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    I LOVE this art!

    I LOVE this art!
  2. Condolences to his family and friends. He is a...

    Condolences to his family and friends. He is a giant in the industry, even if his name is not a household one among the gamers.
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    For campaign length (at least 5 levels-ish),...

    For campaign length (at least 5 levels-ish), hands down I'd recommend Hidden Halls of Hazakor. It's built for both new players and new DMs, making it super-simple to prep and to run, and for the...
  4. I vehemently disagree with this. I realize why...

    I vehemently disagree with this.

    I realize why the module is presented the way it was, and I both accept and enjoy that presentation. That doesn't mean we have to run it as-is, and in fact, I'd...
  5. I use these every session: Companion System...

    I use these every session:

    Companion System

    Companion System Companion

    (Updated OP to include links, as well.)
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    You should really get that looked at by a...

    You should really get that looked at by a physician.

    :lol:
  7. Experiences & mods running the D&D Stranger Things Hunt for the Thessalhydra Adventure?

    Hi folks!

    TL;DR - I'm running the Stranger Things starter set adventure Hunt for the Thessalhydra for Int'l Tabletop Day at my local comics & game shop, and I'm wondering what tips, tricks, and...
  8. If you're interested in something like this, but...

    If you're interested in something like this, but including more than just soul-powered vehicles, check out ERF Jordan's Twisted Mithral. I reviewed it here on ENWorld:...
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    Yeah, sounds very much like the nautical part is...

    Yeah, sounds very much like the nautical part is how to get from adventure site to adventure site, in-between the actual adventures. So...maybe there's some really good random encounter tables? But...
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    Are the Scarlet Brotherhood a faction for...

    Are the Scarlet Brotherhood a faction for players, ala Zhentarim and such? Because they are pretty thoroughly baddies by my reading in 2E.
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    4 out of 5 rating for Twisted Mithral

    A timbannock.com review.

    Summary
    Twisted Mithral is Mad Max meets Dungeons & Dragons. Expanding mounted and vehicular rules to include hanging off the sides of mounts and vehicles, as well as...
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    To add to the anecdotes, I've had the same...

    To add to the anecdotes, I've had the same perception. I backed the first kickstarter, got my books and gear, read most of it, and was like, "this is really cool! I have no idea how I'd run this with...
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    4 out of 5 rating for Uncaged Volume I

    A timbannock.com review.

    This review is coming in two parts because this book is worth taking time with! Part one covers all 14 of the Tier 1 adventures (character levels 1-4).

    Unique among...
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    Uncaged Volume I

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    3 out of 5 rating for Rolled & Told #7 (March 2019)

    A timbannock.com review.

    Summary

    Here’s a quick rundown of what you get in this issue of the D&D 5th edition comic book slash successor-to-Dungeon Magazine.

    *Two adventures, one with a map,...
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    Rolled & Told #7 (March 2019)

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  18. The Bog of Enoren Titchwillow – A DMsGuild Adventure Available Now!

    Are your adventurers in search of forbidden lore? Do they seek the fate of a young brass dragon that once protected the countryside? Has someone important to them been cursed? Or worse yet, gone...
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    Nice! If you make a 15-min. podcast out of the...

    Nice!

    If you make a 15-min. podcast out of the weekly headlines on RPGNEWS, you'd make MT Black a very happy person.
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    4 out of 5 rating for The Wizard of Zo

    Summary

    From the adventure’s synopsis:

    What Lies Behind the Mask of Ubtao?

    As the characters travel through the dinosaur-infested jungles of Chult, they come across a rundown encampment...
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  22. 3 out of 5 rating for Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

    A DnDLoremaster.com review.

    Disclaimer

    I picked this up at The Perky Nerd for $24.99.

    Content 3/5

    We’ll tackle the props first, and then the books.
  23. Got mine at my FLGS (technically FLCS). Here's my...

