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    D&D needs to let go of the 'all classes are equal' concept

    There' a problem with that though. The bard has a niche (a couple good ones actually), it just fills them badly in 5e because it would be overpowered if those niche roles were powerful enough to be called out rather than glossed over as mere "bells & whistles" alongside "modest to good...
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    3E/3.5 [3.0] Why did they do a 3.5 version?

    3.0 had a lot of well meaning zero step unintended consequences & some truly "wtf how did that get printed!" overpowered stuff that others have mentioned already. 3.5 sanded down those rough edges and added some extra growth/customizing iirc. 3.0 was generally almost compatible with 3.5 but...
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    D&D needs to let go of the 'all classes are equal' concept

    I think that the focus on combat vrs role play classes is focusing on particular branch of a single tree in the wider forest & missing that the problem exists in other areas more friendly to being quantified than the value of roleplay capabilities. In the past some classes had monstrous damage...
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    Level Up (A5E) What I've been working on today

    so let me get this straight. You've been arguing in defense of a feature you can't or havent even identified in the book?
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    Blog (A5E) Class Balance In A5E: How Much Damage Should A Damage Dealer Deal?

    @NotAYakk the example has 100% hit rate 0% save chance, both of those things are likely to be not so good in normal play but every miss/save impacts the caster to a greater degree. The other part of the problem is that you seem to be arguing that everything is ok for a gestalt bard druid forge...
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    Level Up (A5E) What I've been working on today

    By that logic the background feature is in the wrong book
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    Level Up (A5E) What I've been working on today

    if your argument that an optional rule tucked in the dmg is required to complete a poorly written background feature available to player characters in the PHB ho take the noble background, You'll get no argument. That doesn't change the fact that it looks like the blurb I quoted earlier looks to...
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    Level Up (A5E) What I've been working on today

    Having the ability to say it by fiat is different from having the ability to point at it while saying it to short circuit the whole "it says I have loyal attendants/followers/etc so.." debate discussion or negotiation testing the gm to see how far they can stretch it. When the GM can point at...
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    Level Up (A5E) What I've been working on today

    Nifty. Followers always seem to be one of those things that seems really cool & flavorful in theory but never quite works like that at the table. What caches my eye is that it sounds like this includes some provisions to ensure that they don't just turn into poor bastards who escaped a dcc...
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    Blog (A5E) Class Balance In A5E: How Much Damage Should A Damage Dealer Deal?

    You've got a big overestimation of "zone damage" most people call an area of effect, but sure lets look at that. Moonbeam is a second level concertation spell that deals 2d10 over a 5 foot radius=10x10 . The first round a caster might get 2 maybe even three baddies if lucky, the second round...
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    Blog (A5E) Class Balance In A5E: How Much Damage Should A Damage Dealer Deal?

    elemetal weapon is forge cleric, paladin, & hexblade. All of those are classes & archetypes that are far from what would traditionally be called a caster given their weapon & armor proficiencies while being largely unaffected by the over abundance of energy resistant creatures wile posessing...
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    Blog (A5E) Class Balance In A5E: How Much Damage Should A Damage Dealer Deal?

    @NotAYakk You brought up "Given the number of things the spellcaster can do, including magnify the damage of the weapon user, it isn't all that big of a problem." I didn't give it the credit those spells are due... Sure lets get into that, but I don't think you want to because the list is...
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    Level Up (A5E) Just a thought: Give druids Find Familiar.

    my big gripe centers around the fact that there's nothing else of merit to them that would encourage that kind of stuff. I used to see that kinda stuff pretty often in 3.5 & PF where it getting killed was an actual loss but in 5ethey serve one purpose & the spell bends over backwards to ensure...
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    Blog (A5E) Class Balance In A5E: How Much Damage Should A Damage Dealer Deal?

    There are a few problems with that, all of which I mentioned That's not even close to done with the creatures in descent & energy resistance paired with resist to nonmagical B/P/S. Nor does it touch on the many creatures with All of this adds up into a massive overcompensation with too many...
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    Level Up (A5E) Just a thought: Give druids Find Familiar.

    Which is why my example literally does that just before the question you quoted from that post. For a recap "rogue/druid/ranger(Alice):"We should scout, let me sneak ahead[in wildshape]">$guyWithOwl(bob):"that's a good idea but you shouldn't risk it because my owl is...
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