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  1. Stewart's quote seems a tad disingenuous and a...

    Stewart's quote seems a tad disingenuous and a bit disrespectful to their business partners. They are licensing content to D&D Beyond, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, etc. So they are allowing for digital...
  2. Fair enough. I'm a fan of one-shots, but get it...

    Fair enough. I'm a fan of one-shots, but get it that character growth and getting to dive deep into storylines is the secret sauce for many and that such folks would find one-shots lacking.
  3. Sorry for my ignorance, but was that not the case...

    Sorry for my ignorance, but was that not the case in other editions of D&D?

    I played 1e in the 80s and I don't have the 1e DMG anymore, so I'm not sure if it was a rule that the DM called for...
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    I allow it, but: 1. I enforce encumbrance...

    I allow it, but:

    1. I enforce encumbrance rules

    2. It is not "treasure": You don't get XP for the GP value of the sold items

    For those scratching their heads or taking umbrage at these two...
  5. I'll echo "stunt points" mentioned above from the...

    I'll echo "stunt points" mentioned above from the AGE system. I was introduced to the mechanic with The Expanse.

    I also like "fortune" in The Expanse. I think this also comes from the AGE system....
  6. I've found that feeling you have to put together...

    I've found that feeling you have to put together a campaign can be a block to enjoying the hobby. One shots are a great way to get people together without worrying about whether that same group will...
  7. . . . Okay, I'll ask: How does the...

    . . .

    Okay, I'll ask: How does the Linguistics skill work in Pathfinder?
  8. You could. Or you could assume that there are...

    You could. Or you could assume that there are different distinct sentient, humanoid races, that can or can't interbreed and enjoy worldbuilding and roleplaying around what that might look like.
    ...
  9. Yeah, non-elves either want to eat them or breed...

    Yeah, non-elves either want to eat them or breed with them. Exception being Dwarves, the bitter jealous brothers of the elder races.

    Yet, it is humans who actually breed most indiscriminately....
  10. Interesting read. I always enjoy...

    Interesting read. I always enjoy behind-the-scenes look at the publishing process and to read from creators who go the self-publishing route. Best of luck in your creative endeavors!
  11. Other than D&D I run one-shots. I'm on my...

    Other than D&D I run one-shots.

    I'm on my third campaign since 5e came out.

    First campaign. Homebrew setting. Twenty eight-hour sessions, one level per session.

    Second campaign, Curse of...
  12. As a DM, create the world you want to run and...

    As a DM, create the world you want to run and find players who want to play in it. If you are not stuck running games for organized play, there is no right or wrong decision here as a long as...
  13. Interesting that most of the pet peeves shared...

    Interesting that most of the pet peeves shared here don't bother me much. For example, I agree that 6-seconds is an eternity in combat and you can do A LOT in six seconds when it comes to punches,...
  14. This post BEGS for a follow-up. Sorry that you've...

    This post BEGS for a follow-up. Sorry that you've had a fall out with a group you've been playing with for 20 years. Sounds like it is more than just leaving the group, if you've not even seen any of...
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    I've been interested in trying Vampire the...

    I've been interested in trying Vampire the Masquerade, mainly because it became big after I went to college and stopped playing TTRPGs, so I missed out on it. But I've heard a lot of negative...
  16. When and why did you stop playing D&D and other TTRPGs?

    The longer and more accurate question is:

    If you ever quit or stopped playing tabletop RPGs for an extended period of time, at what time in your life did that occur and why? And why did you pick...
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    The sidekicks rules in the Essentials Kit is a...

    The sidekicks rules in the Essentials Kit is a simplified version of those released in Unearthed Arcana, which you can read for free:

    https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/sidekicks
  18. Yes, though such people can grow out of that, I...

    Yes, though such people can grow out of that, I did. I don't have any experience with the level or horror that, say, someone who has been in a war may have. But I remember getting critical and trying...
  19. It depends upon the person. Different people...

