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  1. I quit from about 2009 to 2012 when I was in...

    I quit from about 2009 to 2012 when I was in graduate school. Then stopped for about a year in 2016?-ish. I found that I had other hobbies I was enjoying more (cosplay, model makings, etc.). It was...
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    Looks like I do something similar to the 2.5...

    Looks like I do something similar to the 2.5 sessions/level without realizing it. From levels 1-3, I level the characters and the end of each session. (1>2>3). After that, it's a level every two to...
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    In short? Yes. Your friend and his/her/their...

    In short? Yes. Your friend and his/her/their happiness is more important that some online grudge. If they like running their game on roll20, they're comfortable with it and have done the necessary...
  4. Some thoughts I shared elsewhere when asked if it...

    Some thoughts I shared elsewhere when asked if it would be useful for anyone who has run the Starter Set:

    I think it would be very useful though I've only glanced through it myself.

    The...
  5. That seems entirely appropriate, MGibster. ...

    That seems entirely appropriate, MGibster.

    Cheers!
  6. 3d6. In order. No moving, mixing, adjusting. Came...

    3d6. In order. No moving, mixing, adjusting. Came up with a very capable if unlikable fighter. But that was Basic D&D Fighter, so a Strength of 16 was awesome! A Charisma of 8, not so much.

    I've...
  7. 6th Edition, which is coming up, is reportedly...

    6th Edition, which is coming up, is reportedly much streamlined, so maybe there's a chance for ya?
  8. Awesome! Thanks for chiming in. I wasn't...

    Awesome! Thanks for chiming in. I wasn't expecting to hear from you so I don't have anything much at the moment. Except maybe: What is the planned future for these? In other words, if I get them, are...
  9. Yeah, I barely use the mats I have. Probably...

    Yeah, I barely use the mats I have. Probably should skip this.
  10. Kickstarter: Mimic's Grids. Good idea?

    Note: I'm NOT shilling for the product and am looking for thoughtful input.

    Stumbled across this kickstarter, Mimic's Grids, that has me scratching my head and going: Why haven't we done this...
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    If you don't mind, can you keep us updated on how...

    If you don't mind, can you keep us updated on how this works out? I'm very curious.
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    Just got notification today (along with tracking...

    Just got notification today (along with tracking number) that my shipment of The Expanse corebook and GM kit have shipped.
  13. I'm excited. I didn't really get into Eberron in...

    I'm excited. I didn't really get into Eberron in the past editions. I wanted to get into it this edition. Between the WGtE and the new Hard Back, I'm very excited.

    Especially since this content...
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    Absolutely. While my daughter had a grounding in...

    Absolutely. While my daughter had a grounding in RPGs via Savage Worlds, she took to D&D5e like a fish to water and almost immediately started running games for her friends. Her second best friend...
  15. This thread contains a poll. I have a love affair with potions and scrolls. I...

    I have a love affair with potions and scrolls. I love, Love, LOVE handing out one use items way more than multi-use items. My players know this as I've just come out and baldly stated this fact. So...
  16. Thanks, LoreEntrails! I'm very...

    Thanks, LoreEntrails! I'm very conversant/proficient with FG for playing online (started using it Dec 2004! Gah! I'm old!!) and I've found your suggestions for offline/face-to-face very helpful.
    ...
  17. Thanks for the replies!

    Thanks for the replies!
  18. Using Fantasy Grounds for Face-to-Face?

    The FG kickstarter has got me really excited. I've been using FG for >10 years. Recently, I've gotten news that my group is moving back home just as I did. I've noticed that some have mentioned that...
  19. Using a laying-flat monitor for F2F gaming. Clarity?

    I've seen lots of really cool setups with monitors laying flat on tables with maps on them. My question, for those who do this, how is the off-perpendicular clarity. In other words, sitting to the...
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    They could, sure, and I think it would be...

    They could, sure, and I think it would be successful.

    I just don't think they'd want to. They look like great big D&D fans and they really, really enjoy playing D&D.
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    Currently between games. Just finished up a D&D...

