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    I dig 13th Age but I'm not like a super-fan, so...

    I dig 13th Age but I'm not like a super-fan, so don't take this as brow-beating or anything,

    BUT

    The way 13th Age does it is you get the one racial trait, but it gets better as you level up....
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    It sounds like a low-key racial trait that...

    It sounds like a low-key racial trait that moderately "levels up" with the different tiers would work.

    OR

    If you want to keep it really simple, make sure every race has the same number of...
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    I recommend looking at 13th Age, because this is...

    I recommend looking at 13th Age, because this is exactly how they handle racial features. You get one, but it "levels up" twice by the time you hit 10th level (which is where 13th Age caps things).
  4. In my extended network of gaming friends, we had...

    In my extended network of gaming friends, we had trouble for a few years getting a reliable game going. I figured if I yelled "I'm gonna run D&D" loud enough I would get lots of players, and I would...
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    I played a couple sessions of 5E soon after it...

    I played a couple sessions of 5E soon after it came out, and I didn't have anything against it nor was I particularly into it.

    Two years passed and I'd had no reliable group to play with for all...
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    In recent years as a GM I've had a "never turn...

    In recent years as a GM I've had a "never turn away a player" rule, so we've had as many as 9 players at the table, but only once or twice. Usually it's 5-7, sometimes only 3 or 4.

    I won't GM for...
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    We had a mostly weekly D&D 5E game last from...

    We had a mostly weekly D&D 5E game last from 1/2017 to 4/2019. The PCs went from 1st to 16th level. I ran most of that, but I increasingly handed over the reins to other players who wanted to DM. One...
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    I think the 2.5 sessions thing is too fast, for...

    I think the 2.5 sessions thing is too fast, for the same reasons as other who have posted their dislike: as a DM I want the players to have time to get used to their new abilities, and as a player I...
  9. I haven't read much of the thread yet, but yes:...

    I haven't read much of the thread yet, but yes: HotDQ is...not good.

    The big final encounter/location is a de facto TPK unless as a DM you have some experience or know the system really well. The...
  10. Thread: Why do you play?

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    Collaborative creativity is one of my favorite...

    Collaborative creativity is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, and being at the table with other gamers creating a stories and thereby worlds in real time is one really exciting way...
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    It's fascinating to think what early D&D could...

    It's fascinating to think what early D&D could easily have been like if various things hadn't been tweaked, rejiggered, or left out.

    I had no idea the cleric was originally based on a vampire...
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    Subscribed, with keen interest. I've played the...

    Subscribed, with keen interest. I've played the game since the late '70s, but I've never been a D&D scholar* or looked into the history of the game much.

    *(maybe that should be a class!)
  13. Yeah, there would have to be some sort of...

    Yeah, there would have to be some sort of "decision tree" guide for the GM. The option could be like GM Moves or Condition Moves in PbtA games (like the much-mentioned Dungeon World), where the...
  14. This is roughly what I was going to propose, just...

    This is roughly what I was going to propose, just much better thought-out and actually written down. ;)

    Well done. This seems very do-able to me, even if requiring a lot of groundwork.
  15. I've always thought 4E would by far be the best...

    I've always thought 4E would by far be the best structure of any edition from which to build a supers game.

    The at-will, encounter, and daily powers structure suits how powers work dramatically...
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    Just quickly looking at D&D Beyond's version of...

    Just quickly looking at D&D Beyond's version of the PHB, INT measures mental acuity*, information recall, and analytical skill. WIS measures awareness, intuition, and insight.

    *"sharpness or...
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    Maybe someone has mentioned this already, but it...

    Maybe someone has mentioned this already, but it occurs to me that you could do this with other classes, too. What's a STR-based wizard like? An INT-based Paladin? A DEX-based Cleric?
  18. You could have users rate a game overall on some...

    You could have users rate a game overall on some scale, and/or rate things like layout, indexing, clarity, organization, etc.

    You could list if there's randomization, and if so what is used for...
  19. boardgamegeek has a pretty good rating system for...

    boardgamegeek has a pretty good rating system for boardgames. Here's a random sample of their header for a board game:

    106962

    Their sister site rpggeek does NOT have similar headers for RPGs,...
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    Improv. Knowing the setting, genre, and tone...

