Recent content by famousringo

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    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Starter Spells; Plus UA Returning To Monthly & Sage Advice Returning

    I think there's some ambiguity in the wording of the spell. The way I read it, the advantage and speed boost aren't a benefit the caster enjoys for the duration of the spell. They only get them for one turn, the first turn they make a weapon attack, which seems balanced to me. Perhaps they...
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    D&D 5E Best Class and Why???

    I'm a fan of Warlock as a sort of build-your-own class. Do reliable ranged DPR with little investment, then allocate resources towards whatever you want to achieve. Big blasts and rituals for a wizard-like caster. Or invest in durability and melee DPR for a gish. Invisible minion and utility...
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    Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana: Starter Spells; Plus UA Returning To Monthly & Sage Advice Returning

    Worse than that, since you then have to successfully hit the subsequent targets. Even if you do get a lucky streak it seems like a dice rolling nightmare with all the d6s, d8s and d20s. And keep that table handy if the damage type matters. Thematically, it's fun, but mechanically it's one of...
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    D&D 5E Eldritch Knight: How often do you actually use War Magic?

    Why does it need to be melee? Agonizing Blast plus a heavy crossbow attack is a pretty nasty ranged combo without investing any feats or spell slots. And for me, multiclass combos like that are what War Magic is really about. Once you have War Magic and a SCAG cantrip, you have DPR that's...
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    D&D 5E Psion, Sorcerer, and Warlock

    I agree that rules have a flavour and should be harmonious with the themes they try to represent. Personally, I wouldn't mind swapping the core mechanics of sorcerer and warlock around. Metamagic feels like "cheating" the rules of magic as you might expect of somebody who bargained their way to...
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    D&D 5E [GUIDE] Arrive on Time - A General Guide to Wizardry

    I don't know if they've put out any errata or fixed it for the printed version, but pretty much everybody assumes that to be the case. Even so, the spell gets quite strong with a high level slot. Too bad (or good thing?) there are no maximize effects that can be applied to it.
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    D&D 5E [GUIDE] Playing Dice with the Universe: A Slant Guide to Wild-Magic Sorcerer

    Easy fix: Deny them all surges. If that doesn't make them miserable enough, add more encounters per day.
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    New Feat: Magic in the Blood

    That's just it. Rarely is a non-battlemaster interested in taking the feat. And they've likely taken it after they've already capped their main stat and picked up a couple other, more desirable feats, as a luxury because the fighter enjoys so many ASIs. When only one subclass wants a feat...
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    D&D 5E Homebrew feats: Turning all feats into "half feat" category.

    I like this idea very much. In particular how it opens up abilities to builds that would normally ignore them because the cost was too high and benefit too low (e.g., a warlock might like to EB adjacent foes, but has little use for the rest of Crossbow Expert. Some feedback on your particular...
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    D&D 5E Illusionist - is it as weak as it seems?

    I haven't seen that movie, but the EK has enough play in it to grab a few key illusions. Blur is particularly great for them. Clever use of Silent Image could be useful to funnel enemies towards the EK and away from allies. And with the SCAG melee cantrips, you only need 7 levels of EK to get...
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    D&D 5E Selecting the Simplest Sorcerer Solution

    I guess I misunderstood what you meant by "baked-in." You seem to be mixing up at-will and long rest abilities, class and subclass features, and I hope this doesn't come off as rude, but I really don't know what your point is? All classes get features that help them survive and be effective...
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    D&D 5E Selecting the Simplest Sorcerer Solution

    I'd still be tempted to apply it to the powerful ones. Nevermind being able to Twin full spells a little cheaper, just being able to Twin cantrips for free would be almost on par with Agonizing Blast. The sorcerer would still be a little behind without being able to double up on the same target...
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    D&D 5E Selecting the Simplest Sorcerer Solution

    Sorcerers have very little "baked-in stuff." In fact, they have the most restrictive set of at-will abilities of any class. Minimum HP, minimum armour and weapon proficiency, minimum skill proficiency. They have one more cantrip than the average caster, and that's it. Some sorcerer subclasses...
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    D&D 5E [GUIDE] Power Overwhelming: A Sorcerer Guide

    Not really a design oversight so much as a boneheaded rule interpretation. I don't think anybody in decades of DnD ever rolled a single d4 for multiple magic missiles until Crawford made that ruling. But yeah, if the evoker gets to have cheese, I guess the wild mage gets to have cheese whiz.
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    D&D 5E [GUIDE] Power Overwhelming: A Sorcerer Guide

    XP for the reminder that Disintegrate does more than turn annoying peasants to dust. For me, sorcerer is best at debuffing, and how you debuff is really a question of what metamagics you choose. I chose Twin because it's versatile enough to work well with buffs, debuffs, and attack cantrips...