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  1. After finishing "The Labyrinth Index", I moved on...

    After finishing "The Labyrinth Index", I moved on to the third Dagmar Shaw book by Walter Jon Williams, "The Fourth Wall". I liked the first Dagmar Shaw book a good deal but did not love it, and the...
  2. Defending the church and the faith can literally...

    Defending the church and the faith can literally go any of those ways. The only way to fail is to try to go all of those ways. Instead pick one and support it hard.

    There are plenty of games...
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    To my mind, the difference between the two is...

    To my mind, the difference between the two is that you can draw arrows directly from a Quiver of Ehlonna, while a Bag of Holding you'd need to take out a quiver and prep it. It takes an action to...
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    However, the obvious is a trap that will lead you...

    However, the obvious is a trap that will lead you astray.

    We're not optimizing for number of times it comes into play. We're optimizing for the change it makes. The amout the boolean...
  5. Hey, you know those books that are perfectly...

    Hey, you know those books that are perfectly adapted into movies. nothing changed, everything included, even the most exacting of fans satisfied.

    Neither do I. And both of them are a narrative...
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    Size though kills this. With their small size...

    Size though kills this. With their small size any weapon with Heavy is at Disadvantage, which would cancel out the Advantage of Reckless. GWM requires Heavy.

    Any medium race could get the same...
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    This made me wonder which was the more recent. I...

    This made me wonder which was the more recent. I looked it up in the PHB Errata document (which is fixed in later printings) and it says:



    So yes, just unseen, no need for hidden.
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    As appropriate for the situation? If I'm...

    As appropriate for the situation?

    If I'm giving a recap of last session, or describing a grand new vista in front of the characters, I'll be as eloquent and evocative as I can be.

    If it's an...
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    Yeah, I originally thought it was about the...

    Yeah, I originally thought it was about the concept of buying a Box Set and it gave me a bunch of questions. When I realized that they had particular meaning to box set that didn't match the varied...
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    Every person responding is going to the same...

    Every person responding is going to the same place, showing that if you give it thought the meaning is clear. The number of routes of reasoning - all ending up at the same place - show how...
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    What type of product are they asking about? I've...

    What type of product are they asking about? I've bought a number of boxed sets, especially back in the AD&D & 2ed days when TSR made a good number of them. It's a wide category.

    This didn't seem...
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    Thank you taking my intuitive take on it and...

    Thank you taking my intuitive take on it and showing the mathematics behind. Some people get caught on the "more rolls = more Lucky", but the real test of Halfling's Lucky isn't if it triggers, but...
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    In general there's a vibe that casters are...

    In general there's a vibe that casters are already more powerful than at-will characters. Do you find that this exasperates the issue? Either through direct observation or though player choosing...
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    With traditional casting you need to find the...

    With traditional casting you need to find the correct level and increment a count.

    With SP you need to lookup a number (cost for that level spell) and then do subtraction.

    Both cases a lookup,...
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    We playtested Spell Points at several different...

    We playtested Spell Points at several different levels, and the problem spells were you high level or two.

    Basically, casters would using their biggest spells all the time - most return for the...
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    I can't get the article external to BBG to open...

    I can't get the article external to BBG to open up, my guess is it's a joke. Branding is the strongest thing going for D&D, they wouldn't change it.
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    This sounds similar to the Five Room Dungeon...

    This sounds similar to the Five Room Dungeon concept that's been floating around, though you predate it by a couple of decades - it might be based off your work, if not it's parallel implementation...
  18. AD&D 2nd. Because it was a good enough system...

    AD&D 2nd.

    Because it was a good enough system for a great DM to run ridiculous amounts of interwoven games with multiple campaigns in the same world while I had plenty of time to play (HS &...
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    Oh geeze, I had blocked out the Palladium games. ...

    Oh geeze, I had blocked out the Palladium games. I had a bunch of them, from Robotech to TMNT as well as more traditional settings. The settings were interesting, but the percentile mechanics just...
  20. Ways to regularly add damage to an Attack action

    What ways do we have for weapon wielders to regularly add damage to weapon attacks made with an Attack action. By regularly I mean enabled the majority of the time in a several-encounter day, but...
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    I've never read 7th Sea but I see others gushing...