    It depends upon the person. Different people react to things differently. Given the number of people from the military, who have seen real action, that I've played both D&D and also TTRPGs set in...
  20. Last Day to Support Journey Quest Season 4 Kickstarter

    Just a shout out to everyone who enjoys funny, campy, fantasy spoofs with lots of gamer inside jokes.

    The Kickstarter for season 4 of Journey Quest is on its last day and hasn't reached its goal...
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    In the 80s, when I spent A LOT of time gaming, my...

    In the 80s, when I spent A LOT of time gaming, my friends and I just tired of it and we play many different systems, including those we made up ourselves.

    Now, 5e is my main game and I just don't...
  22. To me, it rang very true. It represented the very...

    To me, it rang very true. It represented the very real issue that many/most people go through at that time in their lives when their friends start dating and want to spend more time with their...
  23. Was hoping for an interview. This reads more like...

    Was hoping for an interview. This reads more like an infomercial. That criticism aside, I do like hearing from the creators of TTRPG products and do want to encourage more of these articles. I would...
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    BlivetWidget Have you thought of putting together...

    BlivetWidget Have you thought of putting together these for all the PHB spells and selling as PDF in DMs Guild?

    These would make great handouts.
  25. That and if you allow for "speed strips" or...

    That and if you allow for "speed strips" or another speed loader, the character can reload as a free action.

    Here's a video of pro shooter Jerry Miculek shooting 16 rounds in 4 seconds, including...
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    I got it mostly for lonely fun. I really enjoy...

    I got it mostly for lonely fun. I really enjoy the AI pod cast and PAX shows, even if I don't have the time for the B and C team stuff.

    I expect, since I like the characters and stories, that...
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    God I love these articles. Wonderful to see...

    God I love these articles.

    Wonderful to see SCA on the cover of Dragon, the irony of Gygax's musings on the futures of the rules was delicious.

    Still a bit before I got into gaming, but it...
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    Doctor Futurity I agree, to a point. I loved the...

    Doctor Futurity I agree, to a point. I loved the Fantasy Flight Game Center here in the Twin Cities area. Huge space, large tables, clean; good food and beer on tap; knowledgeable, professional, and...
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    I'm very happy with the materials overall. I only...

    I'm very happy with the materials overall. I only have two complaints. The first is a minor complaint: a number of typos made it into the final. I would hope Green Ronin would have had better...
  30. Initially excited but then see it is PC only. But...

    Initially excited but then see it is PC only. But some of the comments indicate that it is likely it will be release for consoles. So I have some hope.
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    Cut out the FLGS middleman and Amazon and buy...

    Cut out the FLGS middleman and Amazon and buy directly from the game companies on their web sites or the creators through Kickstarter.

    Well...I'll still often buy from Amazon because it is...
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    Mine is scheduled for delivery on Monday. Can't...

    Mine is scheduled for delivery on Monday. Can't wait.
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    Yes, after Toys-R-Us shut down, the main source...

    Yes, after Toys-R-Us shut down, the main source for most games and toys is probably Walmart and Target. I've read that Kaybee Toys may be making a come back, but its launch was pushed back. Games by...
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    I'm just sitting here eating my sour grapes,...

    I'm just sitting here eating my sour grapes, giving the stink eye to all you Otus haters.
  35. Yeah, that lich was a real buzz kill. (I'll...

    Yeah, that lich was a real buzz kill.

    (I'll see myself out.)
  36. I love when he corrected Mercer on stalactite...

    I love when he corrected Mercer on stalactite versus stalagmite, which led to the best line: "This is what it was like to play D&D with me when I was 13."

    See video at 20:14:...
  37. It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of...

    It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of the gargoyles (thinking it might be a living creature) and having it break off and fall, he halved the danger of the arcane trap when crossing the...
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    The D&D Starter set (the original Phandelver one)...

    The D&D Starter set (the original Phandelver one) was sold in my local targets.

    This is important because it is priced right, and packaged attractively enough, that it will be bought by parents...
  39. Well no politics surfaced in the game. A fun,...

    Well no politics surfaced in the game. A fun, short, solo one-shot led by Mercer. I felt that Colbert was seriously getting into it.

    I have to say that this seems to be Mercer's super power. I...
  40. This was great. Perhaps if the Critical Role...