    Currently between games. Just finished up a D&D 5e Campaign Arc that was a lot of rollicking fun.

    Now that I have the kickstarter stuff from The Expanse RPG the plan is to do something different...
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    I now have it and, after a cursory glance, it...

    I now have it and, after a cursory glance, it looks really good. Hoping to dive into it in-depth this weekend.
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    The Expanse RPG: Churn is coming!

    Just got this email:


    "Hello backers,
    Mondays are rarely happy but today I have good news: The Expanse RPG has been approved! We will be sending the game to print this week and you also get your...
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    Me, too. I've downloaded all the content into...

    Me, too.

    I've downloaded all the content into my Kindle with their app. So I'm wondering if it'll stay on the off chance that DND Beyond goes down. Hrm.
  25. Modern AGE. Anyone played it? Thoughts?

    A thread over on another forum in which I came to the realization that I'm so burned out on the Fantasy Pseudo-Medieval Genre got me thinking about what I'd like to play/run in the future. I'd...
  26. Very interesting. I've only played in Eberron a...

    Very interesting. I've only played in Eberron a couple of times. Like the tone.
  27. At first, I barely used them at all because I...

    At first, I barely used them at all because I couldn't remember the rule and my players forgot they had them. Then I bought the d20 Coins from Campaign Coins so I would have a physical representation...
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    Me, too! Especially if they do the whole 3 module...

    Me, too! Especially if they do the whole 3 module arc which was excellent!
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    Kind of odd to argue about stealing adventures...

    Kind of odd to argue about stealing adventures from other settings by using an Adventure that wasn't originally based in FR and was transplanted there as an example.

    Isn't it?
  30. Pathfinder Pawns: How do you store them?

    I love the Pathfinder Pawns. I don't even know why. Just do. As my collection grows, I find that what I'm using (Coin Collecting Pages with flip Coin Holders ) is working fairly well... at least for...
  31. That surprises me in that, in my group, the two...

    That surprises me in that, in my group, the two classes that have lasted the longest have been Cleric and Ranger.

    And, yes, I know Anecdote =/= Data. I just thought it was interesting.
  32. Damn. I love Gunsmoke.

    Damn. I love Gunsmoke.
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    I have sooooo many PDFs of so many RPGs that I...

    I have sooooo many PDFs of so many RPGs that I don't even know where I got them all. I'm sure some of them (a lot even?) are pirated PDFs that I got to see if I'd like a game before buying it and...
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    Over the last year, my RPG book collection has...

    Over the last year, my RPG book collection has dwindled. Now, I'm down to just D&D5e WotC books (of which I have all of them) and my Savage Worlds stuff.

    I've even culled my PDF stuff.

    Weird,...
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    Yah. I had someone point out that I should use 4e...

    Yah. I had someone point out that I should use 4e Level ÷ 1.5 = PC level needed to cast in 5e.

    It's a place to start modifying from.
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    As others have mentioned, some Rites (I like the...

    As others have mentioned, some Rites (I like the name as well!) are duplicates of spells held by characters and that's ok with me for the most part depending on the spell (such as Raise Dead that...
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    Right. Those should probably be excised from the...

    Right. Those should probably be excised from the list.[/QUOTE]
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    No other reason than I like the idea of it being...

    No other reason than I like the idea of it being a Tool that must be learned to be mastered sort of thing. Like cooking or brewing, etc.
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    Sort of, kind of. The Ritual Caster Feat lets a...

    Sort of, kind of. The Ritual Caster Feat lets a caster cast a ritual spell at a cost of only time. While the Ritual Tool Proficiency would allow require a monetary (Component Cost), time (Casting...
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    Just dawned on me that I'd have to do something...

    Just dawned on me that I'd have to do something about the GP cost of the Rituals as well. Hmmmm...
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    4e Rituals -> 5e

    I never got to play 4e except for a couple of quick games I ran for my daughter and her friends before they asked to go back to Savage Worlds. One of the things I really liked about 4e was all the...
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    I never seem to leave D&D. Oh, I dabble. I have...