    I've never read 7th Sea but I see others gushing about it, enough that it's on my list of "want to try" games. I'll take this as a warning though. Any specifics you can share about why it didn't...
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    I'm with both you and Celebrim on MechWarrior. ...

    I'm with both you and Celebrim on MechWarrior. Unfortunately it was nt just on read, but after we started the campaign. It turns out two of the players (myself and one other) made well rounded...
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    Absolutely. Though with how wonderfully "wide"...

    Absolutely. Though with how wonderfully "wide" the responses were here, in some of the more crowded design spaces it might be better to break out of specific classes for a more general "If there was...
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    Making the most of a Halfling's Lucky feature

    I'm in the mood to roleplay a martial halfling. I was looking at Lucky and thinking about how I can make the most use of it. More as a fun exercise for what I could do with the character, not...
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    I loathe 2 hours of game time spent arguing over...

    I loathe 2 hours of game time spent arguing over the best way to accomplish something with the fires of a thousand suns.

    Good inter-character drama? I'm for it. This isn't it - it's usually from...
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    This is a bit orthogonal to my point. Of course...

    This is a bit orthogonal to my point. Of course the wild improv parts are fun - and you still get them. The part that wasn't fun was the two hour long RL planning session that in the end meant...
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    Heists in RPGs are often better if you break some...

    Heists in RPGs are often better if you break some of the traditional RPG rules in order to prevent hours of planning that breaks as soon as something unexpected happens. That's realistic - but a...
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    I think there's a different set of requirements...

    I think there's a different set of requirements for a GM for a convention / one-shot vs. a GM for a campaign.

    For a convention/one-shot:

    Bring everything vividly and concisely to life.
    Make...
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    I've found that some groups handle this...

    I've found that some groups handle this in-character,a dn some groups handle in player-side. With very different results.

    In one game I play it is:

    We divvy up when we have a chance to...
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    Hey, one thing the Fighter is definitely missing...

    Hey, one thing the Fighter is definitely missing is non-combat and ribbon options. What do we give the various subclasses to round them out?
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    I'm a little wary of "don't do anything now to do...

    I'm a little wary of "don't do anything now to do something later". Probing with your attack to get information = good. Giving up the damage you'd do = not so much. Especially as most 5e combats...
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    I like your thematics. Can you suggest some...

    I like your thematics. Can you suggest some CHR-focused mechanics that would support it?



    I struggled with a strong concept for WIS. Are these so close that maybe it should be a single...
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    This is interesting - using attacks as a resource...

    This is interesting - using attacks as a resource because the Fighter excels at that. I have some worry about when tey just have Extra Attack that if they regularly sacrifice they will be doing...
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    You know, with STR and DEX being big for any...

    You know, with STR and DEX being big for any weapon wielder, maybe they shouldn't be archetypes. Maybe there should be a bunch of core fighter features that support "strong and heavy armor" and "dex...
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    By definition you aren't measuring how overkill...

    By definition you aren't measuring how overkill slows down your kill rate if you only have a single opponent. Because it ignore that with the two attacks if the first one kills the opponent, the...
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    No, as stated before, it won't. I think you are...

    No, as stated before, it won't. I think you are making the mistake on not look at what you are giving up to get a feat. The opportunity cost of taking it.

    Again, looking at Tier 1 & 2, (levels...
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    Fighter subclasses for every ability score

    One of the differences between fighter subclasses and subclasses for other classes is that fighter subclasses tend more to favor mechanical rather then thematic interpretations. I'm not saying this...
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    FrogReaver, Serious reply, not an "instant...

    FrogReaver, Serious reply, not an "instant naysayer". I'm commenting to improve your calculations so we can get a clear view. I see two things I don't think were taken into consideration and I...
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    I wouldn't want to increase the ranged sneak...

    I wouldn't want to increase the ranged sneak attack any more, be it light crossbow or longbow from elves proficiency. That's an already potent build.

    I'd go the simpler: use D8 SA with melee...
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    Compared to other ASI/feats this doesn't cover...

    Compared to other ASI/feats this doesn't cover the opportunity cost of not taking one of them. Looking primary in the tier 1 & 2 where most games are played - at quite high levels with more SA and...
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    I understand your concept, I just disagree that...