    This was great. Perhaps if the Critical Role cartoon takes off, Matt will be invited on as a guest of the Late Show.
  41. Interested in learning more about the minis. I've...

    Interested in learning more about the minis. I've gone to mostly 2D card-stock minis as I can print out and cut out (using a Silhouette paper cutter) everything I need the night before. I did back...
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    I'm tempted to pick it up just for reading...

    I'm tempted to pick it up just for reading through it, but I've been spending my money on non-fantasy settings.

    The one thing that might make this interesting is if you can apply the same amount...
  43. Not a fan of Rush, but YOU BET I'd tune in for a...

    Not a fan of Rush, but YOU BET I'd tune in for a game of D&D that he played in. I bet he'd be great.

    Ben Shapiro is another person I'd love to see play.

    They'd bring their large audiences to...
  44. Donate a few bucks and you can vote for what...

    Donate a few bucks and you can vote for what he'll play.
  45. Also, keep in mind that the ship rules are NOT...

    Also, keep in mind that the ship rules are NOT spread out. You have the basic rules needed to run nautical adventures in the PHB and DMG. The rules in the appendix of Saltmarsh are extra, expanded...
  46. I buy both. I love the physical books because...

    I buy both. I love the physical books because they are beautiful and I like to sit without electronics sometime and page through a book.

    I like D&D Beyond because I can have my entire D&D library...
  47. Well, your wallet is your vote. I'm really...

    Well, your wallet is your vote.

    I'm really liking what Matt Coleville is doing with Stronghold & Followers and his mass combat rules, but I'm interested in seeing what WotC will do with mass...
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    Rappan Athuk. For any level. I'm running a...

    Rappan Athuk. For any level.

    I'm running a campaign using the newly released 5e version. Massive book.

    Just start them at the Mouth of Doom.
  49. Well, this is the first terrain product that has...

    Well, this is the first terrain product that has me considering buying it since I went to a horizontal digital display.

    Generally, I only buy "dressing" pieces or creature miniatures, since all...
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    *cough* ...

    *cough*

    https://thedragonprince.com/character-reveal-moonshadow-elf-assassins/

    106618
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    A sore elf.

    A sore elf.
  52. Already at over 53,000. My prediction is that...

    Already at over 53,000. My prediction is that they will hit and exceed their goal on Thursday, while they are streaming.
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    This is so close to what I've been hoping they...

    This is so close to what I've been hoping they put out for a starter set. They finally have the proper number of dice and the treasure and condition cards are nice to have. I roll in the open, but...
  54. His politics aside, the man is a true fantasy...

    His politics aside, the man is a true fantasy nerd. He is very intelligent, quick witted, has an encyclopedic memory of Lord of the Rings lore and I think it'll be a hoot to watch him play.

    If he...
  55. I second this. I like to play in different...

    I second this. I like to play in different settings but don't have the time to run or play in multiple campaigns. If I can play several sessions, the price of the book is worth it to me.

    With...
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    This thread contains a poll. For nolstalgia, 1e. But I wouldn't want to...

    For nolstalgia, 1e.

    But I wouldn't want to play it now. If I had to play a D&D edition other than 5e, I suppose it would be Basic D&D (Moldvay / Metzner (but not Expert/Companion rules), which...
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    Did you book it through Kickstarter or were you...

    Did you book it through Kickstarter or were you already a WeWork customer?
  58. This thread contains a poll. But you won't be the first or the last Greyhawk...

    But you won't be the first or the last Greyhawk fan to be disappointed. :-(
  59. Most campaigns never get anywhere near 20. If you...

    Most campaigns never get anywhere near 20. If you are not expecting to play to high levels, you are not likely to shoot yourself in the foot.

    Multiclass as much as it takes to build the character...
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    Has anyone used WeWork for Gaming?

    Meetup.com subscriptions now include free WeWork room reservations (https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004656412-What-is-Meetup-WeWork-)

    I've been to WeWork sites for business meetings...
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    I really enjoyed this post and am enjoying the...

