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  1. Only for the ones I've played: 3.5: Eberron. I...

    Only for the ones I've played:

    3.5: Eberron. I realize there are rules, but the Eberron campaign setting is my favourite DnD world, and it has its roots in 3.5. This is also the first edition of...
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    I'm reasonably happy with the current Artificer,...

    I'm reasonably happy with the current Artificer, though I'd like to play one to be sure. Some general tweaks I'd make:

    1. I'd be tempted to separate all the pets from their subclasses, or make...
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    I like the idea of the Artificer having two types...

    I like the idea of the Artificer having two types of specializations, like the Warlock picks both a Patron and Pact Boon. So instead, pulling all the Pets into a "Special Creation/Invention"...
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    This thread contains a poll. Mark me down for 4e. I started with 3.5, and...

    Mark me down for 4e.

    I started with 3.5, and while I have fond memories of the system ... to me, it's very much a player's and theorycrafter's system. I like building and optimizing 20 level...
  5. My only concern is that the material here is...

    My only concern is that the material here is based on the current state of the Wayfarer's Guide, which is, to me, still only playtest material. If the final published Eberron material takes a...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHOnfAFsNrY ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHOnfAFsNrY

    Basically, Mike Mearls does design work on Twitch (and later Youtube) and talks about his approach to RPG design. It's interesting, I have found the...
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    Feb 28th, 11:59 pm

    Feb 28th, 11:59 pm
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    Lol, I wanted full Eberron support: Artificers,...

    Lol, I wanted full Eberron support: Artificers, Eberron races and Psionics when 5e was announced. Way past due.
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    The main reason I don't, and I think this is also...

    The main reason I don't, and I think this is also one that Keith Baker has opined is that Eberron is a world where magic has taken the place of science. That's why instead of steam engines, we have...
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    I definitely want an Eberron-first Artificer. I...

    I definitely want an Eberron-first Artificer. I didn't mind the idea of a gunsmith subclass, but the entire class felt off for me.

    The main challenge is that the 3.5 Artificer used the very...
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    Yes. They're not really bad pieces, at least the...

    Yes. They're not really bad pieces, at least the characters look active and not just cheese-cakey.

    That halfling is ... barely acceptable. The other two are nightmare fuel.
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    There are precisely 4 pieces of art in the whole...

    There are precisely 4 pieces of art in the whole PHB I dislike: the two singing Halflings (the one mentioned, and the one on page 120), and the two women in bare midriff armor which I thought we'd...
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    One pool of points. The use of Sorcery points to...

    One pool of points. The use of Sorcery points to create spell slots is identical to the Spell point system, and having two types of points to track offers no advantage.
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    288-289 It's not bad, maps to what you get...

    288-289

    It's not bad, maps to what you get with spell slots. You do lose the second 6th and 7th level spell slots that you get at 19th and 20th level, (because you're only allowed 1 of each of the...
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    It's the "E" thar makes it classy.

    It's the "E" thar makes it classy.
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    Unfortunately, Psionics continues to be in flux....

    Unfortunately, Psionics continues to be in flux. Mearls seems to have a brand-new concept for Psionics every other month or so. I haven't looked at third party iterations, but the current model, the...
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    Geez, I just wish I could maintain a consistent...

    Geez, I just wish I could maintain a consistent accent. It's a common joke at my table that every character of mine has an international accent ... that it travels the world, often in a single...
  18. I've played both a Wizard and a Sorcerer, and...

    I've played both a Wizard and a Sorcerer, and think that the difference is pretty close. Admittedly, the Wizard only got to 3rd level, and in a setting that made playing a wizard difficult...
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    I hear you had to THACO up both ways.

    I hear you had to THACO up both ways.
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    My list is going to be a little different, as I...

    My list is going to be a little different, as I started playing DnD with 3rd edition, and have little use for "old school".

    1. 1 hour short rests. I get that 5 minutes from 4e was too short ......
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    It's less the words, but the psychic damage...

    It's less the words, but the psychic damage behind it. Bards are silver-tongued, their words are empowered with magic.

    But one I've thought about comes from too much Honor Harrington, characters...
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    I really miss Primal as a power source, it was...