    I never seem to leave D&D. Oh, I dabble. I have trysts with other systems where we meet for a couple of weeks, sometimes months. But then I wander back to old faithful: D&D.

    Since 1981, the...
  43. I use what I call the Heroic Array. Basically,...

    I use what I call the Heroic Array. Basically, the Standard Array (15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8) with a few bumps: 16, 15, 13, 13, 11, 10.

    The numbers are mostly odd so that the first ASI/Feat selection...
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    Typically, when we play at my place, I run/play...

    Typically, when we play at my place, I run/play games on my dining room table with the leaf in. So it's about 3'8" x 6'6" long. It's a tad long for my tastes, but it easily sits up to 8 people with...
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    Scabard looks quite interesting.

    Scabard looks quite interesting.
  46. I very much agree. Which is why I said that "If I...

    I very much agree. Which is why I said that "If I had to come up with a conspiracy theory between WotC and CR." I was just playing the "WotC and Streamers are in Cahoots!" game.

    Personally? I...
  47. If I had to come up with a conspiracy theory...

    If I had to come up with a conspiracy theory between WotC and CR, it'd be that WotC let Mr. Mercer know they were working on ship stuff and he ran with it.

    Rather than the other direction.
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    PAX South. Going?

    Any ENworlders gonna be at pax south? Never been and I just moved back to San Antonio after 15 years. Wonder what people thought of it and if they were going.
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    I've never had a 5e player multiclass nor...

    I've never had a 5e player multiclass nor participated in a 5e game where any of the players either asked to or actually multiclassed. Too many goodies coming at me and them just by sticking to the...
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    Paizo's in trouble?

    Paizo's in trouble?
  51. 1. Any resolutions on things you want to do?...

    1. Any resolutions on things you want to do?
    Actually play the D&D5e books/adventures that I have. I buy them as they come out (both physical and Dnd Beyond) and then they just sit there. On my...
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    That's because, sadly, there are people out there...

    That's because, sadly, there are people out there who don't read the rules to Darkvision. It lets you see in the dark as if in Dim Light which gives disadvantage to all Active (and -5 to Passive)...
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    Mine as well, so they appear to be on schedule as...

    Mine as well, so they appear to be on schedule as far as my reward level goes ($70 Destroyer Level).

    I guess part of the reason I'm so blasé about the whole thing is that I didn't know there were...
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    Myself, i've been super happy that I did. He...

    Myself, i've been super happy that I did. He updates the Kickstarters more often than a couple of others I've backed.



    He updates us regularly in the Kickstarter comments/etc. Basically, it's...
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    This is partially what I do. (one level of...

    This is partially what I do. (one level of exhaustion everytime you go down. Once you use up all the levels of exhaustion, you be dead, dead, dead. Resting to recover those levels becomes really,...
  56. While I've had big groups of rotating players,...

    While I've had big groups of rotating players, I've never run a game with more than 7 players at the table. I didn't like it. Not enough "screen time" for individual PCs. Some players got visibly...
  57. Absolutely. Caveat: The following is not a...

    Absolutely.

    Caveat: The following is not a dig at Matt Mercer. He seems like a very nice, likable guy who is obviously skilled at his craft.

    Many people have stated what a great GM Matt Mercer...
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    I did this last time with what you had up and...

    I did this last time with what you had up and LOVED it. Thank you so much for posting this again for others.
  59. This thread contains a poll. My main issue, when I lived in Los Angeles just 8...

    My main issue, when I lived in Los Angeles just 8 months ago (?!), was also driving time. Not distance. Time. Sometimes, because of the way traffic works, the closest game may be the one that takes...
  60. The scarier or more tense the situation, the...

    The scarier or more tense the situation, the sillier I can be or the more I search for the joke in the situation. This is also a carryover from Real Life as it's how I handle stress there. Sigh.
  61. I seldom leave games. I usually find something...

    I seldom leave games. I usually find something that amuses me.

