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  1. I generally assume that spells are acompanied by...

    I generally assume that spells are acompanied by visual effects (twinkly lights or whatever) that make it obvious who is casting it (unless they are using a special ability like subtle spell). That's...
  2. In my experience, cover acts more like AC than...

    In my experience, cover acts more like AC than hp. You are either 100% safe or are at the mercy of a bad dice roll.

    Games like Mass Effect and Shadowrun manage to combine hp with a cover based...
  3. Did you say you haven't played the original...

    Did you say you haven't played the original Baldur's Gate? It's a very different style of RPG to The Elder Scrolls games.

    Of course it's possible Baldur's Gate 3 might take a completely different...
  4. No, but if the DM is disinclined to be...

    No, but if the DM is disinclined to be co-operative they can have sharks appear in the desert.

    Subjective: an uncooperative DM can make the spell completely useless.



    You must change DMs...
  5. You persist in conflating no-hp with cover, when...

    You persist in conflating no-hp with cover, when they are actually two separate and unrelated features. It's not hp, or the lack of them, that make games like Snapshot (which is basically X-Com)...
  6. I think the main strength of 5e rules is it's...

    I think the main strength of 5e rules is it's ability to resolve combat quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

    I have played games with cover and action points and they are sloooooooow. Like set...
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    I think you need to suspend your antipathy to...

    I think you need to suspend your antipathy to paladins, there origin is quite interesting - and some might like to know where the name comes from.

    You should also look at more modern classes too,...
  8. I think I said that. But there is also a...

    I think I said that.

    But there is also a destinction to be made between a player who doesn't want to play a class any more, and a character who for role playing reasons looses thier faith.
  9. If the druid maxes out dexterity. Aren't they...

    If the druid maxes out dexterity. Aren't they going to max out wisdom first? And "they could max out both by level 16" isn't an answer, since the game isn't actually played at such high levels (and...
  10. I remember a 1st edition game when the MU had to...

    I remember a 1st edition game when the MU had to use a magic sword because it was the only weapon that could harm the enemy and the fighter was dead.
  11. That's all very subjective and DM dependant....

    That's all very subjective and DM dependant. Especially summoning spells, even the ones that are too high level to appear in actual play. All of which require concentration, and summon what the DM...
  12. Sure you could do that (although, speaking as...

    Sure you could do that (although, speaking as someone who has had several different professions, one doesn't immediately forget everything you learned just because you decide to do something...
  13. D&D doesn't model this very well:...

    D&D doesn't model this very well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=4MqmpL6X_8w. That doesn't make the setting unsuitable.

    And it can do this just fine:...
  14. I think you are talking about the difference...

    I think you are talking about the difference between a law like "thou shalt not kill", which is broken all the time, despite having been written by god on a stone tablet; and a law like the laws of...
  15. Out of curiosity, how much is Target charging?

    Out of curiosity, how much is Target charging?
  16. It has occured to me that a druid restricted to...

    It has occured to me that a druid restricted to hide armour has about the worst AC in the whole game. Thanks to Mage Armor and Shield Wizards and Sorcerers are probably packing an AC of around 20 -...
  17. No it isn't, but all other things being equal, a...

    No it isn't, but all other things being equal, a better AC makes you flat better than a worse AC.



    You mean Conjure Animals? The spell that in 5e has been nerfed to require concentration, so...
  18. What about if a druid decides they don't want to...

    What about if a druid decides they don't want to be a druid any more and becomes a fighter? According to 5e rules multiclass characters retain all the abilities from both classes.
  19. They are much more easily available than they...

    They are much more easily available than they where in the 80s, I supose a combination of 3D printing and online shopping.
  20. Prior editions also had rules to limit beholders,...

    Prior editions also had rules to limit beholders, such as 1d4 random eyestalks per arc.
  21. In fencing, the combatants move backwards and...

    In fencing, the combatants move backwards and forwards on a pieste that is 45 feet (nine squares in D&D) long.
  22. Star Wars is a prime example of the being no one...

    Star Wars is a prime example of the being no one correct approach. Edge of Empire and Star Wars D20 used hp, Star Wars D6 did not.
  23. The beholder is kind of prohibited from rotating...

    The beholder is kind of prohibited from rotating itself if it is using this ability.

    Doesn't matter - it can see and float in any direction.
  24. And on page 36 of the 1st edition PHB it lists...

    And on page 36 of the 1st edition PHB it lists the non-proficiency penalty that applies when you use a weapon prohibited by your class.

    Also, on page 15: "thieves can not use thief abilities when...
  25. And if everyone chooses the long safe path you...

    And if everyone chooses the long safe path you end up with a long dull battle.
  26. Yup, how dare they not have that!

    Yup, how dare they not have that!
  27. I think you underestimate people. Or at least...

