ...

    What does LFQW stand for?

    [Goes to Google]

    https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards

    Nope. This was not a factor for me diving into 5e. I'm not a "new"...
  90. I love how D&D is being referred to as a...

    I love how D&D is being referred to as a "venerable relic" in 1980, right as the game was about to hit it first big boom. A boom big enough to change the culture. And reading this while enjoyed its...
  91. Not disagreeing with your general observations,...

    Not disagreeing with your general observations, but I have to quibble with your characterization of Paizo not understanding their market. I find it hard to believe that they are "not even realizing...
  92. This is one reason I love D&D Beyond. Material is...

    This is one reason I love D&D Beyond. Material is automatically updated.

    With the RealmWorks content market live, the same will be true for Pathfinder material you buy for RealmWorks, but...
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    I think a druid who kills humanoids and causes...

    I think a druid who kills humanoids and causes them pain to restore natural balance, not treating them differently from any other animal, would be perceived as Evil.
  94. That's disappointing. Hopefully it is still a fun...

    That's disappointing. Hopefully it is still a fun read.
  95. Are you saying that any map I build you your...

    Are you saying that any map I build you your pre-built tiles will already have LOS settings preconfigured‽ That's huge for me.

    That may be what get's me to back this.

    One thing that keeps me...
  96. Same here. Really just felt like D&D in space....

    Same here. Really just felt like D&D in space. And, really, didn't feel like it was in space much at all. Would have been better to either go the spelljammer route and assume a fantasical version of...
  97. Well, I don't think they'll give up on the their...

    Well, I don't think they'll give up on the their own game line just yet, but they do seem to be hedging their bets. Starfinder is their own system so that's another hedge.
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    I understand it as the damage from all the many...

    I understand it as the damage from all the many bites, scratches, stings, etc. Agreed that using plural bites would make this clearer.
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    The reason most real-world animals that swarm do...

    The reason most real-world animals that swarm do so is for defensive reasons. It makes it much harder for predators to attack in the confusion of a swarm.

    The first thing I would do with most...
  100. The lower level abilities are still available...

    The lower level abilities are still available when you level up, correct? You are just unlocking more powers. The charges are those for that level. They don't stack, correct?

    I would probably...
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