    Improv.
    Knowing the setting, genre, and tone well enough to rarely be at a loss for what happens next.
    Being attentive to the needs, desires, and preferences of the players.
    Knowing the rules at...
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    Okay, cool. Thanks. For me as a DM, I have...

    Okay, cool. Thanks.

    For me as a DM, I have those little hand-made "tents" that hang over my DM screen, one for each PC with their pertinents written on them. More and more I'm listing passive...
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    I am ALL IN on this. For instance, I'm a big fan...

    I am ALL IN on this. For instance, I'm a big fan of the spell-less ranger variants out there.



    I can see a STR-based fighter who hits less often but does lots more damage per hit, and a...
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    Am I misunderstanding the passive Perception...

    Am I misunderstanding the passive Perception rules and passive skill use rules in general?

    My understanding is that there's no rolling on the part of the character whose passive skill use is in...
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    In games I've played in and run, using Acrobatics...

    In games I've played in and run, using Acrobatics to climb is pretty common. If there are things to jump onto, off of, bounce off of, etc, then an acrobatics roll or two might get you where you're...
  25. Thread: Should I play 4e?

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    Yeah, I think everybody at our table used the...

    Yeah, I think everybody at our table used the cards. Until you mentioned it I remembered them being professionally produced, but now I recall they were printed on simple copier stock or the like.
    ...
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    The spirit of FrogReaver's OP is "I have heard...

    The spirit of FrogReaver's OP is "I have heard people complain about" etc., not "I have a list of people who have complained" or "as evidenced by probably non-scientific* polling...", let alone "i...
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    I've been starting to look at the different 5E...

    I've been starting to look at the different 5E sci-fi options out there, but for some reason hadn't really thought about 5E for pulp sci-fi. This is especially weird since I've had a pulp sci-fi game...
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    Thankfully, it's been decades maybe since I was...

    Thankfully, it's been decades maybe since I was in a game where the PCs used torture.

    I think the last time it happened I was GMing a MERP game. Elrond's two sons were NPCs travelling a leg of a...
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    Yeah, I literally almost went with a 1/2/3...

    Yeah, I literally almost went with a 1/2/3 example. 1 or 2 allows for a simple "thumbs up, thumbs down" approach, but I'd tend to lean toward a 1/2/3 , too.
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    If you could come up with a simple system that...

    If you could come up with a simple system that DMs/groups could quickly rejigger to suit their game's needs, this seems doable. For instance: skills cost either 1 or 2 points per (proficiency, rank,...
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    The only issue there is it adds rolling of dice...

    The only issue there is it adds rolling of dice where previously there was none. Personally, as a DM, I prefer looking at the PC's Passive Perception, and whoever has it at or higher than, for...
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    I had a related thought recently that might...

    I had a related thought recently that might dovetail with this, to the point that it might come to me while I'm typing here.

    So, ASIs provide a +1 and a +1 to the ability score(s) of your choice...
  33. Thread: Should I play 4e?

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    Interesting. All I can say is that was not my...

    Interesting. All I can say is that was not my experience. Maybe my DM at the time wasn't incorporating skills as written, or maybe you or your DM(s) have stressed it? To me it seemed very detached...
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    That sounds like a blast and a half. Kudos to you...

    That sounds like a blast and a half. Kudos to you and your group, and that is definitely the kind of thing GURPS does well. It seems fair to say GURPS makes it easier to bore down to second-by-second...
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    I'd recommend Cubicle 7's Adventures in...

    I'd recommend Cubicle 7's Adventures in Middle-earth, if you want a look at lots of little ways to tweak 5E to achieve a different tone. It's very good in every way you would want a 5E 3rd party...
  36. Thread: Should I play 4e?

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    I played 4E for about a year on a mostly weekly...

    I played 4E for about a year on a mostly weekly basis, and have now been playing 5E lamost weekly for 2 years and I have to say: I didn't think I would miss the daily, encounter, and at-will power...
  37. Thread: Should I play 4e?

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    Based on my experience with the system this is a...

    Based on my experience with the system this is a very good assessment.

    I am usually reluctant to run spellcasters because of the extra work, but when our DM told me that non-spellcasters in 4E...
  38. Oh, and I'd like a big tome of magic items please...

