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  1. I get that. But here are my thoughts. 1) These...

    I get that. But here are my thoughts.

    1) These problem points should have been worked out before the beta.
    2) Heavy-stress tests should have been done in-house, instead of an early access version...
  2. I've had some pretty dreadful PFS and AL...

    I've had some pretty dreadful PFS and AL experiences at conventions. Mostly these were based on the players who show up - rules crunching, min/maxing jerks with binders of characters they are trying...
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    Yeah. I think a big factor for me is having...

    Yeah. I think a big factor for me is having limited free time to play. So by the time I'm able to play a "long session" and actually load the game, I've forgotten what I'm supposed to be doing. So...
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    I had one bad experience with Generic Tickets...

    I had one bad experience with Generic Tickets (not being able to find anything to do with them the first year I bought them), that I just never considered buying them again. Maybe it's worth looking...
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    I'm contemplating running at next year's GenCon...

    I'm contemplating running at next year's GenCon just so I know I can get into an event, unless I'm finally willing to say goodbye to GenCon. (Every one of the events we wanted to play sold out in...
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    In the day we called it "THACK - oh" though I've...

    In the day we called it "THACK - oh" though I've now started pronouncing it "THAY-koh."

    And even though I was with AD&D 2nd edition since about the start of that edition, the concept of THAC0 was...
  7. I can appreciate that, though I would love a...

    I can appreciate that, though I would love a streamlined and easy-to-access starting point for new players and GMs.
  8. I will need to see more before I pay for it...

    I will need to see more before I pay for it again. I'm talking like getting a free PDF of Quick Start Rules and a sample adventure to try.

    Our group was not impressed with the Beta, and a lot...
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    I come from a background of almost exclusively...

    I come from a background of almost exclusively console RPGs - Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Phantasy Star, etc. As a kid, I didn't have access to a PC powerful enough to run a game like Baldur's...
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    I've played all editions since AD&D 2nd edition,...

    I've played all editions since AD&D 2nd edition, and numerous systems that aren't D&D. I've recently switched a couple campaigns I run to 4E. It's mechanically balanced, tactically robust, and...
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    I ran a one-shot of 2nd edition for my fiancee,...

    I ran a one-shot of 2nd edition for my fiancee, whose experience has been mostly limited to 5e (and dipping back into 4e - which she loves). It was also my formative edition of D&D. I hate to say it,...
  12. Am I wrong for not getting "The Fantasy Trip?" I...

    Am I wrong for not getting "The Fantasy Trip?" I purchased the big boxed set, and I've had it for over a month. The rules are confusing, scattered across multiple small books.
  13. Ugh. Not at this price or half of this price.

    Ugh. Not at this price or half of this price.
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    It's likely going to be forgotten in any case....

    It's likely going to be forgotten in any case. You might as well do what you love.
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    From my game design perspective (which, granted,...

    From my game design perspective (which, granted, may not be as strong as others in this thread), I would want to have more than just combat. Maybe include a exploration/trap/skill challenge phase...
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    But with the ability for interconnected, longer...

    But with the ability for interconnected, longer campaigns. Along the lines of Frostgrave?
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    How I'd sell someone on a 4e-inspired system: ...

    How I'd sell someone on a 4e-inspired system:

    "Command the battlefield with beguiling illusions. Sharpen your rapier for a precision strike. Become a hero of legend in cooperative quests that...
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    I'm a fellow 4e apologist here. In fact, I've...

    I'm a fellow 4e apologist here. In fact, I've been running two 4e campaigns recently and modding my creature design in another 5e game to reflect 4e paradigms - I think to good success.

    I've tried...
  19. I'm concerned that Cubicle 7 is over-extending...

    I'm concerned that Cubicle 7 is over-extending themselves with WHFRPG, Age of Sigmar, and now the 40K license. The WHFRPG has been delayed and there are numerous products (an updated Enemy Within...
  20. Is the new Elder Scrolls game called "Ghosts of...

    Is the new Elder Scrolls game called "Ghosts of Siltmarsh?"
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    All of this is true. I would have liked it to...