    However, there is one thing that for sure will make me not come: devaluing Social Skills. If I have to roll to Hit, I should be able...
  62. annoying trait -> I take nothing seriously. My...

    annoying trait -> I take nothing seriously. My own personality is to find the joke in everything. That carries over and can be annoying. Sometimes I even annoy myself!
  63. This is what I did. It wasn't be best in terms of...

    This is what I did. It wasn't be best in terms of money return. It was, however, the best (I think) in terms of ease.


    I sent them a list of the games I had that I wanted to get rid of, a...
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    When you die, be sure that you leave all your...

    When you die, be sure that you leave all your belongings and investments to the public and don't give any of it to your family... Afterall, you're not using it anymore.
  65. The only problem I have with WAR's art (and I do...

    The only problem I have with WAR's art (and I do mean the ONLY problem) is that man either can't or won't draw feet. Almost all of his humanoids have a raging case of elephant feet: their ankles...
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    Golarion update to 2e?

    Just a curiosity question: Is Paizo planning on "updating" the Golarion Inner Sea Guide to reflect Pathfinder 2? I don't own the setting and have no idea how much Rules-Bound it is. But I figured...
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    Awesome! Thank you so much, Rob.

    Awesome! Thank you so much, Rob.
  68. This thread contains a poll. As I stated over in the Ravnica thread, my...

    As I stated over in the Ravnica thread, my feelings about the new/recycled campaign settings are completely neutral.

    I'm currently digging the box set of Birthright that I rediscovered at my...
  69. This thread contains a poll. My feelings are completely neutral. I have no...

    My feelings are completely neutral. I have no wish for another campaign world nor do I begrudge others. I've only just rediscovered my boxed set of Birthright that's been lurking in a back closet at...
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    [Birthright] Battle Rules

    I was cleaning out my game collection of things I haven't used or looked at in 20 years (or at least it feels that way) when I stumbled over a box filled with Birthright stuff. I paged through the...
  71. The one problem, to my mind, with kitbashing a...

    The one problem, to my mind, with kitbashing a system is: do the other players/GM/Whathaveyou want a kitbashed system or are they happy with what they have. Back about 30 years ago, I wrote a system...
  72. I had a TPK right after picking up 5e. The group...

    I had a TPK right after picking up 5e. The group decided to play relatives who were out looking for the Party and find out Who, What, Where, When and How they died. The campaign started as one thing...
  73. I've been playing pretty steady since 1981. But...

    I've been playing pretty steady since 1981. But I'm just horrible with names! Horrible! At one point, the placeholder name for the Creator God was... er... Bob. I bought a book of names for writers...
  74. I'm ok with that! Ha! I would have been...

    I'm ok with that! Ha!

    I would have been equally ok with them not being in there as well.

    Just was mentioning that at least one experienced gamer out there did like 'em.
  75. LOL. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who...

    LOL. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who really liked those lists. Heh. But I'm also enough of a realist that I can acknowledge that I just might be an outlier!
  76. Ok. I'm gonna be that guy: Is there a link to any...

    Ok. I'm gonna be that guy: Is there a link to any document that goes over the mechanics of this game that would get me to pick it over some other game? The previews on drivethru don't actually go...
  77. While both of these are true about my OP, posts...

    While both of these are true about my OP, posts are like children. You raise them as best as you can. But once they leave the house they're on their own!

    I've found the topic interesting, for the...
  78. Hmm... Probably? :lol:

    Hmm... Probably? :lol:
  79. True, but I posted the OP and have since...

    True, but I posted the OP and have since corrected that OP a day or so ago to explicitly state that it's PP vision.

    But we're starting to argue semantics and that path leads to MADNESS! Point is...
  80. The first part of Lost Mines of Phandelver,...

    The first part of Lost Mines of Phandelver, Goblin Arrows, states with the following it two places:

    If the characters are searching for traps, the character in the lead spots the trap...
  81. People keep focusing on creatures, but there is a...

