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    D&D 5E Going from 1st to 5th Edition

    I used Milestone for level advancement in the last campaign I ran. All in all, I liked it better than keeping track of the math of how many XPs each person had. There are advantages to both systems (e.g., individual rewards), but overall, I think I would prefer to use Milestones rather than...
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    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Mages of Strixhaven

    Is it just me, or do these schools of magic sound a little Harry Potter-esque (at least the names)?
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    Dragon Reflections #43

    Interesting they mentioned DragonQuest by SPI. I played in a group in the early 80's that used that game system and preferred it to AD&D. Within a couple of years, TSR acquired SPI. It was interesting to see TSR incorporate a few game mechanics from DragonQuest into AD&D for 2nd edition, such...
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    D&D General Anyone Co-DM'd a Session?

    I have had a similar experience. A friend of mine and I decided to tag-team DMing for our group's kids (pre-teens and teens). When the non-DM was in the game, we were essentially playing an NPC, then we would switch off. I have been thinking recently that co-DMing might be a good thing...
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    D&D General First D&D Character?

    First memorable character was a 1e D&D LG human monk named Po that I played in my senior year in high school. He tended to be somewhat evangelical compared to typical monks. I made it to 7th level, at which point he became a vampire and the campaign essentially ended because we were all...
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    D&D 5E Google Maps for Forgotten Realms (specifically 5th edition D&D)

    So did I. Great map for anything taking place in Waterdeep.
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    D&D General Do you re-use characters?

    Not usually, but I am currently re-using a character I had previously created for a D&D 3.5 campaign. The main reason I decided to go with this character (half-drow bard) was I enjoyed him so much when I played him before, but the previous campaign was short-lived, so I thought enough time had...
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    D&D General Does anyone else title their D&D sessions?

    My current DM titles the each of the sessions we play (currently in Icewind Dale), and I also title our gaming sessions when I DM (usually Eberron setting). With the pulp feel of Eberron, it just seemed natural to me to title the sessions, like chapters in an old movie serial.
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    D&D General The Sad Tale of a HeroForge Death Knight

    I will say that traditionally, in my experience, the premium plastic minis from HeroForge are more brittle than their basic plastic. What you gain in detail you lose in durability.
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    D&D 1E Why did you like the ad&d ranger?

    I tend to agree the 1st ed ranger in D&D was more powerful than later edition incarnations. That was the trade off for needing more XPs to advance the character instead of being a regular fighter. Although I do think the ranger has become watered down in overall combat effectiveness compared to...
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    D&D General The Sad Tale of a HeroForge Death Knight

    I've ordered minis from Hero Forge since their first iteration some years back. I own over a dozen, both unpainted (standard and premium plastic) and prepainted (I got in on the Kickstarter). The materials they are using now are better than their original plastics, but I tend to agree they...
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    D&D 5E Are we at, or close, to peak D&D? Again?

    Particularly Jeff Dee. Not that there is anything wrong with that. He put it to even better use when he drew for the Villains and Vigilantes RPG.
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    D&D 5E WizKids Announces Largest Tiamat Miniature Ever

    If there is an unpainted version, I might go that route, but I am using contrast paints. To use acrylics on that thing would take me at least a year to finish it.
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    D&D 5E My Six Favorite Candlekeep Mysteries

    Sounds like an impressive assortment of stories to run sessions at various player levels. From the descriptions above, I am particularly interested in "A Deep and Creeping Darkness". It has elements have been toying with in my mind to take my players on another adventure down the road.
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    D&D General What role do the planes play in your games?

    None. Extradimesional spaces are as far as I have gone in the adventures I have run.
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