    I really miss Primal as a power source, it was one of 4e's better innovations. For me, Druids and Rangers are Primal spellcasters, it helps separate them from their Divine counterparts, Clerics and...
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    This thread contains a poll. Mostly satisfied. Only two items of contention: ...

    Mostly satisfied. Only two items of contention:

    1. No Sorcerer unique spells in the PHB. UA has started to add them, but I think it sucks that Sorcerers are the only spellcaster without spells...
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    Sorcerers and Druids are my two favourite DnD...

    Sorcerers and Druids are my two favourite DnD classes. Honestly, the only tweak I'd make to the class is more Metamagic, both more options and they gain more Metamagic abilities.
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    I'm all for keeping down class bloat, but that...

    I'm all for keeping down class bloat, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for new classes in 5e.

    Psion (Mystic): Yes, I'm a Psionics fan. If nothing else, a different magic system offers more...
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    I'll agree, I love reviewing DM Guild material,...

    I'll agree, I love reviewing DM Guild material, but as a part of UA? Not a fan, I'd rather get a glimpse into what other official material is being worked up.
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    I'll agree that Mystics should not just be...

    I'll agree that Mystics should not just be spellcasters with Psionics instead of magic. But ... I'll admit I want some flashier effects than just what we've seen. I liked Astral Constructs.
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    Considering this is still a playtest, it's to be...

    Considering this is still a playtest, it's to be expected. The first iteration of the Psionic rules mentioned two other Psionic Orders: The Order of the Knife and the Order of the Invisible Hand,...
  29. This thread contains a poll. I should note that I passed on SCAG, but may...

    I should note that I passed on SCAG, but may reconsider if I find myself in another game or two where the non-crunch material is of great value. There's no Adventurer's League support nearby.
    ...
  30. Agreed. It sticks in my craw a little that...

    Agreed. It sticks in my craw a little that Sorcerers are the full caster with the least spells known. Even a Warlock that doesn't take any invocations to add spells ends up with more spells known (15...
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    Yes. Then high-fived the player. And then...

    Yes. Then high-fived the player.

    And then crafted a Steam Elemental that gets bigger and stronger when hit by water.
  32. It does seem that all three arcanists (setting...

    It does seem that all three arcanists (setting aside the Bard, who can also blast) have at least a minor in blasting. Direct Damage is better here than it was in 3.5.

    But Sorcerers and Wizards...
  33. I'd be more annoyed at the lack of summoning...

    I'd be more annoyed at the lack of summoning options for sorcerers if:

    1. I wasn't already unhappy with how summoning was implemented in 5e. I don't see summoning as particularly viable....
  34. I think blasting is a part of being an arcane...

    I think blasting is a part of being an arcane caster. Sorcerers and Wizards do share design space. So I don't mind that Sorcerers have blasting in their DNA, so to speak.

    But I take issue with the...
  35. Honestly, Poison isn't a trap option because of...

    Honestly, Poison isn't a trap option because of the lack of Poison damage spells, it's a trap because of how many creatures have either resistance or immunity to it.

    Also, given the limitations on...
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    Anytime the number of rolled dice gets over 10, I...

    Anytime the number of rolled dice gets over 10, I allow PCs to take some of the dice out and average them, or use a dice roller. So if a 10d4 got too annoying to roll, I'd suggest 4d4+15. That said,...
  37. It really depends on the story behind those...

    It really depends on the story behind those words.

    Ancestral asks "what ancestry?", and Dragon Magic definitely implies Draconic ancestry. A Fey Ancestry would imply different things than a...
  38. I think their current spell list is fine ......

    I think their current spell list is fine ... except for the fact they have no unique spells. Every other caster class has something the others don't.

    Dragon Sorcs should have some spells that...
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    I've given up. The app refuses to load in...

    I've given up. The app refuses to load in Android, all I get is "Unstable internet connection."
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    If one is really worried about potential bad...

    If one is really worried about potential bad combos, make it a magic item that simply allows one to use DEX in place of STR. But it doesn't grant finesse, just like the Monk Unarmed strike allows for...
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    I find 5e style magic so superior to Vancian that...

    I find 5e style magic so superior to Vancian that I don't miss it now. However, I did feel this way during 4e, simply because AEDU magic was so heavily siloed. Maybe I want another utility spell in...
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    Currently, Stoneskin has the following...

