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    I do not have a problem with your idea. You...

    I do not have a problem with your idea. You could telegraph that this is a scout or guard and not the chief or something. If it advances the story, then that is good. It it like having to make...
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    You could also have +damage vs. good or evil...

    You could also have +damage vs. good or evil dragons over just a specific type or all dragons. I cannot picture it as much as just damaging all dragons. It does have the old school flavor, but...
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    So, the big double-sided map is just a town map...

    So, the big double-sided map is just a town map on one side and regional map on the other. I was hoping for a 5ft grid dungeon map of a few locations.
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    There is a YouTube interview about the essentials...

    There is a YouTube interview about the essentials kit. It is one of the named Wizards staff members, I cannot think of right now. It talks about making the sidekicks easy in the boxed set.
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    I tend to have a skill in my mind when setting...

    I tend to have a skill in my mind when setting something up, but allow other skills in at a higher DC. I can see how this sometimes leads to wanting to Athletics with Intelligence saying the PC is...
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    This thread contains a poll. I would go with Survival. This is what the...

    I would go with Survival. This is what the ranger would use, so the others should use it. The players may be able to come up with some other ideas that I may go with, but generally this is Survival...
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    I can see giving them half XP, but give them the...

    I can see giving them half XP, but give them the players half. They will add power to the PC so why not make him pay with half of his XP. One could also argue that they add power to the group as a...
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    change the damage it does or give it another...

    change the damage it does or give it another power. I would make it a bow so the ranger can use it and maybe tie it to the 1000 year past. You can always boost it in a few levels saying it has...
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    Simplifying play at the table can be broken into...

    Simplifying play at the table can be broken into two parts, players and DM. For the DM, I let the players role for more things. I have the casters role the saves for the monsters like in 4e days...
  10. Another idea is to take a regular adventure that...

    Another idea is to take a regular adventure that is pre-made and convert it to a viking theme by changing location and names and such. I also would take the gods from Forgotten Realms or 3e and just...
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    I'll echo what Bedir_than said with changing the...

    I'll echo what Bedir_than said with changing the time only affects your calendar. Unless you have a time crunch adventure where there is a deadline and taking a 4hour rest means something different...
  12. Exactly. Start small, like two towns at ends of...

    Exactly. Start small, like two towns at ends of a road and a forest between them. Make a few NPCs that the group will run into and a list of several names that you can use when needed. Make a few...
  13. Sunless Citadel could be the reason to go into...

    Sunless Citadel could be the reason to go into the desert. The PCs are outside the desert and hear rumors of the citadel located near the oasis. It could be more of a secret and the PCs hear about...
  14. Thank you for doing something like this, have...

    Thank you for doing something like this, have some XP. I could not get in either.
  15. Nikademus the Bold Nick is a middle aged human...

    Nikademus the Bold
    Nick is a middle aged human who is rail thin with a hawkish nose and balding hair. He has lived in the city for a long time but recently took to hiding out from trouble. He is...
  16. Nikademus the Bold Nick is a middle aged human...

    Nikademus the Bold
    Nick is a middle aged human who is rail thin with a hawkish nose and balding hair. He has lived in the city for a long time but recently took to hiding out from trouble. He is...
  17. Thread: Human Viability

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    I do not play with feats and half the players...

    I do not play with feats and half the players choose human each time. I'm not sure they need more
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    I keep coming back to how I would run a monster...

    I keep coming back to how I would run a monster with tremmorsence and let the PC do the same thing. I would allow the monster to make attacks as normal unless the PC started levitating or such. The...
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    Box sets are like potato chip bags- some settling...

    Box sets are like potato chip bags- some settling may occur.

    I finally filled up my LMoP box with my home notes and side quests.
  20. I'm looking forward to the new essentials boxed...

    I'm looking forward to the new essentials boxed set coming out soon. It takers place around Phandalin again. There are also more Phandalin modules on DMsGuild that follow up LMoP.
  21. What would the math be if you allow flanking...

    What would the math be if you allow flanking rules for the 1st level fighters?
  22. If you want to use walls to block off parts of...

    If you want to use walls to block off parts of the city, you can have a East/West Berlin setting where two different groups control the halves and the people are in the middle. There can be a lot of...
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    Sounds like a great time. A good age to get them...

    Sounds like a great time. A good age to get them into the game. Last time I played with the scouts, they did not even make it out of the tavern before attacking each other.
  24. I liked 4e monster creation. There seemed to be...

    I liked 4e monster creation. There seemed to be a shift from making a stronger monster by giving it more HP and a magic weapon. 3e made making monsters tougher by giving class levels and 4e seemed...
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    I tend to favor the PCs and the players having...