    I understand your concept, I just disagree that the idea that a character is not observing their environment exists.

    Now, an alert character, acting on player instructions, might do things which...
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    Except that you're actively messing up the math...

    Except that you're actively messing up the math in exchange for the DM not doing their job. The characters live in the world. You need to know what the characters see so you can convey it to the...
  43. Thread: Pick one game...

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    Hmm. 7th Sea. Over the Edge. Blades in the...

    Hmm. 7th Sea. Over the Edge. Blades in the Dark. Apocalypse World. Don't Rest Your Head. Dogs in the Vineyard. Games that play with the traditional D&D assumptions.


    Numenara wasn't on my...
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    The question isn't if you see a big difference...

    The question isn't if you see a big difference between Athletics and Acrobatics. The question is if MECHANICALLY you see a big difference between Athletics and Acrobatics that aren't covered by the...
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    Seeing Multiplayer and Local Multiplayer I'm...

    Seeing Multiplayer and Local Multiplayer I'm worried that unlike a true decedent of Balder's Gate that this game does not support a single player controlling a diverse party.

    I haven't played...
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    Mathematically, people do addition faster than...

    Mathematically, people do addition faster than subtraction. d20+bonus >= target is super quick at the table. The addition is quick, the comparison to target is quick. Subtraction or table lookup...
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    My issue with this is applicability. Much like...

    My issue with this is applicability. Much like previous edition Ranger who had a favored enemy who may or may not come up frequently enough to justify that choice, having lots of niche skills has...
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    Pretty nifty. I also like that you addressed the...

    Pretty nifty. I also like that you addressed the lesser number of skills both for picking them up and proficiency. I missed that on first read. (Assuming same from other things that grant skills,...
  49. I think the common point of your expereiences is...

    I think the common point of your expereiences is the venue - a convention. I've played plenty of AL as regular events at FLGS and while it is never as good as a home game, the DMs are regulars who...
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    The bigger idea was not just to pair skills and...

    The bigger idea was not just to pair skills and ability scores as needed, a variant rule that I have to say I'm the only one I see doing around here, but to trim down the skill list so everything on...
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    I started Red Box basic, but never played a lot -...

    I started Red Box basic, but never played a lot - lack of ability to find players. Then some AD&D. But I really cut my teeth on AD&D 2nd and played the heck out of it - 14+ hour marathons every...
  52. I'm reading "The Labyrinth Index", book N (where...

    I'm reading "The Labyrinth Index", book N (where N is the total books out so far) in Charles Stross' Laundry Files.

    As much as I really enjoy this series, I'm a bit underwhelmed. Part fo that is...
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    THIS. This is a beautiful idea that I wish I had...

    THIS. This is a beautiful idea that I wish I had thought of first. Consolidate the skill list so that all of the choices are meaningful, while keeping the variety by emphasizing the parts that the...
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    Are you saying that: 1. No one who wants to...

    Are you saying that:
    1. No one who wants to play an artificer would want a pet.
    2. D&D 5e can't handle pets (in a game with summons and animates and the like) and shouldn't even try to rectify...
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    Melee, Obscurement and Alert

    Just looking for a sanity check here. The third ability of the Alert feat is "Other creatures don't gain advantage on attack rolls against you as a result of being hidden from you".

    So if I'm in...
  56. Finished the 3rd of the Legacy Fleet series on...

    Finished the 3rd of the Legacy Fleet series on Kindle loan. End had a bit more interesting twists but I'm not going to bother to pick up more in the series. I would had been disappointed if I paid...
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    For "normal" usage, this isn't a bad fix. But...

    For "normal" usage, this isn't a bad fix. But there are so many way to increase damage per attack that this rule could be easily abused, just like in 3.5.

    This is the type of solution I'd put in...
  58. carrot, Ralif Redhammer - what would you suggest...

    carrot, Ralif Redhammer - what would you suggest as a first Mark Lawrence book to read?
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    In one of the games I play in, the DM started out...

    In one of the games I play in, the DM started out a lot more familiar with 3.5 then 5e. Myself and one other player were his resource for rules, and we pointed out if he missed a 5e rule (like...
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    Great question. I tend to run homebrew, so my...

    Great question.

