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    It varies a bit between editions, and the...

    It varies a bit between editions, and the Mongoose version is quite different from other ones. I have the second edition of Mongoose, and there it works like this:

    There are several different...
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    Jayne Cobb, from Firefly. Jayne realizes that...

    Jayne Cobb, from Firefly.

    Jayne realizes that working with a crew is safer than working alone, but he doesn't have any particular loyalty to his crew. In a flashback, we see him selling out his...
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    Well, the topic of the thread as a whole is about...

    Well, the topic of the thread as a whole is about boxed sets, so presumably one of those. Or at least something on the scale of Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, describing a region in some detail and...
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    I have a suspicion that Greyhawk fans will be...

    I have a suspicion that Greyhawk fans will be waiting quite a while longer on getting a "proper" 5e treatment of their setting. Five years or so. Because in five years it will be 2024, which is 50...
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    It's not like we haven't seen other game series...

    It's not like we haven't seen other game series where the constituent games only had some thematic things in common.
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    Well, it doesn't have the magnetics, but I've...

    Well, it doesn't have the magnetics, but I've been pretty happy with the modular chipboard grid tiles from Role 4 Initiative. They only charge $32 for a set of 9 10" x 10" tiles (or 36 5" tiles, or 5...
  7. Sorry to bother your discussion about dwarf...

    Sorry to bother your discussion about dwarf wizards and cleric/warlocks and whatnot, but I just thought of another bit of lore that I miss from 4e: the Elemental Chaos. That is, the idea that the...
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    Not in the slightest. Though I guess it depends...

    Not in the slightest. Though I guess it depends on how generous the DM was with story XP in 2e (1e was more objective in this manner, giving 1 XP per gp worth of treasure brought back home).

    But I...
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    It would appear that the barbarian, and...

    It would appear that the barbarian, and particularly the berserker, changed a bunch in the later stages of the playtest. I was looking at the final playtest package, and noticed:

    * Raging...
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    I had an idea for a setting that was somewhere...

    I had an idea for a setting that was somewhere between your Agnostic and Channeled. The idea was that the gods were like in Eberron - they may exist or they may not, but religion is primarily a...
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    Changeling: the Dreaming was this for me. Well,...

    Changeling: the Dreaming was this for me. Well, not in the sense of "who could possibly want to play this?", but more in the sense of "This is a game with a lot of cool ideas that I have no idea what...
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    This reminds me of one of the things I like best...

    This reminds me of one of the things I like best about 13th Age: the Designer Notes. The game is full of sidebars where Jonathan and/or Rob say things like "This bit works like this because of X. If...
  13. Primal power as distinct from arcane or divine. ...

    Primal power as distinct from arcane or divine.

    Each setting having a self-contained cosmology, with the meta-settings having the option to intrude but only from their own point of view (I could...
  14. Haven't we gone over this like a dozen times...

    Haven't we gone over this like a dozen times already? Paizo has said that they're using a method for monster creation that's similar to the one in Starfinder which in turn is similar to 4e: choose...
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    Mostly that it feels off to have some things you...

    Mostly that it feels off to have some things you pay for with tens of XP (percentile increases), and others you pay for with hundreds (talents). It feels like the main benefit is to be able to pay...
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    I don't have much experience with 2e, but 4e is...

    I don't have much experience with 2e, but 4e is definitely crunchier than 1e. When reading it, I've noticed a tendency to define a lot of things like downtime activity and combat maneuvers. Some...
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    A word of warning regarding making clerics (and...

    A word of warning regarding making clerics (and to a lesser extent druids) spells known-casters:

    I used to play an Oracle in Pathfinder, which is basically a spells known-cleric. One of my major...
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    My impression from Descent into Avernus is that...

    My impression from Descent into Avernus is that the plot goes like this:
    * You're in Baldur's Gate and get wind of a plot to draw the city into Hell.
    * You try to stop it.
    * There's a gate...
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    Back in the day, my players didn't have much...

    Back in the day, my players didn't have much problem with THAC0, but that was to a large degree because I had made a character sheet that had accommodations for it. I had one row for THAC0 that went...
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    Except that the difference creates real...