    All of this is true. I would have liked it to have worked out for the group, but they refused to play it again since the first mission in the book was one that basically set up 4 players to fail...
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    I can understand that. But the disciplines are...

    I can understand that. But the disciplines are nowhere as good as 1st level wizard spells.
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    In an interesting turn of events, I'm going to be...

    In an interesting turn of events, I'm going to be playing in a one-shot Dark Sun game. The DM is opening up the Mystic class. So this is the first time I've honestly looked at it.

    Wow. Upon a...
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    Systems You Left after One Bad Experience

    I wonder if I'm unique in that I don't stick with games that don't work. I suppose this is because I have many other games to try.

    I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast different game...
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    The ability to overcharge and go completely nova...

    The ability to overcharge and go completely nova in a handful of encounters allowed my psion to really dominate. Of course that may have been the DM's fault for not having a standard number of...
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    Psionics have been able to address many roles in...

    Psionics have been able to address many roles in the party since at least 2nd edition AD&D. It was overpowered then, overpowered in 3.x, but pretty balanced in 4e (like all the other classes). I...
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    I know I'm only one guy, but I'm one guy who...

    I know I'm only one guy, but I'm one guy who plays in five groups. None of my groups have ever heard of this ... show? (Some of them watch Critical Role, if it's like that.)
  28. I guess the big difference is "in print" where I...

    I guess the big difference is "in print" where I can thumb through it at my FLGS or conventions. The DM's Guild material is also heavily skewed to the Forgotten Realms, so if you're wanting something...
  29. Robust tactical combat (3.x-4e), balance (4e),...

    Robust tactical combat (3.x-4e), balance (4e), wide amounts of 3pp material (3.x).
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    Best 5e high level adventure?

    My group is looking at continuing after Tomb of Annihilation (12-13th level). Are there any high level adventures you'd recommend for a follow up? (I am considering just breaking up Dungeon of the...
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    Prediction: Deluxe editions of Xanathar's Guide,...

    Prediction: Deluxe editions of Xanathar's Guide, Mordenkainen's Tome, and Volo's Guide in a slipcase?
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    "I would not take the road through Moria unless I...

    "I would not take the road through Moria unless I had no other choice."
  33. I get having a couple pages or even a whole...

    I get having a couple pages or even a whole chapter of fluff at the beginning, but this was a distracting amount (like 100+ pages). I come to rulebooks to learn the rules and find information in a...
  34. I didn't like the presentation of the rulebook. I...

    I didn't like the presentation of the rulebook. I know that seems like a silly reason to not like the system, but it just read badly. Like the first 100+ pages were setting fluff that I didn't find...
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    I wonder if one could houserule static defense...

    I wonder if one could houserule static defense and resist traits based on the average roll of a dice pool? It would cut down a few steps.
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    I was mistakenly under the impression that...

    I was mistakenly under the impression that Shadowrun 6e would take over Anarchy's spot, as I thought the point of Anarchy was a "rules lite" version of 5e. That's how it was sold to me at GenCon at...
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    Our former Shadowrun GM was re-writing the...

    Our former Shadowrun GM was re-writing the setting for use with Genesys. I guess these are good indications a simplified system is needed.
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    Seems like a quick turnaround. I know it's been 6...

    Seems like a quick turnaround. I know it's been 6 years since 5th edition was first released, but it's been less than 3 since the last update/reprint as well as the release of Shadowrun: Anarchy....
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    I haven't watched the videos or read a lot of the...

    I haven't watched the videos or read a lot of the new information, but I got an Ultimate last year and haven't used it a lot. (Was kind of difficult and steep learning curve; then ended up finding...
  40. I recently picked up Forbidden Lands, and I've...

    I recently picked up Forbidden Lands, and I've been reading through it for several weeks now. While I think it's a graphically beautiful product and very interesting from a game design perspective, I...
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    When I met a cute girl at a karaoke bar and I...

    When I met a cute girl at a karaoke bar and I tried to make her laugh by telling her I play D&D, and then she started telling me about her character. We're engaged now. :)
    But my favorite encounter...
  42. I've gone through a recent period of spending way...

