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    I played the berzerker to 20th level and never...

    I played the berzerker to 20th level and never had a problem. the 1st level of exhaustion is negligible but if you reserve frenzy for the tough fights you'll be OK. I had two levels of exhaustion...
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    Contagion doesn't take effect until the 3rd save...

    Contagion doesn't take effect until the 3rd save is failed. That makes it almost useless in combat as opposed to broken the other way. Errata confirms that this is the correct interpretation.
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    I like the attackers interact with an object...

    I like the attackers interact with an object option. Kick away or pick it up with a free hand. A reason for the attacker to have a free hand. Now if we could get a good sunder rule. If the attacker...
  4. In my game every druid would have an interest in...

    In my game every druid would have an interest in helping the farmers. We have a Drow druid right now who couldn't care less if the humans eat. Plus characters with powers like the characters are a a...
  5. In my game every druid would have an interest in...

    In my game every druid would have an interest in helping the farmers. We have a Drow druid right now who couldn't care less if the humans eat. Plus characters with powers like the characters are a a...
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    On the Role playing side, you could also have...

    On the Role playing side, you could also have quests using speak with the dead where your character tries to persuade them to willingness to come back.
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    Make him wait until he can use wish. Then he...

    Make him wait until he can use wish. Then he doesn't have limitations. The effect that he wishes for just instantly happens. You could also do it as a cleric with Divine intervention. In a magical...
  8. Drinking the potion of Invisibility is like...

    Drinking the potion of Invisibility is like having the spell cast on you. The imbiber isn't concentrating. It still ends when an action is taken or an attack made which would end it. Any caster with...
  9. I think this array lends itself well to a bard....

    I think this array lends itself well to a bard. You have decent scores in a lot of skills and a good charisma. If variant human is your choice maybe go with Inspiring leader and put your stat bump on...
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    I might add that it can work for an object. And...

    I might add that it can work for an object. And if you say the simulacrum is an object than why cast simulacrum at all? Just turn an object into the creature. Note also that you can't turn an object...
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    You keep your memories and your alignment so that...

    You keep your memories and your alignment so that seems to make some sense. especially if you transform into a creature that might actually have those kinds of abilities. I agree that you don't...
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    The simulacrums would have a slot fewer each gen...

    The simulacrums would have a slot fewer each gen anyway, so no army even if it worked. That said, Sim is indeed an illusion. True polymorph works on an object too, but you only become a creature...
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    These are the thoughts that kept me out of the...

    These are the thoughts that kept me out of the really good schools. So, if this caster changed from say human into a drow (which by it's nature could still be a warlock), could he then still use his...
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    True Polymorph

    So, if a caster, say a Warlock 17 Hexblade Pact of the Blade uses True Polymorph on himself. He needs to concentrate but if he concentrates until the full hour is up, it lasts until dispelled? In his...
  15. i was thinking Preserver is a specialty that an...

    i was thinking Preserver is a specialty that an arcane caster can take at 3rd or higher and replace his existing benefits from his prior specialty (Oathbreaker style). The preserver uses a bonus...
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    turn a rock int a death slaad corpse, turn into a...

    turn a rock int a death slaad corpse, turn into a grey slaad. Eat the corpse, become a death slaad. Subdue the vampire lord your party encounters. Turn into a vampire spawn. Drink the vampire lord's...
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    There are CR and level limits on True polymorph...

    There are CR and level limits on True polymorph creatures. You can still do plenty of awesome stuff however.
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    Nice. On a related note, I don't see a difference...

    Nice. On a related note, I don't see a difference between a halberd and a glaive. Is their one?
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    On a related Note, I'm not seeing a difference...

    On a related Note, I'm not seeing a difference between the halberd and glaive. Is there one?
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    So if you are Hexblade but choose another pact,...

