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  1. We began exactly as we left off last time. The...

    We began exactly as we left off last time. The PCs have surprise round against 4 slavers, two of whom have children at gunpoint in an effort to force their fathers to fight to the death for their...
  2. The Hidden Mines, Parts 1-2

    A Winter of Discontent

    February 1667. King Louis continues his saber-rattling against Spain and is mobilizing resources and people and raising money for war.

    Minister of Finance Jean Baptist...
  3. Claude was hoping that by bringing Evelyn to the...

    Claude was hoping that by bringing Evelyn to the Library at Midnight (the hour when Henriette's ghost emerges each night) he would be able to convince her to undergo a ritual which would meld their...
  4. Next, I decided to run a horror module, very...

    Next, I decided to run a horror module, very derivative of the old original TSR "Ravenloft" module. I changed the setting to the fictional town of De Greve in Brittany and the main antagonist to...
  5. After this point, I ran a series of adventure...

    After this point, I ran a series of adventure modules. The first was "Death of a Swordsman" which is being published (tomorrow) as part of the Duelist's Guidebook for Honor + Intrigue. This is when...
  6. Interlude: The Garden Party Our heroes have had...

    Interlude: The Garden Party
    Our heroes have had a month of downtime in which to spend their money and Advancement Points. Wealthy nobles collected allowances while less financially secure characters...
  7. Erstwhile, our faithful heroes had burst into the...

    Erstwhile, our faithful heroes had burst into the office of Jean Garnier via a secret passageway that connected a hidden subterranean temple to pagan gods (Dagon, Ba'al, Tiamat, etc.) As soon as she...
  8. The PCs make their way to the seaside caverns,...

    The PCs make their way to the seaside caverns, where they found the water to be knee-deep. At the cave’s entrance, there were two bandits floating facedown in the surf. Examination of the bodies...
  9. Julie’s speeding mount was surrounded by three...

    Julie’s speeding mount was surrounded by three bandits who also each had hostages. Just as they were crossing a bridge, a musketeer (Girard) managed to see them. Fixing his pole-brace, he leveled his...
  10. Honor + Intrigue Campaign: In the Shadow of the Sun King

    The game is set in the Bourdeaux region of France in 1666. Louis XIV reigns as the Sun King from his new palace in Versailes. King Charles II sits on the English throne. It is an age of art and...
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    Two big updates! 1. Honor + Intrigue, the ENnie...

    Two big updates!
    1. Honor + Intrigue, the ENnie award-winning swashbuckling RPG, is available in Print-On-Demand again, after a long absence! You can get it at tinyurl.com/honorintrigue

    2. A new...
  12. BASH! Fantasy: Legends of Steel Ends November 3rd

    For Sword & Sorcery Comic Action, check out tinyurl.com/LegendOfSteel

    There are just a few days left in the campaign. If you are a fan of the BASH! Family of games already, or of Sword & Sorcery...
  13. Find out what the players have their heart set on...

    Find out what the players have their heart set on playing the most, and then arbitrarily ban it from the campaign without remorse. At least I have known some in the past who followed this guideline.
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    In our party there is one PC who has a Vorpal...

    In our party there is one PC who has a Vorpal Sword and several others with zero magic items, and it is because they cannot buy any. I don't like that they have to rely on the GM to give them to...
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    I can't see carrying a great axe and a halberd RP...

    I can't see carrying a great axe and a halberd RP wise. For tunnels and other in close fighting, a short sword makes more sense. I don't see someone switching from a halberd to a great axe and back...
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    Half Orc + Champion is another great combo,...

    Half Orc + Champion is another great combo, especially with pole arms. You crit more often and do more damage when you crit. Feats also make pole arms amazing. Great weapon master for example...
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    Why not give them a nice paper cut and pour lemon...

    Why not give them a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

    Seriously as a player, this kind of thing would spoil the game for me. All characters being from a cookie cutter isn't my thing. ...
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    Yes, it is STR based. Monks have a special...

