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    D&D 4E Inquiry: How do 4E fans feel about 4E Essentials?

    There were three basic problems with Essentials: Each book looks like a cash grab — cheaply produced paperbacks that reprint half the same content in each player-facing book. Yes they were cheap, but why do I need half of Rules Compendium in 4 separate books? Remember, I'm potentially a new...
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    D&D 4E Ron Edwards on D&D 4e

    I mean, that's simply not treating skills in a manner that everyone does by default in combat. If something is meant to be challenging, but a PC can consistently uncork skills at a value 5 higher than expected(i.e. about 8 levels higher), the DM has to adjust the skill challenges to match or...
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    D&D 4E Ron Edwards on D&D 4e

    You can combine page 42/spend powers in a skill challenge for bonuses. Players can initiate conditions that sound like a skill challenge is the best resolution for a DM willing to go along with it.
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    D&D 5E How is 5E like 4E?

    This should never happen in 4e. Ever. If it does, it is the adventure writer making a mistake or for some reason, the fiction has changed and the DM missed it. Or as an example, it is part of a skill challenge and in one run of the adventure, it is say a 6th level party and in another, it is an...
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    D&D 5E How is 5E like 4E?

    Also, I'll just point out that even if Epic is available within the system, doesn't mean people actually play it. Literally, have never played Epic 4e despite thousands of hours of actual playtime. Some of the assumptions of wildly increasing DCs assume you play it, but in actuality, they just...
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    D&D 5E How is 5E like 4E?

    If you're in a skill challenge, then the DCs have to go up. If you're not, they don't. The DM is deciding that they want something that challenges a party of level X that is not a combat, but a set of skill checks. If something isn't actually a threat, you can handwave it or let the story...
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    D&D 5E How is 5E like 4E?

    It comes from me. Early on in 5e, I ran the math of a 'typical campaign' and basically, you should expect to get +9 to hit/+6 to important skills instead of +18 to hit/+12 to important skills over the levels of 1-20. It is much fuzzier, it might be the equivalent, and no one gets aware of this...
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    D&D 5E Magic Item Math of 5e

    Thanks, glad people are finding it useful. It was very helpful for really understanding how 5e worked(and in some cases was attempting to work)
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    D&D 5E Magic Item Math of 5e

    Thanks!
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    A Rock and A Hard Place: A Warden Handbook (By Alphaant)

    Just because this guide doesn't cover a near-Gold theme for Wardens... Order Adept+Heal Skill lets a Warden pick Wizard utilities. Namely Herbal Healing, which allows a PC to use 2nd wind as a minor action+get a saving throw. So hit 5th level, retrain your U2 into Herbal Healing, and minor...
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    D&D 4E How to speed up combat?

    I think one of the problematic aspects of D&D is that there are a set of levels not typically designed to be played, but are in fact merely aspirational. And a significant percentage of players want to see those aspirational levels in existence. And if they're not there, they'll get mad. An...
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    D&D 4E How to speed up combat?

    I think that really, 4e kind of has about 18 levels, because that's where most campaigns tend to finish up or collapse. I mean, I'm MwaO and I've played literally almost all the time 4e has been in existence up until now about 1/week. And I still have never gotten a PC to Epic, even one who...
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    D&D 4E How to speed up combat?

    Give a +2 to hit on your next attack roll if you get your turn done in under a set amount of time. A minute is good. No chaining immediates or OAs — if something provokes from you and you slide it next to another MBA person, they don't get an MBA also. Or if you do an immediate forcing someone...
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    D&D 4E Anyone playing 4e at the moment?

    https://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/UpdateCompiled.pdf
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    D&D General Unpopular Opinion?: D&D is a terrible venue for horror

    Yeah, I set up a horror scenario in a Living Forgotten Realms adventure I co-wrote. There's no chance of PC death at all and maybe even kind of obvious about it, but I used it to set up a choice.
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