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    5E What is the appeal of the weird fantasy races?

    I think it's interesting that a lot of people are conflating race and culture here. The "weird races" are only weird if they are part of a different culture, and nothing but the DM is forcing that. If the elephant-man wears the same clothes as folks on the Sword Coast, worships the same gods...
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    General Rats that look like men?

    Other ideas: The rats are illusions created by a wizard who is covering up something secret. The rats are constructs who are stealing parts for a warforged hidden in the basement who is building itself a new, deadly body. The rats are actually polymorphed townsfolk, transformed by an invasive...
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    General Rats that look like men?

    After the introduction, have the players all switch to playing Awakened Rat PCs who are hanging out in their own Awakened Rat Tavern in the basement, when suddenly they are attacked by giants!
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    5E Your favorite Creative Spellbooks

    I love that!
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    5E Your favorite Creative Spellbooks

    What are some fun, creative alternate Spellbooks you've experienced in your games? The PHB notes that Spellbooks can have different appearances: Xanathar's includes some really fun Spellbook ideas, including: My current dwarf wizard us an archaeologist by trade, so his "spellbook" is...
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    Wonder Woman Out Dec 16th

    My thoughts are with you!
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    5E Bead of Force - 1 bead or 1d4 + 4 beads?

    This is why my characters always search the couch cushions in a Wizard's house.
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    Wonder Woman Out Dec 16th

    In the same way the Television Writers Strike helped create (or at least popularize) reality television, it will be interesting in 10 years to see how the pandemic changed Hollywood.
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    5E What is the appeal of the weird fantasy races?

    I think this is a Session 0 issue. I'm running a game inspired by Curse of Strahd. The players rolled up a Tortle, goliath, Tiefling, and Aasimar. Rather than have all these characters be strangers in a strange land, I changed the land. Villages of tortles were the first conquered by my vampire...
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    5E Races with floating bonuses: Designing from scratch

    One thing I notice in these discussions is a focus on the "genetics" or physicality of lineages, which is kind of illogic since they are made up and don't actually have a genetic history. I think it's a much better idea to build a ruleset off of the "narrative truths" of each lineage. What...
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    What are your player behavior rules in F2F games?

    Need to use the bathroom?
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    Lovecraft Country: Final Thoughts and Discussion (spoilers)

    I fully agree! I fell in love with the series on Episode 1, and there were so many PARTS of the series I thought were fantastic. I loved the spoken word soundtrack, the characters, the acting, the settings... But the whole series felt rushed! They could have taken the first four episodes and...
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    Leveling up with Milestones--how do you handle it?

    I would some day love to do a Milestone Level campaign with milestones set by players. It would be neat to have player-driven goals set up that reward them with a level. I'm not sure how it would work concretely, though.
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    5E Ideas for Initiative house rules

    Initiative Tokens: You receive a number of tokens at the start of combat equal to 2 x your Hit Dice + Dexterity or Intelligence bonus. At the start of each round, you place forward a number of tokens. Order in combat starts with the combatant who put forward the most tokens. When you run out of...
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    Leveling up with Milestones--how do you handle it?

    I do it differently depending on the campaign. In one campaign, I awarded a level after a number of sessions equal to the next level (so 2 sessions for level 2, 3 sessions for level 3), capping it at 9 sessions for levels 9, 10, etc. That pace seemed to work really well for that campaign. My...
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