    Yes, it is STR based. Monks have a special ability that allows it to be Dex+1d4 instead of STR+1 that everyone gets. Monks can also be STR+1d4 if they want to, and that is also what the Tavern...
  19. Thread: Azers?

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    The last Azer near the end of time traveled back...

    The last Azer near the end of time traveled back in time and created the first Azer.
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    Don't forget your first class determines your...

    Don't forget your first class determines your good saves for the rest of your life. So if you take Barbarian 1 you are stuck with STR and Con saves as your good ones. As a caster, you may not want...
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    I think the Dresden Files may be as much of an...

    I think the Dresden Files may be as much of an influence on this design choice. No Spoilers though.
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    New house rule: Making a single use item you...

    New house rule: Making a single use item you generate 2500 GP per day of work instead of 250. An hour's work generates 100 GP worth for a single use item. In addition to work, you also have to...
  23. Thread: The Ranger

    by epochrpg
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    Yeah, this. Even BARDS make pretty good rangers....

    Yeah, this. Even BARDS make pretty good rangers. They can take spells they want from any list (even getting high-end ranger spells before actual rangers) and they can also cast Awaken which rangers...
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    IIRC, you can only successfully sneak attack once...

    IIRC, you can only successfully sneak attack once per round...
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    We have used the Katana as a Finesse weapon as it...

    We have used the Katana as a Finesse weapon as it was written since the first playtest. When the RAW changed to say that Katanas were now STR based weapons, our GM said they were still allowed to be...
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    "I'm ***JUST*** playing my character!" --...

    "I'm ***JUST*** playing my character!" -- immortal words spoken by the biggest jerks ever in the history of RPGs...
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    What part of "he refused to heal another pc and...

    What part of "he refused to heal another pc and let him die" did you not understand? We had a player (a paladin no less) pull this same garbage (hung in the back and through daggers, never healed...
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    Get the Other Pcs to create a contract in...

    Get the Other Pcs to create a contract in character. If a majority feel he didn't uphold his end of the deal, he gets no share of the treasure. If his character whines like a baby tell him in...
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    Please go on. I'd like details/examples on each...

    Please go on. I'd like details/examples on each of these.
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    You mentioned options for dealing with a 4 wisdom...

    You mentioned options for dealing with a 4 wisdom and the presence of "Save or Suck" being a major impairment for such a character. What are they, specifically, other than scrapping the character?
    ...
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    Another Alternative Character Generation

    When I first started playing D&D Rules Cyclopedia, our GM had a lot of unorthodox rules for generating characters. He let us buy GURPS Advantages (paid for with Disadvantages) to help customize our...
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    So how do you deal with the character with a 4...

    So how do you deal with the character with a 4 Wisdom constantly failing "Save or Suck for the rest of this encounter" saves and not being REALLY pissed off that it keeps happening? Because to...
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    The most important question is do your PLAYERS...

    The most important question is do your PLAYERS think it is part of the fun?

    Dealing with an adversarial DM who is always out to "get" the players can be fun (simply surviving the experience is a...
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    How is it dealt with? I've only ever heard this...

    How is it dealt with? I've only ever heard this "dealt with" in one of two ways:

    "Suck it up crybaby! Just because your best score is an 11 and the GM's spouse's lowest is a 16 doesn't mean the...
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    I like what I see, except firearms don't seem to...

    I like what I see, except firearms don't seem to in any way help punch through armor. Thus if you are running a game with 19th century tech, people will still be running around with plate mail and...
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    Our Highbies don't even have 1 magic weapon a...

    Our Highbies don't even have 1 magic weapon a piece; let alone spares to hand out to people. But we do have vast sums of gold we are not allowed to spend on such items items because "wonder"... >:-(...
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    D'oh! You're right.

    D'oh! You're right.
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    When thieves and thugs showed up at a warehouse...

    When thieves and thugs showed up at a warehouse we were at saying "Give us the McGuffin if you want to get out of there alive" I had Silent Image shout from behind them "This is Seargent Ferelden of...
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    Your unwillingness to acknowledge the point I...

    Your unwillingness to acknowledge the point I made or actually attempt to help the situation is noted. I would like to ask that you to stop posting in this thread as I am not finding your advice to...
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    We've been playing this setting since AD&D 2e. ...