    I really enjoyed this post and am enjoying the thread. So many games to look into. Have a soft spot for MAR Barker, America's Tolkien and other Twin Cities gaming luminary. But I've never gotten...
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    Is it strange to feel nostalgic about issues of...

    Is it strange to feel nostalgic about issues of Dragon that were published before I got into the hobby?

    Can't wait until we get to the 80s!
  63. Stephen Colbert to Play Mini Adventure with Matt Mercer of Critical Role for Red Nose Day

    Didn't see this posted in EN World or on RPG News, but I thought it was pretty big in terms of the attention it will bring to the hobby.

    Stephen Colbert will be playing in a mini-adventure run by...
  64. Well, you don't have to leave 5e to try another...

    Well, you don't have to leave 5e to try another system. I got back into TTRPGs with 5e after decades out of the hobby. Within a year I was buying other systems. When I join games on Roll20, they are...
  65. And, worse than that, when you give your players...

    And, worse than that, when you give your players access to all of D&D Beyond by inviting them to your campaign in D&D Beyond, so they can easily pull up or search for rules...and they expect the DM...
  66. Fair enough. Ultimately it doesn't matter....

    Fair enough.

    Ultimately it doesn't matter. I'll play and run games that I enjoy and avoid those I don't, regardless of a non-gaming podcast episode.
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    The real world didn't have terrible monsters...

    The real world didn't have terrible monsters controlling urban sprawl.

    Also, like the real life, the "wilderness" was often "inhabited by folk that are not us." Many of the wilderness areas are...
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    This. Greyhawk is not a "good read." I don't know...

    This. Greyhawk is not a "good read." I don't know that I've ever sat down and read the old box set cover to cover. The recent "Wayfarers Guide to Eberron", I read cover to cover, in order, and...
  69. Great interview! Am interested to know why...

    Great interview! Am interested to know why Kickstarter "doesn't work in Russia."
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    If the prices do go up significantly for US...

    If the prices do go up significantly for US customers, it should provide a feeling of schadenfreude to European Kickstarter backers.
  71. I backed this on Kickstarter and have had the...

    I backed this on Kickstarter and have had the Blueray for a while now. It is well done and was a lot of fun to watch after having read through Art & Arcana. I'm glad many of the original artists are...
  72. The growth in 5e will eventually result in the...

    The growth in 5e will eventually result in the growth of other systems. There will be a number of people who will look to diversify the games they play or who get tired of D&D and want to try...
  73. Perhaps my original post was not written clearly....

    Perhaps my original post was not written clearly. I have no problem with diceless systems. One of my favorite games of the past couple of years is Dialect.

    My problem is claiming to play a game,...
  74. It was still entertaining. I'm not tired of Chris...

    It was still entertaining. I'm not tired of Chris Gethard or the Beautiful Anonymous podcast. I wasn't even tired of that specific pod cast. But it was misleading to say that they were playing D&D. ...
  75. No. But it wasn't D&D, or any TTRPG for that...

    No. But it wasn't D&D, or any TTRPG for that matter.
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    True neutral, probably not. But, again, in my...

    True neutral, probably not.

    But, again, in my games Druids can be any alignment.

    Most likely, Druids were a religious order like any other with an emphasis on oral tradition.

    "The writer...
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    Not sure I understand the rules of the game, but...

    Not sure I understand the rules of the game, but I see other posting votes more than one time. Is there a limit per day?

    Regarding Erol Otus the haters are wrong. Must save.

    Daniel Horne --...
  78. Eberron is the only published setting that...

    Eberron is the only published setting that handles this in a consistent, logical, easy to run way.

    In my home campaign, all magic, other than clerical magic from followers of approved gods, is...
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    Blackmoor has the better claim of being the...

    Blackmoor has the better claim of being the "original" DnD setting (http://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/blog).



    Kinda. I would say it is more, "there is a place for a little bit of everything." ...
  80. If you do D&D Beyond, you can buy specific...

    If you do D&D Beyond, you can buy specific monsters, etc. without buying the entire book.

    That said, I really enjoy the Ravnica book. Lots of ideas to mine from it.
  81. I have an index like this someone posted for free...