    Except that the difference creates real differences in who's "responsible" for the event and who has the power to affect it. For example, if a character has Inspiration in 5e they can use it to get...
  21. That's not quite what bounded accuracy is for in...

    That's not quite what bounded accuracy is for in 5e, though. The main point of it is that threats will remain threats for longer. A level 1 fighter probably has AC 16 (chain mail) or 18 (with a...
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    It is rare that failure is the consequence of a...

    It is rare that failure is the consequence of a single thing. Dragon Dice overproduction was certainly part of what lead to TSR's demise. So was crappy novels, and tying the game lines to events...
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    Nah. Weapon vs armor type is too complex for D&D,...

    Nah. Weapon vs armor type is too complex for D&D, and the simplified optional version from 2e (where armor types have different AC versus bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing weapons) does dumb things...
  24. This dude must have read a different Tales from...

    This dude must have read a different Tales from the Loop than I have (I have not read Things from the Flood, which I understand has older PCs and more "mature" themes). While there are bad things...
  25. Yeah, I think I could have found it quite...

    Yeah, I think I could have found it quite enjoyable (with fixed math), had it been Just Another Fantasy RPG rather than D&D.

    Then again, I guess there's 13th Age to scratch that itch.
  26. I'd call both of those mega-adventures (the kind...

    I'd call both of those mega-adventures (the kind that provides enough material for a whole campaign) rather than adventure paths. They're more akin to the older adventures like Night Below or Red...
  27. My impression is that 4e was to a large extent...

    My impression is that 4e was to a large extent driven by some things that had been very well-received in various sourcebooks - more at-will abilities (warlock invocations, Reserve feats from some of...
  28. I'd say no. The smallest edition change (counting...

    I'd say no. The smallest edition change (counting full editions) was 1e to 2e, and the biggest was 3e to 4e. You might argue that the change from 4e to 5e was mostly a reversion of changes, but...
  29. 4e had two problems: 1. The math didn't work...

    4e had two problems:

    1. The math didn't work out. The treadmill regarding monster stats vs PC stats meant that PCs became less likely to hit monsters at higher levels, and monsters generally took...
  30. Minor beef: I wish people would stop calling...

    Minor beef: I wish people would stop calling Wizards of the Coast's adventures "Adventure paths". They are adventures - big ones, certainly, but still adventures. A path consists of many steps - the...
  31. Nope...

    Nope.
  32. There was a 3.5e series of adventures that...

    There was a 3.5e series of adventures that started with Cormyr: the Tearing of the Weave, continued with Shadowdale: the Scouring of the Land, and culminated with Anauroch: the Empire of Shade. I...
  33. DCs in particular have changed. Instead of having...

    DCs in particular have changed. Instead of having a big table where you cross-reference level with expected difficulty, you have a much smaller level that specifies what DCs a trivial, trained,...
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    4e comes pretty close. I can't recall if my main...

    4e comes pretty close. I can't recall if my main gaming group abandoned it after one or two sessions, but it was pretty quick. A while later some of us made another attempt, thinking it might work...
  35. I believe they said around the time 2e was...

    I believe they said around the time 2e was announced that it was designed with a future Beginner's Box in mind. Apparently, the PF Beginner's Box isn't 100% compatible with "real" Pathfinder - some...
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    On the main topic of the thread, I can't recall...

    On the main topic of the thread, I can't recall any games we've nixed after a single session. Either we've been able to winnow them out before even playing, or we've played at least a few sessions of...
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    I think a better comparison is Star Wars Saga. SW...

    I think a better comparison is Star Wars Saga. SW Saga was fundamentally a 3e-based game (though more akin to d20 Modern than D&D), but it served as a test bed for some of the concepts that later...
  38. Maybe Matt could set him up with Ashley Johnson,...

    Maybe Matt could set him up with Ashley Johnson, who after all spends much of her time in New York these days.
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    There are quite a lot of places where the...

    There are quite a lot of places where the reliance on saves rather than attacks make a difference. For example, it makes the Lucky feat significantly less useful for casters, as is Inspiration...
  40. Stephen Colbert playing D&D with Matt Mercer

    Yes. It happened. Matt Mercer went to New York to play some D&D with Stephen Colbert for Red Nose Day, a charity thing for ending child poverty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3658C2y4LlA...
  41. Yeah, putting the psion in Dark Sun makes perfect...

