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    D&D 5E I am going to start DMing OotA in a few days- Any advice?

    Adding to that, unless you’re a master story teller all the insanity effects of the Demon Lords start to feel samey. Oh another city where some of the leadership is mad and others are trying to fight against it? By the fourth one my players were rolling their eyes. Fancy locations (which aren’t...
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    D&D 5E I am going to start DMing OotA in a few days- Any advice?

    I attempted a high level remix and it wasn’t great. The two main problems with underdark IMHO is it’s quite samey on the terrain front and there’s not many NPCs to interact with. If your group is OK with that (or if you can figure out a way to mitigate those issues) then great. We blew that...
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    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    That sounds terrible. I’m certainly not advocating for bad DMing.
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    D&D 5E What Exactly Is A Critical Hit?

    In seriousness this is where the language chosen for some game mechanics works against the narrative description. A critical can hit certainly be an encounter ender if it hits at the tail end of the combat, but more often than not it’s at some less critical moment and nothing seems to change...
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    D&D 5E What Exactly Is A Critical Hit?

    Critical is to hit as passive is to perception. Discuss. ;)
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    D&D 5E Relative Difficulties of Advancing in 5e

    This was quite a shocking revelation for me when I had it! Made me stop worrying and just let the bon temps roulez... :)
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    D&D General What do I do with a Player who doesn't care about the actual game?

    This group definitely sounds like it’s on the younger side?
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    D&D General What do I do with a Player who doesn't care about the actual game?

    I think you have your answer. The player would rather be doing something else. They’re at the table because that’s where their friends are. They like D&D, they just don’t like it enough to fully engage. Time to plan some other activities with this friend and let them leave your game in peace.
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    D&D General How often do the adventures you run include a "dungeon" element?

    Sure there are dungeons in my adventures, but I generally plan on adventuring days where the action will be exciting and relentless medium/hard encounters (backing off if things get out of hand). When traveling, for example, I plan days where multiple challenges will occur over the course of a...
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    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    I also think Matt oversteps with regard to describing reactions to the dreams (and other times). I just think the mechanism for planting a plot hook is cool.
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    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    I think a reason this resonates with me is one of my favorite fantasy books, Lord Valentine’s Castle, has the protagonist plagued by troubling dreams that hint that things are not quite as they seem. What a fantastic world Robert Silverberg conjured for that series.
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    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    I can see that it would perhaps require a table that was open to that type of suggestion. And I don’t think it’s necessarily pushing them toward something I want if it is dealing with elements of their backstory? It’s stuff they want in the story surely? It seems easier than a long lost...
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    D&D General Using dreams to plant adventure hooks or provide motivation

    I follow Critical Role and Matt Mercer uses dreams very effectively to give adventure hooks to his players, or if not that then at least provide motivation to follow up on some part of their PCs backstory. It works very naturally (when he does it) and helps to keep the PCs goals and stories...
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    D&D 5E [Updated with cover!] The D&D Book Is.... Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft!

    Some maps for Innistrad would be nice though.
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    D&D 5E [Updated with cover!] The D&D Book Is.... Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft!

    I don’t, so perhaps it is. Just surprised that it’s still playing second fiddle given the investment they‘ve made (and the ongoing duplication of effort...)
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