    I've gone through a recent period of spending way too much money (and time) collecting and painting miniatures for wargames that I'll probably never play. (Can't find anyone to play.)
    Buying some...
  43. As a rule of thumb - no. I used to allow it in...

    As a rule of thumb - no. I used to allow it in the 3.x era, but found so much of it to be poorly balanced (more often than not, underpowered instead of overpowered). Then it created a massive rules...
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    PF2 I just realized that I don't think I included my...

    I just realized that I don't think I included my answers the questions I posted when I started the thread.

    I was a big champion of Pathfinder from the Beta playtest in 2008. The last game I tried...
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    Best Rules Add-Ons

    I'm DMing a group of "newish" players to 5E. I started our game with the bare minimum detail, but gradually added a battle grid. Over the months, they've been talking about flanking, re-positioning...
  46. I'd buy it. Haha

    I'd buy it. Haha
  47. PF2 Yeah. That killed the playtest for my group. My...

    Yeah. That killed the playtest for my group. My players just couldn't get past the "we're just number crunching and bean-counting" mindset. I hope Paizo puts out some free content around release time...
  48. On their official website forums, it is indicated...

    On their official website forums, it is indicated there are some licensing issues. I wouldn't be shocked if it's the end of the product line, as apparently there were quality issues and not a lot of...
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    PF2 That's true. I think the only thing to do is to...

    That's true. I think the only thing to do is to realize there isn't "one perfect game" for all audiences, and that systems need to offer different experiences to cater to their audiences. I'm finding...
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    PF2 This has been a hallmark of 4E since it was...

    This has been a hallmark of 4E since it was released in 2008. Fighters are defenders with high AC and the ability to punish those enemies who ignore them to attack their allies. And rogues are...
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    PF2 To be fair, I think the only edition of D&D to...

    To be fair, I think the only edition of D&D to get close to balancing fighters and wizards is 4th edition. And we all know how that went. So I think everyone is more than okay with there being vast...
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    I have my preferences. I don't like heavy dice...

    I have my preferences. I don't like heavy dice that tear chunks out of my table. I don't like dice that are hard to read (I use only opaque dice with clear numbering). I don't like dice trays or dice...
  53. Thread: Gloomhaven

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    Gloomhaven

    What's your XP with Gloomhaven? We played it yesterday afternoon with the assistance of a friend who has played several games of it.
    45 minute set up, requiring a huge play area, numerous...
  54. That's some amazing art.

    That's some amazing art.
  55. Unintentional thread resurrection, but I wanted...

    Unintentional thread resurrection, but I wanted to drop by here and say that I have perused my friend's copy of the Forbidden Lands box this week, and I was so impressed I immediately ordered my own...
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    Hopefully it will change Numenera so my Nano can...

    Hopefully it will change Numenera so my Nano can have more than one skill and one thing he can do in combat. The system was ... boring? We abandoned it after two sessions.
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    PF2 I know you're joking, but as a fan of 4e, I would...

    I know you're joking, but as a fan of 4e, I would actually appreciate a 5e with a little more tactical depth and more character options - something to bridge the divide between 4e and 5e (or even PF...
  58. I've been gaming since the late 80s, and I can...

    I've been gaming since the late 80s, and I can say that some of the most memorable gaming I've had has been in Masks. I highly recommend it.
  59. Thread: Frostrgrave?

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    Sounds cool (haha). I ordered the book.

    Sounds cool (haha). I ordered the book.
  60. Your Favorite Call of Cthulhu Campaign/ Adventure?

    Hello all.
    My group has recently decided to leave the Dungeon for a change of pace, and they want to go back to Cthulhu. We wrapped up a Masks of Nyarlahotep campaign about two years ago, so we're...
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    PF2 My interpretation would be that Paizo could be a...

    My interpretation would be that Paizo could be a 3PP that publishes "5E Compatible" products, as opposed to a "second party" publisher that produces official content. The difference here would be a...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsiI3hwbHR8 You...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsiI3hwbHR8
    You can follow these instructions to get one loaded on your PC. I use it all the time!
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    PF2 What Would You Want from PF2?