    Currently, Stoneskin has the following restrictions:

    1. Magical weapon damage bypasses resistance.
    2. Concentration
    3. 100gp cost.

    I'd suggest removing one of them. I'm leaning towards the...
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    I ... don't. Or, put it this way, why do I need...

    I ... don't. Or, put it this way, why do I need to model/handle Commoners? Most of the time, they're background. If a PC interacts with one, they just use the normal DCs for ability checks. An attack...
  44. Well, that only really helps if one plays...

    Well, that only really helps if one plays Pathfinder, and I don't, so I'd still like a 5e system.

    I'm curious, though. What about Dreamscarred's take on Psionics is so good? I thought it was a...
  45. While my specific qualms with the Mystic differ...

    While my specific qualms with the Mystic differ ... I was generally positive.
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    I need to digest this a bit more, but an initial...

    I need to digest this a bit more, but an initial thought ... I really wish we'd get more than 5 levels to playtest. There's this strong focus on DnD at low levels, to, IMO, the detriment of high...
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    I measure Drizzt in Drizzles. 13 Drizzles makes 1...

    I measure Drizzt in Drizzles. 13 Drizzles makes 1 Drip of Drizzt.

    Of course, when it comes to Salvatore novels, I generally measure them in "how long until I want a moon to come crashing down and...
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    Um, no, a fifth level cleric has third level...

    Um, no, a fifth level cleric has third level spell slots and then prepares 3rd level cleric spells. And a 7th level wizard has access to 4th level spell slots, and therefore 4th level wizard spells....
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    Think of it as an order of operations issue. A...

    Think of it as an order of operations issue. A cleric X/Wixard Y defines their spells prepared as if they were a Xth level Cleric and a Yth level Wizard. After you determine spells prepared, you then...
  50. Now, what about feats that bump stats? Does that...

    Now, what about feats that bump stats? Does that part apply to Wildshape? Does a Druid with Resilient (Constitution) have to add +1 to the Con of any creature he changes into?
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    I didn't really before ... but this is kinda...

    I didn't really before ... but this is kinda cool. I'm seeing a Shadowrun-esque setting with current level tech. Dunno, it's good to see non-Realms material. Plus, I'm glad that DnD support isn't...
  52. Thread: GenCon Loot

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    While I agree, I can say with some confidence...

    While I agree, I can say with some confidence that there aren't going to be any announcements, considering that WoTC has no major seminars on the schedule. The era of big Gen Con news has pretty much...
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    Ribbons were called out in a sidebar in the...

    Ribbons were called out in a sidebar in the Unearthed Arcana article on Waterborne adventures. The basic idea is some PC abilities aren't factored into balance, because it provides more flavour. Like...
  54. I'll admit, I'm more interested in the...

    I'll admit, I'm more interested in the non-setting specific stuff. New PC options ahoy!
  55. It was odd to me that all the summon spells had...

    It was odd to me that all the summon spells had been renamed "conjure x", and this might be why. Summon Bat, gets you a bat. Conjure Animals might get you a bat.
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    While I don't mind Psionics being "subtler", I...

    While I don't mind Psionics being "subtler", I still want some ectoplasmic powers like Astral Construct. It's very Green Lantern, which I like. I have been thinking about creating a 5e Summoner (not...
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    Well, the Sun Blade might as well be called a...

    Well, the Sun Blade might as well be called a Lightsaber, so really, you want telekinesis, mind tricks and agility. I'd do a custom version of the Elemental monk, with those spells in mind.
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    Well, I wouldn't necessarily tie those two...

    Well, I wouldn't necessarily tie those two together. I'm fine with Mystics being subtler and not throwing around Psionic Fireballs ... but I still want Mystics to potentially fill the "blaster" role....
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    Sometimes. I go back and forth. Have an idea,...

    Sometimes. I go back and forth. Have an idea, pick a mini, alter idea to better suit the mini.

    That said, I really want to play this PC.
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    Here's a thought, what about some of the crazier...

    Here's a thought, what about some of the crazier races, with a PC sidebar? Things like Shardminds, Killoren/Wilden, Shadar-Kai, Dromites, or Illumian?

    That way, they are more explicitly DM options...
  61. I'm starting to think about maximizing Monster...