    I tend to favor the PCs and the players having fun. I get that you only can locate someone on the ground and maybe be able to generalize something about them. I do not have monsters that have...
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    I tend to have mass combat take place off-stage. ...

    I tend to have mass combat take place off-stage. If the PCs are fighting in the middle of a swarm of bad guys and have groups of good guys around them, I may roll once for a group not affecting the...
  27. I'm curious how combat would work. I cannot see...

    I'm curious how combat would work. I cannot see me or my players liking a diceless game, but something with maneuvers based off things in books may need some variables to see how well you pull off...
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    I may base it on the terrain more than other...

    I may base it on the terrain more than other things. I would allow you to know where the opponent is and be able to target him, but if you are in a wooded area where things get in the way of arrows,...
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    Questions seemed that they were angling for a...

    Questions seemed that they were angling for a basic set or beginner set.
  30. I recall reading an article talking about kobold...

    I recall reading an article talking about kobold changes for 4e. Their role in the game needed to change since goblins filled their role as well and we did not need two monsters in the same role. ...
  31. You can take on old movie and use that for the...

    You can take on old movie and use that for the plot. Since he is 10, he may not have seen or remember 80's movies like Indiana Jones, or Flash Gordon or even Neverending Story. A little cut and...
  32. I do not mind kobolds pushed to dragons rather...

    I do not mind kobolds pushed to dragons rather than dog-like. They needed a role since we have goblin already. Sort of like how gnomes are sidelined since we have dwarves. More so now that dwarves...
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    I could see a large fight in a temple being...

    I could see a large fight in a temple being built. You can have ladders and ropes and elevators at various heights. Crawl spaces for heating ducts where the halflings can run through and pop up on...
  34. There is player vs. player dividing and PC vs. PC...

    There is player vs. player dividing and PC vs. PC dividing. I have players who play fair and think about what is best for the party. They tend to give items to those that can use it best and may...
  35. I think that exposing him to the 80's D&D cartoon...

    I think that exposing him to the 80's D&D cartoon may be appropriate to a 10 year old. Although he may find the graphics a bit childish.

    I introduced my son around 10 and he picked it up...
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    Isn't advantage on one attack the same as making...

    Isn't advantage on one attack the same as making 2 attacks.
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    Generally I do not have things catch fire. I...

    Generally I do not have things catch fire. I kind of picture magical fire going off so fast or hot and not having time to catch things on fire. I do allow things like firebolt to be modified to...
  38. Good job. Your article does lay out some of the...

    Good job. Your article does lay out some of the most optimized ways of making a wizard. You provide reasoning behind your choices and give some options to back up things like feats and spells.
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    I'm sorry, but all I can picture is Rabbi Tuckman...

    I'm sorry, but all I can picture is Rabbi Tuckman from Robin Hood- Men in Tights. I wont make the quotes.
  40. I think we had a little sister play the animal,...

    I think we had a little sister play the animal, but I seem to remember that she lost interest when she needed to share the spotlight.
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    I'm setting up Princes of the Apocalypse for a...

    I'm setting up Princes of the Apocalypse for a summer campaign. I have the free supplement for levels 1-5 and may buy the book if they get that far and need it. I seem to be adding a few more...
  42. I think the power of pets is tied to the actions...

    I think the power of pets is tied to the actions of the PC. If the pet needs to use the action of the PC to attack, then I see no problem. If the PC can attack and have pets that attack on their...
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    Torture does work in real life. When I served,...

    Torture does work in real life. When I served, we were told that everyone breaks and will say anything they know eventually. You only need to hold out 24 hours before the information is not a...
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    You could also just walk backwards and the globe...

    You could also just walk backwards and the globe will light ahead of you 60ft instead of behind you. ;)
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    The snake is long... 7 miles...

    The snake is long... 7 miles...
  46. I can see having a minion like in 4e where it...

    I can see having a minion like in 4e where it only has 1hp. I can see some humor in having your 'friend' move to attack each fight, only to be killed each fight. You may have a minor benefit where...
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    Amn would make a great place. A place where...

    Amn would make a great place. A place where money is king would be prone to allow slavery since there is money in that trade. There is also a few slaver groups in FR that you can tie in to be the...
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    A few good recurring NPCs and you are good. Good...

    A few good recurring NPCs and you are good. Good and bad.
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    Depends on your play and how high in level the...

    Depends on your play and how high in level the PCs get. I would get LMoP boxed set and the new boxed set coming out about icespire peak. both of these can provide a couple campaigns and a couple...
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    The NPCs are there to support the PCs. They may...

    The NPCs are there to support the PCs. They may do things, but this is only in context to move the PCs to action, or to make them believe in your world. Without them you can play a giant dungeon...
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    The DM controls the amount of magic in play. If...