    Yeah, putting the psion in Dark Sun makes perfect sense. My "mind mage" sorcerer suggestion was meant more as a stopgap. You could make one or two decent psions that way, which might be enough for an...
  42. Since psionics is not a central feature of...

    Since psionics is not a central feature of Eberron (at least not of campaigns that take place in Khorvaire), a simple option would be to make a Mind Mage sorcerer. I don't think there's enough depth...
  43. I'm hoping this means that Wizkids will put out...

    I'm hoping this means that Wizkids will put out some Eberron-themed Nolzur miniatures. Some warforged, shifters, changelings, and artificers, perhaps (kalashtar are pretty much identical to humans,...
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    That's what made me go for D&D Beyond.

    That's what made me go for D&D Beyond.
  45. This thread contains a poll. I believe the poll is missing the best thing to...

    I believe the poll is missing the best thing to do with magic items: adding new abilities. Things like ring of the ram, boots of levitation, or claws of the umber hulk.
  46. I think we take away very different things from...

    I think we take away very different things from Eberron. I don't see it as a particularly urban setting. Yes, Sharn gets quite a bit of attention (particularly in the Wayfarer's Guide), but so does...
  47. The artificer got an update...

    The artificer got an update last week, featuring two new subclasses, the addition of Xanathar spells to the spell list, three new infusions, and a slight update to the multiclassing rules.
  48. Clearly, the correct choice should have been...

    Clearly, the correct choice should have been committing to a three-volume update of the Jakandor setting.
  49. The fact that it's not (insert poster's favorite...

    The fact that it's not (insert poster's favorite setting here).
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    I posted this as a comment to the Reddit post,...

    I posted this as a comment to the Reddit post, but I think this place could use it as well:

    I don't intend to cast aspersions on the Reddit poster's expertise regarding tariffs and customs, but I...
  51. Last year, Dungeon of the Mad Mage was announced...

    Last year, Dungeon of the Mad Mage was announced during the closing chat. Basically, the designers sitting around talking about the weekend and finishing with "Oh, and we also have this coming in...
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    I always figured that that was just a matter of...

    I always figured that that was just a matter of convenience. That is, casting chromatic orb requires that you have a diamond of so-and-so many carats on-hand, and a diamond of so-and-so many carats...
  53. A thought occured to me. if the title is Baldur's...

    A thought occured to me. if the title is Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, that suggests that there's a sequel coming too. Just like last year, we had Waterdeep: Dragon Heist followed by...
  54. I was getting a little concerned about this,...

    I was getting a little concerned about this, thinking it's been a long while, particularly with the W&G stuff going on. But then I went and checked the Kickstarter page and saw:

    The announced...
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    A related but slightly different use of tariffs...

    A related but slightly different use of tariffs would be as compensation for "unfair competition." For example, the EU has stricter laws regarding treatment of farm animals than the US. This means...
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    If the mechanic is well-implemented, things work...

    If the mechanic is well-implemented, things work the other way around. You don't do things because they generate Edge. You do things because they put you at an advantage, and that advantage is...
  57. The former, I think. As I understand it, Paizo...

    The former, I think. As I understand it, Paizo operated as a separate company from Wizards from the start, and published the magazines under a license from Wizards. They did not publish the magazines...
  58. This was apparently posted to the W&G Facebook...

    This was apparently posted to the W&G Facebook page two hours ago (but only just now reposted to the Ulisses FB page):


    Still, some behind the scenes info would be seemly.
  59. This is not really filling me with confidence...

    This is not really filling me with confidence about the upcoming Aysle kickstarter. Ulisses really needs to get their stuff into gear and do some explaining.
  60. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it sounds...

    Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it sounds like a case of insufficient oversight/familiarity on behalf of the people in charge.
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    Yeah, adding ways to spend Edge via optional...

    Yeah, adding ways to spend Edge via optional abilities (Qualities, cyber-/bioware, adept powers, whatever) is a nice way to make Edge more useful without increasing the cognitive load too much.
  62. If I felt guidance was out of hand, I'd change it...