    I have an index like this someone posted for free on Reddit. It doesn't get used anymore since I use D&D Beyond. Easier to search or use D&D Beyonds categories to navigate.
  82. I'm not familiar with the WotBS or what Seela...

    I'm not familiar with the WotBS or what Seela are. But if you are looking for paper minis, check out Printable Heroes: https://printableheroes.com/minis

    One Monk Miniatures is another, you can...
  83. Well, okay, fair enough. But that still leaves...

    Well, okay, fair enough. But that still leaves use with no track record other than endorsing failed third-party campaigns. Look, I'm not trying to be negative. I want to back Paizo and I'm excited to...
  84. I guess I'm spoiled by Kobold Press and Frog God...

    I guess I'm spoiled by Kobold Press and Frog God Games Kickstarters. I just do not see the value here and the risk seems high given their track record. If it ever makes it to my FLGS shelves, I'll...
  85. Have had my copy for several days now. While the...

    Have had my copy for several days now. While the materials are not the same production values as the WotC published books, it is still feels like a quality book and it fits right in with my other 5e...
  86. Maybe not, but he was definitely trying to make...

    Maybe not, but he was definitely trying to make this episode a comedy episode. Which is fine. I don't have an issue with slapstick D&D. It is that lack of any engagement with the mechanics. It...
  87. Chris Gethard "plays" D&D on Beautiful Anonymous

    I'm a fan of comedian Chris Gethard's podcast, Beautiful Anonymous. The format is that he takes a random anonymous caller and talks to them for an hour. There is some pre-screening and he selects...
  88. I tend to let the players control them as well as...

    I tend to let the players control them as well as NPC allies in many cases. Anything to spread the DM workload.
  89. Thanks. Will do.

    Thanks. Will do.
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    Okay. To me this is a feature, not bug. But I...

    Okay. To me this is a feature, not bug. But I can understand that others will have different expectations.
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    Which WotC APs does that describe? My issue with...

    Which WotC APs does that describe? My issue with many of the APs is the expectation that you play though all the content. Perhaps this is why I love Curse of Strahd. Currently, I'm running Rappan...
  92. You still can.

    You still can.
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    Daniel Horne -- 21 Keith Parkinson -- 21 Jeff...

    Daniel Horne -- 21
    Keith Parkinson -- 21
    Jeff Easley -- 18
    Larry Elmore -- 24 + 1 = 25
    Clyde Caldwell -- 19
    Erol Otus -- 18 + 1 = 19
    Wayne Reynolds -- 8
    Todd Lockwood -- 19
    Tyler Jacobson --...
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    In my home brew campaign, Druids are seen as...

    In my home brew campaign, Druids are seen as heretical and have almost been eliminated. The reason they are seen as these deep-woods hermits is because they've been driven there. They organize into...
  95. Yes. If you want to get really fancy, and plan to...

    Yes. If you want to get really fancy, and plan to reuse them, get some cheap foam board from the dollar store and use spray-adhesive to glue the printed maps to the foam board. Of course that makes...
  96. I hear you regarding the Combat Tracker. I can...

    I hear you regarding the Combat Tracker. I can see using this for adventures that I can buy through Fantasy Grounds.

    The learning curve and prep time is what holds me back. I've already invested...
  97. What? No Switch? What kind of parent are you‽ ...

    What? No Switch? What kind of parent are you‽

    ;-)
  98. Exactly. Those kids who grew up in a world where...

    Exactly. Those kids who grew up in a world where fantasy movies were blockbuster, Oscar-winning movies grew up to be today's millennial streaming their games on Youtube and Twitch.

    I don't think...
  99. Bummer, I would have loved an Everscroll's...

    Bummer, I would have loved an Everscroll's adventure. So, we don't know who wrote it? Did they not give the author(s) byline credit? They could have afforded to hire some great talent and actually...
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    That was what first struck me. I really like that...

    That was what first struck me. I really like that depiction, hit helps person-ize the lizard folk, which is important in this series of adventures.

    I'm excited about this book.
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