    The DM controls the amount of magic in play. If it becomes a problem, then the challenges need to become harder, and visa-versa. At low levels, not having a way to hit damage reduction monsters is...
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    I'm planning to run the new essentials about...

    I'm planning to run the new essentials about Phandelver coming out in a few weeks. Not sure how long it will run, but I spun 3 campaigns out of the original LMoP boxed set.
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    I would like chromatic orb and protection from...

    I would like chromatic orb and protection from evil. One is handy like magic missile and can be used on almost anything and pro. evil is great to boost the fighter to not be hit as much.
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    Some of this may depend on how long you are...

    Some of this may depend on how long you are planning to play the PC. I would be tempted to stick ranger since that is what you said you wanted to play. Like what others said, stick ranger until 5th...
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    I used to have some homebrew worlds that I made...

    I used to have some homebrew worlds that I made or took over and modified for a new campaign. We played for several years over a few campaigns in one world and kind of expanded the settled area...
  56. I remember liking the Encyclopedia Magica, all 4...

    I remember liking the Encyclopedia Magica, all 4 volumes in the fake leather binding. It would make a good magic book if they updated and got rid of the similar copies of items.
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    I once tailored handouts to each player. They...

    I once tailored handouts to each player. They all thought they had the same handout until one of them mentioned something the others did not have on their sheet. I think it was the name of a...
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    Where is The Dew Drop Inn from? A country song?

    Where is The Dew Drop Inn from? A country song?
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    I do not have a problem with the DM choosing when...

    I do not have a problem with the DM choosing when the good or bad luck happens. I try to let the player control all of this, but flavor-wise the PC should not know when the magic thinks the best, or...
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    It seems that you want the spell to do more than...

    It seems that you want the spell to do more than intended. It is a cantrip and should not do more than other cantrips like fire bolt, which is already the offensive fire spell. If the description...
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    I could see a cool adventure formed around this. ...

    I could see a cool adventure formed around this. A mage spellbook could contain a trapped demon that gives the book fire immunity and the PCs must find a way to free it. A demon could be released...
  62. Exactly what 5ekyu said. It took a bit to...

    Exactly what 5ekyu said. It took a bit to understand that you only have one action per round. Everything listed is your action, but multiattack is most times the best use of the only action unless...
  63. I have done both and find that PCs that are local...

    I have done both and find that PCs that are local need to know more information. They should know the NPCs already and I allow them to make up stuff as they go about their day. Some players are...
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    I tend to use the old methods I have seen where...

    I tend to use the old methods I have seen where if you fail by 5 or more you have a problem, like falling. If you fail by less than 5 you make no progress or suffer a problem making other checks...
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    I started a new campaign on top of the last one...

    I started a new campaign on top of the last one by having the group meet in a tavern where a bard was signing about the great heroes of old (the last campaign). The new campaign took place 2...
  66. A lot may depend on the DM and how much he lets...

    A lot may depend on the DM and how much he lets you use the powers. If you are in dungeons all the time, disguise self may be ok to make yourself look like a orc or something to help scout, but in a...
  67. This thread contains a poll. I hope it is not something more marginal like...

    I hope it is not something more marginal like Balder's Gate minis to tie-in or limited edition cover for something. I would like something a bit exciting that I will want to buy over some stuff I...
  68. I'm more interested in the new starter set than...

    I'm more interested in the new starter set than going to Hell. I think I can use that more and in more ways to extend campaigns. I like the way they are expanding on Phandalin. I would be cool,...
  69. Printed modules that cost only a few bucks and I...

    Printed modules that cost only a few bucks and I did not mind writing in.

    Weapon leveling to +10 and item creation rules

    4e monster rules

    multi-classing that worked well and did not make me...
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    This thread contains a poll. I grew up on 1st and 2nd edition, but 3rd changed...

    I grew up on 1st and 2nd edition, but 3rd changed things in a great new way. Maybe it was the timing or 3rd party publishing, but it struck a cord of being new and fresh again. I liked 4e fine and...
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    Wow, in 35 years of gaming I only played one of...

    Wow, in 35 years of gaming I only played one of those. I guess I never wandered too far from D&D.
  72. Anyone else want to buy this car now? Not that...

    Anyone else want to buy this car now? Not that we have spare parts for it.
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    "But what does that make us?"

    "But what does that make us?"
  74. You could go with either of them, I feel that 5th...

    You could go with either of them, I feel that 5th level you start to not need them and have more spells that let you overcome things. I would go with disguise self, more so if you are in a bar to...
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    I recall several 2e Dragon articles, or maybe the...

    I recall several 2e Dragon articles, or maybe the DMG, where it talks about naming PCs and talks about Bob, the fighter who dies and the next fighter with the same stats being Bob 2. The articles...
  76. I had a simple rule in 3e where a crit allowed...

