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    D&D 5E Check Out The Full Monsters of the Multiverse Cover Art

    As I said, it focused on that culture so much that it made it feel as if Planescape was only that culture, and everything in the multiverse revolved around it. 1e Manual of the Planes, or 3e's version, never presented a unifying culture, so they made the planes seem infinite. Sure, there were...
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    D&D 5E Check Out The Full Monsters of the Multiverse Cover Art

    Planescape had a defined "culture" for adventuring in the planes. So much focus was on that culture that it made it seem to me as if the planes were more of a backdrop than an infinite array of infinite universes. It just felt like another setting, not an unending multiverse.
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    D&D 5E Check Out The Full Monsters of the Multiverse Cover Art

    I hear what you're saying. I'm ambivalent about buying new official 5e material, too, until I see what the 2024 revamp looks like. This is especially true for books that are rehashing material already in print from not too long ago. I'd be all for a new monster book if it involved mostly new...
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    D&D 5E Check Out The Full Monsters of the Multiverse Cover Art

    Yours is essentially my take on MotP and Planescape. The 1e Manual of the Planes was a book I loved, and I pored over it for ideas all the time. Including for non-planar inspiration. Planescape made the planes feel small and finite to me. MotP made them feel endless and awe-inspiring.
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Pecos Bill

    Somehow I missed this one being posted. Which is ironic, because Pecos Bill is one of my favorite characters from...well, not folklore, exactly, but his tales are a century or so old, so I guess he kind of is a folk tale, now. Regardless, I'm tickled to see him here.
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Catoblepas

    Sorry I'm so late in replying. Mostly it has to do with medieval depictions that seem to indicate the basilisk and cockatrice are essentially the same creature. Probably the most vivid depiction that leaped to mind is the basilisk from Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands from...
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Catoblepas

    This is a good alternative to the official one, especially if I want to run a low-level game. I'm wondering if you've considered doing a more true-to-the-source-marerial version of the basilisk? As in, the little winged lizard that is so poisonous in nature it can kill everything downwind or...
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    D&D 5E Mythological Figures: Florence Nightingale

    Yeah, and if we're using NPC classes for 2e and 3e, then it's easy enough to create this character by way of 5e's paradigm of NPCs not having to follow PC rules. As for the sneak attacks and other combat abilities, it's also easy enough to ignore them as a PC or NPC. They're there in case she...
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    D&D 5E Mythological Figures: Fairest Queen

    I'm definitely hoping for a Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters II.
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Onocentaur (Poll)

    Grapple isn't useless. The 5e version is the best take on it in D&D. It can be used by a single character, but it's best used as part of a team.
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    WotC Ray Winninger Is Head of D&D RPG Team; Mike Mearls No Longer Works on RPG

    My reading of the thread was derailed when I realized Ruin Explorer was posting. I felt like I stepped through a time portal into 2000.
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Poukai

    Thanks for the reply! I hope this happens. Until then, my money will be burning a hole in my pocket.
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    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Poukai

    Hi, hey, is there a chance of these being collated into single file and being made available for purchase? This is exactly the kind of thing I look for on the DMs Guild and Drivethrurpg, either in pdf or POD.
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    Keep These Tools in Your Real-Life Bag of Holding

    I DMed Theater of the Mind for a decade during the 1e era. What I kept behind my DM screen was graph paper. When combat commenced, I jotted down the positions of PCs and opponents on it, and kept track of movement with pencil as players called out their actions. Players could quickly sketch out...
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    2nd Edition Weapon Speeds - Anyone Else Miss Them?

    First, quoting someone 15 years later seems bizarre, but it happens. Second, yes, "too," as the original poster cited them - speed factors - as being in 2e. I was simply stating that speed factors were in 1e, also, regardless of which came first, because the poster was talking about 2e as his...
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