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    D&D 5E What are your D&D buying habits?

    I buy all the hobby store covers. I do this out of collectibility and to support my local game store. It was much easier (read: cheaper) before they decided to have every single new book come with the alt cover.
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    D&D 5E 3 Of The Adventures in Candlekeep Mysteries

    I don't have enough time to play all the adventures I ALREADY own. I'm not upset at WotC for figuring out that many of us only buy the alt covers and that if they out alt covers on everything we will buy of their stuff. And I do have all the other alt covers they've published already, so it...
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    D&D 5E 3 Of The Adventures in Candlekeep Mysteries

    #@$&! I started buying the alt covers with Volo's guide and it just became a habit. It was easier/cheaper when maybe one book per year had the special cover; I was really hoping this one would just have the standard cover and would save me a buck or six. Sigh. C'est la vie.
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    D&D 5E The New D&D Book: Candlekeep Mysteries: 17 Mystery Adventures [UPDATED!]

    They've given us rules for spelljamming helms and giff. What else do you need, giant space hamsters? Cool! That's where I come in: DMSGuild.com - Giant Hamsters From Outer Space!
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    D&D General There's A New Dragonlance Novel Coming

    Oh, I've read tons of DL novels - both the terrible obviously-repurposed-quickly-from-another-setting ones (remember the one with the half-orc in it? Seriously.) and the excellent ones, and the in between ones. It's not that I feel only the Weis & Hickman ones are good, it's just that if I have...
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    D&D General There's A New Dragonlance Novel Coming

    True, but that's a Margaret Weis solo series. I'm splitting hairs here a bit, but I still stick to a firm "only the Weis & Hickman works are canon" approach. Which gets tricky in the post-Chaos War era, admittedly, but c'est la vie.
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    D&D 5E What House Rules Can You NOT Live Without?

    Off the top of my head: we do max hit points every level and we use side initiative, rolled every round. I run very deadly campaigns, I like small groups (max 3 PCs), and the extra padding from max hit points really up the survival rate.
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    Good Fantasy campaigns, system immaterial

    This is tooting my own horn, and may violate your requirement #5, but our Midnight in the City of Brass has a Tier 2 5e adventure along with a gazetteer and a (digital) poster map. It also outlines over 20 areas in and around the City, with 6 encounter hooks and ideas for each. It's designed as...
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    Good Fantasy campaigns, system immaterial

    This is tooting my own horn, and may violate your requirement #5, but our Midnight in the City of Brass has a Tier 2 5e adventure along with a gazetteer and a (digital) poster map. It also outlines over 20 areas in and around the City, with 6 encounter hooks and ideas for each. It's designed as...
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    D&D General There's A New Dragonlance Novel Coming

    Just last night my 7yo (to whom I have been reading the Chronicles as bedtime stories, and to whom I have described the overall arc of all Weis & Hickman DL novels) asked me "but what comes after the War of Souls?" And now we will have the answer!
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    D&D General How many groups of players have you played with, face to face?

    How long does a group have to be playing together to be considers "stable?" In high school (25-ish years ago) I was playing in as many as six campaigns at once, running two or three of them, and the membership in each fluctuated a bit but had a core of three or four people who were in each game...
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    D&D General What editions of Dungeons & Dragons do you like?

    Hackmaster 4e was also the first place the Al-Qadim gods were statted out. Which was cool on one hand, but on the other hand completely eviscerated the distant and non-aligned nature of those gods.
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    D&D General What editions of Dungeons & Dragons do you like?

    I should clarify that I play Rules Cyclopedia mostly with my 7yo and occasionally my neighbor or their kid. I replaced the combat matrix and AC system with an ascending AC and hit bonus system derived from it's numbers. So even though my 7yo can add (and subtract) negative numbers, I decided to...
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    OD&D How do you interpret Yellow Mold spores?

    We've generally played it as if you fail the save, you have 60 seconds to live. Some epic finales have happened in those six rounds. Really I like your second interpretation better, though. It just never occurred to us.
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    OD&D [BX/OSE] Interleaved combat rounds

    This is how we play it too. It's simple and fast and it works. +1 for try it as written first.
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