    I've read a number of negative discussions about the 2nd edition playtest of Pathfinder (and honestly, I've participated in a few myself). So I'm curious, what would you have wanted in a revised...
  64. Thread: Frostrgrave?

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    Frostrgrave?

    Does anyone have any experience with Frostgrave? I'm looking for a faster paced, skirmish, fantasy miniatures game (when compared to Age of Sigmar). Just wondering how it stacks up.
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    Man, I hate wardens. I'm DMing a 4E campaign, and...

    Man, I hate wardens. I'm DMing a 4E campaign, and his ridiculous AC and crazy defender abilities ruin all my monsters' plans. Haha
  66. This thread contains a poll. Has never happened any any game I've DMed, in any...

    Has never happened any any game I've DMed, in any edition I've ran since 1989. I thought it was going to happen a few sessions ago when the party was preparing to face down a nasty lich. Then I...
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    Having recently spent time with AD&D 2nd Ed and...

    Having recently spent time with AD&D 2nd Ed and Labyrinth Lord made me realize just how pointless the thief class was. Any character using their ability score to do anything would be more successful...
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    They may have full HP at the start of a battle,...

    They may have full HP at the start of a battle, but they will certainly not have all their spell slots (due to casting spells) or Hit Dice (due to spending them during rests). Just because everyone...
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    You don't actually "regenerate to full [HP]...

    You don't actually "regenerate to full between fights." You still have to spend resources (spells, potions, wand charges, or spending from your pool of Hit Dice) during a short rest to recover any...
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    At this point, I think the playtest is over,...

    At this point, I think the playtest is over, right? So this would require them to abandon their current 2E design to restart a new 2E design.

    There are more likely outcomes (in no particular...
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    Dare I say that 4E did a decent job at this....

    Dare I say that 4E did a decent job at this. Characters could become terribly complex, but the streamlined Essentials builds were pretty effective for characters who didn't want to make the effort.
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    Famously hates Tomb of Horrors anyway, as...

    Famously hates Tomb of Horrors anyway, as evidenced by this article on his site: http://johnwickpresents.com/updates/the-worst-adventure-of-all-times/.

    Just being cheeky. Haha
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    Hopefully John Wick will have time to work on...

    Hopefully John Wick will have time to work on that Tomb of Horrors reboot.
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    In my campaign world (which includes games in 4E...

    In my campaign world (which includes games in 4E and 5E), most goliaths are found in the Goliath Steppes, which is a mountainous region situated between the Ogre Kingdoms, Dwarven Holds, and the...
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    The thing is that my group can appreciate some of...

    The thing is that my group can appreciate some of the crunchier aspects of gaming - especially in tactical play and character creation. PF2 seemed like it was going to support this, but they held on...
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    As someone who has DMed several 5e games for a...

    As someone who has DMed several 5e games for a few years, I can say that my experience with bonded accuracy makes progress seem slow. There is little change between levels.
    I would honestly love...
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    I try to present the world as serious, because...

    I try to present the world as serious, because the players bring their own silliness and zaniness to the game without needing my help. I have the occasional eccentric NPC, but try to be serious in my...
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    Our experience with the playtest was also very...

    Our experience with the playtest was also very negative, primarily for this reason. They assigned us to do a "stress test" instead of having fun with it. All the encounters of "see how many mindless...
  79. What does "Ravenloft" mean to you? Are you...

    What does "Ravenloft" mean to you? Are you running it like 2e or just sticking with the 5e Curse of Strahd (or something else)?
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    My last mini-campaign ended around 8th level. The...

    My last mini-campaign ended around 8th level. The main villain was Harrumah the Long-Beard, an aged dwarf lord who was holed up in his fortress issuing demands to a xenophobic dwarven kingdom. The...
  81. As someone who played 4e at the time (and still...

    As someone who played 4e at the time (and still does), I would say that it emphasized electronic tools even more than 5e does. The online suite (including the Compendium, online Dungeon & Dragon...
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    I mean, you need to clear this with your players....

