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    Subclasses should start at 1st level

    I don't really have strong feelings about this one way or another, but one thing I do think is important is that subclasses should all use the "archetype" convention. I do not like the way that some classes use thematically broad subclasses while others are needlessly narrow. Why, for example...
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    D&D 5E Astral Sea and Wildspace in the 5e Cosmology

    I'm just really not convinced by this yet. Yes, that's all that changed, but the implication is that it is a simple change when it actually isn't. It creates a ton of questions around how planar cosmology is supposed to work. The astral plane was never before part of "the universe" - it was an...
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    Really I think the name "mystic" works best for a primal caster class, but sorcerer isn't bad. It invokes images of sword & sworcery - i.e. dark/old fantasy full of barbarians and such.
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    Probably, but it's kind of similar to not giving rogues a psionic subclass because fighters have one. If it's truly the reason, it isn't a good one. The sorcerer and warlock are entirely different both in terms of theme and in the mechanics they utilize, so having some overlap in concepts like...
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    Whether scholar, skald, or scoundrel, a bard weaves magic through words and music to inspire allies, demoralize foes, manipulate minds, create illusions, and even heal wounds. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the magic they contain. Just... no. For one, I've already stated a preference...
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    Yes, but the spell list is just about the easiest thing to alter, both the base spell list and the expansion of spells through subclasses. That goes back to my post above :)
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    It's not that I don't think your rationale makes sense; it's just not my preferred approach. For one, a celtic bard /= a tribal shaman or witchdoctor; the theme is not nearly as aligned as you're implying it is - there's some heavy refluffing you'd need to do to make a bard even come close to...
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    I can't really get behind this because the concepts behind those classes are really specific and too pigeonholing for concepts like witches and shamans. The idea of someone that is called a shaman being a skill-monkey entertainer that studied in an organized college and casts spells that are...
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    D&D 5E Sorcerers and Primal Caster concepts

    This came up in another thread and I thought I'd post it here to get some more general attention and peoples' thoughts. Many homebrew class discussions revolve around concepts that could be grouped as primal casters - i.e. witches, shamans, prophets, etc. I think this happens because there's a...
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    D&D 5E Could the Sorcerer get a Shaman subclass

    Arguably the biggest class design mistake in 5e was not reflavoring the sorcerer as a more primal class with much broader design space rather than how it landed as just a weakish, minorly differentiated variant of the wizard. It would have done a lot for both the class itself and the game system...
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    D&D 5E Is Tasha's More or Less The Universal Standard?

    I disagree. Disallowing official options as a knee-jerk and comprehensive reaction just because you are the GM and have decided (usually through emotion more than through logic) that the balance (or whatever) is bad is terrible. First off, 5e's design is fairly stable in the sense that power...
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    D&D 5E Is Tasha's More or Less The Universal Standard?

    I don't understand this. It seems too controlling and would give me a bad vibe at a table. It's official, therefore it should in most cases be allowed. I don't really like how they dealt with the ability score thing - it was lazy, uninteresting, and accomplishes very little. But it's legal...
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    Managing My Expectations? (+)

    This is why I believe sharing GM responsibilities is important. It increases the investment of players while reducing the workload of the GM and ensures that everyone is a contributor to the world and the story. Democratize D&D!
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    D&D 5E Astral Sea and Wildspace in the 5e Cosmology

    This is the only approach I can think of that makes sense. Considering that the astral plane is supposed to be an extraplanar dream realm, having it literally, materially, and automatically occupy all the space between suns is nonsensical and creates a ton of cognitive dissonance around how that...
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    Spelljammer More Spelljammer Details Emerge: Spelljammer Academy, Flash Gordon, Light of Xaryxis

    Well, I don't actually mind this too much; what I dislike is having my questions answered in ways that create cognitive dissonance for me and then I have to feel like I'm breaking or changing established canon to set it up how I want. In general, I think the approach you describe above is the...
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