I do find it strange that Tasha's suddenly gives sorcerers the bonus spells they should have been getting ever since the Storm Sorcerer saw print and didn't have them (even though it was in the playtest).
I don't understand why WotC is so convinced that, before now, no one ever considered that the PCs might work for someone else.
I suspect they're trying to give DMs more tools to get players to follow the plot railroad. But maybe I'm just cynical today.
As someone who was actively playing at the time, I remember it as being a solution to the "armored ranger" problem. Someone felt that rangers in plate mail was badwrongfun, and so decided to incentivize rangers to wear studded leather armor by giving them a benefit that only worked when they...
I once had an ancient faerie dragon wait until a PC had climbed up to their rocky cliff nest, and then polymorph them into a hippopotamus. The fun came in the knowledge that the falling damage was just enough to break the polymorph on impact, without carrying over excessive damage to the PC.
I know that temp hit points don't stack, but I'm not clear on this:
There's a fighter standing in the divine aura of a Twilight Cleric. This round he gains (say) 10 temporary hit points.
On the ogre's turn, he hits the fighter for 17 HP, using up the fighter's temp hp and giving him 7 damage...