    People keep focusing on creatures, but there is a heck of a lot more going on in the dark in a dungeon: clues, secret doors, traps, treasures, etc. None of these things make noise (typically)....
  82. Um, you do have disadvantage to PP for dim light...

    Um, you do have disadvantage to PP for dim light conditions. For vision, at least.

    Also from DnDBeyond:

    Passive Checks
    A passive check is a special kind of ability check that doesn't involve...
  83. This thread contains a poll. As a player: prefer Homebrew or Published settings?

    This thread I started over here after being sleep deprived from being on Call had some interesting replies that got me thinking. We've seen polls many times that ask GM/DMs if they prefer to run...
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    Well, now that I have food and sleep under my...

    Well, now that I have food and sleep under my belt, I can clearly say that... I have no idea what I was asking that question for! LOL. Perhaps I was trying to see how to maximize the number of people...
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    In my youth, I was known to fall in love with my...

    In my youth, I was known to fall in love with my homebrew and write up reams of stuff about it. None of my players could have given a crap. Heh.
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    Whew! Thanks for all the replies to my silly...

    Whew! Thanks for all the replies to my silly question. I have to remember not to post questions on no sleep for 48 hours. Heh.
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    Oooo, that is a good question. Probably... not....

    Oooo, that is a good question. Probably... not. No. But I'm really just trying to test the water temp to using another pre-made other than FR (a setting that's lore is known to me no more than what...
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    Would a campaign set in Greyhawk...

    ...deter you from playing in the Group? I ask because I'm torn between making another homebrew (which can be time consuming) or going the so-called lazy route and run using Greyhawk. I've moved...
  89. I think it's the wording of the rule. Too many...

    I think it's the wording of the rule. Too many IF, THEN statements.

    IF the character has Darkvision in the dark, THEN they see as if in Dim Light.
    IF it's Dim Light, THEN the target is Lightly...
  90. While I don't feel that way, I can understand...

    While I don't feel that way, I can understand where you might. I say that because, since I brought it to the front of my mind a couple of years ago, I haven't forgotten it yet and it's only added to...
  91. Right. Corrected the title.

    Right. Corrected the title.
  92. Right. Which is why I wrote: "I think the main...

    Right. Which is why I wrote: "I think the main problem is that by ignoring this, darkvision kicks the crap outta human sight even more than it should." Still beats normal vision, but not nearly as...
  93. Darkvision: Don't forget the Disadvantage & limitations!

    Too many people including Critical Role's Matt Mercer (who is often used as an example of an excellent DM) by his own admission tend to forget the drawbacks of darkvision. Namely that perceptions...
  94. Techies! Using DND Beyond on Tablets? Thoughts?

    I recently purchased the Legendary whatchamacallit bundle on DnD Beyond because I have money and little willpower.

    Anyone using this at the table on tablets? I've sideloaded it onto my Kindle...
  95. Thanks!

    Thanks!
  96. Mighty Adventurers! Regale me with tales of The Age of Worms! (er. Tell me your thoughts.)

    So, as my recent thread may have indicated, I've returned once more to Greyhawk. Seems like over the last 35 years that I always return to Greyhawk.

    I seem to recall that The Age of Worms took...
  97. Thanks. All that is just what I needed to know.

    Thanks. All that is just what I needed to know.
  98. Greyhawk Sages! Tell me the differences between From the Ashes vs Living Greyhawk/Adventure Begins?

    I think that I know that the Living Greyhawk lore takes place a few years after the events in From the Ashes. But I've been wrong many many times before.

    So I thought I'd appeal to those Sages...
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    Since the first 2 to 3 character levels of D&D 5e...

    Since the first 2 to 3 character levels of D&D 5e are so fragile, I, as the DM, have the players do the following IF THEY WANT:

    Max Hit Points for level 1, 2 & 3. Thereafter, either take the HP...
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    I have in the past, yes. I ran a game 20 years...

    I have in the past, yes. I ran a game 20 years ago (?) in GURP Fantasy-genre where I had a couple of players who just would not keep their mind on the game table and were always buried in the sheets...
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