    I tend to run homebrew, so my settings are tailored to the campaign. But with many of my recurring players I do travelogues - where the party is constantly on the move as opposed...
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    I'm play him out to prove he's the best. Always...

    I'm play him out to prove he's the best. Always having to go further, do more, top whatever everyone else has done. He has to prove he's best, even when the only one actually judging is himself. ...
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    I run a game for the players. The setting is...

    I run a game for the players. The setting is part of what I run - and often the setting is tailored specifically to the type of campaign I want to run.

    The characters are the players avatars in...
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    Another tiny one. For Human (Mark of Handling),...

    Another tiny one. For Human (Mark of Handling), Dexterity has a typo in the Ability Score 1 column.

    Races!C76
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    Found a small error. The Cleric (Grave) is...

    Found a small error. The Cleric (Grave) is listed as having Heavy Armor proficiency. In the Unearthed Arcana (UACDD) that they were first published they had it, but the official version in XGtE...
  65. A character that is relatable is usually more...

    A character that is relatable is usually more likable.

    People connect with characters who try -- it does not have to be successful. So part of that is where are you starting your story?
  66. Been away on a business, so it was one physical...

    Been away on a business, so it was one physical books and some ebooks.

    Physical book was "The Rule of Luck" of Cathryn Cerveny. I was hording it in case my kindle died mid flight so I'm not...
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    I don't know that we're too far apart. I'm fine...

    I don't know that we're too far apart. I'm fine with multiclassing to get a mechanical benefit because it fits your vision of the character. It's the difference between playing a holy knight of the...
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    So when crafting Jillian's personality, I really...

    So when crafting Jillian's personality, I really ran with the halfling's Fearless racial ability - Jillian just didn't have fear. Didn't mean he rushed into things - he was canny and would try and...
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    This thread contains a poll. From what I understand RP has done some pretty...

    From what I understand RP has done some pretty good jobs acting in other movies. The fact that friends don't let friends Twilight is besides the point.
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    For me, multiclassing is a great tool for...

    For me, multiclassing is a great tool for building a concept that falls between some classes. I've seen multiclassing to two and even three done quite well.

    On the other hand, I've seen...
  71. Perhaps drawn cards do not immediately reappear. ...

    Perhaps drawn cards do not immediately reappear. Perhaps they do in 10 years. So there's a reason to lock decks up - keep them for use at a later point, especially as you start to know what cards...
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    End of campaign salute

    Last night was bittersweet. A rousing conclusion of a D&D campaign, with two of our long-time nemesisses (nemesi? nemessen?) working together to overtake the kingdom we have spent so much of the ...
  73. This thread contains a poll. I read it and came to 100% the opposite...

    I read it and came to 100% the opposite conclusion than you. This is a subclass that will support how I want to play it.

    Want to be DEX based, it can do that, use my limited slots on arcane...
  74. This thread contains a poll. Player crunch sells books. You don't have to...

    Player crunch sells books.

    You don't have to worry about going out to your players to deny it - I believe this will be embedded in the Eberron sourcebook they are selling, not a general expansion...
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    A related question about advancement systems -...

    A related question about advancement systems - how fast for skills you're not so good at?

    For example, say we have a character that is advanced via whatever method the system uses. Level in a...
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    From back in college we had STAN. Short for...

    From back in college we had STAN. Short for "Standard NPC #3" which was how a DM introduced someone inconsequential when I asked their name.
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    Little do we know, but 98.4% of all the "Bob"s...

    Little do we know, but 98.4% of all the "Bob"s are from one guy who's playing with a killer DM. He's up to Bob MMCIX.

    "I'm here to avenge my grandfather's cousin's ex-husband's nephew's ex-wife's...
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    I'm ready a series of books right now where the...

    I'm ready a series of books right now where the author's name (well, pseudonym most likely) is Lillith Stormcrow. Does that count?
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    See, right here is a great example of why this...

    See, right here is a great example of why this data is dangerous when not ibnterpretted right.

    There is literally NO WAY to look at characters and know if there is a featless game. Only the...
  80. I have to admit that I'd be tempted to go base...

    I have to admit that I'd be tempted to go base human, pop all of those 14s to 15 (and the 15 to 16) and then as I hit ASIs use nifty half-feats to bring them up to 16s. (Since you mentioned variant...
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    Since that's been an ongoing question, can you...