    Got mine at my FLGS (technically FLCS). Here's my vid going over the contents after a brief read-through:

    Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set Stranger Things version - DnDLoremaster Presents
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    And worth keeping in mind that even if those...

    And worth keeping in mind that even if those percentages are off, the "uses it in a game" crowd is going to have some not insignificant percentage that is really using it in a homebrew game. That too...
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    I couldn't disagree with any statement more than...

    I couldn't disagree with any statement more than this one. I can't even count how many different NPCs I've had in my games that used the "specific NPC stat blocks" from Curse of Strahd and Tomb of...
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    Definitely not a fan. My biggest issue with most...

    Definitely not a fan. My biggest issue with most adventures is that they are too wordy (I'm guilty of this myself): running this thing at the table should be fast and easy. WOTC -- like Paizo's...
  27. Bump: I updated this document with a link to a...

    Bump: I updated this document with a link to a Google Sheet that has all of the cards indexed by type and origin. This includes the just-shipped ACUTE PARANOIA boxed sets and the add-on decks RAM...
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    5 out of 5 rating for Animal Training (5e Rules)

    E. R. F. Jordan tackles one of my favorite subjects in Animal Training (5e Rules): befriending the monsters you meet on your adventures and turning them into useful allies! It dovetails nicely with...
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    4 out of 5 rating for Quirks (5e Rules)

    E. R. F. Jordan’s Quirks (5e Rules) is a roleplay-heavy rules supplement that gives players a major character trait that has both beneficial (talents) and negative (flaws) sides. Though certainly...
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  32. 4 out of 5 rating for Archetypal Spell Compendium: Artificers & Arcanists

    Archetypal Spell Compendium: Artificers & Arcanists is a mechanics-heavy supplement geared towards players. It presents 101 new spells and a handful of new archetypes for spellcasting classes...
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    5 out of 5 rating for Skill Challenges in 5e

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    Prolific Dungeon Masters Guild writer and editor R P Davis has released Skill Challenges in 5e as a conversion of the Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition mechanic to the bounded accuracy of 5th...
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    What is the level of evidence you require for...

    What is the level of evidence you require for this not to be rumor-mongering?

    There are verifiable accounts of many of the things Zak has been accused of in the past. There are credible...
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    The only thing I've supported of his (that I know...

    The only thing I've supported of his (that I know of) is Vornheim, and I added the pertinent pages that I used often in my urbancrawl games to my personal GM's Binder. I will definitely remove them,...
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    This. His online conduct suggests all of these...

    This. His online conduct suggests all of these allegations are totally in-character.
  39. I can't 100% verify this but my understanding...

    I can't 100% verify this but my understanding based on a few posts and conversations I've had in comments sections is he contacted Wizards and made a deal with them to move his stuff around (possibly...
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    It does? Have you checked out DMsGuild? There's...

    It does? Have you checked out DMsGuild? There's some drek, to be sure, but there's a lot of fantastic stuff on there. One of my favorites (Companion System) does a bit of what Strongholds & Followers...
  41. Old School Hacks Vol. 3: Megadungeon Mayhem now available at DMsGuild

    Out now at Dungeon Masters Guild: Old School Hacks Vol. 3: Megadungeon Mayhem – A Toolbox for Better Megadungeons!

    This 34-page guide features four chapters of material covering:

    What makes a...
  42. Paranoia: Red Clearance Edition Index and Alternate Card Rules

    Link to a Google Doc in which I'm hoping to create a complete index for the Paranoia: Red Clearance Edition rule books, complete card listings, and where I've also dumped some optional and variant...
  43. Anybody using paper minis and the Litko counter stands?

    As the title says.

    These stands (and the other sizes, as they have 2", 3" and 4" for all of your differently sized monsters!).

    I'm thinking of getting rid of the minis collection (or most of...
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    Related: pulling from a bunch of brilliant...

    Related: pulling from a bunch of brilliant sources, I came up with some thoughts for a system not unlike what the OP is going for.