    I think you underestimate people. Or at least potential D&D players - it's not a game for dumb people. When I started playing in the 1980s there was no internet, no one had ever played an RPG, and...
  28. No-hp Traveller (classic) Runequest FASA...

    No-hp
    Traveller (classic)
    Runequest

    FASA Star Trek
    WEG Star Wars (D6)

    yes-hp
    Tunnels and Trolls
    Golden Heroes
  29. multiple post

    multiple post
  30. Since Stargate is closely based on 5e I doubt it...

    Since Stargate is closely based on 5e I doubt it will be what you are looking for. I would see if you could hunt down Snapshot: http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Snapshot
  31. You are not the only one. What point is he...

    You are not the only one.

    What point is he trying to make? You can't ever have guns and HP in the same game? Everyone on the planet accepts HP for swords but no-one in the universe will accept...
  32. I hadn't actually noticed this categorically...

    I hadn't actually noticed this categorically false remark before. A 1st edition thief could use a two handed sword - they had a non-proficiency penalty and couldn't backstab with it, but they could...
  33. One thing DMs who are not allowing non-metalic...

    One thing DMs who are not allowing non-metalic medium armor should consider: intelligent aquatic races (Tritons, sea elves, Sahaugan, etc) are unlikely to use metal when making armour. Not only does...
  34. 5e duids don't get anything better than what...

    5e duids don't get anything better than what clerics get, and 5e clerics can wear half plate at least.


    I remember in a 1st edition game the 12th level druid defeated an army of thousands single...
  35. Actually, the reason for the limit in 1st edition...

    Actually, the reason for the limit in 1st edition was that druids had access to far more powerful offensive spells than clerics did. But through later editions clerics have gained access to more...
  36. As I've mentioned, I've played Traveller and FASA...

    As I've mentioned, I've played Traveller and FASA Star Trek quite extensively, and I don't think they particulalrly encorage tactical ranged combat. I think once you get away from D&D tabletop RPGs...
  37. Another option is to let one of the characterless...

    Another option is to let one of the characterless players play as Ned, briefing them in private in thier role as a mole. This would generally be a temporary situation, but it can sometimes be...
  38. It doesn't matter what example you use, you still...

    It doesn't matter what example you use, you still need a reason why a player can't do that thing.



    Yes it is. The player tells the DM what they are going to try and do. The DM then narrates the...
  39. They could play as Ada Lovelace*. But the...

    They could play as Ada Lovelace*.

    But the thing is, there is a reason a player can't be a computer hacker in the 1890s - computers haven't become sophisticated enough yet. If you want a player not...
  40. Yes. Yes it is. That is EXACTLY what railroading...

    Yes. Yes it is. That is EXACTLY what railroading is.



    True.

    However, saying "you can't do that" is not how you deal with it. If the player is causing a real problem, then "you try to do...
  41. Pillars of Eternity 2 goes there. And it manages...

    Pillars of Eternity 2 goes there. And it manages to combine firearms with hit points.
  42. -Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron [/LIST]

    -Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron
    [/LIST]
  43. And if you look at druids in history and myth,...

    And if you look at druids in history and myth, they are keen on jewellery, an golden jewellery in particular. Torcs (a twisted metal (copper, bronze or gold) neck ornament) are particularly...
  44. Acording to 1st edition druids cannot be any...

    Acording to 1st edition druids cannot be any alignment other than Neutral. Rules change.

    The thing to remember is D&D is a story telling game. Things have to make sense in terms of the story. I I...
  45. Actually, the rules allow armour (and weapons) to...

    Actually, the rules allow armour (and weapons) to be made of various materials. They don't specify what is made out of what because there is no hard and fast answer.

    You might find it helpful to...
  46. You are getting into the "doesn't feel like D&D...

    You are getting into the "doesn't feel like D&D territory" there. Clerics have always been heavily armoured since the class was first invented. Squishy healbots are the product of MMOs and do not...
  47. In 5e, players are actively encouraged to...

    In 5e, players are actively encouraged to re-fluff classes to suit their character concepts. I alluded to the Samurai subclass earlier. Chances are a player character is never going to be a Japanese...
  48. The drow originally as presented as monsters in...

    The drow originally as presented as monsters in Against the Giants all dual wielded - swords, hand crossbows, tenticle rods.
  49. Firstly, why not? Secondly, Circle of the Moon...

    Firstly, why not?

    Secondly, Circle of the Moon (and circle of spores) begs to differ.

    Thirdly, it take more than an of AC 19 to make a character a front liner.




    I would fix it by...
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    Just play Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Once they have...

    Just play Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Once they have ripped you to shreds a few dozen times the stop being funny at all.

    Even kaiju owlbears.
  51. The best place to see something is not...

