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    Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Deck Subscriptions Kick Off With Paladin

    Nothing else, check out the character sheets to see if it's something you're interested in! Personally, I'd much prefer playing the class deck monks and barbarians with the boons in their decks, but I think we made some very interesting boons for them to use. The earlier class decks (which the...
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    Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Deck Subscriptions Kick Off With Paladin

    They're most useful for the Organized Play they do, where you use them for your character. That said, they each have 3 new characters which adds a fair amount of further play options, and a subset of the boons will be new and/or special as each deck debuts (though future sets will likely then...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    Just to be clear: do you object to the solo - elite - standard progression? Cause it's one thing to dislike minion mechanics, and another thing to dislike the progression. People _loved_ when I put out a couple dozen dragons in my Epic game, because they were so high level that those solos...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    I wanted to do a true totally sandbox 4E, and I'd even started on it; essentially the PCs had several directions to go, and knew roughly that deeper was harder, higher was easier, with into the Feywild and Shadowfell sidebranches from there, but then I got roped into running Epic for 3 years. I...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    Yeah, sorcerer is a great damage dealer. Being able to kill a standard monster the first round of every encounter is a game changer. The upper end of optimization for sorcerers is a bit silly. There's a degenerate dragon sorcerer build that can potentially end an encounter on its own on its...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    Ah, my bad. Sorcerers do have some pretty vicious tricks of their own as well, but that's not quite the same.
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    Yep, I was at a table that wanted to see how tough Lolth was, at level 22 - autowon initiative, buffed ~+9 to hit, -10 to her defenses, autoknocked her unconscious, flurry of CdGs and she never got off a single attack. It's very possible to cope with the problem, though I don't consider the...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    Errm, this is actually just as wrong. There is an actual mathematical problem in 4e, especially when you also factor in that higher level groups tend to face a higher range of opponents. Part of that problem is that PCs fall somewhat behind, at higher levels, without extensive effort.This is...
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    D&D 4E The Best Thing from 4E

    4E had the most consistent math of all the D&Ds. Whether that's damning with faint praise or not is probably in the eye of the beholder. It has its issues, alas, but its combat was the best D&D minigame yet. If only I could think of a way to double the rounds, take only 3/4 of the time even in...
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    D&D 4E 5E Through a 4E Lens

    Since you have no visible injuries until below half hit points, we sometimes jokingly use the term "damaged" as 5e's bloodied. "Does he look damaged? Okay, good, he's below half hit points"
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    D&D 4E D&D 4E Rageblood Armor Question

    Just for clarity, this isn't true. It is certainly true that someone doing data entry put them into power-like formats, but often incorrectly and in no way as some sort of official like errata. Attempting to use such fake powers is actually a sure route to madness, especially in certain cases...
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    D&D 4E 4e needs a Definitive Guide

    Note that rituals were excised from the rules entirely with Essentials, not part of any class or even referred to. When I was designing adventures, I had to ensure that I never assumed ritual use (since I had no idea what PCs might play the adventure) which did limit the scope of possibilities...
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    D&D 4E Is there a "Cliffs Notes" summary of the entire 4E experience?

    Today I learned that Come and Get It could have been "fixed" by making it more complicated: Hit: The target chooses to either be pulled 2 squares and take 1W damage, or to be stunned until the end of their next turn and marked until the end of the encounter. That's kinda cool to know. Also...
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    D&D 4E Is there a "Cliffs Notes" summary of the entire 4E experience?

    I have to admit, all of the malice pointed out martial classes trying to do anything too "unrealistic" makes me realize, in hindsight, the genius of Earthdawn's "everyone is magic". Cause yeah, a warrior who calls up elemental forces to sheathe his skin in rock to shrug off blows, make...
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    D&D 4E Is there a "Cliffs Notes" summary of the entire 4E experience?

    Article on where the term fantasy heartbreaker came from here: http://www.indie-rpgs.com/articles/9/
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