    We've been playing this setting since AD&D 2e. There have always been magic item shops till this edition... then they somehow disappeared. So not having the item shops is the intrusion into the...
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    I think my main complaint was that *if there were...

    I think my main complaint was that *if there were a magic shop* I wouldn't have been in the situation, because I'd have been able to buy the goggles, or at least some scrolls before we went back into...
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    You are aware that those animals have different...

    You are aware that those animals have different sensory organs and neuro-processing capabilities than a human, correct? That these evolved of thousands of years to adapt to these situations over...
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    I think the way to go for me will probably be to...

    I think the way to go for me will probably be to buy scrolls to have someone else cast on me. I'd feel like it is too much of an imposition to ask them to give up one of the two spells they gain for...
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    Exactly. Since there is no natural light source...

    Exactly. Since there is no natural light source of any kind, it means carry an artificial one, which basically is like trying to use stealth while singing a loud song about how stealthy you are...
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    Wow, why didn't I think of this before! I'll...

    Wow, why didn't I think of this before! I'll just refuse to throw the Disadvantage dice on my attack rolls. If the GM calls me on it, I'll say I don't have to because because Ninja. I'll also tell...
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    That's pretty good, but using stealth also takes...

    That's pretty good, but using stealth also takes an action.
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    Can't re-roll. I'm 7th level and if you re-roll...

    Can't re-roll. I'm 7th level and if you re-roll or join the campaign you start at level 1. I'd quit before I'd do that. See the thread on "Everyone Starts at First Level" for why.

    We're not...
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    Handwaved encumberance.

    Handwaved encumberance.
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    You must have missed when I said that would not...

    You must have missed when I said that would not be in the characters nature. We are not avoiding the demons, or bargaining with them, we are slaying them. We are THE GOOD GUYS. We are the sort that...
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    I should have mentioned there was a big city just...

    I should have mentioned there was a big city just before we went into the dark lands, so if there were items for sale I would have been able to buy one. We did a short sortie into the place and had...
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    I have no monk levels. You need multiple levels...

    I have no monk levels. You need multiple levels before you can become a shadow monk. It will take too long. I also already took the Tavern Brawler feat, do it would feel like a massive waste.
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    Let me clarify. We are in a place similar to the...

    Let me clarify. We are in a place similar to the under dark that is not the under dark. It is a vast underground wilderness and the area we are in is full of demons.

    I cannot go off on a quest to...
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    The Case for a Magic Item Shop?

    My character is a human, very adept in stealth, re-skinned as a ninja. Sneaking and scouting for the party is her role in the group. But recently we've been in the underdark and it looks like we're...
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    Question: the Succubi failed to charm anybody? ...

    Question: the Succubi failed to charm anybody? Did they all have good Wis saves? Did they take the Resilient (WISDOM) feat? That's my plan for my 8th level feat coming up just because failing a...
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    The default rules are that diagonals don't count...

    The default rules are that diagonals don't count as extra space. It does say the dmg may have alternative rules for greater realism.

    So using the rules as written (RAW) you can hit someone 2...
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    I'm not a fan. Currently I'm 7th level in a...

    I'm not a fan. Currently I'm 7th level in a campaign. We've had a lot of people join at 1st level as we adventure. Invariably, they either hang out near the back and cringe in fear from danger for...
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    Heavily inspired by The Lies of Locke Lamora,...

    Heavily inspired by The Lies of Locke Lamora, meet Derick "The Cleric":

    Derick the Cleric, priest of Perilandro, God of the Underserved and Overlooked,
    aka Elim the Tailor, aka Magwitch the...
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    Ah, now the GM has fallen into our trap! By...

    Ah, now the GM has fallen into our trap! By employing common sense and ignoring RAW in this instance, he should do the same thing when it comes to a pet sitting there and doing nothing while being...
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    I love Unarmored Defense. I made a barbarian...

    I love Unarmored Defense.