    So if you are Hexblade but choose another pact, like say pact of the tome, no two handed weapon. Nice. Makes sense.
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    Hex Warrior Feature Question

    Interesting question, - Pact of the blade Pg. 107 PHB says it is a melee weapon. You choose the form it takes. It can be a magic weapon that you've bonded to. Xanathar's guide Pg. 56 says when you...
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    Interesting question, - Pact of the blade Pg. 107...

    Interesting question, - Pact of the blade Pg. 107 PHB says it is a melee weapon. You choose the form it takes. It can be a magic weapon that you've bonded to. Xanathar's guide says, 'Whenever you...
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    The Hexblade's weapon is any melee weapon but the...

    The Hexblade's weapon is any melee weapon but the Hex Warrior feature doesn't allow the two handed property as I read it. Longsword is versatile so d10 if you use it two handed. If you want to use...
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    Hexblade Feats

    So here's a thought on the later levels of the Hexblade. Human and using a Longsword primarily as his weapon. With Charisma taking his ASIs at 4th and 8th, bringing him to 20 in his main attack...
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    He's still a cleric and the spells are Cleric...

    He's still a cleric and the spells are Cleric spells for him so, still divine as with other clerics. In the case of mine; Vecna.
  26. Normal Familiars would not always grant advantage...

    Normal Familiars would not always grant advantage in combat because they don't have attacks. If it's not a threat, it doesn't flank if you are using that optional rule. Some powers grant advantage...
  27. I ran a high level game where the characters went...

    I ran a high level game where the characters went to a carnival in Avernus and the ringmaster was a pit fiend in a loud costume. There was a food court where efreeti served illusiory food and drink...
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    good job.

    good job.
  29. If you make it a cantrip as you note, use when...

    If you make it a cantrip as you note, use when the caster is x level it does additional zombies with the same reaction, and just have it be as a normal zombie that you control for 1 minute. at higher...
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    Drow Druid

    Interesting question that has come up in our new campaign. If a drow druid wants to overcome sunlight sensitivity. Will being in a wild shape form with different senses do it? I understand the...
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    As a DM, I find that if a party is about 17th or...

    As a DM, I find that if a party is about 17th or higher and there's 4 or more of them usually, they can take on just about anything.
  32. The higher you go, the more monsters use attacks...

    The higher you go, the more monsters use attacks that don't rely on weapon to hits. Spells auras, things with saves. I DM's an epic game where the big bad, a half dragon Hypereon made every save. The...
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    I agree, the ritual tag would fix it for me. I...

    I agree, the ritual tag would fix it for me. I suppose that a player could create a version with the ritual tag if he wanted to spend the resources to do that. Thanks, I think that works nicely.
  34. Your pact weapon in this instance is not a magic...

    Your pact weapon in this instance is not a magic weapon. Improved pact weapon gives it +1. Then you get +2 from casting a spell Elemental weapon. The rub is that Elemental weapon specifies that the...
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    I've been playing with a human Hexblade....

    I've been playing with a human Hexblade. Backstory is that he was from a family that secretly adopted worship of the Dark Kami Fu Leng. When Fu Leng was destroyed his clerics died out but now his...
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    i don't have a problem with flanking. If your...

    i don't have a problem with flanking. If your game is showing it to be too powerful for your tastes, just have the enemy use it occasionally. easier to do with large groups. In 5E even weak enemies...
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    So turn him into something big but not dangerous...

    So turn him into something big but not dangerous like a slow moving ooze or shark (in the desert) something less threatening than the fighter but with some HP.
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    I quite agree. Wizard has Wish at 9th level and...

    I quite agree. Wizard has Wish at 9th level and it has a lot more versatility. Duplicate Plane Shift and zap the baddie to another plane. Cleric can use divine intervention and ask a god to...
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    I've run several campaigns that reached high...