    I'm starting to think about maximizing Monster HP, but my concerns are less about optimized party, then having a large party, 6-8 PCs.
  62. Honestly, IMO, every alternative to Mystic that...

    Honestly, IMO, every alternative to Mystic that I've seen here, I haven't liked. If we can't have Psion, Mystic is acceptable to me.

    It even kinda makes sense within a DnD world. Compared to...
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    I am also not too picky. Monsters, more monsters....

    I am also not too picky. Monsters, more monsters. That said, I see a lot of logic in also having more themes and templates for customizing monsters. Also, I'd like some support for other campaign...
  64. Biotic Adept Jedi Bene Gesserit Mutant ...

    Biotic Adept
    Jedi
    Bene Gesserit
    Mutant

    Tongue is only slightly in cheek.
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    Which, to me, is a good thing. Seriously, when I...

    Which, to me, is a good thing. Seriously, when I think Psionics, Jedi is definitely something I want to see emulated. I'm also thinking of a Biotic (From Mass Effect) subclass and matching...
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    I'm liking this implementation. I have quibbles,...

    I'm liking this implementation. I have quibbles, the Awakened Mind has very limited offensive options, and I'm not sure how well the system will scale into higher levels. I'd like some general...
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    I'm on the fence. I liked the pseudo-scientific...

    I'm on the fence. I liked the pseudo-scientific terminology, but, if it's got to go, then you really shouldn't keep "Psion". And "Mystic" works well in DnD worlds, where Psionics is comparably rare....
  68. This thread contains a poll. In general, I have no problems with the current...

    In general, I have no problems with the current setup, APs, plus free web support. But, I wouldn't mind additional material. Here's what I'd like:

    1. Expanded Player options. Yes, more or less a...
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    Same. Though that also might be due to I have a...

    Same. Though that also might be due to I have a large gaming group and we can cheerfully chat half the night away before getting to brass tacks.
  70. My assumption is that Psions will not use spell...

    My assumption is that Psions will not use spell slots. Therefore, they will not be getting any progression multiclassing with spellcasters. Just like the Elemental Monk doesn't.
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    With the exception of the PotA player material,...

    With the exception of the PotA player material, though, it's all UA stuff. So, yes, that puts mass combat at the same level as Eberron and the modified classes and I do treat it all as playtest...
  72. This is one that I don't think is doable without...

    This is one that I don't think is doable without something like 3.5 dual progression prestige classes or some kind of multiclassing kludge.

    But that's okay. Because if Psionics is different, then...
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    I simply could not make it to one. Only Toronto...

    I simply could not make it to one. Only Toronto stores, and I was too busy to trek into the downtown.
  74. There's a clear middle ground here, which is the...

    There's a clear middle ground here, which is the approach I'd advocate. A new Psion class, for the psionic specialists. Psion Subclasses fill the core archetypes, like Telepaths, Telekinetics and...
  75. And yet it's 3.5 with the holy broken trinity of...

    And yet it's 3.5 with the holy broken trinity of Wizard, Cleric and Druid. 5e magic actually takes a page from 3.5 psionics, by no longer having spells scale by caster level, instead by spell slot...
  76. Which, while I agree, is, I think, a part of the...

    Which, while I agree, is, I think, a part of the problem. When we discuss Psionics, most of the examples and Iconic Psionic users are from Science Fiction. X-Men, Bene Gesserit, Biotic Adepts,...
  77. Strongly Agree. Psionicists should not feel like...

    Strongly Agree. Psionicists should not feel like spellcasters. That said, they still need to have their areas of expertise. So Telepaths should still do all the things that Telepaths do. But yes to...
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    Background? Ehhhh ... For a class or race,...

    Background? Ehhhh ...

    For a class or race, definitely. Maybe even a feat.
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    True, but 3.5 Psions could still cherry-pick....

    True, but 3.5 Psions could still cherry-pick. Between the Expanded Knowledge feat and just taking higher level psionic powers.

    I guess what I'd like to see is something like 4e Psions, where you...
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    My preference is that Psionics is more...

    My preference is that Psionics is more discipline-focused. Spellcasters can just learn a spell, it doesn't matter if you've never cast a fire spell at all, you can learn Fireball or Meteor Storm. To...
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    As much as I want Psionic material, I do view UA...