    I made a barbarian in the very early playtest who I "re-skinned" as a ninja. Her resistance to damage was not because of true "rage" but of a River-Tam-esque battle...
  60. THis plus the ability to act independently to...

    THis plus the ability to act independently to defend its own life when you don't tell it to spelled out in the rules. Like "unless directed or attacked, animals always take the Dodge Action; if they...
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    That'd be nice. Hope I can convince an...

    That'd be nice. Hope I can convince an Adventurer's League GM that is the case...
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    Let us know what he rolled on his Dex save, what...

    Let us know what he rolled on his Dex save, what the DC of the save was, and how much damage the breath weapon did.
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    THIS. I'd certainly try to make that argument to...

    THIS. I'd certainly try to make that argument to a DM that they SHOULD have it, but I know it isn't RAW.
  64. The 4e companions were much better than 5e and...

    The 4e companions were much better than 5e and I'm not exactly a huge fan of 4e. In other editions, you could
    get better companions as you leveled (I'd take a wolf, and when I could get a dire...
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    You don't have enemy casters and dragons in your...

    You don't have enemy casters and dragons in your game? Because those things slaughter pets.
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    But pets *ARE* targeted. Any AOE (Fireball,...

    But pets *ARE* targeted. Any AOE (Fireball, breath weapon, etc) will affect them. Moreover, there is a better than 50% chance the pet will auto-die when hit by a fireball of equivilent level.
    ...
  67. There is another important issue regarding the...

    There is another important issue regarding the Animal Companion. A GM on here dismissed concerns of an animal companion's fragileness out of hand by saying "the monsters will focus on attacking...
  68. Thread: Ranger

    by epochrpg
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    This. We have a player in our campaign that from...

    This. We have a player in our campaign that from the earliest playtest, character concept was "Ranger". In e initial playtest, that wasn't an option, so he was a Rogue who never disarmed traps...
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    Round to the nearest 10th... is as far as the...

    Round to the nearest 10th... is as far as the decimals go. The math is much easier than adding multiple four or five digit numbers together between game sessions. Which is faster, 1.3+2+1 (4.3) or...
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    Idea for SUPER Simple XP.

    So I had an idea the other day for a super simple XP system to replace the existing table and chart.

    The amount of XP you need to level up is equal to the next level. So if you are level 1, you...
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    Love it. I'd change "Acid" resistance to "Cold"...

    Love it. I'd change "Acid" resistance to "Cold" IMO, but otherwise, fantastic.
  72. But you have permission from on high, the Mearls...

    But you have permission from on high, the Mearls hath spoken "thou mayest use common sense and logic instead of RAW. The animal shall defendeth itself."

    The ranger will not be pissed he missed...
  73. Not bad. I'd add the following: If you set the...

    Not bad. I'd add the following: If you set the beast on a course of action, it can continue it. So if you tell it to "Guard" it will do so while you sleep. If you tell it "Attack" it will continue...
  74. If it gets their attention to fix the class in...

    If it gets their attention to fix the class in the next supplement, however distant that may be, it absolutey is worth doing. Whinge away. They've addressed "conventional wisdom says this feature...
  75. Let me address the 800 pound gorilla riding an...

    Let me address the 800 pound gorilla riding an elephant in the room here (other than the companions having far insuficient hp).

    Your animal companion is 30 feet away. You are both attacked by...
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    Bring back the Dexbarian!

    Bring back the Dexbarian!
  77. Yes, 1-2 PUnch should add STR to both attacks. ...

    Yes, 1-2 PUnch should add STR to both attacks. You are also right that you shouldn't be allowed to use a 2-handed weapon with it.

    Yes, both effects take place, and each allows a save (one is a...
  78. Unarmed Fighter: Brawling Style and Bruiser Martial Archetype

    I know these need some work, but this is just a starting idea for an unarmed fighter who isn't a monk.
    Before anybody complains about this taking the place of the Tavern Brawler feat, part of the...
  79. I saw this versatility too. After reading the...

    I saw this versatility too. After reading the Gentlemen Bastards series, I got really inspired and created "Deric the Cleric", who is actually a Bard with the Charlatan background and the Lore...
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    You don't need to worry about min-maxing because...

