Recent content by KarinsDad

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    D&D 5E D&D Beyond Cancels Competition

    Your dad must have lived in a different part of the country than I did. I never saw a participation trophy until my daughter got them. And even participation trophies are fine for difficult activities like running a mile as a kid. Just not for everything that they are handed out for.
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    Humans, Fighters, and Life Domain Most Popular On D&D Beyond

    It depends on what you mean by mechanical optimization. I've often picked standard human because it gives the most boosts to ability scores. That's mechanical optimization. Other players could pick variant human because it gives a feat. That too is mechanical optimization. It depends on what...
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    D&D 5E Riddles and Puzzles in Gaming and Dungeons and Dragons in particular.

    I had a DM add in a sudoku-like puzzle in a mansion. The PCs had to put gems in of a specific type. The PCs had to find the gems in the mansion before they could add them. It wasn't an especially difficult puzzle, but when a given gem had to be used next and the PCs didn't have that particular...
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    90% of D&D Games Stop By Level 10; Wizards More Popular At Higher Levels

    Just out of curiosity, how long did that take real time and how often a month do you play?
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    I think both of us were not quite reading the other's posts carefully, and are actually closer in adjudicating. I apologize for not reading your posts carefully. I'm not arguing that per se. I am arguing that the caster determines where each summoned creature appears. I am arguing that a...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    So, is a single word sufficient for a brief utterance? Attack, Dash, Disengage, Dodge, Help, Hide, Ready, Search Do you allow your players to tell the summoned creature to attack? If so, then why not other one word commands? Do you allow your players to tell the summoned creature to "move and...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    And although it is RAW, you are still unwilling to define how many words make up a brief utterance. Also, MM page 10. When a monster takes its action, it can choose from the options in the Actions section of its stat block or use one of the actions available to all creatures, such as the Dash...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    You call it a strawman, but it has the exact same 5 words as my example of "Dodge attacks, but don't move". You don't have an official definition of how many words are in a brief utterance. In real life, someone can both do actions and talk. So, most people would assume that PCs and NPCs can...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    Specific trumps general. The general rule is that you can communicate brief utterances. The specific rule is that when commanding the conjured creatures, they will obey any verbal command. Any. It's magic. It allows for verbal commands. I don't really see how Fireballing a bunch of enemies and...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    If you say so. Personally, the Conjure Animal spell states that the creatures appear in unoccupied spaces that you see. To me, this sounds like the caster can control exactly which spaces when he casts the spell, just like most other spells. The spell also states that they obey ANY verbal...
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    I wouldn't say that summons are OP, but if used well, they can become very potent. Just using them to attack is not always the best strategy. I have seen a line of them being used to split up a large group of monsters using the Dodge action. It takes a while for the foes to bust through that...
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    Pesky Players

    I did something different for my current campaign. I started them out at level 8 and then picked up Dungeon of the Mad Mage. It starts at level 5, so I told them that it started at level 5 and that they probably shouldn't blow through a lot of spells in the first few levels of the dungeon, but...
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    [New DM Question] What about Simultaneous Movement?

    Another simple solution is to rule that the PC is doing simultaneous movement, but that he gets the 1/2 or 3/4ths cover. On his turn, he must dash his PC up to the cart.
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    D&D 5E Is the Help action broken?

    Which is why one should do it with summoned creatures instead of familiars. A group of PCs can have advantage for many of the melee and ranged attacks in an encounter by having most or all of the summoned creatures do the help action. If the foes concentrate their attacks on the summoned...
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    Line Spells / Lightning Bolt

    Yeah. Artificial constraints like measuring devices or templates? Got it. Some people just don't like it when their melee PC can only move 30 feet, but the grid shows the enemy at 35 feet. They'd prefer to not use grids so that their melee PC gets an attack in every round. Meh. ;)