Recent content by MrWildman

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    D&D 5E An Upcoming 5E Classic Setting in a Brand New Format: The Realm of the D&D Cartoon Show (?)

    I idly ranked my stats in my head, then noticed that others put theirs in the same order: INT, CHA, DEX, CON, STR, WIS It's like the "Gamer Array" - INT: I'm on ENWorld CHA: I'm involved in a dynamic group activity DEX: I'm an accomplished roller of dice CON: I can survive on nothing but...
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    Worlds of Design: Monsters Can Be Leaders Too

    The use/usefulness of leaders has certainly evolved along with the game. In 1e the Orc Sergeant was just the one who took 4 stabs to kill, rather than 3. Now there's enough variant "leader" options that DMs can choose what best fits their play style. At first I just used leaders as "the big...
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    D&D 5E Do you love Awesome Names?

    Way back in my AD&D days I used to take my NPC and place names very seriously. After all, I'd spent a lot of time and effort to make them evocative and consistent. Then I realized it didn't matter what I named the NPC's; my players are going to call the Dwarf King "Barney Rubble", and the Pirate...
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    D&D 5E Do you love Awesome Names?

    I enjoy "awesome" names, as long as they're organic to the character. I've played a halfling barbarian who went by "The Mighty Bucket!" because he wore a bucket on his head (long story) and whose given name was Flibbe Nuppkin. And a half-elf named Donnelvonnin Vonneldovvin, shortened to "Donnie...
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    D&D 5E SCAG -- Worth it?

    Thanks, everyone! (I knew I could count on the ENWorld boards) Looks like I'll be visiting my FLGS next month. Probably look for a used copy first. The new options look like fun. I'm familiar with some from Unearthed Arcana, and reading about some of the others gets my creative juices flowing...
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    D&D 5E SCAG -- Worth it?

    Huh. Interesting.
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    D&D 5E SCAG -- Worth it?

    Dwarven Berserkers? Okay, now I'm intrigued. Are they like, a Barbarian variant? Also, what options could they add to Half-Elf? Hmmm . . . maybe the book is worth a second look after all, huh?
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    D&D 5E SCAG -- Worth it?

    I've noticed more threads and builds using SCAG content (spells & cantrips especially). I tend to do sandbox/homebrew worlds, so the book didn't really register on my radar at first. But now I'm wondering . . . what's the consensus? Should I get the book for the cool new crunch (and the...
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    D&D 5E Rules Discussion: Somatic Components and Restrained

    Yeah, I go for the silos: Necromancy is for necromancers, too, not for everybody. "Put. That Skullcase. Down." "Necromancy for Necromancers only..." :cool:
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    D&D 5E /Ragequit Rants

    #1: No Save vs. Death Magic. #2: No Gutboy Barrelhouse. #3: No Footpaddin'. {drops mic} /ragequit
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    D&D 5E Why I'm Buying the Starter Set

    Well, July 15th just happens to be my birthday (turning 48, where does the time go?), so I'm hoping my friends will pick up on my increasingly obvious hints about what would be a good present. And if it turns out nobody gets it for me, I figure I'll just head over to my FLGS and pick it up...
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    Celebrity Impressions for NPCs

    I wouldn't deliberately attempt to imitate any celebrities, but the act of portraying the NPCs would often remind somebody of one. For instance, I once had a paternal Paladin {oooh, alliteration!} NPC that would appear to offer guidance and plot points. I played him as somewhat elderly, with a...
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    Playing a bard

    My guess would be either the randomly granted maneuvers, the Delayed Damage Pool, or both. They add another layer of paperwork to playing the class, for players or for DMs running a Crusader NPC. And since the whole Initiator/Maneuver mechanic is still relatively new and thus, still unfamiliar...