    If I felt guidance was out of hand, I'd change it to something like this:

    Guidance
    Divination cantrip
    Casting Time: 1 action
    Range: Touch
    Components: V, S
    Duration: 10 minutes

    You touch...
  63. Here's the thing. By the very nature of such...

    Here's the thing. By the very nature of such things, sexual harassment is very hard to prove. It usually happens when the perpetrator and victim are alone, which means it turns into a...
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    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by...

    The Lord of the Rings movies are ancient by comparison. Return of the King was released in 2003, 16 years ago. Whatever effect they were going to have on D&D's popularity should have hit with 3e.
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    And using optional content is to a large degree a...

    And using optional content is to a large degree a selling point with the APs. Back in 3.5e, adventures rarely used non-core stuff (plus setting core book stuff for adventures based in a particular...
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    This thread contains a poll. For those who like Rokugan, you do know that...

    For those who like Rokugan, you do know that there's a new Legend of the Five Rings RPG out, right? It's very much not like D&D (or the old Legend of the Five Rings), but it probably works better for...
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    We play it on occasion. My gaming group has...

    We play it on occasion.

    My gaming group has played together since the mid-90s, and over that time some people have moved away or otherwise become too busy with life to play regularly, and other...
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    Stranger Things certainly helped, though. If...

    Stranger Things certainly helped, though. If nothing else, by bringing awareness of the game to a more mainstream audience, and showing it in a positive light.

    Now, that probably wouldn't have...
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    PF2 has done quite a lot to deal with LFQW, or at...

    PF2 has done quite a lot to deal with LFQW, or at least tried. It's a bit hard to say based on the playtest, because magic was nerfed a bit too hard and they'll compensate a bit in the actual rules,...
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    My impression from reading the retrospective blog...

    My impression from reading the retrospective blog posts they made a few years back is that Paizo and Wizards parted on good terms, and Wizards even extended a fair bit of extra good will toward Paizo...
  71. Actually, come to think of it... Princes of the...

    Actually, come to think of it... Princes of the Apocalypse has plenty of "priests" who aren't clerics (or cleric-like NPCs). Each of the elemental cults have their own priests (Howling Hatred Priest,...
  72. I see your point from a principled perspective....

    I see your point from a principled perspective. However, years of playing/running 3e and Pathfinder taught me that this principle is, well, not a particularly useful one.

    See, there are a couple...
  73. My impression is that the people in most D&D...

    My impression is that the people in most D&D settings are not exactly polytheistic... rather, are monolatrous. Or even individually monolatrous, which is not generally something we've seen much in...
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    Genesys is the generified (shut up spellcheck,...

    Genesys is the generified (shut up spellcheck, that is a perfectly cromulent word) version of the system used in FFG's Star Wars RPGs. If Numenera was Star Wars, Genesys would be the Cypher System.
  75. Well, in WoW it's the other way around. The...

    Well, in WoW it's the other way around. The Draenei are what remains of the Eredar after most of them decided that this Sargeras fella sounded like a swell guy and became demons.
  76. Eberron explicitly had clerics of forces and...

    Eberron explicitly had clerics of forces and philosophies.

    The Blood of Vol is a philosophy based around the concept of the Divinity Within - every living being has a spark of divinity within,...
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    What Len said. The relevant rules text is: "A...

    What Len said. The relevant rules text is: "A spell's effect expands in straight lines from the point of origin. If no unblocked straight line extends from the point of origin to a location within...
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    Monte Cook Games has Gods of the Fall as a...

    Monte Cook Games has Gods of the Fall as a setting for the Cypher System. In that setting, the realm of the gods fell to Earth (well, not our Earth, but still) which killed all the gods off and has...
  79. I figure that's because many people use Forgotten...

    I figure that's because many people use Forgotten Realms or Eberron or another oldish (3e or earlier) setting which wasn't built with tieflings in mind, and then tieflings had to be shoe-horned in...
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    Point of order: Return of the Runelords is the...

    Point of order: Return of the Runelords is the penultimate PF1 adventure path and has already been released. The first PF2 adventure path will be Age of Ashes, which will apparently have a dragon as...
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    Agreed, and it makes perfect sense when talking...