    I had a simple rule in 3e where a crit allowed you to make another attack and a fumble made you skip one attack. It worked and was easy to play, but seemed to lack the big number of crits some of...
  77. If you are starting at 1st level, and you should,...

    If you are starting at 1st level, and you should, the number of bad guys in the group can kill the PCs rather quickly. You only need 2-3 things like bandits or goblins to make a good fight. You...
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    Giant crabs can cause a distraction without...

    Giant crabs can cause a distraction without giving away the bad guys. This summons the PCs plus guards from the city after a few rounds. You can also have bystanders see something later on for the...
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    I cannot determine the strength of the encounter...

    I cannot determine the strength of the encounter without seeing how much your dragons are different from normal ones. You have more breath weapons that the PCs cannot protect against and looks like...
  80. Does this tree have faces of the first men carved...

    Does this tree have faces of the first men carved into them!
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    I recently went to a convention and one of the...

    I recently went to a convention and one of the DMs played TotM over grid. There was a lot of asking questions about distance and where the monsters were in relation to the others. Some of the...
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    The best way to add spells is to have a quest for...

    The best way to add spells is to have a quest for the cleric. There is no reason why special priests of thunder god cannot have a lightning spell. I would not just give lightning bolt, but...
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    I'm kind of in the same boat. I started...

    I'm kind of in the same boat. I started collecting FR back in the 80s and then got into making my own settings and never got into Greyhawk. 5e has me default back to FR with the boxed set and just...
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    I'm not sure my games have enough dragons that I...

    I'm not sure my games have enough dragons that I need/want to change them from the more normal types. There are some that the PCs can find if they go looking and maybe once or twice a campaign they...
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    They're the original online trolls

    They're the original online trolls
  86. I thought it was a great intro with just some...

    I thought it was a great intro with just some bits of each subject and personal thoughts on experience. Best part was the link on Reddit to find local players.
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    I just ran an encounter with 7th level PCs and a...

    I just ran an encounter with 7th level PCs and a group of 14 ghouls. It became a bit scary once 2 of the PCs were paralyzed, but they managed fine. If you are by yourself then the danger is...
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    I would be tempted to send a NPC with the paladin...

    I would be tempted to send a NPC with the paladin to help out. I like the crypt idea with some minor undead. Maybe a NPC thief to open locks and such. He adds minor combat assistance, but mostly...
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    This thread contains a poll. Heck, I would give this out to a 3-5th level PC. ...

    Heck, I would give this out to a 3-5th level PC. I tend to not give out basic +1 weapons and tend to give +0 weapon with some of these things.
  90. I would not get too involved in making a campaign...

    I would not get too involved in making a campaign from scratch. Take a few elements and some pre-made stuff to base things on. I find that newer players do not care about how much you invested in...
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    I recall running Isle of the Abbey in 2e days and...

    I recall running Isle of the Abbey in 2e days and thought it was fine. I recall liking the set up and beach encounter with grids marking where skeletons would pop up if you stepped on that square. ...
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    I did not really read it through all the way, but...

    I did not really read it through all the way, but when skimming it I noticed a few minor grammar or logic errors.

    - Page 2 talks about Grillo paying the Players extra. Players should not be...
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    It does make it slightly more dangerous to give...

    It does make it slightly more dangerous to give out both magic weapons and ammo. I typically only make ammo that does special things against certain monsters. A giant killer arrow deals (+4d6) vs....
  94. Thread: Homebrew Spells

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    Overall, I like the idea of cantrips that scale...

    Overall, I like the idea of cantrips that scale and these are fine examples. None have material components which not sure how many use all the time and I feel are fine. Healing spells may stay with...
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    I do not have a big deal with just letting...

    I do not have a big deal with just letting casters keep their spell, but your idea works fine and has the potential to penalize. The only thing I see to think about is that the DC of the save being...
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    Are you able to expand a bit on typical...

    Are you able to expand a bit on typical inheritance for middle class or even nobles that are not king. At the sake of thread creep. I'm interested in more than the typical will and the first...
  97. Damage from non-element things such as fire and...

    Damage from non-element things such as fire and cold should do half of what something that deals fire or cold should do. Mostly since it cannot be protected against or resisted. Same thing with...
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    From a similar topic discussion a few months ago,...

    From a similar topic discussion a few months ago, pets are just pets and cannot interact in combat. They serve only story and background and do not take damage or are killed. They have an instinct...
  99. This thread contains a poll. My games tend to use potions around once per...

    My games tend to use potions around once per every 5 long rests. There is a cleric most times and a short rest is something we can find most of the time, so healing dice get used first. Low level...
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    It could be a good encounter if there was another...

    It could be a good encounter if there was another evil group who had a master stone that allowed them to teleport to the location of other stones. They could even surprise the PCs.
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