    I tried to make sure to cover the aspects of the core D&D...
  45. And it's a bigger pain-point for new players, of...

    And it's a bigger pain-point for new players, of which there seem to many thanks to streaming and all the new hype around the game.

    I did a very "minimalist" version of chargen (not quite as you...
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    Back in the 90s, we wrapped an AD&D 2e Planescape...

    Back in the 90s, we wrapped an AD&D 2e Planescape campaign and played years and years of World of Darkness.

    We came back for 3E, but would often just play 5-10 sessions and then go "on break" for...
  47. Time Tracker and exploration manager for 5E

    I've created a time tracker specifically for D&D 5th edition that's inspired by the amazing Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr./New Big Dragon Games’ Exploration Time Tracker for 0E/BX/1E.

    The main...
  48. Gotcha. I wasn't really campaigning for some mech...

    Gotcha. I wasn't really campaigning for some mech stuff, just thought of it as an example that probably *wasn't* in earlier editions but showed up later, RE: compatibility.

    But good to know. I...
  49. How compatible are the different versions? My...

    How compatible are the different versions?

    My guess would be that new editions are generally a great way to drum up interest for a game in general, and in this day and age with access to digital...
  50. Great work and congratulations, Travis!

    Great work and congratulations, Travis!
  51. Seasonal Surprises Vol. 1 now available at the Dungeon Masters Guild

    Seasonal Surprises Vol. 1 is now available at the DMsGuild! This collection of 15 wicked monsters (plus a template), 8 mysterious magic items, and 6 scalable encounters all share a holiday theme to...
  52. Thread: New Survey

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    I nearly stopped taking it because of that. I...

    I nearly stopped taking it because of that. I HATE when they do that, and while I understand why tests like that exist in other mediums, it makes absolutely no sense here. If they get conflicting...
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    Audacious indeed! I ran several sessions in it...

    Audacious indeed!

    I ran several sessions in it but the group semi-folded, and when we got back together we played other stuff. I've often thought back to this dungeon and how there are so many...
  54. Fair enough. Here's my additional knowledge...

    Fair enough. Here's my additional knowledge beyond that article:
    *my personal sales #s
    *those of about a dozen out of the top several dozen sellers on the Guild (that I've seen with my own eyes)...
  55. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/guild-adept-p...

    http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/guild-adept-program

    Chris Lindsay has said in just about every interview how successful it is, how it's grown way bigger than expected, and how they are taking...
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    I have no evidence to support this other than...

    I have no evidence to support this other than Gary's writings with Jeff Talanian for Castles & Crusades -- basically, Jeff was converting AD&D-era rules to C&C, and that's clear in the writing in...
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    Correct to the best of my research ability:...

    Correct to the best of my research ability: http://www.thepiazza.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?t=14711

    To another poster's point, Gygax Games spun out of TriGee Enterprises (or they are connected via...
  58. We use option 3 in my games all the time; 5E...

    We use option 3 in my games all the time; 5E supports breaking up your move over your turn, so why not use that?

    That said, we've made it a house rule that if a character or creature uses the...
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    All great advice. I've run a series of...

    All great advice.

    I've run a series of articles (tag: gm boot camp) on my blog where I try to look at the practical setup of things at the game table or during the prep phase.

    Highlights:...
  60. For something very much like that, check out Jeff...

    For something very much like that, check out Jeff Stevens "Encounters in the..." series: Encounters in the Savage Jungles, ...Savage Cities, etc. He specializes in getting writers to collaborate and...
  61. I think they are already doing exactly that, but...

    I think they are already doing exactly that, but rather than in survey form, that's the point of DMsGuild existing and (again, finally) having POD options. And to a lesser degree, having items...
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    Well, there goes my one gripe! 5 stars, would...

    Well, there goes my one gripe!

    5 stars, would recommend
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    That's my only gripe with this thing. If they...