    Oh, and I'd like a big tome of magic items please thank you
  39. I'd like to see a concise history of what has...

    I'd like to see a concise history of what has changed from edition to edition, over time.

    Could it be argued that bigger changes to the system happened earlier in it's history, but now that the...
  40. I would so buy this. I think anything that...

    I would so buy this.

    I think anything that helps players play their characters and gives DMs stuff to work into their backgrounds and into plots is a good idea.

    I'd argue for including a...
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    This thread contains a poll. I voted "AD&D 1E", not out of any fondness for...

    I voted "AD&D 1E", not out of any fondness for the mechanics but just because of how much fun I had playing it back in the day. :)
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    I've been running Masks for a group that's used...

    I've been running Masks for a group that's used to more "traditional" RPGs, on the heels of running and playing weekly D&D 5E for 2 years with them, and they are really frustrated with certain...
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    What if you just gave PCs all the benefits of...

    What if you just gave PCs all the benefits of leveling up except for the hit points (assuming they start with some decent chunk of HP)?
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    Yeah, there was some David Mack trilogy that I...

    Yeah, there was some David Mack trilogy that I couldn't finish but I hear winds up with Data back in some form or other.
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    The Data thing is pretty vague, but there are a...

    The Data thing is pretty vague, but there are a lot of options.

    It could just be older Data who has implemented an aging subroutine, or living tissue grafts that age.

    Or, if it's a short...
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    If it helps, I had a similar reaction to D&D 5E...

    If it helps, I had a similar reaction to D&D 5E early on, but my group recently finished a much-loved 2 year-long weekly 5E game, so sometimes these things come back around.
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    Numenera. My reaction after two sessions was...

    Numenera. My reaction after two sessions was "sure, you could design a system like this, but...why?" ;)
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    Pretty much my thoughts on the matter as well. ...

    Pretty much my thoughts on the matter as well.



    I know they haven't announced any cameos, but it would make sense to push any reveals along those lines to much closer to the show's premiere....
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    Start with a "lite" version of the game, like...

    Start with a "lite" version of the game, like GURPS Lite? See if they like the way it feels. Go from there.
  50. Thread: Why do you play?

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    I love collaborative creativity. I need to hang...

    I love collaborative creativity.
    I need to hang out, face-to-face, with like-minded nerds.
    In an average week, I probably laugh more and more loudly at the gaming table than anywhere else.
    I love...
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    Limiting the use of magic items to characters of...

    Limiting the use of magic items to characters of certain classes or alignments is totally a thing D&D does, if that's helpful.
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    I admire your work and commitment here,...

    I admire your work and commitment here, Quickleaf!

    I can vouch for the insanity of running mobs as individual NPCs...unless...

    If the minions are likely to be taken out by one attack from a PC,...
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    This thread contains a poll. I know very little about any of these, but I've...

    I know very little about any of these, but I've subscribed so I can see what answers you get.
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    I've written one, with a friend, and did it after...

    I've written one, with a friend, and did it after many conversations with said friend about RPGs and what I liked, didn't like, etc. He suggested some ideas, did a lot of the footwork, worked out...
  55. Yeah: "fun to be "bad"", and having the horns or...

    Yeah: "fun to be "bad"", and having the horns or tail or whatever to prove it. Being an outcast or cursed-at or having an actual curse just ups the edge-lord ante.

    At some point here I'm going to...
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    I was going to put "magic" in my YES slot, so...

    I was going to put "magic" in my YES slot, so imagine me nodding in approval to that.

    NO...ships or structures the size of planets, thank you very much.
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    My apologies - things were moving slowly enough...

    My apologies - things were moving slowly enough here that I lost track.

    If it's still a going interest, I'm still in, and the above all sounds fine to me.
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    That #6 was just me trying to smoosh together the...

    That #6 was just me trying to smoosh together the first 5 pitches, so let's ignore that - unless people really dig it, I guess!

    I vote for one of the following:

    1. An arcane field of knowledge...
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    Here's my version of the premise suggestions, all...

    Here's my version of the premise suggestions, all squooshed together:

    A great civilization discovers an ancient secret whose power both threatens the civilization and holds the key to its...
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    Nothing wrong with any of these ideas at all, but...