    I've run several campaigns that reached high levels in the most recent three editions. In each case, by about 17th level when the highest level spells come into play, you can expect a party of 4 or...
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    Imprisonment

    The Imprisonment spell seems to be only for flavor. Other than using it to become a lich or to make a fairly expensive trap, what practical uses does it have? For a 9th level spell especially for...
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    Just off the top of my head. Defiler or Preserver...

    Just off the top of my head. Defiler or Preserver can be a bonus action cantrip. You get a metamagic effect when you use this bonus action. If you defile, you and nearby creatures gain levels of...
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    In 1st level spells Magic missile is going to be...

    In 1st level spells Magic missile is going to be reliable because it always hits unless it's actively trumped by something like shield. If you use shocking grasp, let your familiar deliver it. It's a...
  43. Kensei is already restricted from using 2h and...

    Kensei is already restricted from using 2h and special properties weapons as Kensei weapons.
  44. To make a weapon your pact weapon, you have to...

    To make a weapon your pact weapon, you have to perform a ritual that makes it your pact weapon. There is no reason that I am aware of against doing this with a sentient weapon, but it doesn't mean...
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    1. I agree. Mending or Make whole or the like....

    1. I agree. Mending or Make whole or the like. 50gp./hp. to repair as with other constructs.
    2. This is why even though Animated weapon and Intelligent weapon aren't the same I went with the...
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    Animated Weapon

    So one of my Chaotic Wacky players wanted to do this. To play an animated weapon.

    Here's what I've got on the fly. You're a small construct. We use the standard array to create a character So I'm...
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    I like that the Warlock is not just a different...

    I like that the Warlock is not just a different spell list. Having a different mechanic changes the style of play of course, but a different class should have a different style of play. In prior...
  48. Characters in 5E by the book can create magic...

    Characters in 5E by the book can create magic items if they are casters with the right skill, tools materials etc. and it may make a good use of that gold that some complain that there's not a good...
  49. There are few cases where it would matter how old...

    There are few cases where it would matter how old you are. I think it's pretty campaign dependent. The Sphinx sending you to another time. perhaps a trap or some creature or curse whose damage was...
  50. I thought Spell Sniper only worked on ranged...

    I thought Spell Sniper only worked on ranged spell attacks. Am I missing something?
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    The Monk's Martial Arts ability lets him use the...

    The Monk's Martial Arts ability lets him use the Martial arts die instead of the normal 1 point for an unarmed strike. He can also use that damage die for a Monk weapon. These unarmed strikes add the...
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    What exists in your world is up to you as the DM....

    What exists in your world is up to you as the DM. Including shops. That said any caster can make items. The time it tsakes as written can be prohibitive but I allow that to be the longest it can take...
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    Are there not already Epic boons and Legendary...

    Are there not already Epic boons and Legendary Items that are big enough to skew balance in these kinds of ways?
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    My game had a beholder that was giving the party...

    My game had a beholder that was giving the party fits until he got pushed over a well. His hover power worked fine until the party members started dropping stuff on him. The 'monster bomb' has...
  55. In 4e there was a gremlin skulker that had a...

    In 4e there was a gremlin skulker that had a nasty defensive ability. They became invisible when an enemy was adjacent to them. I made them guards. As the epic rogue approached the door, the guards...
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    You could use the same rule as 3rd. Str. for...

    You could use the same rule as 3rd. Str. for damage on a mighty bow. +100gp. cost per plus and still use dex to hit. You need at least that strength score to use the bow. I allowed it in my game and...
  57. I would chime in that more feats would be...

    I would chime in that more feats would be welcome. More options is better than fewer and there are few feats for those games that use them, which I think is many. I'd like to see more feats and more...
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    Most Powerful Character

    OK. i'll throw a question out there to the Char/Op crowd. What was your most powerful character in play? I'm thinking 5th Ed since we all likely play or have played it by now but in the endless...
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    What do people think of the dragonmarks? I've...

    What do people think of the dragonmarks? I've seen the PDF where it's driven by feats and where it's driven by player race.
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    Most attacks including spells specify a number of...