    That's my only gripe with this thing. If they said in the product description that it was playtest material, I'd be okay with that because I'd know up-front it's a no-buy for me. But that fact is...
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    For anyone who comes across Game Natural's...

    For anyone who comes across Game Natural's website trying to scam new customers on this release:
    ...
  65. Agreed; that's a clean sheet, and is the first of...

    Agreed; that's a clean sheet, and is the first of the previews that I've found favorable. That gear setup looks so simple, clean, and functional. I'm hoping it's fairly easy to port and most of all...
  66. I didn't know about that! Thanks for the info....

    I didn't know about that! Thanks for the info. I'll look into it: I do my best not to support toxic people, but I know some people get labeled unfairly based on an online persona or a...
  67. Can I ask why? I've enjoyed some of their...

    Can I ask why? I've enjoyed some of their articles though I don't care for the overly verbose lead-ins. Is there something I should watch out for, as someone who was considering backing it but hasn't...
  68. This. Ultramodern5 is actually really good and...

    This. Ultramodern5 is actually really good and complete, going from modern to sci-fi with tons and tons of well-balanced rules.
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  70. [DMsGuild] The Hag’s Hexes is now available at DMsGuild

    The Hag’s Hexes is now available at DMsGuild.com! This 60+ page book is a collaboration of six designers to bring you a guide that features new hags, new hag minions, combat tactics, roleplaying tips...
  71. I suspect it's the only way for Sean to publicly...

    I suspect it's the only way for Sean to publicly defend himself in a venue that's directly connected to the article. I imagine a follow-up article would also be good, but an issue of internet...
  72. Then...what *is* his excuse? Because that article...

    Then...what *is* his excuse? Because that article speaks of someone who has no clue the state of WOTC's business, the RPG industry, or the attendance of GaryCon and by extension other gaming...
  73. Ha! True. I think the confusion is more in how...

    Ha! True. I think the confusion is more in how myopic their view of how to handle the Gygax name has been. But that too is something I should get over; it's been 10 years ;-)
  74. I'm confused about this. Pen & paper isn't dead:...

    I'm confused about this. Pen & paper isn't dead: Critical Role and other streaming shows, as well as various podcasts, as well as DnDBeyond and other initiatives show that pen & paper is quite alive...
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    "We haven't looked much at XYZ while...

    "We haven't looked much at XYZ while designing..." and "we never played XYZ ever" are two different things ;-) I think "we haven't looked..." is really kinda just their way of saying "recently."

    I...
  76. Additionally, I find most of the people doing...

    Additionally, I find most of the people doing these analysis come at it from the side of a player: they think about the optimized version of each possible character, and a fight staged on completely...
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    Are lineage and ancestry interchangeable? I don't...

    Are lineage and ancestry interchangeable? I don't know the real, true definitions well enough, but I always thought they were the same thing, or that lineage was somehow a subset of ancestry. But I...
  78. [DMsGuild] Curse of the Gumdrop Ooze - Revised & Expanded Out Now!

    Curse of the Gumdrop Ooze was originally released on Feb 15th, National Gumdrop Day! It has just been re-released in Revised & Expanded form at the Dungeon Masters Guild!

    This adventure features...
  79. [DMsGuild] Hexcrawling – Wilderness Exploration and Random Encounters Revised & Expanded

    Platinum best seller Hexcrawling – Wilderness Exploration and Random Encounters has been revised and expanded, featuring improved layout, organization, and an all-new example hexcrawl campaign,...
  80. No problem! I hear they are quite good, too, but...

    No problem! I hear they are quite good, too, but I have yet to read them because I have a similar issue ;-)
  81. We have several: ...

    We have several:

    http://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?keywords=plane+shift
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    Here are some hard numbers. ...

    Here are some hard numbers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3655627.stm

    So, in 2004 it was about 3 million people playing per month in the US. According to this seminar, "8.6...
  83. [DriveThruRPG] Start hunting zombies today with Head Shot: Survivor Pack and Head Shot: Made Easy now on DriveThruRPG!