    As much as I want Psionic material, I do view UA articles as more or less Beta-testing material, as in, not official and not quite ready. So, yes, bring it on, but I'm still waiting for more...
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    These are all older edition combos. Warforged...

    These are all older edition combos.

    Warforged Artificer: I loved the idea of an Artificer that was always tinkering with his own body. An intelligent Inspector Gadget, sort of.

    Changeling...
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    ... Or just make a new class. That way we won't...

    ... Or just make a new class. That way we won't have to cross-reference, which is a good thing. Rather than, "it's like a wizard, but take away this, add this, change this to that, multiply this by...
  84. While I also want more subclasses (and...

    While I also want more subclasses (and metamagics), what I also think would help is some unique spells. The Sorcerer spell list is mostly a subset of the wizard's, with only a handful of Druid...
  85. Yes.

    Yes.
  86. .... I'd like that more if that wasn't a...

    ....

    I'd like that more if that wasn't a change from how they'd been previously explained. It is creepy and cool, but ... it's not how I'd use Changelings in Eberron.
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    The challenges of the d20. In a battle with...

    The challenges of the d20. In a battle with Frulam (the cleric from Hoard of the Dragon Queen), Frulam was unable to land her Command and Hold Person spells, even targeting PCs that didn't have that...
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    I'm quite happy with Concentration. It's a key to...

    I'm quite happy with Concentration. It's a key to balancing the Moon Druid, as it can kill their Barkskin spell. I like that the PCs had to scramble after the Acolytes to take out their Bane debuffs....
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    ^ Split the party, huh? My party froze, and...

    ^ Split the party, huh?

    My party froze, and all of them got caught in a lightning breath for their troubles. I'm actually glad Cyanwrath has managed to defeat the Paladin twice, it'll hopefully...
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    I'm planning something similar. I've asked my...

    I'm planning something similar. I've asked my players for help though. I'm hoping to do some more character-based sidequests. Either a quick story or two in Baldur's Gate, or even a dungeon or two as...
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    I'm more in favour of playing against type and...

    I'm more in favour of playing against type and hate race-class restrictions.

    I was considering a 13th Age style house rule, where you get a +1 to one of your class' saving throw stats, as long as...
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    A light schedule annoys me when there's stuff...

    A light schedule annoys me when there's stuff that I feel that I need to really run my favourite DnD settings. So a lack of Psionics and Eberron support, and no idea when that may be coming out...
  93. Outside of combat, I'm tempted to use the idea of...

    Outside of combat, I'm tempted to use the idea of success with cost. So, if a roll fails by less than 5, the player has the option of succeeding at a moderate cost. So, while a failed persuasion...
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    This thread contains a poll. Eberron and Dark Sun are the two that I'd like to...

    Eberron and Dark Sun are the two that I'd like to see sooner, because they have specific classes and races that I want to see in 5e asap. Artificers, Changelings, Warforged, Psionics, Thri-Kreen,...
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    I kinda agree. I wasn't super stoked with the...

    I kinda agree. I wasn't super stoked with the idea in the first place. If the player material was too focused on the adventure, I was probably going to pass on both. And I'm already a little leery of...
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    I'm not entirely sold on 13th Age's system of...

    I'm not entirely sold on 13th Age's system of incremental advancement ... at least, outside of 13th Age. I can see it works for 13th Age, because of the bucket of benefits one gets as one levels and...
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    Lol, fair enough. I've been reading his stuff for...

    Lol, fair enough. I've been reading his stuff for awhile, and just ignore the self-aggrandizement and general ranty "my way is the only way" nature. The part of the article I found useful was that XP...
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    Right now, I'm running Hoard of the Dragon Queen,...

    Right now, I'm running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and just having PCs level at the end of the chapter. This does not seem to bother my players, as this is how we've been doing it for awhile.
    ...
  99. I've used Popcorn initiative for 13th Age and...

    I've used Popcorn initiative for 13th Age and Fate, and quite like it. But I've shied away from it in 5e, just because of how easily PCs can dispatch monsters. As I'm getting a better feel for the...
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    Which is definitely a mindset that I concur with....

    Which is definitely a mindset that I concur with. I've seen DMs with portrait screens, and it's a little too Wizard of Oz for my taste. Portrait screens let me see my players, and especially the...
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