    You don't need to worry about min-maxing because multi-classing is actually not very advantageous .

    You miss out on ability score improvements, extra attacks, and higher level spells by...
  81. As a Dexbarian (I was hawk totem during the...

    As a Dexbarian (I was hawk totem during the playtest, and contemplated scrapping the character or changing classes when dex based options were removed from the final product) I definitely am going...
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    Actually just noticed the "Awaken" Spell is the...

    Actually just noticed the "Awaken" Spell is the permanent alternative to Animal Friendship and seems to be the way to get a GOOD animal companion (not that thing the ranger gets).

    It is a 5th...
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    I was just going to make a post asking this same...

    I was just going to make a post asking this same question because I was reading the PHB and saw the Druid WITH A PET TIGER as a clear illustration in the Druid entry. Yes, they can cast Animal...
  84. Thread: Ranger

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    The ranger's animal companion is so weak (and so...

    The ranger's animal companion is so weak (and so so utterly fragile) that as a GM I'd allow a player with the Hunter Archetype to just have it for free. It isn't all that powerful and adds a nice...
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    Oh you are right, didn't remember about the...

    Oh you are right, didn't remember about the "cannot rage in heavy armor" thing.
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    Ahem, let me repeat That feat also gives...

    Ahem, let me repeat



    That feat also gives proficiency with Heavy Armor as well as DR.
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    This thread contains a poll. I chose Fighter. Much improved over previous...

    I chose Fighter. Much improved over previous playtests. Barbarian just.... ARG! Weaker in each succeeding playtest, and now much less versatile, too (no Dex-based Barbarian options). I can see...
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    It gets even better. A dwarven Barbarian...

    It gets even better. A dwarven Barbarian eventually gets faster movement (35') which isn't affected by armor and by 4th level can take the Heavy Armor feat that gives them Damage Reduction equal to...
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    My attempt at a Hobgoblin playable race

    Hobgoblin Traits:
    Ability Score Increase: Your Dexterity increases by 2, your Constitution score increases by 1,
    Age: Hobgoblins age at the same rate as humans and can live nearly a century....
  90. You know nuthin', Jon Snow.

    You know nuthin', Jon Snow.
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    Talk Like a pirate, game like a pirate!

    Avast ye scurvy dogs! If ye be in search of Honor + Intrigue, she be on sale for a week in honor of those with a flair for dialogue befitting those on the account! #talklikeapirate #rpg...
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    For what it's worth, I think they should do...

    For what it's worth, I think they should do Mystara and possibly Hollow World. Those were the best.
  93. And then I try to swim/use stealth and...

    And then I try to swim/use stealth and...
  94. Did your barbarian wear armor? If so, the impact...

    Did your barbarian wear armor? If so, the impact of this latest packet will not be nearly as severe as it would be for one that did not.
  95. Fairness, give-and-take, not-being-a-jerk, etc....

    Fairness, give-and-take, not-being-a-jerk, etc. The class has lost something in EACH AND EVERY PACK. I've been somewhat good natured about it till now, this latest pack is a bridge too far. I'm...
  96. Here is what is SPECIFICALLY affecting my...

    Here is what is SPECIFICALLY affecting my particular character:

    -10 Ft Move Speed
    -3 AC
    -2 Rage Damage
    -1 Feat

    Benefits: Null.
  97. As I suspected then...

    As I suspected then...
  98. Then I guess I need to make the character a...

    Then I guess I need to make the character a fighter then, or just scrap it and make a new character.
  99. And rage damage is cut in half. To hit bonus is...

    And rage damage is cut in half. To hit bonus is slashed. Feats evaporated. The joy continues! Please, pour on the salt, guys. Tell me how over powered I was when packet after packet nerfed the...
  100. The Barbarian has been Nerfed YET AGAIN. Where is Thick Hide?

    I noticed this playtest pack seems to have had 2 goals. #1 Heap the fighter with tons and tons of class benefits, ability score bonuses/feats, etc. #2 Strip as many from the barbarian as possible....
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