    The best place to see something is not necessarily the inside...
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    Solution: have exactly one feat in the game:...

    Solution: have exactly one feat in the game: Prodigy (from Xanthar's Guide). Variant humans can pick this feat at first level. It gives proficiency in one skill, one tool and one language, and...
  53. In catholic teaching recent rulings override...

    In catholic teaching recent rulings override older ones. And the church has long taught that a priest who breaks their vows but repents is forgiven. In fact, it has often gone the other way (largely...
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    It's one of the things I really hate is when the...

    It's one of the things I really hate is when the villain escapes by DM fiat. If the players counterspell the dimension door or otherwise foil the villains escape the plot should change to accommodate...
  55. You are a vegetarian if you choose not to eat...

    You are a vegetarian if you choose not to eat meat. Sometimes vegetarians lapse and eat meat because they are not sufficiently strong willed to resist it. They feel guilty and try not to eat meat...
  56. But (RAW) they can still cast all druid spells...

    But (RAW) they can still cast all druid spells and use all druid special abilities.

    And your analogy is flawed. If your vegetarian nephew easts steak without knowing, they are still a vegetarian....
  57. So, you don't allow clerics in your game? Even...

    So, you don't allow clerics in your game? Even those that don't get heavy armour proficiency by default are probably packing an AC of 19, and that is before they start casting Shield of Faith on...
  58. Really? Isn't it obvious? Druid spells and...

    Really?

    Isn't it obvious? Druid spells and abilities offer little or no synergy with this playstyle (apart from shillelagh, which other classes can pick up).

    Closest comparison would be a...
  59. Tortle druids have the equivalent of built in...

    Tortle druids have the equivalent of built in plate armour, and, although not a bad choice for a melee druid who isn't a Moon druid, are a long way short of "monstrously powerful", even if they...
  60. Nope, wizards are not restricted. A wizard with...

    Nope, wizards are not restricted. A wizard with the appropiate proficiency (e.g. a dwarf) can wear armour and cast spells. And the game doesn't break. This is because, due to bounded accuracy, AC...
  61. Which was easy to balance. All classes got...

    Which was easy to balance. All classes got followers, whether animal or not. And all followers where expendable replaceable cannon fodder, so there was no need to inflate their stats.

    Like ranger...
  62. The main thing I find is that most players in the...

    The main thing I find is that most players in the groups I play in really want nothing to do with gods of any description. Druids outnumber clerics by a factor of infinity.
  63. D&D druids where more closely based on the...

    D&D druids where more closely based on the romantic Victorian reinvention than actual history in the first place.
  64. As a 1st edition vet I'm happy without animal...

    As a 1st edition vet I'm happy without animal companions.
  65. I would just like to point out that rangers...

    I would just like to point out that rangers didn't get animal companions until 3rd edition, and even then they where inferior to druid animal companions.

    I don't consider it an essential feature...
  66. Or for roleplaying, or because you hear that the...

    Or for roleplaying, or because you hear that the DM is planning on sending you into White Plume Mountain, or because +3 Hide is better than non-magic scale mail, or the adventure takes place under...
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    I just pick and choose the bits I like best from...

    I just pick and choose the bits I like best from the various eras, novels and computer games. They are riddled with contradictions anyway.
  68. That is your interpretation. There is nothing in...

    That is your interpretation. There is nothing in the rules to indicate that. It has the advantage of not being subject to the Heat Metal spell and certain other traps that key of metal.
    ...
  69. Hide armour is medium and non-metal and in the...

    Hide armour is medium and non-metal and in the default equipment list.
  70. Easily answered if you look at Valley of Gwangi...

    Easily answered if you look at Valley of Gwangi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Valley_of_Gwangi.

    Monsters absorb lots and lots of bullets. Pretty much exactly like D&D.

    Other examples of...
  71. I would rather give them (or someone) Dark Sun....

    I would rather give them (or someone) Dark Sun. Those old Dark Sun CRPGs are underrated classics.
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    The is no "canon".

    The is no "canon".
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    It's not necessarily the same. You can only trip...

    It's not necessarily the same. You can only trip large or smaller creatures with legs. You might need something that works on a purple worm.
  74. Which people? Who? Where is your evidence for all...

    Which people? Who? Where is your evidence for all these people who expect tactical play when there are firearms but that expectation magically vanishes when there are no firearms?

    I count two or...
  75. The Old West is a setting, Western is a genre. Or...

    The Old West is a setting, Western is a genre. Or perhaps more accurately, two genres.

    Personally, I wouldn't want to set a game in the Old West anyway, I have never liked either version. But the...
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    Because it's a bad idea? Remember anyone can...

    Because it's a bad idea?

    Remember anyone can pick up battlemaster manouvers with a feet.
  77. You are making massive assumptions about what...