    I mean, you need to clear this with your players. I admit I'm something of a power gamer, and I would dislike this style of play as I would feel like I wasn't making progress. Even systems that allow...
  83. Yeah. I'm realizing this now. :/ I think the...

    Yeah. I'm realizing this now. :/

    I think the only way to handle it is to have a metagame conversation with them.
  84. Yes. I made a sheet detailing the central themes...

    Yes. I made a sheet detailing the central themes of the campaign, and we discussed at Session 0 before they voted on which campaign they wanted to play.
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    If something as fundamental to the game as HP is...

    If something as fundamental to the game as HP is a problem, I'd look at another system. There are countless other fantasy RPG rulesets that don't have high level "superhero" characters.
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    I'd only play out the scene if they give you...

    I'd only play out the scene if they give you buy-in at the beginning and agree to the scripted event that they will be captured and have to organize an escape. Otherwise, some may fight to the death,...
  87. I think my idea was that it would embroil the...

    I think my idea was that it would embroil the party in a political issue they normally wouldn't care about - largely involving trade disputes. Simplified explanation: Country A was trespassing in...
  88. In the most recent example, it was very...

    In the most recent example, it was very advantageous for the enemies to have the party stuck in a confined area. I created a zone that could get everyone in the hallway, causing damage every turn....
  89. Stop and See the Sights - Campaign Advice

    As a part of our original campaign discussion, the group decided they wanted a political, intrigue, and less action-oriented game. So I created a really detailed city with a pretty nice full color...
  90. I keep bottle-necking the heroes (advice)

    When I'm running 4E, I kept having the issue of bottle-necking the heroes. They'll be in the hallway going into a large, open, dynamic encounter area; my soldiers beat them on initiative. Obviously...
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    Biweekly 5e campaign - nearing the end of Tomb of...

    Biweekly 5e campaign - nearing the end of Tomb of Annihilation
    Biweekly 4e campaign - jumping through the H1-E3 series, playing the highlights; currently in Paragon tier
    Biweekly 4e campaign -...
  92. Well if I don't react to their camping and...

    Well if I don't react to their camping and recovering between every fight, the final battle is going to be a pushover anticlimax to a yearlong campaign that is not going to satisfy anyone.
    They gave...
  93. Based on the design of the adventure and the lock...

    Based on the design of the adventure and the lock mechanism, they put 5 special "magical" keys in the lock, which allows the door to be moved. Once she closes the door and removes the key from the...
  94. Right. I had them make "focus" checks and no one...

    Right. I had them make "focus" checks and no one did very well. Therfore I had them get a less effect, to fail forward a little bit without a total loss. My thought was that the night was not restful...
  95. Gut-Checking to My Jerk-DM Level (ToA Spoilers)

    I am running a group of mostly new players through ToA, and they have arrived at the climactic battle. Throughout most of the adventure they have complained that it was too hard and just wanted to...
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    I'm considering either D&D 5e or C&C as...

    I'm considering either D&D 5e or C&C as substantially less rules complex than PF1.
    I've played and GMed Dungeon World. I think it is incredibly different than PF (or really any other non Apocalypse...
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    Recommend Some Rules Lite Systems

    I have a friend who's looking into shifting his PF1 group into something more rules lite. I think the fantasy theme is important. I also think having at least some passing semblance to PF would be a...
  98. I don't dislike OD&D because it's "gritty." It's...

    I don't dislike OD&D because it's "gritty." It's because your mechanical choices matter very little. Trying to sneak past a guard station of 6 kobolds (which are basically as good as 6 characters),...
  99. We are managing to play two 4E campaigns that...

    We are managing to play two 4E campaigns that "feel" like D&D. One is more of a dungeon hack, while the other is more roleplaying-based with political intrigue. I think that the marketing rubbed...
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    I think that dark elves with their cauldrons of...

    I think that dark elves with their cauldrons of blood, snake sorcerers, etc, aligning with angels of order and fighting in the literal same armies is pretty ridiculous actually. Maybe that's just me...
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