    Most attacks including spells specify a number of targets or creatures. Some specify that they can target objects but there's nothing in most spells that says that you can't deliberately target an...
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    Eldritch Evocations

    So if I'm reading the PHB right, you get 2 Eldritch Evocations at 2nd level but you can't yet take any of the ones that require a Pact Feature because you don't get that until 3rd. When you gain...
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    Eldritch Evocations

    So if I'm reading the PHB right, you get 2 Eldritch Evocations at 2nd level but you can't yet take any of the ones that require a Pact Feature because you don't get that until 3rd. When you gain...
  63. I ran a game that went to high levels; 20th level...

    I ran a game that went to high levels; 20th level with one Epic Boon. The big bad was a half dragon Empyreon. He made every save and the party members failed every save and still mopped up the mat...
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    Flavor for a Hexblade

    Working on a Hexblade and trying to base the flavor around the specter thing. I'm thinking of Nerull for a patron since he's the dead god. The idea is that he was an urchin for background and has...
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    I agree. It isn't the designer's responsibility...

    I agree. It isn't the designer's responsibility to fix the obnoxious people in your party with rules. Rule zero is don't be a jerk. If your campaign theme is friendly to power gamers and challenges...
  66. I rarely mess with the core rules as DM. When I...

    I rarely mess with the core rules as DM. When I do, it's out of the gate, not on the fly mid-session. That would make me consider leaving a game because it isn't fun to be told, yes, you can have...
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    Table Rules

    There was a thread out there about how DM's sometimes misbehave to the point of players leaving the game. As a player, I've done so. I'll throw this out there. What rules do you have at the table...
  68. I mostly DM but when one of my players once DM'ed...

    I mostly DM but when one of my players once DM'ed and said of the character I was playing, 'He doesn't want to.' Me: Yes , he does. Him, 'Well he isn't going to.' Me: 'Do yuo want to play him? Left...
  69. In 3E the assumption was that taking a prestige...

    In 3E the assumption was that taking a prestige class made you more powerful and often it did. But in every case, and in every edition when you take a level of Y you lose that chance to take that...
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    It's pretty easy to justify one person not being...

    It's pretty easy to justify one person not being there. Druid went into the woods to look for a rare flower and never came back. Warlock or cleric was called to the church/sanctum for a religious...
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    Hulk Smash.

    Hulk Smash.
  72. I tend to think not. The levels where characters...

    I tend to think not. The levels where characters get something outside their specialty are meant to be things that all members of that class or all characters get. It makes more sense to me to change...
  73. Tabaxi can dash as a bonus action.

    Tabaxi can dash as a bonus action.
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    Do you think the dragonmarks will change? I was...

    Do you think the dragonmarks will change? I was thinking that getting multiple spells from a feat and higher level ones was a lot more than say Magic Initiate and that it may get nerfed after the...
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    Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron

    Has anyone used this yet? What are your thoughts on it?
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    Simple answer is 'Can't see it = no line of...

    Simple answer is 'Can't see it = no line of sight.'

    Some effects end when the target can no longer see the source they specify this; Often fear effects. Others persist for a particular length of...
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    Three cheers for answering the question that was...

    Three cheers for answering the question that was asked.
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    Very nice guide. I've been playing a Kensei for a...

    Very nice guide. I've been playing a Kensei for a little while now. On the Agile Parry, the attack must be part of the attack action on your turn. This means that you need to make one of your regular...
  79. We have a rather wacky female player. (Good...

    We have a rather wacky female player. (Good Friend of my wife and actually quite entertaining most of the time). Predictably, when a magic potion was found in treasure she immediately opened and...
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    The Wayfairers Guide to Eberron

    Has anyone looked at character options in the new setting doc yet? Anything useful there?
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    Use Legionary. Legionnaire is a different soldier...