    Nothing wrong with any of these ideas at all, but based on my understanding of Microscope, we are getting way ahead of ourselves and should not even be openly speculating or sharing ideas beyond...
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    Sweet! So we don't have a genre picked out...

    Sweet!

    So we don't have a genre picked out yet, right?

    Engineering a premise to be intentionally super-vague is a nice challenge. How about:

    An arcane field of knowledge - long lost and...
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    Bump of continued interest!

    Bump of continued interest!
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    I'll second (or third, or fourth) that. As long...

    I'll second (or third, or fourth) that. As long as we have a knowledgable guide, I say we dive in. It's not a game where the players have to know the rules ahead of time.
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    I'm interested! I own Microscope, and I've...

    I'm interested! I own Microscope, and I've played/"run" it. Been a while, but I know how it works.
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    I only have this to add: ...

    I only have this to add:

    https://i0.wp.com/www.darkmoondigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/talosjasonargonauts02.jpg?fit=709%2C404&ssl=1
  66. Ever the optimist, I hold on in vain to the hope...

    Ever the optimist, I hold on in vain to the hope that Amazon's Conan series will be good.

    I have more confidence that their "Adventures of Young Aragorn" series will be good.
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    I signed up for a multi-session game at a con...

    I signed up for a multi-session game at a con once, but after the first session I just didn't bother going to parts 2 and 3. They were all being run by the same guy, and he seemed to get some...
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    Guns, Germs, and Steel is one of my favorite...

    Guns, Germs, and Steel is one of my favorite non-fiction books, and I was this close to mentioning it in my own post! :)

    With the added resources you mention and a larger-scale migration from...
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    I'm going to proceed from the assumption that the...

    I'm going to proceed from the assumption that the 1250BC date has been chosen for the state of European and African technology and political organization. So, the assumption is that the Native...
  70. Thanks for posting! My group will be done with a...

    Thanks for posting! My group will be done with a 5E game that was set in a homebrew setting for levels 1-5 and then shifted into some Forgotten Realms adventures. I want the PCs to get to 20th level...
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    This thread contains a poll. Social aspect - this is #1 for me, by far. Game...

    Social aspect - this is #1 for me, by far. Game night is my only nearly-guaranteed social event each week.

    Coop aspect - I'm big on cooperative creativity and cooperative play, both at work, when...
  72. Haven't read the whole thread, so this has...

    Haven't read the whole thread, so this has probably been said, but my take is that Solo and R1 expanded the setting, and in particular expanded it using characters who don't have a magical destiny or...
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    If I'm running I can't have any music playing...

    If I'm running I can't have any music playing louder that quiet background music, because my hearing is not the best and when combined with my ADD can make it very hard to focus on what the players...
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    Well, I was thinking of posting some constructive...

    Well, I was thinking of posting some constructive criticism, but nevermind.
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    These are really good points. Yeah, I just...

    These are really good points.



    Yeah, I just figured he saw Chekov's entry on the ships crew files when he was memorizing everything about the ship with his superior intellect. Chekov was maybe...
  76. Thanks for that. I'm in the early stages of...

    Thanks for that. I'm in the early stages of thinking about the setting/era and what I can and want to change or allow the PCs - sorry, PHs! :) - to change. I have Unfinished Tales, so I might crack...
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    The first things I would look at in a book or pdf...

    The first things I would look at in a book or pdf of a new setting are, in no particular order:

    1. sub-genre (is it low fantasy, high fantasy, is there Spelljammer-type stuff going on, are there...
  78. There's always a way to make it work. Off the...

    There's always a way to make it work.

    Off the top of my head, as a not-yet-fully-grown person, give her some ability score minuses and/or some roll or rolls that she will have disadvantage on.
    ...
  79. Sounds like a great price for the 2 PDFs, and the...

    Sounds like a great price for the 2 PDFs, and the content looks like some stuff I would use, and I like giving my players lots of options, so this has gone on my shortlist!
  80. Finding this thread really useful! I've been...

    Finding this thread really useful!

    I've been reading through PDFs of the two core AiME books, and I really like what they've done. I'm tempted to buy the physical books because the art and design...
  81. Heck, I don't even understand the spell system -...