    Agreed, and it makes perfect sense when talking about numbers in the hundreds. But when the numbers go from 15 to 25 to 65, it can cause some weirdness.
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    That sounds reasonable. All the numbers in the...

    That sounds reasonable. All the numbers in the table end in 0 or 5, which suggests that they've rounded to the nearest multiple of $5M.
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    Damn. RPGs have gone from $25M in 2014 to $65M in...

    Damn. RPGs have gone from $25M in 2014 to $65M in 2018. That's 160% in 4 years.

    Also, I'm guessing that the right-most column is mislabeled.
  84. Thread: Gloomhaven

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    I and some friends have been playing Gloomhaven...

    I and some friends have been playing Gloomhaven for about a year and a half now, and we love it. It's unfair to compare it to an RPG - the closest competitors are dungeon-crawler board games like...
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    PF2 I'm hoping to see something along the lines of...

    I'm hoping to see something along the lines of what they did for Starfinder, where each class comes with four builds that show some things you could make with the class. For example, the Operative...
  86. A big difference appears to be that Arkadia is...

    A big difference appears to be that Arkadia is designed as a setting where you do your own stuff, whereas Odyssey of the Dragonlords is built as a campaign with a setting around it. This is rather...
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    I prefer bullet points, and the main reason is...

    I prefer bullet points, and the main reason is that I always need to rewrite the boxed text in my head anyway. That's because the boxed text in D&D adventures is in English, and we play in Swedish...
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    PF2 Speaking of which, I was really stunned by the...

    Speaking of which, I was really stunned by the encounter building guidelines and XP rewards in the PF2 playtest. Essentially, they went back to 3e by having XP rewards depending on the difference...
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    PF2 I'm fairly certain that the main driver of PF2 is...

    I'm fairly certain that the main driver of PF2 is that Paizo have basically pushed PF1 as far as it will go in terms of rules add-ons, and need to reset to a new baseline. After all, the game has...
  90. As an aside, the creation of this game was...

    As an aside, the creation of this game was sort-of accidental. Free League was doing a kickstarter for an art book featuring the art of Nils Gulliksson, who was the main illustrator for the Swedish...
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    The way I see it, eldritch blast + Agonizing...

    The way I see it, eldritch blast + Agonizing Blast makes the warlock into something of a hybrid between a martial character and a spellcaster. Eldritch blast is roughly on par with weapon attacks...
  92. I'm not sure, but I think you're missing...

    I'm not sure, but I think you're missing something here.

    I'm assuming you mean Colossus Slayer with their "extra dice of damage", but that only works once per turn, and you specifically don't get...
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    I mostly like this, though as a minor quibble I...

    I mostly like this, though as a minor quibble I prefer absolute directions instead of relative. After all, there's nothing to say which door the PCs enter through.
  94. Sure, but for my player this has pretty much...

    Sure, but for my player this has pretty much never been worth it. As a vengeance paladin, he has hunter's mark so using one of the smite spells also costs him that damage.

    I wonder if perhaps the...
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    PF2 This is, I think, something that's been fixed....

    This is, I think, something that's been fixed. Monsters are no longer designed in a way similar to PCs, but rather in a way similar to the way they're done in 4e, 13th Age, or Starfinder: decide on...
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    PF2 At least in the playtest, there are several...

    At least in the playtest, there are several things about PF2 that do remind me of 4e, such as steadily getting better at everything by becoming higher level, class abilities mostly being selectable,...
  97. My experience, with a party where a dwarf paladin...

    My experience, with a party where a dwarf paladin is doing a lot of the heavy lifting, is that smite often lets the paladin deal a lot of damage quickly in early fights, which then means that by the...
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    I could see a Vestiges pact for warlocks that...

    I could see a Vestiges pact for warlocks that allowed the warlock to swap out spells and invocations by making pacts with different vestiges, but at that point you might as well make a new class...
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    I don't know. The beguiler also included a lot of...

    I don't know. The beguiler also included a lot of rogue-like elements, such as having an equivalent of sneak attack for magic, which I thought made for a cool addition to just being an...
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    In practice it will likely be two spells, since...

    In practice it will likely be two spells, since most spells take two actions to cast and once you have two spells up you only have one action left. Barring quicken-type shenanigans, of course.
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