    Use Legionary. Legionnaire is a different soldier from a much later period. That said, Roman troper's kept it simple. I'd go with variant human fighter with shield master. If he went to higher...
  82. If you want a full warrior and full spellcaster...

    If you want a full warrior and full spellcaster consider Paladin 3/Warlock17. You'll still get full level spells from Warlock and have armor/weapons. Consider Oathbreaker if allowed for the damage...
  83. I would say leave the class features as they are....

    I would say leave the class features as they are. When Raging the Barbarian gets his +2 damage if he uses strength. The HexBlade power allows him to use Charisma instead instead of strength for...
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    Dark Sun

    So I've been picking up on the rumor that one of two settings to be coming up from Wizards may be Dark Sun. I have some ideas for a story line. If the setting does not appear soon though, what...
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    I would allow it. The player and DM could have...

    I would allow it. The player and DM could have the understanding that the wings were damaged in a way that could come back later at the coolest possible time. You could even say the damage to them...
  86. You can use the phrase,' You can attempt to fight...

    You can use the phrase,' You can attempt to fight that thing *that hasn't noticed you yet, or that lives here but you've not seen,* but it looks suicidal.

    If your party is really think on the...
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    I don't think either of these alternatives are...

    I don't think either of these alternatives are terrible but I would not think any alteration is needed. You can just rule 'no variant human' and that's that. some feats can be very potent at low...
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    My last one involved a cleric who actually...

    My last one involved a cleric who actually befriended the party and took them on a series of quests. Some of these turned out to be so that he could obtain the hand and eye of Vecna. His ultimate...
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    Is Shield a Warlock spell? I don't see it listed...

    Is Shield a Warlock spell? I don't see it listed as one.
  90. On the willingly moves part, I would let it work...

    On the willingly moves part, I would let it work unless the effect says 'you move the target.' as opposed to 'the target then uses its move to'
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    On the Kensei Monk, Agile parry works when you...

    On the Kensei Monk, Agile parry works when you make a melee attack as part of the attack action. Not with your bonus action. Remember you have to make your regular turn attack or one of them unarmed...
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    We use flanking and so far have used the Fighter...

    We use flanking and so far have used the Fighter action surge being one attack instead of many. we use the timelines for making magic items as the maximum time it will take and let players make...
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    Thanks, P195 says you can make a melee attack...

    Thanks, P195 says you can make a melee attack with an unarmed strike but it doesn't specify if it counts as a weapon as matters with say stunning strike. The errata helps.
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    Makes sense and is as I was leaning to ruling it....

    Makes sense and is as I was leaning to ruling it. They really ought to make these things more clear in the verbiage. Is there errata for 5e on this?
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    Monk Unarmed Strike

    Question, Because the 5E Players Handbook isn't very clear and the Kensei has brought it up. Does the Unarmed Strike count as a weapon attack for purposes of abilities like the monk's Stunning...
  96. We DMs have all been there I think. I once had a...

    We DMs have all been there I think. I once had a party of 12th level or so fighting CR 1 Orcs as little more than a warmup. The fighter in heavy armor is on a warhorse using a lance and whiffs...
  97. This thread contains a poll. We're in our 3rd campaign since 5th came out....

    We're in our 3rd campaign since 5th came out. Each party has had a cleric and no one has used Spare the Dying even once. I don't think it's a problem. The Death Yo Yo is possible of course but I...
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    I've not seen in game problems from varying the...

    I've not seen in game problems from varying the number of encounters as some DMs here seem to have seen. If you're finding that less than 6 encounters is a problem then purely from a practical...
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    It varies in my game. They usually have the...

    It varies in my game. They usually have the freedom to move around in the world and decide where when to try to rest but You don't have to make it possible every time. I'm not saying attack them in...
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    The player knew the exact spot. That means that...

    The player knew the exact spot. That means that the enemy stealthing away doesn't get to trump the knowing. There's a hit on whatever was there when the hero succeeded in knowing the right square...
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