    Heck, I don't even understand the spell system - i just let some other player at the table help them out!

    I'm serious.
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    This thread contains a poll. I use all three options, so I clicked "Other" as...

    I use all three options, so I clicked "Other" as an "all of the above" option.

    I just use whatever's at hand and will help the scene work.
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    Human ranger, because Aragorn - I read The Hobbit...

    Human ranger, because Aragorn - I read The Hobbit and LOTR right as I was discovering roleplaying via D&D. I read a bunch of Tarzan novels around the same time, so a lot of my early characters were...
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    This thread contains a poll. Good point. It begs the question: what are the...

    Good point. It begs the question: what are the advantages of wielding two weapons, as opposed to wielding one hand having a free hand, wielding one weapon two-handed, or one weapon and a shield? I'd...
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    This thread contains a poll. Honestly, I haven't given this much thought, but...

    Honestly, I haven't given this much thought, but I'd like to see specializing in two-weapon fighting to result in some options like the manuevers available to D&D 5E's battle master fighters. So:...
  86. Backpack: Bag o' dice (various types, multiples...

    Backpack:
    Bag o' dice (various types, multiples of each).
    Spiral-bound notebook.
    3x5 cards.
    mechanical pencil.
    ink pen (black or blue).
    yellow highlighter.
    water bottle....
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    I feel the same way about official pronunciation...

    I feel the same way about official pronunciation that i do about the official critical hit damage rule in 5E: I got my own thing goin' on. ;)

    I don't think I'll ever be able to pronounce Drow to...
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    This is exactly how I feel about this. I would...

    This is exactly how I feel about this. I would love to see biology and culture separated - with an option to just say that elves just magically all know how to use longswords, shortswords, longbows,...
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    This thread contains a poll. You could share pared-down versions of stuff, and...

    You could share pared-down versions of stuff, and then publish with all the whistles and bells...?
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    This thread contains a poll. If you want to sandbox your setting, or if you...

    If you want to sandbox your setting, or if you want lots of ideas and reactions and input, then yeah - post it here.

    If you want to "just" write up your setting in a presentable format and make...
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    This thread contains a poll. "Munchkins" is a little...silly?, but maybe...

    "Munchkins" is a little...silly?, but maybe that's kind of what you're going for. There are lots of options (there was a thread here or on rpg.net about other terms for a halfling race, but I can't...
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    This thread contains a poll. Absolutely not. If you wanna share your stuff,...

    Absolutely not. If you wanna share your stuff, share it. If people some or all of it is dumb or uninteresting but don't have any constructive criticism, well, you can't really do anything with that...
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    My players either go with the standard array or...

    My players either go with the standard array or roll 4d6 for each ability and drop the lowest die result.

    I co-GM, so for PCs I make or NPCs I spend any time on I use point-buy, using the little...
  94. This thread contains a poll. Mystic and Shaman, although I accept that either...

    Mystic and Shaman, although I accept that either could be worked into an existing class as a subclass (moreso for shaman than for mystic, though)>

    I second or third or whatever the inclusion of...
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    Threek of Tuning Requires an Action to strike...

    Threek of Tuning

    Requires an Action to strike the tines upon a solid surface and activate, after which you have advantage with all musical Performance checks for [some reasonable amount of time....
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    Chair of the Adirondacks While sitting in this...

    Chair of the Adirondacks

    While sitting in this chair, you have +2 on all Strength rolls and saving throws. Folding or unfolding the chair requires a full action and a Dexterity save (DC 12)....
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    There's nothing I can see that says "full" so...

    There's nothing I can see that says "full" so I'll ask: is there room for another PC?
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    Yes, I pay for a lot of content, but I don't...

    Yes, I pay for a lot of content, but I don't think the ratio of good stuff (or stuff I want to watch) to dreck (or stuff I have no interest in) has changed. Sturgeon's Law still applies, sadly.
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    Everyone I know who is not a geek but goes to the...

    Everyone I know who is not a geek but goes to the usual assortment of popular genre movies is going to look at a movie trailer packed with swords and wizards and robots and elves and locomotives and...
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    Some of the natives play strange games wherein they make up the activities of people much like yourselves. It's pretty freaky.
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