    Since that's been an ongoing question, can you provide anything backing up the claim that they usually are filtering characters? I'm haven't seen anything about it after an earlier search and that...
  82. This thread contains a poll. I haven't gone over the changes in detail,...

    I haven't gone over the changes in detail, specifically the new subclasses but also looking for other changes since February. The XGtE spells was a good add. I think they updated the Infusion list...
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    I'm in a game with a Swords Bard and she's...

    I'm in a game with a Swords Bard and she's awesome. Defensive Flourish is her go-to when there's several foes abotu, and she just gets in there and foes either waste their time missing her as she...
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    Mentioned it before, will likely mention it...

    Mentioned it before, will likely mention it again. "Most popular" is misleading. D&D Beyond has plenty of sample characters that never hit play. It has things like default equipment that's not the...
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    If you're against a single opponent, without...

    If you're against a single opponent, without reach, and you need to move - then it's decent. Though it's not "free", it costs one of your bardic inspiration dice.

    Often Defensive Flourish can...
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    What about making it narrative? Any time the...

    What about making it narrative? Any time the character succeeds at a meaningful and important* task they may instead fail and improve the skill.

    * Defining & measuring "meaningful" and...
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    They scale slightly (HPs with level and INT mod...

    They scale slightly (HPs with level and INT mod for other things), with the only real level-based bonus is being able to summon a second turret once a day at 14th. (And activate them both with the...
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    Yes, and so what? Nova-ing isn't inherently bad....

    Yes, and so what? Nova-ing isn't inherently bad. As a matter of fact, it's a feature of daily resource usage vs. a more spread at-will (or somewhat spread short rest). So it looks like it is...
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    Everyone else posting was doing it in 2014. At...

    Everyone else posting was doing it in 2014. At the very least, mention Undertaker Sheep, jodyjohnson and Olaf the Stout so that they know to read this five year old post about your request. (The...
  90. Bards get this as well. So, make it the norm. ...

    Bards get this as well. So, make it the norm. But don't forget what the druids get out of this - perhaps they require no expansion of civilization into natural areas, so they can't build more farms...
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    Great googly moogly! Knowing that you have a...

    Great googly moogly!

    Knowing that you have a movie focusing on you coming up that you have no idea what your character will be like, but needing to portray that character accurately in a different...
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    I'd be hesitant to do this. One of the cooler...

    I'd be hesitant to do this. One of the cooler bardic abilities is Magical Secrets, which allows picking spells off of other lists. But that's a class feature, and not a minor one.

    So I'd suggest...
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    This is mischaracterizing my question. We're not...

    This is mischaracterizing my question. We're not looking for a 100% solution -- that's a different thing. There are mechanics that help reduce 15 minute adventuring days. Having cantrips that...
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    Replacement for the /rule part/ solution that he...

    Replacement for the /rule part/ solution that he removed - cantrips which can be done at-will.

    There is also the DM and adventure parts of avaoidign 15 minute adventuring days. He removed a...
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    From our playtests, the case wasn't "slightly"...

    From our playtests, the case wasn't "slightly" worse, it was much more pronounced.

    But either way, cantrips were a mechanical safety value designed to deal with this exact problem (as well as...
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    Actual experience of several people on this...

    Actual experience of several people on this thread (myself included) is that many players don't have the mindset to conserve points, and in reality will instead push for a 15 minute adventuring day....
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    Just search the web. People have been doing this...

    Just search the web. People have been doing this since not long after 5e came out. And back then there was no dmsguild so it was all free.
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    We playtested it as a few different level points....

    We playtested it as a few different level points. We found that it strongly encouraged casting higher level spells - basically novaing all the time. better action economy, kill foes quicker, etc. ...
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    No extra rolling, but loads more fiddliness and...

    No extra rolling, but loads more fiddliness and math. In the two games I'm in there are at least one person per game that needs to be coached through the math for every roll, even when it's written...
  100. So in addition to the wrist-breaking...

    So in addition to the wrist-breaking six-volumes-in-one, I also have a ebook I'm reading. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky is a retelling, or rather a re-imagining, of Peter Pan. I'm not far into it,...
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