    Head Shot! A Zombie Apocalypse Action Roleplaying Hack for Cortex is about to be massively expanded with content to help players and GMs jump right into the action with the release of two new...
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    I know Minsc's origins, but that doesnt' mean...

    I know Minsc's origins, but that doesnt' mean he's not clearly using Tick-like quotes stemming back from the early 90's. He acts like The Tick, talks like The Tick...

    He's a duck, is what I'm...
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    Except for a couple anticlimactic scenes, the IDW...

    Except for a couple anticlimactic scenes, the IDW comics have been stellar. Jim Zub really gets how to make it feel like a game of D&D: ridiculous anachronisms, one of the leads being a joke...
  86. Source? Not challenging you, I just didn't know...

    Source? Not challenging you, I just didn't know that was public info.



    That's a shame, because I'd love a well done Robotech RPG. But that's definitely a good point; it'd be a bad business...
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    I gotta agree with the thought that Dragonlance...

    I gotta agree with the thought that Dragonlance is better as a TV show (even if it's an "event" series that specifically is only mapped out for 3-5 seasons), while some of the other stuff works...
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    Oh, heck yeah! Didn't mean to come off negative...

    Oh, heck yeah! Didn't mean to come off negative towards that portion of it!

    My hope is that they take Drizzt or (a young) Elminster and pull an MCU in the sense that they don't repeat the stories...
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    Bias: I live and work in Hollywood, but I'm not...

    Bias: I live and work in Hollywood, but I'm not directly in the movie making biz, though many (most?) of my closest friends are.

    So...I get the feeling that most everything (outside of the...
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    Boom! Perfect. The newly seated king in all...

    Boom! Perfect.

    The newly seated king in all likelihood is only king because of some technicality of the law that the Modrons support, and thus is likely pretty garbage when it comes to ruling a...
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    Yeah, I think I have the same feelings across the...

    Yeah, I think I have the same feelings across the board there.

    The big surprise for me is how high up Out of the Abyss is, as I think it failed miserably in terms of layout/content to make a...
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    Thank you for highlighting these releases! Looks...

    Thank you for highlighting these releases! Looks good!
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    Portal Under the Stars was my favorite gaming...

    Portal Under the Stars was my favorite gaming session as a player in 5+ years because of the funnel system in DCC. It's such a simple but interesting way to make 0-level a thing that matters to the...
  94. Hear hear! Two reasons I support this method...

    Hear hear!

    Two reasons I support this method of release:

    1. DMsGuild includes about 30 bajillion older-edition books whose sole focus is elves. 90% of the mechanics is unusable, and some of...
  95. I'm not discounting that, mind you. It's an...

    I'm not discounting that, mind you. It's an important point.

    But I know -- as someone who was on DMsGuild from day 1 -- that the vast majority of my sales came from the promotions that the site...
  96. Watch out! Too much use of the word "agree" and...

    Watch out! Too much use of the word "agree" and its variations will break the internets!
  97. Correct, according to the FB thread. Personal...

    Correct, according to the FB thread. Personal logo can go inside and on back cover.

    A note: if the logo is THAT big a deal for some people, do they really think folks are buying their products...
  98. That makes two of us. I'm happy to hear a better...

    That makes two of us. I'm happy to hear a better explanation of what you were referring to, so we can speak about the same thing. I'm not trying to offend anyone, or change the subject.

    My view is...
  99. The don't owe any of us the existence of...

    The don't owe any of us the existence of DMsGuild, or the ability to publish using their IP, is what I mean. Sorry if you want to split hairs, I wasn't trying to use business or legal speak to cover...
  100. Not according to the agreement. If I publish on...

    Not according to the agreement. If I publish on DMsGuild, I can use any and all content also already published on the Guild (in some form) within my work. For example, I can use some or even most of...
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