    You are making massive assumptions about what "most" people think without any evidence.

    If you use D&D rules you are going to get an action movie feel, but action movies can be set in any setting.
  78. And if flying pigs are in truffles might make...

    And if flying pigs are in truffles might make healing potions.
  79. Again, that is a function of they type of game...

    Again, that is a function of they type of game you want to play, not the setting.

    Arnie Schwarzenegger in Commando does not stay behind cover and focus on tactical positioning. He stands out in...
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    I think there is room for adding new battlemaster...

    I think there is room for adding new battlemaster manouvers, but probably not ones that dupicate the effects of feets or abilities of other classes.

    Number 5 on the list looks like a viable...
  81. This is really the thing. "Western" means...

    This is really the thing. "Western" means something completly different to people of different generations. The Western genre used to synonomus with stories with symplistic morality "black hats and...
  82. Actually, no they weren't. See decisive weapons:...

    Actually, no they weren't. See decisive weapons: English(Welsh) Longbow, Mongolian horsebow.

    There is also a story in a very old book in which a cheating shepherd boy takes out the enemy's best...
  83. Rubbish. In Game of Thrones swords are extremely...

    Rubbish. In Game of Thrones swords are extremely lethal. e.g. In series 1 a character is wounded by a single spear thrust in the leg and limps for the rest of the series (until it is cured by...
  84. No, they don't.[/FONT][/COLOR][/LEFT] No...

    No, they don't.[/FONT][/COLOR][/LEFT]



    No one is saying that.

    Hp is equally flawed, for the purpose of simulation, no matter what setting you use it in, but equally good, for the purpose of...
  85. For Wild West you would want to upgrade the...

    For Wild West you would want to upgrade the effectiveness of fists and improvised weapons in melee.

    The thing to focus on is you are not trying to simulate reality (D&D doesn't do that in any...
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    Your simple argument hinges on reading too much...

    Your simple argument hinges on reading too much into the name. You could make the same argument for Collage of Valour bards, and they aren't much cop as melee fighters; War domain clerics serve gods...
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    The word "bladelock" is never used in the rules....

    The word "bladelock" is never used in the rules. There is nothing to indicate an expectation that they will be ever be able to compete with fighters on the front line.

    Warlocks get a whole bunch...
  88. There where a whole bunch of heroic Western...

    There where a whole bunch of heroic Western serials made for TV in the 50s, and for cinema serials before TV. See anything staring Alan Ladd for example.

    The Lone Ranger is best remembered, and...
  89. Your sterotypical dungeon from the early days is...

    Your sterotypical dungeon from the early days is lit with torches in sconces.
  90. Good examples of movies with guns where the...

    Good examples of movies with guns where the heroes clearly have a ridiculous number of hp are the Indiana Jones and Die Hard movies.
  91. The point is, hp are stupid irrespective of if...

    The point is, hp are stupid irrespective of if you are fighting with a gun or a hat pin. What matters is where the hit happens, not the nature of the weapon.

    People of have gotten used to the idea...
  92. And I will show you hundreds killed from a single...

    And I will show you hundreds killed from a single stab with a dagger.
  93. I actually really hate the way the "Old Empires"...

    I actually really hate the way the "Old Empires" where done in the Forgotten Realms. I would much prefer having a culture that resembled ancient Egypt, rather than doing a Stargate and actually...
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    Do you expect all class/subclass choices to have...

    Do you expect all class/subclass choices to have the same HP, AC, skill points and utility powers?

    Class/Subclass choices are NOT INTENDED TO DO EQUAL DAMAGE.

    And this is a thoroughly good...
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    Which is pretty silly give that most characters...

    Which is pretty silly give that most characters never make it to 20, and if they do you are talking about the last session in a four year long campaign. It would also require the warlock to take no...
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    Which may be true, but is also pointless. Because...

    Which may be true, but is also pointless. Because all the players see is a corridor full of always-CE giants to fight. Followed by a room full of giants to fight. Followed by another corridor full of...
  97. Whilst this is a joke, it's also the aproach I...

    Whilst this is a joke, it's also the aproach I would take. When it comes to minor NPC characters working out a detailed backstory is pointless. The players won't ask about it, and if they do they...
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    Meh. It's just asked me how likely I was to buy a...

    Meh. It's just asked me how likely I was to buy a boxed set, I said "unlikely" and it told me to get lost. It would have been nice to be asked why (boxed sets are massively expensive in the UK...
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    Yes, I said that. You can get plenty of detail...

    Yes, I said that. You can get plenty of detail from the random tables in the DMG. It's just wont be very interesting or logical detail. You are the one vaunting a lack of detail as a positive...
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    I haven't said it doesn't do anything apart from...

    I haven't said it doesn't do anything apart from not suck.
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