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    5E The curious case of the double-dragon sorcerer

    Dragonborn are an obvious choice for the sorcerer class, and an even more obvious choice for the Draconic Bloodline path. They have a Charisms bonus as well as, well, a draconic bloodline. However, a strange thing occurs if you choose the options that seem to make the most sense: If you choose...
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    4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    Yeah, no matter how you slice it, retrofitting the Spellcasting feature is always going to be weird and convoluted and far more confusing than just explaining the 5e Spellcasting system as it was written. It's a very elegant system, but 4e-ifying it makes it look like it was invented by slaadi.
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    4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    This. It's easy to pick and choose the bits of 5e that are easily reformatted, but there are plenty of things that simply won't translate. The basic structure of the game really is different, and I'm not sure you'd be doing a diehard 4e fan any favors by leading him to believe it's the same.
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    5E Druids and metal armor

    In a vague, offhand callback to AD&D, the armor proficiency line for druids says they "will not wear armor or use shields made of metal." Not one word is given about why, or what happens if they do. (What if a druid is knocked out and dressed in chain mail by some joker?) Because this is...
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    5E Invocations that grant spells

    These questions are directed at people who play warlocks and have chosen one or more invocations that grant once-per-day access to a spell. (I'm not asking about invocations that give you at-will spells.) Are you happy with your decision? Do you find it's worth it to sink both an invocation and...
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    5E Moving Silently While Invisible

    First, let me ask that we please not get into another bitch-fest about how adequately/poorly written the Stealth rules are. If you can't remain focused on the specific questions in this post, please go elsewhere to argue about the quality of the product. Thanks. In PH Appendix A, it tells me...
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    5E Legendary monsters are not solo monsters

    There have been a lot of complaints and discussion about Legendary monsters, particularly the Legendary Resistance trait. The existence of Legendary Resistance should not be seen as a slap to the face of spellcasters everywhere. Instead, it should be taken as a strong hint from the designers...
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    5E Things that wreck with alternate healing/rest

    (PLEASE NOTE: This is not a thread about which system you prefer, or what you'll be using, or opinions in general. There's another thread for that. This one is about rules problems only. Thanks!) First, I'll point out that a lot of things don't wreck -- at least not badly. In most cases, class...
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    1E 1E-style dual-classing?

    I think your reservations about 5e multiclassing are completely unwarranted. It's a far, far, FAR better system than dual-classing in just about every respect. If you don't want to delay your feat/stat gain, just level one class to 4 before starting the other class, then switch back when the...
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    5E Minor illusion cantrip question

    The minor illusion cantrip has a casting time of 1 action and a duration of 1 minute, no concentration required. Could you not, using two or more actions, work around the 5-foot-cube size limitation by successive castings of the spell? There's a practical limit of 10 simultaneous illusions, of...
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    1E 1E-style dual-classing?

    I'm not sure what there is to be gained from dual classing that the existing multiclass rules don't already cover. Isn't dual-classing basically a more restrictive version of modern multiclassing? If this is about the level cap, why not just use a house rule to do away with the cap instead of...
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    5E Silent Image ideas

    I feel like this spell has a lot of potential, and I'm wondering about all the brilliant ways people have used it, or plan to use it.
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    4E I really hope both my 4e groups choose to convert to 5e…

    I hated it. I couldn't go into specifics at this point, but I do remember that the new version was the thing that convinced me to stop subscribing to dndinsider.
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    5E Tome Pact is dicey

    First, let me say I'm totally on board with the increased rarity of magic items and such in 5e, including acquired spells and what have you. However, when you are a Tome Pact warlock, this puts a huge amount of your subclass's primary feature in the hands of the DM. If your DM is forgetful or...
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    5E Tasha > Otto ?

    Tasha's hideous laughter (level 1) appears to be strictly superior to Otto's irresistible dance (6th level). The former incapacitates and prones; the latter stops movement, grants advantage to attackers, and inflicts disadvantage on the target's attacks and Dex saves. Other than that, the two...